Archive for May 24th, 2008

source: BOPA
19 May, 2008

GABORONE – In the wake of rising food prices, government has added another blow to consumers by imposing duty on milk imports effective April.

The duty was initially supposed to effect on March 18 but due to some delays it effected in April.

Following several months of milk shortage, shelves became full and prices dropped sharply, reaching P7.50 per litre in some stores, but currently the prices for imported milk had been increased due to import duty. The UHT milk cost 9.95 per liter in some stores.

Speaking in an interview Principal Scientific Officer-Dairy, Mr Lebane Ntlhoiwa, said the government decided to impose a 20 per cent import duty on Ultra-Heat Temperature (UHT) processed milk such as Ultra Mel and Super Milk to protect the infant dairy industry in Botswana.

He said other milk types were only affected by the normal 10 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT).

Mr Ntlhoiwa said the protection was expected to be lifted after eight years because that was the time the government thought the local company would have established itself.

We are therefore expecting to find more sales for local milk because the prices are lower than [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
23 May 2008
Posted to the web 23 May 2008

The two-day summit of the committee of 12 Heads of State and Government of the African Union, got underway in Arusha yesterday with the formation of a union government for Africa as its main agenda.

The unity idea can be traced back to the formation of the Organisation of African Unity – now the African Union – in 1963, four years after Ghana’s founding President,Kwame Nkrumah, wrote his famous book -I Speak of Freedom – in 1961, which outlined his vision of the continent. He wrote: “Divided we are weak; united Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world a great power founded on hope, trust, friendship and directed to the good of all mankind.”

Almost five decades later, African unity remains a distant dream, but worth pursuing, although problems such as corruption, the greed for power and ethnic conflict are likely to delay or scuttle the realisation of this dream.Ironically, the Arusha meeting is taking place at a time when shantytowns and black townships in South Africa are burning under xenophobia-driven violence.

The attacks on foreigners have, so far, claimed 24 lives. The victims are [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 May, 2008

GABORONE – The dual listing of Blue Financial Services on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) offers Batswana opportunities to have a share in the company that has been doing business in Botswana since 2003.

On Thursday, Blue Financial Services, a micro-finance company originating from South Africa, dual listed 470 279 489 ordinary shares in the Foreign Company Index (FCI).

The company is primarily listed on the Alternative Exchange (ALT X) of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in 2006. Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dave van Niekerk, said the same shares that were on the JSE were available for Botswana investors.

Mr van Niekerk said some of the employees already had shares in the company and hoped the current two per cent shares owned by Botswana investors would grow to 10 per cent.

He said customers who purchase their shares stand to benefit first as they would be building on [continue reading]

source: International Herold Tribune
Published: May 23, 2008

CAPE TOWN: Anti-immigrant violence has spread to South Africa’s second largest city, Cape Town, where mobs attacked Somalis and Zimbabweans and looted their homes and shops, police said Friday.

Hundreds of African migrants were evacuated overnight from a squatter camp near Cape Town, the hub of South Africa’s prized tourism industry. Somali-owned shops also were looted in Knysna, a resort town on the southwestern coast.

“We don’t know the exact number of shops looted and burnt, but it’s a lot,” said Billy Jones, senior superintendent with the Western Cape provincial police. He said that one Somali died overnight but it was unclear whether the death was linked to the attacks.

At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks by mobs that accuse African migrants of taking jobs and fueling crime. More than 500 people have been arrested.

The unrest began in Johannesburg area townships but has spread to [continue reading]

source: News24
23/05/2008 14:13 – (SA)

Geneva – The United Nations refugee agency expressed deep concern about xenophobic attacks against foreigners, many of whom are Zimbabwean refugees, in South Africa.

More than 17 000 people have been displaced and dozens killed over the past two weeks in the violence, the UN High Commission for Refugees said.

“UNHCR remains deeply concerned about the xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa, including refugees and asylum seekers who fled to South Africa seeking protection from persecution in their own countries,” the agency’s spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told journalists in Geneva.

She added that reports from the agency’s teams indicate that “a very large percentage” of those displaced by the xenophobic violence are Zimbabweans.

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“They include people who came to South Africa to seek asylum. They urgently need [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
23 May 2008
Posted to the web 23 May 2008

Mariam Isa

RESERVE Bank Governor Tito Mboweni sent another strong signal yesterday that interest rates would rise again this year.

Inflation pressures had spread far beyond food and fuel, he warned.

