Archive for June 14th, 2008

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The existence of a parallel cash-based economy acts as a platform for organised crime such as money laundering, says the director of the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC) Tymon Katlholo.

Katlholo was speaking at the launch of a report on money laundering in Botswana. The report entitled Trends of Money Laundering in Botswana is from a research conducted by the DCEC in partnership with the Institute of Security Studies.

Katlholo indicated that although the researchers often met with resistance from various institutions in the financial and business community, they ultimately managed to break the barriers to access useful data. He said the study would go a long way in helping locate the problem areas in the law enforcement environment regarding organised criminal activities and help the concerned institutions to be much more focused in [continue reading]

see also: Money laundering threatens democracy (BOPA)

source: allAfrica
By Tererai Karimakwenda
June 13, 2008

The pressure on Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF to end their brutal campaign against the opposition and innocent civilians intensified on Friday, when a group of 40 prominent African leaders and influential celebrities issued an open letter calling for an end to violence and intimidation, ahead of the presidential run-off elections on June 27.

The impressive list includes many respected former heads of state, including Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano and Botswana’s Festus Mogae, musicians and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo, Nobel Laureate and Chairman of The Elders Desmond Tutu, and former United Nations Secretary-Generals Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan.

The African leaders urged the Zimbabwe government to end the violent campaign that has gripped the country since the March 29th elections, when the ruling party lost their parliamentary majority for the first time ever. They also called for the full resumption of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 June, 2008

SEROWE – The board and management of the Serowe Marketing Cooperative have been applauded for diligently carrying out responsibilities entrusted upon them by the community.

They were showered with praise during the cooperatives annual general meeting convened to give feedback to members on their mandate.

The comments followed the chairman of the society, Mr Moji Maaros presentation and audit reports that indicated prudent management of resources.

Members were happy that the reports indicated loyalty and commitment by the board and its management. The auditors from the Department of Cooperatives said though they were hampered by manpower constraints, poor record keeping by the societies exacerbated the problem of late release of the reports.

But the Cooperatives General Manager, Ms Setsile Mollowakgotla, was adamant the auditors, who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Engen Botswana has been awarded the Diamond Service League Award. The award is given to a company that in the previous year consistently stayed on top of the league table.

It is administered by Service Bridges, a consulting company in customer, service management and research. The award ceremony was presided over by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Duke Lefhoko.

In addition to service stations and FMCG, other competing categories were banking, hotels, tele-communications and government departments. The award, sponsored by Debswana Diamond Company, acknowledges companies that have demonstrated outstanding customer service, consistency and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
13 June 2008

With the presidential run off elections almost two weeks away, it appears the United Nations Security Council has again managed to side step discussing the growing crisis in Zimbabwe during meetings this week.

South Africa, with Russia’s help, blocked the debate about the country’s political situation when it was raised for discussion on Tuesday. As a result, the Security Council stated it would discuss only the “humanitarian situation” in Zimbabwe without deliberating on the political causes.

The stance was defended by South Africa’s foreign affairs chief director for UN Issues, Xolisa Mabhongo, who said in an interview on Tuesday that “Zimbabwe does not pose, in our view, at the moment, a threat to international peace and security, which is the mandate of the Security Council.”

It is now the second time in 3 months that South Africa has blocked discussion on Zimbabwe in the Security Council. In April South Africa and China combined to block the placing of Zimbabwe on the agenda of the Council, despite unprecedented levels of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 June, 2008

KANYE – Zambian MPs, who visited Botswana were impressed by the fact that Batswana are serious about cattle industry hence the country is able to export beef to other communities even to European market.

Head of an eight-member Zambian Committee on Agriculture and Lands, Mr Request Muntanga also observed that Botswana success in the beef industry is due to the fact that the Botswana government is investing a lot in the industry. Here, beef industry is a national property unlike in Zambian.

He said farming is also practiced in Zambian, but it is not treated as serious as it is done in Botswana.

Mr Muntanga said they know the stock population in Botswana. He therefore encouraged Batswana farmers to produce more livestock in order to export to regional markets. You can supply the beef to the whole region, he said.

The Zambian MP said they are looking forward to learn from Botswana.

Batswana farmers, he added, should be happy that they are practicing their farming under stable economic and political conditions.

Mr Muntanga was impressed by the fact that during the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Coordinator of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Okavango, Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo says that they have suspended their activities in the area until next month or August.

In a telephone interview yesterday, he said that 259,123 cattle were vaccinated in April and 18,175 in May. He revealed that an additional 3,359 cattle were vaccinated from June 2 to Monday this week. “This figure far exceeds that of 230,000 that we had anticipated to find in the area,” he said.

Letshwenyo said that only 92 cattle were shot and killed because the owners did not show up and the animals were very wild. Out of the number, 12 carcasses were given to the owners after they were checked for dangerous diseases, he said. He refuted allegations by some members of the public that the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Namibian (Windhoek)
13 June 2008
Posted to the web 13 June 2008
Brigitte Weidlich

NAMPOWER exported a significant amount of electricity to South Africa during April and May after good rains earlier in the year resulted in the Kunene River flowing strongly.

“When the Ruacana power station on the Kunene was running at full capacity during the last two months, NamPower used to sell electricity to South Africa’s power utility Eskom,” NamPower confirmed to The Namibian late yesterday.

Responding to written questions, John Kaimu, Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager of NamPower, said electricity was sold during off-peak periods – from 23h00 to 24h00 and from 01h00 to 05h00.

“An average of 30 megawatt (MW) per hour was sold, totalling 5 389 MW for April and May 2008.

With the reduced flow of the Kunene River and consequent reduction in output, the projection for June looks different,” Kaimu said.

“A total of 345 MW was also sold to other [continue reading]