Archive for October 7th, 2008

source: Mmegi
By Bame Piet
Staff Writer

The air support branch of the Botswana Police will start operating in January, immediately after the delivery of helicopters from France, Deputy Commissioner, Ikwatlhaeng Bagopi has confirmed.

He said the helicopter pilots who were trained in South Africa in the past two years will return home this month. In the meantime, they will practice at Botswana Defence Force (BDF).

Bagopi revealed that the manufacturers were two weeks behind schedule. This will not affect the operation of the air arm in Botswana. Pilots, technicians, mechanics and other required human resources are ready to start working, he added.

Only police vehicles will be required to have their registration numbers printed on the roofs for easy communication. Meanwhile, the case in which 23 police officers from the forensic laboratory are [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
7 October 2008
Harare

SOME shops and garages, licensed to sell goods in hard currency, in Harare began trading with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the National Incomes and Pricing Commission closely monitoring the situation yesterday.

Among the shops are Spar Borrowdale Brooke, Spar Helensvale, Spar Athienitis and Spar Eastlea.

At Spar Borrowdale Brooke a 20kg bag of Gold Seal roller meal was selling at US$18,90, 2kg Gold Seal flour US$3,50, 2 litres Citrade orange drink US$3,20, 500g Nestle Cerelac US$3,50, 2 litres Gold Seal cooking oil US$8 and 2 litres Sunflower cooking oil US$9 (see table).

Some products like Gold Seal roller meal and Gold Seal cooking oil were priced in foreign currency even though they are produced locally by National Foods.

Gold Seal cooking oil was a dollar cheaper than [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

Unemployed university graduates are set to gain P2,000 a month for 12 months from the government with effect from January next year.

Government is starting to compile a list of unemployed graduates starting in November, a process that will see an unspecified number of the degree holders absorbed by several government and para-statal institutions for a maximum period of 12 months. They will receive P2,000 a month as allowances from the government institutions.

The program, to be known as the national internship program, is the initiative of President Ian Khama’s desire to solve high unemployment among graduates in the country.

Khama announced that unemployment reduction will be [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Media Institute of Southern Africa (Windhoek)
PRESS RELEASE
6 October 2008
Posted to the web 7 October 2008

MISA-Zimbabwe notes current efforts by the Attorney General’s Office to develop an Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Bill through the circulation of a questionnaire which, among other considerations, seeks to identify shortfalls in ICT related legislation in Zimbabwe.

The Posts and Telecommunications Act, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) are identified as some of the laws that will be taken into consideration towards the development of a national ICT Bill. The questionnaire therefore seeks to establish whether the three laws in question have overlapping functions and whether it is possible to consolidate them into one Act.

It is MISA-Zimbabwe’s strong submission that in their present state the laws in question, and the BSA and AIPPA in particular, do not even meet the benchmarks for the enactment of a progressive and democratic national ICT legislation, more so as it [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

The Minister of Education, Jacob Nkate, says he is fed up with indiscipline, teenage pregnancy, indiscipline and vandalism in schools.

He called on staff members and stakeholders to participate and help in the implementation of an effective school pastoral programme.

“I am confident that this initiative will help meet critical requirements in terms of good school governance. The confidence emanates from the fact that the Pastoral Policy emphasizes six areas which are of paramount importance to the efficient and effective management of any given school. These are leadership and management, students’ academic performance, school discipline, guidance and counseling, stakeholder involvement and core-curricular activities,” he said.

Nkate said the pastoral policy makes a deliberate effort to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 October, 2008

GABORONE – The Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) says it does not condone corrupt practices.

A press release from the organisation, issued in the light of recent allegations of corruption levelled at its staff, says BOTA has documented processes, procedures and systems in place to guard against abuse of office.

Consequently, the release notes, BOTA has been certified against the BOS ISO 9001:2000 on the quality management system.

The release says it is mandatory that BOTA undertakes regular internal audits to continue to meet the BOS ISO certification.

It says BOTA also has structures in place such as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Business Reporter

CIC Energy Corp last week said that it has signed a successor agreement with International Power plc (IPR), its partner for the Mmamabula Export Energy Project in Botswana.

In a statement the company that is developing Mmamabula Energy Project, says the new agreement supersedes the Project Development Agreement signed by the two companies in March last year.

Under the new accord CIC Energy and IPR intend to continue to work together in developing one or more power stations in Botswana, utilising coal from CIC Energy’s Mmamabula Coal Field.

CIC Energy and IPR will enter into further agreements to establish the terms of their relationship.

These agreements are expected to be signed on or before Financial Close (the time at which lenders advance financing for the project).

“We look forward to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
October 07 2008 at 02:06PM

South Africa’s ruling party chief Jacob Zuma said Tuesday that Zimbabwe’s political parties should keep talking to resolve an impasse in forming a cabinet under a power-sharing deal.

But Zuma said that if outside mediation was needed, he was confident that his rival, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, could step in to break the deadlock.

“I am hoping that it is going to be resolved by Zimbabweans themselves. I think it is just taking long. They just have to negotiate with themselves and find a solution,” Zuma said in an interview on SA FM radio.

