Archive for October 22nd, 2008

source: BOPA
21 October, 2008

GABORONE – Exhibitors at last week’s Global Expo have been advised to exploit opportunities offered by the event.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony in Gaborone, Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) president, Mr Modiri Mbaakanyi said exhibitions provided unlimited business opportunities as local entrepreneurs were able to benchmark against the best.

“I am please to note that the exhibition has attracted participation from the region and countries from afar such as Brazil. I therefore hope that our local private sector has been able to benchmark on how their international counterparts do business, and trust that you are open to new ideas that will assist you in formulating innovative solutions and improve your competitiveness,” he said.

Mr Mbaakanyi said the Expo gave local companies an opportunity to engage in valuable discussions with their foreign counterparts in buyer-seller meetings.

He said Botswana offered investors opportunities to access the SADC region, which has a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
21 October 2008

The MDC has challenged Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF to new elections, if that can help solve the dispute between the two bitter rivals over power-sharing. The two parties are struggling to overcome differences on how to end the five-week-old impasse on sharing cabinet portfolios.
Sources within the MDC have indicated that hawks within the party, fed up by ZANU PF’s intransigence over the power-sharing deal, are exerting pressure on the party leadership to explore ways to call for fresh elections.

Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa was quoted by the BBC Tuesday saying they wanted new elections, if power-sharing talks remain deadlocked. He said new polls were the only way forward. The MDC and Zanu PF agreed to share power last month, but they cannot agree on the make-up of the cabinet.

Our correspondent Lionel Saungweme said the MDC’s statement on new elections will be supported by other SADC states, namely Botswana, who on Monday also called for new elections. This was after a regional summit on Zimbabwe was postponed to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 October, 2008

GHANZI – Government will hire tractors for farmers who do not have the means to plough when the farming season begins in an endeavour to promote commercial arable farming and increase food production.

The Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe, said under the Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD) replaced ALDEP, the government will plough a five-hectare field for farmers and will pay for half of the ploughing expenses for farmers who ploughed more than five-hectares of alnd.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Ghanzi last week, General Merafhe encouraged Ghanzi residents to take advantage of the new programme to produce food though their area was known for high-scale pastoral farming rather than arable farming.

General Merafhe said farmers would also be provided with free seeds and fertilizers from service centers that would be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Since he took over in April, President Ian Khama has been well received at Kgotla meetings around the country.

In the towns, Khama walked the dusty streets where he met ordinary folk. He listened attentively as people related stories about their humble lives. But if there is an industry that he seems to be snubbing, it is the media. The only people who have not been touched by Khama’s charm are journalists.Since he took over, Khama has never addressed a press conference. Even when he was Vice President, Khama never addressed a press conference and he rarely grants interviews.

When he was still the commander of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Khama did not tolerate the private press. He even banned newspaper delivery vehicles from entering the army camp. At some stage, Khama said he did not read local newspapers. Khama only smoked the peace pipe with the media at a later stage and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 October, 2008

CHARLESHILL – Farmers in the Charleshill Sub-District have been encouraged to sell their cattle to the Botswana Meat Commission to reduce land degradation.

Speaking during a kgotla meeting at Charleshill last week, the Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe, said he was informed that as Ghanzi farmers had many cattle, they should sell some of the livestock and invest the proceeds in commercial undertakings.

Vice President Merafhe said land should be preserved for posterity. He urged residents to combat bush fires because it was their land that was getting destroyed.

He told residents about the ISPAAD programme, which seeks to improve agriculture and increase food production.

He added that government wanted to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
21 October 2008
Kitsepile Nyathi

The refusal to grant proper travel documents to Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader to attend a regional summit on the troubled power sharing agreement was the clearest indication yet that President Robert Mugabe is not committed to the pact, analysts have warned.

Neighbouring Botswana, which does not recognise President Mr Mugabe’s controversial re-election, has even gone to the extent of calling for fresh elections to break the political logjam.

The Southern Africa Development Community was at the last minute on Monday forced to postpone by a week discussions on the Zimbabwean impasse set for an emergency meeting of its security troika in Swaziland after [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
21 October 2008

On Monday Swazi King Mswati III told journalists that the emergency SADC summit on Zimbabwe had been postponed by a week and would be moved from Swaziland to Zimbabwe. He said: “(Morgan) Tsvangirai was supposed to attend, but due to technical problems, which have occurred from his side, he was not able to come. That’s why the meeting is taking place in Harare.”

The ‘technical problem’ was the fact that Tsvangirai does not have a passport.

Analysts say that once again the regional body has shown how it supports Mugabe, by failing to pressure him to give Tsvangirai a passport. Rather than do that they have moved the meeting from Mbabane to Harare.

Political analyst Professor John Makumbe said the technical problem was not caused on Tsvangirai’s side but by the Mugabe regime. He said this is an indication that SADC is “cowardly and frightened.”

“It therefore means if SADC is unable to apply pressure on Mugabe to issue Morgan Tsvangirai with the right documentation, how is it going to apply pressure on Mugabe to fairly and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


The managing director of Namibia Breweries, Desmond van Jaarsveld has said his company has developed a strong business relationship with the Botswana market, which is strategic to its activities.

