Archive for August 25th, 2008

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

Local industries fear they will be choked to death by a glut of South African imports as the SADC region opens up to a free trade zone.

At its summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, SADC launched a regional trade zone last Sunday that aims to eliminate import tariffs ahead of a common currency by 2018.

The Chairman of the Botswana Poultry Association, Peter Kirby, says the poultry industry will be “adversely affected because South Africa produces huge quantities of chicken. With the launching of free trade zone, I do not think we will be in business for very long, especially small producers who borrowed funds from CEDA.”

Kirby, who was speaking in a telephone interview from his farm in the Tuli Block, said between them, South African poultry companies Rainbow Chicken and Country Farm produce 4 million chickens a week.

“The big producers in Botswana will also suffer,” he said. “For us to compete with these South African producers, we need to grow first. It is only last [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)

25 August 2008
Posted to the web 25 August 2008

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday appointed eight Resident Ministers and Governors as well as three non-constituency senators ahead of the parliamentary swearing-in ceremony to be held this morning.

Former Bindura mayor Advocate Martin Dinha replaces Cde Ephraim Masawi as Resident Minister for Mashonaland Central Province while former education minister Cde Aeneas Chigwedere takes over from Cde Ray Kaukonde in Mashonaland East Province.

Cde Christopher Mushohwe, the former Minister of Transport and Communications, is now the Resident Minister and Governor for Manicaland Province, succeeding Cde Tinaye Chigudu.

The new Resident Minister and Governor for Mashonaland West Province is Cde Faber Chidarikire, who takes over the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
OARABILE MOSIKARE
Correspondent

PALAPYE: A section of teachers attending a conference broke into an impromptu celebration on hearing news that they were being considered for scarce skills allowances.

The Director of Teaching Service Management (TSM), Opelo Makhandela, broke the news that scarce skills allowances for Mathematics and Science teachers were on the cards when he addressed delegates to the Botswana Teachers’ Union’s (BTU) secondary and tertiary sectors’ annual conference in Palapye last week.

He said the Ministry of Education now thought a case could be made for Mathematics and Science teachers. Although he said he believed a case could also be made for Chemistry teachers, there were no vacancies (at present). Makhandela said he understood scarce skills to apply to areas where there was not enough manpower.

On further training for teachers, he said some school heads were [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

A new diamond company in Botswana has said that it will start a training programme to impart skills to locals. Werner Van den Eynde said that his company, Beltimpec will soon be training locals in diamond cutting and polishing skills.

Van den Eynde is an agent of Belgium company HRD Antwerp. He said when his company moves into the Diamond Technology Park in October, it will offer training in diamond industry-based skills. The trainees will be taught how to use and service HRD diamond equipment among other things. The training will be free. Van den Eynde said he has made arrangements with local diamond companies to recruit labour from his company at a fee.

“The companies will come and scout for talent at our company, and they will pay for what they need, but I am confident all our products will find placement in the Botswana diamond industry because the training we offer will be tailor-made for the market needs,” he told [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
25 August 2008
Posted to the web 25 August 2008

Dumisani Muleya
Johannesburg

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe will, from today, put into operation his strategy to gain a working majority in parliament and form a new government, effectively sabotaging the stalled power-sharing talks with the main opposition.

The rollout of Mugabe’s crafty but risky plan would heighten political tensions between his Zanu (PF) party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

It would also leave Zimbabwe facing a further plunge into the economic doldrums.

The country already has the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
25 August 2008
Posted to the web 25 August 2008

Mariam Isa
Johannesburg

INFLATION news is likely to dominate local markets this week, with expectations that consumer prices scaled fresh peaks last month likely to unsettle bond investors, without altering the outlook for interest rates.

Consensus forecasts show that the annual rise in the CPIX index targeted for monetary policy soared to a new record high at 12,9%, buoyed by rising power tariffs, higher fuel prices and a hike in property rates.

The measure, which does not include the cost of home loans, rose by an annual rate of 11,6% in June, breaking a previous 2002 CPIX record of 11,3% .

But there is scope for some surprise in the official data on Wednesday, due to the lack of clarity around the timing of this year’s 32,6% rise in municipal power tariffs, which began to be implemented only [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

Despite political tension between Botswana and Zimbabwe since the June 27 presidential run-off, the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) recently hosted their counterparts from Zimbabwe, protocol and public affairs director, Lieutenant Colonel Mogorosi Baatweng, has confirmed.

“Yes, it is true that recently, the BDF Defence Command and Staff College hosted their Zimbabwe counterparts, the Zimbabwe Staff College,” he said in response to Mmegi enquiries.

He said that the Zimbabwe Staff College delegation was in Botswana for a week (from August 9 to August 16). Baatweng revealed that the 12-month staff college course is designed for middle management officers, mostly of the rank of major, who upon successful completion are assigned to senior positions. “The delegation was here on a geo-political and strategic studies tour of Botswana. This is the normal practice in countries, which have such colleges,” he stated.

He further revealed that two delegations of [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 24 2008 at 05:03PM

A “political solution” must be found to the criminal charges faced by African National Congress president Jacob Zuma, the SA Communist Party said on Sunday.

“Continuation with the trial of comrade Jacob Zuma is neither in the interests of our country nor that of justice,” the party said in a statement following a two-day meeting of its central committee.

It said the way prosecuting authorities had handled the Zuma investigations and trial undermined “all the basic precepts of natural justice”, and he could not now get a fair trial.

It said Zuma, who was expected to go on trial next year on arms deal corruption charges, had been investigated for more than seven years “without being successfully brought before the courts”.

“Continuation with this case will certainly and unduly raise the political temperature in our country in a [continue reading]