Archive for June 20th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Saturday, 20 June 2009 00:00

I want to start off by assuming that campaigns led by the Vision Council Secretariat have enhanced our appreciation of the pillars of our national vision and given the recent occurrences my focus will be on the pillar “A safe and secure nation”.

It would be unfair to label those who have not yet embraced any of these pillars as unpatriotic but rather take that as indicative of a need to step up our campaign for we cannot afford to have any motswana left out in this noble undertaking.
‘The fourth estate’ – I am curious to know why they are referred to as such – has mastered the art of harshly ridiculing anyone who dares question the manner in which they conduct their business and it has always baffled me how an institution that emphasizes oversight mechanisms does not want the same to apply to them. It is my considered view that as media houses endeavor ‘to educate, inform and entertain’ the nation and the international community they should demonstrate a high level of moral uprightness, ethical conduct and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Australian integrated energy company, Aviva, has resolved to locate its power station in Botswana, going against a request from Eskom to move the planned 1, 000 megawatt coal powered station across the border to South Africa.

Aviva, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has a 90-percent interest in the Mmamantswe Project in eastern Botswana – an indicated 1.3 billion tonne resource. The company plans to develop an initial 1 000 MW power station using four-and-a-half million tonnes of coal per annum. In finalising various technical requirements for the project, Aviva last year began hunting for off-takers for the Mmamantswe Project. Last October, Eskom unconditionally qualified Aviva to submit a bid for the South African utility company’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Programme. However, to qualify for [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-06-18 14:12

Cape Town – Government has no intention of driving white commercial farmers off the land, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Thursday.

“We recognise that without organised agriculture we cannot have a turnaround strategy for agriculture in this country,” she told a media briefing at Parliament.

“We’ve been given a mandate to move from a net importer to a net exporter of food,” she said.

“That will determine how many commercial farms we would require.

“We cannot become an exporter of food if we turn all our farms into subsistence farmers.

“We need commercial agriculture for our [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: The Nkate-Merafhe alliance of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) hijacked celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child in Francistown this week to advance its factional interests.

The faction members used BDP Francistown East constituency youth to hold a demonstration and lash out at their rivals in the Kedikilwe-Kwelagobe alliance. The organising committee made matters worse by failing to invite representatives from the other two Francistown constituencies, which are dominated by those in the Kedikilwe-Kwelagobe axis.

One of the key speakers at the demonstration and Francistown BDP region chairperson, Botho Ntirang took the opportunity to attack the Kedikilwe-Kwelagobe faction for claiming to be protecting the constitution of [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-06-17 22:08

Cape Town – Significant changes are to be made to the willing buyer-willing seller model of land restitution, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Wednesday.

Less costly models would be investigated, he told MPs in the National Assembly during debate on his department’s budget vote.

“The department has recognised that in order to move forward decisively with the land redistribution programme, significant changes will have to be made to the willing buyer-willing seller model of land redistribution.

“The department will have to investigate less costly, alternative methods of land acquisition by engaging with all stakeholders in [continue reading]