Archive for September 21st, 2010

source: Mmegi

More than 90 percent of the African business decision-makers were confident that that Internet and related technology costs would drop and competition would dramatically increase as a result of the rush of new undersea cables connecting to the continent, the latest ‘Telecoms Trends in Africa 2010’ report has stated.

The report, released by World Wide Works and Database 360, also revealed that most African countries remained heavily reliant on slow or expensive forms of connectivity, such as dial-up and satellite, but that they were starting to migrate to broadband.

Database 360 interviewed 1, 100 Internet-using small, medium-sized and large business across 20 African countries. World Wide Worx analysed the data and compiled the report. Database 360 MD Louise Robinson said that there was “little doubt” that the very nature of businesses was changing in this new connectivity era. “It’s amazing to see how the level of Internet usage shoots up wherever the new undersea cables have landed and fibre optic networks have linked the cables to [continue reading]

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source: Mmegi
by John Regonamanye
20-09-2010

Minister for Lands and Housing, Nonofo Molefhi, vowed to blacklist “incompetent contractors” blamed for poor workmanship and for the late delivery of government projects, saying they have cost taxpayers millions of pula.

Molefhi, speaking at the inauguration of the Botswana Housing Corporation housing unit in Serowe on Thursday, did not mince his words, shifting from the native language to the queen’s language to accommodate both the local and international companies whose majority of infrastructural projects leaves much to be desired.

“While government is so much determined to develop the infrastructure of our country and, by so doing, engage both the local and international companies, we are worried about the quality of workmanship employed by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

The Minister of Lands and Housing, Nonofo Molefhi, says Batswana should not sell their plots to foreigners. Molefhi said this addressing a kgotla meeting in Molepolole last week.

He gave the example of Molepolole where the sale of land to foreigners is rampant.

Molefhi revealed that most of the business plots in Molepolole are owned by foreigners but they were not allocated by the land board.

He said the plots were sold to the foreigners, adding that some of the plots were initially earmarked for residential purposes.
He said in tourist places like Shakawe, local people have been selling their riverside masimo (fields) to [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-09-21 07:26

Durban – The leaking of ANC leadership discussions and decisions to the media must be dealt with “decisively”, said ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Monday.

“The leakage of NEC [national executive committee] discussions and decisions to the media are a regular feature of this leadership structure,” read the organisational report delivered by Mantashe to the ANC’s national general council in Durban.

“Agendas of the NEC are shaped and influenced in the media, with comrades blatantly projecting what they want discussed.

“This tendency weakens the leadership of the ANC in the public eye as it [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Mpho Tlale
Correspondent

The Head of the European Delegation to Botswana, Paul Malin, said if southern African countries use tourism to their advantage, revenue generated could be invested in infrastructure.

“Hotels and lodges can be built, public transport can become more accessible and facilities necessary for tourism at higher levels of comfort can be established,” Malin told a workshop on Investment in Sustainable Tourism in Southern Africa in Gaborone recently.

He said some of the key challenges that face tourism in southern Africa are also relevant to Europe.

He cited structural changes driven by climate change such as rising sea levels, scarcity of water, pressure on biodiversity and risk to cultural heritage from mass tourism as well as an increasing global competition and the need for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
by Irene Madongo
20 September 2010

The government’s decision to spend US$400m on purchasing aircraft for Air Zimbabwe, as workers strike over pay, show the government has failed to balance priorities, an economic commentator has said.

More than 40 pilots have been on strike because of the non-payment of allowances and salaries owed to them, estimated at US$1.2 million. The airline says their demands for more than US$1,200 per month are impossible to meet. The job action continues with no resolution in sight, amid reports that management had fired the striking staff. However on Sunday it was reported that the government paid US$400 million for two new Airbus A340-200 aircraft, to service Air Zimbabwe’s long-haul routes such as China and the United Kingdom.

On Monday, economic commentator Masimba Kuchera of the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development, said of the purchase: “It comes at the backdrop of salaries not being afforded to pilots and other airline workers, and it is a shame. There should be a balance between replacing the fleet and [continue reading]