Archive for May 18th, 2009

source: Republic of Botswana (17/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 14 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

D. 15/05/09: From the Voice (Botswana) Newspaper – Interview of H.E. President Seretse Khama Ian Khama:

“I have agreed to take this position because I want to serve my people.” – President Khama


Love him or hate him but you cannot ignore Botswana’s fourth President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. He was brought in from the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) to bring stability to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). In vain. But President Khama is not deterred. Last week Thursday, The Voice Editor, PAMELA DUBE-KELEPANG, mixed with multitudes that had descended at the Kgotla meetings at the villages of Lotlhakeng West, Ralekgetho and Moshupa. There, she observed first hand a leader at home with the ordinary folks, who would stand and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Morupule B Power Station got a major boost this week with the announcement that Standard Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have been mandated as joint lead arrangers to finance the project

The Morupule B Power Station project involves the installation of 4 x 150 megawatt units. Associated projects include water supply works and the construction of transmission lines and substations for the distribution of power to the rest of the BPC grid.

The project also involves expansion of Debswana-owned Morupule Colliery that traditionally produces less than a million tonnes of coal annually.

The US$ 1, 6 billion (P12 billion) coal-fired Morupule B Power Station project is a major Botswana government initiative driven by the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). It is aimed at boosting the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
17.05.2009 12:14:23 P

DURBAN: A Botswana-based tourism company won four awards at the ongoing Tourism Indaba that started here over the weekend and to end on Tuesday.

Uncharted Africa Safari, a tourism outfit that operates Jack’s Camp, was nominated by tour operators for the prestigious awards that have put the country on the map.

“We are promoting Botswana for it to be recognised worldwide. It is a prestige for Botswana,” Catherine Raphaely, Uncharted Africa Safari Managing Director, said in an interview after the awards.

The four awards: Best Safari Camp in Africa, Best Safari Camp in Southern Africa, The Good Safari Guide Team and Best Ecological Safari Camp were given at a function on Thursday at the Hilton Hotel.

“The tour operators believed in us by voting for us in all the categories. We do not know what we did because we did not ask people to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s hurried efforts to appoint the Media Appeals Committee seems to have run into hurdles.

Lawyers approached to serve on the controversial Appeals Committee have turned down lucrative offers, which go with cash incentives.

The lawyers’ stance comes at a time when local publishers have taken the government to court challenging the controversial Media Practitioners Act.

In the meantime the Law Society of Botswana (LSB) say they have tasked their Law Reform Committee to investigate whether they can challenge the Media Act in a court of law. The committee is expected to report to the LSB about its findings next month, according to the executive secretary Tebogo Moipolai.

The LSB confirmed receiving instructions from Minister Venson-Moitoi to [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
17.05.2009 12:33:19 P

As mistakes go, it was an expensive one. And Debswana Managing Director, Blackie Marole, may be the fall guy although he inherited the mess.

The cash-strapped mining company is reported to have lost millions of pula in production time at Orapa Mine over the past five years after they blundered into buying Russian made heavy earth moving machinery which spent more time at the garage workshop than at the mining site.

The two Russian made Belaz Wheel Dozers estimated at P 7, 2 million, which were commissioned at Orapa Mine in 2004, broke down most of the time and during a two year period were only functioning for a total of 655 hours instead of the targeted 19200 hours.

Although the heavy earthmoving equipment was bought shortly before Marole was appointed to [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 17 2009 at 08:45AM
By Leila Samodien

President Jacob Zuma is to go ahead with his defamation suits against cartoonist Zapiro.

Zuma is claiming a total of R7-million in damages against Shapiro, in two civil actions.

The first stems from a cartoon that Zapiro – real name Jonathan Shapiro – penned during Zuma’s rape trial in 2006, and the other is for his controversial “Lady Justice” cartoon, for which Zapiro recently won a Mondi Shanduka newspaper award.

Shapiro said on Saturday that the president, who had sworn at his inauguration to uphold the constitution, which protects freedom of speech, should drop the lawsuits.

And in a gesture of good faith, Shapiro has removed the shower-rose which has been attached to Zuma’s head in [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
17.05.2009 12:17:11 P

African Copper Plc, the tri-listed copper mining outfit, shrugged off threats of liquidation from Natasa Mining Limited Friday after the former accepted a proposal from Zambia Copper Investments that was later sweetened.

Chris Fredricks, Chief Executive Officer for African Copper, confirmed to Sunday Standard Friday night that they will vehemently defend the challenge that falls on the heels of African Copper’s EGM’s rejection of Natasa’s offer.

“Natasa has entered into negotiations with the bondholders today (Friday) indicating that they are going to file a wind-up of the company,” Fredericks told Sunday Standard, adding that “we are going to challenge it”.

Zambia Copper Investments (ZCI) was voted as the preferred bidder earlier in the week in a move that was pushing Natasa to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The government has indicated that it intends to fight it out in court in a legal suit launched by two members of the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexual Organisation (LEGABIBO), who contend that section 164 of the Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality is discriminatory.

