* Following elections, the South African government has created a Science and Technology Department and its first new Minister is Mosibudi Mangena. Mbeki said during the announcement of his cabinet last week that the Science and Technology Department will now be a department on its own, split from the former Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. The first step to forming the new department occurred two years ago when minister Ben Ngubane, who originally headed the combined department, appointed a separate director-general for science and technology.Mangena is the president of the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo). He has been serving as deputy minister to former education minister Kader Asmal since 2001.

* Orange Botswana said last week that its CEO Phil Wilmer is stepping down from the CEO position at the end of his two-year contract. The Orange Board of Directors meeting also confirmed the appointment of Yannick Bourdeu as Phil Wilmer’s successor.The company said that over the past two years Phil successfully oversaw, the return of Orange to a positive cash flow position and the effective rebrand of Vista to Orange.