Archive for July 11th, 2009

source: Mmegi

Botswana Railways (BR) has consistently made losses of about P30 million per annum with its passenger service accounting for less than 10 percent of the railways operating revenues.

Minister of Works and Transport Johnnie Swartz said this in Parliament when responding to Mahalapye East Member of Parliament (MP) Botlhogile Tshireletso’s question yesterday.

Tshireletso had asked if Swartz was aware that BR has put passenger train carriages and locomotives up for sale and whether he would not consider re-introducing the passenger train as requested by the public and MPs.

“Mr speaker I am aware that Botswana Railways has put passenger train carriages and locomotives up for sale in order to unlock tied revenue,” the minister said.However, the coaches are also said to have been in an unsafe condition and were not suitable for service. “The coaches were long overdue for overhaul, which was [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
09 July 2009

A confidential memo by the head of a delegation of the Kimberley Process, which recently wrapped up an investigation into the reports of violence and killings in Marange, has detailed the ‘horrific violence’ used by the army against civilians there.

The Kimberley Process, a scheme tasked with halting the trade in ‘blood diamonds, sent the delegation to investigate Zimbabwe’s ‘compliance’ with international diamond trade standards. Their visit came days after a Human Rights Watch report detailed the ongoing human rights abuses at the Marange diamond fields, which in turn followed numerous accounts of abuse and killings there.

Accounts from survivors of the military onslaught at Marange detailed the killings, speaking of machine-gun attacks by helicopter and armed attacks by troops on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Siseko Njobeni
9 July 2009

Johannesburg — GRINAKER LTA and Kentz have won the contract to execute national oil and gas company PetroSA’s refinery shutdown in October.

In a departure from past practices where it used to conduct its own shutdowns with the help of labour brokers, PetroSA has opted for engineering managing partners. This sees PetroSA keeping up with the industry trend of using such partners.

Sesakho Magadla, PetroSA shutdown manager, yesterday said the move would improve accountability as the companies could be appointed in terms of the construction regulation while labour brokers could not.

PetroSA yesterday said Grinaker LTA and Kentz would conduct the 37-day shutdown at its gas- to-liquids plant in Mossel Bay and the FA offshore gas platform, which is [continue reading]

Khama Hires` Jet

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 10:41

Millions used to charter aircraft for foreign tripsNew jet misses deadline again
President Ian Khama is reported to have chartered a jet from a Canadian jet manufacturing company, Bombardier, to use on his foreign trips. Bombardier is the same company that will supply his new jet, which should have been delivered by June this year, but the deadline was extended to August, the reason advanced being that certain aircraft parts were unavailable.

The jet has been delayed for more than a year now; last year Parliament was told that the delays were caused by changes that had to be made to the chairs and cabinet.Presidential spokesperson, Mr. Sipho Madisa, confirmed that President Khama had chartered a jet from the manufacturer of his new jet.

“Yes I can confirm that the President has chartered a jet. For instance the president used the chartered jet on his recent trip to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET Staff Writer

Ntlo ya Dikgosi (House of Chiefs) is expected to reject or accept the Amendment Bill seeking to increase the number of Specially Elected Members of Parliament from four to eight today. Yesterday, a number of paramount chiefs spoke strongly against the bill saying it is not necessary.

Balete paramount chief, Mosadi Seboko rejected the proposed law saying that it came at the wrong time, when government has stated that the economy is not doing well and development projects have been cut down. She rejected some of the reasons advanced for the increase of MPs such as catering for representation of people with disabilities, youth and women in Parliament. She said that it is the duty of the leaders to [continue reading]