Archive for November 20th, 2008

source: Reuters Africa
Thu 20 Nov 2008, 14:14 GMT

GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana’s state-owned energy utility, Botswana Power Corporation, said on Thursday it had signed a contract with leading Chinese firms for the development of 600 megawatts (MW) power station.

The utility said it had agreed with China’s construction consortium, China National Electric Equipment Corporation and Shenyang Blower Works Electro-Mechanics Import and Export Co. Ltd (the CNEEC-SBW Consortium) to build the power station.

The Morupule B Power Station is part of Botswana’s strategy to secure power supply by expanding the existing generating capacity as well as improving the southern African country’s national self-reliance.
The power station will have four 150 MW units.

It will be a coal-fired and air-cooled power plant and will be constructed adjacent to the existing 132 MW Morupule Power Station (Morupule A) near the town of Palapye, some [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) has pledged its commitment and support for entrepreneurship.

“BOCCIM has several programmes available to help new entrepreneurs,” the organisation’s CEO, Maria Machailo-Ellis, said at the 6th joint graduation ceremony of technical colleges in Gaborone last Friday.

She said BOCCIM continues to champion the cause of the small, medium and large-scale enterprises, as this will bring prosperity, stability and happiness to Batswana.

“We commit ourselves to doing everything in our capabilities to contribute towards this goal and the attainment of the vision,” Machailo-Ellis said.

She appealed to those who take entrepreneurial route to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette

The Member of Parliament for Tonota South, Mr. Pono Moatlhodi, has been recalled by his party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), from being its representative in the 2009 general elections. Moatlhodi recently won the Party’s

primary election for Tonota South with an overwhelming majority despite efforts by the regional committee to bar him from contesting.
Party Secretary General Jacob Nkate last week wrote a strongly worded letter to the MP dismissing him as the party’s candidate for Tonota South in next year’s elections. This followed a decision made at a BDP Central Committee meeting last week.

“I am writing to inform you that, following a meeting of the Executive of the BDP Central Committee held on Tuesday November 11 2008, it was decided that your vetting be recalled forthwith. The full Central Committee had met and mandated the executive. As a result, you are disqualified from standing as a parliamentary candidate for the BDP for the Tonota South constituency in the next national general elections.”
The reasons Nkate gave for the recall include the MP’s “continued waywardness, gross acts of indiscipline and unbecoming behaviour that has brought the good name of the party into disrepute.”

Nkate summarized Motlhodi’s comments in Parliament as, “Your irresponsible and disparaging remarks made in Parliament recently about what you perceived as a clandestine plot by the current government and the party to militarise the civil service. Your specific comments in this regard can be found in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The BDP’s Central Committee which yesterday presided over Tonota South MP, Pono Moatlhodi’s appeal and apology over his recall has decided not to give Moatlhodi a reprieve.

Mmegi can reveal that while the Central Committee deliberated and noted Moatlhodi’s apology, the consensus was that the voluble MP should be left on the ropes to fall and thus confirming the party’s earlier decision that the MP will not represent the party in the 2009 general elections.

BDP Executive Secretary, Dr Batlang Serema, told Mmegi that he could not talk to the media about the decision of the Central Committee before the party delivers the verdict to the constituency.

According to Serema, a BDP team believed to be party Chairman, Daniel Kwelagobe and Secretary-General Jacob Nkate will today travel to Tonota as the emissaries of the bad news. It is not known what [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette

Botswana has been regarded as a shining beacon of democracy in Africa. Thunderberg Hartland coined the concept, “The African Miracle” referring to Botswana, the notion which was continued by Samatar in 1999.

Botswana has been a role model in terms of peace and stability in the African continent. Since it gained independence in 1966, we saw peace and tranquility spreading its wings in the breadth and length of Botswana. The great question of the day is, how long Botswana can continue to claim the pageant title, the “African Miracle” or “Beacon of Democracy”?
I really cannot comprehend where we are headed. I am bewildered. We are reaching a zenith where we will be scared to address our constitutional rights. I think as Botswana has been long referred to as the beacon of democracy, individuals have the right to openly criticize the government, provided you do not insult or trample on the rights of other people. While I was doing social studies in primary, democracy was defined as government for the people by the people. It comprises transparency, accountability, is representative, and for the masses to be given a platform to participate in the affairs of their government.

