Archive for May 24th, 2007

source: BOPA
24 May, 2007

GABORONE – Botswana intends to introduce Setswana documents in the implementation of its e-government project.

The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, said this will improve access of services to more residents.

Answering a question from Kgosi Kgomotso Boiditswe from the Serowe Region at Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, Mrs Venson-Moitoi said the South African version of Setswana can be downloaded for free from the Internet.

It is our intention to collaborate with the South African government in order to find out how we can benefit from work that they have already done prior to undertaking an exercise to customise the Microsoft operating system for Setswana as a spoken language in Botswana.

She said in many countries, language translation of operating systems is undertaken by language experts, usually found in academic institution.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi said these countries undertake this task in consultation with information technology experts.

She said the Microsoft Corporation, which is the owner of the Windows Operating System, has introduced African Languages Support for its windows XP Operating System.

Kgosi Boiditswe had asked the minister if she would consider introducing Setswana in the computer operating systems as other countries such as India and China have done with their languages.

Still at Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Mr Phandu Skelemani, said construction of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

22 May 2007
Posted to the web 23 May 2007

Ndulamo Anthony Mmorima

It seems almost certain that when President Festus Mogae retires in about a year’s time in terms of s.34 (1) of the Constitution of Botswana, Vice President Lieutenant General Ian Khama Seretse Khama shall become president.

If Khama assumes the state presidency before being married, it will be the first time Botswana is led by an unmarried president, and the first time it will be without a ‘First Lady’. This article attempts to look at the constitutional, social and economic implications of such an occurrence if it were to subsist. The article also asks whether there should be such ‘position’ as ‘First Lady’, and whether it would be appropriate for a president to cohabit with a fiancé or a person he is engaged to be married to.

From a constitutional point of view, it appears that there will be no violation since the status, and not position, of ‘First Lady’ is not a written constitutional provision.

From a social point of view, though, it is [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 May, 2007

BERLIN – President Festus Mogae says pragmatic initiatives are needed to enable Africa meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He warned in his address at the ninth Germany World Bank Forum 2007 on Monday that any procrastination in coming up with the measures will cost human lives.

Organised by the German government and the World Bank, the May 21 22 gathering discussed economic challenges and opportunities in Africa.

It was attended by government representatives from Africa, World Bank officials, politicians, business leaders and civil society in Germany.

Mr Mogae said key was in helping the continent attract higher levels of Foreign Direct Investment.

Also, commitments made at fora such as the G8, EU, WTO, Monterey Consensus, as well as the UNs 0.7 per cent goal of GNP for Official Development Assistance must be met without delay.

He stated that opening up of markets of the developed world to products from Africa, as well as finding a comprehensive and lasting solution to external debt were crucial.

President Mogae proposed that the international community should consider [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 May, 2007

GABORONE – There was little movement in share prices across the financial stocks in the past week.

First National Bank of Botswana (FNBB) recorded a 1.6 per cent increase in its share price to close at 3 250t, says a weekly report from Capital Securities.

It says Barclays Bank traded the largest volume in the sector — 476,885 shares — at an unchanged price of 900t.

Standard Chartered and Letshego traded 2 100 shares and 40 407 shares closing unchanged at 2 150t and 1 235t.

There were no trades on African Banking Corporation according to the report. In the resource sector the report says African Diamonds has published an update on its AK6 Feasibility Study and Botswana Exploration.

Further large diameter drill hole (LDD) results have been reported from AK6 which suggest the possibility of a higher grade in the southern lobe, the report says. The final LDD results will be reported in the next month.

AK6 is held under Boteti Exploration, a Joint Venture between African Diamonds with 49 per cent and De Beers with 51per cent.

The report says production is planned to commence in 2009. African Diamonds lost 2.5 per cent last week to close at 1 479t the report says.

We maintain our BUY recommendation on African Diamonds. The report says the drill results released last week indicate that the project has the potential to develop into a significant diamond mine.

Meanwhile Xstrata have launched a counter offer to LionOre shareholders. Capital Securities weekly report says the revised offer values LionOre at about P33 billion or P135 per share.

It says the management of Norilsk have stated that they are still considering whether to raise their bid for LionOre from the current P114 per share.

However, LionOre shares were untraded this past week and closed at 13 000t per share. We still maintain a HOLD recommendation for LionOre, advises the report. BOPA

source: BOPA
23 May, 2007

JWANENG – Lack of land looks set to hamper government efforts to lure investors into the arable farming industry through the National Master Plan for Arable Agriculture and Dairy Development (NAMPAADD), farmers have said.

Farmers and prospective investors in the industry are complaining of high cost in the venture that emanates from the fact that they are unable to access land and can only get hold of small pieces of land whereas they need bigger plantations within one enclosure.

Mr Oarabile Dingalo of Jwaneng told BOPA that producing on different small and scattered pieces of land is costly compared to production on one big plantation.

Mr Dingalo said production on scattered small pieces of fields require more manpower and resources which end up frustrating the growth of the enterprise whereas producing in one big field is cost effective.

Under the NAMPAADD, government has invited farmers who own but do not use fields to register them with the NAMPAADD office for use by interested investors.

The fields are often scattered and too far apart thus making it difficult for farmers to maintain production on them according to Mr Dingalo.

He suggested that the government should buy small fields from [continue reading]

source: IOL

May 23 2007 at 04:45PM

Government will invest R454-million to replace its single network with the Next Generation Network (NGN), Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said on Wednesday.

“This project will give us the capacity to provide services in support of our E-government strategy,” she said.

In turn, the project would make “the single public service a reality” through inter-operability and seamless service delivery.

Fraser-Moleketi said the NGN would provide government departments with a faster, more efficient network service that allowed data, voice and video services.

R454-million will be invested over five years to replace the current network.

“There will be a gradual migration of the old to the new,” said Navin Singh of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA).

SITA, which will implement the new network, currently has 25 points of presence across the country serving 3000 departments.

Fraser-Moleketi said the country’s second national telecommunication operator Neotel would provide backbone transmission services.

Business Connexion will supply, install and support the network equipment for three years.

It will also upgrade the technology. – Sapa

from IOL