Archive for March 28th, 2009

source: BOPA
26 March, 2009

GABORONE – The Chief Executive Officer of Blue Financial Services, a Micro Financial Institute (MFI), Mr Dave Van Niekerk says Botswana is a shining light in Africa in terms of business investment.

Speaking at a dinner the company hosted for a group of 30 business students from the University of Chicago in Gaborone on Tuesday, Mr Van Niekerk said Botswana provided a conducive environment for business opportunities.

The CEO said Botswana was one of the least corrupt countries in Africa and that investing in the country made a good business sense as the country was developing a conducive environment for business enterprise.

He said most of the people including Batswana have benefited from Blue Financial Services and that the company has created many jobs for the people within the continent of Africa.

He said Blue Financial Services has an impressive track record of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
27 March 2009

Gaborone — Rain continues to lash countries along the course of the upper Zambezi River, aggravating already extensive flooding in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, where crops and infrastructure have been destroyed. In Namibia at least 90 lives have been lost and 350,000 people affected.

Namibia has launched an operation to rescue schoolchildren marooned by floodwaters at a boarding school in the country’s northeastern Caprivi Strip.

Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa, secretary-general of the Namibia Red Cross, told IRIN: “Boats have been sent to the village, Muzee, but we don’t know have an idea of the numbers [of schoolchildren stranded].”

Rapidly rising water levels in the Zambezi, Chobe, Kwando and Linyati rivers meant more than 19,000 people have had to be evacuated from the Caprivi Strip and relocated to eight camps.

Relief efforts have been hampered by a shortage of tents for the displaced and about 6,000 people were without shelter, Kapembe-Haiduwa said. “The tents that are being used are old and [continue reading]

source: Times of Zambia
By Times Reporter

A DETAILED design of the Kazungula bridge project will be completed in November this year, Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti told Parliament yesterday.

Mr Mulongoti said the governments of Zambia and Botswana had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for new feasibility studies with the consortium, BCEOM/Jean Muller international.

Mr Mulongoti said in a ministerial statement to Parliament on the Kazungula bridge project that the consultancy services were for the feasibility and detailed design of the bridge, border facilities and corridor studies between Botswana and Zambia.

He said the project would cost 2,430,157 euros with provisional administrative costs of US$350,000 over a period of 14 months.

Mr Mulongoti said the consultancy contract for the design of Kazungula bridge and border facilities was signed on July 24 last year after a delay of six months.

He said following the delays and further consultations over the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 March, 2009

GABORONE – Amendments on some sections of the Road Traffic Act of 2008 are not draconian, says the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Mr Carter Morupisi.

Briefing the media on the new amendments this week, Mr Morupisi said contrary to some perceptions, the intention of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act of 2008 was a noble one in keeping with one of the pillars of Vision 2016, of “a safe and secure nation.” “It calls for a substantially lower incidence of deaths and serious injuries arising from the irresponsible use of vehicles by the year 2016,” said.

He said “this is sought to be achieved through initiatives such as this one, which entails the fostering of better driving standards, driving ability and road courtesy.” He said the Act comprehensively reviewed upwards the levels of fines and penalties prescribed for various road traffic and other motoring offences, which had remained stagnant over many years, thus eroding their deterrent effect on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana Housing Corporation public relations officer has said the inspections that resulted in some people being evicted from their houses was a once in a while check to make sure that tenants obligations are taken care of.

Tefo Kebabope said some of the tenant obligations include, checks on whether the houses have been vandalised or sub-let to third parties.

“If the inspection reveals that the BHC house has been sub let to a third party, who has not signed any agreement with us then action will be taken as per the provisions of the law,” Kebabope said.

He explained that because BHC does not have any agreement with the third party, they would not get into any communication with them except to give notice to vacate the house.

He said the one who sub-let the house after signing a contract with BHC will have to be given a court order to [continue reading]

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27 March 2009

An increase in inquiries about local property indicates that South Africans living abroad are coming home due to the international economic meltdown, Seeff Properties said on Thursday.

