Archive for March 8th, 2008

source: BOPA
06 March, 2008

PARLIAMENT – Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Minister, Mr Daniel Kwelagobe, says there are several strategies that have been introduced to fast track development project implementation.

He said on Tuesday when answering a question in Parliament that other plans were in the process of being put in place. Such strategies were aimed at alleviating project implementation bottlenecks, which included poor performance of some contractors and lengthy pre-project implementation processes.

He said other impediments were inadequate capacity at the Department of Building and Engineering Services (DBES), inflexibility in the requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prior to construction of a project and delay in allocation of land for projects.

Strategies aimed at alleviating some of the problems were blacklisting of contractors, who constantly failed to [continue reading]

soure: Mmegi

Gem miner Firestone Diamonds suggests its Tsabong kimberlite field in Botswana ‘has the potential to be one of the biggest diamond finds for 25 years’ after evaluating drilling at the MK1 pipe, one of 83 kimberlite formations in the field.

This evaluation, based on exploring down to 500 metres below ground, suggested MK1 could hold 1.1 billion tonnes at 20 carats per hundred tonnes, but the company says ‘the deepest samples show 119 carats per hundred tonnes’.

Bulk sampling should reveal the incidence of particularly large and disproportionately valuable stones in MK1 and further drilling will see how much deeper it goes. Firestone points out that the whole Tsabong area is four times the size of Jwaneng, gem-rich Botswana’s richest diamond mine to date, owned jointly by [continue reading]

source: The Earth Times

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — 03/06/08 — Hana Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: HMG) is pleased to report results from four new holes completed as part of its ongoing 10,000-meter diamond drilling program at its sediment-hosted Ghanzi Copper-Silver Project in Botswana, Africa. All four holes intersected varying amounts of copper-silver mineralization within the H-I area. Highlights include 7.0 meters grading 1.80% copper, 23.98 grams per tonne (g/t) silver, 674 parts per million (ppm) molybdenum and 3.28 ppm rhenium in hole HA-10-D. This intercept includes a very high-grade section that returned 0.5 meters grading 20.5% copper, 285 g/t silver, greater than 10,000 ppm molybdenum and greater than 50 ppm rhenium.

“We are extremely pleased with the results from drilling at Ghanzi to date,” said Peter Wilson, President of Hana Mining. “At the same time, we believe that the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
07 March 2008

Robert Mugabe’s regime announced Thursday it will bar Western observers from coming into the country to monitor the March 29 joint presidential and parliamentary elections. Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi told diplomats at a meeting in Harare that they have not invited any of the countries they feel believe free and fair elections can only be won by the opposition. The United States, United Kingdom and the European Union in general have all been listed in this category. The Minister said diplomats from these countries who were already in the country could apply for clearance to monitor the elections. Russia is the only country from Europe to be officially invited.

State media announced that 47 organisations drawn from Africa, South America and Asia have been invited to observe the elections because government feels they are objective and impartial in their relationship with Zimbabwe. Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Jamaica, China, Malaysia, India and Iran are some of the countries to be given ‘observer’ status. A total of 23 African countries have been invited and these include all 13 SADC countries, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Libya, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Algeria and Senegal. The move has not surprised many given that in 2002 a delegation from the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The University of Botswana recently established a Centre for the Study of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (CSRSE), consistent with the national agenda on renewable energy for continued economic development.

UB faculties made a joint proposal which culminated in the Senate’s decision to establish the Centre.

The UB inter-disciplinary research centres already in existence are the Centre for the Study of HIV/AIDS, the Centre for Scientific Research on Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation, the International Tourism Research Centre and the Centre for Culture and Peace Studies.

Using inter-disciplinary programmes of research, education and training, and outreach, the CSRSE will strive to be a centre of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 March, 2008

PARLIAMENT – The health minister, Prof. Sheila Tlou, has concurred with lawmakers on the need to improve the health system to meet international standards.

The minister however said MPs should be aware that this would not be an overnight achievement. She was responding to their comments prior to Parliaments approval of almost P1.8 billion recurrent and about P576 million development budgets for the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

Addressing the legislators concerns regarding delays of some projects, she assured them that the undertakings would be implemented as scheduled.

She told Francistown South MP, Mr Khumongwana Maoto, that the Francistown Central Medical Store was still on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

6 March 2008
Posted to the web 6 March 2008

Mathabo Le Roux

SOUTH African trade negotiators have, at least for now, backed off from their threat to break up the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) in a standoff with other member states over a divisive economic partnership agreement (EPA) being negotiated with the European Union (EU).

At a crucial meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) trade ministers in Gaborone which ended on Tuesday, SA was less confrontational than a week earlier. Last week, Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in anticipation of the meeting, accused the EU of “using the EPAs to regain ground they think they have lost in their quest for hegemony in Africa”.

An observer at the meeting said SA’s approach was more emollient and was thought have been on the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 March, 2008

The total number of foreign produced programmes broadcast on Botswana Television stands at 90 or 63.5 hours per week, the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, told Parliament.

She also said there are 14 in-house produced programmes, which translates into 27 hours a week. In addition to the in-house programmes Btv expects four new commissioned programmes to be ready for broadcast in the first quarter of 2008/2009 financial year.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi was answering a question from the Specially Elected MP Botsalo Ntuane on Tuesday, who had asked the minister to [continue reading]


6 March 2008

A total of 9.07-million foreigners visited South Africa in 2007 – representing an 8.3% increase over 2006 – as the country broke its annual tourist arrivals record for the third year running.

Announcing the latest figures in a statement issued on Wednesday, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said that the overall global growth rate for the year was just over 6%, indicating that South Africa was still outpacing international tourism growth rates.

“Destination South Africa is well on its way to reaching 10-million arrivals by 2010,” Van Schalkwyk said.

South Africa’s growth was seen across all air markets, the minister said. Africa remained the country’s biggest tourism source market, while consistent growth in arrivals from the [continue reading]