Archive for August 11th, 2009

source: Mail & Guardian
SELLO MOTSETA – Aug 11 2009 06:00

The Law Society of Botswana is to deliver a petition to President Ian Khama asking him to give an unequivocal assurance that he does not support torture and extra-judicial killings, by bringing to court the military intelligence officers who allegedly executed a suspect in May.

The society said that although inquests were once routinely held in Botswana when civilians were killed, this had not happened in the case of nine of the 13 deaths by gunshot in the country since April last year.

Dumelang Saleshando, Botswana Congress Party spokesperson and MP for Gaborone Central, said Botswana has had an average of “one state-sponsored killing a month since April 2008. This coincides with the assumption of office of President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama and the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (10/8/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 20 of 2009
The Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C3) 3/8/09: Statement by the Director of Broadcasting Services on the Suspension of Political Debate Coverage by BTV and Radio Botswana: This is to confirm that Radio Botswana and Botswana Television have suspended the broadcasting of political debates.

This temporary measure was taken in recognition that it would be inappropriate to continue with such coverage until after the official
nomination of candidates for the 2009 General Elections had been completed.

This step is, moreover, in accord with the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
10.08.2009 11:14:27 A

Government is mulling a collective contributory agricultural insurance scheme designed to assist subsistence farmers afflicted by natural disasters.
The agricultural insurance scheme aimed at the disadvantaged subsistence farmers was first debated in parliament this week.

The issue of insurance scheme was raised by MP for Chobe, Duncan Mlazie, whose constituents– who utilised the Integrated Support Agriculture Programme (ISAAP) — were badly affected by floods in the recent past ploughing season.

The floods saw a number of farmers losing their crop production for the year.

The previous ploughing season saw quite a number of subsistence farmers in the Chobe enclave, east and west, were exceptionally affected by floods leaving in its wake major losses in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHANDAPIWA BAPUTAKI
Staff Writer

The University of Botswana (UB) yesterday made history when it inaugurated its first chancellor who is not a sitting president of the country.

Former president Sir Ketumile Masire was welcomed as the Chancellor at an event held at the UB’s graduation arena attended by President Ian Khama and his immediate predecessor Festus Mogae.

Speaking at the ceremony, UB Vice Chancellor Bojosi Otlhogile said the act was an indication that UB had come of age. Otlhogile explained that he had appointed a task group in 2004, under the chairmanship of Professor Frank Youngman to review the governance and management structures of the university. The task group recommended that the position of UB Chancellor be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

The promoters of Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP), CIC Energy are upbeat about the future of the US$3 billion project despite a non-committal from power utility Eskom, because the South African government this week announced new electricity regulations.

The new regulations on planning for new generation capacity, issued by the Department of Energy, clarifies the role of independent power producers (IPPs), which CIC Energy see as a ‘positive step’ forward for the project. “This is very good news for us because we see that the policy change supports an IPP role and how it would work,” CIC Energy president Greg Kinross told journalists in Gaborone on Friday.The company announced late last month that it had received notification from Eskom that the power utility could not, in the absence of clarity on [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
10.08.2009 11:14:59 A

CIC Energy officials were this week over the moon after the South African government published Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity that may pave way for the conclusion of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Eskom.

Gregory Kinross, the company’s CEO, said in Gaborone on Friday that funding model for Eskom in relation to power purchased independently is the only stumbling block for the Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP).

“The key issue is the approval of PPAs,” Kinross told journalists from Gaborone and Pretoria.

“The project (MEP) is not bankable without the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Martin Nyirenda
Correspondent

For the first time ever, Pick n’ Pay has teamed up with First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) to provide in-store banking for shoppers.

At least all 14 Score supermarkets across the country to be converted into Pick n’ Pay stores will be beefed up with FNB kiosks offering an array of banking and financial services to the shopper.

These will include enquiries on new account opening, cheque and savings accounts, as well as loan applications for vehicle and asset financing, personal loans, property finance, credit card applications and registration for Internet and cell phone banking. Cheque deposits will be accepted as well.

FNBB’s head of sales Ompatile Kalaben said that the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
10.08.2009 11:13:44 A

RDC Properties Limited, the Botswana Stock Exchange-listed company, said it is pressing ahead with its plans to get an IFSC accreditation and at the same time indicated that its hotel in the Central Business District (CBD) will be complete by August next year.

RDC Properties Limited is one of the few indigenous companies listed on the BSE to expand its operations into the southern African region—namely: Botswana and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

At its half year results briefing held on Thursday, the company updated market players on progress made on the multi-million pula hotel that is coming up at the CBD that will be called Holiday Inn Gaborone.

“In spite of turbulent property markets in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Policy and Implementation Framework is seen as another initiative by the government aimed at creating an investor-friendly environment.

Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning Keletso Rakhudu said this when officiating at the launch of the PPP Policy and Implementation Framework at Boipuso Hall last week.

Rhakudu said the PPP framework would complement some of government’s other policy measures like the Mining Code and the draft Investment Strategy, which are also intended to bolster private sector participation in the economy.

He said the framework could not have come at a more opportune moment in the economic development trajectory of the country. “As you are all [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Louise Redvers
11 August 2009

Luanda — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is using her trip to Africa to promote agricultural development as an approach to food aid which she has described as a “signature element” of the new Obama administration’s foreign policy.

“We are convinced that investing in agriculture is one of the most high-impact, cost-effective strategies available for reducing poverty and saving and improving lives,” Secretary Clinton told an audience at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute in Nairobi.

Adding: “If you don’t do agriculture, you don’t eat, and that’s the most important goal of [continue reading]