Archive for April 27th, 2007

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 26, 2007
Posted to the web April 26, 2007

The uneasy relationship between certain senior managers at Debswana and Managing Director Blackie Marole seems to be headed for a showdown with none of the parties compromising from their hardline positions on the restructuring exercise meant to start at the company head office next month. The bone of contention centres around the application of fixed term contracts agreed with cadres at A-C bands across the board.

Senior managers, most of whom are at the E band did not take kindly to this proposition. They felt it was not fair to them to be subjected to an across the board retrenchment package which they allege was not negotiated with them.

In a letter to management, the senior managers contend that the new fixed term contract will lead to loss of job security which they enjoyed in the permanent and pensionable contracts they had and as such they would want to be compensated for the loss.

The managers query the fact that the restructuring is only confined to Gaborone and not [continue reading]

source: IOL

April 26 2007 at 02:59PM

By Lee-Shay Collison

The Lotto is only expected to be up and running again at the end of June at the very earliest.

This comes as the department of trade and industry confirmed on Wednesday that the National Lotteries Board had asked for an extension of the deadline.

Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa suspended the lottery at the end of March for a month.

This was after a Pretoria High Court ruling that the awarding of the lottery contract to preferred bidder Gidani had been flawed.

The trade and industry minister was ordered to review the process.

The latest news is likely to come as a major shock for regular Lotto players who [continue reading]

source: diamonds.net
Company to focus European campaign on Italy & UK

By Avi Krawitz Posted: 04/26/07 09:51

RAPAPORT.
Diamond polishing and marketing company Dalumi announced April 26, 2007 that it has started production at its diamond polishing factory in Botswana.

The move comes as Botswana, the world’s largest producer of rough diamonds by volume, seeks to diversify its activity in the industry. The country is participating in a six African nation summit this week in Angola aimed at achieving this purpoe throughout the region.

Rafi Yerushalmi, managing director of Dulami said, “Today Botswana is the world’s leading producer of quality gem diamonds. Combining our capabilities and know-how with cutting edge technologies will help to develop and boost Botswana’s role as well as Dalumi’s competitive advantage in the industry”.

Tel Aviv-based Dalumi currently employs 100 workers at the Botswana factory and is looking to double that by the end of the year.

Separately, Dalumi announced April 26, it would focus its 2007 European activities on penetrating the markets in the UK and Italy.

“In 2007 we aim to strengthen our presence within two strategic markets, UK and Italy, which have a strong potential,” said Yuval Kemp, director of marketing & business development at Dalumi. “We will promote two different projects such as Les Nuances and TYD which will enable us to bring new DJ concepts into those markets.”

The company will implement its ‘Tattoo Your Diamond’ project in Italy, and its Les Nuances in the UK.

In addition, Kemp said that Dalumi was chosen by the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) to be one of two companies to launch DTC’s Forevermark pilot in Italy.