Archive for July, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Dikgakgamatso Seretse has said that government has complied with a December 2006 High Court decision to allow a group of Basarwa to return to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) without the requirement of obtaining entry permits.

The group moved to the High Court after the government relocated them from their settlements in the CKGR. Answering a parliamentary question from Ngwaketse West MP Mephato Reatile, Seretse said that the Basarwa are allowed entry into CKGR together with their spouses, minor children and property and livestock such as goats.

He said the dispensation has been extended to all those who were minors at the time of [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 07:37

Botswana’s economy is expected to hit troubled times in the next year or so, BIFM Investment Committee has revealed. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for the first quarter of 2009 show that total GDP was 20 percent lower than in the same period of 2008, and that the economy is in a technical recession with the mining sector being largely hit.

The chairman of the Investment Committee Keith Jefferies has said the recession was not a shell negative growth on the economy as the non-mining private sector escaped unscathed but the other sectors will likely experience hardships.

The impact of the global crisis on the Botswana economy has, so far, been limited with real output in the non-mining private sector at 9.4 percent higher than a year earlier, with no signs of any growth downturn outside of mining.
Botswana has so far avoided a severe generalized short term impact from the global recession, reflecting the country’s limited dependence upon foreign capital flows, aid and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Calistus Kolantsho

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Discovery Drilling Africa continues to grow in leaps and bounds despite the economic downturn.

The company’s director, Hendrick Herbst, says the Selebi-Phikwe-based Discovery Drilling started its operations last year in July. He explained that he decided to be based here because he wanted to support the economy of this town because he grew up in Mmadinare and it is his way of giving back to the community.

“We started off with only three drilling machines and we were only doing jobs for BCL Mine,” Herbst says. “Today we have nine machines and 45 Batswana employees. We do jobs for five different mining companies, and we do [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
30 July 2009

The Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the country’s powerful service chiefs met on Thursday in Harare, the first such meeting at the highest political level since the formation of the inclusive government.

A highly placed source in government told us the two hour meeting, which was chaired by Robert Mugabe was ‘very cordial.’

Up until Thursday, there has been fierce resistance to the formal constituting of the National Security Council (NSC) among the service chiefs, who see the establishment of the new security organ as a threat to their hitherto unchallenged power.

Dismissing advance predictions that the meeting would be confrontational or tense, our source told us the meeting was ‘very good,’ and that Tsvangirai and the service chiefs joked with each other after the meeting.

Minister of State for Security Sydney Sekeramayi said the meeting was warm, cordial and inclusive, and placed national interests ahead of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The town of Palapye has got a new recording studio called Ruff Riddims thanks to the efforts of 28-year-old producer, Moemedi Ramogapi.

According to Ramogapi, Ruff Riddims aims to discover and develop new talent in Botswana and market it to the world through, among other things, the Internet.

“I am working very hard to develop my label locally and internationally and the Internet is the cheapest and fastest way to get my artists and label exposed to the world. People are looking for African music and I am trying hard to tap into that market.

” It is not easy to get things happening through the Internet which is [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
29 July 2009

The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) has lashed out at the South African government’s plan to redeploy the army to patrol the border with Zimbabwe, saying the move will pose a serious risk to Zimbabwean exiles still fleeing the country.

The proposed move follows a recent tour of South Africa’s borders with Lesotho and Zimbabwe by members of the country’s main opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA). The DA officials found that large stretches of the border fencing had been stolen, flattened or cut open. They also found an almost complete absence of police officers, who are supposed to guard the borders. The officials expressed concern about the movement of criminal syndicates over the unguarded borders, as well as the threats of poachers and disease already causing problems for South African farmers. The party, shortly after the visit, called for a concrete plan to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCUSTOWN: Francistown health authorities are reportedly panicking because of the spread of Swine Flu in the second city. So far, reliable sources say that five new cases, in addition to the two that were earlier identified, have been confirmed.

Health workers are worried that the situation may get out of hand because Swine Flu patients found to be stable are released from hospital.

“What we are worried about is that we do not know what those people do once they get to their homes.

There is certainly panic among nurses, especially if they feel a hint of flu in their bodies,” sources said. It is understood that a crisis meeting was held at the District Commissioner’s offices at Ntshe House about the disease. Unconfirmed reports say that [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

Eskom still to sign purchase accord

CIC Energy has announced that the first power from its Mmamabula project could be delayed until early 2014 after it failed to conclude a purchase agreement with Eskom, the South African utility provider.

