Archive for August 24th, 2007

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

EDITORIAL
23 August 2007
Posted to the web 24 August 2007

Gaborone

It was not only a relief but also encouraging to see the Minister of Works and Transport, Lesego Motsumi, paying an impromptu visit to the site of the P12.9 million second bridge connecting Gaborone and Tlokweng.

That route has been a source of chaos and agony for road users since it was closed last week. By their own admission, both the contractor and the consultants underestimated the congestion the closure was likely to cause.

We cannot help but wonder, like the minister, why such an oversight occurred in the first place. Nevertheless, we appreciate that a solution has been found. Motsumi must be commended for the hands-on approach she has exhibited in addressing this crisis timeously. In fact, even her assistant minister, Frank Ramsden has been personally visiting road construction sites in the Kgalagadi and Ngamiland districts to ascertain delays on those projects. We believe this is the way to conduct government business if public funds are to be saved. Lack of implementation of government projects has become, not only a wasteful exercise but it has also contributed to our underdevelopment as a country.

Contractors have found an easy way [continue reading]

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By: Mariaan Olivier
source: Engineering News
Published: 24 Aug 07 – 10:36

The Mmamabula energy project, in Botswana, which may supply electricity to South Africa, was advancing towards financial closure, following the completion of a further two financing deals, CIC Energy CEO Greg Kinross said on Friday.

The Canadian company said that it had completed a private placement to raise C$73,2-million (about R503,8-million), bringing the total amount of funds raised this month to C$88-million (R605-million).

The net proceeds would be used for the payments that would be required before financial close for engineering, procurement and construction contracts for the Mmamabula project.

“We plan to reach a major milestone [continue reading]

source: Daily News

By Doreen Morupisi

PARLIAMENT – About P2.5 is required to compensate people who have been affected by the establishment of the university of science and technology in Palapye.
Delivering a statement regarding the status of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) on Wednesday, Minister of Education,  Mr Jacob Nkate said so far 113 people have been compensated.
Mr Nkate dismissed allegations reported in the private news media which charged that senior government officials were compensated millions of Pula.
“Neither the President nor any member of his government are to our knowledge in the list of compensation recipients,” hte said.
The minister said assessment of the affected properties at the plot allocated to BIUST, was completed July this year.  He said following the initiation of assessment in December 2006/January 2007, new claims arose and [continue reading]

source: Daily News
By Doreen Morupisi

PARLIAMENT – MP for Boteti North, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, has put his weight behind the draft National Policy for Cooperative Development.

Debating the policy on Wednesday, Mr Tsogwane said it would address unemployment, poverty and revive the spirit of self-reliance.

Mr Tsogwane said the policy should also look into why some cooperatives were able to make it while others collapsed.

He cited Mopipi Multi Cooperative Society, in his area, as a success story which continues to make profit.

He blamed some chain stores for pushing cooperative stores out of business and called for fair competition.

Mr Tsogwane said government was [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)

23 August 2007
Posted to the web 24 August 2007

Jonathan Bell
Washington

Last week’s regional Southern African summit, which focused on the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe, has not impressed human rights groups, which were hoping for specific plans to be made concerning the daily rights violations in Zimbabwe.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government summit, which was held in Zambia Aug. 16-17, had been expected to deal with more than just the upcoming elections and the economy, something which did not happen.

“The summit has regrettably squandered a critical opportunity to re-examine the negotiation mandate it gave to South African President Mbeki and to include specific measures to address continued human rights violations in Zimbabwe,” said Tiseke Kasambala, a researcher at Human Rights Watch. “SADC’s inability to act on this urgent situation is deeply disappointing.”

This came as no surprise to some human rights advocates who [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info

24 August 2007

Homecoming Revolution, an organisation that aims to persuade South Africans living abroad to return home, is organising the London Event between 13 and 14 October, where expatriates will have the opportunity to seek jobs and even explore property investments in South Africa.

Now in its second year running, the Homecoming Revolution London Event will take place at the Kensington Olympia in London.

“This event is aimed at South Africans who are interested in returning home and will give them the opportunity to meet directly with high profile employers who are searching for talent,” says Homecoming Revolution in a statement last week.

“It will also give them a chance to find [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
East African Standard (Nairobi)

24 August 2007
Posted to the web 23 August 2007

John Oyuke
Nairobi

Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) countries are ready to sign a partial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) by the end of this year.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Secretary General, Mr Erastus Mwencha, said the action is necessary to avoid disruption of ESA-EU trade.

He said in view of the deadline for the conclusion of the negotiations, it is clear these countries would not be able to conclude discussions by December 31. “On the basis of the progress on the ground, and to meet World Trade Organisation compatibility and ensure there is no trade disruption, ESA countries will be ready to sign an EPA,” he said. He identified some areas of key interest to ESA countries and which they would be ready to sign as trade in goods, agriculture, fisheries and dispute settlement.

Mwencha was briefing the media on [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
23 August 2007

Shelves are still empty in Zimbabwe’s shops, despite the fact that government has increased the price of some basic commodities. Workers continue to struggle to get transport in the morning and after work, and long queues can still be seen when shops get a delivery. It has also been reported that some government officials are benefiting from the shortages of meat by raiding the Cold Storage Commission and selling the meat at inflated prices on the black market. New records released by the Central Statistical Office Wednesday put Zimbabwe’s inflation at 7,634.8
percent in July. Economic experts say it is actually beyond 14,000 percent, the highest in the world.

Journalist Caiphas Chimhete reported that on Wednesday government published a new pricing structure, increasing the price of some basic commodities. He said scarce items such as sugar, chicken, soap, [continue reading]