Archive for April 12th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Chinese shops, known for selling P10 and P20 Hollywood blockbusters as well as compilations of the latest R&B and hip-hop hits have been swept clean of the fake goods this month.

A walk around popular cheap blockbuster spots at the Oriental Plaza at Block 8 in Gaborone, the station bus rank, and the main mall this week revealed that there was not a single Chinese movie or music DVD on the shelves.

Where the movies and music used to be, now there is local music and comedies. At the Maruapula shopping mall in Gaborone, the Chinese DVD shelves are also empty.

Workers at the various Chinese shops at the bus rank and the station say the shop owners were given until April to clear any fake DVDs and [continue reading]

source: Bloomberg
By Thomas Biesheuvel and Carli Lourens

April 9 (Bloomberg) — De Beers, the world’s largest diamond producer, said sales are rising this year after demand plunged in 2008 because of the worldwide economic slowdown.

“While still at lower-than-normal levels, sales have been steadily increasing since the end of last year,” spokeswoman Lynette Gould said in an e-mailed statement, dated yesterday. Cash flow was positive in March, and the Johannesburg-based company is “optimistic” about meeting annual goals, she said.

De Beers suspended mining in February at a joint venture in Botswana that produces a fifth of global diamond supply and said it would borrow $500 million from shareholders. Rio Tinto Group and other mining companies have [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (8/4/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 10 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President, “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C5) 1/4/09: Response to Sunday Standard 29/3/09 article entitled “Khama in sexist style policing – claim”:

With reference to your newspaper’s 29/3/09 article entitled “Khama in sexist style policing – claim” this office wishes to observe that, in accordance with the General Orders Governing the Conditions of Service of the Public Service, it has long been the expectation that, while on duty, all public officers should dress in a manner that reflects credit on the Public Service as a whole, by ensuring that they present a respectable, neat and clean appearance.

Up until now this legitimate expectation, which is [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (8/4/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 10 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President, “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C4) 8/4/09: Letter to Editor Mmegi by Dr. Jeff Ramsay, Coordinator, BGCIS –Re: Today`s article `Government pays millions in minister’s housing allowances`

This is to place on record my dismay at the distortion of my response to questions received from your reporter, as published in today’s (8/4/09) edition of your newspaper. In a front page article (“Government pays millions in minister’s housing allowances”) it is reported that:

“Ramsay revealed that ministers are free to stay outside their ministerial residences as long as it is within a 50 km radius from the city. He said he was aware of only three ministers who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Yesterday’s surprise announcement by the Ministry of Education that it will stop sponsorship for new students enrolling for tertiary education this year has sent shockwaves throughout the student and management community of post Cambridge educational institutions.

On Wednesday, frustrated students and parents in combis and restaurants discussed possible remedies for their calamitous predicament in the light of impending and accomplished job losses and declining incomes of middle and lower strata families whose only hope for future improvement of their livelihoods is pinned on education of the youth.

A young University of Botswana student told a combi driver: “You see, this announcement was made without prior consultation. And then they wonder why students [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Stanley Kwenda
11 April 2009

Johannesburg — The economic partnerships agreements (EPAs) will push African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries “deeper” into poverty and negatively affect the livelihoods of people living in ACP countries. These trade deals “will prevent” African countries from achieving the United Nations’ millennium development goals (MDGs).

Several speakers at a two-day workshop on EPAs in Johannesburg, South Africa, were in agreement that the EPAs will do more harm than good to ACP countries. The workshop happened on Mar 6-7 and was arranged by the Economic Justice Network (EJN), the economic and social arm of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISSA).

Thomas Deve, a policy analyst with the [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 11 2009 at 03:05PM
By Zara Nicholson and Nwabisa Msutwana-Stemela

Holiday traffic to the Western Cape is down this Easter and fuel shortages due to the national trucker’s strike are spreading across the province.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has warned that the strike will intensify next week with more members joining the strike, which has seen stonings, intimidation as well as fuel shortages at some stations.

Satawu Western Cape organiser for the road freight division Carl Maketsie said employers have increased their offer from 10.5 percent to 11 percent, but workers were still demanding 13 percent and four months’ paid maternity leave, and a job guarantee on return to work.

They are also demanding a salary of R6 000 a month for long-distance drivers, who now earn R4 317 a month. “Workers are really furious on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The executive management of BCL, members of its board and representatives from the government met here last week to discuss the long-term strategy for BCL Mine.

The Public Relations and Communications Superintendent of BCL, Tiro Kganela, said the mine was pursuing an aggressive competitive strategy named ‘A Re Chencheng’ which seeks to streamline BCL’s operations and assist in the economic diversification of the mining town.

“The mine is pursuing a competitive strategy that, among other things, seeks to improve the cost structure, the life of the mine, its production, process efficiencies, as well as to diversify into related by-products and [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (8/4/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 10 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President , “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C6) 6/4/09: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Press Statement –

The Government of the Republic of Botswana sent, on Saturday 04 April 2009, a donation of 3,100 blankets, 3,000 X 12.5 kilograms of mealie meal and 102 X 20 litres of cooking oil to Namibia towards flood relief in that country.

This donation was in response to the Government of the Republic of Namibia’s international appeal for humanitarian assistance following the floods that have hit north and north-eastern parts of Namibia since the beginning of 2009.

The donation will be handed over to [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (8/4/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 10 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President, “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”


The people of Okavango region that have been affected by the recent flooding, will at least have something to smile about after the Trinity Congregational Church in Gaborone last night 06/04/09 gave them donations in the form of various food items, clothing and pledged to donate money amounting to P6 000.

The ceremony was held in conjunction with a prayer service for [continue reading]

9 April 2009

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Tuesday that it would host an investment conference for Zimbabwe to help the country recover from its economic crisis.

The group made the announcement after a one-day fact-finding trip to Harare, where its delegation met President Robert Mugabe and ministers in the country’s two-month-old unity government.

Busa chief executive Jerry Vilakazi said the economic and political climate had improved and the time was ripe for South African companies to focus on growing trade between the two neighbours.

“The delegation came away with a clear sense of commitment to political stability from all parties involved in [continue reading]