Archive for December 19th, 2007

source: BOPA
19 December, 2007

FRANCISTOWN – Minister of Health Professor Sheila Tlou has commended stakeholders and board directors of Tati River Clinic for investing in the Riverside Hospital, the first private hospital in the North.

Speaking at the hospitals official opening in Francistown, Prof Tlou said with the development of capacity in the private sector as well as growing challenges of new and evolving disease patterns, it has become apparent that harnessing potential in the private sector is the surest way to provide high quality healthcare service.

The government of Botswana from the first day of its existence took the bold and audacious step to assume full responsibility for the provision of health care of its people, and today I feel greatly honored to witness with you the realization of a dream I have always had, that of a nation whose health care provision is the call and prerogative of all stakeholders, she said.

She said the establishment of the Riverside hospital is not only a response to governments encouragement on the full participation of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN News Service (New York)

18 December 2007
Posted to the web 19 December 2007

While noting the gains achieved by sub-Saharan African countries in recent years, the Deputy Secretary-General today cited an urgent need to scale up efforts to meet the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

Despite recent gains, including economic growth and stability, progress towards achieving the MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa remains “too slow” at the mid-point to 2015, Asha-Rose Migiro told members of the Secretary-General’s MDG Africa Initiative, which is designed to help mobilize international support for African States’ own efforts.

“We want to ensure that when we reach 2015, we can say that the UN system has done everything possible to motivate the international community to follow through on its commitments to support the MDGs in Africa,” Ms. Migiro stated.

Despite commitments made by the world’s leading industrialized countries to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 December, 2007

MAUN – .The African Development Bank is to fund construction of the Kazungula Bridge , which is to be undertaken in the foreseeable future.

Officiating at the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB)s annual general conference in Maun, Assistant Minister of Works and Transport Mr Frank Ramsden said the completion of the bridge will relieve the Chobe people of an age-old tradition of ferrying goods and people across rivers using pontoons.

The project which is a SADC regional project involving Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe is at design stage and its funding (design) is sourced from the African Development Bank.

There is a possibility that the bank will provide funding for the construction, Mr Ramsden said.

Mohembo Bridge construction he said, would start next year and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

Tichaona Sibanda
18 December 2007

There was drama in Harare on Tuesday as thousands of people were left stranded outside banks after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe ordered financial institutions not to dispense cash or accept deposits.

Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said: ‘Rumour quickly spread throughout the city that the RBZ was going to introduce new currency. People waited until early afternoon when banks started releasing cash, only to find out that there was no new currency but new notes of the old Z$200,000 bearer cheques.’

There has been anticipation since last week that the government was ready to let the RBZ introduce a new currency to counter the serious shortages of cash in the country.

Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono has blamed Robert Mugabe’s cronies for fuelling the country’s runaway inflation through illicit dealings. Gono last week Friday told delegates attending the [continue reading]

Plant bill gets green light

source: BOPA
19 December, 2007

PARLIAMENT -MPs have unanimously passed the Plant Protection Bill that was presented by the Minister of Agriculture Mr Jonnie Swartz.

The bill proposes to put in place an act to prevent the introduction, spread and establishment of plant pests; to facilitate trade in plants and to enable Botswana to comply with its international obligations.

Supporting the bill, before the House adjourned ,the MP for Gaborone West South Mr Robert Molefhabangwe said the bill was important because it will enable the country to stop the importation of prohibited insecticides and pesticides.

He said the bill would also stop the importation of illegal plants into the country. The MP for Boteti South Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake said there was need to control people who do business on natural plants.

He said the bill would empower the minister responsible to assist in plants product businesses.

Mr Mokalake urged the agriculture minister to state clearly [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 December, 2007

PARLIAMENT-The Assistant Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Mr Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri says there are no plans to localise the position of managing director(MD) at Engen Botswana.

He said the position of managing director for Engen Botswana was held by a citizen, who has since been appointed managing director for another Engen subsidiary company, Africa Oil in South Africa.

He said Engen is rapidly growing its presence in Sub Saharan Africa, and has embarked on a capacity building program for the positions of managing director and other managerial roles.

Mr Matlhabaphiri said in this process of developing people to fill managerial roles, Botswana nationals are in the same talent pool as the rest of other countries in the Sub Saharan Africa.

He added that under this program, managing directors of any one country are limited to serve in one place for a period of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Henry Makiwa
18 December 2007

Aid agencies have called on the government to urgently address the welfare of thousands of flood victims in the north of the country, after three people were killed and many left homeless.

According to reports an estimated 1 000 people in the Muzarabani district lost their homes, livestock and crops to the floods. It is understood that on Friday an Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter was sent to rescue flood victims, but there has been no report back yet from the scene. A key bridge in the district has been swept away leaving many stranded.