Seef general manager Emarie Campbell said this was indicated by inquiries made by South African expatriates on the company’s website.

Campbell said that at a property exhibition held by Homecoming Revolution in London six months ago, most expatriates visiting the Seeff stand indicated their desire to return to South Africa within 24 months.

She attributed the change of heart to South Africans who had previously held secure positions and earned good money but were now facing cutbacks and retrenchments due to the global economical crisis.

Campbell said, however, that many visitors at [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 28 2009 at 07:21AM
By Karyn Maughan and Christelle Terreblanche

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) appears set to vindicate Jacob Zuma’s claims of a political conspiracy. It is likely to announce early next week that charges against the ANC president will be dropped.

The NPA may be forced to make public evidence that could rock the country, because it points to alleged executive interference and collusion with senior NPA officials over the years.

It is understood that while the NPA believes that on the merits, Zuma has a strong case of corruption to answer, the evidence of a political conspiracy has compromised the chances of a successful prosecution.

Some in the NPA fear that instead of Zuma, the NPA will be in the dock should it proceed regardless against the ANC leader, with devastating consequences for the criminal justice system and the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Canadian exploration company, Talon Metals Corp said on Tuesday that it has agreed to a 30-day extension on the maturity date of the P40 million loan it gave to Saber Energy, a Botswana-focused Coal Bed Methane (CBM) explorer.

The original maturity date of the loan is March 24, 2009. “The company will update shareholders when the discussions are concluded. In the event that the discussions do not result in a further extension to the loan and the interest earned being agreed upon, the loan would become immediately due,” Talon said in a statement.

Talon added that its due diligence review of Saber regarding a potential merger of the two companies is on. “Saber has some important work underway at present, which, if successful, has the potential to increase the value of Saber’s CBM properties in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
27 March 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has vowed to take tough action against the perpetrators of the ongoing farm invasions sweeping the country, stating on Friday that the culture of entitlement and impunity in Zimbabwe has ‘stained’ the country for too long.

Tsvangirai was speaking to stakeholders from civil society, the business community, employment sector, plus gender and development partners, at the opening of a one-day consultative forum in Harare on Friday morning. The workshop was organised to give the unity government the opportunity to hear the views and concerns of ordinary Zimbabweans, including representatives from the farming sector, who were also present. The Prime Minister stated during his opening speech that the ongoing farm invasions, “which are being done in the name of the land reform process, are actually acts of theft, using fraudulent offer letters.”

“Those continuing to undertake these activities will be arrested and face justice in the courts,” Tsvangirai said.

The comments have highlighted the deep divisions that are present in Zimbabwe’s so called ‘unity’ government, as they are completely opposite to the sentiments of Robert Mugabe. The ageing dictator, who initiated [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 March, 2009

GABORONE – The revised 25-year-development plan for Gaborone has passed through various stages and is now awaiting the Minister of Lands and Housing’s approval.

The current development plan for Gaborone City was prepared in 1997 and approved in 2000 as the development guide for the city up to the year 2021.

However, 10 years after the approval of the plan, the physical, social, economic and environmental conditions upon which the plan initially addressed changed and new challenges emerged leading to a revision of the plan.

The plan, which was designed by Mosienyane and Partners International, is now in the last stage, having been approved by the councilors, the public and the Department of Town and Regional Planning.

The plan is aimed at creating a spatially well-planned city and a [continue reading]

27 March 2009

The chief executive of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC), Danny Jordaan, gave the Union of European Football (Uefa) Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark a comprehensive update on the country’s World Cup preparations this week.

Thirteen of the 32 World Cup places will be filled by teams from Europe, and Jordaan’s briefing was well received by some of the key figures in world football.

“The 2010 Fifa World Cup is of interest to all associations,” Uefa president Michel Platini said as he welcomed Jordaan on stage at the congress on Wednesday.

Jordaan told Uefa’s member associations that South Africa’s World Cup stadiums were on course to be completed by October, in line with Fifa’s deadlines.

He also updated them on the country’s transport, safety and fan park plans for the first African World Cup, and on preparations for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup kicking off in [continue reading]