Archive for July 8th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Vice President Mompati Merafhe and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Phandu Skelemani described what transpired at the recent African Union (AU) Summit held in Sirte, Libya as a near circus.

They said the preparations and the manner in which the summit was conducted left a lot to be desired. They said nothing from the Summit can benefit Botswana. The ministers were addressing the media yesterday after returning from the summit held from July 1-3.

Merafhe attended on behalf of President Ian Khama while Skelemani attended both the Executive Council session as well and the summit. The theme of the summit was “Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security”.

The two ministers described Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gadaffi as a very difficult person to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Wene Owino
7 July 2009

Gaborone — Botswana has declared the just-ended African Union Summit a failure and slammed Libyan President, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for lack of respect for established procedures and use of coercion to conduct the affairs of the AU, which he chairs.

“The Summit failed the people of Africa by not dealing with issues that are of immediate concern to their livelihoods such as what may be done to advance investments in agriculture to promote food security,” Botswana vice-president Lt-Gen Mompati Merafhe who attended the Summit on behalf of President Ian Khama said in Gaborone on Monday.

He said that Libya was an excellent host for the summit in Sirte but the same cannot be [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Bashi Letsididi
07.07.2009 8:52:37 A

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 12 years after its use was discontinued, DDT is being reintroduced in Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) for malaria control.

The ministry’s spokesman, Temba Sibanda, says that the plan is to pilot DDT’s re-introduction in one district this October and then scale it up to other districts in subsequent years.

In explaining this development, Sibanda adds that Botswana withdrew use of DDT in 1997 “mainly because of procurement difficulties” since most companies that manufactured it had closed down after its ban in the United States.
Use of DDT in the country started in the early 1950s during the colonial era and was continued by the homegrown government at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana is in the process of trying to beef up its policing capacity ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in neighbouring South Africa, and is asking Australia to lend a hand.

Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith discussed what Australia could do to help Botswana police with capacity-building during a meeting with Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Phandu Skelemani, during his recent visit to Australia.

Skelemani said Botswana wanted to send its officers to Australia to learn but would appreciate if Australian Federal Police (AFP) could come and advise on how to improve the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Media Institution of Southern African (MISA) Botswana chapter in partnership with Zambia Institute of Mass Communication (ZAMCOM) held a media relations training for local NGOs and other organisations working in the field of HIV/AIDS in Botswana last week.

A new initiative called Hearts and Minds was launched at the event. Hearts and Minds aims at changing peoples emotional and mental perception of HIV/AIDS. The workshop was meant to breach the gap between NGOs and the media. Mpho Motlhabani of MISA said the objective of the workshop was to improve and assess the amount of time allocated to HIV/AIDS by the media.

The partnership is facilitated by the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) through the HIV/AIDS Twinning Centre with support from [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.07.2009 9:05:35 A

Police say they have completed their investigations surrounding the brutal killing of John Kalafatis.

Detective Assistant Superintendent Justice Monyere, based at Gaborone Central Police Station, appointed to investigate the killing of Kalafatis, has handed over the docket to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
7 July 2009

Johannesburg — The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has clarified media reports stating that a 10 percent increment has been offered to appease workers threatening to go on strike.

Speaking to BuaNews on Tuesday, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said media reports stating that the broadcaster was offering a further 1.5 percent above its original 8.5 percent wage offer was inaccurate.

“We have not offered a 10 percent increment as indicated [by media reports]. Even if we were looking at that [an increment] there is no board and we have no mandate for that,” Mr Kganyago said.

Workers at the state broadcaster belong to three unions, namely the Communications Workers Union (CWU), the Media Workers Association of South Africa (Mwasa) and the [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 07 2009 at 06:58PM

The strike planned by construction workers at 2010 World Cup stadiums and Gautrain sites will proceed on a “no work no pay” basis, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) said on Tuesday.

“Anyone who goes on strike won’t get paid for those days,” said spokesperson Joe Campanella in a statement.

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers in the construction sector have vowed to down tools at noon on Wednesday.

Earlier the union said in a statement that “thousands” of its members had reported their readiness for the massive industrial action.

“Members will tomorrow [Wednesday] gather at their [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Domestic Companies Index (DCI) has started the second half of the year on a winning streak with an improvement in volumes across the board, and according to an analysis by Motswedi Securties, this reflects an improvement in investor confidence in the market.

“We are observing an increase in bids in some counters and buyers in most stocks as investors seek to take advantage of the current weaker prices in most stocks,” Motswedi Securities analyst Garry Juma said on his weekly financial markets’ review.

He gave an example of a recent bid for Imara, which has risen to 420 thebe, higher than its market price of 405 thebe.

Financial services group Imara excited the market when [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.07.2009 8:50:10 A

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is investigating reports that two senior police officers may have been bribed by an international IT company, in exchange of a tender to supply a hi-tech spying network that government is using to eavesdrop on cell phone and electronic mail conversations of all citizens without a search warrant – The Botswana Police Service confirmed this week.

A Botswana Police Service Assistant Commissioner and a Superintendent, who were involved in the procurement of the multi-million Pula hi-tech spying network, are being investigated on suspicions that they received bribes from Duke S, the company that won the tender to supply the equipment.

The duo was assigned to go and view the equipment in Dubai and recommended to government to buy it. It, however, emerged after the equipment was delivered that it was second hand and not to the specifications required.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kenny Kapinga, confirmed the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)
Daniel Nonor
7 July 2009

Conflicting messages are coming out of the Middle East about how seriously Zain is considering selling its pan-African networks. But Zain seems to have been trying to boost the idea of it selling its African operations (minus Sudan).

Last week, the Kuwait-based cellular operator said it was working with Swiss bank UBS and other advisers, to study and review its strategy to boost shareholder value during the financial downturn.

Its shares climbed 5,1% to an eight-month high as investors took that to imply it is serious about shedding its operations in 16 African countries. Initial rumours published in Kuwait had cited the French company Vivendi as discussing a $12bn buyout.

Zain’s statement, published on the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange last week, did not say if it was specifically reviewing its African arm. But it did say the statement was being made in [continue reading]