Archive for January 14th, 2009
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is working on building a cultural village next to Toutswe-Mogala Hill, in Maope Village, about 48km north of Palapye to the tune of P61 million.
The village, according to ministry spokesperson Boniface Mabeo, will be a set of multi-purpose traditional and modern structures depicting all facets of Botswana’s social and cultural life. “The village will provide samples of various traditional types of houses from different ethnic groups in Botswana, depicting different fencing, walling and decorations of buildings,” he said.
He added that the project, which will be implemented in phases, is currently at the design stage.
He said the village components will also include places for craftsmen with a view to teaching visitors how they carry out their works. Other components will include a Kgotla, consulting rooms for traditional doctors, and a cattle-post.
The other range of buildings will focus on [continue reading]
14 January, 2009
TUTUME – Batswana have been advised to take farming seriously in order to mitigate the effects of the world economic downturn.
Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe said in kgotla meetings in his Tonota North constituency that the government programme, ISPAAD came at the right time when the world was grappling with acute shortage of commodities, especially agricultural products.
He uged Batswana to take full advantage of the programme to save the country money that could otherwise be spent on imports of food products, basic ones such as maize and sorghum.
He stated that food prices were rising at an alarming rate due to the worldwide shortage of food.
Further, he appealed to the residents to be patient as the government was [continue reading]
January 14 2009 at 09:55AM
South Africa’s pebble bed company has successfully manufactured the uranium dioxide-coated particles which form the basis of high-temperature reactor fuel, it announced on Tuesday.
The particles had now been sent to a laboratory in the United States for irradiation testing, the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) company’s chief executive Jaco Kriek said in a statement.
“We have conducted extensive development work and we are satisfied that the coated particles that were produced for testing will provide proof and assurance that the PBMR will perform to its predicted best-in-the-world safety capabilities in the [continue reading]
As the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in neighbouring South Africa gets nearer, one of the Gaborone’s popular hotels, Cresta Lodge, is undergoing a P20 million upgrading and expansion.
Ideally located near the Gaborone Dam on the outskirts of the capital, Cresta Lodge was graded 3-star by the Botswana Tourism Board (Botobo) in 2007.
Its General Manager, Jonathan Cox, says Phase One of the project entails construction of a 400-seater movie theatre-style conference room. Already at roof level, the construction of the conference room is scheduled for completion by August.
Cox says because they realised that there was a shortage of good quality conference centres in the city, Cresta Lodges’s will feature state-of-the-art LCD projectors and sound and lighting systems.
Expounding on the [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
13 January 2009
An international group of scholars on genocide have for the first time used the word genocide in conjunction with the actions of Robert Mugabe.
In a statement posted on its website, the International Association of
Genocide Scholars called for the UN Security Council to refer Mugabe to
the International Criminal Court for prosecution. The scholars say Mugabe is now ‘committing genocide by attrition’ which they say falls under the provision of the UN Genocide Convention, outlawing acts that “deliberately inflict on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction, in whole or in part.” The group wrote this week that Mugabe’s
“apparent intention is to destroy his political and ethnic enemies in Zimbabwe.”
The ‘genocide’ label has for months started surfacing in conjunction with the crisis Zimbabwe is [continue reading]
14 January, 2009
TUTUME – Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe has advised the residents of Nshakazhogwe to familiarise themselves with the stock market so that they can gain business knowledge. Mr Gaolathe further advised the residents to take advaantage of the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)’s initiative of putting some measures in place to educate Batswana on the basic aspects of business and the importance of buying shares in the listed companies.
BSE has produced a pamphlet to educate Batswana on this issue. The pamphlet has a translated Setswana version so as to reach as many people as possible Mr Gaolathe was responding to the complaints from the residents that the government is privatising some companies such as the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation and encouraging people to buy shares, while many people are not versed in the business processes and expertise.
The residents said government should educate the people, especially the rural communities on the process of [continue reading]
Kgalagadi Breweries’ clear beer export to Zambia and the DRC has not been affected by the 30-percent levy slapped on alcoholic beverages by the government towards the end of last year.
The company’s Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Thapelo Letsholo, says the levy does not apply on exports.
KBL started supplying Zambia and the DRC markets with clear beer and soft drinks two years ago after it won the award of Best Brewer, beating nine other breweries, among them Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda and India.
The award is given by SABMiller to the brewery that displays high adherence to the Manufacturing Performance Index (MPI) scorecard.
The award was the result of a series of successes in the year preceding its bestowal. These included [continue reading]
Business Day (Johannesburg)
14 January 2009
Johannesburg — IN THE past few years, the relationship between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the executive has been fraught with tension, testing to the limits constitutional provisions governing the authority.
