Archive for April 24th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by Botswana Gazette online
Tuesday, 21 April 2009

According to the recently released Fraser Institute survey, Botswana has once again been named the foremost preferred destination for mining and mineral investment in Africa. The 2009 Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies is reported to have involved more than 3, 000 mining entities representing 71 jurisdictions on every continent except the Antarctica.

The survey states: “Botswana was ranked 18th overall in the world, coming behind global leaders mainly concentrated in North America; 2009 thus marks the fourth year in a row Botswana has been ranked the preferred mining destination in Africa, starting from the 2005/06 survey. All respondents who commented on Botswana were reported to have said that Botswana has the most favourable policies towards mining. Botswana, with an index score of 64.9, was ahead of other African states such as Mali (53.6); Namibia (52.5), Ghana (51.3) and Burkina Faso (45.1)”.

The survey also states that South Africa was ranked [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 23 2009 at 07:03PM

The ruling ANC was soaring ahead of its political rivals as just over one third of votes had been counted by late Thursday afternoon.

Of the record 23,181,997 voters registered to take part in the country’s fourth democratic elections, 9,145,172 votes had been counted just before 6.30pm.

Over six million South Africans made their marks next to ANC leader Jacob Zuma’s face, with the party so far receiving 6,008,052 votes.

The Democratic Alliance had nearly 1.5 million votes, with 1,467,306 ballots marked in favour of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
21 April 2009

Gaborone — Many of the adverse effects of floods which swamped northwest Botswana in early March could have been avoided if the Okavango River Basin Commission (OKACOM) had an early warning system in place.

“I just returned from northwest Botswana where I was inspecting damage from the recent flooding – the largest on record,” Gabaake Gabaake, Permanent Secretary in Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources told delegates at the opening of a two-day regional conference in Gaborone on strengthening trans-boundary water management.

“We could have minimised the adverse impacts of this event if OKACOM had used its flow and water level data to develop and implement an early warning system,” Gabaake said. “Those of us from OKACOM sitting here, and maybe even SADC, should be asking ourselves why it is that we have so many workshops like these, and Commission Meetings, and yet we cannot not even deal with [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Managing director of ASA Enterprises, Ajit Ahuja denied yesterday that his company had done a shoddy job in the Serowe Emergency Water Supply project.

The 66-year-old was giving evidence for the state in the case in which principal engineer at the Department of Water Affairs, Ephraim Kelaeng is facing corruption charges in the award of a P80 million tender.

In his testimony, Ahuja said that his company bid for the job only to be told that Unik Construction who bid at a higher price had won the tender. He followed up the matter with the Public Procurement and Assert Disposal Board (PPDAB) and was informed that his company had been disqualified. He said that at a meeting attended by the PPADB boss Armando Lionjanga and the board secretary, he saw some correspondence related to [continue reading]

23 April 2009

Two researchers from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have won Google Research Awards, together worth R1.2-million, for their work in human language technologies and wireless and mobile communication systems.

Professor Etienne Barnard of North West University and the CSIR’s Dr Fisseha Mekuria, formerly of Uganda’s Makerere University, now join an elite group whose research efforts have been identified for support by Google’s programme to develop the best, most usable methods of information access.

The CSIR said in a statement this week that both researchers plan to use a significant part of their awards for the support of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana will approach the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AFDB) for “soft loans” to cover part of this year’s P13.4 billion budget deficit.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday prior to leaving for Washington to attend scheduled World Bank/IMF meetings, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Baledzi Gaolathe, said he was scheduled to meet the multi-lateral banks’ officials “to agree on modalities of accessing budget support”.

“We will discuss with them (World Bank) ways of how they can assist us,” Gaolathe said. “We are looking for a soft window because it is punitive as [continue reading]

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23 April 2009

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is to lead a team of his ministers on an international tour to lure Western countries to invest in Zimbabwe.

South African Foreign Affairs director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba told journalists in Pretoria on on Tuesday that Tsvangirai and his team would visit the major Western nations to see if they would partner in assisting Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s unity government, comprising President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party and Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, is seeking around US$8.5-billion from international donors for its short-term emergency recovery programme.

However, international donors have said they will only dispense aid once there is clear evidence of [continue reading]