Archive for April 16th, 2008

source: BOPA
15 April, 2008

GABORONE – The retail pump prices for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin will go up by 48t, P1.61 and P1.55, respectively, after midnight today.

A news release from the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources says the price increase, caused by continuing increase in crude oil prices, is likely to continue as evidenced by the record price of $108.28 per barrel reached on April 9.

This means both unleaded and lead replacement petrol will effectively cost P6.33 a litre and diesel P7.36 a litre. Initially petrol [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


Local millers have been hard hit by escalating wheat prices. The Sales Manager of the Bolux Group, Lazarus Lekgoanyana, says the rising wheat prices have affected their business considerably.

Wheat prices have shot up from about R1,900 (P1,577) per tonne in January last year to about R4,300(P3,569) per tonne today. Lekgoanyana says they have been trying to absorb the increasing prices but cannot afford to do so any longer. “We are gradually passing it on to the consumer,” he says. “The increases have been eroding our margins.”

He says as a result of these increases, the price of their flour products, as well as those for macaroni, spaghetti, biscuits and bread, are going to go up significantly. “It is going to affect [continue reading]

source: News24
16/04/2008 15:55 – (SA)

Cape Town – The respected Washington Post newspaper has blasted President Thabo Mbeki for his policy towards Zimbabwe and accused the South African president of siding with Robert Mugabe against the people of Zimbabwe.

In a scathing editorial published on Tuesday the paper calls President Mbeki’s foreign policy “perverse and immoral”.

It says South Africa has consistently allied itself with the world’s rogue states and against the Western democracies since serving a term on the UN Security Council last year.

South Africa “has defended Iran’s nuclear programme and resisted sanctions against it; shielded Sudan and Burma from the sort of pressure the United Nations once directed at the apartheid regime; and enthusiastically supported one-sided condemnations of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

16 April 2008
Posted to the web 15 April 2008

Kitsepile Nyathi

An indefinite strike called by Zimbabwe’s opposition to press for the release of last month’s presidential elections got off to a slow start Tuesday with the army and the police maintaining a high presence in major cities.

Businesses were operating normally by midday after most shops and banks delayed opening their doors in the morning while gauging the situation.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), which says its leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, beat President Robert Mugabe in the March 29 polls resorted to the strike after the High Court on Monday rejected its application to force the electoral body to release [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 April, 2008

GABORONE – Local businessman, Steve Raman is not happy with the new Liquor Act.

He says it will create irresponsible drinking at shebeens, where peoples lives will be at risk.

Where in the world have you heard of a club that closes at midnight? Is it safe to get transport around that time? Raman asked.

Under the new regulations, night clubs will operate between 7pm and midnight from Monday to Thursday and between 7pm and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

These hours are going to create chaos, shebeens are going to mushroom everywhere and such places are not safe, especially that they are not licensed and unregulated, said the owner of Satchmos, Grand-West nightclub, Havana and Club Ozone.

Raman said it is easy to control people in a club than in those places and said he foresees some teething problems because the police are currently overstretched.

He said the new laws are not going to result in job losses only but are also [continue reading]

Nurses on go slow

source: Mmegi


SELEBI-PHIKWE: Since the introduction of scarce skills allowances that excluded nursing officers, patients visiting health facilities are already feeling the pinch, as nurses are now sticking to their job – strictly nursing care.

Nursing officials in Selebi-Phikwe, Mmadinare, and Bobirwa planned to petition President Ian Khama, Minister of Health Lesego Motsumi and Minister of Local Government Margaret Nasha to voice their concerns. However, the petition floundered at the 11th hour as the Nurses Association of Botswana (NAB) was said to be engaged in negotiations with the relevant ministry. But the concerned nurses indicated yesterday that they want feedback from NAB by Friday this week or else they would do what they deem appropriate.

Representatives of the said nurses argued during an interview that [continue reading]

Parliament adjourns

source: BOPA
15 April, 2008

GABORONE – Parliament adjourned indefinitely on Friday after sitting for two months and a week.

During the just ended meeting MPs debated the national budget, individual ministry budgets, bills, policies and motions.

Bills debated and adopted during the meeting included the Bogosi bill, the Public Procurement and Asst Disposal Amendment bill, Specified Offices bill (Salaries and Allowances) and the Statute Laws (Miscellaneous Amendment) bill.

Parliament also considered and adopted the Draft Tertiary Education Policy themed; Towards a Knowledge Society, presented by education minister, Mr Jacob Nkate.

Three motions were also adopted. These include the motion tabled by Boteti North MP, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, calling parliament to request government to consider reviewing the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


The media has been challenged to market southern Africa for the two major soccer events coming to the region in 2010.

Head of communication resource centre for International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, Tyrone Seale said in Gaborone last week that the media should understand the good news and defend the bad news about the region to exploit the World Cup and African Cup of Nations in 2010.

He urged the media to report the true and positive story of the region in the build-up and during the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

He was speaking at a two-day conference dubbed ‘SADC 2010’ at Gaborone Sun Hotel.
The conference was meant to discuss the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Reporters sans Frontières (Paris)

16 April 2008
Posted to the web 16 April 2008

Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about freelance journalist Frank Chikowore, who was arrested by police near his Harare home yesterday and has since been held in an unknown location. The organisation also calls for the release of British journalist Jonathan Clayton, who was arrested at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo international airport in Bulawayo on 9 April.

“As Zimbabwe sinks deeper into crisis, the authorities are using its Kafkaesque laws to take radical measures with people they regard as getting in the way,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are extremely worried about Chikowore, who has proper press accreditation and who has nonetheless been virtually kidnapped by the police for no known reason.”

The press freedom organisation added: “Journalists continue to be arrested under a repressive 2002 press law and we fear [continue reading]