Archive for March 19th, 2009

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Pulled down by the continued cuts in fuel prices, year-on-year inflation fell to a 10-month low last month, the Central Statistics Office(CSO) has reported.According to CSO data, annual inflation fell to 11.7 percent, down by 1.1 percentage points from 12.8 percent in January.

The last time annual inflation was under 12 percent was in April last year, before it went up to an all- time high 15.1 percent because of high food and oil prices.

“The February National Consumer Price Index was 124.1, registering an increase of 0.2 percent on the January index of 123.8. The rural villages’ index moved from 129.3 to 129.4 between January and February, an increase of 0.1 percent.

” The urban villages’ index increased by 0.2 percent – from 123.9 to 124.1 between the two months, while the cities and towns’ index rose from 121.6 to 122.0, recording an increase of 0.3 percent.

” Only one group index recorded a [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 March, 2009

MOCHUDI – Botswana has recorded 55 suspected cases of cholera.

Of the suspected cases, 15 have been confirmed as cholera resulting in two deaths so far.

Kgatleng district aassistant district officer, Mr Tshepo Masala made the revelation during cholera awareness sponsored walk in Bokaa on Saturday.

However, he said most of these cases are those of people from neighbouring countries.

Mr Masala stated that over 1000 people have already died in the neighbouring countries of Zimbabwe and South Africa where the disease is rampant.

Cholera is a diarrhoeal disease characterized by the sudden and severe watery stool with or without vomiting. The assistant district officer said the signs of cholera include dehydration due to loss of fluids and salts. He advised people to visit the nearest clinics, should they experience any of [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (17/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 7 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C3) 13/3/09: Press Release – Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS)

* Public cautioned about individuals falsely representing themselves as DIS officers
* DIS Toll Free Number – 0 800 600761

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) wishes to inform members of the public that there have of late been instances in which criminal elements have masqueraded as DIS agents in order to try to gain entry into properties for the purpose of stealing.

In recent weeks four such instances – in Mahalapye, Palapye and Sebebi-Phikwe and Gaborone – have resulted in arrests and convictions.

In each of the four cases the criminals had tried to [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (17/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 7 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C2) 10/3/09: Minister Seretse – Leader of the Opposition consulted on appointment of Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security

The Minister for Defence, Justice and Security, the Hon. R.N. Seretse, today re-confirmed that the Leader of the Opposition had been consulted on the appointment of the Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, as well as the setting of the Tribunal.

Responding to a question by the MP for Lobatse, Mr. M.N. Modubule, the Minister stated that, in accordance with provisions of the Intelligence and Security Service Act, 2007, both the Leader of the Opposition and the Speaker of the National Assembly had [continue reading]

This is a big joke

source: Mmegi
Editorial

The Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Duke Lefhoko, is reported to have pleaded with the Land Boards to give the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) industrial plots. He was addressing a Kgotla meeting in Tlokweng.

Interestingly, Lefhoko reportedly revealed that Botswana missed an opportunity to have a branch of an Australian university on its soil primarily due to unavailability of serviced land. Monash University has since set up shop in South Africa. Ironically, Batswana make up a significant portion of that university’s student population.

It is almost laughable, if it not tragic, that with vast tracts of land in a population of under two million, shortage of land could be a hinderance factor to development in this republic. Honestly, we do not think this is true. Rather it is the management of the abundant resources, that is the problem. The issue of prioritisation comes into the equation.

Our physical planners are definitely to blame for this sorry state of affairs. For them, development is supposed to be centralised around either [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
18 March 2009

Wednesday was a marathon day for Roy Bennett, the MDC National Treasurer and Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate, who was sworn in as a Senator, on the same day that he had to appear in court for his remand hearing.

Bennett had to appear in a Magistrate’s Court in Mutare in the morning for a remand hearing and then had to drive back to Harare to be in parliament in the afternoon to be sworn in as a Senator.

The MDC National Treasurer was sworn in as a non-constituent Senator on Wednesday to enable him to take up his role as MDC Deputy Minister of Agriculture in the inclusive government. Only members of parliament and the senate can be government ministers.

Speaking to SW Radio Africa, the MDC official said: “Now we have passed the first hurdle, the next hurdle is to be sworn in as Deputy Minister.”

Bennett said the swearing-in was a strange event and [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (17/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 7 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C6) 14/3/09: Response to Gazette article “Police Jealous of DIS – Minister”

With reference to the article “Police Jealous of DIS – Minister“, which appeared in the 11th March 2009 edition of the Botswana Gazette newspaper, we believe that there is a need for clarification.

