Archive for March 28th, 2007

source: BOPA
27 March, 2007

GABORONE – Botswana Railways las week entered into some business agreement with two companies from Australia.
The agreements are expected to enhance the operations of the organisation and enable it to float in the face of challenges facing the railways transport sector.

The first Memorandum of Understanding was between BR and Ansaldo Union Switch and Signal, a company based at Queensland, Australia.

Ansaldo was appointed two years ago to design and construct the signaling and telecommunications infrastructure for the entire BR network.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Gaborone last week, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Mr Gerald Thipe, said the project would improve efficiency and safety of BR operations.

Mr Thipe said in line with the project, BR and Ansaldo have agreed to form a joint venture entity to carry out the maintenance contract of the signaling and telecommunications infrastructure for eight years.

Mr Thipe noted that the Memorandum of Understanding will form a framework [continue reading]

sourec: Mmegi

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

March 26, 2007
Posted to the web March 27, 2007

By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe

Debswana is expected to axe a third of its workforce at its Gaborone headquarters by the end of next month.

Although the diamonds company’s spokesperson Jacob Sesinyi would not disclose the exact number, Monitor has learnt that company intends to prune a third of its workforce or 100 employees at the headquarters as part of its restructuring programme.

Monitor has been reliably informed that the affected workers have already been written, notifying them of the impending retrenchment. Monitor is further informed that the diamond giants have engaged counselling agents to help the workers that might find it hard to cope with the disappointment. Informed sources say Debswana has been urging workers to leave on a voluntary basis and go with lucrative packages. Although Sesinyi would not say so Monitor understands that already two senior managers have offered to leave and harvest the mouth-watering benefits.

However, Sesinyi confirmed that for two weeks now, the company has been urging its workers across [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


All hope is not lost even after a local woman could not be identified to play the role of lead actress, Mma-Ramotswe in the forthcoming Hollywood movie, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, which is based on author Alexander McCcall Smith’s book. Smith’s best selling novel was set in Botswana.

An elated director of Camelthorn film production company, Enrst Engels, says the good news is that the multi-million Pula movie will be shot in Botswana in May. It will be the first time ever that a Hollywood movie would have been shot in the country.

Engels said the move would go a long way in boosting the country’s nascent film industry.

“It is the best thing to happen to us.  It is magnificent,” he said.

Engels has hailed the development because it would also create jobs for Batswana from a wide spectrum.

He said locals are going to be engaged as part of the crew, extras and to play minor roles. Drivers would also benefit. In addition, the hospitality industry would be boosted, as crew  and cast would need accommodation and catering services.

“They might also want to hire equipment,” he said.

Engels, who has designed a website of women who turned up for the Mma-Ramotswe interviews, said the film directors might select from this list. [continue reading]