Archive for December 24th, 2007

source: BOPA
24 December, 2007

2007 will be a year to remember in Botswanas political history as it was characterised by major policy decisions and events.

January Three contractors China Jiangsu, China Jingxi and Caitec Botswana start the construction of a P300 million senior secondary school project in Good Hope, which is expected to be completed in one year.

This is the first school of its kind, from the magnitude of the buildings to the scale of anticipated enrolment.

Multitudes of Roman Catholic Church members and a handful of members of other Christian denominations converge at Ditshupo Hall in Gaborone to witness the arrival of the World Youth Day Cross and an icon of Virgin Mary.

The cross had traversed the world.

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedidikilwe, appeals to North East District residents to be patient concerning delays to supply them with water from Ntimbale Dam.

The Mayor of Gaborone, Mr Nelson Ramaotwana, is ousted from the mayoral seat by former mayor Harry Mothei.

Francistown mayor, Mr Billy Buti, is re-elected in mayoral elections that were [continue reading]

Over 7 000 plots allocated

source: BOPA
24 December, 2007

MOLEPOLOLE – Kweneng Land Board has allocated 7 062 plots for varies uses this year.

Main Land Board Chairperson, Mr David Botlhoko, said during the boards Christmas ball last Wednesday that the number was not enough as evidenced by the huge number in the waiting list.

As at now we have a waiting list of over 127 000, being the number of people who have submitted applications for residential plots throughout the district, he said.

He said while some people would not be eligible for allocation for various reasons, this was still a huge figure by any standards, which was giving them sleepless nights.

He emphasised that it was even more worrying when one considered that the board only had the capacity to allocate 8 000 plots per annum.

Our enduring challenge was to identify ways and means of [continue reading]

Claire Fulton

Tourists fascinated by South Africa’s most beloved statesman, Nelson Mandela, can now “follow his footsteps” all the way from the Eastern Cape to Robben Island

The Nelson Mandela Route starts in the Eastern Cape, in King William’s Town, which began as a London-based Missionary Station in 1826 and provides a backdrop to early European influences in a struggle region of British, Boer and Xhosa conflicts.

The town’s Amathole Museum has a Xhosa Gallery, Missionary Museum and German Settlers display. The grave of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko is also in the town.

Go to Eastern Cape Madiba ActionThe Mandela Route moves through Bhisho, home of the provincial government, and takes a scenic drive on the N2 to Mthatha, which hosts the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
24 December, 2007

RAMOTSWA – The problem of land shortage in Tlokweng has forced the land board to come up with a clause in their policy stating that everyone within a radius of 70 kilometres would not qualify for plot allocation in Tlokweng.

Board chairperson, Mr Ramonnye Matlapeng informed councillors in a meeting recently to seek for their support to consider the clause as in the past they disagreed with the proposed radius of 35 kilometres.

He said the board had consulted other stakeholders and the community to assist the board in its formulation before approval of the policy and all have supported them.

He said the policy aimed to equitably and fairly distribute land for the benefit of every citizen in a transparent and efficient manner.

Mr Matlapeng also informed councillors that they were unable to allocate a [continue reading]

source: Indiatimes

MUMBAI: Diamond Trading Company (DTC), the distribution arm of the De Beers Group, has lopped off a number of Indian companies from the list of sightholders for the three-year period beginning 2008.

The move is likely to affect the prospects of companies who have been left out, making it difficult and costly for them to buy diamonds for polishing and cutting.

DTC recently announced after elaborate consideration that 75 clients would be included in its ‘sightholder’ list from its London office. A ‘sightholder’ is a company on the DTC’s list of authorised bulk purchasers of rough diamonds.

The new list (2008-2011), which is released every two years, will be made official [continue reading]

source: Voice of America
By VOA News
23 December 2007

The first African telecommunications satellite has been put into orbit by an Ariane Five rocket.

The satellite will provide phone, Internet and television service to rural parts of the African continent for the next 15 years.

Dignitaries from several African countries gathered at [continue reading]

source: Business Report

EU accused of trying to destroy economic communities – Counterclaim of SA trying to protect services
December 23, 2007

By Peter Fabricius and Tabby Moyo

Johannesburg – Is Europe destroying southern Africa’s economic communities? Or is it giving them the high-voltage charge they desperately needed to jolt them, like Frankenstein’s monster, out of their moribund state?

This is essentially the question posed by the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which the EU has been negotiating for the past five years with six regional groups of developing countries.

These EPAs – free trade agreements supposedly tilted in favour of [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 23 2007 at 12:21PM

By Mary Corrigall

Consumer organisations have criticised the decision by the National Electricity Regulator (Nersa) to give Eskom the go-ahead to increase the price of power next year by 14,2 percent. They say the price hike exceeds the rate of inflation and goes against promises made by Jacob Zuma to uplift the poor.

“We find it hard to understand why Eskom has increased its tariffs above inflation. Especially in light of the government’s promise to keep price hikes between the 3-6 percent range,” said Thami Bolani, the chairperson of the National Consumer Forum. “An increase of 14,2 percent will push the price of everything up, pushing inflation even further.”

Last week Nersa announced Eskom could raise the cost of electricity by 14,2 percent instead of the [continue reading]