Archive for June 19th, 2008

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

After breaking the psychological double digit figures in April, the annual inflation rate gathered more momentum in May, increasing by a further percentage point to 12,1 percent from 11,1 percent, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has announced.

The May annual inflation rate increase to 12,1 percent, which is an eighth successive rise, means that general prices of goods and services have increased by an average of 12,1 percent between May 2007 and May 2008.

On a month-on-month basis, the inflation rate was at 1.9 percent for May from 2,1 percent in April, meaning that prices of goods and services went up by an average of 1.9 percent in May.

The April (2.1 percent) and (May 1.9 percent) inflation figures are the first and second highest on a monthly basis respectively [continue reading]

Bathandwa Mbola

18 June 2008

In a landmark decision, the Pretoria High Court has ruled that South Africans of Chinese descent qualify for the full benefits of the country’s employment equity and black economic empowerment (BEE) laws.

The ruling comes after the Chinese Association of South Africa (Casa) took to the courts eight years ago to establish why Chinese South Africans, who were classified as “coloured” during the apartheid era, did not qualify under these laws.

Wednesday’s ruling means that the Chinese community will be able to take advantage of black empowerment posts and business deals.

Making the ruling, Judge Cynthia Pretorius granted an order in terms of which Chinese South Africans are to be included in the definition of “black people” – which already covers Africans, “Coloureds” and Indians – contained in the two laws.

“It is agreed that the Chinese people fall within the ambit of black people in both the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act of 2003 and the Employment Equity Act,” Pretorius told the court.

The departments of Labour, Trade and Industry, and Justice and Constitutional Development initially filed a notice to oppose Casa’s application. However, they conceded to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 June, 2008

LOBATSE – Lobatse Youth Officer, Ms Mmaluka Kalantle, has attributed the collapse of some youth funded businesses in Lobatse to high rental prices and lack of operating space.

Ms Kalantle said in an interview that high rentals in Lobatse have been a major constraint to young entrepreneurs thus impacting negatively to the success of their businesses.

She explained that as young entrepreneurs fail to come to terms with the high rentals they operate from backyards, which in turn affect reputation of their businesses. She said this also lead to the collapse of some businesses.

She said 59 youth projects in Lobatse were funded through the Youth Grant since 2001 and these include catering business, phone shop, hair salon, cleaning services, tuck shop, Internet caf as well as sewing and embroidery.

Ms Kalantle noted that only 33 businesses are still running while 26 have collapsed and become [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
18 June 2008
Posted to the web 18 June 2008

Peter Draper

An international panel set up to review whether economically-developed countries are keeping their promises to Africa said this week that progress in talks on a new global trade deal could help combat the current rise in food prices. Peter Draper explains how the two are linked.

The causes of rising food prices are reasonably well-established. The consequences are daily becoming more apparent, especially in Africa. What is less well-understood is the implications a successful conclusion to the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round of negotiations on a new trade deal might have for African agriculture and consumers of food.

The basic cause of rising food prices is a growing mismatch between supply of food and demand for it. Rising energy prices feeding through energy-intensive supply-chains; diversion of grains to biofuels production in response to concerns over global warming; drought in key producing countries (and the prospect of future “climate shocks”); and declining productivity in food production (accompanied by decreasing stocks) are the main factors inhibiting supply. Demand is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana companies are taking calls by Government to find alternative sources of energy to supplement dwindling supplies seriously following downscaling by Eskom of South Africa.

As the search intensifies, several energy companies are harnessing more sustainable and environment-friendly sources like the sun.

Vilart Energy is one such Botswana company that has been successful in that regard. Vilart Energy has been hailed for embracing the philosophy of green energy in powering streetlights with solar energy.

It is considering extending the technology to boreholes. Solar power is already in wide use in a number of countries around the world, among them Israel and Spain.

The co-directors of Vilart Energy, Mesh Moeti and Modirwa Kekwaletswe, last week held a seminar for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 June, 2008

GUMARE – Ninety-two feral cattle have been killed in the Ngamiland Zone Two area in efforts to stop the spread of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), says Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo.

Dr Letshwenyo, who is the FMD project coordinator in the Department of Veterinary Services, says initially 3 359 unvaccinated herds of cattle were destined to be culled.

Foot and Mouth Disease was found in cattle around the Habu area in October last year, and the government took a decision to vaccinate all cattle within the Ngamiland Zone 2 area. Scientifically, the vaccine would boost cattle immunity against the disease within the incubation period of 2-3 years, said Dr Letshwenyo.

He said they have gone out of their way to vaccinate cattle rather than [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Senior Police officers from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) are gathering in Gaborone until tomorrow to share skills on peacekeeping operations in the region.

The three-day seminar conducted by the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) and sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office and will seek to strengthen the capacity of military, police and civilians to deliver peace operations. Director of PPC Africa Peter Miller, a retired police officer, who is also coordinating the seminar, said that they would identify challenges, issues and opportunities associated with police contribution of United Nations and African Union peace operations.

Miller is also a former United Nations (UN) police commissioner in East Timor and Western Sahara. Others are Peter Dnistriankyj, who is [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 June, 2008

KASANE- Kazungula border post staff have been urged to keep the border clean to impress visitors.

The Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Samson Guma who is currently touring border posts, complained of litter and bushes at the Kazungula border post.

Mr Guma encouraged the border staff to keep the area clean, saying they should emulate the Martins Drift border post, which is always clean and well organized.

On their part, the staff complained of unpaid overtime, lack of [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe’s public broadcaster ZBC has said it will no longer carry campaign adverts from the opposition party ahead of next week’s presidential election.

The Movement for Democratic Change said it would appeal against the decision.

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa defended the move saying international coverage favoured the MDC and never reported the ruling Zanu-PF’s position.

Earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the political violence in Zimbabwe.

Adding his voice to growing international concern, he said the violence in Zimbabwe could undermine the outcome of [continue reading]