Archive for March 4th, 2008

source: Mmegi

WANETSHA MOSINYI
STAFF WRITER

The authoritative Annual Survey of Mining Companies conducted by the Fraser Institute has ranked Botswana 11th in the world for mining policy, environment and investment. Botswana’s overall score was the highest ever for an African nation. The country broke several records for the good this year in the survey released on Friday.

The survey represents the opinions of 372 mining executives and managers internationally on the policy and mineral endowment of 68 jurisdictions on all continents except Antarctica.

The companies participating in the survey reported exploration spending of US$1.48 billion in 2007, up from US$980 million in 2006. Survey respondents represented a 14.8 percent of total global exploration of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

4 March 2008
Posted to the web 3 March 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi
Harare

Zimbabwe’s Former Finance Minister Simba Makoni has won another major endorsement in his campaign to replace President Robert Mugabe when a faction of the country’s biggest opposition party pledged to campaign for him.

Bouyed by the defection of another key Zanu PF member, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa at the weekend, Dr Makoni upped his campaign with rallies in Bulawayo and Harare on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

In a significant development, the Professor Arthur Mutambara led faction of the MDC launched its manifesto for the 29 March general election, rallying support for Dr Makoni whom in says is the only candidate capable of winning the presidential election.

The presidential race will pit [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

OARABILE MOSIKARE
CORRESPONDENT

FRANCISTOWN: The Francistown City Council (FCC) has started formulating its the next development plan. The preparation of the five-year Urban Development Plan 3 (UDP 3) document was preceded by a comprehensive consultative exercise at various levels. The current UDP 2 is due to end next year.

Among other massive development projects planned in UDP 3 is the P500m construction of a senior secondary school at Gerald Estates. This will ease the inconvenience of students travelling long distances to attend Mater Spei College and Francistown Senior Secondary School.

Mater Spei is already congested due to double shift system.
Another project under UDP 3 is the construction of P8 million primary and secondary school teachers’ houses at [continue reading]

source: China View
2008-03-04

BEIJING, March 4 — Two Chinese private companies have got the endorsement of the central government to invest in an economic and trade cooperation area in Botswana, the project managers said yesterday in Shanghai during a forum on African investment.

The two companies are the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (Harare)

PRESS RELEASE
21 February 2008
Posted to the web 3 March 2008

Gaborone

The SADC Energy Ministerial Task Force (EMTF) on Implementation of Power Sector Programmes convened an emergency meeting at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone, Botswana on the 21st February 2008. In the absence of the Chairperson of SADC EMTF, the Minister of Mines and Energy of the Republic of Namibia, Mr. Erikki Nghimtina, the meeting was Chaired by Honourable Michael Nyambuya, Minister of Energy and Power Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe and opened by Honourable P. H. K. Kedikilwe, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Botswana. The Executive Secretary of SADC, H.E. Dr. Tomaz Salomao also gave brief remarks on the status of the power supply situation in the SADC region.

The Ministerial Task Force meeting was preceded by preparatory meetings of the members of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), the Regional Electricity Regulators Association (RERA) and other parties on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Commonwealth News and Information Service (London)

3 March 2008
Posted to the web 3 March 2008

The long term prosperity of tourism is locked in to the survival and preservation of the environment – Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment

Like many other Commonwealth countries, Botswana’s natural environment draws a significant number of tourists every year.

Whether exploring deserts and wetlands or travelling through national parks in search of lions, zebras and antelopes, the country’s wildlife and nature hold great appeal.

Since wildlife and nature are key attractions for tourists Botswana has consequently moved to promote and develop ‘ecotourism’ in order to protect and preserve its environment.

Demand for ecotourism – travel that conserves the [continue reading]