Archive for May 6th, 2010

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: An economist at the University of Botswana (UB) Professor Narain Sinha says the 30 percent increase on electricity tariffs that came into effect last Saturday is a blessing in disguise because consumers will use less power in order to avoid paying high bills.

“In increasing the prices, the interest is in energy conservation,” Sinha says. “This means under the new structure, those who use less power will pay less. When the price of the commodity goes up, its consumption goes down, hence wastage decreases.”

The UB don was speaking in a telephone interview with Mmegi. He said the increase in power prices was necessary because Botswana was dependant on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Kitsepile Nyathi
5 May 2010

Harare — The United States is reviewing the decade old sanctions against Zimbabwe. But the measures are unlikely to end the travel restrictions and asset freeze imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle for alleged human rights violations.

A bill that seeks to amend the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA) of 2001, which introduced wide ranging sanctions on the southern African country, was introduced in the US Senate on Tuesday.

Sponsored by Senator Feingold along with Republican Senator Johny Isakson and fellow Democrat Senator John Kerry, the proposed Zimbabwe Transition to Democracy and Economic Recovery Act will seek to direct new US policy towards Zimbabwe.

The Bill seeks among other things to a create a statement of US policy towards Zimbabwe, provide for technical assistance to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government has reduced levels of poverty in recent years and latest interventions have proved to be making an impact in the fight against poverty, said Vice-President Mompati Merafhe at a press briefing he jointly addressed with his assistant Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday.

The objective of the briefing was to update the public on the achievements government has made in alleviating poverty since President Ian Khama assumed office in 2008. The duo said the objective of the poverty eradication programme is to assist the destitute to graduate to sustainable livelihoods within the shortest timeframe. “Destitutes will be provided with shelter and least costly technology will be deployed that will aid them graduate to sustainable livelihoods through micro enterprises. Those in sustainable livelihoods will be assisted to graduate into mainstream economy and wealth creation,” he said. He added that government is going to [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-05-05 18:03

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma announced new judicial appointments on Wednesday in accordance with the Constitution and on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission.

“The President congratulated the judges on their appointments and wished them well in their new roles,” the Presidency said in a statement.

Zuma appointed Judge Dunstan Mlambo, as judge president of the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court, Judge Clement Temba Sangoni as judge president of the Eastern Cape High Court, Judge Herbert Qed’usizi Msimang as judge president of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 May, 2010

GABORONE – There is a noticeable change of trends in the way people tell time.

For many professionals, cell phones are an indispensable piece of technology, at times so indispensable that many people have become slaves to their gadgets.

Even young children now walk around with cell phones in their pockets.

One wonders how the mobile phone phenomena affected the wide spectrum ranging from the noble sundial on one end and a wristwatch on the other? Mmadiofa Pilara wears a black leather strap windup watch that she received as a present from her father about three years ago and surprisingly in this modern day and age she says its not just for show.

On the other hand Sam Dikgotla, a second year student at one of [continue reading]