“What is happening now is a challenge to the leadership… to exercise responsibility as the leaders and the political parties for the sake of the country,” the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 October, 2008

GABORONE – The Ministry of Health urges traders, food manufacturers and people in possession of Chinese dairy products to surrender them to the authorised officers at local authorities, as they may contain melamine.

“A preliminary investigation by the Ministry of Health has revealed that some Chinese made dairy products are in the local market and some of them have long expired.

“While further investigations are ongoing, the ministry would like to alert the public of the risk of consuming any product containing milk from China because it may contain melamine,” says a news release from the ministry.

Also to be pulled from the market, according to the release are milk and dairy products of unclear origin or the ones without proper labeling.

The recall followed the death of four children in China and the hospitalisation of 13 000 others after [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

The fires that have been destroying land in the country last Friday hit the nerve of Botswana tourism when the Okavango Delta and Tsodilo Hills started burning.

Botswana’s only world heritage site, Tsodilo Hills, also caught fire last week. The extent of the damage has not been established.

By late Friday, satellite images showed that raging fires had started destroying the world-acclaimed Okavango Delta and its surrounding areas in a brutal fashion, sending fears that tourist visits at the Okavango will be cancelled indefinitely.

At the rate at which the fires were burning on Friday, it is feared that a good number of tour facilities at the Delta will be lost leaving the operators with heavy losses.

The fire spread to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 October, 2008

TUTUME – Government is considering to devise some effective people-centred initiatives to combat the spiralling crime rate in Botswana.

This was said by the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Brig. Dikgakgamatso Seretse during a meeting with dikgosi from Tutume and the surrounding areas recently.

Brig. Seretse said the strategy was that a number of villages would be clustered together and each cluster would be assigned some police officers who will be working with the community in that particular cluster.

The police officers assigned to a cluster should strategise with the community on how to fight crime in consultation with dikgosi.

“I expect those police officers to give me feedback through the Commissioner of Police at certain intervals,” he said.

He said demarcating villages into clusters should be done by dikgosi and the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
OUT TO LUNCH
Shameela Winston

Synonyms associated with toxic include poisonous, deadly, lethal, noxious, contaminated, harmful and venomous. When related to people, associated words include nasty, spiteful, ill intentioned, vicious and malicious.

Have you ever walked into a room where the air wasn’t fit for inhalation, perhaps because it was heavy with an overpowering smell of something rotting, or maybe the unpleasant smell of cigarette smoke? Have you ever been in a room where the atmosphere felt so tense you immediately felt on edge and apprehensive? Have you ever met a person who made you feel that way? More to the point, could you be that person who pollutes a working environment to the point where others can’t work effectively because they are tense and nervous around you? Are you a toxin in your working environment?

I’ve said before that ‘the eye that sees all [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 October 2008

Robert Mugabe is reported to have admitted to the leaders of the two MDC’s, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara that the country is in a state of extreme distress.

A source close to the round table meeting the three leaders held on Saturday in Harare said despite failing to agree on the formation of an inclusive government, the three leaders at least agreed the economic situation was very serious and needed to be dealt with urgently.

So far, Mugabe and Tsvangirai have held three rounds of talks but have failed to agree on the distribution of key ministries, including Finance and Home Affairs.

Political analyst Isaac Dziya said it is disheartening that while the country is burning, the government seems disinterested in dealing with the situation. He said the power-sharing agreement signed almost three weeks ago brought hope that political stability could reverse the country’s economic chaos.

‘The government is now paralysed and has [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 October, 2008

MASUNGA – The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Boikobo Paya has allayed Council Water Department employees’ fears that they would loose their jobs when the ministry introduces the new water reforms beginning 2009.

Addressing the North East District Council special full meeting last week, Mr Paya said the ministry had realized that there was need to develop a water master plan in order to meet the current and future water challenges affecting access and water distribution country wide.

“This master plan would also come as a way of promoting and achieving efficient and sustainable water use around the country,” he said.

Mr Paya said the ministry engaged the World Bank consultants to come up with a frame work of how they could actually carry out a plan that would holistically address the question of water supply in the country.

He said currently there is a situation where three bodies, Water Affairs, Water Utilities and councils water departments control access and distribution of water in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
6 October 2008
Mariam Isa
Johannesburg

THE Reserve Bank is expected to hold interest rates steady when its policy meeting ends this week, but is also likely to warn markets not to take anything for granted in the months ahead.

Prospects of a recession in some of SA’s main trade partners, slower growth in the domestic economy, and global financial turmoil would all back a decision to keep the repo rate on hold at 12%.

But the near-term inflation outlook has deteriorated after a sharp slide in the rand last week — which is set to erase some of the benign effects of a dramatic fall in global oil prices.

“My feeling is that the Bank will keep interest rates on hold but its rhetoric could be very hawkish due to the rand,” said Brait economist Colen Garrow. “If the rand spikes over R9 to the dollar there is a slight chance rates will go up.”

In the past couple of days the [continue reading]