Archive for May 28th, 2009

source: Mmegi

GABORONE: Botswana government has approved over P2 billion in tax concessions for the Mmamabula Energy Project and extended coal prospecting licences in the country.

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, told the press on Monday that consultations with South Africa on the project are going on well. South Africa, through their power utility, Eskom, will be the largest consumer of Mmamabula electricity.

Kedikilwe said he recently briefed South Africa’s Energy Minister, N Sonjica, about the project, and emphasised the tight timelines of the project, and the need for both governments to be well coordinated in their actions.

Kedikilwe said the consideration of the tariff offer by the Eskom board was crucial. He also said he [continue reading]


source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:39

Anti terrorism bullets were used, one from a 15 cm distance

It was murder – Bayford A post mortem conducted on Monday has revealed that eight bullets went through John Kalafatis’ body on the fateful Wednesday night, May 13, 2009.

The Gazette can exclusively report thatanti-terrorism bullets were sprayed into Kalafatis’ body. Although all bullets in Kalafatis’ body appeared to be fatal, one went into the back of his head, another pierced his spine, two hit him in the neck, while four went through his back. Anti terrorism bullets are described as being able to “go through any bullet proof device such as a vest, and they are good for targeted shooting”.

It is understood that the [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 27 2009 at 09:33AM
By Wendy Da Costa and Simphiwe Ndwandwe

Each of President Jacob Zuma’s three wives should be considered a first lady, the spousal support office in the Presidency has said.

Director Ntsiki Sisulu-Singaphi dismissed any notion that Nompumelelo Ntuli – also known as MaNtuli – was the official first lady after she attended a public engagement with schoolchildren in Durban on Tuesday.

Zuma also has two other wives: Sizakele Khumalo and Thobeka Mabhija.

Sisulu-Singaphi noted that Ntuli had been booked for Tuesday’s engagement “in her own capacity” before Zuma was inaugurated as president.

She said the spousal support office worked according to the constitution, which made provision for polygamy and therefore [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: After a heated debate Francistown City Council (FCC) yesterday passed a motion demanding that some food ration coupon system beneficiaries should be given money for transport to collect their food baskets.

The debate came to a point where councillors, including the deputy mayor, Lamodimo Dikomang, who was presiding over the full council meeting, became visibly emotional.

The motion raised by Kanana Ward councillor, Ace Ntheetsang, requested that “in view of the distance involved and cost implications council should adapt a motion halting the issuance of smart cards for all affected beneficiaries within the Francistown jurisdiction where there are no shops in their areas and/or alternatively be paid P40 as transportation costs”.

When presenting his motion, Ntheetsang made it clear that [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00

Why did Ministers Dikgakgamatso Seretse and Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi not invite the private media to their press conference last week?

Probably because we would have asked some very hard questions about the extrajudicial killings that have occurred in the past year, and where the buck stops as far as responsibility for those killings is concerned. For instance we would have asked: Who actually assigns security agents on the manhunt of suspects? What is the make up of these security teams? Which is the agency that has ultimate responsibility for the actions of the team, where several agencies make up a team?

What laws govern these deployments? What guidelines are given to these agents when they go on manhunts? To what extent do the laws cover the agents against prosecution and law suits in the case of fatal shootings and injuries? What is the policy on [continue reading]

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27 May 2009

While the latest gross domestic product (GDP) growth figures show that the South Africa is in recession – for the first time since 1992 – the National Treasury expects conditions to improve in the second half of the year.

Domestically, interest rates have come down by 350 basis points since last year as inflation starts to moderate, and this monetary easing is expected to help improve credit conditions, ease pressures on consumers and small businesses, and raise growth rates.

“Looking ahead, we expect another quarterly contraction for the second quarter, but this is expected to be smaller,” the National Treasury said in a statement this week. “Quarter-on-quarter figures are expected to show improvement and a stronger economy in the second half of 2009”.

It added, however, that the country was “unlikely to achieve the GDP growth rate for this year expected at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The recent promotion of five Local Police officers stationed at the Tribal Administration Headquarters in Gaborone has caused a stir among other court clerks.

Mmegi has learnt that the promotions were done without any internal advertisement, simply to appease a few individuals allegedly close to the director. It is said that the officers got promoted despite a queue of other court clerks who recently underwent training. “We don’t know why they decided to promote the police when we have been waiting for such promotions for a long time,” said one disgruntled court clerk who preferred anonymity.

She alleged that there is a clique of officers at the headquarters who have taken control of the operations there. She said that the senior management of the department are not in charge because they “don’t have time for office duties” as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Unlike last year, this year’s Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower’s (BOCCIM) Northern Trade Fair will have livestock, says the employers’ organisation’s Regional Manager North, Eileen van der Est.

The fair, which begins today (Wednesday) and was scheduled to be opened by the Minister of Trade and Industry Neo Moroka, will also have a fashion show with new entrants.

But a setback is that as late as last week, the organisers had not (yet) received any response from mining houses, though BOCCIM extended invitations to them, van der Est says.

“Mining companies would have added a lot of value to the show,” she says. “I do not know if the global financial crisis is to blame or not.”

The mining companies she refers to [continue reading]

source: IOL
May 27 2009 at 01:21PM

President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday reports that he was bound by an undertaking not to appoint a successor to axed national prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli were false.

Zuma said it was incorrect that former president Kgalema Motlanthe had agreed to wait until the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Pikoli’s legal challenge to his dismissal, to appoint a new national director of public prosecutions.

Motlanthe had merely undertaken to give Pikoli’s lawyers notice should he move to fill the post, the presidency said in a statement.

Pikoli was suspended by former president Thabo Mbeki in September 2007, and finally fired by Motlanthe in December last year for being insensitive to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Some Batswana students based in Malaysia have expressed disappointment after it was revealed that the Ministry of Education and Skills Development has decided to reduce their monthly allowance from RM 2595, the equivalent of P5,307.75 to RM 2,100 or P4,295.29.

According to recent media reports, the Vice President, Mompati Merafhe said government regretted the move adding that, “whatever sacrifice we make, all must contribute to assisting during this period”.

Students in Malaysia say that they are hard done. Some felt that they were being punished for the waywardness of other students based in the Asian country. In the past few years, Malaysia-based students have been in the news for the wrong reasons after some of them died, leaving Batswana horrified.

The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Jacob Nkate, was forced to go to Malaysia on a fact finding-mission and when he returned he told the nation that [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00

Is education in Botswana really free and compulsory?

Opposition parties have accused the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) of lack of consultation on issues of national interest.

They raised the concern at a panel discussion hosted by The Botswana Coalition on Global Campaign for Education at Gaborone City Hall on Saturday on the theme, Education Policy at Cross Roads: A Dilemma for Youth Development and Adult Literacy.
The aim was to provide tools and strategies for policy makers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to better understand the status of youth and adults in Botswana, based on a critical analysis of the problems and the adopted responses to various government policies.

The BDP was represented by Segaetsho Gaarekwe, while the [continue reading]