Archive for April 18th, 2009

source: BOPA
17 April, 2009

GABORONE – The March national inflation rate remained constant at 11.7 per cent as in February.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) states that the cities and towns’ inflation rate went down by 0.2 of a percentage point from 10.5 per cent in February to 10.3 per cent in March.

The urban villages’ inflation rate was 12.2 per cent, up from 11.9 per cent by 0.3 of a percentage point while the rural urban villages’ inflation rate increased from 14.7 percent in February to 14.9 per cent in March, an increase of 0.2 per cent. The March CPI registered an increase of 0.9 per cent, from a February index of 124.1 to 125.2.

The cities and town’s index moved from 122 to 123 between the two months and urban villages’ index went up from 124.1 to 125.2 between February and March and the rural villages’ index rose from 129.4 to 130.6. Four group indexes recorded changes of more than 1 per cent, with Restaurants and Hotels going up by 1.9 per cent from 145.1 to 147.9 between the two periods due to increases in the section indices of Restaurants, Cafes and the Like and Accommodation Services which rose by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
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Botswana is scheduled to have educational television after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) yesterday.

The agreement was signed between NHK and the Ministry of Education (MoE) at the Gaborone Sun. MoE Permanent Secretary, Ruth Maphorisa said the event was a culmination of a long process of negotiations meant to achieve the greatest benefit from the relationship.

She said the ministry has long realised the role-played by electronic media in education. This is why it established educational radio programmes early in the education system.
She explained that in 2006, the ministry, through the Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation, engaged a consultancy to look into the possibility of establishing educational television in Botswana.

This was meant to support the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
17 April 2009

It’s reported that Thursday’s discussions between Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, over the outstanding issues facing the unity government, hit a brick wall after Mugabe insisted that he has the right to make independent decisions.

We could not get official comment but sources close to the discussions said the principals were supposed to meet again on Friday, but that didn’t happen.

Our source said the principals have now agreed that it was pointless to meet Friday because of Mugabe’s attitude. So they have agreed to invite former South African President Thabo Mbeki to a meeting on Monday, so that he can interpret the terms of [continue reading]

source: BBC News

The world’s largest diamond producer, Botswana, is to cut output by more than half this year, because of falling demand for gems.

Debswana, jointly owned by the Botswana government and De Beers, said it would produce 15 million carats of diamonds, against 33.6 million carats last year.

It came after state diamond trading firm DTCB said it could only sell between 18 and 20 million carats.

In February, Debswana had said it would close two mines for the rest of 2009.

“If there are indications that demand will improve quickly, then we [continue reading]

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17 April 2009

SA’s Telkom and global telecommunications group AT&T signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday to allow both companies to explore opportunities on the African continent.

Telkom said in a statement CEO Reuben September and AT&T Business Solutions CEO Ronald E Spears signed the agreement in Johannesburg, calling for both companies to establish seamless connectivity between their networks, so that companies in sub-Saharan Africa could connect more effectively to other global markets.

It would also allow multinational companies seeking to establish or expand their operations in African countries to obtain Internet Protocol (IP) based and mobility services and applications more easily within the continent and around the world.

In terms of the MOU, the two companies would begin [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Australian -based Mount Burgess Mining has appointed Manfred Marx as a consultant to add further geological expertise to the company’s diamond exploration efforts in Namibia and Botswana.

In a report on Mining Weekly, the company said that Marx has 40 years of unbroken experience in the diamond exploration and mining industry, and has been employed by, and consulting for, both major and junior companies in several countries.

For the past ten years, Marx has operated world wide as an independent consultant to the diamond industry.

Mount Burgess has recently been granted seven exploration licences in Botswana, which adjoin the company’s Tsumkwe diamond exploration project in Nambia, and covers some 7 000 ha.

A number of potential kimberlite targets were currently [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 April, 2009

By Kgotsofalang Botsang GABORONE – The Ministry of Agriculture has demonstrated its commitment to empower young farmers by allocating two of its underutilised farms to some young farmers.

The Ministry’s Chief Scientific Officer (Ruminants), Mr Boeditswe Masilo said in an interview that a total of 16 farms have been allocated to farmers.

Mr Masilo said the two young farmers, Mr Kenneth Phiri and Mr Mompati Solomon had been allocated Makoba A and Masiatilodi farms respectively where they will be producing weaners and eventually supply quality breeding stock.

The two farms, he said, have well-developed infrastructure and almost intact.

The young farmers do not have to worry about equipping the two farms, as young farmers are mostly beginners and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
17 April 2009

Johannesburg — HOW the internet has tested our perception of what is normal! In the past decade its shapeless form, with no beginning or end, has challenged what we see as right or wrong, our rights and the protection thereof, as well as what is permissible or not.

And so it is with online gaming. Governments around the world have grappled – even fumbled – with the thorny task of how to regulate interactive gaming.

They have had to ponder such issues as how much regulation is needed, if any? How does one deal with the fact that the internet knows no boundaries?

In the US, Congress is still considering how to approach the regulation of the online sector.

In SA we are a step further, with the Department of Trade and Industry recently publishing the National Gambling Board’s (NGB’s) draft online regulation for public comment.

Did SA really need to regulate the online industry? Online gaming groups such as Silversands and Piggs Peak are already forging ahead, quite successfully, without regulations in place. One might argue there is [continue reading]