Archive for December 3rd, 2007

source: Mmegi
BY ONALENNA MODIKWA
STAFF WRITER

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The auctioning of Palapye Development Trust has been averted. The district officer for Palapye, Mooketsi Lesetedi, confirmed to Monitor but said he cannot divulge any information surrounding the whole issue.

“I cannot say anything beyond that because there are still some internal issues going on. For now I can only confirm that there is no auction sale,” says Lesetedi.

NDB was scheduled to sell the land last Friday because the trust has failed to pay the bank loan for the construction of the newly opened mall behind BP filling station.

It has been reported that the trust got a P6.1millon loan from NDB to construct the mall and that the Trust debt to the bank has accumulated to about P9 million because the Trust could not afford to pay monthly installments of over P100, 000. On top of that, it is reported that the trust also owed the contractor over P100, 000 despite that an [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
02.12.2007 8:50:25 P

Orange Botswana pleaded with customers Friday for network interruptions experienced over the course of last month but added that the move was aimed at upgrading the system to ensure better service and more products.

The mobile telephone network company which is currently the fastest growing in the country with its subscriber based having just tipped over 500, 000 of active subscribers at the end of October said the interruptions were due to the fact that they were introducing a more reliable system.

Orange Botswana has been using the old fashioned platform called ferma since 1998 when it started operations but it has just moved close to 95 percent of its client base to a more advanced platform called Intelligent Network (IN).

Ninety-five percent of the clients are pay-as-you-go subscribers while the [continue reading]

source: The Standard

By Kholwani Nyathi

BULAWAYO — The city of more than one million people will from this week be reduced to one day’s supply of water a week after the decommissioning of its fourth supply dam.

Bulawayo, now facing one of its worst water shortages in living memory, has already stopped pumping water from Umzingwane, Lower Ncema and Upper Ncema dams after they ran dry.

On Friday, Mayor Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube (pictured) said by today the council would stop pumping water from Inyankuni Dam, thus relying only on Insiza Dam and a few boreholes at the Nyamandlovu Aquifer.

Insiza Dam will supply the city with less than 55 000 cubic meters of water a day against an average requirement of 145 000 cubic meters.

The dam is expected to run dry in the next eight months if there are no significant inflows during this rainy season.

“We have to further tighten the water rationing regime,” Ncube said. “After the decommissioning residents will be getting water once a week for about only 18 hours.

“This will have serious repercussions on the economy and health of the city.”

Residents have had to endure persistent water cuts since the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
02.12.2007 8:28:55 P

Boyce Sebetela’s announcement that he was quitting politics as Palapye MP to rejoin Debswana surprised the public and many people across the political divide.
In parliament, he was the maverick legislator who scrutinized and questioned government moves.

No wonder when he announced that he was leaving politics observers wondered who would be responsible for the formulation of laws in parliament and who would scrutinize government policies and guard against government’s anomalies.
On the floor to bid the Palapye MP farewell on Friday, Shoshong MP, Duke Lefhoko, described Sebetela as a hard working and serious legislator with a questioning intellect accompanied with measures of courage and fortitude rarely displayed by many in the House.

“We shall retain numerous endearing memories of Sebetela’s abilities in this house; but what stands out uppermost in my mind is the seriousness, that sense of conviction and purpose, which he brought to or invested in all and everything he did. Upon his appointment to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
OARABILE MOSIKARE
CORRESPONDENT

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana would soon have Importers Inspection Regulations; deputy managing director of Botswana Bureau of Standard (BOBS) Masego Marobela said this during the full council meeting here yesterday.

Marobela said the regulations are still at final draft stage at the Attorney General’s Chambers. She said the regulations are meant to monitor the quality of imported goods in the country.

“There should be some form of mechanisms to stop some goods coming to the country,” she advised.

She also explained that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
02.12.2007 8:54:22 P

The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila, has reassured investors and potential investors in the tourism sector that recent research and analysis indicates a healthy and pleasing growth, signaling an illustrious future for the tourism industry in Botswana.

Speaking at the launch of the Cresta Residency Hotel in Francistown last week Mokaila said that the recently published tourism satellite account for Botswana as published by the World Travel and Tourism Council and its partners Oxford Economics indicates that from 1995 to 2005 tourism arrivals in Botswana have averaged annual rates of 14.2 percent.

