Archive for July 12th, 2008

Maximise land use

source: BOPA
10 July, 2008

GABORONE- Government departments have been advised to build flats in order to maximise use of available land.

This was said by the deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Housing, Mr Gaolebe Lekula at the ongoing Malete Land Board stakeholders consultative workshop yesterday.

Mr Lekula said departments often request large chunks of land only to spread their buildings on the plot instead of reserving the land for other developments.

Mr Lekula said land is the foundation of all forms of human activity that needs to be used with utmost consideration.

It is therefore imperative that this important resource is managed properly to ensure its fair and equitable distribution.

Mr Lekula said it is critical that land trustees involve stakeholders in the management of land. Land boards have evolved over time and this raised the need for constant communication and interaction with stakeholders.

He said for Malete land board to succeed in its plans, a common understanding with stakeholders is of utmost importance, adding that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Post offices across the country will start selling Orange airtime and other accessories following an agreement that has been reached between the cell phone operator and Botswana Post.

According to the new arrangement, Orange customers will now have the opportunity of recharging their prepaid mobiles in the selected 34 post offices across the country.

The facility, which forms part of the Orange prepaid enhancement launched on Wednesday has also increased accessibility to its airtime throughout the country, especially in rural areas. Products and services airtime sales in all 34 post offices will include SIM card sales and replacements.

Orange and Botswana Post have now ventured into this merger and saw it fit to enhance awareness through a promotion which entitles winners to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
11 July 2008
Posted to the web 11 July 2008

Hopewell Radebe

The negotiations between Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu (PF) and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) got under way at an undisclosed venue in SA yesterday while the United Nations Security Council prepared to vote on tougher mandatory sanctions against the country.

Sources close to the negotiation process were reluctant to divulge information about the talk’s agenda yesterday, saying the facilitating team was only pleased that the parties had finally come together even though they were poles apart about the preconditions of starting the talks.

President Robert Mugabe has demanded that MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai should first accept that he was the duly elected leader of Zimbabwe based on the June 27 elections, while Tsvangirai has demanded that the facilitators use his victory at the March 29 elections as the foundation for the talks to proceed.

Business Day also understood that Pretoria had reservations about [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 July, 2008

BOBONONG – The Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Samson Guma, says it will take time for the Mmamabaka Border Post, which is shared by Botswana and Zimbabwe to start operating.

Mr Guma, who visited the area last week, explained that the necessary infrastructure and personnel should be provided before the border could be opened to the public.

Another reason that could delay its operations, according to Mr Guma, was the political turmoil in Zimbabwe. He said what Botswana could do in the meantime was to continue with the preparations for the opening of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

12 July 2008
Posted to the web 12 July 2008

Russia and China vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Friday which would have imposed an arms embargo against Zimbabwe and financial and travel sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and other key leaders of the country’s ruling party.

The resolution was proposed by the United States and backed by eight other countries, including Burkina Faso and European members of the council. South Africa, Libya and Vietnam joined Russia and China in voting against it. Indonesia abstained.

Speaking to UN correspondents after the vote on Friday, Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, launched an attack on South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki, charging him with “actions that appear to be protecting Mr Mugabe and to be working hand-in-glove with him at times.”

Khalilzad added: “While… Mugabe uses violent means to fragment and weaken the opposition, President Mbeki uses diplomacy in bringing factional leaders within the… opposition, to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
United States Department of State (Washington, DC)
11 July 2008
Posted to the web 11 July 2008

The seventh U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (“the Agricultural Growth and Opportunity Act [AGOA] Forum”) with the theme of “Mobilizing Private Investment for Trade and Growth” will take place in Washington, D.C., July 14 to 16, 2008.

Discussions will focus on the linkages between private investment and economic growth in Africa and highlight ways in which African countries can best take advantage of trade opportunities under AGOA. This event will bring together senior U.S. administration officials and African government ministers, as well as U.S. and African members of the private sector and civil society. The ministerial plenary sessions will be held on July 15 at the Department of State. In addition, representatives of civil society and the private sector will host related events on July 14 and 16. Senior officials from more than 10 U.S. Government agencies are expected to attend.

AGOA represents a progressive U.S. trade and investment policy toward the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

After hosting the first ever Botswana Economic Forum (BEF) last month, Capital Resources is bringing captains of the mining industry to Gaborone for the annual Botswana Resources Conference.

In its fifth edition, the conference to be held on 23-24 July at the Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) is meant to benefit local and global resource institutional investors. It aims to provide an insight into developments in Botswana’s resource sector. The conference comes at a time of heightened activity and anxiety in the country’s mining industry. Over 400 prospecting licenses have been issued to mining companies to look for minerals in Botswana – the world’s leading producer of rough diamonds.

About 20 listed resource companies with projects focused on Botswana, will make presentations at the conference. Among speakers at the conference are executives from Botswana listed mining companies including representatives from CIC Energy. CIC representatives are likely to give an update on the Mmamabula Export Energy Project. Last month, the company’s CEO, Greg Kinross, said they are considering downsizing the project to [continue reading]

source: News24
11/07/2008 16:22 – (SA)

Cape Town – Zimbabweans fleeing their country for South Africa because of political violence are now bringing their families with them, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Pretoria.

The UNHCR has noticed some disturbing developments with the pattern of displacement from Zimbabwe, spokesperson Yusuf Hassan said on Friday.

Following the March general elections, and accelerating since the June 27 presidential run-off vote, more refugees were crossing the border into South Africa seeking asylum.

