Archive for July 20th, 2008

source: Mmegi

Albert Milton has been appointed the General Manager of Morupule Colliery Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Debswana Diamond Company, with effect from 1st of August 2008.

Milton is currently the Assistant General Manager of Jwaneng Mine, having held the position since 2006.

Milton, a Mining Engineer by profession, was educated at Cambrian College in Canada and Camborne School of mines in England.

He has worked for Debswana since 1985 and held several managerial positions, including Mining Services Manager at Orapa and Letlhakane Mines, Mining Projects Manager at Venetia, South Africa, Mine Manager at Orapa and Letlhakane Mines and Assistant General Manager at Jwaneng Mine.

He is joining Morupule at a crucial period, given the expansion phase of the mine to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 July, 2008

GABORONE – Gaborone Broadcasting Company (GBC) is set to become more entertaining and professional after its partnership with South African media company, Sabido (Pty) Limited, which is the holding company of free to air television station, etv.

Launching the new partnership this week, the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology commended etv for buying a stake in a local television station.

Ms Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi said their faith in the local television company will help the station to grow.

Sabido (Pty) Limited, a South African media company, has acquired 49 per cent of GBC TV while 51 per cent is held by Mr Mike Klinck, who bought the station four years ago.

Speaking about the history of GBC, the minister noted that it started as a small business entity broadcasting a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in a case in which the government is challenging a High Court ruling, allowing nightclubs to operate under their old licences. The appeal was heard at the Court of Appeal in Lobatse yesterday.

In May, Lobatse High Court Judge, Isaac Lesetedi, granted nightclubs a temporary relief to operate with the hours stipulated on their old special licences until when they expire. The old licences entitled nightclubs to operate between 8 pm and 4am.

Nightclubs initially, took government to court to challenge the new liquor regulations, which reduced their trading hours. The High Court ruled in favour of the nightclub operators that they should continue to use their special licences until they expire in September.

Government has now appealed against the High Court ruling. In their urgent appeal, the Attorney General argues that the judge misdirected himself by finding that the Minister of Trade and Industry (Neo Moroka) had delegated the powers to prescribe trading hours for special liquor licences to local licensing authorities.

“The judge holds that because [continue reading]

source: SABC News
July 19, 2008, 07:00

Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC has welcomed President Thabo Mbeki’s plan to work closely with the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) in his role as mediator for Zimbabwe.

The MDC has often criticised Mbeki in the past and called for him to be replaced or work with a second mediator. Mbeki met in Pretoria yesterday with the top African Union executive, Jean Ping, and top UN and SADC officials.

Mbeki proposed a special group of UN, AU and SADC representatives which [continue reading]

source: Guardian
By Cris Chinaka

HARARE, July 19 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s central bank will introduce new higher-value 100 billion Zimbabwe dollar notes on Monday as part of a desperate fight against spiralling hyperinflation, the bank said.

Zimbabweans are suffering chronic shortages of meat, maize, fuel and other basic commodities due to the collapse of the once prosperous economy, which critics blame on President Robert Mugabe’s policies, including his violent seizure of white-owned farms.

Central bank Governor Gideon Gono announced on Wednesday that inflation had surpassed 2.2 million percent, though some economists put it much higher.

In a notice in the official Herald newspaper on Saturday, Gono said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe would introduce 100 billion dollar special agro-cheques (notes), to help consumers who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

BLANTYRE: The New Partnership for Africa’s Development e-Africa commission has been mandated to oversee the structured development and implementation of the NEPAD ICT programme across the continent.

The commission aims to accelerate development of ICT broadband infrastructure and bridge the digital divide within Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world.

ICT infrastructure project manager Brian Cheesman says the ICT broadband infrastructure will ensure that all African countries are connected to one another by a broadband fibre-optic cable network that is in turn linked to the rest of the world.

He added that the ICT infrastructure project will be implemented in two phases – these being the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 July, 2008

GABORONE – Botswana has the potential to produce biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel from sweet sorghum and jatropha trees respectively, the Minister for Minerals, Energy, and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said.

Speaking during a workshop on the local production and use of biofuels in Gaborone on Tuesday, Mr Kedikilwe said other biomass-derived fuels that could be exploited were production of bio-gels and bio-oils.

Bio-fuels can play an important role in displacing fuel wood for cooking, he said. Bio-oil can be used for lighting displacing fossil based fuels such as paraffin, which is now expensive.

Mr Kedikilwe said the challenge was to increase biofuel supply while ensuring they were developed in a clean, sustainable and competitive manner.

Another challenge, he said, was that biofuels competed for the same land that was used for food production, but biofuels were not a threat to food security.

Biofuels in the right place under the right circumstances could be answer for many [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Increasing oil prices on the global market have compelled governments to grapple with minimising the effects of soaring prices of petroleum products such as petrol and diesel.

As a result, the Botswana government has announced its commitment to explore bio-fuels, which have the potential to help reduce the country’s high imports of petroleum products.

Speaking at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) on Tuesday this week, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said strides are being made towards initiating bio-fuel production.

“We are part of the global village and part of the global debate that is going on,” said Kedikilwe at the [continue reading]