Archive for August 3rd, 2009

source: Republic of Botswana (1/8/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 19 of 2009
The Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

D4) 16/7/09: Statement by the Director DBS, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo, in response to various media reports alleging so-called “militarization” at BTV:

It has become obvious that there is a sustained campaign to discredit the state broadcaster, the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) by some of our local Press.

It is in this context that a number of recent articles have contained factual errors and untruths along with misleading commentary about the appointment of the new General Manager at Botswana Television. Writers claim to have heard from what they position as ghost (mis) informers from inside Botswana Television (BTV). DBS and BTV in particular cannot be represented by an individual or persons who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) has ordered Kenya Airways and Air Botswana not to sell tickets in the designation of their recently- launched joint service because they are yet to meet regulatory requirements.

Speaking to Business Week on Wednesday, CAAB Director of Air Transport Bernard Labrosse said they were disturbed that recent newspaper advertisements could create the impression that the two airlines were to offer their code-sharing service.

After postponing the launch for several weeks, the two airlines last week announced that beginning September 4, Kenya Airways would start direct flights from Nairobi to Gaborone and that Air Botswana would sell the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (1/8/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 19 of 2009
The Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

E6) 26/7/09: Chinese military to launch website, open itself up to more media by Jeff Ramsay

(Shanghai) – In an attempt to be more transparent and proactive in what it terms its “public diplomacy” the Chinese Ministry of National Defence has announced that it will launch an official website on the 1st of August.

According to a Ministry spokesperson, Colonel Huang Xueping, the website, which will initially be published on-line in English as well as Chinese, is part of a broader effort on the part of the military to open itself up to greater scrutiny by the media and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

While the global recession has wiped out capital in the West, the Chinese economy is robust, its firms hungry for Africa’s resources and its state-backed financial institutions willing to do business on more equitable terms with the continent, writes WANETSHA MOSINYI

The Third Scramble for Africa here and is “absolutely unstoppable”, according to a Sino-Africa trade expert. But this time around, the scramble is of mutual benefit. But the big question is: Is Botswana, and indeed the rest of Africa, ready to do business with China?

The worst global recession since World War II will definitely usher in a new economic, trade and investment order. With its massive sovereign-backed capital that [continue reading]

3 August 2009

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called for South African investment in his country.

“We believe South African companies are better placed to understand the environment in Zimbabwe,” Tsvangirai said at a dinner with South African business and government officials in Sandton on Friday night.

“Instead of attracting foreign investment from Europe and other places, we believe that South African companies can operate in an environment that is almost similar (to their own).”

South Africans are in a position to understand the “politics, economics and potential of the country,” said Tsvangirai.

At the moment, the Zimbabwean government did not have the resources to make major infrastructure investments, “but if there are private companies who would like to go into [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government needs P7.3 billion to be spent on new road infrastructure developments as well as to maintain the existing ones in the next seven years.

Presenting his budget proposals for National Development Plan 10 (NDP) in Parliament yesterday, Minister of Works and Transport Johnnie Swartz said that major roads would be constructed during NDP 10 among them the dualling of the deadly Gaborone-Boatle, Tlokweng bypass, Greater Gaborone improvements, Molepolole-Lentsweletau, and Bokspits-Struizendam roads. “The programme also includes completion of the projects which commenced during NDP9,” he said.

Swartz revealed that other infrastructure, such as [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
02.08.2009 11:27:24 A

Government officials were this week tight-lipped on reports that President Ian Khama’s recent appointment of Kenneth Matambo as the acting Minister of Finance and Development is illegal.
The Act that regulates the number of Cabinet ministers – Ministerial Offices (maximum) number Cap 02:02 places a ceiling of 16 full ministers and 8 assistants on the number that can be appointed by the President. The act was last amended in 2002.

Matambo has been appointed acting Minister for four months while the substantive minister, Baledzi Gaolathe, is on paid sick leave. This puts the total number of full ministers at 17, which is more that the maximum stipulated number.

The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Margaret Nasha, would not comment on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The appointment of an acting minister of finance is unlikely to shake either the markets or investor confidence mainly because of the length of his tenure and the Botswana market’s lack of responsiveness to such developments, observers have said.

