Archive for April 3rd, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by Botswana Gazette online
01 April 2009

BDP Leadership Crisis
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) President, who is also State President, Lt General Ian Khama made, is said to have told party members at the weekend that Cabinet Ministers have until Wednesday to choose between Cabinet and standing for election to the central committee.

It appears that party chairman and Cabinet Minister Daniel Kwelagobe is ready to call his bluff; the BDP veteran campaigner is reported to have declared that he would contest the chairmanship and was ready to quit Cabinet if President Khama wants him out.
On Monday Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, who has been campaigning for the chairmanship for the past couple weeks and was rumored to be President Khama’s favoured candidate, added a new twist to the tale when she suddenly withdrew her candidacy.
She told The Gazette that as a government Chief Whip and Chairperson of the SADC Democracy and Gender Equality Committee she has a busy year ahead of her because of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
02 April 2009

In a move that could further polarise the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), President Ian Khama’s younger brother, Tshekedi, intends to challenge Daniel Kwelagobe for the post of party chairman, Mmegi is informed.

Tshekedi, a novice in politics, is also the MP for Serowe North West by the baptism of his elder brother who handed the constituency to Ian’s rise to the presidency of the country.

Sources within the party say Tshekedi is being spurred on by his elder brother because he is the only one whose presence can foil Kwelagobe. But this is not going down well with certain party members who feel that the Khamas want to run the BDP as a family.

Last year, Tshekedi took over from Ian Khama as the [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by Botswana Gazette online
01 April 2009

Commodity prices around the world are expected to rise giving a glimmer of hope for the country’s depressed mining industry. Around the world and in the country mines have continued to cut production in line with the falling demand of commodities, but after months of uncertainty international observers predict the world economy will start to improve soon, lifting metal prices along with it.

On Monday Nickel was trading at around US$9, 500 and copper, the world’s most important commodity was at US$3, 960, less than half of its all time peak which it hit in July 2008 which has been a slight improvement. It is expected that demand for copper will rise by eight percent in China, coupled with a cut back in production could lift metal prices along with it. Nickel has slumped more than 80 percent from the record $51,800 a ton reached in May 2007, as supply outstripped demand.
The country’s top nickel producer Tati Nickel Mine has announced a cut in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
2 April 2009

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has set up a four-member task force, led by South Africa, to oversee Zimbabwe’s economic recovery.

The task force was set up following SADC’s extraordinary summit in Swaziland on Monday that looked at Zimbabwe’s request for an US$8 billion bailout, to kick start the economic recovery process.

SADC ministers of finance from South Africa, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Botswana will be on this task force.

This grouping also plans to urge western countries to end ‘sanctions’ on Zimbabwe and all SADC diplomatic missions were given a mandate to embark on a diplomatic offensive, to have the sanctions removed.

But once again SADC appears to be following their pro-Mugabe line. Robert Mugabe’s main focus has been on ending the targeted sanctions that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer
02 April 2009

Seven Debswana employees, who have carved political careers as councillors, will have to rethink their positions. The diamond mining company has issued a warning that its employees will no longer be allowed to hold political office even through nominations.

At Orapa/Letlhakane mines, there are two Debswana employees who are councillors – one from the main opposition Botswana National Front (BNF). The other one is a nominated councillor from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Jwaneng mine has four councillors including the Jwaneng mayor. Three of the councillors are from the BNF while one is specially elected.

Debswana has made it clear that they will no longer tolerate a situation where their employees double as councillors or MPs. The company spokesperson, Amelia Malebane has said they are simply giving employees an opportunity to [continue reading]

source: News24

Cape Town – Key performance data demonstrate that in almost every area of the SA Police Service, standards are slipping and efforts to combat crime are becoming increasingly ineffective, the DA said on Thursday.

“Currently the South African Police Service (Saps) is in a state of crisis,” Democratic Alliance spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard told a media briefing at Parliament.

At present, South Africans faced one of the highest crime rates in the world, and many felt trapped inside their homes and suspicious of those in their communities.

“We cannot build a united, prosperous nation while so many feel trapped in a web of terror caused by crime,” she said.

Outlining DA policy on the Saps, Kohler-Barnard said the ANC’s “disastrous cadre deployment policy”, which had seen skilled security experts replaced by [continue reading]