Archive for July 10th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 10:14

Automatic succession of State President in spotlight No law is cast in stone – Ntuane
President Lt Gen Ian Khama’s alleged ‘succession grand plan’ as reported in the private media last week has aroused a furious debate within the Botswana Democratic party where members are said to have voiced reservations within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and dissenting views about automatic succession, an arrangement pioneered by former President Ketumile Masire.

One of those dissenting is BDP chairman, Mr. Daniel Kwelagobe, who told The gazette In an interviews this week that he is against automatic succession. “I have long been against the arrangement, my opposition to it is not recent by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: Although there are dissenting voices across the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) factional divide on the system of automatic succession, President Ian Khama is tipped to be endorsed as party president.

The party expects its regions to have submitted their choices of preferred party presidential candidates the day before the special congress on July 17. But as it is, all regions continue to endorse Khama without an alternative.

At least information coming from the BDP regions that are known to be rallying behind strongman Molepolole South MP, Daniel Kwelagobe who is seeking re-election as BDP national chairman show that they are going to endorse [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
09 July 2009

A constitutional conference scheduled to be held this Friday has now been moved to Monday, amid reports of serious bickering within ZANU PF and their last minute bid to have it postponed indefinitely. Newsreel understands several ZANU PF MP’s are complaining that MP’s in the Tsvangirai MDC have ‘hijacked’ the constitution making process. A report in the state owned Herald newspaper quotes some of them claiming that ZANU PF members in the select committee are allowing their MDC colleagues to dominate proceedings. Friday’s convention would have been the first major meeting of all key participants in the constitution making process, but ZANU PF were determined to have it postponed indefinitely we are told.

MP Douglas Mwonzora from the Tsvangirai MDC, Paul Mangwana from ZANU PF and Senator David Coltart from the Mutambara MDC are the chairmen of the special parliamentary committee dealing with the constitution making process. When they met on Tuesday it was reported they had refused to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Overall business confidence in Botswana has sunk sharply to very low levels as companies cast a gloomy outlook due to the global economic crisis.

The Business Expectation Survey summary released by the central bank on Monday says that business confidence currently stands at a second all time low of 40 percent from 82 percent in the last survey as both domestic and export-oriented firms become pessimistic.

“Confidence among producers for the domestic market is set to fall further, but there may be some improvement in sentiment in 2010. This is in line with increasing expectations that the global recovery may have commenced, although until this is clearly manifested, confidence across businesses is likely to remain low,” said the report, which [continue reading]

9 July 2009

With 48 confirmed swine flu cases in South Africa as of 9 July, the authorities are maintaining a high level of vigilance. Clinical and laboratory surveillance has been increased, and outbreak response teams established and trained in all nine provinces.

At the same time, there has not been community transmission of the disease, and the public is advised to be aware, but not to panic.

The Department of Health said on Monday that there were now 29 confirmed AH1N1 influenza (swine flu) cases in South Africa, following a number of new cases among students who attended a recent sporting event at the University of Johannesburg.

On Wednesday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the number had increased to 47, but added that this was no cause for panic, as most new cases involved travellers arriving in the country, or people who had attended the [continue reading]