Archive for April 16th, 2009
The Ministry of Education is drafting a statement to be announced this week about the decision to stop sending students to private tertiary institutions.
The deputy permanent secretary in the ministry, Golekanye Setume, said this yesterday despite the fact that almost all the Form Five graduates are waiting for admission letters from the institutions.
“The budget which we got is P2.1 billion which is the same as last year and it is not enough. The issue is that it can only maintain continuing students. We requested for a supplementary budget last year but we were not successful,” Setume said.
He explained that they went back to the government to show them the implications of not placing the new students.
“The first one was that the institutions would collapse if new students are not placed in all the institutions because [continue reading]
15 April, 2009
TUTUME – One of the Botswana’s most successful conservation projects, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is selling off some of its game.
The Sanctuary’s chief warden, Mr Moremi Tjibae said some of the animals they will be selling have surpassed the number needed in the sanctuary.
“Currently we have 33 white rhinos, but our area can only accommodate up to 30 such animals.” He said other animals like Zebras and Wildebeest are sold to raise funds as the sanctuary needs finance to survive.
Mr Tjibae said although they do not give priority to any specific people when they sell their animals, they expect their customers to be game farmers who will be buying for rearing because the animals are not sold individually.” “We are selling these animals as a batch because if we sell one-by-one, people will want to come here and shoot them, which will scare other animals in the sanctuary.” He also revealed that they normally cull the animals in the sanctuary after every two years, and the last culling exercise was in 2007.
Mr Tjibae also said that they never sell small game because there are small predators like leopards and wild dogs, which do the [continue reading]
The Ministry of Education is the biggest in government. It gets the lion’s share of the national budget, rightly so, because this country puts a high premium on the development of human resources.
The government invests a substantial amount of its resources on education. This makes the Minister of Education one of the most important in cabinet.
However, this ministry has not seen the best of times. Its administration has not been satisfactory to say the least. In the 1990s, there were reports of corrupt practices at the ministry and a commission of enquiry was instituted to deal with it, although it remains questionable how many of those issues were dispensed with.
Recently, a number of officers were forced out of the ministry under a cloud of controversy. There have also been various media reports alleging various misdemeanours at the ministry.
However, we believe that the minister there, Jacob Nkate, needs to get his act together, especially given that his ministry deals with a large number of people. Students form the core stakeholders in Nkate’s ministry and [continue reading]
De Beers and its government partner say they are resuming mining at some sites in Botswana.
Debswana, a joint venture of the diamond giant and the Botswana government, says 5,800 people went back to work Wednesday at the Orapa, Letlhakane and Jwaneng mines.
Debswana, citing the impact of the global economic crisis on demand for rough diamonds, had suspended all mining in Botswana 50 days ago, but had kept paying workers.
Debswana said Wednesday that production at two other sites [continue reading]
April 15 2009
Supermarket chain Shoprite Checkers has warned its stocks will start to run out should the nationwide truck driver strike continue for much longer.
Pick n Pay said it has put in place contingency measures to prevent its shelves standing empty.
But staff at the Nyanga Pick n Pay said none of the perishable goods, including staple items such as bread and milk, had arrived.
None of the Shoprite group’s truck drivers were SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members, but a company spokesman said the strike was having an impact on several of its suppliers, causing a delay in the delivery of some products to distribution centres across the country.
The group would not elaborate on which products would be most affected.
Pick n Pay’s food merchandise director Kevin Korb said the company had already put [continue reading]
15 April, 2009
TSHABONG – Members of the public have been advised to report accidents no matter how minor they may look and any criminal acts to the police in order to fully investigate and insure that justice is served.
The station commander for Middlepits Police, Superintendent Neo Kedumetse raised concern after a recent incident where a truck belonging to a contractor engaged in the construction of Middlepits/Bokspits Road went out of control and crossed the border into South Africa.
Supt Kedumetse said the case was not reported to the police instead the owner retrieved it illegally without first informing the police. He said the incident could have been reported to the police to make proper arrangements for the return of the vehicle.
He also indicated that there are also cases where livestock mostly small stock crossed into South Africa and in some cases the owners fail to report to the police but instead cross illegally into SA to collect their livestock.
He said in some cases some of them end up being [continue reading]
SELEBI-PHIKWE: A heated confrontation between a senior Botswana National Front (BNF) official and a party member at a Selebi-Phikwe hotel nearly degenerated into a free-for-all on Sunday night and the police had to be called in to restore order.
BNF vice president and MP, Olebile Gaborone and an unnamed member were reportedly involved in a heated argument that threatened to turn ugly and so far, police say they are investigating the incident.
Selebi-Phikwe Police Station Commander, Superintendent Victor Nlebesi confirmed the incident but referred further questions to the police public relations department in Gaborone. But a hotel guest who witnessed the incident told Mmegi that at one stage, Gaborone almost beat his BNF counterpart with a hotel chair.
Tension had reportedly been simmering between the two during the special BNF congress held in the copper-nickel mining town during the days and [continue reading]
14 April 2009
Harare — The demise of Zimbabwe’s local currency, the Zimbabwe dollar, and the reappearance of goods on the recently barren shop shelves is an equation that ensures the status quo: ordinary people are unable to feed themselves.
Foreign currency, whether US dollars, South African rands or Botswana pula, is the price paid for stocked shops, but at the Domboshava shopping centre, a rural outpost about 40km northeast of the capital, Harare, there are few customers.
Tendai Shava moves from shelf to shelf admiring the goods, mostly imported from neighbouring South Africa, holding a soiled R20 note (worth about US$2) as she weighs her options.
“I need to buy cooking oil and sugar but I do not have enough money; I only have enough money to buy sugar or cooking oil. I have no idea where [continue reading]