Archive for August 30th, 2007

source: BOPA
30 August, 2007

GABORONE – Botswana Institute of Administration and Commerce will soon become Botswana Civil Service College.

Deputy Director of Recruitment at the Directorate of Public Service Management, Ms Pearl Matome, said at the public service convention that consultation was ongoing with relevant stakeholders to effectively implement this transformation.

Ms Matome said this change was in response to the dynamic competency requirements of public service which must be improved to compete with global standards.

For his part, the Coordinator of Public Service Reforms, Dr Omponye Kereteletswe, said that a recent customer satisfaction survey indicates that Botswanas public service provids 25 per cent service while world standards stood at 75 per cent.

Dr Kereteletswe said this posed a challenge to the public servants. Some officers think that they are doing customers a favour when they render a service, he said.

He cited lack of ownership, accountability and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

30 August 2007
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Wyndham Hartley
Cape Town

More armed US soldiers are not welcome in Africa, said Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday.

Any country that allowed itself to be a base for the US strategic command in Africa (Africom) would have to live with the consequences, Lekota said.

Africom’s recent creation has been interpreted as the US suddenly recognising the strategic importance of Africa to the US.

Last month it was reported that Lekota was not responding to US requests for him to meet the first Africom commander, Gen Kip Ward.

Briefing the media yesterday, Lekota said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) defence ministers had, at the summit in Lusaka this month, decided that no member states would host Africom and more armed US soldiers.

He said this was also the “continental position” of the African Union.

However, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has evidently already offered her country as a base for Africom.

Lekota said as far as he knew most African countries supported [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 August, 2007

GABORONE – The Solar Energy Curriculum Development (SECD) programme seeks to establish training standards and curricula for the two main solar energy technologies used in Botswana.

The technologies are solar water heating and solar photovoltaic electricity. Speaking at the launch of the programme, Assistant Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri, said it was intended to provide an alternative approach moving from supply driven to demand driven provision of vocational training.

The initiative is in line with the ideals of the National Policy on Vocational Education and Training (NPVET) which calls for increased access to vocational training programmes as well to develop programmes that target the job market.

Mr Matlhabaphiri said skills development had become a topical issue in Botswana, particularly with major projects emerging around Botswana for diversification and growth of the economy.

He said the competitiveness and sustainability of these projects would depend on the quality and availability of skilled labour.

The efforts we are witnessing today are in line with the aspirations of the Vision 2016 pillars of a prosperous, productive and innovative nation and an educated informed nation, he said.

Mr Matlhabaphiri said the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 August, 2007

TSHABONG – A massive migration is taking place in the Kgalagadi South area as wild animals migrate to South Africa due to the gripping drought in Botswana.

Mrs Onalenna Kgathi, district wildlife coordinator, said in an interview that besides losing animals to South Africa, some were dying as a result of the drought.

The animals cross to South Africa drawn by the moist air following late rains in April, she said. Mrs Kgathi said the massive migration similar to this one, happened in 1985.

She lamented that once the animals crossed into South Africa, they would not return. In South Africa, once an animal enters a farm or ranch,she said, the property owner could claim ownership.

Thus, most farmers along the border could take advantage of the migration and lure the animals into their property.

If it does not rain soon, she said more animals would be lost. We are waiting patiently for the rainfall so that the animals could recover and return to the wildlife management areas, she said.

As if migration across the border was not enough, she said, some animals have [continue reading]

Themba Gadebe

30 August 2007

Johannesburg law enforcers are receiving training from American experts on tackling terrorism financing and money laundering ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The American members of the world renowned Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are giving a week-long training course to Johannesburg Metro Police and members of the South African Police Service.

Speaking to BuaNews, Michael Martinel, supervisory special agent of the FBI, said it was important to prepare South Africa to respond to these challenges.

At the same time, Martinel commended his class of 31 students on their intelligence in security issues. “I have been giving training to a lot of people, but this is the most intelligent class. I am actually learning more from them,” he told BuaNews

Metro Police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane said the FBI had been providing training to their officers for the past two years.

