Archive for March 27th, 2007

source: People’s daily online

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will next month relocate its Drought Monitoring Center from Harare to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, New Ziana reported on Monday.

“The SADC Secretariat wishes to inform the public that the Drought Monitoring Center will be relocating its Harare office to Gaborone, Botswana with effect from April 1, 2007,” said the center in a statement.

The move is in line with a resolution to have all SADC Secretariats based in Gaborone, where the 14-member bloc is headquartered, to centralize the bloc’s operations, said the report

The center, which is a regional initiative aimed at improving food security through the provision of weather and climate outlooks, has been operating from Zimbabwe for the past 17 years.

An official from the meteorological department said Zimbabwe would be able to continue to freely access all services offered by the center after its relocation.

The SADC, formed in Lusaka, Zambia on April 1, 1980, boast of a total population of over 230 million and a GDP of over 200 billion U.S. dollars.

Source: Xinhua

source: Mmegi

The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) on Friday confirmed that it had granted offers to three bidders for national commercial radio stations, eliciting excitement on the broadcasting terrain.

If the three bidders, Yarona FM, Gabz FM and new entity Duma FM agree to undisclosed conditions of the offers, they could be licensed by next month.

NBB Chairman Dr Masego Mpotokwane confirmed that the board had given draft licence conditions to the three companies and that everything would be finalised at a meeting next month.

The radio stations are expected to announce dates on which they will go on air.
Mpotokwane said there were six citizen-owned companies bidding for the licences, and emphasised that the licences were strictly reserved for local companies.

He added that even majority shareholders in the companies are citizens.

The market was excited at the announcement that took longer than was expected.
Station Manager for Yarona FM Dumi Lopang on Friday expressed cheers at the news, saying that they would be able to compete with government-owned commercial channel RB2.

Lopang said that they were ready to go nationwide and [continue reading]

source: MT Shortwave Central
Monday, March 26, 2007

The Director of Botswana’s Department of Broadcasting Services, Bapasi Mphusu, says the Department is engaged in improving radio and television reception across the country through the Transmission Expansion Project which resumed in April 2006 and is expected to be completed by March 2009. He said that, on completion, 95 per cent of the country will be covered by radio as compared to the present 80 per cent .
Television reception will improve from the current 40 per cent to an impressive 75 per cent. Mr Mphusu said through satellite dishes and decoders, television is 100 per cent accessible. He said Btv is trying its level best to increase local programmes. Mr Mphusu said the station has signed contracts with two companies to produce four local programmes to be aired starting September for about six months.