Archive for March 20th, 2008

Goya sworn in

source: BOPA
19 March, 2008

Mr Moiseraele Goya was on Monday sworn in as a Member of Parliament to fill the seat that was vacated by former MP for Palapye, Mr Boyce Sebetela.

Soon after Parliament resumed its daily business, the two whips, Ms Botlhogile Tshireletso of Mahalapye East and Mr Robert Molefhabangwe of Gaborone West South ushered Mr Goya in to take the oath.

Some members of his constituency came all the way to [continue reading]

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source: IC Publications
The outgoing president of Botswana, the world’s largest diamond producer, has slammed corruption by multinationals in Africa’s extractive industries, saying they are “bad potatoes.”

“They do not have a great reputation because a handful of bad potatoes have given it (the industry) a bad name,” President Festus Mogae said in an interview with journalists late Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of his country’s own diamond trading company, DTCB.

“We (Botswana) are the exception to the rule… our diamonds are for development. Everything you see in this town is accountable,” he added.

The Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) was launched in a move designed to boost local business and create jobs for citizens of the world’s top producer of these precious stones.

The creation of the DTCB, an equal joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government, will end the practice of sending diamonds mined in Botswana to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The University of Botswana has announced the promotion of two Botswana citizen members of the academic staff to professorial ranks, one becoming full professor.

They are Professor Musa Dube who becomes full professor of theology and religious studies and Dr Akintayo Adedoyin who rises to the level of associate professor of physics. Professor Dube, who is the first woman professor in humanities, joined the University of Botswana in 1998 as a staff development fellow.

She was promoted from Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor in 2003. Her research interests are New Testament, gender and HIV studies. Professor Dube holds a doctoral degree in New Testament studies. In 2007, she won UB’s gender policy and programme committee (GPPC) research awards on the outstanding international and national research on gender studies. Professor Adedoyin joined the University of Botswana as a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
19 March 2008

An electoral amendment, passed by Robert Mugabe on Monday, sparked renewed fears that Zanu PF is determined to rig the March 29 election. State radio announced Tuesday that Mugabe amended electoral laws to allow policemen into polling stations to ‘assist’ illiterate people to vote. The opposition immediately slammed the amendment saying it violated agreements reached at the SADC brokered talks. Policemen were barred from being within 100 metres of a polling station because it was felt they would intimidate voters. Mugabe has however disregarded those concerns and declared that section 59 of the Electoral Act has been amended to ‘allow two electoral officers and a police officer on duty to assist semi- literate voters.’

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has meanwhile also announced that teachers for the first time will not be used as polling officers during the election. ZEC Chairman George Chiweshe says they will be using selected individuals from several local and public bodies. The move drew criticism from teachers unions who charged that the move suggests the commission has something to hide and wants to carefully control the voting process. The move is particularly worrying given estimates by the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

WANETSHA MOSINYI
STAFF WRITER

The just-ended two-day African Venture Capital Association conference presents Botswana with a unique opportunity to secure the establishment, management and domiciliation of more pan-African investment funds, said the Minister of Trade and Industry Neo Moroka on Monday.

“It is my sincere hope that this conference will expose international investors to Botswana and that it will be an important player in attracting international investors seeking investment opportunities in Africa,” Morola said.

He was performing the official opening of the annual 7th AVCA conference at the GICC, which was run under the theme ‘Africa Rising; Opportunities and Perspectives for Private Equity.’

The conference was attended by [continue reading]

source: IOL
Staff Reporters
March 19 2008 at 10:02AM

Eighteen Eskom generators offline, several more running on reduced capacity. The result – widespread blackouts, gridlocked traffic, and chaos at the city’s courthouses.

This was the scene that played itself out across Joburg and other parts of the country on Tuesday as the parastatal grappled with rising electricity demand, the effects of wet weather on its coal, and generators out of commission.

Joburg drivers had to contend with traffic jams, some 3km long, as many of the city’s traffic lights went dead.

At the city’s courthouses, magistrates were forced to work through their lunch breaks to reduce the impact on the court rolls.

Despite this, several court cases had to be rolled over to Wednesday, postponed or adjourned, further congesting the system.

By late Tuesday afternoon, two of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

OARABILE MOSIKARE
CORRESPONDENT

FRANCISTOWN: Worldwide demand for energy, especially coal, is growing at a huge rate, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said at the official opening of a washing plant at Morupule Colliery.

“One is convinced that the operation falls under the right ministry and is driven by the right team,” Kedikilwe said, “a team that is dedicated to coal and its beneficiation.

“This washing plant here before me stands as a monumental testimony to efforts towards the achievement of such a goal.”

Construction of this plant has contributed to increased job opportunities and new skills in Botswana.

Kedikilwe said he was proud of the team of dedicated people because the coal washing plant is going to improve the value of coal by [continue reading]

source: News24
19/03/2008 22:07 – (SA)

Johannesburg – The government supported Eskom’s bid for a 53% tariff increase, the Department of Public Enterprises said on Wednesday.

“In light of the sharp increases in fuel costs – specifically coal and diesel – and the need for the immediate implementation of an accelerated demand side management programme, government supports the principle of an electricity tariff increase to cater for these costs,” it said in a statement.

It explained the price hike the parastatal had requested from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would constitute “essential cash flow” to allow Eskom to deal with the rising costs of fuel and diesel.

The utility was now paying 25% to 30% more than budgeted for these resources.

“The increase will also be used to [continue reading]