While it is true that the Hon. Minister for Defence, Justice and Security acknowledged the possibility that some degree of institutional jealousy may have been directed towards the Directorate of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

Clear beer brewer, KBL yesterday confirmed a condom wrapper was found in an unopened beer bottle at one of the beer outlets in Ramotswa. The object was found in a 750 ml returnable St Louis bottle last week.

The company has described the incident as a rare occurrence in their 33 years’ history.

However KBL said, “In light of the nature of the incident as well as the inspection findings, we have concluded that the unfortunate experience cannot be attributed to negligence or anything in the reasonable control of KBL or its employees.”

The foreign object was detected by a trader who alerted the brewer. KBL’s Director for Corporate Affairs and Strategy, Thapelo Letsholo, says the bottle was part of their December production, which has so far been consumed in the market without any detection of foreign objects.

Asked whether they might not be forced to recall all their beer, in order to [continue reading]

source: News24
18/03/2009 16:36 – (SA)

Johannesburg – The National Prosecuting Authority called for patience on Wednesday as it considers the representations made regarding ANC president Jacob Zuma’s case.

A statement from NPA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the acting prosecutions head Mokotedi Mpshe met senior management and the team responsible for prosecuting Zuma in Pretoria earlier on Wednesday to consider the representations made for Zuma.

“We have recently been supplied with additional information by Mr Zuma’s lawyers which has necessitated further investigation, verification and careful consideration,” a statement from [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Ministry of Local Government has made de-centralisation of services a priority to promote customer satisfaction, Assistant Minister, Ambrose Masalila has said.

Speaking during the first ever People’s Day at Selebi-Phikwe Town Council over the weekend, Masalila pointed out that part of the Local Government’s objectives is the establishment of additional sub-districts, administrative authorities and service centres.

These will be rolled out in phases from the next financial year that starts in April.

To ensure prompt provision of services, the ministry launched 78 customer service standards in January. Masalila said the formulation of the standards is a result of government’s concern about low productivity and poor service delivery in the entire public service. He added that as they strive to improve service delivery, they encounter challenges. He said SPTC has [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (17/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 7 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C1) 12/3/09: Press Release from the Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation – PRESIDENT KHAMA TO ATTEND G20 SUMMIT CONSULTATIVE MEETING IN LONDON, UK

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to announce that His Excellency Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama the President of the Republic of Botswana will on Saturday the 14th March travel to the United Kingdom to attend a consultative meeting in London on the 16th March 2009. The consultative meeting will be held in advance on the G20 London Summit scheduled for 2nd April.

The G20 London Summit is aimed at addressing the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
18 March 2009

Finance Minister Tendai Biti is expected to officially launch a new economic blue-print on Thursday, which will lay out plans by the new coalition government to revive the economy. The 121 page document titled “Short Term Emergency Recovery Programme: Setting Zimbabwe Moving Again” (STERP) was shown in advance to members of the business and diplomatic community last Friday.

The plan is being marketed as an attempt to control the country’s hyper-inflation, negative growth, massive currency devaluation, low productive capacity, loss of jobs, food shortages, poverty and massive de-industrialisation. Biti’s plan involves supporting the manufacturing sector through the establishment of a US billion dollar external credit facility.

Set out in key priority areas will be political and governance issues, ‘social protection’ issues around food and humanitarian assistance, education and health and the stabilization of the economy through, ‘implementation of a growth oriented programme, restoring the value of the local currency and guaranteeing its stability.’ The plan seeks to ensure adequate availability of food, fuel, electricity, clean water and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 March, 2009

MAUN – Police in Maun have arrested 11 foreigners for working in the country without residents and work permits.

The arrested foreigners are 10 Zimbabweans and one Ghanaian, who were working at Okavango International School in different departments.They were slapped with fines ranging from P500 to P1000 and deported to their countries.

The school was also fined P3500 for employing foreigners who did not have relevant documents to work in the country. In another incident, police are investigating a crime syndicate believed to be behind business premises break- ins and armed robberies taking place in Maun and surrounding areas.

Six men believed to be involved in the syndicate are being questioned by the police, amongst them a prominent business man in Maun.

Police are also investigating an incident in which [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (17/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 7 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B1) 12/3/09: STATEMENT BY H.E. LT. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, AT A STATE BANQUET HOSTED IN HIS HONOUR ON THE OCCASSION OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE 41st ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF MAURITIUS, PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS

The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam and Madam Veena Brizmohum [Salutations]… Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to you Honourable Prime Minister for the warm welcome extended to me and my delegation since our arrival in your beautiful country. It is indeed a special honour and privilege for me to have been invited to your beautiful island state on this happy occasion marking the 41st Anniversary of Independence and this also marks my first ever visit to Mauritius.

2. As an anniversary is an occasion for reflection – for looking back and looking ahead – I am particularly delighted to [continue reading]