Archive for July 31st, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Dikgakgamatso Seretse has said that government has complied with a December 2006 High Court decision to allow a group of Basarwa to return to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) without the requirement of obtaining entry permits.

The group moved to the High Court after the government relocated them from their settlements in the CKGR. Answering a parliamentary question from Ngwaketse West MP Mephato Reatile, Seretse said that the Basarwa are allowed entry into CKGR together with their spouses, minor children and property and livestock such as goats.

He said the dispensation has been extended to all those who were minors at the time of [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 07:37

Botswana’s economy is expected to hit troubled times in the next year or so, BIFM Investment Committee has revealed. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for the first quarter of 2009 show that total GDP was 20 percent lower than in the same period of 2008, and that the economy is in a technical recession with the mining sector being largely hit.

The chairman of the Investment Committee Keith Jefferies has said the recession was not a shell negative growth on the economy as the non-mining private sector escaped unscathed but the other sectors will likely experience hardships.

The impact of the global crisis on the Botswana economy has, so far, been limited with real output in the non-mining private sector at 9.4 percent higher than a year earlier, with no signs of any growth downturn outside of mining.
Botswana has so far avoided a severe generalized short term impact from the global recession, reflecting the country’s limited dependence upon foreign capital flows, aid and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Calistus Kolantsho

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Discovery Drilling Africa continues to grow in leaps and bounds despite the economic downturn.

The company’s director, Hendrick Herbst, says the Selebi-Phikwe-based Discovery Drilling started its operations last year in July. He explained that he decided to be based here because he wanted to support the economy of this town because he grew up in Mmadinare and it is his way of giving back to the community.

“We started off with only three drilling machines and we were only doing jobs for BCL Mine,” Herbst says. “Today we have nine machines and 45 Batswana employees. We do jobs for five different mining companies, and we do [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
30 July 2009

The Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the country’s powerful service chiefs met on Thursday in Harare, the first such meeting at the highest political level since the formation of the inclusive government.

A highly placed source in government told us the two hour meeting, which was chaired by Robert Mugabe was ‘very cordial.’

Up until Thursday, there has been fierce resistance to the formal constituting of the National Security Council (NSC) among the service chiefs, who see the establishment of the new security organ as a threat to their hitherto unchallenged power.

Dismissing advance predictions that the meeting would be confrontational or tense, our source told us the meeting was ‘very good,’ and that Tsvangirai and the service chiefs joked with each other after the meeting.

Minister of State for Security Sydney Sekeramayi said the meeting was warm, cordial and inclusive, and placed national interests ahead of [continue reading]