Archive for December 4th, 2008

source: BOPA
01 December, 2008

CEDA Selebi-Phikwe office has approved 18 projects at a total value of P5.1 million under CEDA Young Farmers Fund since the programme started last year, assistant minister of Finance and Development Planning Mr Samson Moyo has told parliament.

Projects that were approved were for poultry, horticulture, piggery and small stock. 80 per cent of the projects have been implemented successfully, he said on Friday.

Answering a question from the MP of Selebi-Phikwe West Mr Kavis Kario, Mr Guma Moyo added that 11 applications for projects valued at P4.8 million were currently being evaluated by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Botswana government has given over P23,000 in compensation for cattle culled in Gantsi Zone 12, after the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in October, a senior official has announced.

Veterinary services director, Moetapele Letshwenyo said killing of cattle quarantined in Zone 12 was finished mid November and a total of 1,583 were culled, costing P23,745 if paid at average price.

“In the infected zone, we are left with sheep and goats only and they are no indication of foot and mouth disease,” said Letshwenyo.

He said the farmers, whose livestock were killed, would be paid off at P1, 500 per head.
At least 63 farmers had their cattle killed from three quarantined farms in Zone 12, and to date, a total of 28 farmers have collected their payments.

Though the outbreak of FMD had negatively impacted [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Paidamoyo Chipunza
4 December 2008

Harare — THE Government yesterday declared the cholera outbreak that has claimed 563 lives so far and the malfunctioning of central hospitals as national emergencies and appealed to the donor community for assistance to alleviate the situation.

Addressing stakeholders at a meeting to mobilise resources for the health sector held in Harare, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa, said there was a critical shortage of resources in the health sector.

He said referral hospitals were in urgent need of drugs, food and equipment.

Dr Parirenyatwa also cited the critical shortage of staff in hospitals adding that those remaining had no zeal to work.

“Our central hospitals are literally not functioning. Our staff is demotivated and we need your support to ensure that they start coming to work and our health system is revived,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.

Among the items urgently required by hospitals are [continue reading]

Nthambeleni Gabara
4 December 2008

Tests have confirmed that the eastern parts of the Limpopo river between South Africa and Zimbabwe have been contaminated with cholera bacteria.

Limpopo Department of Health spokesperson Phuthi Seloba told BuaNews on Wednesday that tests conducted on Monday had come out positive for the bacteria.

Cholera has so far claimed seven lives in South Africa, including that of a 64-year-old Zimbabwean man who died on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the death toll from cholera in Zimbabwe has risen to 565, with 12 546 cases of the acute intestinal disease reported nationwide, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement that the capital, Harare, was the worst-affected area, with 177 deaths and 6 448 suspected cases – more than half the total number of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 December, 2008

PARLIAMENT – Parliament has approved a motion that wants government to consider setting up a mandatory and broad based national pension scheme for all workers.

The motion was presented by Gaborone Central MP Dumelang Saleshando who had reminded Parliament that there was presently no law that compelled employers to set up pension arrangements for their workers.

He argued that the high poverty level among old people was due to the fact that they had no capacity to generate income for themselves.

Parliamentarians were unanimous in their support for the motion. MPs expressed worry that some unscrupulous employers have a tendency of dismissing their employees when they were close to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort will soon boast a lavish new look after a P24,2m upgrade.

New developments at the Gaborone facility include expansion and refurbishment of the casino, an upgrade of the Walmont Hotel’s exclusive executive floor business lounge and bedroom bathrooms and a total revamp of Livingstone’s Restaurant that will become known as the Mokolwane Bistro.

The Grand Palm Resort also includes the modern three-star select services Metcourt Inn and the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), offering world-class conference facilities.

The stylish new casino reflects an African theme with a vibrant colour palette, independent gaming areas and smoking and non-smoking facilities.

The casino features a range of table games and [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 04 2008 at 10:44AM

Cabinet is extremely concerned about recent developments in Zimbabwe, especially the shortage of food, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said on Thursday.

It had called an urgent ministerial meeting to discuss ways of aiding South Africa’s crisis-stricken northern neighbour, he told a media briefing in Pretoria, following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting on Wednesday.

“President [Kgalema] Motlanthe will [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 December, 2008

GABORONE – SADC has put trust on Botswana to negotiate the best possible and favourable economic pact for the region regarding the Southern African Development Community/Economic Partnership Agreement (SADC/EPA).

