Archive for June, 2008

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]

source: ZimOnline
by Wayne Mafaro Thursday 26 June 2008

HARARE – Zimbabwe opposition secretary general Tendai Biti was on Thursday released on bail, a day before the country holds a controversial presidential run-off election that the opposition is boycotting.

High Court Judge Ben Hlatshwayo released Biti but imposed tough conditions including that the Movement for Democratic Change politician reports to police once every week, surrenders his passport and title deeds to his Harare house and that he deposits $1 trillion with the court.

Biti’s lawyer, Lewis Uriri, said: “He has been granted bail and we are processing the requirements. The state has not indicated that it may appeal against the ruling.”

The state is charging Biti with treason alleging he is the author of a controversial document that surfaced in government-owned media just before the March 29 elections and which the state claims outlines plans to seize power through unconstitutional means.

The state has claimed in court that the political violence that has [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2008

SEROWE – The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi says Botswana is faced with the greatest challenge of having an adequate technology literate workforce.

Officiating at the Central Region Design and Technology Exhibition (CEREDTEX) in Serowe last week, she said her ministry is keen to see the development of young people into future engineers and technologists.

She said she believed that design and technology is one subject that could make a significant contribution to this country.

I am pleased to learn that the subject aims at producing multi-skilled, versatile, and adaptable youngsters who are capable of making a major contribution to the development of our country.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi said she found the aspect of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

TORONTO- Botswana-listed CIC Energy still hopes to be generating electricity by early 2013 from a coal-fired power station at its Mmamabula energy project, but will likely be doing it on a smaller scale, president Greg Kinross said on Monday.

The company was unable to reach an agreement with the preferred engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor before a deadline for securing manufacturing slots for big long-lead-time equipment passed last week, and is now looking at “alternative configurations”, which will probably mean building a smaller plant to begin with, and then adding more capacity at a later stage.

Shares in the company plunged when they resumed trading on Monday, after having been halted pending news on Friday. CIC Energy was down 44,64percent, at C$5,73 a share by 16:10 in Toronto.

The first phase of the Mmamabula energy complex, in Botswana, was to have involved the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Discovery Metals Limited has doubled its copper-silver tenements in north-western Botswana following its recent acquisition of seven more prospecting licences.

The company, which is listed on the Australian, Botswana and AIM stock exchanges, received formal approval from the Department of Geological Survey last week for the additional prospecting licences which cover 5,700 square kilometres stretching as a continuation from the western boundary of the company’s current copper-silver tenements across to the Namibian border.

According to the company’s estimates, an initial assessment of the seven new tenements indicate they have the potential to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 June, 2008

KASANE – The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake says his ministry is considering establishing an autonomous teaching council for Botswana.

Mr Mokalake said this during an annual conference of head teachers of private primary and secondary schools held in Kasane recently.

This arrangement will work more or less like the Botswana Law Society and the nurses association, which have powers to register and de-register lawyers and nurses respectively. It will among other things vet and register teachers before they can be allowed to handle our children, he said.

Mr Mokalake said the teaching council for Botswana will deal with challenges faced by his ministry.

The ministry of education and skills development has been facing numerous challenges associated with teachers discipline, declining performance and status of the teaching profession, he said.

He said cases of unprofessional conduct involving [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
26 June 2008
Posted to the web 26 June 2008
Mariam Isa

INFLATION rocketed to a 5½-year peak last month, beating forecasts and backing the view that the Reserve Bank will raise interest rates again this year to tame rampant price rises.

Target CPIX inflation rose 10,9% year on year, up from 10,4% in April and its highest since November 2002, driven once again by the soaring costs of food and fuel. Headline consumer prices – a more comprehensive measure of the cost of living – rose 11,7%, up from 11,1% and above market forecasts for an 11,4% rise, official data showed yesterday.

The rand firmed 1,3% to R7,88 to the dollar after the news, which traders said sealed the case for a half-percentage point rise in lending rates at the Bank’s August policy meeting.

“Everyone is now back in the swing of expecting more rate hikes,” said Citigroup senior dealer Julian Wilson. Higher interest rates boost the [continue reading]