Archive for March 10th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by Botswana Gazette online
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 17:35

‘Agents Shoot to injure but can Kill in Self-defense

The Minister of Defence, Security and Justice, Mr. Dikgakamatso Ramadeluka Seretse, has acknowledged in a wide-ranging interview with The Gazette that when the Directorate of Intelligence Security (DIS) was established last year there was bad blood between the new unit and the Botswana Police Service.

The Minister attributed this sour relationship to jealousy. “Of course in the beginning when DIS was established there was a problem, or what I would call institutional jealousy. When the new unit was started some sections of the police force felt that it was infringing on their roles, or was taking away police jobs.

It is like in the family when a new child is born, some children may feel jealous that the attention that they used to get is now be given to the newly born baby,” said the Minister.He added that each of the two security units has its own responsibilities, adding that with time the two units have come to realize that they complement each other. “Though each one of the two has got its own responsibilities, they are working together,” he said. Asked if the police or [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 March, 2009

MOLEPOLOLE – Minister of Lands and Housing has confirmed to residents of Kwadibana near Mmopane that their lands would be taken to help expand the greater Gaborone.

Mr Nonofo Molefhi’s confirmation came after the residents of Kwadibana realised that their homes were assessed by the Kweneng Land board whereas they knew that their lands were not affected by the expansion of Gaborone, which prompted them to request the minister to come and address them on the matter.

The minister admitted that the committee, which was assigned to consult the people on this issue, overlooked the fact that residents of Kwadibana and Mmopane were affected; adding that they only focused on areas such as Ledumadumane, Goo-Sethebe, and Kgaphamadi.

“Go ne go se na maikaelelo a ka bomo gore lona le tingwe morero” meaning it was not intentional that the residents were not consulted on this issue.

He emphasised that at the moment there is a shortage of land in Gaborone, but the government’s intention is to diversify the economy so that it does not depend on minerals only.

Therefore, he said, the land acquired from the residents would be used for the expansion of the Sir Seretse Khama airport as well as establishing residential plots and industries.

He told the residents that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

Parliament has been told that the international credit crunch has affected the mining industry negatively. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Neo Moroka said most local mines have experienced a sharp revenue drop as a result of the declining commodity prices and low demand.

Answering a question on behalf of the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, Moroka said the average nickel and copper prices in December 2008 were $9.6/lb and $3.15/lb and $3.23/lb in 2007 respectively. Moroka was responding to a question from the MP for Kasane, Duncan Mlazie who wanted to know the extent to which the world recession has affected the mining industry in terms of closures, production levels, sales, job losses. Mlazie also wanted a detailed explanation as to government’s strategy to counter the effect of the unfavourable state of affairs and whether the minister does not consider it prudent for government to put in place emergency funding like [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 10 2009 at 12:21PM
By Gaye Davis

Most South Africans believe that African National Congress President Jacob Zuma’s prosecution should go ahead, and while 27 percent trust him, more than 30 percent do not, a survey released on Monday has revealed.

The Afrobarometer public opinion survey, conducted in October and November, also shows that South Africans’ level of trust in their leaders, national government, state institutions and political parties has declined over the past three years.

A total of 2 400 adults were canvassed in rural and urban areas of all nine provinces for the survey, carried out by the independent research project.

Asked how much they trusted Zuma, respondents were divided between those who had “a lot” of faith in him (27 percent), those who did not trust him at all (30 percent) and those who trusted him “somewhat” (17 percent), while 19 percent trusted him “a little” and five percent didn’t know.

Broken down into [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 March, 2009

MOCHUDI – The assistant minister of Agriculture has called on farmers and entrepreneurs to support a horticulture market operating in Gaborone.

Mr Shaw Kgathi told a full council meeting in Mochudi that some farmers and entrepreneurs still prefer to side line the market.

He said Glen Valley and Dikabeya horticulture projects are also not fully utilised adding that the ministry is still faced with major challenges in horticultural production. Mr Kgathi said the current national demand for horticultural produce is estimated at 75 000 metric tons while national production is only about 37 800 metric tons.

Regarding Branding of Cattle Act, Mr Kgathi emphasised the need for zonal branding.

He said they have noticed that there are some cattle in certain areas which are not branded with the zonal brands.

He informed councillors that cattle without the zonal brand as required by law would not be allowed to be moved between zones including for slaughter.

The assistant minister also indicated that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

SEROWE: In light of the revenue constraints due to the on-going global economic and financial crisis, the Central District Council (CDC) has decided to prioritise its projects under the District Development Plan Seven (DDP 7) and National Development Plan 10 (NDP 10).

The prioritisation is based on the project’s contribution to the economic growth, employment creation, economic diversification and equitable distribution of benefits as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Local Government to civic authorities.

CDC councillors have already approved the proposed plan to prioritise projects. The projects will be prioritised depending on their ability to increase GDP. They must have forward and backward linkages with other sectors of the economy. They must have potential to unlock other investments and make use of local inputs. The projects must be feasible and capable of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 March, 2009

GABORONE – An inspection by officials from the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs has revealed that some stores sell expired commodities.

The inspectors raided Crotone Foods in Tlokweng and found expired goods displayed in shelves.

Products such as milk, mageu, spices, canned jams, syrups, yoghurts, soups and sauces were removed from the shelves as they had gone past their expiry dates.

Products such as All Gold jams and Nandos sauces had expired as far back as October 2006 but appeared to be still in use in the store’s kitchen.

