Archive for April, 2008

source: Mmegi

Botswana is not likely to face milk shortages this year, an investor in the dairy industry has said.

In a statement released on yesterday the investment partners of Delta Dairies, VPB said that after the acute shortages of last year will not be experienced again. The private equity and venture capital firm said Delta Dairies opened the first UHT milk processing plant in Botswana three months ago. The company says it has captured about 10 percent of the local milk market. VPB said the milk products from Delta have been well-received in the country. “A strong awareness and business development strategy has been developed to establish a superior brand position and create loyalty. The campaign has begun rolling out,” said VPB marketing and investor associate Diphuka Osman. The Delta Diaries produces Delta Fresh UHT milk in its factory in Gaborone. VFB said negotiations between the promoters of Delta Dairies and the CEDA Venture Capital Fund began in earnest in 2005 following the completion of a feasibility study funded by the Centre for Development of Enterprise (CDE).

“The study revealed the existence of a [continue reading]

source: IOL
Babalo Ndenze
April 29 2008 at 07:37AM

With an expected increase of 20 to 25 cents a litre next Wednesday, the petrol price is well on the way to hitting the R10 mark in two to three months, economists warn.

The price for petrol on the coast is R8.67 a litre. Next week’s increase should push it to just under R9.

“The increase should be around about 20 to 25 cents a litre. It won’t hit R10 yet, but you’ll probably see R10 at some time (soon),” said Dawie Roodt, chief economist at the Efficient Group.

With trends like the dollar-rand exchange rate, oil price increases and other contributing factors, consumers could expect petrol to reach R10 in “two to three months”, he said.

“I’m afraid we can’t do much as individuals about the fuel price. People could consider getting smaller [continue reading]

source: News24

Johannesburg – A total of 7 868 items of luggage belonging to South African Airways passengers were reported missing from airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London in the three-month period between December 1 and February 29 this year.

That was in stark contrast to figures supplied to Independent Newspapers by SAA last week, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The airline said that according to its figures, about 6 600 of its passengers would have their luggage stolen each year.

According to Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin, most of the luggage – 7 617 items – disappeared from OR Tambo International Airport, while 178 SAA passengers at Cape Town International Airport lost their luggage.

Erwin’s department supplied the figures in response to a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

30 April 2008
Posted to the web 30 April 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi and Agencies

The Zimbabwe government today said soldiers had killed an opposition supporter and wounded two others following skirmishes near a military training camp.

Meanwhile, verification of Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election results is to start on Thursday, more than a month after the vote to decide whether President Robert Mugabe remains in power.

State radio said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had invited presidential candidates to verify the results of the presidential vote from May 1.

“All candidates who participated in the 2008 presidential election or their chief election agents are urged to attend as this exercise will pave way for the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writers

FRANCISTOWN: Zimbabweans have started fleeing to Botswana to escape the political crisis caused by the delay in announcing the results of the presidential poll in the March 29 general elections.

Reports reaching Mmegi indicate that over the weekend asylum seekers from Zimbabwe crossed the border into Botswana at an ungazetted point of entry in the Bobirwa Sub-District. The Zimbabweans entered Botswana near Bobonong, the administrative centre of Bobirwa, which lies 70km east of the copper/nickel mining town of Selebi-Phikwe.

Reports say that the Zimbabwe police and the army have intensified patrols along the border with Botswana and South Africa. However, it is understood that a good number of asylum seekers from Zimbabwe have crossed into Botswana and South Africa.

Francistown District Commissioner, Richard Oaitse told Mmegi yesterday that [continue reading]

source: The Zimbabwe Guardian

SOUTH AFRICA and China yesterday blocked efforts to include Zimbabwe on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council as the group met yesterday.
Lynn Pascoe, undersecretary-general for political affairs, presented a report handed over to him by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change’s Secretary General Tendai Biti, to the 15-member council.

China, Russia, Libya and Vietnam spoke up against any Security Council discussion and action on Zimbabwe. Burkina Faso said that Africa should take the lead and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) should be given the opportunity to mediate in the Zimbabwe situation.

Diplomats indicated that since South Africa, currently chairing the Security Council, was opposed to discussion on Zimbabwe, the issue will no [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Tumelo Setshogo

With the coming of the country’s second university which is to be located in the Serowe-Palapye area, Government is keen to avoid duplication of subjects already offered at the University of Botswana (UB).

The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is envisaged as a purposeful place of advancing discovery and learning in science and technology “within a Botswana setting with an international perspective.” This means that some of the courses already offered at UB will be moved to BUIST.

Recently, BUIST advertised in the media 55 training opportunities for various levels of training to develop a pool of potential staff in the fields of biotechnology, business management and finance, engineering, information communication technology (ICT), general education and university administration.

These courses are already offered at UB in different faculties. In [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Mqondisi Dube

BOBONONG: Choppies chain stores now have 45 branches countrywide, following the opening of another supermarket in Bobonong last Friday.

While the opening of the chain store is seen as a threat to the survival of small and medium retailers, Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Shaw Kgathi believes such businesses should be innovative to survive competition. He said at the official opening of the supermarket that retailers should be commended for serving the Bobirwa community before the supermarket came.

He said the opening of a Choppies supermarket in Bobirwa should provide healthy competition among entrepreneurs. “The outlook in the coming in of Choppies should be a product of healthy competition. They (other retailers) should exploit lower prices to enhance their business, therefore, they should not close down,” Kgathi said.

