Archive for July 23rd, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 07:19

MAUN- Maun Principal Magistrate Clifford Foroma last week found a Choppies Supermarket manager, Unnikrishman Bhaskaran guilty for insulting President Lt Gen Ian Khama early last year.

It is said that an employee of Choppies Supermarket, Elizabeth Anderson at one point asked for permission to go to the toilet from Bhaskaran but in response the 36 year old said, “Go ask it from the president.” These words according to Magistrate Foroma were designed to ridicule the standard of the president who was holding a kgotla meeting in Maun at the said date.

According to the facts put forward before the court, sometime in March 2008 while President Khama was holding a kgotla meeting in Maun, employees of Choppies wrote him a letter complaining about their salaries and working conditions at the said supermarket but such ended with the manager of the store uttering words meant to insult the state president.

Northcast understands that the matter is said to have been reported to the Maun Police station commander around July 2008 which is [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 21 2009 at 07:07PM

Union members in the petroleum industry are to decide today(wed) whether to accept a 9.5 percent wage increase offer from employers, short of their 13 percent demand, or to go on strike.

Their negotiators had a mandate to lower their demand on condition employers agreed to increase their offer to 10 percent on a R5 500 minimum.

The latest offer is 0.5 percentage points short.

Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) members, other than in petroleum, downed tools on Monday in sectrors including glass, sawmills, pulp and paper.

Besides wages, they demand better shift and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
Samuel Kamndaya And Bethuel Kinyori
23 July 2009

To what extent will the Seacom cable benefit Tanzanians living far from Dar es Salaam, is the question that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts grapple with, as President Jakaya Kikwete officially switches on the much-anticipated cable in Dar es Salaam today.

Seacom directors say everything on how the $600 million cable venture is going to help lower internet charges, will be made clear today as experts ponder on the time when the charges are to be lowered.

“We will make everything clear tomorrow (today) in the afternoon as soon as the president switches the cable on under all circumstances, internet charges will have to go down,” a director with Seacom, Mr Michael Njumba told The Citizen yesterday.

Currently, the use of satellite communication costs about $300 per megabyte per second, but it is expected to drop to $100 when the use of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
21 July 2009

Johannesburg — In a significant move, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international body of climate change experts, is set to produce a “how to” manual for policy-makers and disaster officials on managing the risks of extreme weather events and bolstering resilience, to promote adaptation to global warming.

“Years of lobbying the IPCC have finally paid off,” said Maarten van Aalst, leading climate specialist at the Climate Centre of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The IPCC has assessed the long-term impact of climate change. The panel has now acknowledged that measures and [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 07:39

Local companies to benefit

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) is in the process of rolling out a Hot Water Load Control System (HWLCS) throughout the country. Alstom, a South African company, has been awarded the tender to install the system. The pilot phase starts next month.

The main aim of the project is to manage hot water load (geysers), provide better service and to offer new features for value.
The Hot Water Load Control System consists of smart meters and geyser contactors which will be installed in customers’ premises. The smart meters have inbuilt intelligence and can be configured locally or remotely from the Central System to carry out [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Compared to other countries in the southern African region, individual Batswana continue to shy away from investment instruments such as shares, the annual report of the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) for 2008 shows.

The report reveals that as a market, the BSE is highly illiquid as shares rarely change hands because most of the investors are institutions that have a passive long-term investment strategy and therefore do not sell regularly.

The BSE says despite its efforts in the past three years to conscientise the general public about investing in shares and other instruments on the bourse, the uptake has been very slow, resulting in the market being dominated by local institutional investors, largely pensions funds and [continue reading]

source: BBC News

There is anger in some of South Africa’s poorest areas

Violence in South Africa’s townships has spread as residents protest about what they say is a lack of basic services, such as water and housing.

Police have fired rubber bullets at demonstrators in Johannesburg, the Western Cape and the north-eastern region of Mpumalanga.

In Mpumalanga, there were reports of foreign-owned businesses being looted as foreigners sought police protection.

More than 100 people have been arrested during the past week.

The rising tensions in the townships have revived memories of xenophobic attacks on foreigners last year in which [continue reading]