Archive for June 3rd, 2008

source: BOPA
02 June, 2008

LOBATSE – Police officers are vulnerable to stress due to the nature of their work, says Lobatse Mayor, Mr Legodile Serema.

Officiating at a one-day stress management workshop for more than 50 police officers from Woodhall Police Station in Lobatse last week, Mr Serema attributed the problem to lack of a defined job description for the police.

Mr Serema said police officers were expected to police everything, noting that when a person found a snake in his or her house, the police would be the first to be called for assistance.

He noted that police officers also dealt with traumatising situations such as fatal road accidents where people sustained major injuries or were even dead with their heads cut off.

He said the police were subjected to aggression from [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Era (Windhoek)

2 June 2008
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Petronella Sibeene

Namibia has agreed to participate in the construction of a multi-million-dollar Kazungula Bridge that has a long and tortuous history.

The construction of the US$300-million bridge is a tripartite effort by Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.

Recently, Cabinet approved that Zambia and Botswana carry out feasibility studies of the Kazungula Bridge that will transverse into Namibia’s territorial waters.

The Ministry of Information, and Communication Technology last week announced that Cabinet had approved that Namibia explore the possibility of linking the Impalila Island, that stands approximately 100 metres offshore, to the Kazungula Bridge.

The country is prepared to finance its component of the study if consultations conclude that the linkage to the bridge is necessary.

Minister of Works and Transport, Helmut Angula, told New Era yesterday that once a reality, the bridge will increase trade with Botswana.

Currently, goods transported to Impalila Island have to pass [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Piloting of the coupon system to replace the current system of giving destitute and orphans their monthly rations will start in October this year.

Under the current system clients collect their ration on stipulated dates and has limited items to choose from. The rationing process is said to have changed the focus of social workers taking priority over professional duties, hence the need to introduce an alternative system.

Speaking during a full council meeting, Selebi-Phikwe mayor Amogelang Mojuta said the new system will be open to merchants using a debit card. Which means all suppliers will have to install a point of sale device to enable beneficiaries to make transactions. He said the normal process of enrolment of beneficiaries by the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 June, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana and Japan entered into a new form of cooperation in the area of natural resources and energy during the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industrys visit to Botswana.

This was said by the Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe, at the business symposium where he has been attending the fourth summit of the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD).

General Merafhe said the two countries signed an agreement to establish a geological remote sensing centre in Botswana for the exploration of mineral resources, especially rare metals, and using Japanese space satellites.

The seminar was also attended by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 June, 2008

GABORONE – The Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe, has commended the Japan Productivity Centre for its efforts in enhancing cooperation between Africa and Japan.

Speaking at the summit of the Tokyo International Conference on Africas Development (TICAD), Vice President Merafhe said it was Japans policies toward human resources development and work ethic that brought success to the Asian nation.

He added that Africa envied the japanese success.

General Merafhe said this was why at the Asian-African summit in Indonesia in 2005, leaders advocated the launch of the African-Japan strategic productivity partnership.

He said some countries, including Botswana, had benefited from this initiative, with 30 Batswana benefiting from the partnerships productivity improvement programmes.

He added that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

BOCCIM says its 14th Northern Trade Fair that was held in Francistown recently was a success, especially in terms of increased numbers of exhibitors.

The show has been blasted for poor organisation in the past. According to Gaamangwe Mathame of BOCCIM’s public relations office, the show has registered a growth of 40 percent over the last four years.

“This year’s Northern Trade Fair, whose theme was ‘Making SMME’s Competent for Sustainable Economic Growth’, has been a huge success,” Mathame told Monitor Business.

“There were more than 120 exhibitors overall,” she said, “which translates into a 40 percent increase over the past four years in terms of the number of exhibitors and floor space taken up.”

Prior to the fair, the organisers said they had addressed the concerns of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 June, 2008

GABORONE – The role of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) is to promote institutional partnerships to address fundamental defence and security challenges facing Africa, the centres Director of Community Outreach and Public Affairs at the center, Mr Clifford Bernath, said.

Addressing participants at an outreach symposium organised by the Botswana Chapter of the ACSS on the presence of China in Africa and its implications, Mr Bernath said that one of the goals of the centre was to build and maintain networks and relationships of trust among African, US, European and international civilian and military professionals with a common vision for a stable and peaceful Africa.

Mr Bernath explained that the United States viewed China as a force among other forces such as India, Brazil, Britain and France.

China, he noted, was another nation with real interests in Africa and it was normal for the country to be involved in Africa.

He emphasised that the challenge was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

The move by Diamond Trading Company (DTC) International (Aggregation) to bring its operations to Botswana next year has been hailed as the single most significant migration of commercial activity from Europe to Africa in recent times.

“Just the sheer volume of diamonds aggregated in one place is enormous,” said the CEO of De Beers Botswana, Sheila Khama. “In money terms, that is a volume of about US$6 billion worth of diamonds.”

Speaking in an interview with Monitor Business, Khama said the coming of aggregation to Botswana will pump more money into the economy.

De Beers expects DTC International to be fully operational in Botswana by the middle of next year. Khama said installation of the necessary processes and systems will start early next year.

