Archive for November 26th, 2009
26 November, 2009
GABORONE – It could be some time before property owners in major villages and peri-urban areas begin to pay property tax.
Assistant Minister of Local Government, Mr Kentse Rammidi told Parliament that there were legal and logistical impediments that had to be overcome before property rates were introduced in major villages.
However, the ministry has since issued drafting instructions to the Attorney General for the review of the Local Government (District Councils) Act, Cap 40:01 with a view to accommodating the proposals for introduction of the said fees.
Consultations are also currently ongoing with relevant stakeholders such as the Ministry of Lands and Housing to pave way for operationalising the proposal.
The Government White Paper number two of 2004 on the Second Presidential Commission on [continue reading]
Debswana plans to extend the closure of Damtshaa Mine until the end of 2010 due to uncertainty in the market, Managing Director Balckie Marole said yesterday.
Speaking at Diamond Town Hall Meeting held at the GICC Marole said the mining company’s board approved the proposal and they will approach the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources for approval.
“The closure is based on the fact that what we currently produce from other mines is far more than market demand,” he said.
Marole said to bring Damtshaa Mine, which is the smallest behind Jwaneng, Letlhakane and Orapa mines back to production, after closing it for a year due to [continue reading]
Business Daily (Nairobi)
Johnstone Ole Turana
26 November 2009
Leading economists from across Africa are meeting in Nairobi to discuss the continent’s economy.
The meeting, which will draw government policy makers and central bank governors, comes at a time when the continent is facing a daunting task as a result of the global economic crisis.
The full effect of the crisis is yet to be quantified and their long term effect noted.
The African economy is undergoing one of its biggest challenges in years as the global economic crisis bears its weight on the bristle economies of the continent.
The aftershock of the crisis that originated in the US and Europe has dragged down African economies which were on a trajectory of growth.
African economies are under grave challenges as the achievements of the past decade are likely to be eroded. In addition, the threat is likely to [continue reading]
25 November, 2009
GABORONE – Batswana will now enjoy the benefit of free access to their laws through the Internet following the launch of the laws of Botswana website by the Attorney Generals Chambers last week.
The website can be accessed through www.laws.gov.bw The laws of Botswana in the Internet are in a PDF format and the user is able to use the search capability of acrobat reader.
Currently, the site does not have advanced search but that is available in the CD ROM which is endowed with search facilities and it is subscription based.
The publication of the CD ROM has been outsourced to Blackhall Publishing and can be purchased through GMI, a local company currently supplying the product.
One can visit the Attorney Generals Chambers website that is linked to this site and is complete with a brochure containing information on [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
25 November 2009
The imminent signing of a new bilateral investment protection treaty (BIPPA) between Zimbabwe and South Africa could be halted, if an application in the Pretoria High Court on behalf of more than 200 farmers proves successful on Thursday.
The BIPPA, which is set to be signed this weekend at an investment conference in Harare, controversially excludes protection on all South African owned land expropriated by the government during the so-called land ‘reform’ programme. The agreement itself has not yet been made public, but South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies recently revealed that the agreement will only provide security for South African investors in any sector, including agriculture, ‘from now on’. He added, in an interview with South African newspaper Business Day, that it would have been impossible to negotiate this agreement with a ‘retrospective clause’, with regards to [continue reading]
Pretoria – A bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe is unconstitutional and will be challenged in court, AfriForum said on Wednesday.
“It excludes people [farmers] historically deprived of property as a result of a compulsory acquisition, of land expropriation,” the organisation’s legal representative Willie Spies told a press briefing in Pretoria.
He said the signing of the agreement, scheduled for Friday, would be challenged in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.
“The agreement contains a so-called exclusion clause. It’s discrimination, it’s unlawful.”
AgriSA president Johannes Moller said the agreement would not take into account historical ownership of land or [continue reading]
In an effort to reduce the backlog of applications for plots, the Ministry of Lands and Housing has allocated 30, 155 plots across the country.
A press statement from the ministry, says that the plots were allocated for various uses such as residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, civic and community.
“Of the 30, 155 plots allocated, 9, 337 plots were allocated to the youth,” the ministry says.
The Ngwato Landboard, Central District, which is the largest in the country, received the lion’s share of 12, 217 plots allocated by the landboard, followed by [continue reading]
25 November, 2009
GABORONE – A total of 725 817 people registered for the general elections, which represents 69 per cent of the eligible voters.
Responding to a question from Kweneng East MP, the Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi said of the registered voters, 76.5 per cent or 555 308 voted in the general elections.
He said he was unable to provide a profile of those who voted as the marked voters rolls used on polling day were currently at the High Court where they would remain for six months as required by law.
Minister Masisi said following the amendment of the Electoral Act to separate the counting of ballots of local government from those of the national assembly ballots, an additional 490 counting centres from the original 57 were established resulting in the engagement of many returning officers to oversee the counting process.
He said while training was provided to the officers, inordinate delays were experienced in [continue reading]
source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
25 November 2009
The trial of Roy Bennett, the MDC senior official accused of trying to overthrow the Mugabe regime, continued on Wednesday with the cross examination of another state witness, Superintendent Arnold Zorodzai Dhliwayo. Journalists covering the terrorism case of the MDC’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate say the statements made by the state witnesses expose even more holes in this controversial trial.
Bennett is accused of conspiring with Peter Michael Hitschmann, a registered firearms dealer, to acquire weapons to ‘eliminate’ government officials.
SW Radio Africa correspondent Simon Muchemwa said that just like the first State witness, Dhliwayo’s testimony was full of inconsistencies and contradictions. The first State witness was lead police investigator Chief Superintendent James Makone, who told the court that Dhliwayo had recorded all the weapons found at [continue reading]