Archive for August 2nd, 2008

source: BOPA
01 August, 2008

PARLIAMENT – Companies and individuals who fail to deliver on projects and services awarded to them must be punished, says specially elected MP, Mr Botsalo Ntuane.

Contributing to the debate on a bill that seeks to establish the Local Authorities Procurement and Asset Disposal Bill, Mr Ntuane argued that blacklisting companies that fail to deliver on their contractual obligations is the answer to the abuse and corruption that is offered by the current set up.

He maintained that corruption is increasing in the country, saying it is particularly the case at the local government level and that it is encouraged by the present procurement procedures.

He criticised contractors who abandon projects after receiving the five per cent mobilisation fee, and those who compromise on quality.

He suggested that officials of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) should be included in procurement committees.

Mr Ntuane said he has noted that there are people and companies who always win tenders while there are those who are never lucky.

He said some companies have even stopped making bids for government projects because they have no connections with people in strategic places. He added that many people are cutting corners in their quest to become rich which [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Namibian (Windhoek)

1 August 2008
Posted to the web 1 August 2008

Brigitte Weidlich

THE long-awaited free trade area (FTA) for southern Africa will be launched on August 17 during the annual summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

It will be preceded by a comprehensive information campaign across al 14 member states.

Launching the information campaign for Namibia in Windhoek yesterday, Mvula ya Nangolo, special advisor to the Information Ministry, said the removal of import and export tariffs and trade barriers among the SADC countries would bring regional economic integration a huge step further.

Reading the speech of Information Minister Joel Kaapanda, who could not attend the event, Ya Nangolo said the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 July, 2008

GABORONE – Standard Chartered Bank walked away with five major awards at the recent Euromoney Awards for Excellence in London.

The bank was named Best Private Bank, Best Foreign Exchange Bank in Africa, Best Cash Management Bank in the Middle East, Best Debt House in the United Arab Emirates and Best Debt House in Kuwait.

The bank says in a statement that the Euromoney Awards for Excellence are given to banks which set the standard of excellence for their high quality products and services across all areas of investment and commercial banking.

“These awards for world class banking recognize outstanding performance, top quality service, strong business momentum and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
1 August 2008

Ten zeros were removed from all monetary values on Friday, resulting in Z$10 billion being re-valued to one dollar. The measures were announced Wednesday by Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono during his 50 page, half year monetary policy statement. The new currency will co-circulate together with the family of bearer cheques currently in use. However the bearer cheques will be scrapped at the end of this year. Cash withdrawal limits were also increased from Z$100 billion to Z$200billion, now re-valued to Z$200.

The move has been seen as significant in terms of convenience for people as the numbers were becoming incredibly difficult to handle but economic analysts say the removal of the zeros will not make much difference to the overall economic problems, especially the availability of foreign currency and shortages of basic commodities.

The Mugabe regime blames the economic crisis on measures imposed by western countries, but economist John Robertson lays the blame squarely on the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 July, 2008

LOBATSE – Lack of legal training hampers the work of dikgosi who preside over criminal cases at Customary Courts, says Barolong deputy paramount chief, Kgosi Gaontese Montshioa.

Welcoming Defence, Justice and Security minister Mr Ramadeluka Seretse in Goodhope Kgosi Montshioa said lack of professional training had resulted in decisions of the customary courts overturned by the High Court He said such cases were dismissed on among others point of law or on technical grounds. “If the charge sheet is not well written you are expected to dismiss the case,” he said.

He said sometimes dikgosi depended on court clerks or police officers to interpret the law for them though dikgosi were judicial officers, saying such dependence was there despite the risk of officers misleading them.

On another issue, Kgosi Montshioa complained that dikgosi were not consulted about the merging of the local and central police services.

He wondered how the customary courts would operate without the local police as their duties included among others serving of summons.

“Are court bailiffs going to be employed or what?”Regarding crime, Kgosi Montshioa noted that the problem of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
1 August 2008

The emergency SADC summit that was set to convene on Friday has been postponed, shortly after South African President Thabo Mbeki announced that the talks between Zimbabwe’s rival political parties were to continue on Sunday.

The summit of heads of State and Governments of the Organ of Politics, Defence and Security had been called on short notice following this week’s report that the talks had broken down. Despite Mbeki’s insistence that the talks were “progressing well”, the announcement of the summit, coupled with the South African President’s rush to meet the leaders of the negotiating parties, were the first clear signs that talks had deadlocked.

With little information about the state of the talks available due to the mass media blackout, one can only make assumptions based on such signs. It would appear that while the SADC summit was convened to “discuss the Zimbabwe crisis in light of the talks”, the urgent nature of the meeting might have been used as a threat to push the deadlocked negotiating parties into action. The fact that the postponement came not long after Mbeki’s announcement that the talks were resuming, further fuels belief that SADC used a power card to pressure the parties to resume their negotiating efforts.

The widely accepted belief is the deadlock had been caused by the [continue reading]

Sydney Masinga

1 August 2008

Since its establishment in 1994, the commission on restitution of land rights has so far settled 74 808 out of the 79 696 land claims lodged, with South Africa’s acting chief land claims commissioner Blessing Mphela adding that the outstanding claims could be settled by 2011.

“This has benefited 289 937 households and about 1.4-million individuals across the country,” he told a media briefing in Polokwane in the Limpopo province this week, adding that by the end of June, the government had allocated over R16-billion for all settled land claims.

He said that in June alone, 2 621 households had received back 81 050 hectares of land worth R186-million as part of the commission’s efforts to fast track the delivery of land in commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the promulgation of the Native Land Act of 1913, which led to most people being dispossessed of their land rights.

While earlier indicating that it would take at least another [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 July, 2008

PARLIAMENT – Botswana Export Development Investment Authority (BEDIA) has forged ahead in promoting investment in all sectors of the economy and around the country at large.

Answering a question from the MP for Boteti North, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Duke Lefhoko, said BEDIA has forged links with the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

Mr Lefhoko said some land boards and town councils had agreed to allocate land directly to BEDIA for purposes of onward allocation to potential investors.

He said collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs culminated in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Parliament has approved a Local Authority Procurement and Asset Disposal Bill that seeks to regulate procurement in councils to curb corruption.

Responding to comments made by Members of Parliament (MPs), Local Government Minister, Margaret Nasha said that she intends to curb incidents where sub-contractors are given a raw deal by their main contractors. She said that in future they want to include a clause in contracts, which will give clients, especially government, access to agreements between sub contractors and the main ones. With this government will simply pay the sub-contractor for the job done.

Nasha also said government wants to monitor foreigners employed in Local Government who at the end of their contracts establish companies, which are later favoured in [continue reading]