Archive for May 11th, 2007

source: Mmegi

Bagaetsho, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for giving me this opportunity to address Air Botswana management and staff representatives about the important matter of safeguarding staff interests in the proposed privatisation of the airline. It has always been my intention to come to talk with you, and assure you that your interests are at the forefront of Government’s concerns in pursuing the proposed privatisation of Air Botswana.

As some of you may know, in December 2006, following a transparent tendering process, Cabinet gave my Ministry a mandate to commence negotiations with South African Airlink to explore proposals for privatisation of Air Botswana. Over the past few months a Government team has been engaged in these negotiations, which are now at an advanced stage. When negotiations have been concluded I will report back to Cabinet to seek a decision on whether and how to proceed.

Let me briefly outline some of the elements of the proposal that is under negotiation with Airlink:

*A new joint venture company would be formed between Government and Airlink with Government holding 50.1% of shares and Airlink holding 49.9%, with Airlink responsible for management of the new airline.

*The new airline would be designated [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

BuaNews (Tshwane)

10 May 2007
Posted to the web 10 May 2007

Lavinia Mahlangu

Africa’s ministers of foreign affairs are formulating recommendations on the continent’s proposed integration, ahead of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit set for Ghana in July.

On Thursday morning, the 52 ministers were engaged in the opening plenary debate of the 10th Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of AU Foreign Ministers, chaired by Nana Akufo-Addo.

Mr Akufo-Addo is the Ghanaian Foreign Minister.

Monday saw the arrival of the diplomats to Zimbali Lodge outside Durban, where they are being hosted by South Africa’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Over the subsequent two days the ministers held a retreat, after being tasked by the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa in January, to meet and evaluate progress towards the political and economic integration of Africa.

This meeting is to result in recommendations to be placed [continue reading]

African Copper has signed a five-year contract with Moolman Mining Botswana (Moolmans), subsidiary of Aveng Limited, for the mining at its Dukwe project, located 120 km northwest of Francistown, Botswana.

The contract includes both the mobilisation and demobilisation of the mining fleet, which, at full contingent, will consist of three face-loading shovels and twenty-six 100-t haul trucks.

African Copper expects this fleet to mobilize over a six to ten month period beginning in July 2007 and be operational the following month. It is anticipated that the mining cost will be in the range of $1,80 – $2,50 a ton of material moved (both ore and waste rock) over the course of the five-year, renewable contract.

“The signing of this contract signals African Copper’s [continue reading]

source: news24
10/05/2007 08:14 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Applications for vehicle licences will cost R30 from July 1, said the Ministry of Transport on Wednesday.

The fee was approved by the National Treasury and would help to finance the new electronic national traffic information system, eNatis, said spokesperson Thabo Tsholetsane.

“This fee will be included in the annual renewal notices that are posted to vehicle owners to remind them that their vehicle licences are about to expire, and to provide them with the licence fee payable for the following year.”

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday the system should be running at almost full capacity by next week.

People who wanted to renew their licences could go to testing centres. Arrangements were being made for centres to operate on extended hours to reduce backlogs.

The introduction of the eNatis system last month has seen slow service at [continue reading]

more post about eNatis

source: news24

10/05/2007 14:11  – (SA)

Cape Town – There is still no clarity on when the national lottery, suspended since the end of March, will be up and running.

At a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa declined to elaborate on the issue.

He repeated his earlier statement, made a week ago, that he would be able to give a more “definitive indication” on this at the end of May.

“That position stands there’s really nothing more to say on the lottery (at this stage),” he said.

Last Thursday, Mpahlwa said the National Lotteries Board had approached him during the course of April and asked for more time to ensure a complete and thorough process in completing “the work that I had asked them to do”.

The board had told him more time was needed to decide who would get the new lottery licence, following “delayed submissions” of necessary information by some of the bidders. [continue reading]