Archive for April 2nd, 2009

source: Mmegi
01 April 2009

The Amended Road Traffic Act enters into force today. It has generally been received with mixed feelings, bordering on shock. It appears the public is not adverse to the spirit and letter of the amended law.

After all, the stipulated offences have always been on the statue books. And admittedly some of them, such as drunken driving, have been a source of sorrow to many a family in Botswana. Indeed, road accidents have variously been identified as the second killer after HIV/AIDS in the country. Obviously, the road carnage is rightly a cause for concern to all who value the sanctity of life.Concerns have, however, been raised by the new penalties under the amended law.

Most of the penalties are generally viewed as excessive or disproportionate to the offences. Of the about 24 offences, only two carry a minimum fine of P100 and these are related to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2009

SEROWE – The Assistant Minister of Local Government, Mr Ambrose Masalila said that civil servants should adhere to the newly introduced customer service standard regulations policy in order to render service to the public in a timely manner.

Mr Masalila said that the specified time frames set under the policy to guide civil servants in pursuing their civil service duties, would also lead to improving the level of productivity. The legislator who has been on a countrywide tour calling for compliance with the new regulations said this whilst addressing kgotla meetings at Kagiso and Botshabelo wards in Selibe-Phikwe recently.

Among the service standard regulations, Mr Masalila said, is that a patient should not wait for more than [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
1 April 2009

Cabinet ministers were among the dignitaries who witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of Daheng Botswana Textile Industry in Phakalane on Monday morning.

The project is funded by two Chinese companies, Daheng Holdings Group and Touch International Holdings Group, for US$52 million. The Phakalane Industrial Park will be the first phase of the project, which will major in textiles and clothing products. The Daheng Group anticipates that 66 companies from all over the world will build factories in the park, creating 8,000 jobs.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, the Managing Director of Touch International, He Liehui, related how the China-Botswana Economic and Trade Cooperation Area (CBETCA) was founded. Liehui said the project was conceived in November 2006 during the China-Africa Summit in Beijing when former president, Festus Mogae, encouraged the two [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 01 2009

South Africans travelling to the United Kingdom will need visas with effect from July 1, the British High Commission said on Wednesday.

The temporary visa exemption for South African visitors with a previous travel history to the UK, which began on March 3, would cease at midnight on June 30, the high commission said in a statement.

From Wednesday, July 1, all South African visitors to the UK would require a visa.

Visa regimes for Bolivian and Venezuelan nationals would begin on Monday, May 18, and Lesotho and Swaziland also on July 1.

The high commission said the global expansion of the UK’s visa processes was just one part of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer
1 April 2009

After 10 years of failed silent diplomacy on Zimbabwe, Batswana and other regional taxpayers will be required to pay for the damage President Robert Mugabe has caused to his country’s economy.

First, Southern African Development Community (SADC) citizens will have to pop out funds to get the country going for the coming months before digging deeper to lobby Western countries like United States of America, (US), United Kingdom (UK), and Germany, including China and Russia, to assist Zimbabwe to move forward.

The West will also be requested to lift the sanctions against [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2009

GABORONE – A bill requesting for over P1 million as supplementary estimates received different reactions from MPs.

Debating the request last Thursday, Mahalapye East MP, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso appealed to the government to rescue the Botswana Railways passenger service, saying it should be changed into a social service.

Ms Tshireletso also supported the purchase of two aircrafts for Air Botswana. She said the aircrafts would ensure that the national airline remained operational.

She, however, urged all ministries to prepare proper budget projections to avoid supplementary estimates, but said she supports the request to authorise supplementary funds to cater for shortfalls in the 2007/08 and 2008/09 financial years.

When supporting the request, Mmadinare MP, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe commended the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
01 April 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has appealed to the G20 group of developing nations to help in supporting the new coalition government in Zimbabwe. As leaders from the group meet in London this week, Tsvangirai used an opinion piece published in the UK Times newspaper to outline why the coalition deserved support, despite the many obstacles thrown at it by ZANU PF hardliners. The Prime Minister argued that the agreement between his party and ZANU PF was workable and could help alleviate the suffering of Zimbabweans to allow the country to move forward peacefully towards a new constitution and fresh elections.

Tsvangirai cited the paying of civil servants in foreign currency as having provided much needed stimulus to the economy. He said this had encouraged the opening of hospitals and schools, the taming of hyperinflation and [continue reading]