Archive for September, 2008

source: Mmegi
By Patricia Maganu
Staff Writer

Nata Lodge, one of the most popular lodges in Botswana, burned to ashes last week. The fire continues to ravage the forest after relenting at the lodge.

Nata Police Station Commander, Superintendent Kevin Mookodi, said that the fire broke out at the lodge when they were in a workshop there.

“The fire came from the northern side of the hotel and caught on the hotel. When we were alerted of the fire, it had already caught some rooms at the back,” he said.

Mookodi said when they moved out of the conference hall, the fire invaded.

“The fire had totally surrounded us and it was overpowering us.

We tried putting it out with the help of a fire engine but the engine ran out of water” he said.

Mookodi said that the fire engine ended up running out of water because [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 30 2008 at 06:10AM

South African markets took a pounding on Monday, hit by a global stocks fall and a flight from risk, with investors worried about the stability of US and European banks.

The Johannesburg Top-40 index skidded 6,12 percent – its biggest one-day fall in a decade – to 21 007,17 points, the lowest closing level since October 2006.

The larger All-share index fell 5,76 percent to 23 087,67 points.

“World markets are being decimated. This uncertainty about the bailout plan, coupled with weaker metal markets, coupled by uncertainty in the currency markets (are hurting local stocks),” Tubby Goodwin, a trader at Investec Securities, said.

The international credit crisis left more casualties on Monday.

Governments moved in to save banks in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Isaiah Morewagae
Staff Writer

A Lobatse High Court judge has restrained the Botswana government from implementing its decision to impose 30 percent levy on alcoholic beverages. Justice Unity Dow, suspended the implementation after a state attorney told the court that they have requested Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to exercise his powers, under Section 6 of the High Court Act, to constitute a bench comprising more than one judge to deal with this matter. “Latter having acceded to that request, this matter has to be adjourned to a date on which such a panel can sit,” Justice Dow said.

Pending an order to the contrary by the panel of three judges currently being constituted by the Chief Justice, Dow made an order that the status quo be preserved.

The attorney for the applicant made an urgent application before court the new 30 percent levy be suspended pending the consultation process that the government promised when it announced that it was to implement the 70 percent on alcoholic beverages.

They accused government of somersaulting on its decision having agreed with [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (28/9/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 29 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C4) 26/9/08: BRIFING NOTE ON WHO ALCOHOL POLICY IN AFRICA

Attached for your information is a copy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa’s report “ACTIONS TO REDUCE THE HARMFUL USE OF ALCHOHOL” , which was considered and adopted at the 58th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, which was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon earlier this month [see also “D”].

The report recommends an increase in taxes to influence prices and reduce alcohol affordability one of a number of long-term actions to fight alcohol consumption.

The Yaoundé meeting’s call for price intervention is [continue reading]

It`s P1000 for lost passport

source: BOPA
26 September, 2008

GABORONE – The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has adopted new developments concerning the protection of the integrity of Botswana passports.

A press release from the Botswana Government Communication and Information Service says the ministry is continously putting stringent measures in place to protect the passports in view of the current security risks posed by the illegal ownership by non-citizens. “It is unfortunate and regrettable that such measures will inconvenience law-abiding citizens,” it says.

The statement adds that the ministry will no longer issue students with passports for purposes of confirmation of age in sporting activities and that this would have to be done using birth certificates.

Parents are therefore encouraged to register and [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (28/9/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 29 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C8) 25/9/08: MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND HOME AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE – BOTSWANA PASSPORTS

The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs wishes to inform the public about the new developments adopted by the Government concerning the protection of the integrity of Botswana Passports. In view of the current security risks posed by illegal ownership of Botswana Passports by non citizens the Ministry is continuously putting stringent measures in place to protect this important national document. It is unfortunate and regrettable that such measures will inconvenience law abiding citizens.

Further to the statement released by the Ministry on the 12 September 2008 on measures being put in place to improve the security of Botswana passport, the following have been adopted as well:

1. The Ministry will no longer issue [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Bame Piet
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Trade and Industry will this week embark on an inspection of Chinese shops in the country to see if they have contaminated Chinese milk in stock.

Responding to Monitor enquiries, ministry spokesperson, Stryker Motlaloso, said his office is still working on modalities of the inspection, which should begin this week. “The results of the investigations will be availed in due course,” he said

Motlaloso stated that his ministry has not yet received any complaints from customers about contaminated milk. Most of the complaints, he said, are about the performance of non-food products (defective products), and that most of the Chinese products do not carry guarantees.

“In general, the products are not durable,” he said. Attempts to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
New Era (Windhoek)
29 September 2008
Wezi Tjaronda
Windhoek

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) is in the process of conducting feasibility studies on dry port facilities along Namibia’s three corridors.

Two years ago, the company said it was planning to establish an inland container depot or dry dock in Gobabis once the cargo volumes on the Trans-Kalahari Corridor increased.

The planned development forms part of the Trans-Kalahari Express, a multi modal transport system between Gaborone in Botswana and Gauteng in South Africa to Walvis Bay port.

The main objective of the dry port development project is to promote intermodal seamless transport along the various Walvis Bay Corridor routes, an objective that will be pursued through upgrading existing [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Board of Directors of Stanbic Bank has formally announced the appointment of Leina Gabaraane as the first Motswana Managing Director of the bank as of September 2008.