Van Jaarsveld said last Thursday that the company is committed to offering concerted support to the Botswana government in its effort to promote responsible alcohol consumption.

“One of the key strategies is to educate our staff on the importance of responsible consumption of alcohol. It is our policy to work closely with the government. We have been sponsoring initiaives to generate public awareness and we hope to do the same here in Botswana — sponsor adverts on excessive consumption of alcohol,” he said.

He stated that [continue reading]

22 October 2008

South African food retailer Pick n Pay has teamed up with multinational petroleum company BP in a pilot programme which, if successful, could change the face of both petroleum retailing and convenience shopping in the country.

While agreements between fuel and convenience retailers are not new in South Africa, the new venture will see Pick n Pay not only selling convenience goods on the service station forecourt, but also fuel. As part of the agreement between the two companies, BP will act as landlords and fuel wholesalers, with Pick n Pay acting as the franchisee.

The two companies, which signed a memorandum of understanding in July, will open two pilot sites in the Western Cape by the end of 2008.
Convenience retailing

Roll-out will be dependent on success of the model, but both companies are confident the joint venture will [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
22 October 2008
Artwell Dlamini

THE prospect of global economic recession has raised fears of a slide in exports of locally manufactured cars.

Exports, which are still expected to peak this year, are shoring up SA’s vehicle sales, which have been in decline since last year due to high interest rates and the introduction of the National Credit Act.

Local new vehicle sales slid 18,1% year on year last month to 40955 units.

But during this period, new vehicle exports climbed 217,4% to 18867 units.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) said that vehicle exports were expected to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 October, 2008

MABUTSANE – Livestock Advisory Centres have re-opened to sell livestock feeds to farmers.

This was announced by the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Local Government when addressing kgotla meetings in the Ngwaketse West Constituency.

Mr Olifant Mfa told the residents that farmers could enjoy subsidised prices for buying livestock feeds because government realised that farmers had been buying the feeds from private suppliers at high prices.

Mr Mfa urged Mabutsane residents to exploit programmes such as Integrated Support Programme Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD).

He said government has spent a lot of money on agricultural programmes that had not improved the food security in the country, hence the modification of ALDEP III.

Mr Mfa said ISPAAD services include provision of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Former president, Festus Mogae, was yesterday announced as the winner of the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

The prize ceremony to confer the Ibrahim Prize to Mogae will take place at the Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt on November 15.

Established to recognise and celebrate excellence in African leadership, the Ibrahim Prize is the largest annually awarded prize in the world, consisting of P35 million (US$5 million) over 10 years and US$200,000 (P1.4 million) annually for life thereafter. The Foundation will consider granting a further $200,000 per year for 10 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 [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A number of Batswana who took part in the first citizens’ only auction sale of government vehicles Thursday last week, expressed delight over the prices of the vehicles.

With no South Africans, or Namibian visitors coming to compete for the government vehicles, or local car dealers seeking to buy and re-sell later, Batswana snapped up the vehicles as prices were affordable. One lucky bidder got a car for only P1, 000.

The car had some wheels missing, but those at the auction said P1, 000 was “still unbelievably cheap”.The auction in Gaborone got off to a fiery start with the first three bidders for mini buses pitching the prices to P50, 000, and P40, 000 and P48, 000, but later other mini buses went for P35,000, P20, 000, and P16, 000.

One of the successful bidders, Kabelo Setswammung told Mmegi how glad he was at his acquisition. “I hit a jackpot. I got this mini bus for P26, 000, it’s unbelievable. It is my first time to try my luck [continue reading]

source: News24
22/10/2008 10:39 – (SA)

Durban – The Durban High Court was packed with journalists on Wednesday ahead of the State’s application for leave to appeal Judge Chris Nicholson’s ruling which invalidated charges brought against ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Nicholson ruled last month that the State’s decision to prosecute Zuma was unlawful because the State had failed to take representation from him.

When the judgment became known, thousands celebrated outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court and within weeks Thabo Mbeki had stepped down as president of the country.

Apart from the media packed into Court L there was a small presence of eThekwini metro police on the nearby Margaret Mncadi Avenue (formerly Victoria Embankment).

Zuma himself was not at court as he is out of the country.

Advocate Wim Trengove was expected to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Staff Writer

BOBONONG: After a spell of Foot and Mouth Disease that broke out in 2006 in the Bobirwa and Selebi-Phikwe Veterinary District Zone 7 along the common boarder with Zimbabwe that disqualified the region from the European Union export zones for the past two years, there is light at the end of the tunnel in that the ban has been lifted.

Joy and ululations are evident on the faces of farmers in the area because their lifting of the ban marks a new era in the economic lives. When the disease broke out in April 2006, it brought despair and hopelessness in the community that is known to rely on cattle rearing and farming and it broke out at a time when they had to pay school fees for their children let alone to put food on the table every day. They had to succumb to [continue reading]