Archive for October 21st, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government’s P38 million rescue package for the troubled textile industry has thus far benefited 44 companies, employing 2, 831 citizens and disbursing P5.6 million in the process.

On Monday, a Ministry of Trade and Industry statement announced that of the 44 companies, 11 were large scale, seven medium, 25 small and one a micro-business. Successful applicants for the rescue package are mainly from Gaborone and Francistown with 19 companies in total, followed by Molepolole, Selebi-Phikwe, Tutume, Bobonong and 10 other villages.

“There has generally been slow growth in the coverage of the locations of companies that have benefited,” the statement reads. “The Ministry is, however, hopeful that the spread of [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 21 2010 at 07:48am

Zimbabwean conservation officials blamed poachers after an elephant trampled a South African man to death in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean conservation officials blamed poachers after an elephant trampled a South African man to death in Zimbabwe, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force, said that 55-year-old Don Hornsby from Bedfordview in Johannesburg, was attacked by an elephant at Mutsadona near Lake Kariba last week.

Hornsby was apparently trying to take a photo of the animal.

“Don and some friends were fishing from the bank of the lake when the elephants came to drink water. He was running to fetch his camera when the elephant charged at him.

“Usually the rule at the lake is that people may only catch fish from [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: The Francistown bus and taxi rank is becoming a dangerous place for women in high hemlines, despite the police promising to keep an eye on the situation.

In an undeclared war on the high hemline, taxi drivers here often gang up to attack any woman who, in their dim view, is dressed indecently. Alternatively, such women are booed, insulted and even stripped.

In the latest incident a week ago, two young women clad in short dresses escaped by a whisker when they were chased by a yelling mob of taxi drivers and their conductors at the rank. Some students joined the fray in the midst of catcalls as soon as the two hapless women entered the rank from Nswazwi Mall.

A few moments later, it seemed everyone at the rank could not resist the urge to join in the craze. To their credit, the women focused on a combi which whisked them away before the mob could get to them.

Said Julia Saturday, a vendor who operates at the rank: “They are lucky. They should have been stripped. How can they come to the rank dressed like that? They [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Elias Mbao
19 October 2010

Nairobi — Botswana’s former president Festus Mogae yesterday said African governments and leaders must not enact laws that criminalise homosexuality and sex work, warning that such legislation would inhibit the fight against HIV/Aids.

Mr Mogae, who chairs a team dubbed ‘Champions of an HIV-Free Generation’ that comprise prominent African anti-Aids activists, told Zambian President Rupiah Banda at State House in Lusaka that homosexuals and sex workers were part of society and they should not be stigmatised or discriminated.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Festus Gontebanye Mogae former president of Botswana.

Mr Mogae said he had written to some African Presidents, without mentioning names, who wanted to pass laws to criminise homosexuality, advising them not to do so.

The former President, who explained that he is heterosexual, said in Botswana homosexuality was illegal but he [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Beaten by newcomers such as Myspace, Facebook, Youtube at their own game, Botswana’s first and only social network website has quietly shut down.

For the last decade the website has been trying to build itself into one of the world’s more popular and profitable social network sites., which had successfully penetrated South Africa, Lesotho, and was also used by Tswana speakers in the Diaspora, went off line during the week preceding Botswana’s independence day (end of September) as users trying to log on were greeted with a message showing that it was hacked by “Arab attack”, with a picture of a green human skull & bones appearing.

When Mmegi phoned the founder Santos Thomas once again about the [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-20 19:04

Johannesburg – Rights groups said on Wednesday they have asked a South African court to force the company mining diamonds in Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange fields to reveal how it uses its earnings.

Nicole Fritz, director of the Southern African Litigation Centre which helped prepare the petition, said the documents would show if the diamond wealth is funding President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party ahead of elections that could come as early as next year.

“There is a widespread belief that the Marange diamonds are funding a Zanu-PF election war chest-as well as providing Zimbabwe’s old elite with a new source of illicit wealth,” Fritz said in a statement.

Southern Africa Resource Watch along with three Zimbabweans filed the petition in [continue reading]