DTC International is currently in discussions with government because “we will need help with [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
01.06.2008 6:50:30 P

The newly launched commercial bank in Gaborone, The Capital Bank, said this week that it would give due
consideration to the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Speaking at the official launch of the bank, Hitesh Anadkat, its chairman, said they are awake to the reality that they cannot immediately be in a position to service large corporate entities.
“In the short term, we hope to serve the SME sector better than any bank. Over time, we will also develop the infrastructure to target the low end retail sector.”

Anadkat said the bank, which originates in Malawi, has a successful history of dealing with the SME sector.
Apart from the SME sector, he said the other category that would be their main target is the middle and upper income personal accounts.

“I know there may be some people out there who are gleefully rubbing their hands with anticipation and thinking that ‘no other bank will lend me money because of my track record, here is my chance’. Well, I am afraid we will disappoint such people,” he warned.
He said in as much as they intend to be aggressive in efforts to grow the bank, what will [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)

31 May 2008
Posted to the web 2 June 2008

Ndamu Sandu

MEMBERS of the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) bloc and the European Union (EU) meet in Brussels later this month for two crucial meetings as they inch towards a comprehensive trade deal under World Trade Organisation rules.

ESA and EU officials meet for the second technical meeting inside two months, from 24-25 June, followed by a senior officials’ meeting on 26 June.

Last month ESA and EU officials met in Lusaka, Zambia, where ESA presented the various trade provisions it wants discussed in the framework of the full Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs).

Discussions were on the rendezvous clause of the interim agreement such as services, investments, [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 June, 2008

LETLHAKANE – A P4.5 billion solar tower, expected to generate 250 megawatts of electricity from the sun daily is earmarked for erection near Malatswae and Khwee.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director of Power Tower, Mr Jack Thipe. He said the project, which is a German technology, has the potential to generate 5 000 jobs in secondary industries.

Power Tower is a company jointly owned by one citizen and two foreigners. It is expected to supply the Botswana Power Corporation with electricity.

Mr Thipe said Botswana was given the green light by the World Bank, as one of the most suited locations for this undertaking. Because of its viability, he said, bodies such as the World Bank and Venture Capital are keen and interested in funding the project.

The plant that was piloted on a nine-year programme in Spain will be implemented on a full scale in Botswana. It will be the first of its kind in Africa.

Mr Thipe described it as a carbon credit project generating energy from a renewable source rather than [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

At the meeting held last Monday, the Bank of Botswana Monetary Policy Committee decided to increase the Bank Rate by half a percentage point (50 basis points) to 15 percent.

The last adjustment of the Bank Rate was a decrease of the same magnitude of 50 basis points on June 18, 2007.

Since October 2007, inflation has trended upwards and has remained above the bank’s objective range of 3 – 6 percent, mainly reflecting the global increase in the price of food and oil. It is now expected that inflation will maintain an upward trajectory in the short- term, up to the fourth quarter of the year, before declining to around 9 percent in the first quarter of 2009. The risks to the inflation outlook are predominantly upward, due to, among others, growing pressure on demand with a likely further increase in fuel prices and associated second-round effects.

In the circumstances, the bank is taking a proactive stance by tightening the monetary policy with the objective of containing [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kgomotso Kgwagaripane
01.06.2008 6:53:20 P

While electronic communications may eventually reduce conventional paper-based mail, Information Communication Technology (ICT) has offered significant opportunities for improved customer service and enhanced conventional communication products for better quality, and hybrid mail is just such a solution. BotswanaPost will launch this service on Thursday next week.

According to the BotswanaPost 2006/7 Financial Report, the chairman, Martin Makgatlhe, acknowledges that a modern mail processing plant, Hybrid Mail, was set up in Gaborone.
“This is one of the service enhancement products where customers shall no longer deal with large volumes of mail in their offices but can transfer electronic files to BotswanaPost for printing and processing, up to mail dispatch,” he explained.

In his statement, Keoagile Rafifing, the Public Relations Manager of BotswanaPost, stated that [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Elisabetta Povoledo and Alan Cowell
Published: June 2, 2008

ROME: Skirting some restrictions on his international travel, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe arrived in Rome over the weekend to attend a United Nations food conference, raising protests Monday from several participants.

The Australian foreign minister, Stephen Smith, who was scheduled to attend the conference, which runs Tuesday through Thursday, called Mugabe’s presence “frankly obscene.”

But the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, which convened the gathering, brusquely rejected the criticism.

“The fact that Mugabe and other leaders the West may not approve of are attending a UN meeting in Rome is not a scandal,” said Nick Parsons, a spokesman for the organization. “The UN is about inclusiveness, not exclusivity, giving all nations the right to participate.”

Parsons said that “in the face of the looming, impending food crisis that FAO first warned about a year ago,” a high-level meeting between countries “is the serious issue.”

He added: “The rest is irrelevant to the overall significance of what this [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Zimbabwe Guardian (London)

2 June 2008
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Floyd Nkomo

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe arrived in the Italian capital, Rome on Sunday for a High-Level Conference on World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-energy being held in Rome from June 3 to 5.

He touched down at 2000 GMT at Rome-Fiumicino airport

This trip is President Mugabe’s first official trip abroad since the March 29 harmonized elections.

The European Union has imposed a travel ban on President Mugabe and his cabinet, but he was allowed in Rome as the conference is taking place under a United Nations umbrella.

Around 60 heads of state and government, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who will be making his first trip to Western Europe as Iran’s president, are expected to meet in the Italian capital to discuss [continue reading]