The Toronto (Canada) and Gaborone listed company had initially planned for commercial operation at the coal-fired power plant in Botswana to start early 2013 and help ease power shortages in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

For Mmamabula to come on stream in 2013, CIC has to sign a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom by the end of September this year but Eskom has advised CIC Energy that discussions with the South African government on a sustainable funding model are still ongoing, and that while Eskom supports the role of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) like CIC Energy, until such time as the funding model has been agreed with the appropriate stakeholders, Eskom cannot commit itself to the purchase of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The promoters of the Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP), CIC Energy, are pressing ahead with their ambitious plans to build the 1200 MW plant in Botswana despite the glitch they faced last week concerning the power purchasing agreement with Eskom of South Africa.

Barely a week after announcing that the off-take of the project was likely to be delayed by at least a year, CIC came back to excite the market this week by announcing the clinching of a project development agreement with International Power (IPR), a British independent power generation company.In a statement, TSX-listed CIC said on Monday it had signed a project development agreement with International Power with respect to its $3 billion (P22 billion) Mmamabula project.

“The agreement had been negotiated in accordance with [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
Chris Bathembu
29 July 2009

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma has once again sent a stern warning to striking workers who are unruly, saying their actions will not be tolerated.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Presidential Guesthouse against the violence that has accompanied the current municipal strike, President Zuma said while government respected the right of the workers to protest, this should not interfere with the rights of other citizens.

“I may not be a lawyer, but I’m told those who are thrashing streets are breaking the law,” said President Zuma.

Striking workers in several towns and cities have since Monday been going on the rampage, spilling rubbish on the streets and destroying public property.

Johannesburg has been the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The gesture by Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) and Botswana Breweries Limited (BBL) to give P2 million to political parties is highly commendable. The donation comes at the right time when political parties are engaged in campaigns for this year’s general election. Electioneering by its very nature is expensive.

Producing election manifestos, posters, billboards, combi advertisement and many others cost a lot of money.

In this era of technology, political parties have to embrace many types of advertisement to gain visibility and to access potential voters. Part of the reason people for particular parties or individuals is the message they receive from political contestants. But it costs money to relay these [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:52

They will be evicted from flats
Legislators set to resist the order

Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Minister Margaret Nasha was expected to address Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday to inform them that their stay at the Parliamentary Flats will be terminated immediately after the dissolution of Parliament next month.

President Ian Khama is expected to dissolve Parliament next month as the nation prepares for this year’s general election in October.

It is understood that MPs “will be paid their gratuities in August and cease to be paid monthly salaries” according to some MPs who chose to remain anonymous. Most MPs are said to be opposed to the move. The Gazette is informed that MPs could be asked to vacate the flats at the conclusion of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
29 July 2009

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have voiced serious concern over comments made this week by Robert Mugabe about the ‘advisability’ of having NGOs operating in the country.

Speaking at the Global 2009 Dialogue conference in Uganda, Mugabe said the government might have to reconsider whether such organisations are desirable, saying they act as a kind of shadow government.

“We have now a phenomenon of NGOs, or shall I call them phenomena for they really are a type of government in the background of a formal government?” Mugabe said.

“I don’t know whether this creature is for the better or for the worse, but in our country we have seen a situation where they have exceeded, really, their terms of reference and perhaps we might have to reconsider the advisability of having NGOs,” he told the gathering.

NGOs have been constantly harassed and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

President Ian Khama has appointed the director of public relations, research and information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Clifford Maribe as Botswana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Maribe has spent the past 19 years working in the ministry. He started as a foreign affairs officer and rose through the ranks, serving as a second secretary at the Botswana embassy in China and later first secretary. He has also worked at the Botswana mission in Washington DC, United States. He was appointed deputy director of public relations, research and information at the ministry’s headquarters before finally heading the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/07/29 09:38:00 PM

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday urged police to arrest anyprotesters who use violence, as fresh clashes erupted in the latest anti-poverty demonstrations rattling the country.

“People have the right to protest but not to interfere with the rights of others, so violence and trashing is not allowed,” Zuma told a press conference. “It is important that they should be arrested.”

“There can be no justifictaion for public violence and the destruction of property,” he said.

Zuma spoke as police and protesters staged running battles through [continue reading]