Archive for May 12th, 2007

source: BOPA
10 May, 2007

SEROWE – If the promises of the boss of a major continental company specialising in sunflower production are anything to go by, many local farmers will be smiling all the way to the bank.

Mr Nic Venter, the Chief Executive Officer of Continental Agricultural and Industrial Development (Continental AID), says they have targeted Botswana to be the centre of sunflower production in order to process it into bio-diesel.

Speaking at a series of meetings held by the MP for Serowe North East and Minister of Lands and Housing, Brigadier Dikgakgamatso Seretse in Serowe, Tshimoyapula and Majwanaadipitse villages recently, Mr Venter said their goal is to extract oil from sunflower seeds to produce bio-diesel.

He said there is a huge demand for bio-diesel all over the world, more especially in European countries because it is more environmental friendly and renewable.

Mr Venter said his company has targeted Botswana for its pilot project because the country has vast tracks of red, loamy, virgin land which is good for sunflower production.

He said sunflower is also suitable for the climatic conditions of Botswana as it is drought resistant. Mr Venter, who is a South African citizen, says they have a similar project in his home country.

He said his company will provide training to potential local sunflower farmers, adding that their ultimate objective is to have many commercial farmers of sunflower in the country.

Mr Venter also promised the residents of the villages that his company will provide the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Master and Registrar of the High Court, Godfrey Nthomiwa has said the judiciary is putting in place measures that would vastly speed-up the delivery of justice. He told Mmegi yesterday that by the end of the year, the judicial system will have a new programme of disposing justice within a reasonable time.

“All our plans have the potential to immensely reduce the backlog of cases in our courts,” he said. At the moment there are cases, civil and criminal, dating back to 2003 that need to be resolved.

The judiciary engaged the services of Justice Clifford Wallace of America in January to examine its systems and come up with better ways to deal with cases. He consulted all stakeholders among them Nthomiwa and his assistants, judges, magistrates, state counsels at Attorney General’s Chambers, private attorneys, and court clerks. He recommended that the judicial system should adopt [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 May, 2007

TSHABONG – Construction of a P4 million single joint entrance gate between Botswana and South Africa at Two Rivers/Twee Riverien is expected to commence next month.

Speaking in an interview Principal Wildlife Warden, Malatsi Mamani says funds for the project has already been secured and that the project will be awarded to the contractor next month.

Mr Mamani says at the moment, the two parties of the concerned countries are still consulting with stakeholders at their respective countries to finalise the lay out plan.

He explains that at the moment each country has its own entrance gates, separated by dry riverbed of Molopo Therefore, Mr Mamani says the advantage of constructing a single joint entrance gate is that services will be provided at one place.

In addition, he says at the moment it appears that the Botswana side of the park is not that much developed, adding that the South African side has many facilities such as, fuel points, police station, and guest houses. Mr Mamani says purpose of the project is to have a [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 11 2007 at 01:49PM

By Candice Bailey

Powerful stakeholders in the transport industry are squaring up with the government over the additional new levy to be raised from vehicle licence renewals to “maintain” the new eNaTIS system.

The government recently announced that vehicle owners would have to fork out an additional R30 for every vehicle licence renewal transaction to cover the costs of maintaining the system.

But transport industry sources have pointed out that if the levy was effective, it would pay for the eNaTis system within two years and then become yet another revenue source.

The industry hit out at the fee, labelling it “unjust” and saying it was unacceptable that motorists had to pay to cover the costs of a problematic system.

Organisations have called on the government to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 May, 2007

GABORONE- President Festus Mogae has condemned the leakage of confidential information from the public sector.Opening the High Level Consultative Council meeting yesterday, Mr Mogae said he was “seriously perturbed” by such incidents.

“It is wrong, unethical and totally unacceptable for people to get access to privileged information,” he said.

He regretted that in some instances people lodge complaints against tender awards before information was officially communicated to them.

“We can not build solid partnerships amongst ourselves if we resort to this type of unsavoury conduct. And we have to invoke strong measures to put this to an end,” he said.

The President further regretted that the situation was getting out of hand and that, “the culprits are doing the image of our country a great disservice.” Mr Mogae urged the HLCC to debate issues that will spur economic activity and help confront challenges such as global competitiveness, diversification, export growth, poverty reduction, employment growth and participation of Batswana in the economic development process.

Economic performance, Mr Mogae said, continued to be satisfactory ‘but we must strive for higher rates of growth across all productive sectors.’ The real GDP growth rates were 3.1 per cent for 2003/04 and 9.2 per cent for 2004/05.

“Also inflation is now abating from levels of last year and reached 6.3 per cent in March 2007, a significant fall from 7.4 per cent in January. Interest rates are stable and most major economic indicators are conducive to rapid growth,” he said.

Mr Mogae said government would propel rapid economic growth this year by [continue reading]