Archive for December 14th, 2007

source: Mmegi


Following the departure of Boyce Sebetela from Parliament, the central committee of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has announced its candidates for primary elections leading to a by-election in Palapye.

The BDP primaries will be held on Sunday December 22. As expected, specially elected Member of Parliament and Minister of Health Professor Sheila Tlou has entered a four-horse race to become the party’s candidate for Palapye.

She faces Mater Goya, Ogone Mogano and the youthful Isaac Maforaga, who have all been given the green light to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


Education Minister, Jacob Nkate says it is wise to delay the developments at the Botswana University of Science and Technology (BIUST) than have a rushed job that would not please anyone at the end of the day.

The minister was briefing the media at an event held at Cresta Lodge, Gaborone on Wednesday.

He said the initial indication by the task force that the university would be open by 2009 was unrealistic and it had to be revised.

He explained that they are playing with the option of admitting the first intake of about 250 or 500 by late 2009. “We won’t rush the project but we would rather delay by a year or two to get the project right that would be small but looking good,” he said.

On other issues, the minister said that they have overcome the challenge of access to [continue reading]

source: BBC News

A southern African regional court has ordered Zimbabwe not to proceed with the seizure of a white farmer’s land.

The Namibia-based Southern African Development Community (Sadc) tribunal ruled in favour of Mike Campbell, who argued that the seizure was racist.

The outcome is seen as a blow to President Robert Mugabe’s programme to transfer land to the black majority.

The ruling should allow Mr Campbell to remain on his farm until Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court hears a group challenge.

Mr Campbell had asked the Sadc tribunal to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


FRANCISTOWN: The Minister of Trade and Industry, Neo Moroka, has called on chain stores and other large businesses to support small-scale enterprises.

Speaking at the official opening of Foods by Melittah, a biscuit confectionery, Moroka commended stores like Meriting Spar, Tutume Spar and the Choppies group for giving Foods by Melittah a chance to supply them despite its early stage and small size.

“This is the kind of business-to-business linkages that we would like the private sector to give serious attention to because it results in the growth of the local economy and increased demand for goods and services in the local market which, at the end of the day, is in the interest of the business,” the Minister said.

Foods by Melittah closed down in 2005 due to under-capitalisation. It re-opened this year in June after successfully applying for a CEDA loan. With an investment of P347, 000, it has [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Era (Windhoek)

13 December 2007
Posted to the web 13 December 2007

Petronella Sibeene

NamPower will have to fork out an additional U.S.$10 million towards the refurbishment of the Hwange Power Station in Zimbabwe.

This comes seven months after the national power utility signed a U.S.$40 million (N$290 million) Power Purchase Agreement with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa).

Managing Director of NamPower, Paulinus Shilamba, yesterday said the need for additional funding was found necessary after a close inspection of the four units to be revamped at the aging power station.

The additional amount will be sourced from NamPower’s internal resources.

Today, NamPower and Zesa officials are meeting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to discuss [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
13 December 2007

A special congress of the ruling Zanu PF party on Thursday endorsed Robert Mugabe’s candidacy for the 2008 presidential election. Thousands of Zanu PF delegates descended on the venue in Harare to rubber stamp a decision already secured outside party structures. Mugabe bullied his challengers by organising a demonstration of ‘war veterans’ under the ‘million man march’ theme and all talk on the succession issue was banished. This however is despite deep resentment from his close lieutenants who feel he has overstayed in power and risks jeopardising the party’s chances in the election.

Political commentator Ibbo Mandaza who has close links to the Mujuru faction of the party, told The Daily Telegraph, ‘Right now 99 per cent of the country wants Mugabe to retire peacefully and enable Zimbabwe to move into a new era. That’s a fact and that goes across the [continue reading]