Archive for June 26th, 2007

Mogae at global forum

source: BOPA
26 June, 2007

VIENNA – President Festus Mogae arrived in Austria yesterday for the Seventh Global Forum on Reinventing Government, which opens on today.

Mr Mogae, who is accompanied by First lady, Mrs Barbara Mogae and Justice, Defence and Security Minister Mr Phandu Skelemani, left Gaborone on Sunday and arrived yesterday afternoon. He is due to address the forum today.

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Asha-Rose Migiro and Austrian President, Mr Heinz Fischer will speak first. The forum will address issues such as building trust in government.

The organisers of the forum want to see how citizen expectations and trust in the state can be strengthened through transparent governance and acess to information, building trust through better service delivery.

Apart from the host president, Mr Mogae and President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of Maldaives are the only heads of state invited to address the forum.

Other delegates such as Messrs Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria, Hage Geingob of Namibia and Igor Gaydar of Russia are either former presidents or prime ministers.

Besides the forums engament, Mr Mogae is expected to hold talks with Ms Migiro, Director General of United Nations International Development Organisation, Mr Kandeh Yumkell, and Director General of Internatiuonal Atomic Energy Agency, Mr Mahommed Elbradei.

This is the man who has been heading a UN mission investigating weapons of mass distruction in Iraq.

His meeting with Mogae is important because Vienna is the home of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

It also monitors tremors thoughout the world. For instance, when [continue reading]

source: IOL
Boyd Webb
June 26 2007 at 01:13PM

His department was working very hard to get the National Lottery up and running again, Trade and Industry minister Mandisi Mpahlwa told MPs last week, promising results soon.

“I do want to give assurance to the players of the lotto and those who have an interest in continuing to play the lotto that the minister and the department are very hard at work in ensuring that we can resolve this matter in the very near future.”

This is not the first time Mpahlwa has said that the lottery would be up and running soon.

But he said this week that he and his team were not prepared to be “sloppy” in the way they conducted the work that still needed to be done.

He again attempted to reassure MPs that the lack of an active lottery was currently having no impact on the economy or on the charities that relied on it.

“The only thing that is happening is that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

25 June 2007
Posted to the web 26 June 2007

Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe

In an effort to attract investors to exploit its huge coal resources estimated at 300 billion tonnes, Botswana is hosting an international conference for coal investors on Thursday and Friday this week.

The conference, with the theme: “Botswana at the dawn of ecological coalbased industrialisation”, comes at a time when the country is preparing to mine the Mmamabula coal deposits projected to be the next main energy source for the entire Southern African region.

The Mmamabula Energy Project, a planned coalmine and a power plant with a proposed capacity of between 2100-MW and 2400-MW, is aimed at initially exporting power to South Africa.

The Department of Mines and the Department of Geological Survey and Energy Affairs Division of the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources are hosting the conference in conjunction with Fossil Fuel Foundation for Africa (FFFA), a South African-based company.

Information supplied by conference facilitator/ representative Heather Moon, indicates that more than 20 companies from India, Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be taking part in this first ever regional conference on coal utilisation, with half of them coming from South Africa.

According to Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources’ acting Permanent Secretary Kgomotso Abi, the two-day talks will offer an opportunity for the more than 200 participants to gain first hand information on Botswana’s vast coal potential.

“It will give insights for those seeking business opportunities as well as the scientific community, on matters relating to coal bed methane. The conference offers invaluable opportunity to explore the resources endowment, exploration, mining, energy and coal based industrialisation potential.”

“Botswana has vast coal resources estimated at over 200, 000 mega tonnes. The resources are [continue reading]

source: MovieWeb
Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is being adapted for the screen by Anthony Minghella. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dreamgirls co-star Anika Noni Rose will be joining Jill Scott in the film.

Rose will play Grace Makutsi, the secretary/assistant detective to Jill Scott’s Precious Ramotswe. Precious owns a Botswana-based detective agency run exclusively by women.

A TV series based on the film is also in the works, though nothing is set in stone at this time. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency starts shooting in the fall. MovieWeb

see also: Anika Noni Rose Joins Minghella’s ‘Detective Agency’

source: Mining Weely
By: Nelendhre Moodley
Published: 25 Jun 07 – 12:41
ASX-listed Mount Burgess Mining says that further diamond core assays at its Kihabe zinc project, in Botswana, have shown higher grades, compared with previous reverse circulation (RC) drilling results.

Results from the latest diamond drill core assays would be reviewed, and compared with RC sample results where possible, to determine whether diamond-drilling results would enhance the Kihabe resource grade, the company said.

Diamond Core recently engaged the services of a consulting structural geologist familiar with the local
Proterozoic geology at Kihabe, to conduct a structural review of the diamond core to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2007

GABORONE – A performance audit report of the Central Medical Stores has revealed the loss of millions of Pula due to lack of a proper monitoring and accounting system.

The report says between January 2003 and December 2005 the government lost P4.7 million through expired drugs stored at the facility.

However, the management of the medical stores says expired stocks are part and parcel of running a warehouse, but it has to be less than 35 per cent of the inventory as per international guidelines.

Management said new orders are inspected and that they only accept quantities that could be used before they expire.

Most of the suppliers are aware of our requirements of 80 per cent of shelf life remaining upon receipt, said a management response to the audit.

It added that the suppliers usually inform them if they had supplied them with medicines that do not meet their requirements, and deliver small quantities that could be used within a short period.

