Archive for March, 2009

source: Mmegi
Oliver Modise
Correspondent
30 March 2009

Members of cabinet will no longer be allowed to contest for positions in the Central Committee of the Botswana Democratic Party, according to a national council resolution passed on Saturday at the Maharaj conference centre in Gaborone.

Neither will Central Committee members be permitted to sit in cabinet.

This will be read as a momentary victory over the Barata Phati faction, led by Daniel Kwelagobe which is fiercely opposed to the idea on the grounds that it runs counter to the constitution of the party.

But it will count as a victory for the president of the party and the country, Ian Khama who proposed “broadening the party leadership by [continue reading]

source: News24
31/03/2009 09:50 – (SA)

Johannesburg – ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has reaffirmed the league’s belief that the corruption charges against ANC president Jacob Zuma were the result of a political conspiracy and should be dropped.

Speaking on SAFM, he said the league had made its own submissions on why the charges against Zuma should be dismissed.

“Like the racist uZille [DA leader Helen] we did the same,” he said of the Democratic Alliance’s submissions to the National Prosecuting Authority that the charges should not be dropped.

He suggested that a group aligned with former president Thabo Mbeki had met “on a farm” outside Durban and decided on the charges against Zuma.

He said these claims, of a conspiratorial nature, could not be proved, referring to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer
30 March 2009

The tourist resort of Kasane remains under threat and could be submerged by the violent Zambezi and Chobe floods.

Authorities warned on Friday that the flooded river is already encroaching on homes in the tourists resort while five more villages in the Chobe remain under serious threat.

It was not immediately clear how the wildlife is coping with the flood situation. Chobe is home to the world’s biggest elephant population and a variety of game.

Already flooding the Okavango, the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers north of the country have displaced 430 people, submerging eight villages, and five tourists facilities. No one has perished yet.

The flooding Chobe and Zambezi rivers have put 1,000 lives in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
31 March, 2009

Beginning this week as part of our mandate to educate and inform, the Dailynews is starting a new feature that will regularly inform the public about decisions made in Cabinet.

As the executive committee of government, Cabinet is both the central and highest decision making body in the country. Its membership consists of the President, the Vice President and all inisters.

The Attorney-General and the Permanent Secretary to the President, who acts as the Cabinet Secretary, also sit in Cabinet meetings, serving as ex-officio members.

Assistant ministers may attend when their minister is unavailable.

In accordance with the Constitution, it is the mutual responsibility of Cabinet to advise the President, and the President to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer
30 March 2009

Tourism recorded an estimated 19 percent drop in bookings in comparison to the same time last year as tourists tighten their purse strings becuase of the deepening global economic and financial crisis.

“Nobody is going to be left unscathed,” the CEO of the Botswana Tourism Board (BOTOBO), Myra Sekgororoane, said at a press conference last Thursday.

“The booking lead time has shortened, bringing a certain amount of uncertainty in future business,” Sekgororoane said.

She said some facilities had also recorded cancellations that she described as “insignificant”. But despite the 19 percent drop in arrivals, she said Botswana had not been severely affected due to the traditionally long booking lead time.

“The sector is still holding strong because [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 31 2009 at 11:13AM

Johannesburg – ANC president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday backed the government’s stance on denying the Dalai Lama a visa to visit South Africa in March.

Government “must have considered a number of issues” in taking its decision, Zuma told a business breakfast hosted by the South African Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg.

“There are relations between countries that have specific protocol and certain things to be respected in one form or the other,” he said.

The African National Congress’s presidential candidate said government took decisions which were informed “by the nature of their relations with other countries”.

“As I understand it they are not saying that the Dalai Lama cannot come to South Africa. I think they are saying March, the month March, is a serious month between the Dalai Lama and China in a very specific way,” he said.

Zuma added that there were a number of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Christelle Terreblanche, Angela Quintal and Karyn Maughan
27 March 2009

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will “probably” furnish the public with its reasons once it had made a decision on whether to charge Jacob Zuma or not.

Amid heated speculation that a de facto decision to let Zuma, the ANC president, off the hook on 16 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Willie Hofmeyr again stated emphatically last night that no such decision had been made.

His boss, advocate Mokotedi Mpshe said last week that Friday was D-day for him to start applying his mind to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Dumisani Muleya
31 March 2009

Johannesburg — SOUTHERN African Development Community (Sadc) leaders promised yesterday to help Zimbabwe raise $8,5bn over the next two to three years to help revitalise its ruined economy.

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti presented a short-term recovery plan to the summit meeting at a venue near Mbabane in Swaziland. He said the new unity government urgently needed $2bn in the next two weeks in lines of credit and budget support to service its debts and for other obligations.

