Archive for July 27th, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
26.07.2009 11:48:44 P

The planned National Radioactive Waste Storage facility in Pilikwe village is a threat to Botswana’s national security, and vulnerable to missile attacks from South Africa – the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has warned.

In their submissions to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study of the Radioactive Waste Storage Facility, the BDF pointed out that the proposed project is near the South African border post and the site can be considered to be vulnerable.

According to the EIA study, copies of which have been passed to the Sunday Standard, the BDF raised questions such as: “Why is the facility on the surface rather than underground, which could be safer? Can the concrete walls being proposed be able to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Botswana National Front (BNF) gathered at Kagiso Secondary School in Ramotswa over the Presidents Day weekend where it discussed topics ranging from disciplinary measures against wayward members to the bona fides of Ian Khama as President, reports BAME PIET

Moupo vows to crack the whip, labels BDP arrogant
Botswana National Front (BNF) president Otsweletse Moupo told his fellow comrades that the party leadership will continue to instil discipline and suspend or expel wayward members who attack the party in public. He said that since the Molepolole Congress in 2007, members who lost primary elections have never appreciated the new leadership and have instead done everything in their power to discredit it. He said such members even refused to attend disciplinary hearings. “The members of the faction which styled itself the Temporary Platform did not only manifest utter contempt for all party procedures and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Selabe
26.07.2009 11:54:02 P

In yet another legal blow, the Ministry of Education was ordered to back pay the students of the University of Botswana their June-July allowance amounting to P3840.

The order was given by Lobatse High Court judge Key Dingake on Wednesday, following a decision by the UB Student Representative Council to take MoE to court after the ministry infringed the sponsorship agreement it had entered with the students’ community.

The facts of the case, according to the UB SRC vice president, Nico Selobilwe, are that the Ministry of Education took a decision to terminate the student living allowance over the winter vacation without consulting either the SRC or the student community even though Article 14 of the sponsorship contract states that [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
24 July 2009

The Principals in the coalition government called for an end to political attacks, at the beginning of three days of countrywide prayers for national healing and reconciliation. The government said it set aside this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to allow Muslims, Adventists, other Christians and religious groups to pray for national peace during their respective days of worship.

Speaking at the official start of the weekend of prayers, Mugabe said: “There are still reported cases of political violence and this must stop.” He added: “Let us move among the people… promoting the values and practice of tolerance, respect, non-violence and dialogue as a sustainable means of resolving political differences.” Despite these words critics still question Mugabe’s sincerity, especially as scores of MDC activists continue to be victimised by ZANU PF thugs across the country. There are also many reports that indicate that the youth militia is again being deployed around the country to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Botswana Postal Services human resources manager, Cortney Sethebe says the postal service is faced with challenges ranging from cost containment, increasing competition, unmet shareholder expectations, losses as well as inadequate funding.

Speaking during the Botswana Postal Services Workers Union’s 41st annual congress over the President’s Day holidays, Sethebe said having a mountain of challenges to climb workers should set themselves goals higher than they normally would and constantly look beyond the congress and think of new ways to get there.

“In today’s business environment it is vital for survival that the relationship between business growth, profitability and operating costs are [continue reading]

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

Johannesburg — PETROLINE, the company building a petroleum products pipeline from Mozambique to Gauteng, said on Friday the commissioning of the pipeline had been moved from the third quarter of next year to early 2011.

The delay will keep the country’s inland market vulnerable to possible fuel shortages for longer. The market, which includes the country’s economic hub of Gauteng, relies on Transnet’s existing pipeline infrastructure.

The Transnet pipeline from Durban to Gauteng is running at capacity, hence the urgent need for investment in new pipeline capacity in order to ensure security of fuel supply.

Transnet is building SA’s other pipeline, the R12,7bn new multi-product pipeline, also from Durban to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

JOHANNESBURG: Officials of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) say they are confident that they will succeed in luring a number of BSE-listed firms to cross-list on their recently launched Africa Board as consultations for the purpose continue.

