Archive for June 9th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Before his death, John Kalafatis, was just an ordinary human being, but his death has elevated him to a higher plane where he is now in the spotlight, a popular figure, made more popular by the brutal way in which he was executed by security agents.

Kalafatis was born 33 years ago and raised in Gaborone. According to his obituary, which was circulated at his funeral last weekend, he went to the elite Northside Primary School and went down south to pursue his secondary education in Grahamstown in South Africa.

The father of two children, he is said to have been, at the time of his death, involved in a family business “and pursued his career with passion into the business,” it reads in part.

His detractors believe that Kalafatis was a career criminal who used force and visited terror on his victims. Despite this, some, especially his close friends and family members talk of a John who was full of love, affable and [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Reuben Pitse
07.06.2009 1:21:24 P

Investigations surrounding the death of John Kalafatis will be completed by the end of this month.

Deputy Police Commissioner of Botswana Police Service, Kenny Kapinga, told the Sunday Standard that by the end of this month police investigations surrounding the death of Kalafatis will have been completed.

Kapinga said that after investigations are completed, the docket will then be handed over to the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

Responding to a question concerning the identity of the alleged suspects, the Deputy Commissioner stated, “It is too early to reveal the identities of the alleged suspects.”

However, Sunday Standard has been informed that about five members of the Military Intelligence, who are suspected to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana and Namibia yesterday signed an agreement to start a railway line that will connect Botswana to the sea coast of Walvis Bay.

Both countries represented by their Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Transport agreed to kick-start a feasibility study that will determine how the railway line would be aligned as well as the cost implications of the exercise, the officials said today.

Namibia’s Permanent Secretary for Transport, George Simataa, described the agreement as a significant progress. “We have even made the appointment of a consultant to start work possibly in July this year, and both countries are committed to financing the project,” Simataa said today after the agreement was completed.

The PS added:”Rail is an economical mode of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Mabasa Sasa
8 June 2009

Victoria Falls — PRESIDENT Mugabe has urged Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa member-states to invest their own capital in the development of the region to achieve continent-wide economic integration.

In his acceptance speech after assuming the chairmanship of the 19-member bloc here yesterday, President Mugabe outlined the core areas that his leadership of Comesa would concentrate on over the next 12 months.

These would be the development of infrastructure, human skills, the energy sector, water, transport and communications, among others.

“As production requires not only raw materials but also capital, which includes human capital, we need to scale up the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.06.2009 1:26:09 P

The Sunday Standard has instructed its attorneys, Bayford and Associates, to raise a counterclaim for defamation against President Lt Gen Ian Khama and to challenge the legitimacy of his presidency.

Bayford and Associates of Friday informed Khama’s lawyers, Collins and Newman that, “in our view, in the event your client institutes the threatened action, he would have tacitly waived the immunity conferred on the President of Botswana by Section 41 of the Constitution”.

They further informed them that in the event President Khama “holds a different view, as an alternative argument, we hold instructions to challenge the legitimacy of his presidency. His ascendancy to power, it will be contended, was not in conformity with Section 35 (4) of the Constitution, which requires that where the office of Presidency is vacant, the National Assembly shall meet to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: Though most exhibitors at the just-ended BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair are happy with the exposure the show gave them, they have things that they think BOCCIM should improve.

This year’s BNTF was held under the theme “Competitiveness: Strategy for Growth”. It was held at the BOCCIM Fair Grounds here from May 28 to 31 and was officially opened by the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Duke Lefhoko.

Exhibitors have always complained about the venue and insufficient advertising of the event by BOCCIM.

Shimmy Siku, an events manager for Westside Entertainment, says the show is now popular with people. Westside Entertainment organises events for Orange Botswana which held one of the best stalls at [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Bashi Letsididi
07.06.2009 1:09:38 P

As part of its strategy “to ensure job preservation and cash conservation” during these difficult times, Debswana Mining Company has had to revise its On-the-spot Recognition Awards Scheme at its mines.

An exemplary employee who in the past would be rewarded with a corporate gift like a state-of-the-art Nokia cellphone now has to settle for verbal acknowledgement in front of his/her colleagues.

The company’s Group Manager (Public and Corporate Affairs), Esther Kanaimba, says that like any other mining company, Debswana has been adversely affected by the global economic meltdown, which has manifested itself in a sharp decline in the demand for rough diamonds.

“In order to mitigate against the effects of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Siseko Njobeni
8 June 2009

Johannesburg — ESKOM has put on hold three of its projects — the rail, hydro power and wind projects — because of funding constraints as part of what one of its senior managers on Friday said was a ruthless prioritisation of projects.

Eskom is taking strain from the continuing global economic crisis, which has culminated in higher costs of debt. This has increased the cost of Eskom’s five-year R385bn capital expansion.

The utility is set to spend about R87bn in the 2009-10 financial year, up from R46bn in 2008-09.

The group must finance the programme through a combination of debt, equity and tariffs.

Today is the start of the National Energy Regulator of SA’s (Nersa’s) two-day hearings on Eskom’s interim application for a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Cement producer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) is expanding its aggregate business in Botswana as major infrastructure projects in Gaborone boost demand.

PPC told Engineering News on Tuesday that its aggregates unit had moved its semi-mobile crushing plant from a quarry in Mooiplaas in South Africa’s Gauteng Province to the Kgale Quarry near Gaborone, allowing it to increase its production from 500, 000 tonnes per year to 620, 000 tonnes per year of aggregate products, lifting capacity by 24 percent.

“Gaborone is busy with major infrastructural developments; the improvement of the Sir Seretse Khama airport, the Tlokweng border road, the Lobatse road and various other SADC building developments,” said PPC executive for aggregates, Riaan Redelinghuys.

“Moving our semi-mobile plant to [continue reading]