Archive for July 14th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Bame Piet
Staff Writer

Friday was a bad day for parliamentary business as the Speaker, Patrick Balopi, was forced to end proceedings because there was no quorum.

There were only 23 out of 57 MPs. The few who managed to beat the laziness that comes after tea break had to wait for 15 minutes for their colleagues to return. Very few MPs trickled in, forcing the Speaker to declare the proceedings closed. Earlier, all questions that were on the order paper could not be answered because ministers were not present. Friday is a day for the House to debate motions tabled by MPs.

This is the second time since the beginning of the current session three weeks ago when Parliament had to adjourn early because of lack of quorum. Balopi told the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/07/13 10:56:00 PM
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Johannesburg – The rand hit a seven-week low against the dollar on Monday as investors dumped high-risk assets, but foreign investors have taken an interest in local shares.

The rand was trading at 8.2915 against the dollar at 17:31, 0.93% weaker than Friday’s close of 8.2150. It touched 8.36 earlier, its weakest level since May 26, according to Reuters data.

With a bare local economic calendar, the local currency took its cue from international developments.

“It has snapped back after surging to its (weakest) level in almost seven weeks on the combination of the slump in commodities and rising risk aversion,” said market watchers IGM in a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

Reports that the government plans to appoint a retired policeman to head Botswana Television (Btv) and a soldier an editor at the Daily News has been condemned by opposition parties and a media organisation. The reports come amid concerns that the government is militarising the civil service.

Media activists see the governments move to put people from security forces at the Mass Media Complex as an assault on freedom of the press. The executive director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Botswana), Thapelo Ndlovu said if such reports are true, they are alarming. He said the reports come at a time when there is already concern about the militarisation of the civil service.

He said if the government can make such appointments, it shows that [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (11/7/09) TAUTONA TIMES no 18 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline

D6) 25/6/09: No plans for Presidential appointment of Mayors and Council Chairpersons

The Ministry of Local Government, has noted with concern misleading content contained in the lead editorial that appeared in the 17th June 2009 edition of the Botswana Gazette (“Presidential Power to appoint mayors and council chairmen would be a step backwards”), as well as its accompanying article (“Presidential Appointment Powers – The Bill enabling the President to appoint mayors and district chairmen should be Dead on Arrival”).

In its editorial the newspaper falsely claims that: “-the Executive is contemplating yet another measure to limit democracy by taking away Councillors’ right to elect their own leaders.” The newspaper goes on [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 14 2009 at 05:46AM

Construction workers’ unions and their employers resume negotiations today (Tuesday) hopeful a wage dispute that led to workers downing tools can be resolved.

There is already agreement on most issues but the wage increase remains unresolved. Employers have improved an offer of 10,4 percent to 11,5 percent, while unions have lowered an initial 20 percent demand to 13 percent, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) provincial secretary Happiness Holiday(corr) said his union would table a new demand at the negotations in Johannesburg this morning(tues).

As the strike entered day five today(tues) employer body the SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) said it was hopeful a settlement would be reached following last week’s framework agreement with the Building and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Martin Nyirenda
Correspondent

BotswanaPost is exploring ways of taking advantage of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a means of moving away from traditional mail business chores.

It recognises the need to use IT to step up its business and enhance delivery of its spectrum of products and services.

BotswanaPost has also pledged improved operational systems and mail security, which has potential to provide businesses with a faster and more efficient postal network and services.

Speaking at a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Keobonye Majatsie
Correspondent

The Director of Immigration, Moses Gaealafswe has likened corruption to the cancer disease, which he said kills slowly.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs in Gaborone, Gaealafswe said corruption at the ministry was rampant and must be tackled by all stakeholders. The workshop was attended by among others officers from Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and Botswana Police Service.

“Like cancer, corruption kills a slow painful death. Corruption starts with being involved in underhanded small activities. For instance, it starts with stealing a [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 13 2009 at 06:53AM
By Bonile Ngqiyaza and Sapa

The construction workers’ strike continues on Monday and on Tuesday, with a clear picture of what is to follow expected by mid-week.

Lesiba Seshoka, the spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents the majority of an estimated 707nbsp;000 striking workers, said on Sunday the 11,5 percent increase offered by employers had been accepted by a few workers.

“But it has been rejected by a few others. So it’s difficult to say what the verdict will say.”

Intense behind-the-scenes talks between striking construction workers and management continued for [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (11/7/09) TAUTONA TIMES no 18 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline

D1b) Right of Reply to the Botswana Gazette by Mr. Sipho Qedindaba Madisa, Deputy Senior Private Secretary & Press Liaison Officer to the President: “KHAMA DID NOT HIRE JET”

The 8 July 2009 edition of your newspaper carried on its second page an article titled “Khama Hires Jet”, which included alleged responses by myself to your reporter that were certainly not uttered by me.

I am disappointed, to say the least, at such apparently unethical and unprofessional conduct and am at a loss as to why your reporter would rush to print an unverified article when he knew very well that his action was out of order given that he was still to be furnished with answers to his questionnaire, which had been delayed for reasons advanced to him. This is the sort of thing that leads one to suspect malice of intent.

I know respectable and credible journalists who play by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

Botswana’s ICT whiz kid, Thapelo Lippe predicts that the latest entrant into the cellular network provider market, be MOBILE will make profits in its second financial year. Be MOBILE is the third cellphone network provider in the country after Mascom and Orange.

It went on air 13 months ago. Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) which owns be MOBILE is headed by Lippe. BTC pumped more than P200 million towards the end of 2007 to set up the cellphone network provider.Lippe should know what he is talking about when he says be MOBILE will make profits this year. Orange made profits when he took over after eight years of losses but now he says be MOBILE will make it this year.

“We are going to be producing profits before the end of this year even [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

As expected, retired senior police officer, Molefhe Sejoe was introduce on Friday as head of the state-owned Botswana Television (Btv) despite previous denials by the authorities.

A Btv employee said the management at the Department of Broadcasting Services might have been forced to introduce the new general after the news about his appointment was leaked to the private media. They were told that the new boss has qualifications in the telecommunications field. In addition, he has been working asasome projects.

Sejoe retired from the Botswana Police this year at the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner and Divisional Commander South based in [continue reading]