The Director of Government and International Affairs at Africa’s biggest bourse, Geoff Rothschild, says they have already received enquiries from BSE primary listed firms interested in secondary listing on the JSE’s Africa Board.

“We have met and engaged with Rizwan Desai (BSE Chairman) and Hiran Mendis (BSE CEO) and we now wait for their response,” Rothschild said recently during a [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Tlotlang Rahube
26.07.2009 11:45:03 P

National carrier, Air Botswana, and East African skies heavyweight, Kenya Airways, have entered into a partnership that will see the two servicing the new Gaborone-Nairobi route.

Under the code-sharing deal, Air Botswana will sell seats on Kenya Airways direct flights, beginning September 4th between Nairobi and Gaborone.

The Managing Director of Kenya Airways (General Sales Agent), Mahesh Patel, opened the launch of flights on Friday. He said that Nairobi will be opening the second hub to Botswana, the first one being Oliver Tambo in Johannesburg.

“It is indeed a historic event; it is the first time we [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The economy is still in doldrums even though statistics show that the worst appears to be over for Botswana trade as recent positive export figures point to a brighter future.

In a second quarter economic review report, the Chairman of the Bifm Investment Committee Dr Keith Jefferis says even though recovery to historic levels might still be a long way off, evidence of recent trade data shows that the worst of the crisis may be over with regards to Botswana’s exports.

However, for the economy in general, another twelve months is still required for a complete rebound, as non-mining sectors such as tourism are still to feel the worst of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
26.07.2009 11:50:01 P

The Office of the President announced on Friday the appointment of retired Botswana Development Corporation managing director, Kenneth Matambo, as the Acting Minister of Finance and Development Planning, following the granting of sick leave, on full pay, extended to the incumbent minister, Baledzi Gaolathe, by President Ian Khama.

Matambo, who once worked overseas for the International Monetary Fund before returning home, was at one time appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

He would later occupy the driver’s seat at the Botswana Development Corporation where he [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Ernest Mabuza
27 July 2009

Johannesburg — UP TO 150000 municipal workers are set to go on strike today, the latest action in a wave of labour upheaval in key sectors of an economy already hard hit by recession.

Another strike is looming at Telkom , where the Communication Workers Union is today expected to give the company a 48-hour notice to strike. And the chemical sector strike, which began last Monday and involves 40000 workers, is set to continue this week despite an improved offer from employers on Friday. Affected companies include Afrox , Sasol and Omnia .

The latest strike action comes against the background of increasingly strident service delivery protests, with police warning at the weekend that the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The appointment of members of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) sub-committees appears to be another attempt by President Ian Khama to continue with his onslaught against the Kedikilwe-Kwelagobe faction in the ruling party.

It is said that Khama has appointed 77 members of the sub-committees without consulting the BDP Central Committee, which is overwhelmingly dominated by the faction after its resounding victory on Monday. The President seems not to have recovered from the thumping his anointed A-Team got at the party elections in Kanye. It is understood all the members of the sub-committees he chose belong to the A-Team or Nkate-Merafhe faction.

BDP executive secretary, Dr Comma Serema said Khama has made the appointments though [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter in Bulawayo
26.07.2009 11:42:18 P

Zimbabwe faces more severe power outages as regional suppliers have reduced power supplies that the nation’s power utility can import into the country at any given time due to a failure to pay-off debts, an official said.

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings’ Business Planning and Development manager, Engineer Patrick Chivaura, said supplies to the country were reduced because of ZESA’s failure to clear its arrears by June 30.

Regional power utilities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Zambia had given ZESA up to June 30 to clear a US$57 million debt for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
24 July 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has postponed his trip to South Africa for a meeting with SADC chairman Jacob Zuma, because of pressing commitments in Harare.

Tsvangirai was set to fly to Johannesburg on Friday for a meeting with the SADC chair and President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, on Saturday.

But James Maridadi, Tsvangirai’s spokesman, told us Friday that the Prime Minister had postponed his trip to next week Friday, because of a number of engagements that he needs to [continue reading]