Archive for March 31st, 2007

source:BOPA
30 March, 2007

JWANENG – The beef industry continues to grow with more and more productive cattle breeds being introduced into the country.

The latest breed is the Belgian Blue which has made an impression becoming a Botswana Meat Commissions (BMC) record holder.

The Harvitz Group sold the beast at the Lobatse abattoir last year for a record P8 388.

The young bull was 24 months old and had a feedlot performance of 1.75kg per day according to farmers magazine.

It was bred at the Harvitz Groups Molopo Farms and was the result of an insemination programme using the British National Champion BB bull, Tamhorn Sumo, according to the magazine.

The animal in question was sired by a Belgian Blue out of a Simbra type female. It tipped the scales at 788kg live weight.

It slaughter out at an unbelievable 501.1kg CDM, giving an incredible 63 per cent killing out percentage, says the farmers  [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 30 2007 at 12:20PM

The continued demand for credit may force the South African Reserve Bank to hike rates in April, reported SABC on Friday.

The bank said the growth in demand for credit quickened to 26,12 percent year-on-year in February from 24,83 percent in January.

During the same period the broadly-defined M3 measure of money supply – it is an estimate of the entire supply of money within an economy – also grew by 22,9 percent.

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

March 29, 2007
Posted to the web March 30, 2007

Bame Piet

Batswana have expressed disappointment with their Members of Parliament (MPs) for failing to stop the controversial Security and Intelligence Services Bill (SIS), which passed the second reading on Monday.

The Executive Branch was able to score 25 votes against 16 from ordinary MPs while 17 others were absent from the House. This happened because some MPs do not care about parliamentary debates, preferring to attend to their private affairs or kill time at the Parliamentary Bar. In some instances, debates had to be suspended because the MPs could not form a quorum – 21 out of the 63. The Bill was withdrawn from Parliament last November after an outcry that there was need for an oversight body to avoid any possible abuse of SIS by the authorities.

Some MPs, who were then on the backbench, have been promoted and have since changed their stance. As a result, they are pushing for the adoption of the Bill, which means it will soon come up for third and final reading.

Commenting on the “sad turn of events”, Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) [continue reading]


Howard University (Washington, DC)
PRESS RELEASE

Washington, D.C.

Only 7 percent of Botswana’s 1.6 million citizens have access to tertiary education. By the year 2016, Howard University and the Republic of Botswana plan to nearly triple that number increasing access to 20 percent. On March 29, 2007, Howard University President, H. Patrick Swygert and Mrs. Festina S. Bakwena, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

Howard University will provide technical assistance in the following areas: 1) development of a campus plan; 2) development of undergraduate and graduate curricula in science, technology, the social sciences, humanities, business and economics; and 3) recruitment, selection, hiring and development of an administration and a faculty for the institution, including the provision of graduate education, mainly at the Ph.D. level at Howard University for talented Botswana who are designated for future faculty positions.

“Howard University is celebrating its 140th year of preparing and producing leaders for America and the global community; we are extremely proud to be a part this partnership with the Republic of Botswana,” said Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert. “We are committed to making the Botswana International University of Science and Technology a reality.”

The Republic of Botswana’s delegation during the signing ceremony expressed the urgency for capacity building and economic development in the Southern African nation.

“When there are no more diamonds we will have our people,” said Bakwena. “It is important as a developing country for us to invest in our human resources and there is no better way to do that but through education.”

Howard University will provide technical assistance in the following areas: 1) development of a campus plan; 2) development of undergraduate and graduate curricula in science, technology, the social sciences, humanities, business and economics; and 3) recruitment, selection, hiring and development of an administration and a faculty for the institution, including the provision of graduate education, mainly at the Ph.D. level at Howard University for talented Botswana who are designated for future faculty positions.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.Howard.edu