Prisca Mogapi, a woman employed at Botswana Network of Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA), who claims to be a transgender and Caine Youngman, a gay member of LEGABIBO have indicated their intention to file a case against the government by the end of this month.

The duo want section 164 of the Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality, to be declared unconstitutional. Government was slapped with a notice of suit last month by BONELA’s legal officer, Uyapo Ndadi.

Ndadi, who is representing the two, has indicated that his clients are facing discriminatory tendencies and live in fear of being prosecuted for [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Kedidimetse Mpolokeng
17.05.2009 12:23:55 P

Goods worth thousands of Pula were on Thursday destroyed and burned by the Diamond and Narcotics Squad at Otse Police College.

The Assistant Superintendent of Diamond and Narcotics Squad, Kenosi Tsaanang, said they heard from the public that there are some people doing business selling counterfeit products and they investigated the matter further. Among these products are Viagra, contraception pills, music CDs, writable or re-writable CDs, and pornography DVDs.

According to the laws of Botswana, the possession of “Indecent and obscene material such as pornographic books, magazines, films, videos, DVDs and software” is prohibited in Botswana.

“Most of the people who trade in these are foreigners, especially in matters concerning fake pills and pornography DVD’s and one thing I can point out to people is that you are as guilty if having bought these fake products,” Tsaanang said. He added that as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Frequent shooting of suspects by security agents has now become commonplace. On Wednesday night, a Gaborone man, John Kalafatis, died in a hail of bullets fired by security agents at Extension 12, in Gaborone.

Kalafatis, who was a passenger in a two-door car, was shot execution style at a car wash, next to the Extension 12 shopping complex. This is the second such shooting a in a week. Early in the week, a robbery suspect was shot to death by the police in Ramotswa.

The Wednesday shooting incident at Extension 12 has shocked the man’s family. Says his younger brother, Costa Kalafatis: “I am devastated. My mother who has a heart condition, has had to be taken to a private doctor.”

Costa said the security agents warned him that [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (17/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 14 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C2) 15/5/09: Response to article in the Sunday Standard (10/5/09):
“Khama’s Government not ruining Botswana”

His Excellency the President Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s popularity standing according to the Afrobarometer report is at an all time high of 88% by international standards. This is by no default but linked closely to the vision that he set out for Botswana based on the 4 Ds: Democracy, Development, Discipline and Dignity. Writing in the Sunday Standard, in an article entitled ‘Khama’s Government ruining Botswana‘, Kenneth Dipholo writes: “These are tough times which demand that Botswana be governed by men and women with the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: They may be a puny entity operating from a cubicle in the central business district here, but Road King are poised to take a giant leap when they introduce “virgin oils”, the first of its kind in Botswana and even Africa, on local market.

The idea is to manufacture the oils in Francistown once a plot has been secured. But at the moment they are content with ordering finished products from South Africa where they are processed and packaged. But the raw materials are procured from the United States.

Excitement is written all over Maknorth Corporations’ (which operates Road King) Managing Director, Samson Muumba as Business Week enters his office on the first floor of Ngilichi House for an interview.

“We are definitely poised to be a [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Saturday, 16 May 2009 21:08

BULAWAYO — About 1 000 delegates from throughout Zimbabwe endorsed Zapu’s formal withdrawal from the 1987 Unity Accord with Zanu PF in a major blow to the former ruling party.
The special congress held at Mzilikazi’s McDonald Hall, five months after disgruntled Zanu PF heavy weights initiated the breakaway, attracted prominent politicians from the region who included Paul Siwela, who contested the 2002 presidential elections, and former speaker of parliament, Cyril Ndebele.

Several former members of Zanu PF provincial executives in Matabeleland and the Midlands who left the party last year as cracks widened over President Robert Mugabe’s reluctance to step down also attended in large numbers.

There was also a huge presence of members of the civic society and other parties in the country including the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (17/5/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 14 of 2009, The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C1) 15/5/09: President Khama stresses importance of continued private sector input in meeting economic challenges

Re: Press Release on yesterday’s HLCC Meeting – please find below a Press release on the proceedings of yesterday’s meeting of the High Level Consultative Council. As in the past members of the Press, both public and private, should have been invited to the opening session, but apparently there was a failure to notify stakeholders. Our apologies, members of the press should receive timely notification in future (indeed the scheduled date of the next meeting is at the bottom of the article). The release includes a summary of the proceedings of the closed session. I am available for further comment.

[Start] Press Release: HLCC reaffirms need for Public-Private Sector Partnership; President Khama stresses importance of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

World Bank researchers have ranked Botswana as Africa’s leader in terms of potential investment destinations, according to the recently released Global Investment Promotion Benchmarking (GIPB) 2009 report.

The report hailed Botswana as “a star performer” noting that the country had improved its overall score in the GIPB’s criteria to “an excellent 70 percent, which is an almost 140 percent improvement.” Botswana is the second most improved country in the three years that the GIPB has been done, trailing only to Croatia.

The GIPB report, a World Bank initiative, is solely focused on the Investment Promotion Intermediaries (IPIs) of each country, as surveys have revealed that more than 65 percent of investors deal with these agencies when assessing their [continue reading]