Archive for August 10th, 2008

source: Standay Standard
by SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER
10.08.2008 12:27:24 P

Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) has submitted a technical report to the Office of the President spelling out a gloom picture of what will befall Botswana should President Ian Khama go ahead with his planned 70% levy against alcohol.
KBL says while the introduction of the social levy may reduce sales of commercial alcohol it is unlikely to achieve the desired noble aim of reducing alcohol abuse.

On the contrary, the unintended consequences of cross-border trading, switching to cheap unhygienic home brew and further impoverishment of the poor are likely to exceed any benefits gained from reduced sales.

“The destruction of businesses that have contributed and continue to contribute to the development of Botswana, and the disruption of almost 42000 innocent lives due to job losses is most unfortunate and can certainly be avoided. We strongly recommend that the introduction of the levy be stayed until the scheduled workshops present to the authorities realistic and proven-to-work interventions,” says the KBL report.

The KBL report is a direct response to [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 10 2008 at 02:46PM

German industrial giant MAN Ferrostaal said on Sunday it had never made any payments to President Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma or to any other member of the ANC, or to any other public official.

It was reacting to newspaper reports to this effect.

MAN Ferrostaal said in a statement from Essen: “These allegations are wrong and entirely unfounded.”

MAN Ferrostaal said the articles contained a large number of factual errors with regards to MAN Ferrostaal and therefore violated the basics of journalistic accuracy.

“The company has requested the newspaper (Sunday Times) to publish a rectification of the article.

“The options of legal action are currently being evaluated.”

Contrary to what the Sunday Times claimed, both of the offset programmes MAN Ferrostaal was [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Kgomotso Kgwagaripane
10.08.2008 12:20:01 P

Botswana government’s aim of shoring-up its investment potential image in the United States of America was clouded by the political crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Botswana’s team, which was headed by the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Duke Lefhoko, made whistle-stops in three cities of Atlanta, Chicago and New York where they were consistently questioned by potential tour operators on the status of politics in the region – especially the on-going political crisis in Zimbabwe.

The mission, whose trip started on July 17 and ended on the 24th, was made up of officials from the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA), Botswana Tourism Board, Botswana International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA).
Lefhoko told a press conference this week that despite the Zimbabwe issue, the mission scored a resounding “success and achieved its primary objective of profiling investment opportunities that exist in Botswana”.

He said about ten potential investors expressed interest in a range of fields, such as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 August, 2008

GABORONE – About 40 US investors have expressed willingness to invest in Botswana, and a follow up is needed to ensure they invest in the country. .

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Mr Duke Lefhoko said following te ministrys investment promotion trip to the US recently, 40 investors from across all sectors of the economy have expressed interest in investing in Botswana.

These include tourism, manufacturing, financial services and information and communications technology.

The assistant minister led a delegation that comprised Chief Executive Officers of Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA), Botswana International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), Botswana Tourism Board and Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) to New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Mr Lefhoko said in all the three cities, they met 150 investors, 50 in each city, and held [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 09 2008 at 01:25PM
By Fiona Gounden

Some of Durban’s “most wanted” traffic offenders have been caught by the cameras erected on the city’s new public transport lanes.

Offenders owing as much as R36 000 were “caught on camera” and police were able to track them down by monitoring their daily routines, said Durban Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Thozamile Tyala.

The red lane, stretching from the Jan Smuts Highway (M13) interchange to the Essenwood Road Bridge in both directions, is armed with cameras which have been placed in such a way that they cover all the traffic lanes. These cameras have helped police officers to monitor traffic flow and trace traffic offenders.

Tyala said: “Taxi drivers owing R36 000 and R28 000 were caught and have now [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 August, 2008

PARLIAMENT – The Minister for Defence, Justice and Security says he does not consider it necessary, at this stage, to facilitate a dialogue between representatives of Zimbabwe and the communities.

Answering a question in Parliament, Mr Dikgakgamatso Seretse said in his recent Kgotla meetings on crime prevention strategies, he alluded to the problem of the influx of Zimbabwe nationals into Botswana and has appealed to Batswana to cooperate with the law enforcement officers by reporting the presence of illegal immigrants in their communities.

He said he has also pleaded with Batswana to treat foreigners with humility (Botho), adding that he has noted that every social ill is blamed on Zimbabweans which could lead to acts of xenophobia.

He acknowledged that some elements amongst the illegal immigrants have criminal tendencies and that they will continue to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare) – Published by the government of Zimbabwe
9 August 2008
Posted to the web 9 August 2008

Harare

SOUTH African President Thabo Mbeki is expected in Harare today to brief the principals of the three negotiating parties to the Sadc-initiated dialogue and consult on the way forward.

Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde George Charamba yesterday confirmed President Mbeki’s visit, saying he would be meeting President Mugabe, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, the president of the other MDC formation.

“President Mbeki will be coming tomorrow (today) for consultations with the principals of the negotiations. This is an important milestone that has been registered in the inter-party dialogue.

“He is going to meet the three principals basically to update them on the progress made so far and to consult on how to take the dialogue forward,” said Cde Charamba.

President Mbeki’s visit follows marathon meetings by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 August, 2008

GABORONE – The University of Botswana (UB) has launched a new brand, described by the institutions vice chancellor as symbolising their promise to the entire society and the international community.

Speaking during the launch of the UB new brand, Prof. Bojosi Otlhogile said the institution had to establish a new brand which would keep up with modern trends and was of the highest standard possible to better market itself.

Prof. Otlhogile said the brand would re-position the university to meet future challenges, possibilities and prospects as the institution continued to grow and face competition in the tertiary education environment.

“The project is not only about the new logo of the university although the logo is an intergral part of the brand,” he said. “The logo sits alongside the corporate colours, and it is of course, the most visible symbol of the brand.” Prof. Otlhogile said during the [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 09 2008 at 11:12AM
By Fiona Gounden

A website “poking fun at traffic authorities” has come under fire once again, this time for encouraging motorists to hurl bottles at police officers, among other suggestions.

Police were shocked to find messages posted on the website’s (www.speedtraps.co.za) public forum, describing how motorists had thrown cooldrink cans and glass bottles at police officers manning speed cameras – and urged other drivers to do the same.

Speed trapping is “not a joke and this lawlessness is unacceptable”, said an enraged Durban Metro Police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Thozamile Tyala.

“Police officers have a responsibility to ensure that motorists are following the correct speed when using our roads. We plead with the people who man the website to refrain from encouraging such lawlessness among motorists.

“We want to foster a good relationship between the police and motorists. These suggestions are [continue reading]