What recently happened – for the Tonota MP, to be recalled – is totally unacceptable and this shows that there is no longer any democracy in Botswana. My personal view is that Pono Moatlhodi is the watchdog of society; he [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: The head of the Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services (DISS), Isaac Kgosi has encouraged senior labour officers to frustrate efforts by some foreigners who thrive on bogus documents.

Addressing the annual labour officers’ conference at the Desert Sands Hotel in Palapye, Kgosi encouraged the top labour officers who included regional labour officers, district labour officers and other stakeholders to be very careful with the documents presented to them. Kgosi was presenting a paper on the topic: “Challenges presented by the employment of non-citizens”.

The DISS boss was worried that it was common that there were some nationalities that were bent on penetrating Botswana “by hook or crook through obtaining and presenting bogus travelling documents, educational documents, residential and work permits”.

“You need to be patriotic and frustrate all these things because they [continue reading]

source: IOL
Christelle Terreblanche
November 19 2008 at 06:10AM

The ANC’s National Executive Committee is expected to ratify a proposal for early national and provincial elections on March 25 when it meets this weekend.

It is reliably understood that the ANC’s National Working Committee settled on the date Monday – a decision widely seen as an attempt to put a spanner in the works of the breakaway rebels who plan to launch the Congress of the People (COPE) on December 16 and take the ANC on at the polls.

The ANC, in a statement on Tuesday, said it was engaged in “internal discussions” on possible election dates, but pointed out that it was up to President Kgalema Motlanthe to set the date in consultation with the Independent Electoral Commission.

“The ANC has not taken a [continue reading]

source: News24
18/11/2008 22:44 – (SA)
Antoinette Pienaar, Beeld

Musina – Precarious living conditions and the collapse of infrastructure in Zimbabwe have probably led to the serious outbreak of what is believed to be cholera in the Musina area in Limpopo.

A businessman from Yeoville, Johannesburg, had possibly contracted the infection after he stopped at Musina to buy something to eat on his return from a business trip to Bulawayo.

He was admitted to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital where tests were being done to determine whether he had cholera, said Phumele Kaunda of the Gauteng health authority.

Dr Lucille Blumberg of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Tuesday that laboratory tests still had to confirm whether the infections in South Africa were indeed cholera.

On Tuesday she said provisional information indicated that the disease had its [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Former Minister of Health, Dr Sheila Tlou has been honoured with the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) 2008 Presidential Award.

The Award was established to recognise individuals for their dedication to promoting quality care in nursing. The AAN board of directors says Tlou has demonstrated a sincere personal and professional desire to improve the safety and quality of patient care on a global front. The award was presented at the academy’s meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States of America, November 7 2008 where she made a presentation.

Tlou is an executive member of the International AIDS Society and she chairs the ethics committee of the Global Fund.

In 2002, she was appointed by the then Secretary General of the United Nations as Eminent Person to a special UN Task Force on girls, women and [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 19 2008 at 04:53PM

The Bellville Regional Court on Wednesday urged the swift implementation of new liquor laws which will rid the Western Cape of shebeens.

The sooner this happened, the better, magistrate Frans Botes said he in acquitting shebeen reveller Bongani Kuze on a charge of murder.

Botes said Kuze was drinking with friends at a shebeen when a fight broke out.

Fellow reveller Eric Nkosi started the fight by attacking him. Kuze warded off his attacker with a broken bottle. Nkosi later died from a wound inflicted by the bottle.

Botes said details of the incident were unclear, as witnesses had given [continue reading]

source: News24
19/11/2008 17:33 – (SA)

Cape Town – The National Council of Provinces brought an end to floor-crossing on Wednesday, six years after controversial measures allowing politicians to swap allegiance without losing their seats first came into law.

The House unanimously passed three bills – the Constitution 14th and 15th amendment bills, and the General Laws Amendment Bill – that scrap floor-crossing at all levels of government.

“The sight, particularly at a local government level, of people swapping parties merely for [continue reading]