Biti told journalists that while most Sadc members said they would consult their finance ministers before saying if or how they could help, SA was the only country to offer a rescue package immediately.

Pretoria would provide a R500m line of credit, which would operate as a revolving fund and be topped up depending on how it was used.

Another R300m would be provided for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
31 March, 2009

GABORONE – Members of Parliament verbally attacked each other last Thursday while the acting Deputy Speaker, Mr Maitlhoko Mooka battled to control the boiling tempers.

The personal attacks started on Wednesday when Gaborone Central MP, Mr Dumelang Saleshando labelled Mr Jacob Nkate and his assistant minister “incompetent.” Debating a motion tabled by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe requesting supplementary estimates of expenditure from the consolidated and development funds for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 financial years, Mr Kavis Kario accused the Gaborone Central MP of abusing Parliament.

He also accused Mr Mooka of allowing abusive comments from the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Bashi Letsididi
29.03.2009

A second sitting Botswana Democratic Party councillor in a Mahalapye constituency has resigned from the party and will be standing as an independent candidate in the coming general election. Interestingly, her MP is glad to see the back of her because “she was ineffectual and did little to advance the cause of women in politics”.

In her letter of resignation, Letlhogonolo Mabua expresses frustration at having to wait for an unreasonably long period of time to get feedback on her appeal from the Shoma (Shoshong-Mahalapye) regional committee.
“This situation has fuelled my decision to have no choice but to resign from your party (BDP) with immediate effect. I wish you the best results in the coming elections,” Mabua writes in her letter.

She is Dibete/Phala Road councillor in the Mahalapye East constituency and has held that position for 10 years now.
On the other hand, area MP Botlogile Tshireletso, feels that Mabua’s departure is good riddance because [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Oliver Modise
Correspondent
30 March 2009

President Ian Khama has stated that students who go on strike and threaten his government’s desire to bring about quality education will be expelled from school and denied employment in the public service.

Khama said this addressing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members on discipline at the party’s national council.

At his first BDP national council address as president, Khama revealed that one of the issues that continues to trouble him to date is the level of indiscipline at the University of Botswana (UB).

He said that the recent strike at UB led to vandalism and damage of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 March, 2009

GABORONE – The President, Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has explained why he directed that the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP 10) be delayed for at least 12 months.

The President made the revelation at the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) National Council in Gaborone on Saturday.

“I am convinced that until we are better informed about the depth and length of the current global economic situation, far too many issues are unpredictable.

“In the fiscal discipline that has kept our economy afloat and predictable for so many years, it was advisable that I should proceed with caution rather than rush an ambitious development plan when so many facets of its success are clearly dependent on world economies.

“Fortunately since our plans are rolling, there will be no noticeable gap on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
31 March, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – Pick N’ Pay has dismissed persistent speculation that Pick N’ Pay in Francistown is changing its management, which could result in retrenchments.

Mr Bruce Milne, the company’s director they have only changed ownership and not management and that the staff will remain in their positions.

He said their employees are kept abreast of the developments, especially information to the effect that they would not be retrenched.

They have convened meetings to provide relevant information concerning the changes that have taken place, he said, adding that therefore the employees have no reason to [continue reading]

source: Reuters
30 March 2009

Diamond mining and exploration company Firestone Diamonds Plc (FDI.L) said it expects annual revenue of up to $30 million from the high grade and diamond values recovered from a kimberlite site in Botswana.

The company said selective mining in the western side of BK11, which is estimated to contain about 7 million tonnes of kimberlite, is likely to produce revenue of about $20 per tonne.

The diamonds were valued at $175 per carat in March 2009 and had a grade of 9 to 15 carats per hundred tonnes.

“These results are particularly significant as they are based on current rough diamond prices, which have fallen by about 50 percent over the past 6 months,” the company said.

The company expects diamond prices to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 March, 2009

GABORONE – Managing in turbulent times like being a captain on a stormy sea requires the ability to demonstrate confidence and a sense of cautious optimism.

Officially opening a two-day third Supervisors’ Forum organised by the Botswana Confederation of Commerce and Manpower (BOCCIM) on Thursday, Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Cutting said the current economic downturn that the country is experiencing requires supervisors and managers to become conversant with the implications and consequences of this dynamic and unprecedented change.

Mr Cutting said supervisors need to help their staff to understand what these changes mean for the organisation and for them personally, adding that modern supervisors need to be able to make tough decisions with both firmness and sensitivity.

He said a modern supervisor needs to have a sufficiently good relationship with his or her staff in order to appreciate their personal challenges. “The modern supervisor has to be able to lead by example. Your staff will draw strength and [continue reading]