Archive for August 17th, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Oliver Modise
16.08.2009 11:16:26 P

President Ian Khama does not have the power to make most of the unilateral appointments he is making to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) structures, the party Central Committee has been advised.

The party is currently grappling with a difficult choice: grant President Khama the dictatorial powers he craves, or demand a return to democratic values. The Party Central Committee recently sought legal opinions from Collins Newman & Company, Advocate Sidney Pilane and Advocate Peter Collins on the powers of the party president in relation to the party central committee and whether Khama’s “unilateral decisions” since the Kanye Congress were within his constitutional authority.

Advocate Pilane and Advocate Collins concur that Khama did not have the constitutional authority to make the decisions.

Collins Newman & Company, who is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Specially Elected MP, Botsalo Ntuane, has called for a review of automatic succession to the presidency because it is undemocratic and the system empowers one individual to determine who succeeds him or her.

Ntuane was contributing to a debate on the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration’s chapter in the National Development Plan 10 (NDP 10) in Parliament this week.

“Back in 1997, I was one of those people who were convinced that automatic succession was the best recipe for leadership transition,” he said. “But subsequent to that, and ever since I came to this House and listened to the public out there, be it various politicians even within my own party, in [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-08-17 07:37

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma will leave for Angola on Wednesday as part of efforts aimed at strengthening bilateral and economic relations between South Africa and Angola, the Department of International Relations said on Monday.

Zuma’s first state visit to the country is scheduled for August 20 and 21.

He will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma , Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale and Minister of Public Enterprises Barbara Hogan.

A group of business people will also join Zuma, the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The merger of Local Police and Botswana Police has caused a crisis in Customary Courts in Selebi-Phikwe. So far, there are no officers to administer corporal punishment in the Customary Courts or to collect fines after the disbandment of the Local Police.

The merger has led to some Customary Courts being headed by constables. Of the 55 Local Police officers in the town, 43 have already joined the Botswana Police while 13 are under orientation to be absorbed in the Botswana Police. A law enforcement committee meeting in Selebi-Phikwe was told this week that civilians are not willing to be assigned to administer corporal punishment. It was said the civilians fear being attacked afterwards by the victims because they are not protected by [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 17 2009 at 12:07AM

Telkom workers have been instructed to go back to work on Monday after the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) and the telecommunication provider reached an agreement, the union said on Saturday.

“Workers should go back to work on Monday since we have reached an agreement with Telkom,” CWU spokesperson Pheane Ramoadi said.

“The main issues have been agreed upon and that is what motivates the calling off of the strike.”

Many Telkom workers have been on strike since August 3, demanding a 13 percent wage increase and the adjustment of what they perceive as “racially classified” salary grades.

“The CWU member’s determination broke the backbone of Telkom and forced the employer to make positive adjustments to the salary increment offer at the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Kenya Airways will begin to fly into SSK International Airport next month after sorting out differences with the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB).

Operating hours at the airport will also be extended.
Kenya Airways has a code-sharing deal ,with Air Botswana, but the two airlines plans were frustrated when CAAB ordered them to stop selling tickets under the deal earlier this month over regulatory requirements.

Kenya Airways, which will operate three flights to Gaborone on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, got the approval on Tuesday this week.

Describing the glitch as “a bit of a technicality”, CAAB Director of Air Transport, Bernard Labrosse, confirmed on [continue reading]

Motswaledi to quit UB

source: Sunday Standard
by Oliver Modise
16.08.2009 11:31:39 P

Faced with a new policy that might limit his performance as the ruling party’s operations officer, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary general and parliamentary aspirant for Gaborone Central, Gomolemo Motswaledi, plans to resign from the University of Botswana (UB).

“I have been seriously thinking along those lines of terminating services with UB but it’s a decision that I will make at the right time if I have to,” Motswaledi revealed to Sunday Standard this week in an interview.

In November UB, will implement its new policy, which bans partisan politics on campus, prohibiting staff members’ participation in partisan politics.

Motswaledi said that, while the new UB policy on partisan politics does not disallow him from continuing working for UB, he had nevertheless made up his mind to quit UB because, in his own judgment, the policy pronounces some restrictions that may not allow him to openly serve in [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
16.08.2009 10:59:34 P

CIC Energy Corp said on Friday that it has revised its global mineral resource estimate for its Mmamabula Coal Field – “Mmamabula” – in Botswana.

