Archive for May 20th, 2008

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
20.05.2008 10:20:50 A

Job hunters seeking employment with Bank of Baroda (Botswana) are required to pay a P1 500 “security deposit” before their employment is confirmed. The workers are employed as tellers but may be instructed to perform other tasks, contrary to Botswana labour laws.

An offer of employment letter addressed to one of the bank employees, a copy of which has been passed to The Sunday Standard, is not specific on the job title. The letter reads in part, “The job title is not exhaustive and the bank can instruct you to perform other functions for which you have the requisite training, experience, capability or aptitude.”

The letter goes on to state that flexibility in the performance of job functions is the integral part of the employment relationship.

The offer letter further states that, “Before joining for service, you are required to deposit security deposit of P1500 which will earn interest as per rate applicable for fixed deposit. This security shall be kept for a period of at least three years under [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Zimbabwe Guardian (London)

20 May 2008
Posted to the web 20 May 2008

Dyke Sithole

The foreign currency exchange rate continued to gallop on the dominant black market despite ahead of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) determined exchange rates.

Unveiling his monetary review statement last month, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor, Gideon Gono revealed that the Central Bank will now compete for foreign currency with black market dealers in a move which he said was going to boast the country’s scarce foreign currency reserves.

The foreign currency exchange rate on the black market continues to dominate as one US dollar and one South African rand rose to more than Z$500 million and Z$300 million.

The sharp depreciation of the Zimbabwe dollar against major currencies comes against a background of an [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 20 2008 at 08:40AM
By Tonight Reporter

South African television is in for a revolution with the launch of the first local 24-hour news service on June 1.

After two years of studying 24-hour news networks such as Sky News, CNN, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, e.tv is ready to launch its own dedicated news network on June 1.

Viewers will have to pay for the new channel on DStv, while the prime-time news will still be broadcast along with movies and other entertainment on its free-to-air terrestrial channel.

‘People are hungry for knowledge’
“Our research has found that there is a market for a 24-hour news channel in South Africa,” said Debora Patta, e-News channel group editor-in-chief.

“People are hungry for knowledge. They consume news in the most exciting way,” Patta said.

e.tv is giving its broadcast facilities in Johannesburg a major facelift with new technology that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
20.05.2008 9:59:18 A

Sechaba Breweries, the parent company of the KBL, shrugged off continued inflationary pressure on input costs driven by upward trends in fuel and food grain prices and currency depreciation as it registered significant growth in all segments.

In its full year results to the end of March, the company said clear beer and traditional beer volumes shot-up 7.8 percent and five percent, respectively, while soft drinks were also up by five percent.

The move led to a significant jump in turnover with firm 19 percent to P 1.28 billion, triggering an operating profit growth of 15.5 percent period–on—period.
The developments were attributed to low inflationary rates in the first half of the year, which led to a marketing strategy that was employed by the company over the period.

“Improving GDP for the year and low inflation during first half of the year enhanced disposable income leading to pleasing volume growth in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Namibian (Windhoek)

20 May 2008
Posted to the web 20 May 2008

Christof Maletsky
Windhoek

ZIMBABWE has confirmed that a consignment of weapons on board the Chinese ship, the An Yue Jiang, have landed in the violence-riddled country.

Five weeks ago, dockworkers in the South African port of Durban refused to handle the ‘ship of shame’s’ six container-loads of arms for Zimbabwe.

The Chinese ship eventually left without unloading, after a coalition of South African and international human-rights organisations, along with church groups, widely publicised the issue.

Since then, the An Yue Jiang’s location and destination have been a mystery.

But as Mugabe’s government confirmed that the weapons had been received, South Africa’s Business Day newspaper and the Mozambican online newspaper Canal de Moçambique yesterday published details of how the vessel got the weapons to Mugabe.

This was confirmed by Zimbabwe’s deputy information minister Bright Matonga.

Three weeks ago, two [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
20.05.2008 10:16:18 A

The Northern part of Botswana is bursting at the seams, following an unprecedented influx of Zimbabwean asylum seekers: scantily dressed old men and women carrying children scramble for space at the Francistown bus rank and Masunga Stadium which have since turned into huge open air bedrooms.

Green military tents are mushrooming on every available patch of land at Dukwi Refugee camp and the Francistown Centre for illegal immigrants. The situation is expected to get worse before it gets better as the centre has already used up its budget allocation while more asylum seekers are expected in the country.
Most of the asylum seekers are poor farmers from rural areas who are fleeing persecution and harassment by ZANU PF militias. They are accused of voting for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Close to 300 asylum seekers were by Friday housed at the Dukwi refugee camp after [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
20.05.2008 10:22:39 A

The city of Francistown is said to be overwhelmed by an influx of asylum seekers coming in from Zimbabwe. Information reaching The Sunday Standard indicates that the northern parts of Botswana are reeling under the burden of an influx of Zimbabwean asylum seekers who are flocking into Botswana to flee persecution and harassment by Zanu PF militias.

Most of the asylum seekers are poor farmers from rural areas who are fleeing persecution after they were accused of voting for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Close to 300 asylum seekers were by Friday housed at the Dukwi refugee camp after being transferred from the Francistown Center for Illegal Immigrants. Information reaching The Sunday Standard indicates that [continue reading]

Source: Xinhua
05-20-2008 08:50

BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) — A Botswanian official called for more Chinese companies and entrepreneurs to invest in her country’s glass manufacturing industry here on Monday.

