Archive for October 28th, 2008

source: Mmegi
By Staff Writer

Good security, zero pilferage, short transit time, no port congestion and good personal service are factors presented as advantages of using the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay at a special information session of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) in Gaborone recently.

In February this year, Botswana and Namibia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to secure a piece of land measuring approximately 36,000 square metres adjacent to the Walvis Bay for the development of a dry port facility for Botswana. Last week, President Ian Khama was on an official visit to Namibia, partly to work out the modalities of implementing the MoU.

The South African-based WBCG’s business development manager, Zunaid Pochee, described the Walvis Bay port as secure, with zero rate pilferage and a short transit time.

For instance, Pochee said, the over-land transit time from Walvis Bay to Gaborone is a day, while to Gauteng is 48 hours. The [continue reading]

source: Bloomberg
By Brian Latham
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Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Thirteen hours of talks between Zimbabwe’s main political parties failed to make meaningful gains and the Southern African Development Community’s Organ on Politics and Security called for an urgent regional meeting.

The security organ, known as the troika, urged a wider SADC summit to “further review the current political situation in Zimbabwe as a matter of urgency,” in an e-mailed statement early today.

President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front party and the [continue reading]

source: AP & Google News
By ANGUS SHAW – 6 hours ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Fourteen southern African nations will hold a summit to try to break a power-sharing stalemate in Zimbabwe between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition that has prevented the formation of a new government.

Regional leaders debated the issue into the early hours Tuesday in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. Tomas Salomao, executive secretary of the 14-member Southern African Development Community, said the participants recommended holding a full summit “to further review the current political situation in Zimbabwe as a matter of urgency.” A date and place were not immediately set.

An agreement signed Sept. 15 has stalled over how to share government ministries among Mugabe’s party, Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change and a smaller opposition group.

Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, of trying to hold on to too many of [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 28 2008 at 06:21AM

The price of petrol could drop by about 35 cents a litre from next Wednesday.

Efficient Group economist Dawie Roodt said yesterday that although the rand was weaker, the oil price was dropping – a 35c cut was therefore on the cards.

He expected the price of diesel to drop by about 20c a litre.

The price of Brent crude for December delivery has dropped to $59,02 a barrel, the lowest since February last year.

This is in spite of last week’s decision of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut output by 1,5-million barrels a day to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
27 October, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – Things are back to normal in the Central District Council (CDC) clinics, according Serowe/Palapye Senior Nursing Officer, Mrs Wendy Mokotedi.

She said this during the recent kgotla meeting addressed by Mmadinare MP, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe at Tamasane, Diloro and Kgagodi.

The meetings sought, among others, to revive village committees such as the Village Health Committee, Farmers Committee, Home-Base Care Committee, Social Committee and Extension Teams.

Mrs Mokotedi said the Botswana Local Authorities Workers Union (BOLAWU) had issued a statement to its members asking them to revert to the old arrangement of performing non-nursing duties pending further consultations with government.

According to Mrs Mokotedi, service delivery at the clinics was adeversely affected since September 17 when nurses decided to stop performing non-nursing duties such as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Businesses in this copper-nickel mining town have ripped off consumers in excess of P600 000 in course of year, the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs has revealed.

Financial matters topped the list in the fraud.Speaking during a workshop to promote fair business practices in Selebi-Phikwe last Wednesday, a senior official of Consumer Affairs, Simasiku Simasiku, said the value of goods involved in disputes in the period April 2006 to March 2007 was P609, 700.

This called for the establishment of complaints handling and management systems, he said. According to data on consumer complaints for periods 2005/2006 and 2006/2007, the Selebi-Phikwe office of the Department of Consumer Affairs alone received and processed 247 and 284 cases respectively.

For the two periods between which consumer complaints were on [continue reading]

27 October, 2008

MAHALAPYE – Ministers and senior government officials accompanying the President and his vice on local trips will now be required to share vehicles as a cost saving measure, says the Assistant Minister of Local Government, Mr Olifant Mfa.

Addressing residents of Mmaphashalala and Palaroad recently, Mr Mfa said President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has communicated the decision to ministers and their assistants.

Mr Mfa said public officers would also be required to follow suit, adding that the decision will be communicated in writing so that relevant officers could act accordingly.

He noted that the decision was intended to reduce unnecessary costs and save more funds to improve the living standards of less privileged citizens.

Mr Mfa gave the example of [continue reading]

October 28, 2008 – 3:20PM

The first legal ivory sales in nearly a decade are being held southern Africa, with a special auction for Chinese and Japanese buyers bidding for 108 tonnes of elephant tusks.

Four African countries have been authorised by CITES, the international convention that regulates trade in endangered species, to make a once-off sale of ivory to the two Asian powers.

But some conservationists fear that the sudden arrival of so much legal ivory on the Chinese and Japanese markets could provide a way for poachers to slip their ill-gotten wares past the eyes of regulators.

