Archive for June 10th, 2008

source: BOPA
09 June, 2008

MOCHUDI – Tendering system currently used to supply food rations to the needy, destitute and orphans stigmatise beneficiaries, says local government assistant minister Mr Ambrose Masalila.

Addressing Kgatleng full council meeting Mr Masalila said queuing of beneficiaries at a certain shop or supplier every month for their rations was not pleasing.

However, he said the newly introduced coupon system would restore the beneficiaries dignity because they would not be seen forming long queues at a certain shop waiting to be supplied with their food rations.

He said the system would give them freedom to shop at their own time and a shop of their choice. In addition, he said the coupon system would offer better services even [continue reading]

source: News24
10/06/2008 12:36 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Business leaders called on the government on Tuesday to create opportunities for the private sector to invest in electricity services and prevent future problems.

“We run the risk of another crisis in the future,” said Business Unity SA (Busa) chief executive Jerry Vilakazi, calling for a favourable regulatory environment for the private sector to invest.

“We should create sufficient conditions to attract the private sector to electricity distribution, not only in the supply chain but ultimately in the actual distribution of electricity,” he told an electricity summit in Midrand.

Otherwise, he warned, there “may be more serious problems” in 15 years’ time.

“We would like to envisage a point in time where the private sector plays a role in distribution.”

Vilakazi said the private sector had more skills to offer than the government.

“(Business) wants to invest in the supply of electricity, but we will only do so if the environment is conducive for the private sector.

“We often observe with a [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 June, 2008

TSHABONG -The government is in the process of phasing out health posts and replacing them with clinics in order to provide better health services, says Mr Ambrose Masalila.

Addressing the Kgalagadi District Council last week, Mr Masalila said preparations are on-going to upgrade health posts to clinics so that people could have access to better health facilities and services.

He added that if all goes according to plan, the upgrading will be done during the next National Development Plan (NDP).

He also told councillors that as part of their plan to improve health accessibility in rural areas, they will send doctors to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

10 June 2008
Posted to the web 10 June 2008

Lesley Stones

A LONG-overdue split between Vodacom and its parent company Telkom is now inevitable, with the CEOs of both companies clamouring for freedom.

Telkom CEO Reuben September and Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig told analysts yesterday that the cellular operator’s dual ownership by Telkom and the UK’s Vodafone was bedevilling all three.

Although September did not give further details of a proposal to sell part of Telkom’s stake to Vodafone, he is in favour of shedding the business as quickly as possible.

Departing from his usual noncommittal stance, September said: “The shareholders’ agreement doesn’t put Telkom in a position where it can grow its business. The two businesses are increasingly competing against each other. The value of Telkom needs to be totally liberated.”

If Telkom were free to partner with any mobile operator or to build its own wireless network, it could offer a [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 June, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana has been accepted as a member of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) following a meeting in Shanghai, China, last month.

The acceptance marks another milestone in the countrys quest to become a leading diamond centre. A press release from the chairperson of the Botswana Diamond Manufactures Association (BDMA) Mr Mervin Lifshitz says the growth of the diamond industry in Botswana has been remarkable. He cites the establishment of 16 diamond cutting and polishing factories, the opening of DTC Botswana, the development of the governments diamond hub and associated beneficiation activities as examples.

The release says IDMA is committed to fostering and promoting the highest ideals of honesty and best practice principles throughout the diamond industry worldwide as well as full compliance with all relevant [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Stock Exchange opened the month of May on a low ebb as all major indices recorded losses on a market dominated by more sellers.

Towards the end of the month, activity picked up with most counters recording some gains as investors took advantage of the dip in prices.

But in its monthly economic bulletin, Motswedi Securities said the release of impressive financial results from certain domestic companies further boosted investors sentiments.

However, the Domestic Companies Index fell by 4.46 percent to close the month below the 7, 000 point mark, while the Foreign Companies Index (FCI) and the All Companies Index (ACI) finished the month 10.73 percent and 10.09 percent higher at 2 346.14 points and 2 503.83 points respectively (see table).

During the month, A-Cap Resources was the [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 10 2008 at 12:17PM

The African National Congress is “alarmed and anxious” about reports of violence emanating from Zimbabwe in the weeks leading to a presidential run-off vote, ANC President Jacob Zuma said in India on Tuesday.

“We are alarmed and anxious about the reports of violence. If these are accurate, the violence surely puts enormous strain on the preparations for the presidential election run-off that should be held towards the end of this month,” Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery in New Delhi.

Present for the signing of a party-to-party agreement between the ANC and the Indian National Congress, Zuma said: “We cannot rest until the situation is resolved, as it affects all of us. We want to see the return of peace and stability in Zimbabwe as speedily as possible.

He welcomed an [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 June, 2008

MASUNGA – Tati West Member of Parliament, Mr Charles Tibone has warned his constituents in the North East District to expect the worst as the elections day approach in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Kalakamati and Sekakangwe Mr. Tibone said as the immediate neighbours to Zimbabwe they should just expect political turmoil and influx of asylum seekers before the situation gets better.

Mr Tibone says his constituents should prepare well for the overflow of asylum seekers who are fleeing the political turmoil in their constituency and advised them not to shun them but rather assist them by [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 31 2001 at 11:14PM

By Vivian Warby

He may be out, but former president Nelson Mandela is definitely not down.