“Our officers have been trained in the fields of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

30 August 2007
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Mariam Isa

SA’s main inflation gauge jumped to 6,5% last month — a four-year peak — taking local markets by surprise and fanning speculation that interest rates will rise again this year.

The annual increase in the CPIX index, watched for monetary policy, breached its 3%-6% target for the fourth consecutive month and exceeded consensus forecasts for a slowdown to 6,2% from 6,4% in June.

“It’s a terrible number,” said Brait economist Colen Garrow. “It kind of cements the case for another rate hike but for all the wrong reasons — the forces driving it are generally external.”

The rand firmed more than 1% to R7,23 against the dollar while government bonds weakened on the news, which raises the odds that the Reserve Bank will hike lending rates at its next policy meeting in October.

The Bank has already raised its key repo rate by a cumulative three percentage points since June last year in a bid to quash price pressures fanned mainly by the rising cost of food and fuel — both global trends which interest rates can do little to address.

But robust demand for consumption and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 August, 2007

A locally produced wildlife film entitled: Eye of the Leopard has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. The nominations are for Best Achievement in Non Fiction and Reality Programming and Best Achievement in Science and Nature Programming.

The film, which is being internationally broadcast on the National Geographic Channel, is a Wildlife Films Botswana production, shot wholly in the country by local producers, Derek and Beverly Joubert.

It has also been recently nominated for Best Writing at Jackson Hole Wildlife Films festival in the USA. The Eye of the Leopards two Emmy nominations further follows its recent award as The Best Nature Film at the Jules Verne Film Festival in Paris.

First presented in 1949, the Emmys are American based television production awards, which are generally considered to be the TV equivalent of the Oscars.

Three related but separate organisations are jointly responsible for the Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the National (US) Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The name Emmy is a feminization of immy, a nickname once used for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 August, 2007

TLOKWENG Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) has challenged government to pay teachers a 13th cheque or bonus at the end of the year.

BTU regional representative told the salaries review that teachers were multitasked as they supervised cleaning and attend to the wellness of students, among other duties.

Mr Justice Kgabeng said teachers should be paid depending on qualifications, experience, service delivery and responsibility.

Mr Kganeng also requested for a subsidy scheme to buy houses. He recommended that government contribution to the pension fund be increased to 20 per cent while individual pay 7.5 per cent.

After retirement, he said, teachers should be paid a full salary for three months. As for Special Education Centre representatives in Tlokweng, they wanted the ministry to upgrade their centre to a department as it was the only one in Botswana assisting students in need of special education.

Botswana Unified Local Government Service Association in Ramotswa proposed for a salary increase of 50 per cent for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 August, 2007

ORAPA – The National Mining and Allied Workers Union (NAMAWU) and the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) have been advised to acquaint themselves with labour laws. Addressing the unions at Orapa last Thursday, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Charles Tibone, said this could help minimise grievances at work.

Mr Tibone urged the workers representatives to take their participation in the law making process seriously, as there was proof that most problems encountered by workers emanate from ignorance.

He said labour movements were faced with the challenge of preparing themselves to participate meaningfully in tripartite and bipartite structures.

He called for proper structures for dialogue on issues affecting workers and Batswana in general. He referred to freedom of association, as empowerment of labour movements to grow and bargain collectively with employers.

However he said they should expect such freedom to lead to the proliferation of trade unions and a reduction in the role of government in labour relations.

He indicated that unionisation promotes the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 August, 2007

LETLHAKANE – The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs is intending to bridge a gap between workers and employers through open communication and to continually share information with workers.

Officiating a three-day Botswana Secondary Teachers Union annual general conference (BOSETU) in Letlhakane the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Charles Tibone, said being invited to the conference had made him part of the overall government objective of fostering consultation and partnerships in development, under there theme Mr Tibone said Botswanas economy had been heavily reliant on minerals. However, Batswana were in transition from resources-based economy to a knowledge society where innovation should become the principal in all endeavours.

He said the new economy required a new set of skills hence the need to equip Batswana with skills that would enable them to contribute to a diversified economy.

