Archive for September 7th, 2007

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe

6 September 2007
Posted to the web 6 September 2007


Construction giant Costain Africa Limited has won multi-billion-dollar tenders to refurbish five Botswana airports, as the group grabs its share of the Southern Africa construction boom, ahead of the Fifa 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Costain managing director Mr Tendai Chimuriwo said yesterday apart from local projects currently underway, the company was involved in the refurbishment of five airports in Botswana that should be complete by 2010.

“We are working on several construction projects locally and regionally.

“Currently, Costain is involved in six university projects here, the Joina City, Silo residential houses in Norton as well as refurbishment of airports in Botswana,” he said,

Mr Chimuriwo added that developing infrastructure was key to resuscitating the economy as [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 07 2007 at 11:29AM

By Angela Quintal

MPs have expressed concern that rude airline staff, long airport queues, flight delays and luggage pilfering will bother 2010 visitors to the country

The issue was raised by national assembly transport committee chairperson Jeremy Cronin who said MPs had also raised baggage theft concerns with the Airports Company SA (Acsa).

Moreover, rude SAA staff created a bad impression, Cronin said.

The situation appeared to be deteriorating, he told transport officials during a committee meeting on the department’s airlift strategy.

Anwar Gany, of the department of transport, was upbeat that when it came to baggage theft, things would improve, at least from March next year.

Gany agreed with Cronin that part of the problem was the greater use of casual labour.

Gany said casual workers were also [continue reading]

source: Daily News

By Tebagano Ntshole

GABORONE – When it starts operating next year, Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana, which announced its board members recently, will be the world’s largest diamond centre boasting the best state-of-the-art technology.
The company, which is a joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government has Varda Shine, managing director of DTC; Sheila Khama, De Beers Botswana chief executive officer; Mike Page, executive director, finance, DTC; Paul Rowley, executive director Rough Diamond Division, DTC; and Ellen Lamparter, executive director, human resources, DTC representing Beers on the board
Mr Shine has been appointed the chairperson of the board for two years, after which it would be taken by a government representative.
The government has nominated the Governor of Bank of Botswana, Mrs Linah Mohohlo; the Attorney General, Dr Athalia Molokomme; the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Kago Moshashane; the Deputy Secretary for Economic Affairs, Mr Kelapile Ndobano; and the Director of Mines, Mr Jacob Thamage.
Ms Khama said an interview that DTC Botswana would not only make the country a leader in the diamond trade but Gaborone would become a world diamond centre.
The state-of-the-art diamond sorting facility, which is [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

7 September 2007
Posted to the web 7 September 2007

Dumisani Muleya

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe stormed out of the recent Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit after an explosive clash with Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa during a closed session, it has emerged.

Mugabe’s confrontation with Mwanawasa and his subsequent indignant departure from the meeting raised fears that the already divided regional bloc could be further weakened by further infighting and divisions.

The SADC is riddled with geo-political and personal rivalries among leaders which threaten to make it difficult to deal with internal conflicts and rein in rogue states. Mugabe’s fracas with Mwanawasa was reminiscent of his row with former South African president Nelson Mandela during a SADC meeting in Angola in 1997.

Diplomatic sources who attended the summit revealed this week that Mugabe walked out of the meeting after a row with Mwanawasa over Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis.

The sources said Mugabe went off in [continue reading]

source: Daily News

By Moabi Keaikitse

GABORONE – More than 1 000 teaching posts will be created by the exemption of all administrators from teaching in both primary and secondary schools from this month, says Mr Sandy Mosarwa.
Mr Mosarwa, who is the assistant public relations officer in the Ministry of Education, said the exempted officers are deputy school heads, heads of departments and some senior teachers.
He however said the number of teaching posts created did not correspond to an equal number of teachers exempted from teaching, as teachers with management positions in schools “have always carried a lighter teaching load”.
Mr Mosarwa said the ministry would ensure that where possible, the released teaching load was as fairly distributed as possible among the available staff.
He said it was only once the need for additional posts has been established that a new post would be created. The ministry estimates that the number of new posts that will be created by the arrangement is 1 016 for new assistant teachers.
The posts include 449 assistant teaching positions at primary school level, 434 assistant teaching posts at junior secondary schools and 105 assistant teaching posts and 28 physical education teachers at senior secondary level.
He said the ministry has observed that a lot of changes have taken place in Botswana’s education system and [continue reading]

Govt aware of water crisis

source: Daily News

By Kamogelo Ramojela

SHOSHONG – Shoshong residents have been assured that government is working around the clock to address the water shortage in the village.
Acting Water Engineer for Mahalapye Sub-District, Ms Monica Tsie, told a kgotla meeting addressed by area MP Duke Lefhoko that the shortage could be attributed to the constant bursting of pipes and frequent power cuts in Mahalapye.
She said one of the solutions is to upgrade the current water system and that construction is to commence in December.
The project will include purchase of generators that would be used to pump water in case of power failure.
Currently temporary measures used to address the situation include supplying the village with water bowsers.
Miss Tsie however noted that there has been an improvement since Shoshong was connected to Tobela boreholes.
Regarding the Manale boreholes, which are about 5 kilometers from Shoshong, she said the council has made a [continue reading]

source: Mining Weekly
Published: 7 Sep 07 – 0:00

Process plant design specialist company DRA Minerals Projects has been commissioned by mining company Debswana to design and construct a coal-washing plant at its Morupule colliery.

