Archive for June 7th, 2008

source: BOPA
06 June, 2008

KASANE – The Department of Roads has engaged two road construction companies to routinely patch and rehabilitate the potholes along the Nata-Kazungula Road.

The Principal Roads Engineer for maintenance, Mr Patrick Mungoo, said the road could have been reconstructed in 2002 but that there were no funds.

Mr Mungoo said his department was expecting the reconstruction of the road to start in early November.

He said the two companies, Bango and SP Road Construction, were awarded the tender to rehabilitate the road in April. He said they have been engaged to patch and rehabilitate the potholes along the 120 km Nata-Kazungula road.

The two companies are doing their best but we are receiving some complaints from truckers, he said.

Mr Mungoo said in some sections, the companies will have to gravel the road and lay new tar as it had been destroyed.

He added that from an engineering point of view the road does not exist.

Motorists using the road have [continue reading]


source: allAfrica
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Rome)
6 June 2008
Posted to the web 6 June 2008


The Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices.

“There is an urgent need to help developing countries and countries in transition expand agriculture and food production, and to increase investment in agriculture, agribusiness and rural development, from both public and private sources,” according to the declaration.

Donors and international financial institutions are urged to provide “balance of payments support and/or budget support to food-importing, low-income countries. Other measures should be considered as necessary to improve the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 June 2008

State security agents on Friday detained MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai on his way to a rally in Umzingwane from Bulawayo, in Matebeleland South province.

This was barely 48 hours after he was detained for nearly eight hours in Lupane, Matebeleland North. On Friday Tsvangirai and his convoy, that included his deputy Thokozani Khupe and party chairman Lovemore Moyo, were stopped at a roadblock at Esigodini south of Bulawayo. He was detained and taken to Esigodini police station.

The police held him for close to three hours and admitted they were acting on instructions from the top. After their release, the convoy was ordered to go back to Bulawayo. A security detail with Tsvangirai confirmed to Newsreel he had arrived safely in the city.

There are reports authorities have stopped Tsvangirai from campaigning ahead of the 27 June election run off. The order banning his rallies came after police [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Organisers of the annual Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Race said on Wednesday that they want to market the event internationally to put it on a par with others like the Dakar Rally.

The Botswana Tourism Board (BOTOBO) is involved in this drive.

The race is currently marketed only locally and regionally, but it managed to rake millions of pula into the domestic hospitality industry.

BOTOBO has joined hands with the traditional organisers of the event, the Four Wheel Club of South Africa, who were financially overstretched last year and could not mount a marketing campaign.

The Marketing Manager of BOTOBO, Mmammidi George, says the synergy of partnering with the Four Wheel Club has already borne results: the event was well advertised at [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 June, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Botswana and the worlds biggest nickel producer Norilsk Nickel have agreed to postpone plans to develop Botswana Metal Refinery Activox plant in Francistown.

Information reaching BOPA is that the shareholders reached the decision after realising that the cost of the project far outweighs the benefits.

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe said in an interview that government agreed that the company postpone the development with the hope that prices will go down.

The P4 billion Activox, a first of its kind worldwide, is a patented hydrometallurgical process that recovers nickel and copper metal from sulphides concentrates.

The plant was expected to create about 3 500 jobs of which 500 were to be on a permanent basis after its completion in the next eight months.

However the jobs would have to wait as high construction costs, equipment cost and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Cellular phone bullying could become a big headache for Botswana’s law enforcement agencies as police have been receiving frequent reports of unsavoury SMSs from offended parties.

The SMS fights usually break out amongst women in which all sorts of obscenities are traded.

The police say that they see an increase in such cases, where people arrive huffing and puffing to complain that someone they cannot identify is calling their phone and harassing them or sending them inappropriate text messages.

Francistown Police Station Commander Superintendent Mokuedi Mphathi confirmed receiving such cases almost daily.

“We have a lot of cases like that. They are being reported here on almost a daily basis. It is just that usually people who come to the police station hope that the police will go to Mascom or Orange and have the number of the culprit released. But that it is not an easy process.

“Usually when people come to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 June, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana has called upon the Zimbabwean authorities to allow all political players to freely campaign in an atmosphere of peace and stability.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says Botswana urges all parties to respect law and order and abide by the SADC guidelines for conducting democratic elections in the region.

The statement states that Botswana is concerned by recent media reports about arrests and detention of Zimbabwean opposition members including presidential candidate, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai.

These arrests and detentions on the eve of the run-off have the effect of raising tension which could undermine the process of a free, fair and democratic election, reads the statement.

However, according to media reports, Mr Tsvangirai, leader of [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press
Published: June 6, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe: The opposition in Zimbabwe said Friday that its rallies had been banned indefinitely three weeks before the presidential runoff, while the U.S. ambassador accused President Robert Mugabe’s regime of using food as a weapon to stay in power.

Ambassador James McGee said the regime was distributing food mostly to its supporters and that those backing the opposition were offered food only if they handed in identification that would allow them to vote.

If the situation continued, “massive, massive starvation” would result, McGee told reporters in Washington by video conference from Harare.

Aid groups in Zimbabwe were ordered Thursday to halt their operations, leaving impoverished Zimbabweans dependent on the government and Mugabe’s party.

Relief agencies estimate that the prohibition will deprive two million people of food aid and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 June, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – Authorities in Bobirwa Sub-District have been told that workshops on leadership and local democracy can help to identify gaps in the governance structures of organisations.

Speaking during a Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) workshop in Selebi-Phikwe, the Chairman of the Kweneng District Council, Mr Patrick Manthe, said workshops could also provide solutions to what needed to be done to strengthen governance structures.

Mr Manthe said workshops could help them in their effort to promote good governance through consultation and community participation.

He advised the authorities to hold regular workshops to share ideas and experiences so that they could take stock of the prevailing situation in Bobirwa and to map the way forward.

He said authorities needed to discuss projects and programmes intended for their community in workshops, as well as to reflect together on [continue reading]