Archive for June 27th, 2008

siurce: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Ministry of Local Government assistant minister Ambrose Masalila has told a full Gaborone City Council (GCC) meeting that the council will receive P156 million for the roads rehabilitation.

Making the announcement yesterday, Masalila said that a special warrant is to be signed this week and a total of over P536 million awarded to all councils to fix damaged roads.
He urged all the councils to utilise these funds properly. The assistant minister, who was at the council to address the councillors on project implementation, noted that there is a problem in implementation.

Masalila said that they plan to have labour intensive public works as a permanent feature, not during drought, and workers will be rotating especially in the rural areas. He also mentioned that they are hoping to have doctors overseeing clinics and [continue reading]

source: ITWeb

[ Johannesburg, 26 June 2008 ] – SIA Solutions, a BEE airports and aviation technology company, has won a multimillion-rand tender. The contract covers the supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of non-directional beacons (NDBs) at two Botswana airports.

The company says the tender for the NDB navigational equipment was issued by Botswana’s Civil Aviation Department, on behalf of the Selebi Phikwe and Ghanzi airports.

The wikipedia explains that a NDB is a radio transmitter at a known location, used as an aviation or marine navigational aid.

The online encyclopaedia adds that NDBs remain popular, despite the advent of more modern navigation means such VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) systems and global positioning system navigation.

SIA Solutions MD Ntsane Kolisang says the deal is the latest of several in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2008

GABORONE – Women entrepreneurs have been urged to produce goods and services that meet international standards in order to enjoy the benefits of the upcoming SADC Free Trade Area (FTA).

Speaking at the ninth womens exposition on Monday, the SADC programme officer for regional trade policies Mr Mupelwa Sichilima said the free trade agreement will provide greater business opportunities for goods which meet the rules of origin criteria.

He said the goods would enjoy duty free and quota free access in participating countries. He said the FTA would increase domestic production because of a larger market and that it would in turn increase employment.

Mr Sichilima emphasised that there are certain standards that entrepreneurs in member states would have to meet to reap the rewards of the agreement, adding that one such criteria is the rules of origin.

The womens exposition, which is held under the theme Innovation and Creativity: The key for women entrepreneurs to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
Staff reporter
26 June 2008

Members of Ghana’s Parliament are calling for United Nations military intervention, as a solution to the Zimbabwean crisis. The parliamentarians say military options should be employed to save lives.
A report in the Ghanaian Chronicle newspaper quoted the MP’s, who were speaking in parliament on Wednesday, when they were contributing to a statement made by the MP for Dome Kwabenya, Prof. Mike Ocquaye, on the Zimbabwean situation.

The Deputy Minister of interior, K.T. Hammond, said the crisis is a sad story in the history of Africa. He added that the full force of Africa should be brought to bear on Mugabe, saying that if such acts are not condemned in the strongest possible terms, when it involves Mugabe today, it could be the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
Staff writer
26 June 2008

Reports in a South African publication say that Botswana’s President Ian Khama has threatened to take action against Zimbabwe if southern African leaders don’t address the political crisis,
At a business conference in Botswana’s capital Gaberone, Khama said that SADC must “become proactive in the crisis” in Zimbabwe, adding; “We are still part of SADC, but if He did not specify exactly what action Botswana would consider taking.

There are an estimated 50,000 Zimbabwean refugees in Botswana, according to Botswana’s Defense Minister Ndelu Seretse. [SW Radio Africa]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Some Zimbabweans in Botswana have voiced mixed reactions over the withdrawal of the Movement for the Democratic Change (MDC) leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai from the presidential election re-run scheduled for June 27.

While some feel betrayed and disappointed others said they saw it coming.

Regardless of whether he withdraws or not people are still going to die and I feel it was cowardice of him to withdraw.

It is not about who stays in power it is about the people of Zimbabwe wanting change because our economy is in shambles and this has just guaranteed more hardships for the people of Zimbabwe, said an emotional Mr Kelvin Sibanda.

The 35-year-old Sibanda, who is an illegal immigrant, said that he had hoped that the winds of change were about to sweep through his country as a lot of people were promising to go back home and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Election observers sent by the Pan African Parliament (PAP) started leaving Zimbabwe on Tuesday after the withdrawal from the run-off by the leader of opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Gaborone North and PAP member Keletso Rakhudu confirmed yesterday that there was no need to keep the observers in the country because “technically there are no elections”. He said that there are 34 MPs from PAP and 24 technical support staff whose numbers are being scaled down.

“We will only leave a skeletal staff to do the observation and attend to a few things,” he said in a telephone interview from Zimbabwe.

He said that the remaining staff will stay in the country until the voting is complete and will issue an interim statement. “After several weeks or [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2008

GABORONE – The Ministry of Local Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat have embarked on a joint project to identify, assess and manage risks that impact on the ministrys objectives.

The project, which comes in the form of a two-week workshop, is aimed at sensitizing the management on problem areas.

Officially opening the workshop in Gaborone on Monday, the deputy permanent secretary in the ministry Ms Tsaone Thebe said the workshop provides a platform for her ministry to get assistance in order to achieve its strategic objectives.

Ms Thebe said one of the objectives of the workshop is to raise awareness on the role that risk management plays in the daily activities of her ministry.

She said the aim is to create a robust framework and procedures for identifying, analyzing, assessing and managing risk. She added that it also involves the [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 26 2008 at 02:05PM

A three-year wage deal was reached between employers and unions in the metal industry, the Metal and Engineering Bargaining Council said on Thursday.

CEO Alistair Smith said the settlement was reached on Wednesday.

“The agreement provides for a 10,4 percent wage increase for all industry workers effective from the July 1.”

It also provided for an extension of the current three-year agreement by a [continue reading]

source: News24
26/06/2008 19:15 – (SA)

Cape Town – President Thabo Mbeki, the SA Development Community-appointed mediator on Zimbabwe, on Thursday indicated he has no intention of changing his approach towards Zimbabwe’s worsening political and economic crisis.

Speaking during question time in the National Assembly, he again said Zimbabwe’s problems could not be solved without the agreement of the political leadership in that country.

“We remain convinced that there can be no solution to the problems of Zimbabwe without the agreement of the political leaders of Zimbabwe.

“Nobody is going to impose any solution on them… Centrally important to anything that has got to happen there is encouraging these leaders of Zimbabwe to come to an agreement about all of the matters that face their country.

“We will continue to do that because [continue reading]