The global mineral resource estimate for Mmamabula now totals approximately 2.63 billion tones of coal in the measured and indicated categories. This is a decrease in the region of 10 percent from the previously reported 2.93 Bt. Coal resources in the inferred category remain essentially unchanged at approximately 35 million tones.

The company stated that its revision is a result of changes to CIC Energy’s mineral rights that took effect upon the renewal of two prospecting licences covering Mmamabula South and the Western and Eastern Blocks of Mmamabula East.

These renewals are for a period of [continue reading]

17 August 2009

Jet fuel stocks at South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport have been restored to normal levels, while a government-industry task team is to probe the reasons for the recent shortage and recommend measures to prevent a recurrence.

“I am pleased that the industry has responded with the necessary vigour and that the stock level has now reached more than six days,” Minerals and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said in a statement on Friday. Two weeks ago, stock fell to enough for only two days.

Peters intervened last week after airlines at the continent’s busiest airport were asked to voluntarily cut back fuel usage by 30 percent. She held an urgent meeting with the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), state logistics company Transnet and Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).

An agreement was reached on a “roadmap” to [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
16.08.2009 11:30:07 P

“Vala”, the police method of physical torture used to extract information from prisoners, appears to have fallen out of favour with senior police officers still smarting from embarrassment at investigations into the recent death in Mogoditshane police cells of a suspected criminal.

The official report of the Commissioner of Police, Thebeyame Tsimako, into the death of the 29 year old man of Mahalapye, Jordan Itally Setlampoloka, who was arrested and died in police custody, has not yet been released.

The deputy commissioner of the Botswana Police Service, Ikotlhaeng Bagopi, describes ‘vala’ as a “barbaric” method of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The mining sector is expected to return to steady growth by 2010 but will not reach its highs of approximately US$6.32 billion net until 2013.

According to the Botswana Mining Index (BMI) report for the third quarter of 2009, the sector will return to growth, albeit at a subdued rate, in 2010.

The BMI report, which was conducted by London-based global markets research firm, says Botswana’s mining sector shrank by six percent in 2008. “By 2013, we expect the industry to reach a value of US$6.32bn, up from US$3.39bn in 2009,” the research firm says in the report released this week.

The BMI report estimates that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Madibana
16.08.2009 11:19:18 P

Cases of cross border crime, commonly carried out in the form of house breakings and armed robberies, are said to be on the increase along the Matsiloje border.

Goods are said to be stolen from Francistown and transported across the border.

The Zimbabwe police are said to have been networking with the Botswana police to solve this particular issue.
It is reported that just last week, the Francistown police took busloads of Francistown residents who had been robbed in the past month to a place called Mphoeng, where the recovered stolen goods from across the border with the help of the Zimbabwe Republic Police were put on display.
The residents were apparently expected to search and declare what was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Minister of Trade and Industry, Neo Moroka has commended the Limkokwing Entrepreneurship Acceleration Platform (LEAP) for giving academic knowledge and developing practical skills for entrepreneurial pursuit.

Launching the programme yesterday at an event that was held at the Limkokwing University’s main campus in Gaborone, Moroka said “this is what is needed if Botswana is to move from the current middle income status to the high income status”.

He said education is the key to growth and development of any economy because it enhances the knowledge and skills of people so that they may be either retrained to take advantage of new opportunities or start off as [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Mathabo Le Roux
17 August 2009

Johannesburg — BELEAGUERED clothing and textile exporters in southern Africa may be dealt another hefty blow today when a decision is made about changes to a key industrial incentive that has benefited the industry for a decade.

Officials of the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) will today decide the future of the Textiles and Clothing Industrial Development Programme (commonly known as the duty credit certificate scheme).

Limitations were placed on the export incentive programme in December, notably prohibiting the tradability of the certificates.

The government and labour are reluctant to see the benefit continue, arguing that it is open to abuse and citing discrepancies between certificates issued and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
16.08.2009 11:20:55 P

Even though, the Botswana Police Service is hit by shortage of accommodation countrywide, it has emerged that Chinese nationals were caught squatting in a police house for almost two months.

Information passed to Sunday Standard suggests that management at the Gaborone Central Police Station is under investigations after the station accommodated Chinese nationals in a police house plot 768 in Extension 2 without the knowledge of the police management service.

It is understood that the house was left vacant by a police sergeant who complained that [continue reading]