Archive for April 4th, 2007

source: BOPA
04 April, 2007

GABORONE – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) must introduce several economic measures in order to accelerate economic development and play a meaningful role in the world trade.

Director of Business and Economic Advisory Council (BEAC), Mr Nicholas Czypionka said Friday that the regional blocs role in the world market was minimal.

Addressing the topic: Potential of SADC as a Trading Bloc at the Botswana Institute of Accounts, he said there has to be change in attitudes adding that self-containment was not the right way to go.

Countries in the region rather than opening their borders for competition protect their markets under the guise of citizen empowerment.

Mr Czypionka said there was need for mind set change from reliance on bureaucratic reforms saying these are inhibiting and the civil servants need to be free in order for them to be more creative.

He said rather than developing local products for them to compete in the global markets, countries in the SADC region have introduced barriers, which penalize the population with high prices.

Mr Czypionka said there was need to look at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


The purchasing power of civil servants and private sector employees who have been awarded a six percent salary hike is likely to be seriously eroded this month when prices of basic foodstuffs go up. The increase might not amount to much given that the price of basic food commodities have already increased by up to 10 percent.

Basic foodstuff such as mealie meal, bread and other household items have already gone up due to high production costs.

Millers say that with the rising cost of production and foodstuffs like wheat from South Africa, they would pass the cost to consumers by a whopping 10 percent.

“We increased the prices of flour and maize meal last month by six percent and this month we are increasing by 10 percent because [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 3, 2007
Posted to the web April 3, 2007

Ryder Gabathuse

Some women have reacted with anger because of what they see as ‘stringent’ recruitment conditions of female soldiers by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF). The BDF recently announced that it will recruit its first ever batch of female soldiers this year. But some women feel that the condition that the female soldiers should not fall pregnant within the first two years of service is not fair.

The deputy chairperson of the Francistown gender committee, Emma Moatswi said that this particular conditions is a serious violation of the rights of women. “The BDF is recruiting women as cadet officers of the ages 18-24 and this is a stage when women start giving birth with others getting married,” Moatswi said.

She asserted that other security services like the police, prisons, wildlife and national parks have women employees but there has never been any noise about pregnancies.

“The Francistown gender committee does not [continue reading]

see also: BDF advertises for women cadets

source: Mmegi


Just two days after President Festus Mogae had lashed at fellow Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) MPs for being critical of government when they should see themselves as a collective two BDP MPs broke ranks and remained true to their conscience when they joined the civil society to seek ways of ‘killing’ ill-fated intelligence and security bill.

Maverick Mps Keletso Rakhudu of Gaborone North and Duke Lefhoko of Shoshong were part of Botswana Council of Non Govermenatal Organisation (BOCONGO) emergency meeting that had been called to discuss the controversial Security and Intelligence Bill in Gaborone yesterday.

The bill is due for the third reading anytime following on its somewhat contentious adoption by Parliament last week. Yesterday’s meeting was called to discuss the ways forward. It was meant to find ways of influencing improvements on the bill to address issues of concern [continue reading]