Archive for May 17th, 2008

source: BOPA
16 May, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)s Be Mobile free calls are over. The test period ended yesterday.

Speaking in an interview, BTC Public Relations Officer, Mr James Molosankwe, said customers who were participating in the test would now start paying for their calls.

He said there has been network congestion caused by free calls.

We have been having about 30 000 people with free sim cards and we hope the situation will normalise once the Be Mobile test is over, he said.

Mr Molosankwe said the problem of the network was due to the fact that most people were taking longer than the expected time on calls.

He said the company was currently notifying their customers about the expiry date of the testing period through voice and text messages.

However, some customers who participated in the testing of the service said they were not [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
16 May 2008

MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai is set to fly back to Harare on Saturday, and is due to address his parliamentary caucus in the capital to map the way forward for the impending second round of the presidential poll.

His spokesman George Sibotshiwe told us from Belfast, Northern Ireland that the MDC leader has several engagements lined up in the country this weekend. Tsvangirai was in Belfast as a keynote speaker to about 100 liberal parties attending the Liberal International conference. He met the Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and other African Heads of States on the sidelines of the conference.

‘Our business is finished here, so we are flying back to Southern Africa and then to Zimbabwe tomorrow (Saturday),’ Sibotshiwe said.

Asked about the security concerns that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 May, 2008

Kasane – Chinga, the only black rhino that was relocated from the Chobe National Park to Khama Rhino Sanctuary in 2002 has finally given birth.

Black rhinos had been extinct in Botswana until 2002 when Chinga was FOUND by wildlife officials in the Chobe National Park. It is believed that the animal crossed into Botswana from Zimbabwe.

Since black rhinos are mostly targeted by poachers for their valuable horn, the animal was relocated to Khama Rhino Sanctuary in the central district for protection.

The sanctuary is a community based project for Serowe, Paje and Mabeleapodi villages.

Chinga gave birth in the last week of March but we are unable to tell the offsprings sex as the animal is still hiding the offspring, said Khama Rhino Sanctuary assistant manager, Ompatile Galaletsang adding that they wish the calf could be a female for purposes of multiplying.

It is reported that Chingas male mate Noodi was sourced from Zimbabwe.

According to Mr Galaletsang Noodi was donated by a Zimbabwean army commander after [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority Act of 1997 is being reviewed to give the organisation more powers, its Chief Executive Officer Dorcas Makgato-Malesu said at a press conference last Friday, before she set off on a two-and-a-half month trip abroad.

Much of the review will affect Part V of the BEDIA Act which spells out the functions, powers and duties of the organisation. Malesu said the idea is to give BEDIA powers to negotiate deals and “seal them with potential investors without having to refer them to government”.

Another area is work and residence permits. Malesu said between 2003 and February 2008, BEDIA was given two Statutory Instruments empowering it to process work and residence permits for chief executives, finance managers, production managers, quality development managers, operations managers and [continue reading]

16 May 2008

South Africa’s highly matured information technology (IT) services market has been growing at a healthy pace, fuelled by economic growth and national development projects, with research and advisory firm IDC expecting the market to exceed US$4-billion (about R30.01-billion) this year.

In a recent research report, the agency found that IT outsourcing constituted more than a third of the services market, the largest market share of all IT services categories, followed by systems integration, deployment, and support services.

This indicated a sophisticated and mature IT spending model, with a year-on-year growth of 11%, which was at odds with most of the Middle East and Africa region where outsourcing constituted a relatively a small percentage of IT services revenue.

“Economic growth and national development projects are playing into the hands of IT services providers, both in terms of hardware and software implementations as well as custom development, outsourcing, and other services,” said IDC South Africa senior research analyst Pieter Kok in a statement this week.

“A maturing marketplace is an important driving force behind the growth in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 May, 2008

GABORONE – The public has been called on to minimise the impact of load shedding by efficient electricity use and conservation.

Addressing the nation over Radio Botswana on Wednesday, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said the maintenance of the Cabora Bassa power plant in Mozambique was likely to worsen the situation that already existed.

Mr Kedikilwe said Botswana had been importing 75MW from the Mozambique power station since March and the maintenance which started last week was expected to be complete end of May.

Full export (75MW) is scheduled to resume on June 1 2008, he said.

Consequently, he said during this period, supply shortfalls of up to 85 megawatts were projected.

Our sources of supply, comprising Morupule Power station, imports from South Africa (Eskom) and Mozambique (HCB and EDM), continue to be restricted to such an extent that demand is forecast to outstrip supply during [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 May, 2008

RAMOTSWA – Otse and Mogobane residents have commended government for introducing good programmes that will benefit Batswana.

Speaking during kgotla meetings addressed by their MP, Ms Lesego Motsumi, the residents said they welcomed changes in SHHA, ALDEP and the minimum wages for domestic workers and herdsmen.

The resident said the initiatives were a step in the right direction and hoped Batswana would benefit a lot and improve their standards of living.

They said the assistance provided in ALDEP programme would encourage more Batswana to plough and produce enough food to feed the nation.

Otse Souths Councillor, Mr Haggy Isaacs, called on Batswana to produce more to avoid depending on neighbouring countries.

He encouraged Batswana to use government programmes effectively and efficiently to improve the economy He urged the residents to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Johannesburg: Reuters news agency reported yesterday that the African Development Bank had lent South African power utility Eskom a whopping $500 million to fund a multi-billion dollar electricity expansion project.

Eskom has, until recently, been battling to meet the electricity demand of a growing economy which the power utility has blamed on an inadequate coal-generated power.

This has affected neighbouring states such as Botswana which imports over 70 percent of its electricity from Eskom.

The South African power utility has since suspended load shedding satisfied by consumers’ cooperation in saving power.

“Recent savings, particularly from industry, have shown that it should be possible to [continue reading]

source: News24
16/05/2008 21:21 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Any increase in electricity prices would occur gradually over five years, Eskom was told on Friday at a summit in Sandton on the electricity crisis, SABC news reported.

Government, labour, the ANC and community forums were represented at the summit.

Eskom and municipalities were told to protect the poor from the impact of the increases. Any Eskom increases should be more “poor-sensitive”.

The tariff increases would not be introduced in one massive hike, but would be phased in over five years to reduce its negative impact.

Eskom would re-submit its application to [continue reading]