After Monday’s Supreme Court of Appeal judgment against Jacob Zuma, there are now three different versions of the appropriate relationship between the executive and the NPA.
One is in former National Assembly speaker Frene Ginwala’s report on suspended national director of public prosecutions Vusi Pikoli’s fitness to hold office; another from Judge Chris Nicholson of the Pietermaritzburg High Court; and yet another from the appeal court in Bloemfontein.
At the heart of the puzzle are two seemingly conflicting constitutional provisions.
One says that national legislation must ensure the NPA exercises its [continue reading]
14 January, 2009
HUKUNTSI – The construction of Hukuntsi/Kang Road is expected to commence in February.
District Officer Administration, Mr Lesang Kgomoetsile said in an interview that the P536 million tender was awarded to the Sino Hydro Construction Company in August last year.
Mr Kgomoetsile said initially the road construction phase was supposed to commence between September and October last year and said it was postponed due to the revised scope of the project.
The DO said it was later decided that the road be widened as the current one is [continue reading]
The Botswana Police Service will have to work hard these coming two years to combat crime because they will not be getting new recruits this year.
Minister for Defence, Justice and Security, Ndelu Seretse, said the recruitment was frozen because of the global financial crisis that is likely to affect this year’s budget and projects for Botswana.
He said the police would have to utilise the limited resources available, adding that the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and BPS compliment each other. He said the BDF could be engaged to assist in civil policing whilst the police cannot be used in military operations.
The minister said the special constables will employ new officers and the two forces will [continue reading]
UN News Service (New York)
13 January 2009
The death toll in Zimbabwe’s worst ever cholera outbreak has now topped 2,000, with more than 100 deaths – and nearly 1,500 new cases – added just today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
In all, there have been close to 40,000 cholera cases reported in Zimbabwe so far, according to WHO, which adds that virtually no part of the country has been spared in the epidemic, made worse by a near collapse of the health system and deteriorating humanitarian conditions.
The disease, which is caused by contaminated food or water, has affected all ten of Zimbabwe’s provinces, and nearly 90 per cent of the country’s 62 local districts. Half the cases are in the capital, Harare, and only a handful of professionals are staffing clinics where several dozen are needed.
WHO and sister agencies, such the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have [continue reading]
SELEBI-PHIKWE:The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Selebi-Phikwe regional committee summoned town Mayor, Amogelang Mojuta on Friday to respond to allegations of misconduct.
The two-hour meeting also sought to resolve differences between BDP Selebi-Phikwe West councillors and Mojuta.The mayor, who retained his post, is accused of campaigning for the opposition and being disrespectful to fellow party members.
He said the mayor was warned to guard against behaviour that could be miscontrued as undermining other party members.
Mojuta got a boost when the regional committee allowed him to contest Monday’s mayoral elections. “We believe we have quelled the noise. We allowed him to run for [continue reading]
13 January, 2009
HUKUNTSI – Two lions recently caused panic and dismay among Lokgwabe residents when they killed three cows and a calf in just a day.
One of the cattle owners, Mr Lesedi Modukanele said in an interview that he lost a total of eight cattle due to the predators over the years. Mr Modukanele said government should should ensure that predators like lions do not come into contact with cattle.
Mr Modukanele is entitled to P700 compensation for his recently killed cow.
The owners of the other cattle had still not been identified.
A Department of Wildlife and National Parks official, Mrs Keolopile Manongi said their [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
13 January 2009
The regime on Monday formally ordered the country’s armed forces to be placed on high alert ‘to prevent the MDC from staging a coup’.
Acting deputy information minister Bright Matongo said the military and police were searching for weapons and ‘suspicious’ people who may be preparing for war. He alleged the MDC were recruiting youths to use as bandits to destabilize the country and topple the regime.
But the MDC’ secretary for security and intelligence, Giles Mutsekwa, rubbished the regime’s allegations and said the move to place troops on high alert had various interpretations linked to internal wrangles within ZANU PF.
He explained the regime wanted to create an impression that the country is going to be ungovernable ‘as the MDC was training insurgents ready to destabilise the country,’ although no one buys that story anymore.
‘What we know obtaining on the ground at the moment is that there is a hell of a lot of infighting within ZANU PF, people are scrambling for power. They don’t trust each other and that is [continue reading]
13 January, 2009
GABORONE – The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Jacob Nkate, is in London to attend the Learning and Technology World Forum.
It provides a unique opportunity for ministers of education from all over the world to meet and address the challenges, implications and future direction of technology on learning.
The theme for the forum is ” Next Generation Learning,” and has been divided into [continue reading]