Archive for May 10th, 2007

source: BOPA
09 May, 2007

HUKUNTSI – Botswana is currently experiencing a serious shortage of UHT milk with most wholesalers and shops around the country having a little or nothing at all to sell.

Speaking in an interview Metro Sefalana Cash and Carry merchandise director Mr Dave Wykerd says the situation is very bad and that they cannot meet the demand of their customers.

He says they get their supply from three supplies mainly, Clover Botswana, Parmalat Botswana and Woodlands Dairy in South Africa, represented by CA Sales in Botswana.

We are currently experiencing a crisis in milk supply and it is bad for our business as most shops country wide buy from our outlets, he says.

Mr Wykerd says he understands milk price to be the cause of the problem because it has not changed for a long time despite the fact that inflation keeps going up.

He says these have left most farmers with no option but to divert from dairy farming, which was not beneficial to cash crops, especially cereal, wheat and maize farming, which has more lucrative market and the prices are good.

As a way of trying to rectify the problem, he says his company is communicating with a supplier in Hong Kong, to see if they cannot get a supply from overseas countries.

Our business has been affected very bad [continue reading]

soucre: The Midweek Sun

by Joseph Balise

If there is any organisation which has seen its problems grow from bad to worse in the last three years, it is definitely the embattled national airline, Air Botswana (AB).

The problems range from loss making, leasing of aircraft at exorbitant prices, a complicated contract devoid of an exit clause, shortage of pilots and a host of hiccups emanating from the un-clarified status of the privatisation process.

Air Botswana General Manager, Lance Brogden, said last Thursday (May 3, 2007) became a crunch day when the airline’s fleet of four aircraft was grounded due to shortage of pilots.

“We had run out of pilots as our pilots’ flying time had run out. We had to immediately hire three aircraft and split them among our routes depending on their intensity. I cannot say off the cuff which routes were more busier than others but usually the Johannesburg/Gaborone is always the most busiest. However, the situation normalised the following day and we are now able to fly according to our flight schedule,” said Brogden.

Brogden does not want to simply come out as a man battling with the running of the national airline given the impasse currently surrounding its privatisation and the adoption of a motion by Parliament to stop the negotiation with South Africa’s Airlink, which was announced the preferred bidder at the end of last year.

Q: How are you able to run the airline given the current privatisation impasse? [continue reading the full interview]

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

9 May 2007
Posted to the web 9 May 2007

The top 10 stage of the weekly Btv reality music show, Pop star Botswana, is presenting new challenges for both the director and the remaining contestants. For the director Keabetswe Master D Sesinyi, the next few weeks will be more demanding in that he will have to come up with original instrumentals on which the pop stars will be singing new songs.

Not only will Master D be responsible for programming of the music, he will also be writing at least 10 songs for the contestants until the winner is decided.

Master D is aware that contestants will need a beautifully crafted instrumental to inspire them.

The challenge for Master D is therefore not only to produce something that would be appreciated by the contestants but by the viewers as well. The competition has reached a critical stage whereby the producer of the instrumental could be blamed for poor performance by the pop stars due to the quality of the song given to the singers. As a lyricist, Master D will also write lyrics for [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 09 2007 at 12:43PM

By Moshoeshoe Monare and Zara Nicholson

The transport department is threatening to sue the contractor “as a last resort”, if the company fails to sort out the chaos in the eNaTIS traffic information system.

The department said the Tasima consortium delivering the system has called in its creators to tackle the problem.

Meanwhile confusion reigns over the legal position of motorists unable to renew their licences because of eNaTis crashes and slowdowns.

The Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry called for a moratorium on prosecutions relating to drivers or vehicles being driven on expired licences until the system was working properly.

But although the transport department pledged to cancel any fines incurred by those driving with expired licences, Metro Police spokesperson Kevin Maxwell warned they still risk charges.

He said motorists whose licences had expired during the eNaTIS crisis would still be “technically” unlicensed.

“They have a right to make [continue reading]

source: news24

09/05/2007 13:20  – (SA)

Johannesburg – Advertisements offering work from home opportunities are now illegal, said the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on Wednesday.

The ASA welcomed the regulation, which was issued by the department of trade and industry.

“The regulation makes various work from home ‘opportunities’ illegal. These include opportunities to ‘fill envelopes’ and ‘type labels’ – two scams against which the ASA has issued various rulings,” said the ASA.

“Consumers are reminded that if they see ads of this type, they can lodge complaints with the ASA on or fax 011 781 1616.” (from news24)

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

9 May 2007
Posted to the web 9 May 2007

Patricia Maganu

Hard to Explain is one of those movies where you watch, enjoy and end up hating because you see so much of your negative self in there. Believe it or not, it is a movie written, shot, produced and directed in the northern part of Botswana, in Francistown and Tutume.

Even though as Batswana we still fail to cut a long story short and get to the point, as it so happens in this movie, its producers managed to get away with it as they touched on a lot of issues that concern Batswana.

Enterprising Vincent Hove, the man behind this production, says that he had a set of issues he wanted to focus on in this movie and that he had accomplished most of them.

The 30-year-old principal director says the main issue was that of child support.

“When I was still looking for a woman to settle down with I would always ask if they had a baby, where the father was, and they would say: ‘O gatilwe ke terena’ (he’s been hit by a train) and I took that literally as I never knew what that meant until it was explained to me that they are just not available and not supporting the child,” he said.

Hove, who hails from Tutume, told Showbiz that this DVD is meant to encourage [continue reading]