It said erratic consumption figures also account for some expiries in stock. The report says a review of the schedule of unserviceable supplies at CMS found that funds requested to replenish stock during the year are often over estimated.

So, towards the end of the financial year impulse purchases would be made in order to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2007

RAMOTSWA – Vision 2016 coordinator has called on village leaders to promote the vision among communities so that they know about it and own it.

Dr Collie Monkge said at a full council meeting that although communities have shown positive response towards it, there was need to continue sensitizing them so that they could be aware of what was happening and show case their opinions.

He said they have started taking the vision to the district as people were concerned that it was focused in Gaborone only.

He informed South East councillors that following the 1997 policy requiring SADC countries to do their visions, Botswana made so much progress when compared to other c untries.

Dr Monkge said it was realized the vision ownership was very low as people complained that the government does not engage them but directed people to give them activities.

It is impressing as 80 percent of Batswana know about the vision and we will continue to raise awareness to promote ownership as it is a big issue.

He however urged councillors to play their part in raising awareness, adding that they were the key players as they have a big role in development within communities and also in development of planning.

He was concerned about a high dropout of pupils from schools as some were exploited while others were taken to farms as cheap labour.

Dr Monkge said that was a serious challenge to them as over 300 pupils in South East district were involved and urged them to take the responsibility to address the situation as one pillar of Vision 2016 talks about a well informed and educated nation.

He said it was very crucial to plan with their people to avoid confusion and encouraged them to prioritise their projects looking at where there was need.

He advised councillors to engage all stakeholders so that they could contribute and be answerable and accountable when other people asked questions.

Dr Monkge said when preparing plans they should consult with all stakeholders to [continue reading]

source: news24
25/06/2007 12:10  – (SA)

Bloemfontein – All permits are in order at the Heilbron game farm in the Free State where a Bengal tiger attacked a child and her father at the weekend, environmental officials said on Monday.

“There is no problem with the camps, fences or permits,” said Werner Boing, spokesperson on biodiversity compliance at the local department of environmental affairs.

Boing said officials visited the game farm on Sunday.

This came after an 18-month-old girl’s face was seriously injured when a Bengal tiger grabbed at her through a fence during a visit to the farm on Saturday.

The girl’s father’s left hand was also injured and both were admitted to Midvaal Hospital at Drie Riviere in Vereeniging.

A hospital spokesperson said on Monday the family had [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

25 June 2007
Posted to the web 25 June 2007

Harare

Zimbabweans are switching to barter, payment in kind and the use of foreign currencies, such as neighbouring South Africa’s rand, instead of the local dollar to survive hyperinflation and the accelerating economic meltdown.

Zimbabwe’s currency is still officially pegged at Z$250 to one US dollar; early last week the informal market price was about Z$100,000 to US$1, but by Monday 25 June it had crashed to Z$400,000 against the US dollar. In January this year US$1 was being traded for Z$3,000.

The country’s inflation rate – the highest in the world – is officially at more than 3,700 percent, although independent economists believe the real rate of inflation is around 20,000 percent and could reach 1.5 million percent by the end of 2007.

Purses and wallets have become redundant; Zimbabweans have been using shopping bags, suitcases, sacks and other large containers to carry cash

Purses and wallets have become redundant; Zimbabweans have been using shopping bags, suitcases, sacks and other large containers to carry cash. Bank tellers are hidden from view by huge piles of the increasingly worthless currency as long queues wait to withdraw as much as they can in an attempt to beat the galloping inflation that has crippled the country, once a regional economic power house.

Conversations in banking halls are drowned out by [continue reading]

source: IOL

June 25 2007 at 10:29PM

The petrol price may drop by 10 cents a litre in July, economists said on Monday.

Absa capital economic strategist Chris Hart said the drop could be attributed to a more stable rand and an easier international oil price.

“The petrol price is likely to drop by roughly 10 cents a litre,” he said. However, the possible drop in oil prices should not be celebrated too soon.

“There is a chance that we may even get relief in the next month, but on the longer term we still expect oil prices to trend upwards because of what is happening to commodity prices as a whole,” said Hart.

The drop in oil prices was the second downward adjustment this year but the overall fuel price had risen more than it had dropped.

Hart said the diesel price was likely to increase next month.

“Globally the supply demand [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2007

MOLEPOLOLE – Kweneng district has been allocated P30 million in drought relief funding.

Kweneng District Commissioner, Mr Sumbe Ongadile told a special full council session that P22 million was allocated to Kweneng East while P8 million would be forwarded to Kweneng West, Letlhakeng Sub-District.

The district commissioner told councillors that the drought relief programme would focus mainly in projects already in the district development plan.

He said the village development committee (VDC) including councillors should prioritise their projects according to their needs.

He said the P30 million, include purchase of materials, engagement of labourers employment of temporary officers.

He said they were expected to engage 9 300 labourers in Kweneng East and 1 637 in Kweneng West, all including builders.

However, Mr Ongadile informed councillors that, if they felt projects they have proposed were selected, they should within two days meet their VDCs to modify them.

It was indicated that most councillors were concerned about proposed projects tabled before them, saying they were not the ones they selected. Councillors said there was no consultation between them and VDCs.

Most Councillors said at the time the drought committee visited their respective villages and wards they were attending Kweneng Full Council meeting in Molepolole, therefore VDCs made mistakes.

They were worried that, most of the fields, cattle posts and some settlements were left out, yet they were the most hard hit, adding that they were supposed to benefit because they have failed to rip anything from their fields.

They agreed to go back to [continue reading]