Archive for July 28th, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
26.07.2009 11:57:41 P

Authorities have been cautioned that the world has become too complex and interconnected that it can no longer be permissible to look at problems in isolation from each other.

Thus, “when a mother dies, when an orphaned child does not get the food or education he needs, when a young girl grows into a life without opportunities, the consequences extend beyond the existence of these individuals”.

Argentina Matavel, United Nations Population Fund Representative in Botswana, stated that, in responding to the economic crisis, due recognition must be given to the importance of empowering women so that they can be able to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
27 July 2009

Finance Minister Tendai Biti on Monday morning received a live bullet and a handwritten note enclosed in a khaki envelope, and addressed to him at his Harare home address.

Biti’s aide Nqobizitha Mlilo, confirmed that the 42 year-old secretary-general of the MDC and MP for Harare East constituency viewed this as a death threat on his life after receiving the 9mm bullet and note, written in shona.

The note was written: ‘raira nhaka,’ or ‘prepare your will.’ The envelope containing the bullet and the note is believed to have been delivered to his house. The Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was informed of the incident and so was the Acting President Joice Mujuru.

‘He’s a bit low and shaken up as a result of this episode. He says it is the first time he’s seen a bullet in his life and it is also the first time his family had endured something like this,’ Mlilo said.

The Minister made a report to the police as he viewed this as a serious threat to himself and his family. The Central Intelligence Organisation, which is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Gasebalwe Seretse
Correspondent

A number of Pilikwe residents have expressed concern about government’s intention to build a temporary storage and conditioning facility for disused and abandoned radioactive materials near the village.

The concerns were raised during a Kgotla meeting held in the village on Thursday. Although one of the consultants engaged by government, Mookamedi Masie, of Water Resources Consultants, tried to explain the project’s environmental impact, dissenters mostly the youth were unhappy that their village had been chosen for the facility.

According to Masie, the proposed storage facility, the first of its kind in the country, will be secure as it will be made of reinforced concrete and the containers made of lead.

He further said that his company has recommended that [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info
Chris Bathembu
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27 July 2009

The South African government will continue to respect media freedom in the country, and promote the role of the media in the socio-economic development of the continent, says President Jacob Zuma.

The African Editors Forum met with Zuma in Pretoria last week to brief South Africa’s new administration on the challenges facing journalists in Africa.
Media freedom

Issues of media freedom and the role of the media in the socio-economic development of the continent were also discussed, according to International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who was part of the meeting.

Speaking to local journalists after the meeting, Nkoana-Mashabane said: “One thing we all agreed upon is that we are all … eager to project an image of an Africa that is [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
26.07.2009 11:53:21 P

Angry rioters in Dikaneng in the North West province of South Africa are allegedly targeting and smashing Botswana registered vehicles.

In one of such disturbing incidents, a Lobatse resident was caught by the angry mob, which pulled him out of his vehicle and poured used car oil all over his body before smashing his vehicle.

In a telephone interview with the Sunday Standard, the South African police spokesperson in the North West Province, Superintendent Lesogo Metsi, said that he had warned Batswana who are using the Ramotswa border post to be extra careful when using Dinokaneng Lehurutshi road, advising them to [continue reading]

South African Institute of International Affairs (Johannesburg)
27 July 2009
press release

Pretoria — The 2009 edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO) was launched today at the National Treasury.

The 2009 Outlook covers 47 African countries, up from 35 last year. The report finds the region gravely affected by the global economic downturn.

Following half a decade of above 5 per cent economic growth, the continent can expect only 2.8 per cent in 2009, less than half of the 5.7 per cent expected before the crisis.

The AEO’s authors anticipate growth rebounding to 4.5 per cent in 2010. Growth in oil-exporting countries is expected to fall to 2.4 per cent in 2009 compared to 3.3 per cent for the net oil importers.

The collapse of commodity prices and plummeting demand from [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
26.07.2009 11:46:04 P

Although a recent rally in crude oil prices is inflationary, Botswana inflation is expected to fall within the Central Bank’s set objectives in the coming months.

According to the Central Statistic Office (CSO) figures released last week, inflation slouched-down 1.4 percent points during the period under review to 7 percent against the May figure of 8.4 percentage points.

“Inflation is falling and that is good news. That is positive for the economy,” says Dr Keith Jefferis, Chairman of Bifm Investment Committee.

