Archive for March 21st, 2009

source: BOPA
19 March, 2009

GABORONE – Corporal punishment prescribed by the Children’s Bill is inhuman and should be abolished, says Gaborone South MP.

In his contribution to the debate on the Children’s Bill on Tuesday, Mr Akanyang Magama argued that corporal punishment is in contravention of the United Nation’s Convention on Children’s Rights, adding that it is regressive and causes psychological damage.

Mr Magama, who said he is a staunch supporter of the bill, noted that some countries are planning to abolish corporal punishment.

On other issues, Mr Magama urged the government to ensure that the bill covers all children below 18 years.

For his part, Tswapong South MP, Mr Oreeditse Molebatsi said most of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Aim- and ASX-listed mining investment company Natasa Mining will acquire a 70 percent stake in TSX- and Aim-listed African Copper through a proposed $6,5-million equity placement.

African Copper says Natasa has agreed to assist the ailing group with a bridging loan of US$1.5 million to meet its immediate and critical working capital requirements.

Under the terms of the agreement announced on Monday, Natasa Mining has agreed to make available a short-term, interest-free secured loan facility of US$1.5 million.

The loan is to be repaid out of a proposed US$6.5 million private placement of ordinary shares and funds advanced to African Copper if it manages to secure US$8.5 million from a proposed debt facility.

African Copper, which operates the mothballed Mowana Mine near [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 March, 2009

LOBATSE – The Lobatse Town councillors are of the view that the Botswana Railways (BR) management should have engaged in extensive consultations with the public and other stakeholders to obtain input before deciding to terminate the passenger service train.

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, the councillors said that the consultations would have produced ideas, suggestions, thoughts and perspectives on how termination of the passenger service train could be avoided.

The councillors said by terminating the passenger service train, Batswana are not only inconvenienced but their lives are put at risk given the spiraling road traffic accidents and the unpleasant circumstances emanating from road transportation.

Cllr Molaodi Mantle said given consultation as the foundation upon which this country’s democracy is premised, the management of the BR should have solicited the views of Batswana for them to get ideas on how best to deal with the situation. Cllr Mantle criticized the management saying he [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 20 2009 at 05:00PM
By Jacques Breytenbach

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has warned that the “dark cloud” hanging over ANC president Jacob Zuma’s head is threatening to “suck the whole nation in”.

Speaking at Unisa on Thursday, Holomisa said he was baffled how South Africans could trust a man who said he would fight corruption, while he himself was “trying to duck his day in court”.

Holomisa said the ANC had succeeded in getting rid of the Scorpions and were now harassing and trying to undermine the National Prosecuting Authority and the judiciary.

“There has always been a dark cloud hanging over Zuma. This cloud can suck in the whole nation.

“Let the judge have the final say in the matter,” he said.

“How can Zuma call for an end to corruption and say this country should fight against it when he is ducking his day in court?”

Holomisa also set out some of the key issues the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
20 March, 2009

GABORONE – The total land area for Kgalagadi District is 106 850 square km and 63 per cent of this is for wildlife management areas and the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park while 27 per cent is for communal and seven per cent is for freehold, says lands and housing minister, Mr Nonofo Molefhi.

He said he was unable to give the specific distribution for the Kgalagadi North constituency because the land use maps are aligned to district boundaries as opposed to constituency boundaries.

Mr Molefhi noted that concerns have been raised countrywide regarding the distribution of land for different uses and that his ministry has engaged a consultancy to review the national land use map.

He said the exercise will be completed at the end of this month.

“The ultimate goal of this exercise is to [continue reading]