Archive for August 4th, 2009

Crisis At UB

source: Mmegi
Chandapiwa Baputaki
Staff Writer

Continuing students at the University of Botswana (UB), who were staying on campus last semester, have been sleeping in the Students Representative Council (SRC) conference hall since Monday last week.

According to the SRC secretary general, Molekane Mojaki, the 57 students are those who will be starting their second, third and fourth years after staying on campus since they started their tertiary education. He revealed that the students had been scared to sleep in the conference hall in case they were ejected by security personnel; “so they used to hide in the toilets and bathrooms for the night. They only started sleeping here with no mattresses or blankets in the past three days,” he said as he showed Monitor a group of students who were sitting on chairs in [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”


Please find below a statement issued by the Director General DIS, I.S. Kgosi:

The Office of the Minister for Defence, Justice and Security wishes to hereby inform and warn the public of the existence of unscrupulous individuals and companies, operated by both Batswana and foreigners, which are currently preying upon unsuspecting citizens with false promises of obtaining employment, study and/or travel opportunities outside of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Chandapiwa Baputaki
Staff Writer

The University of Botswana was thrown into chaos last Friday when students flocked to the institution to seek accommodation on campus following the reduction of off-campus allowances by P500.

The chaos was worsened by the government’s decision to dole out cash to on-campus students for their meals and toiletries instead of dealing with refectories. In earlier interviews, the Ministry of Education said it would pay off-campus allowance only after on-campus residence halls were fully occupied.

At present, the population of the university is over 15, 000 but there are only 4,518 beds on campaus. UB’s Director of Public Affairs Mhitshane Reetsang says in the past, criteria used for [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
02.08.2009 11:22:01 A

Botswana has been identified as a strategic venue for the hosting of a 3-day international symposium on Police labour relations in Southern Africa , which is due tomorrow (Monday), up to 5th August, 2009.

Head of Training Unit in the Botswana Police Services, Senior Superintendent Isaac Pale, has confirmed that at least 15 officers from this department are scheduled to participate in the debates at the Symposium.

“However, for now they will only be going there to benefit from the exchange as you are aware that Police officers are not members of unions,” said Pale.

Benzi Soko, the National Spokesperson of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) of South Africa, said in an interview with Sunday Standard, that the purpose of the [continue reading]

August 04 2009 at 05:52AM
source: IOL
By Craig McKune

Swine flu has claimed its first South African victim – Stellenbosch University student Ruan Muller.

The 22-year-old was admitted to hospital with pneumonia after two weeks of illness, but he died last Tuesday.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed on Monday that he had been diagnosed with pandemic influenza A (H1N1), commonly known as swine flu.

“Firstly, my deepest sympathy with the family, who last saw their son last week. We are truly sorry for your loss,” Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha said on Monday.

He added that the public should not panic.

“(Muller) did not have an [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
Bathandwa Mbola
3 August 2009

Johannesburg — President Jacob Zuma indicated on Monday that he would contact President Robert Mugabe to discuss tensions in that country’s unity government.

“Given this situation, I would be contacting President Robert Mugabe on the matters as well as Arthur Mutambara.

“I will contact colleagues in the region and brief them on how we can continue working together to make quick progress in Zimbabwe,” President Zuma told reporters after a meeting with Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

President Zuma met with Mr Tsvangirai to discuss how Zimbabwe’s five-month old unity government is faring, as his party claims a crackdown on its members.

“Its five months since the formation of the unity government, so I was updating the President, as the chairperson of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
02.08.2009 11:09:31 A

British Petroleum (BP)—the second biggest petroleum company in the country — assured Botswana this week that it will kept its taps flowing next year amid concerns that a lot of volumes will be directed to South Africa due to the FIFA World Cup games.
Advocate Rams Ramashia, the BP’s president for Sub Sahara Africa, said Friday that they had “factored in” the possibility of high demand in the coming year.

Ramashia was on a fact finding mission in Botswana during which he met with the Trade Minister, Neo Moroka, and Minerals and Energy Minister, Ponatshego Kedikilwe.

He said BP, which is the only aviation fuel supplier in the country, stands ready to meet the high demand that will be triggered by the FIFA World Cup games.

During the FIFA World Cup, it is anticipated that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

The future of Lerala Diamond Mine is in limbo and will remain so at least for as long as DiamonEx Botswana Limited (DBL) is under judicial management, or up to the end of the year, while its shares will remain suspended from trading until December 31, the company announced last Friday.

In the meantime, DiamonEx is struggling to restructure.
“The timing for the completion of the restructure and the re-admission of the shares to trading will be in part determined by the conclusion of legal proceedings in Botswana,” it said in a statement.

To compound DiamonEx’s problems, the European Investment Bank (EIB), which is one of its key finance providers, has taken the company to court to terminate the judicial management process.

“Notwithstanding efforts by the Board and the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
02.08.2009 11:03:28 A

The potential of the tourism industry to impact positively and directly on the lives of ordinary citizens in Botswana, and the extent to which participation of locals in the tourism business can make a difference has become a subject of scrutiny.

So much so that, there is a loud debate going on regarding the feasibility of existing Government policy initiatives as well as interpretation of what would best improve the lives of communities as well as empower citizen investors through the Industry.

Stuart Baartman, Managing Director of Karibu Safari, speaking to the Sunday Standard in an interview recently, expressed the view that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

About 1,000 Batswana lured overseas by employment agencies have found themselves having to seek refugees status in several countries among them Canada, Australia and Ireland so that they may stay in these overseas countries legally.

The head of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Isaac Kgosi says they have received information detailing how many Batswana have turned refugees overseas on the ‘advice’ of job placement agencies and that six such companies are being investigated.

“Most of them (Batswana) leave here with promises of jobs and university placement overseas,” Kgosi says. “But for them to continue staying there, they are told to raise their hands as soon as they arrive and [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-08-03 09:22
Arisja Jacobs

Johannesburg – Striking municipal firefighters on Friday refused to go out to a crash scene and cut a badly injured woman and the body of her husband from a car wreck, after an accident in which their two babies died.

Firefighters from Eskom’s Kriel power station then helped them.

Hester Meyer of Langa Med ambulances found one of the babies, a newborn boy, outside at the back of the wreck.

“I had to wipe away the tears when I picked up the little baby in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Bame Piet
Staff Writer

Parliament has passed a motion by Mogoditshane MP Patrick Masimilole to translate the Constitution into Setswana.

Defence, Justice and Security Minister, Ramadeluka Seretse standing in for his Local Government counterpart, Minister Margaret Nasha said the government has agreed to start working on the vernacular version of the Constitution. He explained that the Setswana version will be used by lay people, while the English one will be used in courts of law. During debate on the motion, Nasha had said that Setswana is a difficult language and it will not be easy to have a version of the Constitution in vernacular because the language of law is [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Morula Morula
02.08.2009 11:23:34 A

Court of Appeal judges have dismissed, with costs, an appeal brought before them by EyeDSystems.

The appeal was about an award of a multi-million pula tender for the supply, installation, configuration and maintenance of equipment for the production of driving licence cards and public officers’ cards in the Department of Roads and Safety.

EyeDsystems maintains that the award of the tender to Unisystems by the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) was improper and that PPADB ought to have awarded the tender to it.
Dismissing the appeal, the judges concurred that [continue reading]