Archive for August 25th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi

President Ian Khama launched the new Pula bank notes at the Bank of Botswana on Friday morning. The new notes, including the P200 note, are already in circulation.

Speaking at the launch, Khama commended the central bank for introducing the new currency. He observed that the new P200 note bears the portrait of an unknown woman and pupils. This symbolism, according to him, is meant to highlight the importance attached to children and the role played by women in the country’s economic development.

“It is equally appropriate that we should cherish and treasure the country’s wildlife heritage as represented by a herd of zebras on the obverse side of the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

– Constituency to petition Khama on Motswaledi

-Area BDP members will not support any other candidate

Yesterday evening the Motswaledi fiasco took another turn when Gaborone Central Botswana Democratic Party members gathered in an improptu meeting characterised by emotions and palpable anger. The electorate in Gaborone Central vowed to rally behind the suspended BDP secretary general and parliamentary candidate Gomolemo Motswaledi for their constituency.

In a highly charged gathering organised by the Gaborone Central Constituency Committee at Ben Thema Primary School hall, the electorate expressed shock and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter in Bulawayo
24.08.2009 7:01:03 A

Zimbabwe has started developing an undersea fiber-optic cable aimed at improving the country’s telecommunications services.

Fiber optics connections offer a higher carrying capacity. These cables connect to the rest of the world at lightning speed.

Zimbabwe, like many other African countries, is trying to move from satellite communication to the fiber-optic alternative, which is cheaper and more efficient.

Hopes are that the project would increase the capacity of Internet and mobile service providers.

The project is at an advanced stage, with trenching, which has already reached Marondera, 72 kilometers east of Harare, while the laying of fiber optic cables has reached Ruwa, just a few kilometers outside the capital.

The broadband link will operate through a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

KASANE: President Ian Khama has hailed chief justices, saying he hopes the interaction among the region’s top legal brains will contribute to the development of the Southern African judicial systems, and improve their efficiency.

He was speaking at the opening of the recent Southern African Chief Justices Forum (SACJF) conference in Kasane.

The President observed that socio-economic development can only take place in the context of a robust, transparent, predictable and enforceable legal framework.

He challenged the delegates to consider ways in which the legal fraternity and the judicial system can work together with other sectors of the economy to make a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
24 August 2009

Two new surveys by the Mass Public Opinion Institute show that support for Robert Mugabe has dropped by 20 percent since the unity government was formed in February. The two polls conducted in April and May also reveal that ZANU PF would be reduced to a small opposition party if they went into elections against the MDC right now. Only 10 percent of adults polled said they would vote for Mugabe while Tsvangirai and his MDC party were shown as easily getting 57 percent of the votes.

The Mass Public Opinion Institute is a non-governmental research organization, established in January 1999. Its main objective is to gauge public opinion on topical issues of governance and public concern and make this known to policy makers and members of the public. For the last ten years their polls have tended to be accurate.
University of Zimbabwe lecturer Eldred Masunungure, who is the director of the institute, refused to comment on the survey. It is however believed the survey could be the most accurate yet, since it was conducted in the rare peaceful environment that currently prevails. The interviewers were able to penetrate ZANU PF strongholds and [continue reading]

Who Says Khama Must Go?

source: Mmegi
Gale Ngakane

The turmoil currently gripping the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is making critics fearful that it could spill over or has already filtered into government, and that President Ian Khama should resign before things get out of hand.

However, the majority of people Monitor spoke to on the streets of Francistown said Khama should not go because he has instilled discipline in the both party and government.

Dineo Mosaninda, 26, beauty therapist: “President Khama should not go anywhere. He has brought a lot of changes to this country. People who say he does not consult when he makes decisions are wrong because he does.

“The fact that he is a former soldier should not be used as an excuse to vilify him. I would regret it [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
24.08.2009 7:09:10 A

It will be interesting to see how the third strategic plan by CEDA (Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency) will be received by such influential institutions as the Bank of Botswana.
The new strategy gives CEDA an expanded mandate and increased power.

In the past, the Bank of Botswana has often complained that CEDA was crowding out commercial banks, arguing that in the end not only was it costly to run an operation like CEDA but also that many small companies started by the organization were not sustainable without continued assistance from CEDA.
CEDA CEO has always disagreed.

Presenting the third Strategy to the media, Dr. Thapelo Matsheka said for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

As the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) saga unfolds, President Ian Khama has publicly explained his decision to suspend secretary general Gomolemo Motswaledi.

In a statement read by Department of Broadcasting Services director Mogomotsi Kaboyamodimo, Khama said that the unacceptable behaviour from some BDP central committee members has caused him to “take some decisive action, and thereby prevent the party from being beset with indiscipline. I have therefore suspended as a member of the party, Mr. Gomolemo Motswaledi – elected recently in Kanye as the secretary general of the BDP, for a period up to sixty (60) days, pending internal party disciplinary action in accordance with Article 34.1.5 of our party constitution”.

Khama accuses Motswaledi of abusing his position as BDP secretary general by engaging [continue reading]

25 August 2009

Africa’s population has reached one billion, says a report published jointly by the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau and US government aid agency USAID.

The report, a companion to the Population Reference Bureau’s 2009 world population Data Sheet, provides data and analysis on world population trends, youth, gender and the environment.

According to the report, the world’s population is on track to reach seven billion in 2011, just 12 years after reaching six billion in 1999.

Virtually all of this growth is in developing countries, while the world’s youth population growth is shifting to the poorest of these countries, says the report, adding that the population change will shape the prospects of regions and countries over the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

A focal development in Botswana’s civil aviation sector is due next year when more operators besides Air Botswana will be licensed to provide domestic and international scheduled air services on a competitive basis, the Minister of Works and Transport, Johnnie Swartz, has said.

Already this year, two giant foreign airlines entered the Botswana market – South African Airways and Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways will offer direct flights between Gaborone and Nairobi three times a week beginning next month. The African continent’s biggest airline, South African Airways, began to fly the Gaborone- Johannesburg route earlier this year. The route was operated by South African Express Airways before.

Speaking this week during a three-day official visit of [continue reading]