Archive for June 28th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 09:38

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) chairman Daniel Kwelagobe has said he will advise party president Lt Gen Ian Khama to nominate a woman as Vice President after the general elections.

He was speaking at the launch of the Kanye South parliamentary candidate on Saturday. Kwelagobe said he understood that the President had made it clear that the current Vice President, Lt. Gen Mompati Merafhe, would not serve two terms therefore he would advise him to consider a woman for the position. The added advantage would be that Botswana would have a woman president after Khama’s term had expired, he said.

Stating his position on women empowerment Kwelagobe said having been a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana has been hailed for being a developmental state that prudently delivers public goods and services.

In a report titled: ‘The progress of good governance in Botswana, 2008’, the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) says that the country has realised good economic growth and made deliberate efforts to reduce poverty. The report hails Botswana for maintaining social harmony and political stability; and an open, democratic multi-party political system. BIDPA says economic and political governance assessments made by organisations like the World Bank, African Development Bank, the Ibraham Index of African Governance, World Economic Forum, Transparency International and the Commonwealth Business Council have ranked Botswana highly.

“The 2006 World Bank Institute (WBI) governance indicators show that [continue reading]

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

Total foreign debt estimated at P12.13 billion

Economic consultant Keith Jefferies has said the ability by the country to borrow externally should not be a reason to run a large deficit.

In the 2009/10 Budget speech in Parliament the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Baledzi Gaolathe announced an “ambitious budget” that did not take into account the full effect of the current global crisis. The budget showed an increase in spending from last year and a budget deficit amounting to P13.4 billion.

Jefferies says as the country draws up the National Development Plan 10 (NDP 10- 2010-2016) it needs to come up with a sustainable budget that can be financed and should not run a large deficit just because it can borrow to finance the deficit.
The government has approved a P245 billion NDP 10 budget with [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Health has dismissed allegations that the H1N1 2009 influenza pandemic.

In a press briefing on yesterday in Gaborone, public health director, Shenaaz El Halabi said that media reports that say Botswana has registered five H1N1 influenza suspected cases were not true, adding that the country has not had any confirmed cases.

According to the official, only four African countries – Morocco, South Africa, Algeria and Egypt – have confirmed cases of the influenza. However, she indicated that there were three cases that they suspected in Botswana.

“Of the three laboratory specimens sent to South Africa, two have been confirmed as negative and we are waiting for the results of the third. All have fully recovered and currently none are under [continue reading]

25 June 2009

South Africa will meet its infrastructure deadlines well ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told Parliament in Cape Town this week.

He pointed out that oversight visits conducted by members of the inter-ministerial committee had helped to ensure that the government and other stakeholders met their deadlines on infrastructure programmes.

“Working with other stakeholders such as the 2010 Local Organising Committee, we are glad to announce that we have made significant progress in pursuit of our goal to host a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Motlanthe said.
South Africa ‘on course’

Motlanthe said that if anything was needed to confirm South Africa’s readiness to host world soccer’s showpiece event, the Confederations Cup under way had demonstrated that the country was on course to meet its objectives.

There are only three matches left before the [continue reading]