Archive for October 21st, 2008

source: Mmegi
By Brian Benza
Staff writer

On the back of the continued decline in fuel prices, inflationary pressures have begun to ease off. Analysts are now predicting a sustained drop in the annual inflation figures in the coming months.

The Central Statistics office (CSO) on Friday reported that the annual inflation figure for the month of September fell by 1.1 percentage points to 14 percent from 15.1 percent in August. The fall broke an 11-month successive surge, which began in October last year.

The decline was driven by the transport group index which registered a 5.9 percent decrease from 142.4 to 134.5 between August and September on the back of a 9.4 percent decrease in the constituent section index of Operation of Personal Transport.

The decrease in Operation of Personal Transport section index was attributed to the fall in retail pump prices for both diesel and petrol by P1.50 and P1.00 per litre respectively, which [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party has called for new elections, if power-sharing talks remain deadlocked.

New polls are the “only way forward”, Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Nelson Chamisa told the BBC.

Neighbouring Botswana has also called for new elections, after a regional summit on Zimbabwe was postponed.

The MDC and the ruling Zanu-PF agreed to share power last month but they cannot agree on the details. A BBC reporter says there is a lack of trust.

The BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Johannesburg says the atmosphere between the two parties is absolutely toxic.

A summit in Swaziland to discuss the [continue reading]

source: ProactiveInvestors.com.au
by Alex Jardines company news image

A-Cap Resources (ASX:ACB) the emerging uranium producer in Botswana announced the results of a completed scoping study at its Letlhakane uranium project in Botswana. The company said the study supported further funding and development of the project and a Feasibility Study likely be undertaken in 2009 with a view to producing uranium (U3O8) by mid to late 2010.

The scoping study was conducted by SRK Consulting, “supports robust project economics” with the preferred project option targeting an annual production rate of 2.2 million pounds uranium.

For the purpose of the report, A-Cap has elected to focus on the option which [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info
21 October 2008

Eskom has pre-qualified 27 national and international developers as part of its bid to secure additional power from private companies under its independent power producer programme.

In September 2007, the South African Cabined designated Eskom as the sole buyer of power from independent power producers, and as such the successful bidders will have to sign long-term power purchase agreements with the state-owned utility.

“Power plants developed under this programme will be located at various sites within South Africa and development will be on a build-own-operate basis with the contract estimated to last for 25 years,” Eskom said in a statement this week.

“Under the programme, Eskom’s total requirement ranges from 2 100 megawatts to approximately 4 500 megawatts, with a minimum plant capacity of 200 megawatts.”
Delivery between 2012 and 2017

The 27 pre-qualified companies will be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

The Francistown-Gabrone railway line has been identified as a stumbling block to the development of the new Gaborone Central Business District (CBD).

Consultants hired to come up with concepts for making Gaborone one of the most vibrant cities in the world say the two flyovers on either side of the CBD are making access to the area difficult and must be done away with. The fly-overs are built over the railway line.

Consultants, Mosienyane and Partners International, in conjunction with Plantec Africa, have proposed that the flyovers be done away with to increase accessibility to the CBD from all fronts.

They suggested that the railway line should be lowered and bridges built above it. Gaborone City Council (GCC) chief physical planner and estate management officer, Odirile Mabaila, said on Friday that the consultants have observed that the current railway line cuts the city into two. He said instead of flyovers, there should be [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER
19.10.2008 10:50:12 P

The who is who in the planning of the direction of Botswana is expected to gather tomorrow for the National Stakeholders Conference (NSC) in Gaborone in a bid to discuss the National Development Plan (NDP10), which is said to be coming with a difference.

A statement issued on Friday by treasury (Ministry of Finance and Development Planning) observed that the purpose of the NSC is to bring together all stakeholders to discuss and inform the draft Chapters of NDP10.

It added that the move is part of the consultative instrument used by government to ensure that a multi-sectoral document is produced that has had an input from as wide an audience as possible, especially the private sector.

Participants who are expected to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture acting permanent secretary Mothusi Nkgowe yesterday down-played the extent of the damage caused by veldt fires at the World Heritage Site, Tsodilo Hills.

He also down-played the impact of the bush fires at another famous tourist site, the Gchwihaba caves, also known as Drosky Caves.

Briefing the media at the ministry’s offices, Nkgowe, who was accompanied by the director of National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaogakwe Phorano, said the rock paintings were intact at Tsodilo despite the fire burning the hills. The fires were extinguished on Tuesday last week.

In his report, Nkgowe said the fires entered Tsodilo Hills from the southeast direction into the core area. He said the fire travelled at a very high speed. “The fire did not come directly to the Male Hill but changed course to ravage the north westerly side behind the hills. The fire spread towards the Female Hill and the Child Hill. However, it was confined to [continue reading]

See also Editorial: Save Tsodilo And Gcwhihaba

source: allAfrica
Mo Ibrahim Foundation (London)
PRESS RELEASE
20 October 2008
Posted to the web 20 October 2008

Festus Gontebanye Mogae, the former President of Botswana, has been announced today as the winner of the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

Established to recognise and celebrate excellence in African leadership, the Ibrahim Prize is the largest annually awarded prize in the world, consisting of US$5 million over 10 years and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter. The Foundation will consider granting a further $200,000 per year for ten years towards public interest activities and good causes espoused by the Laureate.