Mandela, despite a busy day and off to Burundi early on Thursday morning, was in top form on Wednesday night when he accepted the Johannesburg Press Club’s Newsmaker of the Decade Award.

Joking with a group of top South African guests, including Judge Willem Heath, the IEC’s Brigalia Bam and businessman and former Gauteng premier Tokyo Sexwale, Mandela said that when he was president members of the cabinet used to greet him with a bow.

“Now they look the other way. There are others who are [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 June, 2008

JWANENG – Southern District beef farmers have appealed to the government to consider subsidizing farmers as a measure of cutting down their input costs.

The Chairman of the Southern District Beef Farmers Association (SDBFA), Mr Tshepo Masire said this Saturday at their annual field day that was held at Tambo Ranch.

He called on government to consider re-introducing diesel subsidies to farmers. This he said is due to the fact that input costs in farming continue to rise in the wake of rising costs of fuel, licks and medicines.

Speaking in the presence of the assistant minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Shaw Kgathi, farmers said only registered members of commodity associations should be eligible to benefit from the scheme if it is re-introduced as a measure against abuse.

Farmers also pleaded with government to consider giving beef farmers a major role in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Business Reporter

A seven-member Interim Board of Directors has been appointed to speed up the implementation of the Brand Botswana Management Organisation (BBMO).

The Board was launched on Friday by the Assistant Minister of Trade Duke Lefhoko at a function at Phakalane Golf Estate.

The CEO of BEDIA Dorcas Makgato-Malesu is the Chairman of the Board which has a three-year mandate.

It has one rather controversial member, the Managing Director of Horizon Ogilvy Botswana Mathata Gasennelwe, whose company designed the brand.

Other Board members include De Beers CEO, Sheila Khama, Debswana Group Public and Corporate Affairs Manager, Esther Kanaimba, Coordinator of Government Communications Dr Jeff Ramsay, Chief Negotiator in the Ministry of Trade Motlhware Masisi and businesswoman Kate Maphage.

The catch-line of the brand ‘Botswana, Opportunity and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
June 09, 2008

The international watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a new report on Zimbabwe titled “Bullets for Each of You”-State-Sponsored Violence since Zimbabwe’s March 29 Elections. The title refers to threats made to villagers in remote areas by government officials, who warned that if they voted for the MDC, there would be enough bullets to kill each one of them.

The report examines the violent, systematic, government campaign initiated against the opposition after the March 29 elections, when the ruling party lost their majority in parliament for the first time and Mugabe lost to Tsvangirai. Tiseke Kasambala of Human Rights Watch said they focused on how widespread the violence is, the brutality of it, the displacements of opposition supporters and officials, the destruction of property and the suspension of the operations of non-governmental organizations. The group concluded there is no chance for a fair presidential runoff election in Zimbabwe.

Kasambala said in light of this African leaders, including SADC and the AU, must make a determination as to whether Zimbabweans can go and vote freely and then pressure the Mugabe regime to end the violence and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

By Bame Piet
Staff Writer

Botswana is sending 50 observers to the June 27 presidential run-off in Zimbabwe, and 25 of them left on Saturday whilst rest will leave on Wednesday.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Phandu Skelemani, announced this at a press conference last week. He said that the April Lusaka SADC Heads of State Summit that followed the disputed March 29 elections, agreed that should there be a run-off the number of observers would need to be increased. There were 162 SADC observers during the March 29 elections.

Skelemani said the number has been increased with the hope that their heavy presence would deter those with ambitions to cause riots. “We are doing everything possible to help the government and the people of Zimbabwe to hold free and fair democratic elections,” he said. Notwithstanding reports of violence, Skelemani assured that the observers would be safe, adding that [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Published: June 9, 2008

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: With just three weeks until a presidential runoff, a leading human rights organization said Monday that the African Union must push longtime Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe to end political violence.

The 14-nation Southern African Development Community appointed South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate between Mugabe and the opposition, but those efforts have “not borne any fruit,” said Human Rights Watch researcher Tiseke Kasambala.

In its report, Human Rights Watch said it had documented 36 deaths and more than 2,000 injuries at the hands of Mugabe party militants backed by the police and army, but added that the real figures might be much higher.

The rights group also said hospitals had been told not to treat victims, dozens of opposition activists had been arrested, and homes and businesses of opposition supporters had been looted.

“There’s no way a credible runoff can take place unless there are drastic improvements in the remaining weeks,” Kasambala, who prepared Monday’s report, said in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Business Reporter

Stanbic Bank Botswana last Thursday launched its relocated Broadhurst Branch with a warning to competitors that the move is part of bigger plans to make Stanbic the biggest bank in the land.

The Managing Director of the bank, Dennis Kennedy, told clients at the launch that his unlisted outfit plans to open new branches in Palapye and at Gaborone’s new Central Business District (CBD), west of Nelson Mandela Drive.

Kennedy said the expansion shows his bank’s commitment to Botswana by according easy access and creating convenience for clients.

“At Stanbic Bank Botswana, we are delighted to officially announce the opening of this branch,” said Kennedy.

“Worth noting is that we have set up shop in a location where no-one could get access to banking services (before).”

The Broadhurst Branch is the oldest of Stanbic’s network. It was first opened [continue reading]