Archive for July 6th, 2009

source: Mmegi

Botswana has received sterling scores on the World Governance Indicators (WGI) report covering the performance of 212 countries between 1996 and 2008.

The WGI, a product of the World Bank and the Brooking Institute, was released in Washington on Monday. Using data collected from different public, private, non-governmental organisations, as well as citizen and firm survey respondents, the WGI analyses governance using six key indicators. These indicators include Voice and Accountability, Political Stability, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law and Control of Corruption. Researchers then assigned aggregate scores ranging from -2.5 to 2.5 with higher values corresponding to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

CIC Energy, the promoters of the proposed Mmamabula Energy Complex says it is still waiting for a response from South Africa power utility Eskom for power purchase agreement offer.

In a statement yesterday, CIC says the offer was taken through Eskom’s formal governance process, culminating in consideration of the offer at an Eskom board meeting held on June 18.

The company said it had expected that a response to the offer would be received from Eskom soon after the board meeting. However, a response to the offer has not yet been received.

“Eskom has informed us that the delay in receiving a response is the result of ongoing discussions between Eskom and the government of [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 06 2009 at 12:12PM

Government leaders have branded service delivery protests in Happy Valley earlier on Monday as “purely political” and have refused to meet with the community.

About 150 residents of the informal settlement burnt tyres and rubbish across Wimbledon Street, a busy main road that runs passed the area in the early hours of Monday morning.

The road was closed off to traffic and by about 9am council workers moved in to clear up the debris and smoldering tyre residue that remained from the heated protest.

No arrests were made and no injuries were reported according to police at [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Edward West and Thabang Mokopanele

Johannesburg — EVIDENCE that the global economic recovery may be faltering is likely to weigh on the oil price this week and strengthen the dollar against the euro as aversion to risk increases.

The price of Brent crude fell below $67 a barrel in London on Friday. Crude oil futures were expected to keep dropping this week after falling below 66 a barrel, 10% down on this year’s high, marking a market correction.

London Brent crude fell $1,35 to $65,30. US crude fell $1,22 to $65,51 a barrel , extending the previous session’s drop of nearly 4%. Oil reached a year-to-date high of $73,38 a barrel last Tuesday.

Crude oil was set for a third weekly drop after data released late last week showed US unemployment rose to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: Daniel Kwelagobe’s rival for the post of Botswana Democratic Party chairperson, Tebelelo Seretse, has found her way into the July congress despite her failure to secure delegate status at the Serowe South constituency.

Seretse has been appointed to the National Elections Strategy Team or NEST, which will play a pivotal role at the congress.

“The BDP Central Committee has asked the secretariat to focus on elections’ issues. This means that NEST will be more relevant and they will have to be there to explain issues of elections strategy,” BDP executive secretary, Comma Serema, said yesterday.

Seretse, who will rely on [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
3 July 2009

The co-chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on constitutional reform, Douglas Mwonzora, on Friday said comments made by Robert Mugabe that the new constitution must be anchored on the Kariba Draft, were just a reflection of Mugabe’s personal view point.

Mwonzora told over 2,000 delegates attending the ‘2009 people’s constitutional convention’ that Mugabe’s views were not binding on the constitution-making process. During a question and answer session many delegates had voiced concern that Mugabe was imposing the Kariba draft on the people.

Our Harare correspondent Simon Muchemwa said Mwonzora’s speech triggered scenes of jubilation at the Rainbow Towers, venue of the convention. Over 234 civil society organisations from across the country are participating in [continue reading]