Archive for July 22nd, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
20.07.2009 10:49:27 A

Members of the Kedikilwe/Kwelagobe faction have accused President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of somersaulting on his initial ultimatum that Botswana Democratic Party members should choose between central committee and cabinet positions, and adopting a mellowed approach that they say is meant to endear him to the BDP faithful ahead of the highly anticipated Kanye congress this weekend.

This accusation comes after the president told a BDP meeting in Francistown that he had only suggested that those who are perceived to be faction leaders should not stand for central committee positions as it would only fuel the factional disputes that have [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Mathabo Le Roux
21 July 2009

Johannesburg — THE Department of Trade and Industry is set to finalise a new trade policy this week, to guide SA’s approach to multilateral and bilateral negotiations and provide a model for integration of the Southern African Development Community region.

There has been criticism that SA lacked a coherent trade policy. The department, however, opted to first finalise its industrial policy framework before work began on the trade policy, as it believes industrial policy should inform trade policy.

The department was nearing the completion of the trade policy formulation process, Mzukisi Qobo, chief director in the department tasked with the development of the trade policy, said on Friday.

“The trade policy has to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Kitsepile Nyathi
21 July 2009

Nairobi — Zimbabwe will begin formal talks with the European Union this week, almost a decade after the block imposed targeted sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle for alleged human rights violations.

The dialogue, which might open doors for more financial support for the fledging coalition government follows Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s exploratory visit to Europe last month.

Zimbabwe and the EU had their first meeting in Brussels after almost seven years of acrimony.

Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Sten Rylander who country holds the rotating EU presidency said he held fruitful preparatory meetings with the Zimbabwean authorities to lay the groundwork for [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
20.07.2009 10:57:48 A

Botswana parents may, in the near future, be required to pay part of their children’s tuition fees before they are admitted to local tertiary institutions. This follows recommendations by a consultancy that turned up waste running into millions of pula and inefficiencies in the current tertiary education financing system.

In the current financial year, (2008/9), there are more students on government sponsorship than the budget can accommodate and there are fears that the budget overrun may continue unless placement of students is strictly aligned to the budget.

A consultancy by Botswana BEST Pty/LTD has proposed a number of financial aid schemes in a bid to try and address the situation. According to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Hopewell Radebe
20 July 2009

Johannesburg — ZIMBABWE pleaded with international investors on Friday to fund a proposed new transmission line linking SA with the hydro power stations of Zambia and Mozambique.

A Zimbabwean representative at the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Power Sector Investors’ roundtable discussion in Livingstone, Zambia, said a new transmission line would help supply power to SA but would also provide an outlet when Zimbabwe completed three new power stations it planned.

These included the Gokwe North coal-fired station, with a 1400MW capacity, the 600MW Hwange Expansion coal-fired station and the 300MW Kariba hydro power plant, said Benjamin Rafemoyo, CEO of the country’s Zesa power utility.

Zimbabwe’s unity government was [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Bashi Letsididi
20.07.2009 10:41:51 A

There is not a company around that does not expect to make the most of the business opportunity that will come courtesy of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. However, very few, like Nando’s Botswana, are actually marketing themselves aggressively to reap all the possible benefits of the 2010 project.

Nandos is one of the sponsors of the Boundless Southern Africa expedition, which is currently traversing 10 000 kilometres route through 30 protected areas in nine Southern African Development Community countries over a four-month period.

The expedition will document nature, culture and selected communities in all [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
Caiphas Chimhete
18 July 2009

ZANU PF is not “sincere” in implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and this is dampening prospects of a quick economic recovery, analysts have said.

Last week’s violent disruption of the All-Stakeholders’ Constitution Conference in Harare by Zanu PF and ministers and supporters was the biggest demonstration of the former ruling party’s insincerity, they said.

The analysts said this was further strengthened by several incidents in which President Robert Mugabe has willfully flouted the agreement signed by his party and the two MDC formations on September 15 last year.

At last week’s conference, Zanu PF supporters heckled and forced the Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo off the high table by [continue reading]