Archive for April 10th, 2008

source: Mmegi


At last government is prepared and willing to pay its employees with scarce skills salaries equivalent or even better than their counterparts in the private sector. In addition to the 15 percent salary increment for civil servants, those with scarce skills will get even more. This, it is hoped, will retain staff who have been moving from government to join the private sector in large numbers.

Among the most affected sectors are health, construction, the judicial service, and information technology (IT).

In her address at the ceremonial opening of the Legal Year on February 5, 2008 the Attorney General Athaliah Molokomme lamented the exodus of trained staff from her department to the private sector.

“In the case of our chambers, we are able to attract fresh university graduates into the [continue reading]

From BOPA: Scarce skills windfall

source: The Financial Gazette (Zimbabwe)
Njabulo Ncube and Rangarirai Mberi Staff Reporters

as life of Cabinet is extended

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has deepened the crisis over the March 29 elections by controversially extending the life of his Cabinet, which was dissolved ahead of the polls as he clung to power amid revelations of an elaborate plan by his ruling ZANU-PF to regain control.

ZANU-PF also succeeded this week in forcing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to recount votes in seven parliamentary constituencies, while a High Court judge postponed to Monday a ruling on whether ZEC should be compelled to release presidential election results.
Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa confirmed yesterday that President Mugabe had reappointed his Cabinet.
“It is constitutional that the incumbent President and his Cabinet remains in place until a new President of the Republic of Zimbabwe is sworn in,” said Chinamasa.
He said [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 April, 2008

PARLIAMENT – In order to promote the commercialization of the leather industry in Botswana the Ministry of Agriculture is providing training to improve the quality and increase the quantities of hides and skins for local processing.

Answering a question in Parliament, the Assistant Minister of Agriculture Mr Show Khathi said currently, there is a local company that processes wet blue hides to finished leather, but there is no company that processes raw hides and skins to the wet blue stage except the Botswana Meat Commission tannery which is also temporarily closed.

He said there is need to encourage investors to establish processing facilities to provide a market for raw hides and skins and support the leather finishing industry.

Mr Kgathi said his ministry is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) is offering free sim cards to members of the public to make unlimited calls for free to test the network capacity of its inaugural mobile phone service.

An official from the state landline monopoly said they have had a soft launch since the end of March. This enables people to call as much as they want to stress the network to see if it can handle the pressure.

“We want to fix any loopholes or shortcomings of our network before we get to the commercial launch,” said the official.

BTC public relations manager, James Molosankwe said yesterday that the soft launch is a continuation of the network testing that they started last [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Lance Guma
09 April 2008

George Chikumbirike, a lawyer representing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, told the High Court on Wednesday it would be ‘dangerous’ for the court to order ZEC to release the presidential election results. In the clearest sign yet that Robert Mugabe has given direct instructions for them to be withheld, Chikumbire said; ‘It would be dangerous in my view to give an order because it might not be complied with … because of outside exigencies which the party (ZEC) will be unable to control.’ The lawyer did not explain why it would be dangerous. The MDC for the past 5 days has been trying to get the courts to order a release of results from elections conducted 11 days ago. But everyday some legal technicality comes up to delay the outcome. On Wednesday Justice Tendai Uchena reserved judgement to the 14th April, saying he needed more time to consider the arguments.

Asked in court when ZEC would announce the presidential results, their lawyer Chikumbirike said [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 April, 2008

GABORONE – The limited number of women in political structures is a cause for concern, says the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Peter Siele.

Officially opening an assertiveness training and gender sensitisation workshop for aspiring women politicians in Gaborone recently, Mr Siele said while there were no legal restrictions on women to stand for any elected public office, many women did not benefit from such opportunities.

We need to ask ourselves what might be going wrong as reality has shown that women are more active than men in political mobilisation and other social activities, he said.

Mr Siele questioned whether women did not have the confidence to elect one another or lacked confidence to stand for positions of responsibility.

He said many laws that discriminated against women had been reviewed to accord everyone the same opportunity but there were still a limited number of women in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


SELEBI-PHIKWE: Vocational and technical education is key to economic growth, says a senior educationist.

The Deputy Project Coordinator for the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Mogotsa Kewagamang, officiating at the Selebi-Phikwe Technical College (SPTECO)’s 20th anniversary celebrations on Friday said technical, vocational education and training (TVET) is the “lifeblood of any modern thriving economy”.

He said while TVET is an expensive form of education, it qualifies citizens to participate in sectors of the economy that are productive and growth oriented.

“A burgeoning economy that has no citizen technicians and artisans limits the possibility of its growth, as well as leaving the highlight of its development in the hands of foreigners,” Kewagamang said.

