Archive for May 9th, 2007

source: BOPA
08 May, 2007

GABORONE – To keep the local film industry alive, Stuart White and Ernst Engels will present a documentary on Botswana since independence.
The documentary titled Botswana: A country of Contrast, focuses on the countrys development since independence 40 years ago.

The creative minds behind the documentary also brought us the musicals Annie and Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The drama, dance and music driven documentary is based on a rags to riches theme adapted from last years musical Annie.

Annie is a heart-warming and entertaining rags to riches tale of an 11-year-old orphan who yearns for a better life outside the gates of the orphanage run by the mean-spirited Miss Hannigan.

Her life changes and her dreams come true when she is adopted by a millionaire.

The story of Annie is based on the cartoon strip Little Orphan Annie created by Harold Gray and turned into a musical by Martin Charnin.

The documentary A country of Contrast makes a connection between Annie living in an orphanage in depression time America and Botswana, a sunny country with [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 May, 2007

BOSTON – Employment prospects in Botswana are likely to improve significantly after the government injects billions of Pula into the economy.

President Festus Mogae told Batswana studying and working in Boston, USA, that government will inject close to P64 billion in projects anticipated to be up and running in a few years.

Projects that are expected to create job opportunities, include the Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Mmamabula coal mine and expansion of Morupule mine.

Mr Mogae said further told them that a number of diamond polishing and sorting companies were setting up shop in the country.

These are exciting developments. We are also going to produce refine cooper and nickel.

Ambassador Lapologang Lekowa also encouraged them to return home on completion of studies, advising that they could go into joint ventures with foreign companies and create jobs for themselves and other Batswana.

In addition, he said they could use government empowerment schemes, such as the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) loans for self employment.

Regarding the possibility of the country hiving off its national airline, Mr Mogae said, Our priority is to have people flying in and out of Botswana, especially tourists.

If in the process of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

8 May 2007
Posted to the web 8 May 2007

Dr. Keith Jefferies

Botswana’s pensions industry has grown rapidly in recent years as an increasing number of firms have established pension funds for their employees, and following Government’s establishment of the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF). The growth of pension provision means that an increasing proportion of employees are building up a funded provision that will provide for a comfortable pension upon retirement.

However, not all employees are covered by pension funds, and there is also a major contrast between coverage in the public sector and the private sector. Overall, around 37 percent of employees in the formal sector are members of pension funds. However, in the public sector (central and local government), over 60 percent of employees are covered by pension fund membership. In the private and parastatal sectors, only around 20 percent are covered.

In the private sector, those [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

The East African Standard (Nairobi)

9 May 2007
Posted to the web 8 May 2007

Elizabeth Mwai And Agencies

The ill-fated KQ flight 507 was hardly in the air for a minute before it came crashing down on Friday night, with its nine crew members and 105 passengers.

Rescue workers walk over scattered debris of the Kenya Airways plane that crashed in Mbanga Pongo, Cameroon.

Reports from Cameroon and released by the Government through its spokesperson, Dr Alfred Mutua, show that after take-off the plane was airborne for only 30 seconds before it crashed. The location where the wreckage of the Boeing 737 was found is exactly 5.42 kilometres from the runway and not 20km away as authorities in that country had earlier indicated.

This came to light even as President Kibaki declared Monday a national day of mourning for the victims of the plane crash

The Kenya Airways director of Flight Operations, Captain James Ouma, on Tuesday said considering the plane of this size moves at eight miles per minute, it was unlikely that it could have been returning to the airport.

“Our latest information show [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

8 May 2007
Posted to the web 8 May 2007

Chandapiwa Baputaki

In what could be an indication of the extent of the problems facing the education system in Botswana, Minister of Education (MoE), Jacob Nkate said yesterday that he never gave assurances that students would not be sent home if their parents failed to pay school fees. Nkate was speaking after Lobatse Senior Secondary School (Lobsec) sent home about 700 students last week for failure to pay fees.

Previously, the MoE had reportedly said no student would be sent away from school after the re-introduction of school fees last year.

Instead, the ministry asserted that parents who fail to pay would face legal action. “I never said that. You could go to the answers I have given in Parliament for clarification on what I said. I never gave those assurances. What I said was that no child would be sent home on account of their parents’ genuine inability to pay,” Nkate said yesterday. He stated that he would take responsibility if the students who were sent away from school included those who have been exempted or those who are still waiting to be assessed.

The director of secondary education department Shathiso Tambula indicated that [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 08 2007 at 02:23PM

Motorists issued with traffic fines because the country’s new electronic national traffic information system (eNaTIS) was offline may have them cancelled, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.

Radebe apologised unreservedly for the inconvenience the implementation of eNaTIS had caused.

Motorists already issued with traffic fines due to no fault of their own will have their fines reviewed on merit and considered for cancellation by the relevant traffic authorities, Radebe said at a press conference on Pretoria.

Over the past few days a new server with bigger capacity had been installed. This [continue reading]

More eNatis:

Computer chaos at licensing bureaus (IOL)

eNaTIS up by Wednesday? (news24)