Announcing the 2008 Ibrahim Laureate in front of an audience of London’s African diplomatic community, civil society representatives and the media, Kofi Annan, the Chair of the Prize Committee, said:

“President Mogae’s outstanding leadership has ensured Botswana’s continued stability and prosperity in the face of an HIV/AIDS pandemic which threatened the future of his country and people.”

Kofi Annan went on to praise President Mogae’s stewardship of the Botswanan economy. He said:

“Botswana demonstrates how a country with natural resources can promote sustainable development with good governance, in a continent where [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Bame Piet
Staff Writer

Over 150 experts have been kicked out of the country either by being refused work permits or not having their contracts renewed.

One of the ‘banned’ professionals indicated that he had been told he was being refused a permit for “security reasons”.

Most of the affected are Chinese and Indians. Monitor investigations made the stunning discovery on Friday afternoon at the Immigration offices at the Government Enclave in Gaborone. The register of applicants shows a list of engineers, site engineers, company directors, IT experts, technicians, and other specialised skilled workers who have had their applications rejected.

However, the register shows another surprising decision in which a certain construction company was awarded over 100 work permits, for bricklayers and carpenters – skills that are reserved for Batswana employees. A source revealed that [continue reading]

source: News24
20/10/2008 22:13 – (SA)

Nelspruit – The Ehlanzeni district municipality in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, has retracted an internal memorandum banning the use of white service providers.

On Monday, municipal spokesperson Mabutho Sithole insisted the municipality had no policy that excludes white people from doing business with the council.

“In essence, (by issuing the memorandum) the municipality was re-committing itself in trying to address the imbalances of the past in Mpumalanga, and in Ehlanzeni in particular,” he said.

The memorandum, signed by municipal manager Hugh Mbatha, had been sent to all technical managers and sectional heads on October 8.

It read: “Stop appointments of white consultants, contractors and any other service providers, and empower black consultants and any other service providers.”

Sithole said the memorandum was taken out of context but would not explain in what context it should be read.

He said a press conference would be held on Tuesday to clarify the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
19.10.2008 11:00:16 P

Tens of investors who were hoping to cash in on the Maun tourism boom are finding themselves stuck with fake title deeds with no land to show for their investment.

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has uncovered a huge scam in Maun where a syndicate, comprising land board officials and fraudsters, is selling fake land title deeds to unsuspecting investors.

Sunday Standard investigations have revealed that the DCEC office in Maun is investigating close to 20 such cases. Other cases relating to the Maun land scam are being handled by the Francistown and Gaborone offices.

Maun, which is the gateway to one of the best wildlife experiences in the world, the Okavango Delta, has become a thriving tourist town. Almost all tourists entering the Okavango Delta do so through Maun, situated at the gateway to the Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The Botswana Tourism Board describes the eclectic village as the tourism capital of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 October, 2008

KANYE – One of the popular restaurants in Kanye has been forced to close due to lack of compliance to good hygienic food practices.

Chicken Village, which is trading as Samim Holdings, was closed last week.

A consumer protection officer in Kanye, Mr Moses Rakoma, said the move was a last resort as the management of the restaurant had been warned in June to improve its hygienic standards.

He said the restaurant was filthy and had dirty carpets, poor ventilation and was infested with rodents, adding that they could cause an outbreak of diseases.

Mr Rakoma said the management of the restaurant had also failed to take its employees for medical check-ups as required by [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)
20 October 2008
Mbabane

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Monday traveled to the Swazi capital, Mbabane, for an extraordinary summit of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which will discuss the deadlocked negotiations on setting up a new government in Zimbabwe.

This SADC body is led by a troika of Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola. Swazi King Mswati III is the current chairperson, and Guebuza deputy chair.

Before he was obliged to resign his office, South African President Thabo Mbeki negotiated a deal whereby Robert Mugabe would retain the position of President of Zimbabwe, while the winner of the March general election, Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), became Prime Minister.

There would be 31 ministers in the new government, 15 from Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, and 16 from the [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
Reuters
Published: October 20, 2008

MBABANE, Swaziland: An emergency summit meeting aimed at ending a deadlock in the formation of a unity government in Zimbabwe has been postponed until Oct. 27, the Southern African Development Community, or SADC, said Monday.

The 15-nation regional body announced the delay in a statement in Swaziland, which was to host the meeting between President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, leaders of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and representatives from South Africa and three other African countries.

The summit meeting was postponed after Morgan Tsvangirai, the head of the MDC, refused to attend, citing the Zimbabwe government’s failure to provide him with a new passport. Tsvangirai is unable to travel on his old passport because all the pages are full.

“Tsvangirai was supposed to attend, but due to some technical problems he could not attend,” said King Mswati III of Swaziland. “That is why the meeting is being postponed.”

The summit meeting will move to Harare, the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Obusitse Kologwe
19.10.2008 10:50:51 P

The Mayor of the city of Francistown, Billy Buti, has urged security companies to transform from being bo-machingilani type of security to professional world class security, ready to compete at global level.
Buti said this when he was marking the launching of security equipment by Redguards Security company in Francistown on Thursday.

“We have been too theoretical about global competitiveness’ and I think it is high time we get there in a market place to prove ourselves. It is important to note that criminal syndicates always plan beyond technology and some of them have been involved in designing these gadgets. It is the nature of life; we need to move together,” said the mayor.

He regarded the launch of the state of the art electronic security equipment as marking one of the most historic events in the City of Francistown as it was the first of [continue reading]