Archive for December 20th, 2007

source: BOPA
20 December, 2007

ORAPA – Tables were turned Monday when journalists were on the receiving end during a function to appreciate the media for backing Debswanas quest to mine and recover diamonds efficiently.

Members of the press tasted their own medicine when the management of Orapa and Letlhakane mines fired questions at them following a presentation from the mines General Manager, Mr Sebetlela Sebetlela.

It started with Mr Joshua Dodo, Debswana Treatment Manager, seeking to know what the media expects from the diamond mining giants localisation plan that the company has failed to accomplish.

Mr Sebetlela followed asking the role of journalists in the campaign for diamonds for development. The media had earlier asked about the localisation strategy, charging that the workers union was complaining about the snails pace at which the plan was executed.

They too sought to know if Botswana was winning the fight against the crusade, which was triggered by an [continue reading]

Gaborone gets new face

source: BOPA
20 December, 2007

GABORONE – An architectural firm that is tasked with coming up with a new 25-year development plan for Gaborone city will complete the task in February next year.

Mosienyane and Partners International (MPI) was tasked by the Department of Town and Regional Planning (DTRP).

In an interview, Mr Lekwalo Mosienyane, a director at MPI, said the new design will be addressing the problems of bad designing that make the capital dysfunctional, citing the example of traffic notes, traffic flows and distribution.

Mr Mosienyane said Gaborone had a development plan of 1997-2021 but 10 years into the plan, it was evident that it was failing and the DTRP opened tenders so that consultants might tender for the review and revision of the current plan and to come up with a new design.

The citizen-owned MPIs representative, who has won international awards with his design of the Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, Mr Mosienyane, said the 1997-2021 plan had a deficiency in that it was planning led as opposed to market led.

The planner didnt seem to be aware that [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 20 2007 at 10:49AM

The ANC conference near Polokwane entered its final day on Thursday with the news that party president Zacob Zuma is still under threat of prosecution.

Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe said on Thursday there was enough evidence to prosecute Zuma for corruption.

Speaking on talk radio 702, Mpshe said a final decision on when to take action against the newly elected ANC president was “imminent.”

The corruption charges relate to Zuma’s relationship with financial adviser and convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik.

AFP quoted Mpshe as saying: “The investigation is complete. All that we are doing now is to tie the loose ends.

“The investigation, with the evidence we have now, points to a case that can be taken to court.”

Asked whether charges would be filed [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 December, 2007

GABORONE – Gaborone City Council ended its full council meeting on Monday by adopting a motion that requested the Ministry of Trade and Industry to regulate the operations of scrap metal dealers.

Tabling the motion, Cllr Thuso Ogotseng of Boikhutso lamented that most streetlights in Gaborone were not working because they had been stripped of cables by thieves. He said the thieves even dug up underground cables.

The council also adopted a motion by Cllr Nelson Ramaotwana of Village, which called for a refund of street vendors who were wrongly charged P200-P500 for operating without licences.

Three other motions, which were closely linked to the operations of the informal traders, were withdrawn. They were referred to relevant committees for further study.

In a day that was characterised by withdrawal of motions, a motion calling for the transfer of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


PALAPYE: The weekend battle for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ticket has forced the four candidates in the party’s ‘Bulela Ditswe’ primaries to literally camp in town.

There are all signs on the ground that the four – two women and two men – will not leave anything to chance as their campaign teams criss-cross the wet streets of Palapye canvassing for support.

It has been raining incessantly in Palapye but it does not seem that the heavy downpours dampened the spirits of the campaign teams in any way.

The four are Moiseraele ‘Master’ Goya, Isaac Maforaga, Ogone Mogano and Prof. Sheila Tlou.

Palapye is literally under siege with ‘strangers’ incessantly knocking on peoples’ doors in search of support in the weekend primaries to fill a vacancy left by the former area MP, Boyce Sebetela who has since joined Debswana.

After a cabinet meeting this week, Tlou resumed her canvassing. The weekend primaries have literally become the talk of the town.

After the BDP banned open combat at political rallies, the use of campaign material like posters and [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe is to issue new banknotes in an effort to tackle the serious cash shortages afflicting the country.

From Thursday, notes worth 250,000, 500,000 and 750,000 Zimbabwean dollars will enter circulation.

At the same time, the highest value note now in use – the 200,000 dollar bill – will be phased out despite only being introduced in July.

Rampant inflation above 8,000%, mass unemployment and shortages of fuel and basic goods have blighted the economy.

Supervised withdrawals

In recent weeks, increasing cash shortages have led people to start sleeping outside banks while [continue reading]

source: News24
19/12/2007 15:50 – (SA)

Polokwane – The ANC Youth League has come out against the notion of President Thabo Mbeki stepping down as the country’s president before 2009.

Only those not respecting the rules of the African National Congress would make such calls, ANCYL president Fikile Mbalula told reporters on Wednesday.

“We are not anarchists,” he said at the ANC national conference at the University of Limpopo outside Polokwane.

“Mbeki is the president of the country and his term will only expire in 2009. Those people [continue reading]

BTV news blackout

source: Mmegi


BTV experienced a technical problem that caused a disruption of the line-up of the programmes.

The problem started at around 1700 hours when synchronisation was lost. This centralised synchronisation controls all equipment in this highly computerized system. The system is intertwined so that once the synchronisation is faulty, even the editing could not be carried out. So by the time the system went faulty, not all News were ready.

However, the Video Tape Recorders, which have [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


PrimeTime Property Holdings will list on the main board of the Botswana Stock Exchange today, becoming the first property company on the domestic bourse.

The listing follows the closure of the company’s Initial Public Offer (IPO), which was over subscribed by 325 percent, last Friday. Only six million linked units were on offer, but there was enormous interest in the stock as total applicants amounted to over 19.7 million units.

Eighty-six million units were initially in issue, but 80 million were taken up by a private placement through institutional investors, leaving 6 million units available to the public at a price of P1.25 each.

In a statement, the directors of PrimeTime said applicants were [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
19 Dcember 2007

Several families are leaving their homes armed with portable paraffin stoves to cook meals in the long snaking queues at the bank. The country is in the midst of a major cash crisis with the central bank failing to provide enough notes to meet demand. Pishai Muchauraya an opposition official in Manicaland said it’s now a common practice to see people cooking food to eat whilst queuing up to withdraw money. Teachers who work in rural areas and travel to the cities to get their money are some of the most affected groups. Banks are only allowing customers to withdraw Z$5 million per day whilst a trip for some could cost as much as Z$6 million. This Muchauraya says requires two days of queuing just to take care of the transport costs.

Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono assured Zimbabweans there would be enough cash for the Christmas period, adding the bank would remedy the situation. The reality however is different. Hyper inflation and an inability to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) yesterday awarded a Satellite Subscription Television Service Licence to Munhumutape African Broadcasting Corporation (MABCTV).

The licence was awarded at the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) premises and will enable MABTV to establish studios to broadcast from Botswana and have satellite uplink facilities from Gaborone.

The service will specialise in tourism-related content while acquiring rights and aggregating other channels from other parts of the world linking up from Botswana.

MABTV will broadcast from Gaborone to the rest of the country with [continue reading]