Archive for May 30th, 2008

source: The Botswana Gazette

Mfa Puts Pressure on Councils.The Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Local Government, Mr. Oliphant Mfa, says public officers who authorize the payment of poorly implemented, or unfinished projects, may be required to refund government the money.

In an interview with The Gazette, Mfa said poor implementation of projects, or lack thereof, was the most frequent complaint as he continues to do the rounds addressing full Council meetings around the country.
He said government was determined to have an efficient system that will ensure good coordination in the implementation of projects. He promised better services and an accountable public service at local government level.

“Councilors told me that sometimes the delay in implementation is caused by disjointed relations with council officers. There are poor links between the politicians and civil servants; this will be addressed as of now,” he said.

He said councilors complained that they are sometimes not properly consulted on projects while in some instances officials are slow to act on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

PLUMTREE: Tati East Constituency Member of Parliament, Samson Moyo Guma and Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Botswana, Thomas Mandigora on Monday this week toured the Ramokgwebana and Plumtree border posts.

Guma, who is also the Assistant Minister of Finance, and Mandigora, first toured the Plumtree Border Post on the Zimbabwean side and later went to the Ramokgwebana Border Post.

After their tours, they held a meeting with officials from both border posts. Batswana officials told Guma, whose constituency also covers Ramokgwebana, that they were operating under difficult conditions, a situation that has lowered their morale.

One official said the border post, one of Botswana’s busiest, was understaffed.
Explaining why some Zimbabweans visiting Botswana sometimes spend nights in no-man’s-land after being cleared by officials at Plumtree Border Post, the official said most buses from Bulawayo heading to Francistown often arrive just before the closure of the border post at 10pm.

Because of that, Batswana officials would sometimes be unable to work [continue reading]

Shaun Benton

29 May 2008

The Department of Trade and Industry is working closely with state-owned enterprises to help build the competitiveness of South African suppliers, in an effort to ensure they take full advantage of the country’s massive infrastructure spending programme currently underway.

This comes at a time when many sectors in the economy – following strong growth in manufacturing last year – are operating at near full capacity, thus pushing up the level of imports and impacting negatively on the country’s current account deficit.

Addressing members of Parliament this week, Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa outlined several interventions undertaken by the government to provide support to certain sectors of the economy, ranging from technology support and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Members of the parliamentary health committee were over the weekend on tour of the Vumbura camp in the Okavango Delta managed by Okavango Wilderness Safaris.

They acquainted themselves with proposed and existing programmes and projects at government, private and non-governmental organisations relating to health issues.
They are also out to familiarise themselves with policies and laws that govern health care systems while at the same time interacting with communities to know what is happening around them.

The four member committee that toured the delta included committee chairman, Kgatleng West MP Rakwadi Modipane, MP’s Vister Moruti, Mmoloki Raletobana, Filbert Nagafela of Okavango, Kweneng South East and Letlhakeng West constituencies respectively.

In his welcome remarks at the camp, Modipane said parliament has in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
May 29, 2008

The landmark application brought before the SADC Tribunal in Windhoek by Zimbabwean commercial farmers was due to be heard at the Supreme Court in Windhoek, Namibia, on Wednesday. But, once again, the government of Zimbabwe delayed the hearing by asking for more time to prepare their documents. Advocate Adrian De Bourbon, who is representing a group of 77 white farmers challenging eviction laws in Zimbabwe, said the Zimbabwe authorities promised not to evict the farmers or prosecute them at home until the next hearing, now set for July 16.

De-Bourbon said he believed the Zimbabwe government had been given ample time to prepare. The other legal counsel on the case, Jeremy Gauntlett, reportedly told the Tribunal this was a “delaying tactic and the oldest forensic trick in the book”. Asked if he suspected any outside interference, De-Bourbon said he had no suspicion of political pressure on the Tribunal.

The original case was brought by Chegutu farmer Michael Campbell, on behalf of himself, his farm workers and their families who live and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
The Herald (Harare)

29 May 2008
Posted to the web 29 May 2008
Sydney Kawadza

The SADC Tribunal yesterday postponed to July 16 the hearing of a case in which 78 white former commercial farmers are seeking to stop the compulsory acquisition of their farms for resettlement in Zimbabwe.

The tribunal also reserved judgment in an application in which more than 300 000 beneficiaries of the same land reform programme are seeking to be part of the hearing.

The tribunal deferred the case to July after granting the Zimbabwean Government’s legal team an extension to file their arguments.

The legal team was given until June 18 to file its papers.

But in a related matter, the tribunal reserved judgment on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Assistant Minister of Finance Guma Moyo has said the growing incidence of financial crime in Botswana should not be overlooked.

Officially opening the latest entrant into Botswana’s commercial banking industry, Capital Bank, Moyo warned criminals that a Financial Intelligence Agency would soon be established to deal with them.

He added that infact the Bill preceding the law establishing the agency was already being drafted.

Under the proposed Act, banks and other reporting agencies will be required to report suspicious transactions to the Agency for analysis after which suspicious ones will be forwarded to the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) for further investigation.

Moyo said there is already the [continue reading]

source: News24
29/05/2008 20:11 – (SA)
Michael Hamlyn

Cape Town – Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has denied that South Africa increased its exports of electricity in the first three months of this year, saying that in fact exports fell by 8%.

At the same time, he said, imports also fell.

Speaking in Parliament, Erwin explained that the drop in supplies came about because of technical factors.

The first involved transmission network problems in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A second major problem was that Eskom’s Apollo converter station, which receives the power generated at Cahora Bassa in northern Mozambique, was taken out of service for refurbishment.

Giving a written reply on Thursday to a question from Lance Greyling of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Bank of Botswana (BoB) yesterday silenced its critics when it responded to rising inflation with an increase in its benchmark rates by half a percentage point or 50 basis points.

Through a spokesperson, the central bank said it was taking a proactive stance by tightening monetary policy with the objective of containing second-round effects and inflation expectations in order to sustain a low medium-term inflation path.

The 50 basis points increase means the Bank Rate has moved from 14.50 percent to 15 percent with effect from Monday this week.

The Bank noted that the risks to the inflation outlook were predominantly upward, due to, among others, growing pressure on demand with a likely further increase in fuel prices and associated second-round effects.

“Since October 2007, inflation has trended upwards and has [continue reading]