Food hygiene standards appeared not to be practiced as meat in cold rooms was found to have contact with the floor aiding contamination as staff trampled on the meat as they went in and out of the cold rooms.

Moreover packaging of the meat and arrangements of [continue reading]

source: IOL
Sivuyile Mangxamba
March 10 2009 at 06:57AM

A South African aid organisation has come under fire for handing over goods worth more than R1-million to African National Congress President Jacob Zuma, who distributed some of them while on the campaign trail in Mpumalanga at the weekend.

In a separate development, the DA said on Monday its Gauteng office had been inundated with complaints that welfare officials were demanding ANC support in return for the disbursement of R500-million in special poverty relief grants.

The electoral code of conduct, which governs parties’ behaviour on the campaign trail, says “no person may induce or reward any person to vote or not to vote in any particular way”.

Zuma gave away blankets, food parcels and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Since assuming office in April last year, President Ian Khama has been shunned the media, particularly the private press. The government media enjoyed the monopoly of covering the President, following him wherever he went both locally and internationally.

The private media could not do (and cannot do) the same because of limited financial resources, more especially when the President undertakes foreign trips.

We have always thought that President Khama would call press conferences where all media practitioners would have the same opportunity to ask him questions on matters of national importance. This had not been happening and we had almost given up on him. It had become a norm with the former presidents to call the media to brief them on issues pertinent to the lives of Batswana, knowing very well that the media would disseminate the information to the entire population.

But last week, out of the ordinary, President Khama went to the Guardian/Midweek Sun offices and granted them an interview. That was an unprecedented and welcome gesture by the President. The only time that the private media would ever report on [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by John Regonamanye
09.03.2009 7:09:48 A

Government intends to implement the Standard Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR), in an attempt to effectively deal with the dumping of substandard goods on Botswana ’s soil.

The move, aimed at cleaning up the country of substandard and second hand commodities, is expected to have a serious impact on the parallel car market—imported cars from Japan and Singapore—is expected to come into force by beginning of April this year.

At the recently organized workshop for local stakeholders, the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BoBs) warned that is had now come to the realization that Botswana is now being “used as a dumping site by unscrupulous traders because of her dependence on alien commodities,” adding that it now wants to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

Still celebrating its one million subscriber base, cellular giant Mascom has announced it will be pumping unspecified millions into this year’s 1000 Toyota off-road race, becoming the first local company to support the event so solidly.

The 2009 race will be on 19 and 20 June. Organisers of the event say the millions to be pumped by Mascom are second only to the sponsorship of flag-bearer Toyota, which has the naming rights by virtue of its massive sponsorship. However, Mascom has decided not to change the naming of the race, although they had the option to do so. Race organisers say instead Mascom will paint the city yellow, its trademark colour.

Throughout the route of the 2009 race, it will be Mascom adverts all the way up to the halfway stop, which is still being finalised. The out-going Chairman of the 4-Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa, Skeen Drummond, has described Mascom sponsorship as being [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Amy Musgrave
10 March 2009

Johannesburg — PUBLIC opinion among South Africans on governance, the economy and civil society has turned for the worse, with the exception being local government, a survey released yesterday reveals.

The Afrobarometer public opinion survey reveals that compared to 2006, South Africans trust the government (except local government), state institutions and political parties less than they used to. Also, nearly a third of respondents say they do not trust foreigners at all.

Human Sciences Research Council democracy and governance specialist Mcebisi Ndletyana, who presented the study, told reporters in Johannesburg that he did not find the results surprising.

“Politically, levels of trust have gone down, especially on the ruling party. That too is not surprising; public discourse has been [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 March, 2009

GABORONE – The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe says he was satisfied with the outcome of his unannounced visit to the revenue offices.

Minister Gaolathe visited revenue offices to observe the conditions under which they operate. As part of the on-going campaign to improve service delivery and productivity in the public service, the minister is keen to listen to the concerns and the problems faced by the workers so as to address them should they warrant further action.

Apart from understanding the concerns and the problems of workers, the minister described his visit as a motivation to the officers.

“My visit, whether announced or unexpected, is to motivate and encourage the revenue officers throughout the country,” said Mr Gaolathe.

Minister Gaolathe visited different offices to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

Ministerial houses under construction are based on the same building plan for judges’ houses in Lobatse, after President Ian Khama condemned a more extravagant plan last year, Monitor has learnt.

Government is pouring P80 million into the construction of 16 houses – P30 million for the first eight houses from the previous financial year – and the balance (P50 million) from the new financial year, which starts next month.

According to the initial site plan, each minister’s house was to cost more than P5 million.

However, when he was still vice president and supervisor of government ministries and projects, Khama is said to have condemned the project as extravagant. He then advised that the same housing plan for the judges in Lobatse be used to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 March, 2009

GABORONE – Small Micro Entrepreneurs (SMEs) have been urged to remain calm and regard the current economic down turn as a lesson for the future.

Speaking at the business opportunity day for the SMEs in Gaborone recently, the National Development Bank representative, Mr Omphile Sehurutse said saving would help the economy grow because when one deposits money into their account, the bank will lend it out to benefit capital expansion which could further benefit a small business venture crying out for funding.

Mr Sehurutse encouraged entrepreneurs to invest in debt issuance, as doing so would help the issuing company to raise funds and thus stimulate the economy in the process.

“Investing in a secondary market might appear to some to be less helpful, but whenever you buy a share of any security, you are giving money to the person who is selling the security and that person could very well spend the money to stimulate the economy thus generating growth”, said Mr Sehurutse.

According to Mr Sehurutse, it is high time that [continue reading]