“That process will continue. We expect inflation to fall below 6 percent and settle in the range of 5 – 7 percent,” added the former Bank of Botswana (BoB) deputy governor.

The expectation is that the Bank of Botswana Monetary Policy Committee will ease the monetary policy by cutting key interest rates to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Ryder Gabathuse
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: President Ian Khama on Friday appointed award winning economist, Kenneth Matambo, to head Finance and Development Planning Ministry albeit on acting basis amid loud dissenting voices.

The Tonota-born economist will take over the reigns at the government enclave from August 1 for four months. This follows Khama’s granting of sick leave on full pay to the substantive Finance Minister, Baledzi Gaolathe, who has been in and out of a South African hospital as an outpatient, where he was recently operated.

Information reaching Monitor from a close family member who could not openly discuss Gaolathe”s ailment, indicated that one of the country’s respected economist, Gaolathe was referred by a local hospital to South Africa.

Our source indicated that [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 28 2009 at 12:12AM

South African Airways has complied with international safety standards following an operations audit, the group said on Monday.

“SAA operations have been proven to comply with the world’s most stringent safety standards after the airline successfully completed its third IATA (International Air Transport Association) operational safety audit,” said Captain Johnny Woods of SAA’s head flight operations.

He said SAA was the first airline in the world to be audited under the new Second Edition Standards system.

“At South African Airways we pride ourselves on ensuring that we always achieve the highest international safety standards,” Woods said in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
OLIVER MODISE
Correspondent

The boycott of the Media Appeals Committee by the Law Society of Botswana has thrown the spanner in the works for the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi. Moitoi has been forced to temporarily halt the convening of the committee as she seeks further advice on the matter.

This comes in the wake of the Law Society of Botswana (LSB) position that it would not recommend anyone to sit on the newly-appointed Media Appeals Committee until government and media houses sort out their differences.

The Minister has indicated that plans to assemble a Media Appeals Committee will remain on hold until she has sought legal advice from [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Bashi Letsididi
26.07.2009 11:44:29 P

The government plans to engage the World Bank to conduct a national tariff study to determine and recommend the appropriate water tariffs throughout the country.

Speaking to parliament last Thursday, Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Minister, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said that if the government is to achieve a sustained development and maintenance of water resources, “it is inevitable that, from time to time, the level of tariffs be reviewed to contain costs and build a reserve for maintenance and potential contingencies”.

This revelation was part response to a question by Palapye MP, Moiseraele Goya, on when the Water Utilities Corporation and the Department of Water Affairs last increased their tariffs, whether they [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

KANYE: President Ian Khama has accused the media and some elements in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) of fueling factionalism in the ruling party.

Addressing the party’s national congress in Kanye last Saturday, Khama said that the media would like to see factions perpetuated and institutionalised in the BDP.

“They are continuously undermining and demonising the leadership of the party and glorifying whatever aspect they perceive as posing a potential challenge to party leadership,” he said. He said the media claims that democracy and the constitution is under threat without giving examples. He reassured the congress that democracy and the constitution of the party will never be threatened. He said the greatest challenge is unity in [continue reading]

source: journalism.co.za
Tuesday, 28 July 2009

THE boycott of the Media Appeals Committee by the Law Society of Botswana has thrown the spanner in the works for the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi. Moitoi has been forced to temporarily halt the convening of the committee as she seeks further advice on the matter, writes Oliver Modise in Mmegi.

This comes in the wake of the Law Society of Botswana (LSB) position that it would not recommend anyone to sit on the newly-appointed Media Appeals Committee until government and media houses sort out their differences.

The Minister has indicated that plans to assemble a Media Appeals Committee will remain on hold until she has sought legal advice from Attorney General Athaliah Molokomme.

The law society recently held its annual general meeting in Francistown and resolved to decline the minister’s offer because of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

The world’s largest diamond producer, De Beers, has reported a 99-percent drop in net profits for the first half of 2009 to just $3 million after demand for luxury goods was hard hit by the global recession.

The diamond giant, which has a 50/50 partnership with Government in Debswana, made $316 million in the same period a year ago before the economic downturn deterred even the wealthy from splashing out on non-essentials.

De Beers blamed an “extraordinarily difficult” trading environment for the slump in profitability. Sales of rough diamonds by DTC (including joint ventures like DTC Botswana) were down by 57 percent to [continue reading]