Archive for June 8th, 2010

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporters

Former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana Professor Thabo Fako, Botswana Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) Chief Executive Officer, Cross Kgosidiile, head of Motswedi Securities Group, Martin Makgatlhe, and former Debswana Group Secretary, Joe Matome, are among surprise faces in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) new think tank that has been set up to draw the party media game plan and clean up its image.

Minister of Education and Skills Development, Pelonomi Venson – Moitoi who is masterminding the BDP new media strategy, has roped in “friends of the BDP”, among them parastatal leaders, academics, business people and Public Relations agents to help come up with a strategy to fight the negative publicity that has been generated by the breaking away of some party members who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Mogomotsi Buzwani

FRANCISTOWN: Due to the on-going strike actions by transport workers in South Africa, paraffin users in and around Francistown area encounter a blackout period as some service station have been going most of the time without paraffin since beginning of this year February.

Information reaching The Monitor shows that only four filling stations in Francistown supply the whole second city at large and some nearby places.

Paraffin shortage has also been reported in as far as places like Tutume and Maitengwe villages. This is due to that the supply companies have been struggling to bring in as much supplies as they could from South Africa.

In an interview yesterday with one of the customers who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Maranyane Ngwanaamotho
Staff Writer

Uprotected sex in prisons could be a thing of the past soon, if the Minister of Health has his way.

The minister, Dr Rev John Seakgosing, broke the ice last Friday when he appealed to the National AIDS Council (NAC) in Gaborone to seriously consider distributing condoms in prisons.

Seakgosing, who is a medical doctor by profession, strongly spoke against the government’s denial of sex in prisons when there is evidence that there are unprotected sexual activities in jail.

“Sooner or later, we are going to regret our failure to acknowledge the problem that is so obvious to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
07 June 2010

The South African government has been ordered to release a hidden report on the 2002 elections in Zimbabwe, after a successful court bid by a local newspaper.

Since 2008 the Mail & Guardian has been trying to have the report released, amid widespread speculation that it contained evidence showing that Zimbabwe’s 2002 disputed election was not free or fair. Judge Sisi Khampepe and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke were at the time commissioned by then president Thabo Mbeki to visit Zimbabwe and report back on the state of the election. The report was handed over to Mbeki but never made public, although the former President insisted the electoral process in Zimbabwe was completely democratic.

The newspaper’s efforts to access the details of the report were repeatedly denied, leaving it little choice but to seek the intervention of the High Court. The government, now under President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, has seven days to release the report to the Mail & Guardian, after the High Court ruled in the newspaper’s favour last Friday. The government can appeal in that time, but their plan of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Mbongeni Mguni
Staff Writer

The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO)’s heritage tourism activities are bearing fruit with several community-driven projects on the verge of taking off around the country.

The projects, funded under the BTO’s P15 million annual development budget, are designed to diversify tourism away from traditional activities such as wildlife while simultaneously spreading tourism activities around the country.

The heritage activities are in line with a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) research recommendation that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Africa: Latest News
Servaas van den Bosch
8 June 2010

Countries are quietly signing up to the Copenhagen Accord, but commitments on emissions cuts and funding remain unclear.

“We have to decide by this Sunday whether we sign the Copenhagen Accord, or not. If we don’t, we have no access to the 30 billion dollar quick startup fund,” Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula told a gathering of businessmen in Windhoek at the end of January. “Perhaps we should just take it.’

Angula was wrong on the first point: faced with a less than enthusiastic response from the 194 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its executive secretary, Yvo de Boer, dropped the Jan. 31 deadline long before Angula’s predicament arose.

That nobody in the Namibian government seemed to be [continue reading]