Previously, most Zimbabweans crossing the border were single men (about 90%) or women seeking work.

“We are now seeing however, an increasing number of families arriving as a result of political violence, with several people showing signs of beatings or [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN News Service (New York)

11 July 2008
Posted to the web 11 July 2008

The United Nations refugee agency has called on South Africa to stop deporting Zimbabweans, noting that an increasing number of them are arriving as a result of political violence in their homeland.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), while there were a significant number of refugees crossing the border into South Africa seeking asylum in the wake of the violence that beset Zimbabwe following the March elections, that figure has increased since the 27 June presidential run-off.

UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters that the agency is seeing “an increasing number of families arriving as a result of political violence, with several people showing signs of beatings or torture.” Many new arrivals are entering the country through unauthorized border points, making it difficult to know the numbers involved.

“The High Commissioner is reiterating his appeal to South Africa to halt all deportations of Zimbabweans and ensure that those seeking asylum should have access to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning is expected to launch Selebi-Phikwe’s diversification programme before the end of the month.

The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Baledzi Gaolathe said at the Selebi-Phikwe full council meeting on Monday that the government has made a commitment that the copper-nickel mining town will not die. Gaolathe said there is an exploration project to find more ore reserves and extend the life of the BCL mine that sustains the town. The BCL exploration and drilling programme, which is funded by the European Union (EU) is currently under tender and is estimated at P90 million.

Gaolathe said the contract is expected to start at the end of the year and to conclude in December 2009. “This drilling programme will be a constituent in the final estimate of BCL life,” he said. He added that BCL has undertaken an independent social impact assessment study of the mine closure. The study will advise BCL on its social responsibility at [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 July, 2008

MOLEPOLOLE – The continuing resignations of nurses for greener pastures has a negative impact on the provision of health service.

Mrs Seboifeng Matlhabaphiri, the principal of Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences, said the resignations caused staff shortage and deprive Batswana of adequate health service.

She was speaking at Botswana Nurse’s Day and awards giving celebrations held in Molepolole recently. A University of Botswana study shows that 232 nurses resigned and 18 deserted from the public service between 1999-2005.

“The loss of so many people definitely has a negative impact in the delivery of primary health care service,” she said.

Mrs Matlhabaphiri described as unfair, the division of nurses between the ministries of Local Government and Health. Local government nurses spend more time in remote areas than their counterparts in central government, thereby missing opportunities for personal development.

Mrs Matlhabaphiri urged government to address the concerns of nurses and midwives. She warned that the continued dissatisfaction among nurses and midwives might affect the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 July, 2008

MAUN – Negotiations are ongoing to turn one of the teacher training colleges in Botswana into a health institute, the Minister of Education and Skills Development said.

Addressing a kgotla meeting at Botlhatlogo in his Ngami Constituency, Mr Jacob Nkate, said because there was an acute shortage of nurses and doctors, government was making necessary consultations to redress the situation.

Mr Nkate said Botswana had produced a lot of teachers. Therefore, the government felt that a way forward would be to transform and modify one of the teacher training colleges into a college where nurses would be trained.

He apologised on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture for all mistakes that might have occurred during the killing of the 92 cattle which were not vaccinated against foot and mouth disease.

During the kgotla meetings, residents complained that people who were assigned to kill unvaccinated cattle were not cooperative.

Mr Ten Reisa of Botlhatlogo said he and a voluntary group they formed to round up unvaccinated cattle near Lake Ngami were left [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 11 2008 at 02:58PM

African National Congress President Jacob Zuma’s recent settlement with the South African Revenue Service (Sars) does not necessarily clear him “after years of delinquency”, the National Prosecuting Authority said in papers on Friday.

The NPA’s answering affidavit was lodged with the Pietermaritzburg High Court in response to Zuma’s application to have its decision to prosecute him declared unconstitutional.

In the answering affidavit, senior investigator at the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), Johan du Plooy wrote: “I observe that the ‘regularisation’ of his tax affairs after years of delinquency does not exculpate him any more than a thief who repays the stolen money, or a shop-lifter who attempts to replace the stolen goods on the shelf after he is caught.”

Du Plooy pointed out that Zuma had settled with Sars “after his indictment on the present charges”.

Zuma claimed his settlement with Sars was “reached without any admission of criminal conduct on my part and on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)

11 July 2008
Posted to the web 11 July 2008

Michael Appel

Telkom has announced it’s willingness to work with the Department of Trade and Industry’s incentive programme and the Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring (BPO&O) industry by significantly dropping the costs of bandwidth.

Group Executive for Strategy, Steven Hayward, on Thursday said: “We do not expect to make any profit from the BPO sector. We are prepared to do this for the department’s incentive programme and the BPO industry.”

Speaking at the two-day national BPO&O policy conference in Durban, Mr Hayward said Telkom regarded the BPO and government incentive scheme as strategic for South Africa.

He said debate would naturally circle around whether Telkom’s pricing structure would be an [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 July, 2008

GHANZI – The Ministry of Agriculture still faces a massive task of educating livestock producers to produce quality animals that could be sold to Botswana Meat Commission.

In an interview, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Christian De Graaff said studies have shown that 80 percent of livestock sold to BMC comes from the communal areas, hence the need to improve quality.

Minister De Graaff said the new developments are prompted by the fact that communal farmers keep their livestock for long before they sell them to BMC.

He expressed concern that arable farmers are not utilizing their fields and this has resulted in low crop production, a situation which [continue reading]