Archive for February 24th, 2008

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
24.02.2008 12:36:05 P

The Botswana Telecom-munications Corporation (BTC) board and the Minister of Communications Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, this week agreed to fire the corporation’s CEO Vincent Seretse.

Board Chairman, Leonard Makwinja, had a meeting with Seretse on Friday where he is understood to have told the BTC boss that his contract would not be renewed when it ends in April.

According to Seretse’s contract conditions, the board should have informed him three months before the end of his contract that they would not be renewing it but failed to do so because of dithering between the minister and the board.

The board and the minister have long agreed to fire Seretse but would not agree on who should pull the trigger. Seretse told the board chairperson, Makwinja to write the letter informing Seretse that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
24.02.2008 12:40:25 P

The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has decided to outsource the preparation and coordination of National Development Plan 10.

This was said by the Assistant Minister of Finance when answering a question by Gaborone South Member of Parliament, Akanyang Magama.
The Minister said the British consultants engaged are called Mokoro Ltd.

They will cost in excess of P3 million (US$ 529 452) over a period of 22 months.
The minister said they engaged foreign consultants after the Ministry found out that they did not have the capacity to prepare the Plan.

“I should state that initially my ministry considered coordinating NDP 10 preparation in-house, just like what was done with the preparation of the mid-term Reviews of NDP 8 and 9.

However, this was not possible due to limited capacity and time constraints of [continue reading]

SA: What now for Eskom?

source: IOL
February 23 2008 at 02:34PM

By Thabiso Thakali

Eskom will double its power generating capacity to 80 000 megawatt (MW) by 2025. The expansion will include a combination of coal-, nuclear-, gas- and wind-powered electricity generating facilities.

Delivering his Budget this week, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced a R60-billion bail-out loan to Eskom. The money will be spread over the next five years.

The full extent of Eskom’s scramble to catch up with South Africa’s burgeoning demand is revealed in the latest update of the parastatal’s New Build project.

While some of the projects are already under way or nearing completion, others are just beginning or still in the planning stages.

Existing facilities are being extended, and others [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN News Service (New York)

22 February 2008
Posted to the web 23 February 2008

The sorry state of much of Africa’s transport and communication networks is holding the continent back and preventing its countries from competing on the global market, the United Nations advocate for the world’s poorest States has told the World Bank.

In an address a meeting at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, the UN Special Adviser on Africa, Cheick Sidi Diarra said road transport – which accounts for 90 per cent of inter-urban transport in Africa – was particularly poor.

Less than a third of Africa’s estimated two million kilometres of roads are paved, Mr. Diarra noted, and transport costs comprise as much as 77 per cent of the value of African exports.

“There is an urgent need for supporting African countries to develop affordable transport systems that [continue reading]