Archive for November 13th, 2007

source: Mmegi

As expected President Festus Mogae travelled to Palapye on Friday to inform residents that their MP, Boyce Sebetela, is resigning but by the time he left, the announcement had had a major effect.

Before Mogae could take his seat at the dais, politicians were working their cellphones and before long loud hailers were mounted on vans and the campaign for the Palapye by-election had started.

At the end of the Kgotla meeting, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) had announced an impromptu meeting on Friday afternoon. Elsewhere in the village, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) functionaries were telling people that there would be a by-election.

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the village had been transformed into a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
12 November, 2007

Controversy has brewed once again for the British Barclays Bank over its alleged bankrolling of the Mugabe regime. This time the bank is accused of providing loans to Robert Mugabe’s land owning Ministers, to ‘improve productivity in agriculture,’ despite the fact that the farms were taken illegally and violently. The revelations come only months after it was revealed that a Barclays subsidiary was funding fuel supplies for the Zimbabwean government, including jet fuel for military planes, which is under a trade ban.

According to a report in The Sunday Times UK, Barclays has lent £750 million to at least 5 ministers in the first half of this year alone. The beneficiaries include the national security minister who is also in charge of Land Reform, Didymus Mutasa, Information and publicity minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Agricultural Minister Rugare Gumbo and Webster Shamu, Minister for policy implementation.

At issue is the question of ethics and corporate responsibility. Barclays is providing funds to Ministers who took farms illegally under the violent and chaotic land reform programme, which displaced hundreds of thousands of farm workers, thousands of commercial white farmers and led to the destruction of agriculture in Zimbabwe. Now these same ministers are gaining even more personal wealth under the guise of agricultural improvement, while their oppressive policies continue to deprive Zimbabweans of their basic Constitutional rights.

The Sunday Times report said Barclays made £34 million in profit in Zimbabwe last year, which is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Managing Director of Debswana on Friday, Blackie Marole, announced the appointment of Boyce Sebetela into the Debswana Group Executive as Group Manager: Corporate Strategy with effect from 01 December 2007.

Boyce (47) is a processing engineer by profession who developed into a management consultant and trainer in strategy, leadership, total quality management and organisational development for performance improvement.

He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Botswana and attended management development programmes at Oxford University and Harvard Business School.

As a management consultant, his highest achievement was [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Organisers of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa say two of the five stadiums being built face “very, very tight” deadlines for completion.

The grounds causing concern are in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

“Things are on course generally, but with two stadiums the timelines are very, very tight,” said Tim Modise of the tournament organising committee.

As a result, plans for Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to host the 2009 Confederations Cup may be shelved.

Tourism chiefs expect 450,000 fans to [continue reading]

source: Business Report
November 12, 2007

By Nicole Rego

Johannesburg – Telkom on Monday said its headline earnings per share are expected to be between 14 to 20 percent lower for the six months ended September 2007, when compared to the same period a year ago.

It also expects its earnings per share to decrease by the same percentage.

Telkom said the expected decrease in earnings is the result of an aggressive marketing initiative which bundles services at discounted rates.

It added that the drop expected is also because of an increased investment in materials and maintenance to improve the reliability of the network and customer services, as well as a higher depreciation, resulting from increased capital expenditure to [continue reading]

Tourism Board In London

source: Mmegi

Members of the Botswana Tourism Board will attend the annual World Travel Market (WTM) 2007 in London starting today and ending on Thursday with a view to enhancing awareness on Botswana products.

A statement from the Botswana Tourism Board (BTB) public relations and communications manager, Keitumetse Setlang says by attending the WTM, the board wants to improve opportunities for increasing inbound tourist growth from Botswana’s major markets. The WTM is the second largest international travel show after the International Tourism Borse (ITB) held annually in Berlin, Germany.

The fair provides a major platform to promote the country’s tourism industry and raise awareness about its tourist destinations in the global market place.

It also provides opportunities for local tourism businesses – tour operators, [continue reading]

source: News24
12/11/2007 16:06 – (SA)

Johannesburg – The number of desperately poor South Africans has doubled since shortly after the end of apartheid despite the faster pace of economic growth, a survey found on Monday.

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) survey said 4.2 million people were living on less than $1 (about R6.74) a day in 2005, up from 1.9 million in 1996, two years after the collapse of the notorious system of racial segregation.

“Poverty has increased both in absolute numbers and proportionally. The proportion of South Africans living on less than $1/day doubled between 1996 and 2005,” it said in a statement, blaming the rise on unemployment.

South Africa has enjoyed faster economic growth in the past few years, growing by [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)

12 November 2007
Posted to the web 12 November 2007

Sharon Hammond

A pack of 18 African Wild Dogs have been translocated from South Africa to Botswana, to try establish a viable population of the endangered animal in the Limpopo Valley.

The dogs were transferred from the Marakele National Park in Limpopo to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in far eastern Botswana recently.

“It is intended that this reintroduction will facilitate the establishment of a viable population of wild dogs in the Limpopo Valley, specifically within the area earmarked for incorporation into the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area,” said Harriet Davies-Mostert, manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Group. The recently proclaimed Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area straddles the international borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The African Wild Dog is southern Africa’s most endangered carnivore. There are fewer than 500 individual dogs occurring in South Africa, most of which occur in the Kruger National Park. In 1997 it was recommended that the wild dog’s range be expanded by reintroducing packs into several protected areas across the country.

To date, nine wild dog sub-populations have been established in areas such as the [continue reading]