He said other retailers in the village should come up with new strategies [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)

26 April 2008
Posted to the web 28 April 2008

Kholwani Nyathi

The recount of votes in the Bulilima East constituency in Matabeleland South was suspended temporarily last week after losing Zanu PF candidates held an alleged secret meeting with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

ZEC officials were forced to apologise profusely to the opposition MDC as temperatures reached boiling point over the meeting held outside the counting centre at Plumtree High School.

MDC (Mutambara) candidates who won the Bulilima East and Bulilima parliamentary and senatorial seats respectively accused Zanu PF of trying to manipulate the process, saying the meeting showed the commission was not independent.

Bulilima was among 23 constituencies where recounts were ordered by the ZEC following Zanu PF claims that its candidates were prejudiced by deliberate miscounts blamed on polling officers.

The MDC had accused Zanu PF of trying to use the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Tumelo Setshogo

It is now two years since the Department of Information Services has been without a director after the redeployment of Bapasi Mphsu to the Department of Broadcasting Services in April 2005 to replace Habuji Sosome.

Kebareng Solomon, the Chief Information Officer at Information, has been acting on renewable six-month contracts. Sources say though she has not been appointed director, “Solomon is effectively in charge as she is the entry point of the department. We also report to her and request anything we need from her.”

Contacted for comment, Solomon said she was acting since the departure of Mphusu “until October 2007.” She would not be drawn into discussing when the position would be filled and why it was taking long for the director to be appointed. Solomon referred Monitor to her superiors at the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Balancing Act (London)

26 April 2008
Posted to the web 28 April 2008

Russell Southwood

This week, the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou hosted the second annual “Africa ICT Best Practice Forum” which serves as a practical way for Governments from across Africa to share their own experiences and demonstrate practical examples of successful technology solutions in their respective countries. It attracted a large crowd of Ministers and civil servants from all over Africa and was held in at the same time as Burkina Faso’s national Internet week and the local ICT event SITICI. Isabelle Gross was there to find out what was happening.

Attendance at the forum was sponsored by Microsoft, the European Union and the Government of Burkina Faso so it attracted high-level attendees. But if those attending were high-level so was the rhetoric surrounding the event. For sponsors wanted nothing less than to:” accelerate Africa’s social and economic development, help [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
28 April 2008

A crackdown on opposition activists primarily targeting Mashonaland, Masvingo and Manicaland areas will soon be extended to Matabeleland, opposition sources suggest. Although there have been cases of political violence in Matabeleland areas like Nkayi, Newsreel understands the International Trade Fair that ended over the weekend in Bulawayo was the prime reason for state security details holding back in other areas. Leaked documents suggest military, militia and police details will begin operations after May 1 and will be targeting MDC activists in terror campaigns.

According to a leaked Zanu PF memo that ended up in the hands of a villager in the area, the Matobo district in Matabeleland South will be targeted first. He has since forwarded it to the opposition. Details of the terror campaign coincide with war veterans chairman Jabulani Sibanda moving from Harare to his traditional Bulawayo base last week Thursday. Mugabe’s regime rewarded the war vets leader with a plush home and 4×4 vehicle for his use in the capital. While in Harare, Sibanda allegedly axed an MDC supporter in the head during one of the campaigns he directed. The wounded activist was one of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Leadership (Abuja)

28 April 2008
Posted to the web 28 April 2008

Amaka Ifeakandu

The theme for the forthcoming African Banking Technology Conference which is scheduled to hold from May 6-7 next month at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, is: ‘Competing in a borderless world.’

Sean Moroney, chairman of Aitec Africa, the oragnisers of the conference, while announcing plans for the third African Banking Technology Conference in Lagos recently, said Nigeria is engaged in a dramatic transformation of its financial sector, “probably unprecedented in its scale and impact compared with anywhere in the world.”

He said the theme has been carefully chosen in view of Nigeria’s banking sector which is leap-frogging banks in other parts of the world, introducing technologies and solutions that, in some cases, are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Vice President Mompati Merafhe is expected to officially commission one of the three Botswana Railways (BR) fully protected level crossings in his home-town of Mahalaphe tomorrow.

BR spokesperson Alina Masenya they have been renewing their signalling and telecommunications infrastructure since 2005 at a cost of P165.5 million. Ansaldo STS, an Australian company is responsible for the project. The company recently opened an office in Gaborone. It manufactures, installs and commissions signalling systems and control equipment for railway mass transit industries.

Masenya said the BR project is almost complete. The infrastructure renewal project includes the protection of 21 level crossings with barriers, sirens and flashlights. The other 12 crossings will have sirens and flash lights only.

Masenya explained that renewal [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
April 16, 2008

Opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, leaders of the two MDC formations, held a press conference in South Africa on Monday where they announced that they would be joining forces to ensure the MDC holds the majority in parliament. This would effectively make ZANU-PF the opposition in parliament for the first time in their history.

Speaking at the press conference in Johannesburg, Tsvangirai said: “Mugabe should concede that he cannot be president without controlling the parliament.” The MDC has been split since 2005 over a dispute regarding the Senate, but this agreement to support each other in parliament now gives the opposition parties power over ZANU-PF and [continue reading]