Archive for August 23rd, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana’s year-on-year inflation hit its lowest mark since 2001 in July, falling by a further 1.0 percentage point to end at 6 percent from 7 percent in June.

The deceleration, which brought annual inflation in line with the upper end of the Bank of Botswana’s (BoB) 3 to 6 percent objective, occurred inspite of fuel prices increasing in June and July.

According to a Central Statistics Office (CSO) report released on Tuesday, this fall was due to continuing easing of inflation in food and fuel prices which are not as pronounced as they were this time last year.

The last time inflation headline was below 6 percent was in July 2001 when it was at 5.9 percent. It has [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 14:21

I was motivated to write this opinion piece after coming across the advert that appeared recently on local newspapers about the MISA awards and the current debate on the proposed Media Practitioners Act.
At last year’s MISA awards one of the judges alluded to the fact that most journalists did not submit their stories to be considered for the awards. I do not know the measures that had been taken to improve, if not correct the situation. Non-participation of journalists towards the MISA awards may be a form of protest by journalist who consider themselves qualified by virtue of academic qualifications. They will be degrading their hard earned diplomas and degrees by competing with others who have not attained academic training in this field.

It is very normal for academics to think this way. In fact if the occupation of journalism was professional there would not even be awards for the reason that each story that a qualified journalist writes, is unique in its own way. The awards were applicable back in Journalists should be accredited [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: University of Botswana (UB) political science lecturer Dr Zibani Maundeni has advised members of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee to suspend President Ian Khama if they are not satisfied with the way he is running party affairs.

“As the Central Committee, if they feel the party president is not acting properly, they have the power to suspend anybody including the President,” Maundeni told Mmegi on Tuesday evening. He stressed that if the Central Committee feels wronged by the President, “then they should suspend him”. He asserted that if the Central Committee does not have powers to suspend its president or gives him too much powers, then it should correct the situation in the party constitution. He said Khama is simply applying what is [continue reading]