Archive for January 18th, 2008

source: Mmegi
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

16 January 2008
Posted to the web 16 January 2008

Chandapiwa Baputaki

The post of the Botswana international university of science and technology vice-chancellor has been unwrapped to all prospective candidates all over the world, the deputy project coordinator has revealed.

Speaking yesterday, Mogotsa Keoagamang said that they placed the advertisement of the recruitment in the media as they want “the best that we can get in the world. We want the best in the world but if that happens to be a Motswana it will be a bonus,” he said. The Vice Chancellor will, amongst other duties, be expected to deal with issues of curriculum development and staff recruitment.

He, however, stated that they are in the process of opening their offices in Palapye. Keoagamang revealed that they have already approached a landlord where they are still negotiating the rent before they can sign the deal. “We expect to open the offices sometimes between now and March. Some of the staff who are in Gaborone will then relocate to Palapye,” he said.

After being criticised for [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Morula Morula
15.01.2008 8:41:44 A

The Director of Veterinary Services, Dr Musa Fanikiso, has reiterated the government’s position that Ngamiland cattle will not be killed to stop the spread of foot and mouth in the area.

This comes after farmers in Ngamiland expressed fears over the Christmas and New Year holidays that the government was now bound to take a decision to slaughter their cattle since the disease had spread from Habu, where the disease was first detected, to areas around Sehitwa and Gumare, some distance from Habu.

Answering a questionnaire on the issue, Fanikiso said that they had already informed farmers in kgotla meetings about the government’s decision that their cattle would not be killed to control the disease.

He also said that they could not yet conclude that the disease is out of control as the current cases are occurring within the same zone and that cases are, in fact, showing a [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
15.01.2008 9:11:11 A

CIC Energy Corp, a TSX/BSE-listed company engaged in the advancement of the estimated US $9.5 billion Mmamabula Energy Project, announced the commencement of this project’s feasibility study as well as a detailed market study on a coal-to-hydrocarbons project at the company’s Mmamabula Coalfield in Botswana.

This follows positive results from an internal scoping study, which indicated robust economics for the coal-to-hydrocarbons Project, which is currently 100 percent owned by CIC Energy.

According to the statement, the coal-to-hydrocarbons project is one of the ways that CIC Energy is working to maximize the value of the coal resource at Mmamabula, beyond Mmamabula Energy Project. The current Mmamabula coal resource estimate of approximately 2.3 billion tones, in the measured and indicated categories, exceeds projected coal consumption for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 power plants. Additionally, the ongoing exploration is expected to lead to a further increase in coal resource.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, one of the [continue reading]

Inflation goes up

source: BOAP
16 January, 2008

GABORONE – National year on year inflation rate stood at 8.1 per cent in December 2007 which was up by 0.4 per cent point from 7.7 per cent in November.

A news release from Government Statistics Office says the Urban villages inflation rate increased from 8.1 per cent in November to 8.6 per cent in December, an increase of 0.5 per cent, while rural villages inflation rate rose from 7.7 per cent in November to 8.1 in December 2007.

It says the December national consumer price index stood at 108.8, an increase of 0.5 per cent on the November index of 108.2 while the towns and cities index recorded an increase of 0.6 per cent from 107.4 to 108.1 between the two months.

The release says transport group index registered an increase of two per cent from 107.9 between the two months, which was due to the rise in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 January, 2008

GABORONE – The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is yet to decide whether or not to charge more people following the conviction of former Permanent Secretary in the then Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Housing.

Elvidge Mhlauli is serving a seven-year prison sentence for corruptly allocating plot 54520 in Gaborone where River Walk shopping mall now stands to Mr Eddie Norman instead of Mr Kadimo Oremeng who applied first.

The DPP director, Mrs Leatile Dambe said: Formally, we have not addressed it but we only spoke about it informally and we believe that at a certain stage we will sit down and address it formally.

She said the matter is still receiving focus even though their attention presently is on the coming high profile case involving former Managing Director of Debswana, Mr Louis Nchindo.

During Mhlaulis trial, the presiding officer and Gaborone Chief Magistrate Lot Moroka inquired about the states intention to charge others people involved in the matter. In response, the Chief Prosecutor, Mr Wasson Manchwe said: The doors are still open, implying that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
CORRESPONDENT

The task force appointed by the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) central committee to investigate the Minister of Health’s claims about irregularities in the Palapye by-elections, has completed its findings. Specially elected MP Professor Sheila Tlou, who was one of the contenders, protested last month’s Palapye primary election results, saying polling was not free and fair.

Tlou was narrowly defeated by Moiseraele Goya in the election called to find a replacement for MP Boyce Sebetela, who resigned last November to join Debswana.

The committee, comprising BDP executive secretary Comma Serema, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and deputy secretary general Kentse Rammidi, visited Palapye last week to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 January, 2008

MAHALAPYE – The MP for Mahalapye West Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe has handed over 12 computers to Tshikinyega and Ngakaagae primary schools in Mahalapye The computers were donated by China Jiangsu International Botswana a Chinese construction company.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony at Tshikinyega Primary School, Lt Gen Merafhe said he solicited for office equipment for primary schools in his constituency from the company in December last year, and that the company agreed to donate 18 computers to primary schools in Mahalapye and Palapye.

Lt Gen Merafhe, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, congratulated Tshikinyega Primary School for achieving the best results in his constituency in last years primary leaving examinations. He applauded the schools staff for their diligence and commitment to excellence.

This achievement is one of the reasons we chose your school as one of the recipients of the donation, he said.

Addressing students, teachers and parents at Ngakaagae Primary School, the MP said he had always been aware and concerned about the long distance that pupils and teachers had to travel whenever the need to use computers arose.

He said he chose the school as one of the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
15.01.2008 9:16:04 A

The upcoming African Venture Capital Conference (AVCA) to be hosted by the Botswana International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) and Venture Partner Botswana (VPB) is envisaged to put Botswana on the radar screens of international investors looking for investment in Africa, IFSC said Friday.

In an interview with The Sunday Standard, IFSC top officials said that the conference will provide an opportunity for international investors to see the country and, at the same time, identify opportunities that exist within the country.

“There is an increasing interest to invest in Africa and IFSC is the gate-way into Africa,” the Chief Executive Officer of IFSC, Alan Boshwaen, said.
“We believe that they will identify opportunities in Botswana, such as Public/Private Partnerships (PPPS) and government initiatives like the building of airports,” he added.

Billions of dollars are currently scouting for suitable homes across Africa, especially in mining, energy and government promoted infrastructural projects that have some good returns. And at the back of [continue reading]