Archive for October 20th, 2008

source: BOPA
20 October, 2008

GABORONE – Government will impose a 30 per cent levy on all alcoholic beverages consumed in Botswana as from November 1, 2008.

A news release from the Office of the President says the levy will be used to support the funding of public education and rehabilitation programmes, as well as law enforcement measures to combat alcohol abuse.

The release dismisses as misleading, newspaper reports that the government was shying away from the introduction of the said levy.

It says the government had previously announced its intention to impose the 30 per cent levy as from October 1, but the action was temporarily suspended due to an application before the High Court by Kgalagadi Breweries and Botswana Breweries.

The release explains that the government received a formal notice of withdrawal of application from the applicants’ attorneys meaning that implementation of the levy shall now proceed.

Furthermore, the release says, the imposition of the levy is in line with government’s decision to adopt a holistic approach to the challenge of substance abuse in Botswana, which is consistent with World Health Organisation guidelines and international best practice.

In this respect, a National Strategic Framework for Combating Alcohol Abuse is being implemented and its key elements include stepped up [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
20 October 2008
Karima Brown and Amy Musgrave

A FUNDAMENTAL shift to the left in economic policy emerged from the ruling African National Congress’s (ANC’s) weekend economic policy summit with its communist and trade union allies, with clear signs that the South African Communist Party (SACP) in particular is scoring huge successes in redirecting national policy.

Changes to policy decided at the summit include the creation of a two-tier cabinet, a planning commission, and an industrial policy that focuses more sharply on job creation.

The changes will surprise, if not shock, analysts who had been taken in by repeated assurances by the new ANC leadership that no policy changes were envisaged.

Yet SACP deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin signalled the overhaul yesterday: “Very important and fundamental paradigm shifts are occurring.”

This is the first time the ANC has [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Kagiso Madibana
19.10.2008 10:52:27 P

Companies based in Commerce Park and their clients are enraged and are up in arms at the way the Choppies Distribution Center is monopolizing the East Gate road, parking their numerous long-haul trucks and trailers half a mile long on either side of the road, forcing both motorists and pedestrians off the road while the trucks go in and out of the Distribution center to off-load or load items for distribution to their outlets.

They claim that Choppies, which is also based in Commerce Park, completely disregards road safety and doesn’t acknowledge the usage of the road by other motorists as they temporarily block workers from reaching their place of work in time and forcing other people’s customers to park their vehicles a long way away and walk back to look for the entrance to the business premises they are trying to visit.

The Sunday Standard has observed that on almost a daily basis, Choppies trucks will line up and park on both sides of the already congested road, causing motorists traveling in and out of the park to line up in a [continue reading]

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

20 October 2008
Itai Musengeyi

PRESIDENT Mugabe arrived here yesterday evening to attend a meeting of the Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security which will try and break the deadlock over the allocation of ministries between Zanu-PF and the opposition MDC today.

He was met at the airport by the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Mozambique and Swaziland, Cde Agrippah Mutambara.

Zanu-PF negotiators Cdes Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche and senior Government officials, including Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, accompanied the President.

Sadc-appointed broker Mr Thabo Mbeki will present a report of his facilitation to [continue reading]

20 October 2008

South Africa should actively communicate its economic achievements and potential to the global investor community, says the country’s International Investment Council (IIC).

In a statement released after a two-day meeting of the council in Mossel Bay, IIC members emphasised the need to communicate South Africa’s achievements to the global investor community, especially the country’s economic potential and attractiveness as an investment destination.

President Kgalema Motlanthe, accompanied by other Cabinet ministers, met with the council for the first time this weekend after being elected President a month ago.
Economic growth and development

Established in 1999, the IIC has drawn on the wisdom and insights of distinguished international business leaders on how to meet the challenges of economic growth and development in [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
19.10.2008 10:54:08 P

Government is planning to tighten the regulatory system of the banking sector in the wake of the global financial credit crisis that hit the developed countries, triggered by the sub-prime lending the United States of America’s market.

Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Samson Guma, unveiled the plan at the Botswana Institute of Bankers Dinner held at the Gaborone International Conference Centre on Friday.

“The financial crises that hit the United States of America and other parts of the world in September this year cannot be overlooked. The impact of the financial crises in the US and Europe has adversely affected a wide range of economic activities,” Guma said.

Although Botswana financial institution emerged out of the crises unscathed because of their distant connection with the international financial system, Guma warned that there are some lessons which Botswana should learn from [continue reading]

Fire destroys Ozone Club

source: BOPA
20 October, 2008

GABORONE – Tloweng’s popular night club, Ozone, was gutted by fire last week.

The club manager, Mr Gwemende Leonard said the cause of the fire was unknown, as all electrical appliances in the club were off including refrigerators.

He said some of the staff members, who went to the club around 08:30 hrs said they heard an explosion inside the club, which was locked by then.

Mr Leonard said nothing was rescued, adding that the equipment and refrigerators worth thousands of Pula were inside.

The leading fireman from Gaborone City Council, Mr Keolopile Baitse said they received a call at 09:40 hrs that the club was on fire and it took firefighters only six minutes to arrive at the scene.

On their arrival, Mr Baitse said they found some smoke coming from the roof and they had to force their way inside the building by [continue reading]

Brad Morgan

20 October 2008

Britain’s Prince William and Prince Harry are in South Africa, taking part in the eight-day Enduro Africa 2008 motorcycle rally to raise money for charity. Their presence has helped significantly to boost fund-raising efforts.

The goal was to raise £150 000 (over R2.6-million), but that amount has already been doubled, and the princes have surely had a lot to do with that success.

Enduro Africa begins and ends in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, taking in towns such as Alicedale, Queenstown, Coffee Bay, Mazeppa Bay, Hogsback and Port Alfred.

Prince William and Prince Harry are expecting the terrain to be very testing; they’ve taken a light-hearted wager about who will fall off more during the eight-day journey!

To participate in Enduro Africa 2008, riders had to raise a minimum of £4 995 in sponsorship. From that amount, the sponsors promise to donate at least £1nbsp;500 to charity. There is a total of [continue reading]

Let there be peace – VP

source: BOPA
20 October, 2008

GHANZI – Vice-President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe, has advised Kgosi Silence Setima of Ghanzi to talk privately with Ghanzi North MP, Mr Johnny Swartz rather than criticising him publicly for failing to address meetings in the main kgotla.

The advice came after Kgosi Setima showed his displeasure that since 2006, Mr Swartz has not been addressing meetings in the main kgotla which was under Kgosi Silence’ custody. He said Mr Swartz, who is also the Minister of Works and Transport, prefers to address kgotla meetings in the wards.

Kgosi Setima also expressed concern that Mr Swartz holds dikgosana in Ghanzi at high esteem compared to how he treats him. He appealed that if there was something wrong that he did, it would be wise to tell him.

“Golo mo, ga go monate mo morafeng, Mothusa-tautona, go a hupetsa, go a ama,” he stressed (meaning that the working relationship between him and Mr Swartz was stressful.

Responding, General Merafhe said he could not intervene in the matter between the two leaders. He added that [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
19.10.2008 10:51:35 P

Stanbic Bank, the fourth largest bank in the country, has jumped onto the bandwagon of diamonds beneficiation financing, raking the biggest share in the fledgling industry in Botswana.

“We look at areas of GDP and try to be relevant to the development of the country. Right now, we are looking at mining and energy,” head of corporate banking, Tasha Ferreira said.
He added: “We have released that there are number of opportunities in the down-stream.”

Stanbic has snatched 50 percent of the 14 sight holders that already operate in the country that will be allocated diamonds to the value of US $ 370 million (P 2.4 billion) during the course of this year.

