Archive for June 1st, 2008

source: BOPA
29 May, 2008

GABORONE – Vice President, Lt General Mompati Merafhe says it is inappropriate for per capita income levels of African countries to be used as a sole measure of poverty.

Addressing the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama, yesterday General Merafhe said: My country, for example has been labelled a rich country and to our discomfort, disqualified from benefiting from different forms of development assistance because of its per capita income.

He said Botswana needs assistance because a large section of the population still live in conditions of poverty and the economy remained vulnerable with heavy reliance on mining.

The vice president urged Japan, which now has an embassy in Gaborone to reconsider its position and increase assistance to enable Botswana to achieve sustainable socio-economic development.

He argued that while they recognised Japans recent effort to improve trade relations with [continue reading]

source: Reuters
Fri May 30, 2008 1:57pm EDT

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – African Copper Plc (ACU.L: Quote, Profile, Research) plans to start production at its Mowana mine in Botswana in July and achieve 25,000 tonnes a year after 2012, the company’s chief executive officer said on Friday.

Joseph Hamilton said up to 5,500 tonnes of copper contained in concentrate will be produced in 2008 and output will rise to 12,000 tonnes in 2009.

“We expect to start (preliminary) production in July/August and then it will take three to four weeks to achieve commercial production,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of an African mining conference in London.

Hamilton said that output will reach 28,000 tonnes in 2012 before declining to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 May, 2008

PALAPYE – The rural electrification programme and grid extension in 20 major villages will continue despite the problem of power shortage in the country.

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, told Mathako and Ngwapa residents on Monday that their villages would be provided with power at the cost of over P5 million.

He said though Botswana was experiencing electricity shortage, the government found it fit to continue with the project, explaining that such provision went along with President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khamas principles of democracy, development, discipline and dignity.

Mr Kedikilwe thanked the residents for their patience and understanding, saying developments came in stages. I have to thank you for your patience and understanding that developments do not come at once, he said.

It is a blessing that Batswana are not fighting for developments like in other countries. Our developments are rolled out through development plans in both the central government and local authorities.

He however apologised for delays in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
May 30, 2008

Zimbabwe’s ruling party is reported to have ordered the entire police force to vote for Robert Mugabe in the presidential runoff election on June 27, in a desperate bid to ensure victory against MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai. ZANU-PF is apparently wasting no time. According to the newly elected MDC MP for Mkokoba, Thabitha Khumalo, police officers in Bulawayo were summoned to Donnington Police Station on Friday, where senior police officials said they were not happy that ZANU-PF did not receive the majority of votes in the first round of elections on March 29th.

Khumalo said those who were not on the voters roll were being secretly registered together with their families. This is yet another example of completely illegal rigging because registration was closed to voters on February 15th. “But this is ZANU-PF and they do they want”, said the MDC legislator.

Khumalo said that all police officers were ordered to cast their votes through the postal system. They are to fill in their ballot papers in the presence of superior officers, who will monitor who they vote for. They were also told that their ballot papers would have a serial number that identifies who they are and can later reveal who they voted for.

As more ‘motivation’ to vote for Mugabe, the police officers were told that the MDC plans to fire them all if they [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Monitor (Kampala)

31 May 2008
Posted to the web 30 May 2008
Kitsepile Nyathi

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has gazetted new election regulations, which it says will speed up the release of results as its steps up preparations for the presidential run-off election on June 27.

President Robert Mugabe faces opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the second round of the polls after electoral authorities said neither candidate secured an outright majority in the disputed March 29 elections.

The results, which showed that Mr Tsvangirai won 47.7 per cent of the vote against Mr Mugabe’s 43.2 per scent, were released a month after the polls and were rejected by the opposition.

The new rules, published in an extra-ordinary government gazette notice on Wednesday, will see all documents related to the electoral process signed by the presiding and ward election officers in the presence of candidates or their election agents.

The candidates or their agents will also sign as witnesses, which the ZEC said would speed up the release of the results because all [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 May, 2008

LOBATSE – Lobatse Town Council (LTC) plans to upgrade its various market stalls to accommodate other business activities that will benefit Lobatse residents.

The Town Clerk, Mr Loeto Dilampi, said other business activities to be accommodated include manufacturing, carpentry, welding and repair of household equipment such as radios and televisions.

Mr Dilampi said in an interview that the decision to upgrade the market stalls was reached after it was realised that they were underutilised and now turning into white elephant.

He also said some of the market stalls in open spaces were [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 May, 2008

GABORONE – Two University of Botswana (UB) scientists have been awarded Nobel Peace Prize certificates for their contribution in the climate change campaign.

Dr Opha Dube and Dr Peter Zhou have been awarded the certificates in their capacity as members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last December.

Speaking at the ceremony organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism this week, the two scientists said they are humbled by the recognition accorded them.

Dr Dube, who is a senior environmental sciences lecturer at tUB, said although their efforts have been recognised, there is still a lot of work to be done in making people aware of climatic changes that are taking place because of human activity.

The academic lectured the audience on the [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 31 2008 at 02:22PM

By Clayton Barnes

The SA Air Force has lost dozens of top engineers and technicians in just a few months, with ten senior technicians resigning in one week to go to Australia.

The ten technicians were offered jobs by an Australian aviation agency. This comes after 20 aircraft engineers were poached by the same agency earlier in May.

Technicians at Ysterplaat air force base say that if management doesn’t come up with a solution to the problem soon, the SAAF could lose all its top technicians by December.

A technician with 20 years’ experience, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said morale was at an all-time low at all of the country’s air force bases. He said “everyone” was talking about leaving the force for more benefits and higher salaries.

“Morale is low, and the Australian Air Force’s recruitment team will be in the country in two weeks to recruit [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 May, 2008

GHANZI – Employers of farm and domestic workers have been called upon to allow children of their employees to go to school as they are the countrys future human resources.

Addressing employers in Ghanzi, Labour and Home Affairs minister Mr Peter Siele said the government was concerned about people who continued practising child labour and by so doing violating the Employment Act.

Mr Siele said the 2005/2006 Labour Force Survey revealed that 25 312 children work in the agricultural sector and 1 563 in the domestic service sector.

He said if these children were denied education, they would grow up only to form a large group of illiterate citizens.

Also, he said Batswana continued to employ illegal immigrants without the necessary work permits contrary to provisions of the Employment of Non Citizen Act.

He criticised those employers who hire illegal immigrants and children, saying some even lock their gates to keep away labour and immigration officers from inspecting.

North Eastern Farms councillor Mr Galetlhaolwe Sixpence said locking of [continue reading]

source: News24
31/05/2008 12:00 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa killed 62 people and wounded 670 this month, police said on Saturday, raising an earlier toll of 56 dead after several victims died in hospital.

“In total, at 06:00 on Thursday morning, we had 62 dead people and 670 injured,” national police spokesperson Sally de Beer said, after a spate of violence that started two weeks ago but which has now subsided.

“Some of the people that were injured died in hospital,” she said, adding that [continue reading]