Archive for July 9th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A retired police officer has been appointed head of state-owned Botswana Television (Btv). Mmegi is reliably informed that the officer reported for duty this week but will officially start work on August 1.

This is said to have raised questions as to how other young professionals at the state broadcaster will be considered for higher positions following recent appointments of retired civil servants to work at the government radio and newspaper – the Daily News.

An employee at the government Mass Media Complex, speaking on condition of anonymity, linked the recent retirement of experienced journalists at state media to what she called a worrying manner of management at government press. There are allegations that favouritism, corruption and nepotism is rife at the state broadcaster. This has led to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Bheki Mpofu
9 July 2009

Johannesburg — LABOUR Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has called representatives of striking construction workers and employers to an urgent meeting this morning in bid to resolve a strike that has targeted strategic projects related to next year’s Soccer World Cup.

This comes after 70000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Building Construction and Allied Workers’ Union laid down tools yesterday, marking the start of an indefinite strike at several construction sites — including 2010 stadiums, airports and the Gautrain.

There are concerns that the strike may derail plans to ensure that the remaining stadiums are completed within the deadline set by [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 09:07

Food prices are unlikely to come down dramatically any time soon, this is despite the reduction in fuel costs.It has been reported that the worldwide demand for food would remain high until 2015 and prices would be bolstered by world governments’ spending.

As a net importer of food Botswana’s market is governed largely by overseas factors and local prices are dictated by prices obtaining on the international market.In a previous interview, a purchaser at the Shoprite Group had said food price increases over the years were due to demand and supply factors, trading currencies, import costs and global shortages.

He added that it would be difficult to say that food prices would come down any time soon. “The cost of fuel is but one of the factors that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has said that President Ian Khama will not honour an invitation from Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) to a face-to-face debate with opposition leaders. The public debate centres on party policies.

The BNYC has been conducting a series of debates in different constituencies where parliamentary candidates from the ruling BDP and those from opposition faced each other in public fora. Last Tuesday, Mmegi learnt that the BNYC was extending the exercise to party leaders so that they can “debate amongst each other, with the aid of a moderator on what their parties promise to do if voted into power. The theme is targeted at the youth and is entitled ‘My vote, my representation, my future’ and it is aimed at empowering the youth and getting them to go and [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 10:56

Merafhe rumoured retirement sparks war?

Vice President Lt. General Mompati Merafhe says it is too early for him to retire, adding he is not even thinking about it at this stage.Merafhe told The Gazette in an interview that those who say he will retire in 2014 are just speculating. This comes in the wake of allegations that Mahalapye West delegates’ elections for the BDP’s July 17th congress, “sparked a bitter war of attrition amongst the 2014 parliamentary hopefuls”.

But the Vice President insisted that the elections had gone on smoothly. Some Councillors in the Central District claim that President Lt Gen Ian Khama announced at a meeting he held with [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 09 2009 at 11:40AM
By Lavern de Vries

A bank has fitted 11 of its ATMs across the Cape Peninsula with pepper spray to deter criminals from tampering with them.

Absa said it had introduced the new technology to help prevent ATM bombings and card skimming after several ATMs around the country were blown up last year.

But the plan is not without its pitfalls.

The pepper spray fitted in an ATM in Fish Hoek was accidentally emitted during a routine maintenance inspection at the weekend.

Three people had to be treated after inhaling a cloud of pepper spray, Absa spokesman Gavin Mageni said.

Mageni said the new technology involved using cameras at high-risk [continue reading]