Archive for May 11th, 2009

source: Standay Standard
by Kenneth Dipholo
10.05.2009 7:51:46 P

Those of us who watched the movie called ‘The Titanic’ may know that whereas the characters are fictional, the entire story is based on a real life tragedy.

The movie depicts the loss of over a thousand lives aboard the ill-fated journey of the most advanced ship of the time. The journey commenced with excited faces aboard The Titanic dreaming of an exhilarating experience of a life time. Everyone was headed for the easy expedition, having to just get into the ship and sail. But as the journey unfolded, it became clear that the crew was inadequately prepared for a worst case scenario and when disaster struck, no one stepped up to lead the rescue mission.

It was pandemonium all over, with the crew looking ordinary, unprepared, clueless and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

The Pula continues to strengthen against the US dollar on the back of similar movements by the South African Rand, appreciating from as low as P8.5 per dollar in January to P 7.15 on Wednesday.

As a result of the link between Botswana’s economy and South Africa’s, when the rand weakens against the dollar, the Pula follows suit, although not by the same margins. The Pula simultaneously gains against the rand.

The rand recently fell to as low as R12 to the US dollar, but by Wednesday, it had managed to gain big ground, trading at R8.08 against the dollar. Analysts believe it will continue on that path for some time as sentiment towards high-risk assets improves.

Consequently, the Pula has begun to gain against the American dollar as the see-saw in the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Pretoria — The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa will be Mr Kgalema Petros Motlanthe.

The rest of Cabinet in alphabetical order is as follows:

1. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Peterson

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dr Pieter Mulder

2. Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana

Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile

3. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga

Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty

4. Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda

Deputy Minister of Communications Dina Pule

5. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka

Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Yunus Carrim

6. Minister of Correctional Services Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Hlengiwe Mkhize

7. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu

Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla

8. Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel

Deputy Minister of Economic Development Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde

9. Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters

10. Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

Deputy Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene

11. Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Deputy Minister of Health Dr Molefi Sefularo

12. Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande

13. Minister of Home Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba

14. Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale

Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zou Kota

15. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (1) Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (2) Sue van der Merwe

16. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Andries Nel

17. Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana

18. Minister of Mining Susan Shabangu

19. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa

Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula

20. Minister of Public Enterprises Barbara Hogan

Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Enoch Godongwana

21. Minister for the Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi

Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration Roy Padayachie

22. Minister of Public Works Geoff Doidge

Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu

23. Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Dr Joe Phaahla

24. Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom

25. Minister of Social Development Edna Molewa

Deputy Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini

26. Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkesi Stofile

Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen

27. Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele

28. Minister in The Presidency (1)

National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel

29. Minister in The Presidency (2)

30. Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk

Deputy Minister of Tourism Thozile Xasa

31. Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (1) Thandi Tobias

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (2) Maria Ntuli

32. Minister of Transport Sbusiso Joel Ndebele

Deputy Minister of Transport Jeremy Cronin

33. Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica

Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabhudafhasi

34. Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende Sibiya

source: Republic of Botswana (9/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 13 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C4) 8/5/09: Re: Botswana Police Service and Local Police Force Merger

Following the publication on the local media of a number of reports, which were often inaccurate and misleading, concerning the merger between the Botswana Police Service and the Local Police Force, the two Ministers responsible for the Botswana Police Service and Local Police Force, Hon. D.N. Seretse and Hon. A. Masalila respectively met to bring clarity to the issues raised.

1. The preparations for the merger commenced on 1st of April 2009 and will be completed at the end of August 2009.
2. The Local Police Act will be repealed after the completion of the merger.
3. All members of the Local Police will undergo a criminal history check and [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by sunday Standard Reporter
10.05.2009 8:52:19 P

The annual Tourism Indaba started yesterday (Saturday) with a lot of excitement from the tourism industry ahead of the Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup to be held in the SADC region this June and next year respectively.

A number of Botswana Tour operators are showcasing their products at the event, which is Africa’s largest tourism marketing event held in Durban, South Africa every year.
Some of Botswana tourism companies that participated at the expo last year and which are making their comeback are African Excursions, a Maun-based tour company, which is exhibiting for the third time at the Indaba.

Officials of the company said they are [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 10 2009 at 04:15PM

Good afternoon and thank you for joining us.

We have since the launch of the ANC Manifesto indicated the type of new administration we envisaged in terms of size, shape and political focus.

We wanted a structure that would enable us to achieve visible and tangible socio-economic development within the next five years.

It should be a structure which would enable us to effectively implement our policies.

The structure of Cabinet and national departments has therefore been re-organised to achieve better alignment between the structure, our electoral mandate as per our election Manifesto, and the developmental challenges that need to receive immediate attention from government.

In summary, some of the changes in the structure of [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Kedidimetse Mpolokeng
10.05.2009 7:57:48 P

Since its launch, St Louis 24 has raised eyebrows among the people, wondering whether it is an alcoholic drink or not.

There are also conflicting explanations concerning the admissibility of this drink to be taken in public.
It uncannily resembles the real St. Louis beer but is found in retail grocery shops, like in Spar.

