Archive for June 26th, 2009

source: Mmegi

Ray Gare fears that bullets were planted in the car he was driving when his friend John Kalafatis was shot and killed.

Gare who was driving the car in which Kalafatis was shot, said in an interview that his friend was not carrying any arms or ammunition on that day but after he was held down by security agents for hours, he found bullets sprinkled in their car.

“No one amongst us had a gun or bullets,” said Gare, who says the execution still traumatises him.

Gare, a visual artist, said the soldiers ordered him and Joseph Piet out of the vehicle after they started to shoot at Kalafatis. They were made to lie on the ground from where they heard the assailants opening the vehicle several times.

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source: IOL
June 26 2009 at 07:07AM
By Carien du Plessis and Xolani Mbanjwa

Opposition parties, unions and civil society groupings have condemned the energy regulator’s green light for Eskom to hike electricity tariffs by 31,3 percent – but the government has welcomed the extra money this will bring in to help fill the parastatal’s depleted coffers.

The increase will kick in on Wednesday.

The public enterprises and energy departments said the increase would help the utility fund its operational costs, which have risen sharply recently.

However, the need to “cushion the poor” remained a priority, a joint statement said. “We are mindful of the fact that low-income households must be protected from the increases, and their tariff increase will be kept to 15 percent, as directed by the regulator”.

Steeper electricity costs were likely to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Non-State Actors (NSA) Capacity Building Programme will receive about P60 million from the European Development Fund, said Lena Sund, a representative of the Delegation of the European Commission in Botswana.

The programme is called the Large Grant Call for Proposals. It is the mainstream project for development cooperation between the European Union and the 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

The Large Grant Call for proposals is made up of two major components – capacity building and grants. It is aimed at equipping Non-State Actors in Botswana with skills, capacity and financial resources. Speaking at the launch of the project on Tuesday, the chief economist at the Ministry of Finance, Steven Kebakile said that the government of Botswana will be committing about P5.28 million to the project.

Civil Society research institutions and [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 25 2009 at 03:39PM

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday dismissed suggestions his new executive is to big.

Replying in the National Assembly to points raised during debate on his budget vote, Zuma said the issue was not so much whether the government was too big or too small.

Rather, it was about how it should best be organised to meet the developmental needs of the country and to make optimal use of the resources available.

“Let me assure the House once again that the changes we have made to the configuration of departments are guided by the need to improve service delivery, and to correct the weaknesses that the people had [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Debswana is “very optimistic” about recovery on the diamond market and hopes the improvement in sales recorded recently will last.

Speaking this week as the company celebrated its 40th anniversary, the parastatal’s Group Public and Corporate Affairs Manager Esther Kanaimba said “our sales partners are reporting an increase in sales, which makes us very optimistic that there is an improvement”.

Kanaimba said the global recession had compelled the company into production cuts and shutdowns at some of its mines. She said Debswana was now putting money where it was most needed; hence, instead of commemorating its 40th anniversary with lavish celebrations, it was doing so with events that benefited the community.

June 23 is Debswana Day. This year the parastatal celebrated under [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 26 June 2009 00:00

Nissan celebrated its eighth successive victory in the Toyota 1000 Desert Race, round 4 of the Absa off road championship in Botswana on Sunday when Duncan Vos and Ralph Pitchford took the chequered flag in their Super Production class Donaldson Nissan Navara 4.0 V6.For Vos, the reigning national drivers’ champion, it was his third successive triumph in the most gruelling round of the championship, but his first with regular co-driver Pitchford, who missed the last two editions of the Botswana marathon, because of oversees commitments.
Vos and Pitchford have now extended their lead in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ championship, over Donaldson Nissan teammates Ivar Tollefson / Quin Evans and Hannes Grobler / Juan Mohr, who occupy second and third places respectively. Nissan have now won each of the first four rounds of this year’s championship, with Vos victorious on three occasions and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
25 June 2009

Johannesburg — A more than two fold increase in Zimbabwe’s production of its staple, maize, in 2009 will not be enough to rid the country of food insecurity.

A crop report by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP), released on 25 June, said: “National production of maize in 2009 is estimated at 1.14 million tons, an increase of 130 percent on that of the record low harvest of 2008 [471,000 tons]. Total domestic cereal availability for 2009/10 is estimated to be 1.39 million tons.”

WFP spokesperson Peter Smerdon told IRIN the maize harvest “looks very good, but last year was very bad”. National food requirement is around 1.7 million tons.

The increase in maize production is tempered by the forecast for a winter wheat crop of [continue reading]