Archive for February, 2007

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)
February 22, 2007
Posted to the web February 22, 2007
Bame Piet

Police have declared total war against abusive and untidy kombi drivers in a new drive to restore sanity on the country’s roads.

Addressing a joint meeting between the Police, Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) and Public Service Vehicles (PSV) operators at the SSG Hall in Gaborone yesterday, Director of Botswana Police (Traffic division) Senior Superintendent Bakae Karata warned that police would also get tough with dirty kombis and their unkempt drivers and conductors.

“Some of the kombis are dirty, their drivers are dirty, it is high time some people learnt to take a bath.”

Karata raised a number of issues, [continue reading]

Elephants cause havoc

22 February, 2007

FRANCISTOWN – Elephants are reported to be causing havoc in the northern part of Botswana, by destroying field crops and farm properties.

Farmers are therefore calling upon government to act swiftly and protect their field crops and properties from the destructive elephants.

The issue has caused heated debate in many of the kgotla meetings addressed by MPs and ministers in the northern parts of the country.

Many farmers are said to be losing hope in farming as the elephants negate their efforts. They have suggested that an electric cordon fence be erected to prevent the marauding animals from entering into their fields. [continue reading]

From yestday’s Birthday Party

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)
February 21, 2007

Posted to the web February 21, 2007
Thato Chwaane

Batswana have been urged to try the recently launched cell phone banking. Speaking at the half-year interim report and dividend announcement in Gaborone yesterday, First National Bank Botswana (FNB), chief executive officer Danny Zandamela told a media briefing that the bank was investing in technology, describing the innovation as “an enabler of business”.

He said this “is a bank within a cell phone” and promised that FNB would soon release more technological services. [continue reading]

from the Botswana Gazette

Public Servants got their second successive salary increase after the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Baledzi Gaolathe announced a 6 percent increase for this year following the 8 percent adjustment last year. He said as part of the Mid Term Review of NDP 9, approved by Parliament in… [continue reading]

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)
February 21, 2007
Posted to the web February 21, 2007
Staff Writer

Announcing that the monetary policy would remain tight in 2007, the governor of the Botswana Reserve Bank Linah Mohohlo has revealed that Bank of Botswana (BoB) will maintain the 4-7 percent inflation target it set last year.

The governor said during the launch of the 2007 Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) that the outlook for domestic inflation in the New Year remains positive. [continue reading]

Gontse Gareebine

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Ponatshego Kedikilwe has expressed delight towards the association of the Botswana government and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC.)

In his opening remarks at a seminar held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on February 13th Kedikilwe said,” opportunities exist through JBIC to explore foreign investment in Botswana. I believe that with the transparency and political stability that we pride ourselves in we should take this opportunity to sell Botswana and do a good job whilst at it.”

Organised by Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority [continue reading]

source: Mmegi Online

Government is saving millions of Pula it used to spend on sponsoring students for tertiary education outside the country. This follows the initial registration of 18 local institutions in the last seven months while 19 others are in the process of being registered by the Tertiary Education Council (TEC).

The registration of private providers has enabled the Ministry of Education to sponsor more than 15,000 first year students in Botswana’s own private and public tertiary institutions this year alone, which is double the number of first year students sponsored locally.

Assistant education minister Moggie Mbaakanyi says [continue reading]

Source:BOPA Daily News Archive
20 February, 2007

Government does not intent to put in place legislation that would require banks to list with the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE).

The decision to list, said the assistant minister of finance and development planning, Mr Duncan Mlazie is the shareholders prerogative.

Answering a question from Selebi-Phikwe West MP Kavis Kario, he said out of six commercial banks operating in Botswana, three are listed on the BSE while others have issued corporate bonds which are also available to the public.

He said citizens are free to trade in these products. Mr Kario had asked the minister whether it was not time to introduce legislation to require commercial banks to enlist with the BSE so that citizens can also benefit from the consistent good profits realised by these banks. BOPA

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Balancing Act (London)

Russell Southwood

The sale of African Lakes (the owner of pan-African ISP Africa Online) has had more twists and turns than a Grand Prix race-track. Everyone involved – those selling the company and the two potential buyers – probably only agree on one thing: the sale ought to have been done by now. Russell Southwood looks at the lengthening number of questions emerging from this deal not yet done.

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If you want to build the new Serowe / Palapye airport you find the invitation for tender here:

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A compulsory site visit will be held on 23th February 2007. Interested tenderers should assemble at Botsalo Hotel at 9:00hrs.

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Leave your comment with your e-mail address – we will send you a copy.

source: Mmegi Online

GHANZI: The Trans-Kalahari project, which will cover an approximate 2000 kilometres of optical fibre, has the potential to change the country’s ICT infrastructure.
Marking the ground-breaking launch of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC’s) Trans-Kalahari and SDH project this week in Ghanzi, Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, said that
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There is Carnival in Rio !

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Nebert Mulenga/IRIN

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s 12-day tour of Africa has brought aid and trade deals in Liberia, Namibia, and Zambia. However, Hu’s visit has received mixed reactions from rights groups; some claim China’s interest in Africa cannot be mutually beneficial. President Hu is expected to visit with South African President Mbeki and travel to Mozambique and Seychelles before the end of his trip.

(right) Chinese President Hu Jintao embraces his Zambian counterpart Levy Mwanawasa.


More BHC houses for Palapye

19 February, 2007 – Daily News

PALAPYE – Accommodation is a basic need and should be a priority for Batswana, than investing in luxury property such as cars, Member of Parliament, Mr Boyce Sebetela has said.

Mr Sebetela was officiating at Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) ground breaking ceremony in Palapye for P51million worth of 71 houses.

He said Batswana must appreciate that [continue reading]