The colliery is a coal operation located about 15 km from Palapye, in Botswana, about 280 km from the capital, Gaborone, and about 120 km from the South African border post at Groblers Bridge. The colliery has been in operation since 1973 and the Botswana Power Corporation coal-fired power station nearby has been its main customer.

The colliery decided to construct a coal-washing plant to improve the quality of the coal by washing the coal to improve the calorific value and reduce the ash content and other substances. In November 2006, DRA was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


It appears once again the directors of SA Airlink went back home empty-handed yesterday after cabinet deferred a decision to sell to them a stake in Air Botswana. The privatisation of the national airline was one of the agenda items the cabinet discussed yesterday.

Afterwards, the Minister of Works and Transport, Lesego Motsumi said that cabinet has not yet taken a decision on the matter. The cabinet is said to have requested more information after a presentation from the ministry.

Sources close to the cabinet indicated that the sale of the national airline to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


University of Botswana (UB) students gave President Festus Mogae a hard time when they asked him to explain what measures his government has taken to create employment for the swelling number of university graduates.

Student Representative Council (SRC) president Mishingo Jeremia said: “Your excellency we want you to tell us what the government is doing about unemployment among university graduates.” In his response the president nearly angered the students when he said they should make sure they choose marketable courses because by “doing public administration and political science because you won’t find work”.

Mogae, an economist, told the students that there were too many political scientists with whom “you will have to compete when you finished your junior degrees”. This retort seemed to anger the political science students who asked the president whether he was saying the course was unimportant. “Why does the university of which you are the chancellor continue to recruit students to pursue the course?” asked Arnold Gaarekwe, a political science student.

In response the president said: “I didn’t say the course is not [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
06 September 2007

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai has been charged with ‘disorderly conduct’ over a tour he undertook assessing shops affected by government’s controversial price freeze. Although the tour took place over a month ago the charge is only being raised now. Observers have noted that this is just two days after the deportation of police commissioner Augustine Chihuri’s son Sylvester from Australia. Eight students with Zanu PF parents were kicked out of the country on Monday, much to the fury of the police chief.

Tsvangirai’s lawyer Alec Muchadehama told us they suspect the Manager of an OK supermarket in Mufakose was arm twisted into filing a complaint. The manager claims Tsvangirai disrupted business at the shop by moving around with over 30 bodyguards, journalists and photographers. Pictures of empty shelves were taken without the manager’s consent it is further claimed. The entourage toured Gutsai supermarket in central Harare, OK Mufakose, OK Glen View 3 and Makro wholesalers in Braeside, to assess the impact of the price blitz. Tsvangirai described the blitz as unsustainable and politically motivated.

On Thursday the MDC leader was quizzed for [continue reading]

source: IOL

September 07 2007 at 12:40AM

Eskom has warned that South Africa may face more power failures and supply shortages next winter, the SABC reported on Thursday.

“Winter 2008 is going to be more challenging than winter 2007,” said Eskom chief executive officer Jacob Maroga.

The only capacity Eskom would bring on stream between now and winter would be a number of recommissioned power stations.

“The rate at which we bring that capacity on stream is unlikely to match the rate of demand,” he said.

The SABC reported that the decline in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

Tererai Karimakwenda
06 September, 2007

It appears the end of business in Zimbabwe that was predicted by economic analysts when government introduced price controls, is at hand. Thousands have already lost their jobs and many more will follow soon as company closures and takeovers continue. There are reports that the army has been mobilised as government makes moves to offset any planned mass action. The government is aware that civil groups and private businesses are discussing ways to respond to the current crisis.

The price control exercise got a six-month extension last week when Robert Mugabe invoked the Presidential Powers Act. This means there can be no increases in the prices of goods, services, salaries, charges, wages or school fees during the next six months. More companies are bound to close and more people will lose their jobs.

The Financial Gazette reported this week that the bakers industry is to retrench about 10 000 workers due to the serious shortages of wheat and the impact of the government’s price controls. This is about half their workforce. The National Bakers Association (NBA) told Newsreel Wednesday that they had [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


FRANCISTOWN: African Copper plans to enter into a contract with a metal broker and sell its copper as concentrate as it has no intention to venture into smelting or refining.

Production at the mine will begin next year and selling of the concentrate will be done on the company premises.

Responding to Mmegi questions, the Vice President of Investor Relations at the company Naomi Nameth said African Copper will be the first mining company to sell its produce in raw form in Botswana as mines like BCL Mine processes their concentrate at their own smelters before exporting it as matte for refinery in Norway.

BCL Mine also processes concentrate from Tati Nickel Mines and South Africa’s Nkomati Mine. Tati Nickel is currently constructing its state-of-the-art Activox refinery, which will process nickel and copper to an end product.

Nameth says projected output for the first year of operations at Dukwe Mine is 20 000 tonnes. “As we will not begin production until late March 2008, we anticipate [continue reading]