The allocation is expected to be raised to US $ 5.500 million in the next year, giving the bank a comfortable loan book of close to P 3 billion.

“The diamond business is new to the group and you need different structures for you to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 October, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – Selebi-Phikwe will have an P8 million bus rank whose construction is scheduled to begin next year.

An official from the town council, Mr Molebi Sethoka, said the project, which would be built where the current bus rank is, would be done in phases to minimise the interruption of vendors’ businesses.

He told a meeting of flea market operators and vendors, which was organised by the Selebi-Phikwe West Member of Parliament, Mr Kavis Kario, that the council had just stopped receiving tenders for the project.

He however said people doing business at the rank would be affected and implored them to be tolerant, as the town would be provided with a modern structure that would give it a good image.

Mr Sethoka said the upgrading of Independence Road to dual carriageway and the widening and rehabilitation of existing bituminous and gravel roads was progressing well and was scheduled for completion next year.

The first phase one of the construction of storm water drainage is moving ahead of schedule, adding that the project would be rolled out to [continue reading]

source: IC Publications
20/10/2008 11:24 LONDON, Oct 20 (AFP)

The former president of Botswana Festus Mogae was named Monday the recipient of the 2008 Mo Ibrahim prize for good governance in London.

Mogae becomes the second-ever winner of the award, which gives its recipient five million dollars (3.7 million euros) over 10 years and 200,000 dollars annually for life thereafter, as well as 200,000 dollars a year for 10 years towards the winner’s public interest activities and good causes.

The 69-year-old was commended by the chair of the judges, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, for building stability and prosperity in the diamond-rich country and for [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Bashi Letsididi
19.10.2008 11:02:26 P

Botswana will continue to recognise Robert Mugabe and support efforts to bring Zimbabwe to normalcy as long as the power-sharing deal remains intact.
“We will continue to encourage the parties to work together to reach an agreement. I don’t think it would be proper for us to say that we don’t recognise Mugabe simply because the parties are taking too long to reach an agreement,” says Foreign Affairs minister, Phandu Skelemani.

Having earlier struck out on its own by not recognising Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s president, Botswana is back in the Southern African Development Community fold and is marching in lock step with the regional body on how the Zimbabwean crisis should be resolved. Non-recognition of Mugabe came after the controversial presidential elections in June in which he contested unchallenged.

The recognition was restored three weeks ago when Mugabe and leaders of the two Movement for Democratic Change factions, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, signed a power-sharing deal. President Ian Khama and Skelemani attended [continue reading]

source: News24
19/10/2008 17:19 – (SA)
Jacques Keet

Cape Town – Moves by ANC dissidents to start a new political party are not because of former president Thabo Mbeki’s recall, SA Communist Party General Secretary and ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Blade Nzimande said on Sunday.

Those who claimed it was, were “liars”, he told an ANC regional general council meeting in Cape Town.

Nzimande said former defence minister Terror Lekota and his supporters were planning to break away even before last December’s ANC conference in Polokwane if they “lost”.

In the run-up to Polokwane, “”we had already picked up” that their plan A was to win at the conference, and if not, Plan B was they would not serve under ANC president Jacob Zuma, he said.

“So the dissidents were going to do this anyway, and were simply using Mbeki’s recall as [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
19.10.2008 10:48:57 P

The Debswana Orapa and Letlhakane Mines Hospital has been awarded accreditation by the Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), an internationally recognized quality assurance and accreditation body for health service providers.

A press release from Debswana Orapa and Letlhakane Mines says that the certification recognizes the high level of service and patient care within the hospital, comparable to other international hospitals of the same level.

Commenting on this achievement, the Mines’ General Manager, Seb Sebetlela, noted that the COHSASA certification is an assurance that the service offered by the hospital meets international quality standards.

He added that certification is a reflection of the quality and high caliber of the staff at the hospital, who match international counterparts in service delivery, patient care and efficiency.

“This should assure those who use the [continue reading]