“Sino-Botswana trade has been growing steadily. We can look at the industries in Botswana where they have Chinese companies — initially construction, production industries soon, and they are now looking at the possibility of glass manufacturing,” said Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority, in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

“Botswana has abundant resources of silicon, which can be used in the glass industry. There will be quite a number of companies that are interested in that,” she said.

She said she is very optimistic about the momentum of growing trade between China and Botswana.

“I’m very optimistic. China is an emerging economy … those who are not in China now looking for opportunities will soon be out of the ball game in the not so distant future,” she said.

She said her country has [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

The Liquor Traders Association of Botswana (LTAB) says it is also taking the government to court over the recently implemented liquor regulations.

LTAB official Thuto Mokgwathi confirmed that they have instructed a Gaborone law firm, YS Moncho Attorneys, to represent them in the matter.

The liquor regulations, which became effective last month, have reduced trading hours of liquor outlets like bars. There has been a public outcry since the regulations were implemented while other people have described them as “draconian” measures that infringe on individual freedoms.

Mokgwathi said they are challenging the constitutionality of the regulations, which they find discriminatory since they do not cover other liquor establishments like hotels and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
19 May 2008

The Southern African Development Community is making every effort to ensure that MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai gets back into the country safely and in the shortest time possible, his spokesman George Sibotshiwe said on Monday.

‘He (Tsvangirai) is facing a very serious threat to his life and the MDC security team had to restrain him from going ahead with his return trip to Zimbabwe on Saturday,’ Sibotshiwe added.

The MDC is accusing the country’s military of plotting to assassinate Tsvangirai.
His spokesman said they got a tip-off from a well-placed source within the security services in Harare of a planned assassination.

Sibotshiwe said Tsvangirai has received many messages of support from people in Zimbabwe and the region, adding that SADC was working on a plan to ensure he returns home safe to start his campaign for the run-off poll of 27th June. There are reports that SADC was [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
REIGER PARK, South Africa;

Clashes pitting the poorest of the poor against one another have killed 22 people in South Africa and underscored bitter frustration with the government’s failure to deliver jobs, housing and schools.

The police brought in reinforcements as violence hopped from district to district in scenes reminiscent of some of the bloodiest days of apartheid. Most of the victims have been immigrants from Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa living in squatter camps.

Desmond Tutu, the Nobel laureate and former archbishop of Cape Town, made an impassioned plea Monday for the violence to end.

“Please stop. Please stop the violence now,” he said in a statement. “These are our sisters and brothers.”

Tutu said that when South Africans were fighting apartheid, they were supported by people worldwide.

“We can’t repay them by killing their children,” he said. “We can’t disgrace our struggle by [continue reading]

source: News24
19/05/2008 21:03 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Concern mounted as xenophobic attacks continued across Gauteng on Monday, leaving at least 22 people dead and up to 10 000 people seeking refuge in shelters.

“Please stop. Please stop the violence now,” Nobel peace laureate and struggle icon Desmond Tutu said in the wake of the outburst of violence.

“This is not how we behave. These are our sisters and brothers. Please, please stop.”

This was in contrast to one of the 247 people arrested so far by police for crimes ranging from housebreaking, robbery and public violence.

“We will burn the Shangaans if they don’t go back,” were the chilling words of a 25-year old man arrested for public violence in Ramaphosa on the East Rand on Monday.

He was referring to the Tsonga-speaking group of people, mostly [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

Base metals exploration company African Copper (Messina Copper) said on Friday that based on discussions with several Botswana institutions, the company is considering offering additional notes with similar terms to the ‘Botswana Bond’ as an alternative to the working capital facility that requires the company to commit to restrictive covenants and hedging requirements.

The company, which is tri-listed on the AIM, TSX and the BSE, said this on its financial statement for the three-month period ended March 31, 2008, that production at its 100 percent owned Mowana Mine near Dukwi is scheduled for production in the second quarter of this year. The company said its strategy is to grow as a base metal mining company and to provide above average returns to shareholders.

“To provide the company with operational flexibility, management has been considering the establishment of a [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info
Michael Appel

19 May 2008

South African Tourism (SAT) has launched an online events portal as part of an initiative to keep in touch with 2010 Fifa World Cup stakeholders, keeping them up to date with preparations and informing them of upcoming events in the country.

“There was a huge gap in the industry over the last two years as to regular and accurate information with what’s happening in 2010, and this was an attempt to address that gap,” said SAT events global manager Sugen Pillay at the Tourism Indaba in Durban last week.

“We launched in April 2008, which is when we had a soft launch … we also went out to key partners and provided a training programme for our key partners like the host cities and the provincial tourism authorities in order to use the events portal properly.”

While the website focuses mainly on the upcoming football World Cup at the moment, he said that SAT wanted to bring in other major sporting events such as [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
EDITORIAL
19 May 2008
Posted to the web 19 May 2008

Johannesburg

THERE were a lot of good things about Friday’s electricity summit. It focused largely on the key issue of pricing and pricing policy, rather than being another amorphous talk shop. It produced a tangible outcome: a declaration by Nedlac that will form the basis of a submission to the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) which holds public hearings this week on Eskom’s application for a 53% real tariff increase. The declaration, details of which will be finalised within days, accepts the need for electricity tariffs to increase steeply, but proposes these should be phased over five years.

The declaration also deals more broadly with how to manage the power crisis in a way that minimises the negative impacts of some of the measures that could be adopted, and also sets up a stakeholder council to monitor progress.

And it’s in the stakeholder politics that the summit and its outcomes were the most significant. It was the African National Congress (ANC), remember, that rejected outright the increase Es-kom and its shareholder, the government, in the form of the public enterprises ministry, sought from the regulator. The ANC also [continue reading]