The Red Cross organisation which helps with relief, says it plans to distribute water purification tablets, blankets and food to villagers in the area, below the Zambezi escarpment, which has been [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 December, 2007

TSAU – The P70 million Ngami technical college is among six new technical colleges planned for construction under the National Development Plan 10 (NDP10).

The coordinator of the brigades take over project Mr Bashi Raleru said at a consultative kgotla meetings at Bodibeng and Tsau, that government has no plans to build brigades but is in the process of upgrading existing brigades into technical colleges.

Tsau and Bodibeng communities had requested for a brigade in their respective villages. Mr Raleru said governments decision to takeover the brigades and upgrade them into technical colleges did not prevent them from constructing their own brigade, but warned that government would not assist financially because brigades had been draining government of about P71 million annually.

Government, he said has decided to takeover the existing 41 brigades after [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


FRANCISTOWN: Norilsk Nickel entities Tati Nickel Mining Company and Botswana Metal Refinery (BMR) have restructured their top management in order to enhance efficiency.

The company’s Public and Corporate Affairs Manager Thuso Dikgaka has told Business Day that the restructuring has created four divisions, drawing personnel from the two companies to provide support services to both companies.

The divisions are Organisational Capability headed by Peter Meswele; Safety, Health, Environment and Quality headed by George Sehunelo; Asset Management headed by Hugo Truter; and the Commercial Division, the recruitment of the head of which is in progress.

The new General Manager of Tati Nickel is [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

18 December 2007
Posted to the web 18 December 2007

The department of sports and recreation has some good news for football supporters and other sports enthusiasts in Lobatse and Francistown.

All the tenders have gone out for the multi-purpose sports complexes that have long been promised for those two centres and construction is scheduled to get underway early next year.

As a matter of fact, according to Sports and Recreation Assistant Director Shollo Phethu, the main tender has already been awarded for the Lobatse project and the Chinese company that has won the contract is currently preparing to move on site. “The Lobatse complex will include a 20,000-seat football and athletics stadium, a multi-use indoor hall, several outdoor courts for sports such as basketball and tennis as well as fields for rugby and cricket.

“The development will be built on the road out to the Pioneer Gate border post behind the BMC housing complex, and all the facilities will be built in a single phase.”

The Francistown development, on the other hand, will be broken down into two or more phases with the first phase consisting of [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Michael Wines
Published: December 19, 2007

POLOKWANE, South Africa: The African National Congress chose the Zulu politician Jacob Zuma as its new leader on Tuesday, handing South Africa’s president, Thabo Mbeki, a resounding defeat.

After three days of furious politicking at a national conference here, the ANC’s 3,900 delegates voted to oust Mbeki as head of the party and award the job to Zuma, whose popularity has surged despite facing corruption and rape charges last year.

Mbeki, who led the party for 10 years and the nation for more than 8, won fewer than 4 in 10 votes.

Zuma now becomes the prohibitive favorite to succeed Mbeki as president when Mbeki’s second term ends in early 2009. But he faces at least one daunting hurdle: a continuing corruption investigation that has [continue reading]

source: BBC News

The head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, has agreed with China to develop joint aid projects in Africa.

China has been criticised over its condition-free aid and lending to the continent, as it seeks energy sources and raw materials for its industries.

Mr Zoellick, ending a four day trip to China, said he had discussed the need for Beijing to now not lend more to African nations than they could repay.

China will donate to [continue reading]

Peermont Opens New Casinos

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

18 December 2007
Posted to the web 18 December 2007

Peermont has refurbished two of its casinos in Francistown and Selibe-Phikwe.

The casinos have been renamed to the Sedibeng Casino which is in Francistown and Syringa Casino in Selibe Phikwe. Both the casinos are operating on licenses acquired from Admiral Casinos this July. They are open for business.

Commenting about the casinos, Bruce Page-Wood, the Regional Chief Operating Officer of Peermont said: “Peermont has chosen new names for the casinos that have relevance to

the areas in which each one is situated. Sedibeng means ‘natural water source’, which in this case is the Tati River – a very important part of Francistown. Syringa is the name of the hotel in which the casino is situated, as well as a link to the great Syringa tree that grows right in front of the casino.”

According to Page-Wood, the Sedibeng Casino has 50 slot machines while Syringa has 30 slot machines, which will increase the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


As the country gets into swing of the festive season, liquor traders and their patrons have been asked to observe hours of business as stipulated in the Trade and Liquor Act or face the law.

A statement issued by the Permanent Secretary (Acting), in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Gaylard Kombani, expresses concern that liquor traders have a tendency to disregard official trading hours during holidays, especially at Christmas.

“Therefore, all liquor business owners and/or managers are reminded to comply with the law,” the statement says, “any violation will result in punitive measures being taken against (offenders).”

For bars, the law authorises the sale and consumption of liquor on licensed premises between 0900 hours and 2300 hours on any day other than [continue reading]