“While 2006 rates are not yet available, industry estimates point to an even higher growth,” he said.

Mokaila explained that Botswana’s market share in terms of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

3 December 2007
Posted to the web 3 December 2007

Maputo

A new set of regulations on the marketing and consumption of tobacco products took effect in Mozambique at the weekend.

From Saturday onwards it became illegal to smoke in any public place, including all state institutions, restaurants, schools, libraries, hospitals, airports, train stations and all forms of public transport (though it should be added that in most of these places, smoking had already been frowned upon, if not completely banned, long before these regulations were published)

Restaurants, bars, and other places of entertainment can, if they choose, provide a space for smokers. But such a space must occupy no more than 25 per cent of their total area, clearly marked as a smoking area, and separated by walls from the non-smoking areas.

The ventilation for such areas must ensure that the smoke is channelled outside the building so that there is no risk of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Pre-qualification tenders for the airside work of the expansion of Maun Airport have been invited up to December 19, 2007, the Minister of Works and Transport Lesego Motsumi, has told Parliament.
In answer to a question by the Member of Parliament for Maun West Ronald Ridge, Motsumi said work on the airside is expected to commence in May next year. The project is divided into three sections: construction of airside facilities, relocation of airport services and construction of buildings. Tenders for the relocation of airport services will be invited in December 2007 while the relocation of services is expected to begin by April next year.

Designs of the buildings are currently being finalised, while tenders for building works are to be invited next June with construction projected to begin in September 2008.

Minister Motsumi said the majority of people affected by the expansion of the airport have been compensated.

Responding to another question from Ridge, Motsumi said for [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
02.12.2007 8:49:29 P

The Botswana Government has invited diamond manufacturers to provide opinions on an overall strategy for the country’s expanding cutting industry.
The move is part of an overall review of Government’s resource policy and is aimed at identifying areas for improvement in its current legislation.

Once primarily reliant on De Beers, but now increasingly independent, the Government is trying to re-establish a more independent mining sector to cater for an increasing number of new players that have applied for exploration and operating licenses.

A number of diamond companies are understood to have submitted their views about what they believe would be a sensible long-term strategy for the sector in terms of rough distribution, local trading facilities as well as fiscal changes.

According to a government official, the proposals will be discussed as [continue reading]

Mogae goes on leave

source: Mmegi

TSHIRELETSO MOTLOGELWA
STAFF WRITER

President Festus Mogae is going on leave for four weeks starting the second week of December to the second week of January. The press secretary to the president, Jeff Ramsay says that it is customary for the President to take time off at this time of the year. “He will take a brief break after Parliament adjourns to attend to personal matters.

There are some family functions he has to attend and this will also give him time to relax before [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
02.12.2007 8:25:23 P

Air Botswana General Manager, Lance Brogden, and some senior executives have been axed following the airline’s failed privatization.

Brogden, who was recruited to prepare Air Botswana for privatization, will vacate his plum post for a new General Manager who will be appointed by a management contractor to be recruited by the Minister of Works and Transport, Lesego Motsumi.

Among other executive managers likely to be axed are Finance Manager, Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, Commercial Manager, Ground Services Manager, Internal Audit Manager, Human Resources Manager and the airline’s Corporate Secretary.
A number of staff members are also expected to loose their jobs in the anticipated restructuring and down-sizing exercise.

The Ministry of Works and Transport placed an advert this week that “AB’s shareholder, the government of Botswana, wishes to recruit an experienced international airline to operate AB through a [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
02.12.2007 8:51:58 P

Batswana will face a black Christmas as government recoiled to the high international crude oil price by hiking the fuel- pump prices on Friday.
Fuel prices have being hovering near the US $ 100 mark – about P 600—per barrel in the international markets for some time prompting Bank of Botswana and economic analysts to warn against the possible fuel price increase.

Although the central bank left the interest rates on hold at its last month’s Monetary Policy committee, it warned against a possible rise in fuel pump prices which would impact on inflation going forward. Inflation has been moving in zigzag bands over the last three months and by end of October it sprung up from 6.8 percent to 7.3 percent.

On Friday night, the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs warned consumers that the retail pump price will go up immediately after [continue reading]