Archive for October 4th, 2010

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
03-10-2010

The Minister of Trade has forcefully waded into the ongoing merger between BEDIA and IFSC by taking the merging exercise away from the two companies and installing it into her office from where it is managed by a Deputy Permanent Secretary.

Dorcas Makgatho-Malesu has made it clear that a merger of BEDIA and IFSC will involve a holistic exercise, which will result with some people “naturally” being negatively affected.

In an interview, the minister said the review will, among other things, evaluate the skills base at the disposal of [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-03 23:29

Johannesburg – SA will on Monday give a report to the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees on progress documenting illegal Zimbabweans, the home affairs department said.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would brief the UNHCR in Geneva, Switzerland, spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement on Sunday.

“The process of documenting Zimbabweans living in South Africa began on 20 September and includes the extension of amnesty to those Zimbabweans who return South African identity documents and permits acquired fraudulently.

“South Africa has been inspired by the huge turnout of Zimbabweans living in [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
27-09-2010

Government has backtracked on a Presidential directive issued by President Ian Khama to scale down Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

The contents of the document had, however, been leaked to The Sunday Standard.

By Friday afternoon the Minister of Education was at pains to explain the circumstances surrounding the leaked document.

In an interview with The Sunday Standard she attributed the document to “mischief-making” before adding that there had been a “misunderstanding.”

She denied the President had sought to issue a directive.

“There is no way the President would issue a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
1 October 2010

The Electoral Amendment Bill is now out and will be gazetted anytime soon.

The Attorney-General’s office has been working on a draft of the Electoral Amendment Bill agreed to by the coalition partners in 2009 for tabling before parliament. The Bill contains sweeping electoral reforms that would make it mandatory for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce all election results within five days.

After the first round of the March 2008 presidential elections, the discredited old ZEC, led by Justice George Chiweshe, took more than five weeks to announce the results.

The anticipated Bill also proposes to remove police personnel from using the postal ballot, or being present at polling stations on election day. The partisan police force has always faced accusations of abusing their power when they ‘helped’ disabled or illiterate voters to cast their ballots in all elections held since 2000

A highly placed source in government told SW Radio Africa on Friday that the [continue reading]