Archive for March 7th, 2009

source: Mmegi

The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the World Bank Group (WBG) met on 23-24 February 2009 for consultations on the preparation for a Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) meant to present the WBG’s indicative programme of support for Botswana.The CPS which is linked to national development priorities will run for a five year period covering 2008/09 to 2012/13.

The WBG’s programme will focus on four elements of the government’s short and long term agenda that includes Infrastructure for increased competitiveness, by providing technical input and financing for critical infrastructure investments in power and transportation,
It also includes Human Development, by seeking ways to increase the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS expenditure in the country,As well as Environment, by assisting to improve water conservation and wildlife management,
A press release from the ministry also added that amongst the elements is the Public Sector Effectiveness for Better Outcomes by, accelerating and deepening its work on [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 March 2009

Susan Tsvangirai, the wife of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, bore the full impact when the vehicle she and her husband were travelling in was sideswapped by a haulage truck near Beatrice on Friday.

Susan was seated behind the driver of their car when a haulage truck encroached onto their lane. Their driver swerved and the truck crushed the right hand side of the vehicle, behind the driver. Their landcruiser veered off the road and rolled three times.

Reports we have received say Susan survived the intial impact and when she was pulled out of the vehicle she was talking, but clearly in great pain. But a close family friend told us she lost consciousness on the way to Harare’s Avenues Clinic, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Initial reports suggest she might have broken her back and suffered multiple leg fractures.

The collision happened when the couple were travelling to Buhera, Tsvangirai’s rural home area where he was due to address a rally on Saturday. The MDC’s secretary-general, Tendai Biti, was one of the party’s senior officials who [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is recovering in hospital after a car crash on Friday which killed his wife Susan.

The couple were travelling near Harare when their car collided with a truck. President Robert Mugabe and his wife visited Mr Tsvangirai in hospital.

The MDC leader’s party has said there is no reason to suspect foul play.

The BBC’s southern Africa correspondent says all Zimbabwe’s roads are in a poor state of repair after years of neglect.

After years of political battle, Mr Tsvangirai formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.

State TV reported that the 56-year-old prime minister had suffered some injuries to his head and neck.

It is thought that a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana courts will soon go digital, the Minister of Defense, Justice and Security Dikgakgamatso Seretse has told Parliament.

The new technology will allow cases to be heard via video conferencing and give members of the public and lawyers access to court records at the click of a mouse. The changes are meant to provide easy and quick access to judicial information and expedite the pace of trials.

Video conferencing was first used by the Botswana judicial system in 2007 to hear testimony from an ailing witness residing in South Africa.

The witness a scientist, Professor Andre Servaas Greeff was a key witness in a rape case but he was reported to be ill and unable to come to Gaborone to be cross-examined.

Seretse told Parliament that very soon, a kiosk with a user- friendly computer will be introduced at the main foyer of the High Court. This is meant to [continue reading]

source: News24
05/03/2009 11:24 – (SA)

Cape Town – The ANC government that is installed after the election will overhaul the education ministry, splitting it into two – possibly three – separate ministries under different ministers.

Aside from allowing one minister to focus solely on the schooling system, this would also allow specialised focus on the tertiary education institutions which will include reversing former education minister Kader Asmal’s mergers of key institutions.

This has been confirmed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who says that having one ministry of education makes for an unwieldy situation that does not allow proper focus and attention from the minister in charge.

“We can’t go on with business as usual in education,” Mantashe told a [continue reading]

source: Team
(5 March 2009 9:00 pm)

MUMBAI: The Botswana Tourism Board has decided to launch its new television campaign on BBC World News this month in a bid to a reach out to audiences across Europe, Africa and North America. It is for the first time that the tourism board will advertise on this platform.

The 30-second spot, produced by Number One Films, has been created to display the diversity of destinations, activities and culture on offer in Botswana.

The campaign will run for eight weeks on BBC World News and will [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 06 2009 at 11:15AM

South Africa is considering opening a credit line to help neighbour Zimbabwe rebuild its shattered economy after years of political and economic crisis, the Financial Mail reported on Friday.

It quoted Finance Minister Trevor Manuel as saying a credit line made sense given that most of the goods needed to restock bare stores in Zimbabwe would be bought in South Africa.

“We will look at the credit facility. There is an old (Reserve Bank) credit line from 1967 that goes back to (Rhodesia’s) unilateral declaration of independence, and we are exploring using that,” he said in an interview.

While a credit line will not solve the [continue reading]

source: Mineweb
Sales by De Beers for January and February were at about $210m, compared to some $1.3bn for the year-ago period, according to RBCCM.
Author: Barry Sergeant
Posted: Thursday , 05 Mar 2009

The full impact of the slowdown in rough diamond demand has not yet played out for De Beers or other diamond producers, according to Des Kilalea and Patrick Morton, analysts at RBC Capital Markets.

Market conditions have led to De Beers “materially reducing its sales”, the analysts say; “in the second sight of 2009 (De Beers sells to a select client group through 10 “sights” per year) De Beers sold, we believe, some $100-$120m of rough diamonds and diamantaires say prices were down between 7% and 15%, on average. This means that De Beers’ sales for the first two months of 2009 appear to have totaled about $200m-$220m which compares with in excess of $1.3bn in January-February 2008″.

The analysts argue that while some improvement in sales is possible once credit conditions ease, and inventories of rough and polished diamonds are [continue reading]

source: Zimbabwe Independent
Friday, 06 March 2009 00:36

THERE was a dramatic showdown in cabinet on Tuesday when Finance minister Tendai Biti demanded that Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono should go.

The clash raised political temperatures between the two main political parties in the new government, Zanu PF and the MDC faction headed by Morgan Tsvangirai.

President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai have been engaged in a fierce battle for control behind the scenes since the formation of the inclusive government.

Informed sources in Zanu PF and the MDC said this week Biti — fired up after recently meeting regional finance ministers in Cape Town where the Gono issue was discussed on the sidelines of the gathering — shocked the cabinet when he openly demanded that Gono must be dropped immediately.

Sadc ministers had met to discuss a $2 billion rescue package for [continue reading]