Archive for July 16th, 2009

source: Mmegi
RYDER GABATHUSE
Staff Writer

The BDP Francistown region includes the three constituencies of Francistown East, South and West; and Tati-East and Tonota South constituencies. For the purpose of today’s visit, there will be delegates from Tonota North, Tati West, Nkange and Bobirwa, Mmadinare and Selebi-Phikwe (BOMASE) region and other areas.

The Kedikilwe-Kwelagobe faction is in total control of these areas and there have been cries from the Nkate-Merafhe axis that its members are being sidelined. Lately, BDP primaries losers in Francistown South have reported the winner, Wynter Mmolotsi to the party leadership for being “disrespectful to the party president and sidelining us in the party activities”. This report is now a subject of internal investigations.

Mmolotsi’s investigation seems to have flared tempers as [continue reading]

DK or Seretse?

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

Will Khama deliver killer blow?

I am for A-team – Pheto
I back DK – Masisi
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) national congress is slated for the long weekend in Kanye. The ruling party is expected to elect its leadership ahead of the 2009 general elections. Observers say there has been enough drama in recent weeks but more should be expected in Kanye this weekend. Party chairman Daniel Kwelagobe and former Women’s Wing chairperson, Tebelelo Seretse are the lead combatants in a tussle that has pitted two factions, the A-team and Barata Party against.

The two factions are fighting to control the central committee, which dictates the policy direction of the party. It was expected that President Lt Gen Ian Khama would deliver a devastating blow by emphasising that delegates should vote for women candidates at the up-coming congress to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

President Ian Khama has told a three-day tourism conference in Gaborone that government will continue removing undesirable immigrants from Botswana as a way of making the country safe for citizens and investors.

He said at the – Tourism Pitso 2009 – that there are certain foreigners who come into the country to commit serious offences such as money laundering, human trafficking and drug peddling after taking advantage of loopholes in the immigration laws.

Khama was responding to requests from business people who wanted the processing of work permits and residence permits to be speeded up.

“The loopholes allowed a lot of undesirable people to settle in Botswana and we have rounded them up to tell them to leave,” he said. However, he regretted that [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/07/15 10:19:00 PM

London – South Africa is confident that it will be ready to host the soccer World Cup next year but faces a challenge in transporting the fans to matches, the tourism minister said on Wednesday.

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk also acknowledged in an interview that South Africa’s crime record – about 50 people are murdered each day – is seen as a worry by visitors.

He said tens of thousands more police would be put on the streets, while tour operators, hotels and guest houses would give visitors information on how to look after themselves.

“People must also take responsibility for their own safety,” Van Schalkwyk said.

Building workers agreed on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

The Commissioner of Police, Thebeyame Tsimako has told officers who joined the service from the disbanded Local Police unit that indiscipline is not tolerated in the organisation.

The unit was disbanded after a merger with the Botswana Police Service headed by Tsimako.

Speaking in Gaborone at the Special Support Group (SSG) lecture hall, the Commissioner of Police warned the former Local Police officers that indiscipline will be dealt with accordingly. “Here we don’t treat discipline matters lightly.

Sometimes I am too sympathetic, but looking at the responsibilities placed on me, I can also be ruthless, especially to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

Hana Mining has announced that the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies (Fraser Survey) once again ranks the investment climate in Botswana favourably.

Against the 71 jurisdictions (a combination of countries, provinces and states) included in its most recent survey, Botswana is ranked 18th. This is the highest score of any African nation. In Latin America, only Chile is rated higher than Botswana. The ranking places Botswana above better known mining jurisdictions such as Western Australia, Spain, New South Wales, British Columbia, Queensland, Ireland, Arizona, Mexico and Peru.

On a country by country basis – using the best jurisdiction within a [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 14 2009 at 07:52PM
By Elizma Nolte

London – One-sided reporting on South Africa by the foreign media continues to damage the country’s brand, says Pierre van der Hoven, CEO of destination marketing company Southern Africa Direct.

“Clearly we cannot expect the foreign media to put South Africa in a positive light ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – we simply have to do it ourselves,” Van der Hoven said, reacting to an article that appeared in the British Sunday Times this weekend.

It portrayed South Africa as a xenophobic nation flooded with starving refugees, where regular power outages are experienced and traffic lights are not maintained.

The article, “Starvation kills hopes of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Oarabile Mosikare
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: Chief Justice Julian Nganunu said last Friday that stock theft constitutes a “brazen attack and an affront to our society” and must be confronted head on.

Speaking during the Judicial Conference held at Adonsonia hotel, Justice Nganunu said in a bid to combat the problem the judiciary has established stock theft courts. “Nothing like this has happened since the hey day of mandrax dealing and car theft.

“The law enforcement agencies must in turn record a visible defeat of these criminals.

And they shall,” he said. He also disclosed that Small Claims Courts were also [continue reading]