Archive for February 26th, 2008

source: Mmegi

This week, the German-based Bertelsmann Foundation released Bertelsmann Transformation Index (“BTI”) Report for 2008, which ranks Botswana at third place in global management and in the top 20 for the country’s “advanced” economy and democracy.

The report, which is released on a biannual basis, is intended to provide a comprehensive view of the status of democracy, governance and socially responsible market economics, as well as the overall quality of political management in non-OECD countries.

The report’s consolidated Management Index is a measure of political leadership and public management in building democratic institutions and sound market economies.

In the Index, Botswana was ranked third out of 125 countries on all continents. First position was taken by Chile, followed by Estonia.

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February 25 2008 at 04:13PM

South Africa is to cull elephants for the first time since 1995, lifting a moratorium on the practice to bring ballooning populations under control, the government said on Monday.

“Our Department has recognised the need to maintain culling as a management option, but has taken steps to ensure that this will be the option of last resort that is acceptable only under strict conditions,” Environmental Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk said in a statement.

Since the government introduced a moratorium on culling in 1995, the number of elephants rose from about 8 000 to over 20 000, compelling the government to consider culling to halt their unsustainable population growth in game parks.

“The issue of population management has been devilishly complex and we would like to think that we have come up [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


LOBATSE: The High Court was on Friday forced to extend the provisional liquidation of Lobtrans and Lobatse Cash Store (LCS) after the company’s lawyers said they were not prepared to continue with the case.

They said their client had just furnished them with papers on Friday morning in which they oppose liquidation. The case was postponed to April 3 and Justice Ian Kirby advised the parties to file their papers on time. Attorneys for Barclays Bank Botswana who took Lobtrans to court said that they want the joint liquidators to involve creditors. Kirby advised them to make an application to the court so that a decision could be taken.

There have been reports of looting at the Lobtrans compounds in Lobatse and Gaborone.

Lobtrans and LCS were placed under [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana is in a power mess because the country chose to over-rely on cheap imported electricity from South Africa’s Eskom, hindering the country from generating enough power from its resources locally, it has been revealed.

But the honeymoon for cheap electricity bills could soon be over for domestic and commercial users as government moves to correct its decision of over-relying on imports for a long time.

During his roller-coaster crisis meetings with stakeholders, including the press, the business community and legislators in the past few days, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, took the blame for the current situation.

“I take the blame because I have been part of this government for a long time,” Kedikilwe told [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
25 February, 2008

The border towns of Beitbridge and Mussina were buzzing with activity this weekend as Robert Mugabe celebrated his 84th birthday at a lavish party on the Zimbabwe side and youth activists demonstrated against his regime on the South African side.

Nkathazo, a Zimbabwean activist who was at the border taking part in a demonstration organised by the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Youth Movement (ZRYM), said he crossed over to Zimbabwe and back to South Africa easily because of all the traffic. This allowed him to witness events from both sides.

Disturbing reports came from the Zimbabwe side, where many villagers flocked to Mugabe’s birthday party when they heard there was free food. Nkathazo said he saw youth militia forcing people who were [continue reading]