He added that [continue reading]

From BOPA: Technical skills vital for economic growth

source: Mmegi


Financial services concern Micro- Provident Botswana, commonly known as Letshego, plans to spread its wings to more African countries.

The company, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, already has footprints in Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Letshego says in discussions it has targeted three more countries to set-up operations. Already, negotiations are at an advanced stage in the three countries to set up branches. “The company’s formation in 1998 was inspired by the will to give ordinary citizens the tools they need to lift themselves from poverty and economic challenges by providing opportunities through consumer lending and other financial services aimed at helping Letshego clients to reap the rewards of their own potential,” a statement from the company says.

Since its formation in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 April, 2008

PARLIAMENT – Two of the 16 diamond cutting and polishing companies operating in Botswana are located in the Gaborone-Mogoditshane area.

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, told Parliament on Monday that the other two are located in Serowe and Molepolole.

He said some of the key factors that investors in diamond cutting and polishing consider in determining the location of factories are access to and proximity to an international airport as well as security.

Mr Kedikilwe said unfortunately, areas that were remote from [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


Dual-listed energy concern Aviva Corporation has started a $3 million reserve upgrade drilling programme at its 1.3 billion tonne Mmamantswe coal Project.

Aviva managing director Lindsay Reed said the resource estimate affirmed the project as very low strip ratio open pit thermal coal deposit.

“The resource base has the potential to supply six million tonnes per annum to both a 1,500MW power project and/or direct coal sales to the power sector in South Africa. Aviva is now focused on advancing the project through drilling to deliver a significant resource upgrade,” Reed said.

The company is listed on the [continue reading]

source: The Gazette

Botswana could benefit from the Walvis Bay Corridor Group’s objective of developing the Trans Kalahari Corridor to be the fastest trade route between Europe and Botswana on the one hand and Gauteng markets
on the other, via the Port of Walvis Bay.
Cargo Volumes Rose By 58.4%.

The Tran Kalahari route has the potential to significantly increase business between Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The three countries are currently putting measures into place that will ensure full realization of the potential.

According to Bevan Simataa, the main aim of setting up a full time secretariat was reduce bottlenecks and delays along the TKC, said Simataa.

“Various efforts have been put in place to focus on cross border matters that [continue reading]

P. Vijian

7 April 2008

India is to offer trade privileges to countries on the African continent, especially those least developed nations, with the Asian economic giant stating that market access was vital in ensuring the development of international trade.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said his government would offer a duty-free tariff preference scheme for the least developed countries around the world to spur trade and commerce.

“The objective of our partnership is to co-operate with all African countries, within the limits of our capacities and capabilities, in their efforts towards achieving economic vibrancy, peace, stability and self-reliance,” he said in his opening address at the two-day India-Africa Forum summit in New Delhi on Tuesday.

“Towards this end, it is our intention to become a close partner in Africa’s resurgence.”

Under the scheme, India will unilaterally provide [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

9 April 2008
Posted to the web 9 April 2008


An extraordinary summit of the 14-member state Southern African Development Community (SADC) is being scheduled for the weekend of 12 April, to discuss the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe following last month’s elections.

SADC said in a statement that Zambian president and current chairman of the regional body, Levy Mwanawasa, was “consulting with his fellow heads of state and government” on holding the meeting.

The planning come in the wake of mounting international condemnation of Zimbabwe’s failure to publish the results of the 29 March presidential poll, which the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) claim President Robert Mugabe lost, and their leader [continue reading]

2008-04-09 15:21:43 –

– Capital City Energy Group, Inc. (OTCBB: CETG) (“Capital City”) announced today that Saber Exploration Pty Limited (“Saber”), a leading Botswana-based exploration and development company, has selected Eastern Well Services, LLC (“Eastern”) to provide engineers for Saber’s project in Botswana, Africa. Eastern Well Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital City.

Eastern will support Saber’s exploration and development
activities surrounding coal bed methane prospects in the country, and will provide other support services such as onsite supervision of drilling operations, assistance with surface hole selection, engineering services and other customary support services.

“We are pleased to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

10 April 2008
Posted to the web 9 April 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has ruled out forming a unity government with the opposition. This has dashed hopes that the veteran leader will voluntarily hand over power soon after his dramatic defeat in recent elections.

The ruling party lost its parliamentary majority to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for the first time after general elections on March 29.

But 11 days after the polls, results of the presidential elections are still unknown amid a major crackdown on polling officers by police who accuse them of tampering with the votes to deny Mr Mugabe victory.

MDC leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai claims that he won with 50.3 per cent of the vote making [continue reading]