He said the role of teachers was pivotal in this process because of their participation in the development of diversified curricula, and most importantly delivering the curriculum in the classroom.

Secondary school teachers provide raw material for vocational and technical training system as well as higher education as the most important people who constitute the largest body of educated men and women in the society.

Therefore the nation stands to harvest more from them a commensurate degree of value which he said he trusts they will not deny Batswana that dividend.

Mr Tibone also said [continue reading]

source: The Times
Published:Aug 29, 2007

Botswana’s economy is expected to continue to grow at a brisk rate in the next two years, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

In its annual report on Botswana, Moody’s says that the country’s A1/A2 ratings reflect its net external creditor status, its continued external and fiscal account surpluses, and the improvements now evident in diversifying the economic base.

“The combination of increased output from the mining, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors and an added boost from government and financial services is expected to keep the economy growing at a relatively brisk pace in the next two years,” notes Kristin Lindow, Moody’s Vice President and author of the report.

“The volatility registered during the past four years also could be avoided.”

Lindow anticipates that large current account surpluses will continue, the extent [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

29 August 2007
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Thato Chwaane

The Solar Energy Curriculum Development (SECD) was launched at the Madirelo Training and Testing Centre yesterday. Speaking at the launch, acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kago Moshashane, said that solar energy can provide electricity in areas where it is difficult or too expensive to extend the national power grid.

He said Botswana has limited energy sources but is blessed with abundant sunshine for most of the year.

He said the government has decided to install solar water heating systems in its houses. He said that the systems have not worked satisfactorily mainly due to sub-standard installations as well as lack of maintenance. Moshashane said that this has created a negative perception that solar energy does not work or is inferior. “For extended and sustainable use of solar energy in the country, it is essential to develop infrastructure and capacity as well as resources for its installation and maintenance. Therefore there is need for a pool of well-trained, skilled and committed engineers and technicians to advance the related technologies,” Moshashane said. He called for the training of artisans to cut the number of unemployed people in the country.

Assistant Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri said [continue reading]

source: IOL

August 29 2007 at 07:07PM

By Natasha Joseph

The mystery around what is being called “the world’s largest diamond”, a 7 000 carat whopper that was apparently found on Monday in a North West mine, is deepening.

A leading gemologist says it would take “20 minutes at most” to test the stone and ascertain if it actually is a diamond, but the monster rock is reportedly still under lock and key in a Johannesburg vault and has not been tested yet.

And the Cape Town property developer, Brett Jolly, who first reported the discovery of the “diamond” to South African media on Monday afternoon did not return a number of phone calls.

Jolly’s personal assistant, who on Monday had sent a cellphone photograph of the gem to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
28 August 2007

The government forced people to go to the airport to welcome Nguema, Obiang Teodoro Nguema, the dictator from Equatorial Guinea who arrived on Tuesday to open the Agricultural show. We received reports that in order to have crowds of loyal supporters of Mugabe present as a welcoming party, three buses were sent to Mbare Msika to load a “rent-a-crowd”. People were told to board the buses for a trip to the airport, and those who refused were beaten by the police and youth militia. We were not able to confirm whether there were any serious injuries or arrests.
A banquet welcoming Nguema was used by Mugabe as a platform to push his agenda that Zimbabwe’s problems are due to sanctions imposed by the West.

Journalist Angus Shaw told us that at the banquet Mugabe spoke about the [continue reading]

source: News24
29/08/2007 16:26 – (SA)

Cape Town – Want to know when you can play the Lotto again? Don’t ask Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa – apparently you are not allowed to.

A senior government communications official on Wednesday told reporters they could not ask any questions about the suspended national lottery when Mpahlwa appeared at a briefing.

Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) chief director, Thabo Masebe, instead told reporters:

“Such announcements (about the Lotto) would be made at an appropriate time.”

Masebe, who interrupted a reporter who attempted to slip through a question to the minister about the lottery, said he was simply applying government press briefings rules.

At no stage had Mpahlwa instructed him [continue reading]