The deal, according to the South African High Commissioner, Mr Dikgang Moopeloa involves the majority of SADC member states and the European Union.

“Botswana therefore, as the lead negotiator has to take into consideration all member states’ position. At present South Africa and Angola have chosen not to initial while Namibia initialed with reservations believing that their issues are not being addressed,” Mr Moopeloa told a news conference in Gaborone on Monday. Though Europe has been a major trading partner with SADC for many years, he noted that, “The global picture is changing drastically with some regions and countries gradually overtaking the European Union as a major trading partner.

“India and China, for example are growing rapidly and trade with these countries is already at par with that of the EU. South Africa believes that this scenario should be taken into consideration during the negotiations and that the SADC/EPA group should not be locked into an agreement that does not reflect a changing international scene.” Mr Moopeloa said South Africa believes that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Brewing giant, Sechaba Brewery Holdings has posted a positive set of interim results for the period ended 30 September 2008, something that will be hard to repeat due to an anticipated slump in sales resulting from the 30-percent alcohol levy.

The results were on the back of good performance by its associate companies, Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) and Botswana Breweries Limited (BBL).

KBL delivered a year-on-year growth of 13.8 percent in attributable profit. This was driven by good performance in volumes in which clear beer sales went up by 17.0 percent while carbonated soft drinks (CSD) increased by 11.4 percent.

BBL posted an attributable profit growth of 21.2 percent in which traditional beer sales were up 15.5percent while Mageu recorded a growth of 13.8 percent.

But the recently implemented 30-percent levy on alcohol is expected to dampen volume [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 December, 2008

PARLIAMENT – The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Mr Kitso Mokaila says his ministry has already concluded arrangements to reserve some dams for tourism purposes.

He said the next step would be to liaise with relevant authorities such as the Town and Country Planning Board on the modalities of utilisation of this resource and this has already been initiated “but not yet concluded.” Mr Mokaila said his ministry was aware of the Ntimbale dam study which identified potential tourism activities in the vicinity of the dam.

He said following the commissioning of the dam in October this year, consultations would now be held with key stakeholders on how to develop the identified potential tourism sites as [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
Published: December 3, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe riot police officers wielding batons broke up protests by union members, doctors and nurses Wednesday, and the death toll from a cholera epidemic rose to 565 in the spiraling crisis.

Trade unions have called protests over a shortage of increasingly worthless cash while at least 100 health workers protested to demand better pay and conditions at a time they are fighting Zimbabwe’s worst cholera outbreak on record.

Zimbabwe’s once relatively prosperous economy has collapsed, and any hope of rescue is on hold while President Robert Mugabe and the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, are deadlocked over implementing a power-sharing arrangement.

Riot police officers with shields and batons broke up a group of about 20 demonstrators marching toward the central bank.

There was no sign of any immediate impact of new measures announced by the bank to increase cash withdrawal limits and introduce higher-value notes. There were still long lines outside banks as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Department of Roads Transport and Safety has announced a reduction in public transport passenger fares starting on December 1.

The new prices state that a shared taxi will go down from P3.60 per person to P3.20. The ‘special’ fare will be P16.00 per trip from P18.00. Minibuses will charge each person P2.70 down from P3.00.

A long distance trip on a bitumen road will cost 17.33 thebe per kilometre from 18.58 and a long distance bus trip on a gravel or sandy road will be 19.30 thebe per kilometre from 20.55 thebe.

The new fares come five months after the public transport operators pleaded with the government to increase charges because the petrol prices were too high.

The public relations officer at DRTS, Amos Motshegwe said the government gazetted the new fares on November 28.

Motshegwe said the reduction in prices was [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 December, 2008

GABORONE – The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Ms Badumetse Hobona says all school going children must be in school.

She was speaking at a campaign for the return of the disadvantaged and vulnerable children to the classroom on Saturday in Gaborone.

She explained that the campaign mobilizes parents, community leaders and the broader population to identify disadvantaged and vulnerable children of school- going age who are not in school to register and send them to appropriate education authorities.

This, she said, will ensure that all children of school going age attend school despite their socio- economic status. Ms Hobona said Botswana has since independence recognized the importance of education and the important link between education and development, education and [continue reading]