Archive for October 8th, 2010

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Palapye nominated councillor Pako Dick has been arrested for driving without a licence and causing malicious damage to a police vehicle.

Palapye Police Station Commander Superintendent Kenneth Masole confirmed the incident.

‘I can confirm that we have arrested a nominated councillor for driving without a licence and causing malicious damage to government property,” he said.

Superintendent Masole would not give details on the incident but indicated that if found guilty Dick could face not less than three years in prison for damage to government property and a P500 fine for driving without a licence.Palapye Sub Council Chairman Onneetse Ramogapi in an interview expressed regret about the incident and said councillors are leaders and public figures whose conduct should be exemplary. “A slight mistake that a councillor makes erases all the good he has been doing in the face of the public and [continue reading]

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source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) to connect a fibre optic cable network with that country through Kazungula.

The joint telecommunications project will cost US$258, 000.00 and is expected take between three to four months to be built.

Speaking during the signing ceremony of the MoU in Lusaka, the Chief Commercial Officer of Zamtel, Amon Jere, told Zambian media that once effected, the project would make Zambia a telecommunications hub in the southern African region.

Jere said the project would help reduce the cost of international connectivity and improve the quality and speed of Internet services. He disclosed that that the company was considering connecting another fibre optic cable with Namibia through Kazungula.

“We are working on providing high quality but affordable high-speed Internet for all Zambians”, Jere said. “Every Zambian must have access to affordable high quality broadband Internet through mobile Internet and fixed Internet through ADSL.”

BTC, which provides the country’s national and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
7 October, 2010

The state owned Herald newspaper reported on Thursday that government had urged the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to license more radio and television stations, in order to provide remote areas of the country with access to information. The comments were made by Media and Information Minister Webster Shamu at a BAZ strategic planning workshop, held in Harare on Wednesday.

Shamu is quoted as saying: “Universal access to broadcasting services has remained on the government’s wish list for the past two decades, but regrettably little progress has been made in that direction.” Shamu gave no explanation as to why the government had not made progress in over twenty years, when all that is required is for them to issue invitations for license applications. A number of community, church and commercial radio stations would be ready to start broadcasting very quickly.

The Herald is known as a mouthpiece for ZANU PF. The paper refuses to run MDC adverts and only promotes ZANU PF policy. So when Minister Shamu told delegates at the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

Government will have to dig deeper into its coffers to cater for over 60,000 Industrial Class employees who were left out when trade unions and government reached an agreement on uniform working hours and backpays.

It is expected that civil servants will be paid backpays dating back to May 1st when the new Public Service Act (PSA) became operational and the budget for this could run into hundreds of millions of Pula.

National Organising Secretary for National Amalgamated Local and Central Government Workers Union/Manual Workers Union, Johnson Motshwarakgole said yesterday they will be meeting with the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) this week or next week to resolve the [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-07 21:58

Cape Town – South Africa will not be sending troops to conflict-ridden Somalia to boost the African Union’s peacekeeping force, Defence Secretary Mpumi Mpofu said on Thursday.

“The answer to Somalia is a simple ‘no’. The South African National Defence Force will not be deployed in Somalia,” she told a media briefing in Cape Town on the department’s 2009/10 annual report.

“So we don’t have an instruction to go to Somalia right now from the commander in chief or anybody.”

She said, however, that there was still the possibility of South Africa deploying ships as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) force to fend off Somali pirates if they encroached on [continue reading]