Archive for August 17th, 2008

source: Standay Standard
17.08.2008 4:20:37 P

Government has decided to postpone the implementation of the 70 % alcohol levy to give stakeholders a chance to come up with alternative solutions to alcohol abuses that President Ian Khama has indicated he wants to resolve as a matter of urgency.

This past week, the leading brewer, Kgalagadi Breweries, together with other private sector stakeholders under the ambit of BOCCIM (Botswana Confederation of Commerce and Industry Manpower), started holding workshops aimed at coming at the National Alcohol Policy.

Sunday Standard has leant that, among other things, the Policy aims to assist government to come up with ways of implementing stricter penalties for people found abusing alcohol.
The Policy also aims to put into effect the implementation of already existing laws that were meant to reduce alcohol abuse but were never implemented.
“The public is hereby informed that Government has decided to postpone the imposition of the 70 percent levy on alcoholic beverages. This step is a result of a request by BOCCIM to be afforded an opportunity to make proposals on the problems of alcohol abuse in Botswana. Government has acceded to BOCCIM’s request in view of the importance it attaches to the role of the private sector as a partner in the Botswana economy.

“BOCCIM has been granted until the end of August 2008 to submit their proposals to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
16 August 2008
Posted to the web 17 August 2008
Kitsepile Nyathi

Zimbabwe launched a scathing attack on Botswana Saturday after the neighbouring country boycotted a regional summit to protest against President Robert Mugabe whose government Botswana considers ‘illegitimate”.

The long-running Zimbabwean crisis was expected to loom large at the ongoing South African Development Community (SADC) in South Africa where Mugabe will come under pressure from his peers to cede executive powers to his main rival.

Mugabe’s re-election

Botswana’s President Ian Khama is not attending the summit because his government does not recognise Mugabe’s re-election.

Mugabe ran alone in the June 27 presidential run-off election after the main contender and Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out citing state-sponsored violence against his supporters.

The poll was condemned around the world and criticised by [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
16 August 2008
Posted to the web 16 August 2008

South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki has urged Southern African leaders to use their annual summit this weekend to help settle Zimbabwe’s political crisis.

Opening the 28th summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Johannesburg on Saturday, Mbeki said the meeting should draw on its history of organising efforts to end white minority rule “to help put Zimbabwe on the right road to its recovery…”

Mbeki assumed the chairmanship of the SADC at the meeting, succeeding President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia. The summit is being attended by both Zimbabwe’s principal political protaganists, Robert Mugabe of Zanu-PF – who was seated as president of Zimbabwe – and Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Mbeki said the summit gave the region’s leaders “the possibility to assist the Zimbabwean parties to finalise their negotiations so that together they can engage the work to achieve national healing and reconciliation and attend to the… reconstruction and development of Zimbabwe.”

In this way, he added, Zimbabwe’s leaders could [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Published: August 15, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: When President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe attends a summit meeting here over the weekend he will face protests and pressure to surrender at least some of his power.

Botswana said its president, Seretse Ian Khama, will not attend the southern African summit because Mugabe will be there, and once-supportive South Africans are to hold an anti-Mugabe march when the leaders meet.

The meeting of the Southern African Development Community was to focus on efforts to fight poverty through regional development through cross-border cooperation – the two-day meeting is to close Sunday with the announcement of a free trade agreement. But such economic good news was overshadowed by political trouble in Zimbabwe that was creating tension within the 14-member bloc, known as SADC.

The Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai met with key southern African leaders in Johannesburg on the eve of the meeting.

One of his aides, George Sibotshiwe, said Tsvangirai was briefing them on efforts to form a transitional unity government that are being mediated by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, who takes over SADC’s rotating chair at [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 16 2008 at 11:03AM

By Thabiso Thakali

The price of petrol could decrease by as much as R1 a litre next month as a slump in international oil prices is expected to finally find its way into the pumps. Diesel was also expected to decrease by R1.50 a litre according to experts.

Economists predict that the price of crude oil will hover around a $100 a barrel towards the end of the year, raising expectation of more decreases in future.

“It is expected that the international price of crude oil will fall to a $100 a barrel towards the end of the year,” said Dawie Roodt, chief economist at the Efficient Group.

“Surely next month’s decrease will be the biggest drop in a long time.”

Roodt said 90c of the R1 drop on a litre of petrol would be as a result of falling international oil prices while the 10c would be attributed to the stronger rand.

“I think with a bit of luck and sustained fall in international markets we could be headed for [continue reading]

SADC unity important – SA

source: News24
16/08/2008 10:11 – (SA)

Johannesburg – The fact that Botswana’s President Ian Khama would not attend this weekend’s SADC summit would not diminish the importance of unity within the region, Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday.

“Botswana is a sovereign state and has a right to take whatever decision it deems fit,” said Dlamini-Zuma at a media briefing in Sandton.

Khama boycotted the summit after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was invited. He believed that Mugabe’s re-election was a sham and illegitimate.

Instead, Botswana’s foreign minister will represent the country.

Both Dlamini-Zuma and SADC Executive Secretary Tomaz Salomao said they respected Khama’s decision.

However, Dlamini-Zuma said work would continue and [continue reading]