Archive for August 18th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Bame Piet
Staff Writer

As the nation waits for the announcement of the date of elections with bated breath, President Ian Khama is likely to move into a newly refurbished State House next month or early October.

A source said the President is likely to move into State House before announcing the date. Khama is presently staying at the house normally used as the official residence of the Vice-President, adjacent to State House.

The refurbishment, which cost P8.9 million, was initially due for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)-listed junior copper miner, African Copper, has posted a first-half profit aided by a reversal of impairment and said it restarted the operations at Mowana Mine near Dukwi.

The company also said it has appointed David Rodier as its new chairman and was confident about the future.

African Copper, which had put its Mowana mine on care and maintenance in January pending completion of financing talks, said it had received $41 million in funding from mining investment firm Zambia Copper Investments Ltd (ZCI).

The recapitalisation would help African Copper’s operations to grow to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
17 August 2009

National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Fidelis Mhashu was assaulted and robbed at gun-point in South Africa, while on a visit to the home of businessman and friend Mutumwa Mawere. The incident immediately raised the ire of South African authorities, who accused the minister of not following protocol and notifying them of his trip. Police chiefs say this would have enabled them to offer him VIP protection in the country.

Newsreel was not able to reach either Mhashu or Mawere on Monday.

It’s reported that armed men burst into Mawere’s house on Friday, in the posh Bryanston suburb north of Johannesburg. “They were having supper when a number of men with guns entered the house, tied them up, assaulted them and demanded money,” national police crime intelligence spokesman Tumi Golding said. The robbers made off with jewellery, money and electronic goods. Mhashu meanwhile received treatment for injuries sustained and was [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter in Bulawayo
16.08.2009 11:05:39 P

Troubled Zimbabwe’s sole airline, Air Zimbabwe, is completely broke and is being sued by its workers while facing a US$30 million (about P208 million) debt.

The airline has already cancelled scheduled regional and international flights due to shortage of funds to buy fuel and to pay more than a thousand of its workers.

Air Zimbabwe has long exhausted the good credit rating it inherited from Air Rhodesia in 1980 after the country’s independence.
It has, in the past decade, relied on government handouts, mostly from the controversial Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, to run its ageing fleet after the hostile macro-economic conditions hit hard on its coffers.

In a bid to cut costs the airline has indicated plans to lay off over 700 of its workers, with [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Tshireletso Motlogelwa
Staff Writer

To-date the officers implicated in the killing by torture of Italy Setlampoloka have neither been arrested nor arraigned before court, Botswana Police spokesman, Christopher Mbulawa, has confirmed.

But Mbulawa would not say whether the officers were suspects or if there were any other suspects in the matter.

“I can’t comment on rumours,” he said. “We will not bungle a case just because police officers are involved. The Commissioner (of Police) has said he will ensure that investigations are carried out accordingly.”

Sources say the prime suspects are 14 police officers with [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 17 2009 at 03:35PM

A total of six deaths and 3485 cases of swine flu were confirmed in South Africa on Monday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said.

“As at 17 August 2009, there are 3485 laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009, ‘swine flu’, in South Africa,” the NICD said in a statement.

“Six A H1N1-related deaths have been confirmed… four of the cases had no underlying conditions, one patient was pregnant and another was pregnant and diabetic.”

The majority of cases remained mild, the institute said.

“It is important that pandemic influenza A H1N1 must be considered in the diagnosis of any persons with moderate or severe influenza-like illness, including healthy young persons with progressive pneumonia and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
16.08.2009 11:01:23 P

Botswana’s oldest bank, Standard Chartered, this week woke joined other banks in introducing online and mobile banking as it tries to lure back versatile young people who are always on the move.

The bank says it is introducing these services because it wants to bring the best in the market and because the innovation is a state of the art product that has won awards internationally.

Michael Wiegand, the bank’s Head of Consumer Banking told Sunday Standard at a recent press conference that they have invested a lot in the information technology (IT) to support the project.

“We have invested a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: BCL mine’s general manager Montwedi Mphathi has said that BCL has stopped any further retrenchment to preserve skills.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ crime meeting in Selebi-Phikwe, Mphathi said at BCL they have come up with projects that include those people who were up for possible retrenchment.

He added that they managed to reduce the number of retrenchments to only 69 and were voluntary. “We looked at the fact that it cost a lot of money to retrench and it would take us about three years to recover it. We also have an agreement with Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) and whenever there is need to retrench, we will consult with them and all necessary processes will be taken into consideration,” the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SciDev.Net (London)
Brenda Zulu
17 August 2009

Lusaka — Africa’s access to digital research resources has improved but the continent faces new challenges in its use of these resources, a report finds.

“With infrastructure and facilities steadily improving … addressing the use of, rather than access to, electronic resources should perhaps receive greater attention,” writes report author Jonathan Harle, programme officer for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

His report, ‘Digital resources for research: a review of access and use in African universities’, was published by ACU in June. It reviews studies in the area, as well as listing resources available to African universities.

While there is still “a considerable way to go” before all African universities have access to broadband and the large bandwidth that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter in Bulawayo
16.08.2009 11:04:16 P

A Zimbabwe government body, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), which deals with environmental issues, has shutdown one of the country’s largest cement manufacturing companies for causing water pollution.

The Chinese-owned cement giant, Sino-Zimbabwe, which is situated in the town of Gweru about 200 kilometers north-east of Bulawayo, was ordered to close by EMA and this has seen hundreds of workers losing their jobs.

EMA director, Phillip Chikwende Manyaza, told a state-owned daily on Thursday that they ordered the closure of the cement manufacturing company after receiving several complaints of serious pollution of the community’s water sources, flora and fauna threatening human and livestock lives.
“We served Sino-Zimbabwe with a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

The vice president of the Botswana Confederation of Commerce and Manpower (BOCCIM), Thuli Johnson has rubbed the opposition the wrong way by campaigning for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Johnson is the managing director of Barclays Bank and recently appeared as a guest speaker at the funding raising dinner dance of Selebi-Phikwe West BDP legislator, Kavis Kario. During the dinner, he called on Selebi-Phikwe West residents to re-elect Kario because he is the best man for the job. He said the MP is humble and selfless and has a clear vision and integrity.

But Johnson’s message has not gone down well with the opposition parties, who feel that he is using his position as a top BOCCIM official to campaign for the BDP. BNF publicity secretary, Moeti Mohwasa said the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
17 August 2009

Serious backtracking by the politicians in the power sharing government has been exposed. The state controlled Sunday Mail newspaper reported that the process to nominate candidates to the four constitutional commissions has been suspended, and that the political parties might now have to forward nominees for the appointments that will be done on proportional representation.

The paper said the process to nominate candidates to the Zimbabwe Media Commission, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Anti- Corruption Committee and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission had been put on hold, a move that will prolong the licensing of newspapers such as the Daily News, that was recently un-banned. This is in spite of the fact that interviews for [continue reading]