Gabaraane was appointed Stanbic’s Deputy Managing Director in September 2007.

Gabraane’s immediate predecessor, Dennis Kennedy, remains with the Standard Bank Group but moves on as Regional MD with responsibility for Botswana, the DRC, Ghana and Lesotho.

The Board also announced the appointment of Parks Tafa as the new Chairman of Stanbic Botswana’s Board of Directors.

The out-going Board Chairman, Gulaam Abdoola, says the board is proud of Gabaraane’s achievements in the past year and believes that his appointment as the first citizen Managing Director of Stanbic Bank is an illustration of the board’s commitment as an emerging markets bank to “growing our people and investing in [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (28/9/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 29 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B2) 26/9/08: REMARKS BY HIS HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT LT. GEN. MOMPATI S. MERAFHE, MP AT THE VISION 2016 AWARDS CEREMONY/DINNER DANCE

[Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. I am absolutely delighted to join you this evening at this auspicious Vision 2016 Excellence Awards ceremony of 2008. This annual ceremony to present the national honour awards to outstanding individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution towards the attainment of Vision 2016 goals is one that I believe we always look forward to with great anticipation.

2. Let me take this opportunity to thank the organisers of this event which I am told is the culmination of quite a long process which involved all the places across the length and breadth of this country.

3. It is very appropriate that we hold this national honour awards ceremony because it [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
29 September 2008

Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister designate Morgan Tsvangirai are scheduled to meet in the next two days to finalize the composition of a new cabinet, a source in Harare said.
On arrival at Harare airport from his New York trip to the UN, Mugabe on Monday said that a ‘unity’ government would be formed by the end of the week. He is perhaps under pressure from the international community because up until now he has shown no sense of urgency to deal with the extreme crisis in the country.

‘We will be setting up government by the end of the week. We never said there was a deadlock. We discussed the ministries the day before I left. There were four left which we referred to our negotiators to discuss,’ Mugabe said.

Tsvangirai on Saturday said it was ‘urgent’ the country form a new government to ensure food supplies and prevent starvation. He said the food security situation needed urgent attention as there would be ‘disastrous consequences if we take too long to attend to the crisis.’

At a press briefing Saturday, Tsvangirai said; ‘We need to respond to this crisis with [continue reading]

source: News24

The Zimbabwean central bank has issued higher denomination banknotes in order to battle the cash shortage caused by the world’s highest inflation rate.

New 10,000 and 20,000-dollar notes have been released to help Zimbabweans deal with crippling hyperinflation which is said to be at 11.2 million per cent.

The central bank has issued a slew of new notes since August when it sliced 10 noughts off the local currency.

Cash supply is so tight only Z$20,000 (US$20) can be withdrawn daily.

This has led to large queues outside banks with [continue reading]

More bashing for Media Bill

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

The controversial Media Practitioners’ Bill received more bashing at a one-day conference yesterday with participants calling for its total rejection.

Vice chairperson of Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Batsho Nthoi expressed alarm at the motive behind the introduction of the Bill by the Minister of Science, Communication and Technology Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

“What has gone terribly wrong?. Has there been a state of emergency?. Is our media operating in a state of lawlessness?,” he demanded at the conference organised by Media Publishers Forum and stakeholders to discuss the Bill that was presented to Parliament in August. He stated that that the Bill is irrelevant because there are courts that have the duty to adjudicate over disputes between individuals and the media.

The Bill empowers the minister to assume the role of a judge in court. Nthoi appealed to Venson-Moitoi to desist from misleading and manipulating unsuspecting members of the public in forums such as the Kgotla meetings and [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 29 2008 at 06:21AM
By Political Bureau

President Kgalema Motlanthe said the country has survived a week of “uncertainty and doubt, hurt and anger” after the political power shift that shook the nation and the markets.

In his first state-of-the-nation address on Sunday, Motlanthe said the dramatic change of government was a test to the nation.

“Our country is emerging from one of the most difficult weeks in the history of our young democracy.

“It has been a week of uncertainty and doubt, hurt and anger. Yet, it is at moments like this that the true character of our nation emerges.

“It is when we are tested, that we demonstrate our resilience and determination. We have shown in the past that though we may at times experience difficulty, we have both the will and the means to rise above the challenges of the moment.

“Over the course of the last few days, we have proven the durability of our constitutional order and the vibrancy of our democracy,” said Motlanthe.

He said the country has “no choice but to move forward”.

“As President of South Africa, I undertake this [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Local exporters have been urged to roll up their sleeves in readiness for stiff competition that will come with trade liberalisation characterised by tariff reduction.

Opening the annual general meeting of the Botswana Exporters and Manufacturers Association (BEMA) recently, Trade and Industry Minister Neo Moroka said these developments meant more intensified competition.

“It is therefore absolutely vital that our companies position themselves strategically to face this global competition,” Moroka said. “For a long time, our companies have been inwardly focused, looking to Government as the main consumer of their products and services.”

The minister’s comments come short on the heels of the recent signing of the SADC Free Trade Area (FTA) agreement at the recent SADC summit in Johannesburg.

The FTA will result in a free movement of goods and services within and among the SADC countries that appended their signatures to the agreement. These include Botswana, which has a history of dependence on imports more than most SADC countries.

Moroka told the exporters that Government had been in [continue reading]