Archive for August 19th, 2008

source: The Zimbabwe Guardian
Tue, 19 Aug 2008 04:43:00 +0000

THE leader of the main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change is in Botswana on a trip that will take him around the Southern African region where he will try and engage more African leaders in finding a peaceful resolution to the Zimbabwe crisis.

Morgan Tsvangirai, who is reportedly travelling on emergency travel documents, arrived in Botswana yesterday where he held talks with President Ian Khama.

Tsvangirai’s party says their leader will spend the next ten days touring the Southern African region. This trip comes at a time when [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

Four new road construction products will be launched in Gaborone this week says Katz Holdings. A statement from the Gaborone-based construction company says the products are from PowerCem Technologies of Holland.

The products are Immocem, RoadCem, ConcreCem and NucliCem. ImmoCem is traditionally used to immobilise ground contamination in construction. RoadCem converts natural soil into hard soil in road construction. It has been successfully used by Shell Canada to convert natural soil into hard bearing foundation layer for their oil rigs on the Canadian oil bearing sand soils. “The use of ConcreCem in concrete constructions will increase the safety factor while using less basic materials, for example, fireproof tunnels,” said Katz Holdings spokesperson Dolly Mmereki in a communique.

She added that PowerCem Technolgies products are relatively new in Africa. She explained that [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
17.08.2008 4:40:34 P

Debswana has embarked on an outsourcing and privatization programme at its mining operations in Orapa and Jwaneng as part of the implementation of its North Star strategy which began in 2006. Outsourcing and privatization was completed at head office in 2007.

In implementing this programme, Debswana negotiated and signed a Privatization and Outsourcing Agreement (‘Privatisation Agreement’) with the Botswana Mine Workers Union in April 2006, which provides guidelines, structures and procedures that regulate the implementation of privatization and outsourcing initiatives. One of these structures is the Privatisation Committee made up of equal numbers of Union and Management representatives. The Company and the Union also negotiated a Retrenchment Agreement which provides a process for handling redundancies and retrenchments arising thereto. The Retrenchment Agreement provides for consultation with the Union and affected employees. It also provides a separation package for employees who opt for voluntary separation and those who are retrenched.

The outsourcing and privatization programme aims at focusing the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

Continental pay television company, MultiChoice, says it is tightening its grip on the domestic market thanks to big international sporting events and reality television shows.

MultiChoice Botswana General Manager Billy Sekgororwane told Monitor Business that successive exclusive televising of events such as the Euro 2008, and the Olympics has seen them increasing subscriber base.

“Like all sporting events, we have a bit of an upsurge in the number of subscribers, though it is not as big as one would have expected”, said Sekgororoane who was briefly with GTV.

“I thought the Olympics would trigger overwhelming subscription, being the biggest sporting event. However it is not as big as the World Cup, or Euro 2008, business wise, that is.” However Sekgororwane added that the Olympics caters for people with different sporting tastes.

“We have event driven subscribers. Those who love soccer will switch on when [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
17.08.2008 4:13:06 P

The Botswana bus and combi industry has been invaded by gangsters who are hiring hit men to take out their competitors – Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.
The Botswana Police Service is understood to be poring over a hit list of local public transport operators that has been passed to a hired assassin.

It has also emerged that the gangsters who have muscled in on the industry have contracted arsonists to run their competitors out of town.

So far, eight long haul buses and commuter mini buses have been torched in what is believed to be an attempt to scare owners out of the industry.
In the latest incident, two mini buses belonging to Ikageleng Transports and a bus that belongs to NKK Express were gutted by fire while parked at night.
Earlier last month five buses belong to TJ Motlhogelwa were also set on fire by unknown arsonists in Francistown.
Last Monday, two suspected arsonists were arraigned before the Serowe senior magistrate on three counts of malicious damage to property.

The accused persons [continue reading]

source: BBC News

The health of Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has suddenly deteriorated, local officials have announced.

Zambia’s Vice-President Rupiah Banda said the president had been making steady progress until Sunday night, when he required emergency surgery.

Mr Banda said the president was in a serious condition but added that surgery had been successful.

President Mwanawasa, 59, suffered a mild stroke at an African Union summit in Egypt, late in June.

In July, Zambia’s opposition called for an investigation into whether the president was fit to lead the country.

The president was flown to France following his [continue reading]