Archive for June 6th, 2008

source: Air Transport News


Comair Limited, the operator of British Airways (domestic and regional) and kulula has this afternoon been announced as the preferred bidder for Air Botswana’s management contract.

Contract negotiations to secure the deal will begin soon between Comair and the government of Botswana for their flag carrier.

Says Gidon Novick, Comair’s joint CEO, “We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this stage of the negotiations. Comair has always been a successful airline with a 62-year record of profitability and will have much to offer Air Botswana in the future.” [Air Transport News]

source: Aviation India

Kasane: Three pilots that once left Air Botswana for greener pastures abroad have rejoined the airline, says the airline general manager Mr Lance Brodgen.

At least three of our former pilot colleagues are back in the fold and we are hoping that more will follow in the near future, Mr Brodgen said in an interview.

Mr Brodgen said the return of the three pilots followed Air Botswanas adjustment to remuneration packages of captains with around 30 per cent.

He said the adjustment was done after looking at the current remuneration in the international and regional markets.

One of the returnee pilots, Mr Sam Bokole, who was with Kingfisher Airlines in India said the salary adjustments contributed to his return.

But they are paying us way below what I earned in India but at least they tried, he said, adding that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
04 June, 2008

PALAPYE – The Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Samson Guma visited the Martins Drift Border Post on Friday to familiarise himself with its operations.

He said the visit was meant to solicit the officers views on how best to improve service delivery at the entry points.

We all know that borders are entry points and as such we have to show the world that Botswana is ready to welcome each and every visitor, he said.

He promised the officers that his office will attend to their grievances, which included poor accommodation in asbestos houses, non-functioning geysers, unreliable electricity at residential houses and overtime allowances in lieu of day offs.

Officers of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Botswana Unified Revenue Service called on the government to build recreational facilities for them.

They argued that the facilities would make [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Staff Writer

Veterinary officers started killing cattle suspected to be infected with Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) yesterday in the Okavango area, amid complaints by farmers that the exercise will leave them impoverished.

Speaking in a telephone interview from Sehithwa, Mogotsi Makgetho complained that the officers were shooting any animal they suspected not to have been vaccinated and that they were not rounding them up in one place for checking. He said they have tried to plead with the government that the killing was going to leave them impoverished and have unsuccessfully suggested vaccination.

“Foot and Mouth disease is like any other disease and government should have opted for vaccination instead of slaughtering our cattle,” he said. Makgetho said that he did not know where some of his cattle were – whether they had already been shot or not. He added that the [continue reading]

source: News24
05/06/2008 15:47 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was freed from police detention after a phone appeal by President Thabo Mbeki to the Harare government, Mbeki’s spokesperson said on Thursday.

“Discussions did take place with government representatives in Harare in which the president (Mbeki) appealed for Mr Tsvangirai’s release,” Mukoni Ratshitanga told AFP.

The phone conversation with unnamed representatives of [continue reading]

source: The Israeli Diamond
05.06.08, 10:23 / Mining

At Botswana Diamond Night in Yokohama, Japan, Botswana’s Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe stated that his country is proud to be the main supplier of diamonds for De Beers’ Forevermark standard.

General Merafhe said that Botswana’s diamonds were mined according to the highest standards and revenue generated from the sale of diamonds has helped transform the country.

Noting that the country refers to its diamonds as “development diamonds,” General Merafhe stated that the industry has made a crucial contribution to Botswana’s economic development.

In his speech, Merafhe attributed achievements in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Driven by improved occupancies and better net accommodation rates, tourism and hospitality concern Chobe Holdings released impressive financial results for the year ended 29 February 2008.

As occupancies rose by 53 percent compared to 45 percent in 2007, turnover for the group rose by 24 percent to P85.9 million.

The group’s associated companies made a healthy return to profitability to P22 000 from a loss of P349 000 during the 2007 financial year.

Expenses rose by 9.2 percent to P48.8m, while profit after tax increased by 61.4 percent to P27.9m as EPS rose by 59.8 percent to 37.16thebe.

A gross final dividend of 19thebe per share has been declared, representing a dividend cover of about 2x.

During the year under review, the group increased its stake in the [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger and Graham Bowley
Published: June 5, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: A contingent of American and British diplomats investigating the political situation in Zimbabwe were stopped at a roadblock and detained by the police on Thursday, American officials said.

The diplomats were released from custody after five hours, according to the American ambassador to Zimbabwe, William McGee.

During a car chase of over 6 miles, the police tried to force the American diplomats off the road. When they were finally stopped, all four tires of their white SUV were slashed and a local security official was punched.

The diplomats were part of a convoy of three vehicles from the American and British embassies in Harare. They had gone to a town about 55 miles north of the capital, Harare, Thursday morning and were talking to opposition activists and victims of political violence when they were approached by police officers and ordered to a nearby police station, American officials said.

The diplomats refused and, after a phone call to the American embassy back in Harare, set off in [continue reading]

source: Reuters India

MUMBAI, June 5 (Reuters) – Tech Mahindra Ltd (TEML.BO: Quote, Profile, Research) on Thursday announced a multi-million dollar deal with Botswana Telecommunications Corp (BTC) to provide system integration services across its mobile, internet and fixed-line businesses.

The telecoms software firm sees revenues of up to $10 million over the next 3-5 years from the deal, Rajesh Chandiramani, general manager, sales & marketing, Tech Mahindra, told Reuters.

In the first year of the deal, it expects $2 million, he added.

“It is a good deal for us and Africa is emerging as an important destination for [continue reading]