The Asian giants are among the world’s largest markets for ivory, which is used for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
27 October, 2008

LERALA – Vice President Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe has advised public servants not to use procedures as an excuse to deny people their right to benefit from government schemes and projects.

He said civil servants should rise above the “implementation bottlenecks” so that Batswana could enjoy benefits of the government projects intended to improve their livelihoods.

Lt Gen. Merafhe was addressing a kgotla meeting in Lerala on Friday.

He said some officers made it unnecessarily difficult for projects to take off the ground and often gave flimsy excuses saying they were following government procedures.

He said policies should not be used to hinder progress and the development of the country, adding that [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
26.10.2008 7:48:29 P

Yet another young Botswana citizen has moved the country to another level in advanced technology, where he adapted potent solutions to help in the series of power cuts for his clients. He has created a masterpiece of work for busy people to be relieved of their everyday house-hold commitments.

Mike Delport is managing director and founder of Automatic Intelligence, a Botswana-based company that offers Batswana the ultimate automation solution, where high-class security and comfortability is the norm.

Perhaps the most important and interesting offer from them is their power saving plan as they can wirelessly control their clients’ circuits.

One such example is the automatic control that operates the geyser; the process involves the geyser being set to switch on for two or less hours in the morning depending on how long the water takes to heat up.

After the specified time, the geyser switches off and electricity is saved during the day, up until late afternoon when it [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Governor of the Bank of Botswana, Linah Mohohlo, was honoured with the Central Bank Governor of the Year Award for Africa at a reception hosted by The Emerging Markets Forum in Washington DC recently.

The reception was convened at the time of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to honour the recipients of the 2008 awards for Finance Minister and Central Bank Governor of the Year for Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Emerging Europe.

The award winner for Finance Minister of the Year for Africa was Trevor Manuel of South Africa.

The Award is in recognition of Governor Mohohlo’s success in steering the Bank of Botswana in the right direction, with respect to, in the main, implementing prudent and effective financial, monetary and reserve management policies, thus making a meaningful contribution to [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 27 2008 at 03:04PM

Scores of electrical adaptors and multiplugs have been recalled as they have been deemed to be dangerous.

Snapper adaptors and multiplugs bearing the Clipsal Brand available countrywide are not up to the South African National Standards specification, say Schneider Electric SA and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications.

The sale of these products has been suspended.

Schneider Electric could not be reached on Sunday to say what danger they might pose to consumers.

The company and the Regulator have appealed to the public not to buy Clipsal branded Snapper 2, Snapper 3 and Snapper 31 products.

The products’ codes are SP03WH, SP20HWH, SP31WH and SP3HWH. The recall affects plugs bought between October 1 and November 30 last year and SP03WH-U, SP20HWH-U, SP20SHWH and SP3SHWH, bought between October 1 last [continue reading]

source: BOPA
24 October, 2008

GHANZI – Basarwa should take advantage of the government schemes and make hay while the sun shines.

The Minister of Works and Transport, Mr Johnie Swartz, said at kgotla meeting at Grootlaagte in Ghanzi North Constituency on Monday that the government was giving more assistance to Basarwa because they lagged behind other ethnic groups economically.

Mr Swartz advised Basarwa to exploit the opportunity because members of other tribes, who were also poor, were already complaining that the arrangement was unfair because poverty transcends all ethnic groups.

He said Basarwa should understand that such assistance would not be rendered forever.

“You have been getting these services for a while now,” he said. “How long do you need to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
27 October 2008

The sharply divided leaders of ZANU PF and the MDC, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, on Monday joined SADC leaders for a summit in Harare called to try to settle the power-sharing deal.

The two have struggled for control of key cabinet posts since the power sharing deal was signed six weeks ago, with Mugabe obstructing any attempt to make him genuinely power share. Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe of trying to hold on to too many of the most powerful posts.

The MDC leader did not travel to the first round of talks in Swaziland last week, after the regime failed to issue him with a new passport.

He got an emergency travel document that his party described as an insult and proof that Mugabe was not ready to treat the MDC as an equal partner.

Elphas Mukonoweshuro, the foreign policy advisor to Tsvangirai, told Newsreel the Harare summit was expected to be a long process, given that each party principal would be given unlimited time to brief the Troika leaders.

Leaders from South Africa, Angola, Mozambique and [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
26.10.2008 7:43:52 P

The credibility of Botswana’s insurance industry has been blighted by revelations that a number of insurance agencies in Botswana are conducting bogus certification courses and operating illegally, sparking fears that scores of industry players may not be qualified for their jobs.

The Sunday Standard is aware of two companies operating in Gaborone and Francistown which are registered as insurance agencies but operating as training institutions. The Francistown agency is said to be operating from the managing director’s house in Block 9.

According to Botswana law, members of staff of any company that practices in the insurance industry, including banks and financial institutions, must have a certificate of proficiency (COP) in insurance. While most insurance companies have [continue reading]