Monetary policy was facing its “most severe challenge” since inflation targeting was adopted eight years ago, but this did not mean the framework should be discarded, he said.

“We’ve taken strong steps that will allow us to bring inflation back within the target. The possibility of further strong steps being taken can’t be ruled out. The picture is quite worrying.”

Mboweni’s message at a Bureau for Economic Research conference was similar to the one he sent at a public forum last week, when he said the Bank aimed to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 May, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Somerset East residents in Francistown have complained about loud music played at night from shebeens in the area.

Residents told a kgotla meeting addressed by Francistown South MP, Mr Khumongwana Maoto that they could not sleep at night and asked for law enforcement against shebeen operators.

The Vice Secretary of the Village Development Committee, Ms Oaraible Mabu, said shebeen operators should also be included in the new Liquor Act because they also sell beer.

Ms Mabu said the Francistown City council should debush some areas because they had become hide-outs for criminals, especially at night.

The residents commended council for gravelling roads, but said tarring of such roads should be considered as [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Institute for War & Peace Reporting (London)
23 May 2008
Posted to the web 23 May 2008

Jabu Shoko

As Zimbabwe braces for what many fear will be a bloody run-off election next month, ZANU-PF’s powerful central committee has shifted into top gear to make sure President Robert Mugabe reverses the electoral defeat he suffered on March 29.

In addition to widespread intimidation spearheaded by militias in areas where voters backed Morgan Tsvangirai and the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, the authorities are tightening up control over the state media.

On May 14, the government dismissed Henry Muradzikwa, chief executive at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, apparently for failing to slant coverage towards President Mugabe and ZANU-PF ahead of the first round of elections, held on March 29.

Insider sources say the ZBC got the blame for carrying MDC political adverts that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 May, 2008

MAHALAPYE – The discovery of coal around Mookane has stared the winds of change in the development and lifestyle of the village.

Before the conception of the Mmamabula project, Mookane was hardly ever mentioned in the news. However, since the discovery of coal in the village, which is less than 50 kilometers away from Dibete, is the talk of the country.

The residents are excited as they anticipate positive developments such as job creation for the youth and good production of coal and gas for the country.

The village is a beehive of activity as mine machinery arrives. Some residents are already benefiting from the few jobs openings at the mine.

The planning area of the mine includes Mookane and Mmaphashalala villages, which means that the two villages will experience tremendous developments and they might be turned into a township.

Kgosi Bakwena of Mookane said his people are ready for the Mmamabula project.

In an interview, Kgosi Bakwena said people are excited about [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 May, 2008

RAMOTSWA The former first lady, Lady Olebile Masire has urged Batswana to eat traditional foods, as they are nutritionally good for their health.

Lady Masire was speaking at the launch of the second book of Botswana Indigenous Food Recipes during the Commemoration of the International Day of the Family at Otse in the South East District.

The book is the second in a series produced by the Home Economics Division of the Department of Social Services.

Lady Masire said indigenous foods were nutritionally superior as they had higher levels of vitamins, minerals as well as other essential nutrients. She said people suffered from different diseases and traditional foods could be the solution to reduce those diseases.

She encouraged people to preserve and practise their culture. She said food such ditloo, seswaa and morogo wa dinawa are good for health and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
23 May 2008

Vice-President Joice Mujuru and her husband Solomon are reported to have strongly objected to the use of violence to coerce rural voters into voting for Robert Mugabe in the second round of the presidential poll.

The Zimbabwe Independent reported Friday that the Mujurus raised their objections directly to Mugabe during a politburo meeting on Wednesday. Both husband and wife queried why war veterans were targeting people in Mashonaland East and Central provinces where Mugabe and Zanu-PF garnered most votes in last month’s harmonised elections. But according to the paper, Mugabe sidestepped the subject.

Although Zanu-PF had the popular vote in the two provinces, the MDC made significant inroads and managed to grab a number of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 May, 2008

MAHALAPYE – The residents of Mahalapye have appreciated the Chinese Embassys donation of equipment to the adolescent and environment centre. The gift, which was handed over by the Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe, included a conference table, 40 chairs, a large screen television set and speakers.

Speaking at the occasion on Saturday, General Merafhe said Botswana was pleased to be doing business with the Chinese government and companies.

He said this has contributed significantly to causes of common good in the country.

General Merafhe, who is the MP for Mahalapye West, cited numerous development packages that China had extended to Botswana since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975.

Some were the proposed establishment of a Chinese language centre, the construction of [continue reading]