Archive for May 25th, 2007

source: BOPA

24 May, 2007

GABORONE – Citizen empowerment seeks to reduce poverty, income inequalities, unemployment and foster economic diversification but can fail if misinterpreted, Dr Kealeboga Masalila, Bank of Botswanas deputy director for research, said.

Speaking during the presentation of the banks 2006 annual report last week, Dr Masalila said Batswana could interpret citizen empowerment to mean they were exempted from business obligations and rules of operation and were entitled to low cost finance and share in government business.

Dr Masalila said the low cost financial assistance offered by Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) had limitations as it could inhibit proper project costing.

He said supported projects turn to be less viable and remain uncompetitive and it could encourage financial indiscipline and moral hazard as well as the potential to crowd out private financial sector and inhibited innovation.

A more beneficial empowerment encompassed good governance, enabling business environment, access to education, health and other social support.

While citizen-owned companies were given priority, participation of foreigners in the economy could benefit the country through foreign expertise and finance, business linkages and benchmarking for professions, service and competitiveness.

Dr Masalila said while Botswana had achieved some level of economic diversification, it had not done enough as mining, particularly diamonds, continued to play a major role in the economy.

He said an economy that was not diversified implies limited sources of growth, employment and [continue reading]

source: BOPA

24 May, 2007

MAHALAPYE – Mahalapye residents have welcomed a bye-law that prohibits movement of livestock around the village.

Speaking during a kgotla meeting addressed by Mahalapye Sub-district Legal Affairs Unit the villagers agreed to remove their livestock in the next 90 days effecting May 22.

Briefing the gathering on the law, Bye-Law officer Mr Bernard Bolotsang said the council might prohibit the use of any stable, cowshed, pen or site, which in the opinion of the council was unfit, undesirable or objectionable by reason of its locality, construction, condition or manner of use.

He added that those who contravene this provision shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month as stipulated in the Central District (Livestock Control) Bye-Laws.

Mr Bolotsang added that an authorised officer from the council might seize stray livestock and the animals might be placed in a kraal or enclosure established in accordance with these bye-laws.

He noted that owners might claim their livestock upon production of certified documents. The ownes will have to pay P5 per head per day for the sheep, goats, pigs and P10 for cattle, donkeys and horses while they would pay P2 for any other animal.

He, however, told the gathering that any livestock that had been detained under the Bye-Laws shall be handed over to a matimela kraal if not claimed within seven days.

While a few villagers seemed to be against the bye-law, the majority saluted the council for the regulation, saying it would help residents to keep the village clean.

The said bye-law would assist other residents to locate their missing livestock and at the same take proper care of livestock.

Some said stray livestock destroyed their gardens hence a welcome move by the council to implement the law.

However, some villagers felt that 90 days or three months was long as they wanted the council to act swiftly on controlling livestock in the village, saying the regulation had been long over due.

However, residents have been urged to work together with the Police and the By-Law office in effort to control the predicament in their village. BOPA

source: IOL

May 24 2007 at 11:56AM

International travellers carrying liquids and gels in containers larger than 100 millilitres will have their goods confiscated at check-in points, the Airports Company SA (Acsa) said on Thursday.

Acsa was briefing the media on their new security measures to be applied at three South African international airports from June 1.

This, they said, would be done in order to comply with the international Civil Aviation Organisation standards.

Acsa’s director for Airport Operations Bongani Maseko said people on medication and those travellers with babies would be exempted from the new rules.

“Those with baby formula and baby food as well as those on medication will be allowed to carry liquids exceeding the 100 millilitres provided they provide prescriptions from their doctors.” – Sapa / IOL

source: BOPA

24 May, 2007

GABORONE – The national year-on-year inflation rate dropped by 0.2 per cent from 6.5 per cent in March, 2007 to 6.3 per cent in April, 2007.

A report from the Central Statistics Office indicates that the urban villages inflation rate stood at 10.2 per cent in April, down by 0.1 of a percentage point from the revised March rate of 10.3 per cent.

The towns inflation rate the report says went up by 1.4 percentage point from 4.2 per cent to 5.6 per cent over the same period.

The April national cost-of-living index was 102.9, up by 0.9 per cent on the revised March index of 102.0, says the report.

The towns index rose by 2.0 per cent from 100.8 in March to 102.7 in April. The report says urban and rural villages indices each went up by 0.8 per cent between March and April, from 101.9 to 102.8 and from 104.1 to 104.9 respectively.

It says five group indices recorded an increase of more than 1.0 per cent between March and April.

The groups are recreation and culture with 3.7 per cent, alcohol and tobacco with 2.5 per cent, restaurants and hotels with an increase of 1.5 per cent, furnisher, household equipment and maintenance with 1.3 per cent and food with 1.2 per cent.

The report further says non-tradeables inflation rate dropped by 0.8 of a percentage point, from 5.3 per cent in March to 4.5 per cent in April while the all tradeables rate rose by 0.1 of a percentage point from 6.7 to 6.8 per cent between the two periods.

Imported tradeables inflation rate dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point, while domestic tradeables inflation rate increased by 0.1 percentage point.

The all tradeables index, the report says, was 102.4 in April, up by 1.2 per cent on the revised March level of 101.2.

It says the non-tradeables index was 104.0 in April, an increase of 0.2 per cent on the revised March level of 103.8. BOPA

source: BOPA
24 May, 2007

SELEBI-PHIKWE – Batswana have been asked to appreciate the importance of protecting the environment as well as the bio-diversity of natural fauna and flora through the integration of environmental protection into economic development.

Speaking during a seminar commemorating World Meteorology Day celebration in Selebi-Phikwe, Deputy Managing Director of Botswana Bureau of Standards, Mrs Masego Marobela, said the days theme: Measurements in our Environment was appropriate as it addresses the challenges related to climate change, global warming and the general state of the environment.

She the recent outbreak of diarrhoea, the littering problem nationwide and danger of cattle and other animals feedings on plastics leading to their death have demonstrated that reliable sampling and subsequent measurements were an essential component of proper and timely decision making.

Mrs Marobela said Botswana Bureau of Standards, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, relevant manufacturing industry and other stakeholders were rolling out the implementation of the compulsory standard on carrier plastic and flat bags to address the issue of environmental impact on these plastic bags.

Briefing the seminar on specifications of plastic carrier and flat bags, manager for [continue reading]

source: IOL

Sibusiso Ngalwa
May 24 2007 at 09:23AM

The worst was over and the new eNaTIS traffic system was running smoothly, Transport Department Director-General Mpumi Mpofu told MPs on Wednesday.

Mpofu and Minister Jeff Radebe appeared before parliament’s Transport portfolio committee to explain eNaTIS’s problems.

The system has been dogged by glitches since its launch, leading to massive backlogs in vehicle registrations and long queues of dissatisfied customers at testing centres around the country. Motorists could not register their vehicles or renew their licences.

But on Wednesday Mpofu announced that eNaTIS was not only running smoothly, but was the most “sophisticated” system of its kind in the world.

She assured the committee that the worst was over since the intervention on May 8 to install additional database servers to strengthen the system’s capacity. The system now processes transactions twice as fast as the old one.

It was now operating at an average rate of 619 000 transactions a day, Radebe told the [continue reading]