The Director of Traffic in the Botswana Police Service, Mr. Bruno Paledi, announced recently that anyone seen drinking St Louis 24 in public will be charged in accordance with the laws of Botswana governing beer drinking in public places.

The manufacturers of the product say that St. Louis 24 is an alcohol-free beer, aimed at those beer drinkers who may, on occasion, want a beer without [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

A Sudanese legislator has said that president Ian Khama’s position that Sudan President Omar al-Bashir should be brought before the International Criminal Court is perhaps due to the fact that Botswana has never experienced ethnic violence and violent confrontation with government.

In an exclusive interview with Mmegi yesterday, Dr Richard Mulla, who is part of a delegation of southern Sudan parliamentarians which is here on a mission to learn about the Botswana Parliament public accounts committee (PAC) operations said that the “situation looks ideal for someone to say al-Bashir should go and face the ICC. It’s much more like someone in a European environment, where there are no ethnic conflicts,” he said.

Botswana, since the new presidency of Khama, has been emerging as a fearless and bold state that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

It was bound to be a showdown. You could see it was quite a weighty matter and that government took it very seriously.

In what will go down as a major public relations exercise aimed at controlling the damage that has already been done, Vice President, Mompati Merafhe, together with education Minister, Jacob Nkate, and Minister of finance and Development Planning, Baledzi Gaolathe, addressed journalists at the Mass Media Complex Auditorium focusing on the economic challenges facing the nation and how government plans to tackle them.

The briefing, however it later turned out, would not be an ordinary one, where after government officers’ presentation or speech reading, journalists ask questions and then everyone goes home. No. It was not just that. When you went inside the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Jeff Ramsay
10.05.2009 7:55:39 P

Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, will depart for the USA on Monday where he will be the Guest of Honour at the “2009 Celebrate Africa Grand Gala Awards Dinner.”

Described as “the biggest celebration of Africa” outside of the continent, the high level event annually brings together leading Africans and friends of Africa in an effort to promote a positive global image of the continent and its people.

In keeping with this mission, the awards are dedicated to celebrating Africa’s achievements and highlighting best practices in good governance, sound management of public resources, respect for human rights and the rule of law; as well as advancing progressive socioeconomic and private sector development throughout the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (9/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 13 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C3) 8/5/09: Botswana to be honoured at international awards ceremony; H.H. the Vice President to accept award

H.H. the Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, will depart for the USA on Monday where he will be the Guest of Honour at the “2009 Celebrate Africa Grand Gala Awards Dinner.”

Described as “the biggest celebration of Africa” outside of the continent, the high level event annually brings together leading Africans and friends of Africa in an effort to promote a positive global image of the continent and its people. In keeping with this mission, the awards are dedicated to celebrating Africa’s achievements and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MADELEINE GALE

An interim Union of Student Representatives Councils (SRC) came together on May 6, 2009 to hold a press conference concerning the Ministry of Education and Skills Development’s recent decisions surrounding student sponsorship at Tertiary Institutions.

SRC’s from BA ISAGO University College, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, NIIT, ABM University College, and Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies came together to discuss changes in the government’s sponsorship policy for students as well as other issues affecting the welfare of students at tertiary level.

The SRC’s welcomed the press claiming not to have called them here to fight, but to hear common problems all students now face due to government’s recent decisions concerning education. The issues of concern each SRC planned to [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (9/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 13 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C8) 28/4/09: Reply to Monitor Headline and Editorial – “Where is the President?

Both in its front page headline and editorial, yesterday’s edition of Mmegi Monitor (27/4/09) pointedly asks “Where is the President”, in reference to the Ministry of Education’s recently announced guideline for tertiary student sponsorship.

This is the case despite the newspaper’s acknowledgement that H.E. the President has asked H.H. the Vice President along with the Ministers of Education and Skills Development and Finance and Development Planning to “address the nation about recent developments”. We therefore find it surprising that Mmegi Monitor chose to run such a [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (9/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 13 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C9) 30/4/09: Ministry of Agriculture response to article in Sunday Standard newspaper entitled “Khama foils plan to privatize BMC through the backdoor”

The Ministry of Agriculture notes with concern a front-page article entitled “Khama foiled the plan to privatize BMC through backdoor”, which appeared on the front-page of the 26 April 2009 edition of the Sunday Standard newspaper.

In the report the newspaper makes the false and unfounded allegation that the current Minister backed recommendations to privatise BMC.

We take particular exception to the fact that this allegation and other inaccuracies contained in the report were published online as well as in print without first confirming them with us. This, in our view is in clear violation of the basic norms of journalism.

In the interest of putting the record straight, we wish to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Botswana should use the current global financial crisis as an opportunity to effect economic and regulatory reforms, economist Dr Keith Jefferis says.

The former Bank of Botswana deputy governor said the country needs to go through the reforms if it is to achieve sustainable long-term growth. He said the impact of the global crisis illustrates the need to boost economic growth through regulatory and other reforms, and should certainly not be used as a reason to delay reforms.

In his economic quarterly review, the Bifm Investment Committee chairman said that public spending will not be a big driver of growth in the coming years as it has been in the past, reinforcing the need to [continue reading]