President Ian Khama last Friday appointed the former Managing Director of the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC), Kenneth Matambo, as Acting Minister of Finance and Development Planning while the substantive minister, Baledzi Gaolathe, is on a leave of compassion due to ill- health.

Matambo’s acting tenure will run for four months effective from August 1. In more developed markets, including South Africa, the reaction to a new appointment of such a profile is usually reflected in movements in economic indicators such as [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 30 2009 at 06:02AM
By Carien du Plessis

President Jacob Zuma has told high school leaders nothing will be given to them on a silver platter, offering himself as an example of someone who made it to the top of the heap through hard work.

Zuma, who had no formal education, was welcomed by excited yells from about 150 learners at a one-day summit at Gold Reef City, Joburg, on Wednesday.

Departing from his scripted speech, he told the group: “Success requires hard work and education.

‘Success requires hard work and education’
“Who can believe that I never went to school,” he said, to a few cheeky shouts of “me, me, me” from the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Health has received help from America to open a Swine Flu testing laboratory in Botswana. The director of Public Health, Sheenaz El-Halabi said at a press conference yesterday that the American Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has provided the help and training of personnel will start soon.

El-Halabi said that towards the end of August, tests will be done locally but still some specimen will be sent to South Africa for validation. Currently, the Ministry of Health sends all specimen of suspected Swine Flu patients to South Africa for testing.

El-Halabi said Botswana has 13 confirmed cases of the disease with five in Gaborone, one in Jwaneng, one in Kweneng East and six in Francistown.

She explained that in [continue reading]

Business Day (Johannesburg)
Charlotte Mathews
31 July 2009

Johannesburg — A WEAKER dollar helped gold gain traction yesterday after its recent sharp plunge as investors sought direction from dollar movements and indications of inflation or deflation in the US and as jewellery buyers remained on the sidelines.

The spot price of gold dropped to a low of 925/oz on Wednesday, having touched 959/oz on Monday after two weeks of steady gains. By late yesterday it had added 1% to 936/oz.

According to James Moore of The Bullion Desk in London, market sentiment towards equities and commodities weakened on Wednesday after a spate of bad news.

Redemptions from the US SPDR exchange-traded fund, the biggest gold investment fund in the world, continued their six-week trend with another 10-million tons sold.

Moore said these sales were viewed as a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff writer

The weapons used in the recent shooting of Chinese businessman, Sun Lianghui may have been military grade, a diplomat has said.

The spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Gaborone, Zhou Zhigang told Mmegi that he has been informed by investigators that the guns were of the types issued by the security forces. “The police told us this. The weapons are of a higher grade. One bullet penetrated the glass, through the chest and another penetrated the victim after piercing the car window,” Zhou said. He was commenting on the death of 31-year-old Lianghui, a Tutume-based businessman, who was robbed of cash and valuables before being shot dead over the weekend while driving through Serule. He was [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (1/8/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 19 of 2009
The Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

D2) 31/7/09: Response (Right of Reply) to Sunday Standard, issued on behalf of the Office of the Minister for Defence, Justice and Security: “BDF never said facility vulnerable to SA missile attack”

The Botswana Defence Force has noted with dismay misleading content in a front-page lead article entitled “Planned radioactive facility a national security threat – BDF“, which appears in the 26/7/09 edition of the local Sunday Standard newspaper.

In addition to the headline itself, we are especially concerned about the article’s opening paragraph, which states:

“The planned National Radioactive Waste Storage facility in Pilikwe village is a threat to [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 03 2009 at 08:19AM

Telkom employees in Gauteng were expected to picket outside the offices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on Monday, the Communication Workers Union said.

Information on the union’s website indicated that employees in Mpumalanga, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will picket outside Telkom on Monday and Tuesday in an attempt to get Telkom to adjust their salary scales.

Workers want Telkom to adjust salary scales before implementing a 7,5 percent salary increase, the union said.

“In Gauteng, our members will be picketing at [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
02.08.2009 11:27:54 A

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) has smashed a network of international human trafficking syndicates that has been trafficking hundreds of Batswana to Canada where they are forced into prostitution, forced labour and sometime resorting to seeking political asylum.

It is understood that more than 1000 Batswana have been lured to Canada with promises of well paying jobs and then left stranded there. The Canadian government has already contacted the Botswana government inquiring about a case involving a [continue reading]