Archive for August 27th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 07:24

Delayed Specially Elected MPs Bill costs them dearly
DK to lose close to P200 000
Pheto to lose P100 000

Some Members of Parliament who recently served as Cabinet Ministers have lost hundreds of thousands of Pula in benefits (pensions and gratuities) because Parliament failed to pass the National Assembly and Ministers’ Pensions and Gratuities (Amendment) Bill last week.

The Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Dr Margaret Nasha told The Gazette in an interview that she had tried her best in taking the Bill to Parliament. She blamed MPs for debating one Bill (to amend the Constitution to increase the number of Specially Elected MPs to eight) for too long, “choosing to forget that there is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
THATO MOSEKI
Correspondent

The Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Keletso Rakhudu, says while the government has not drawn up a hefty stimulus package to prop the local economy against the recession, its range of initiatives and policy interventions have kept the country adequately afloat.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of Botswana Exporters and Manufacturers Association (BEMA) last week, Rakhudu said despite pressure from the private sector for a cure-all stimulus package, Botswana’s economic composition was different from some Western countries’ that have pumped in billions of dollars to rescue their economies.

“Unlike the developed countries, for us the big companies are not [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
26 August 2009

Un-named government officials have rubbished reports that Robert Mugabe missed the burial of the late nationalist Richard Hove because he was unwell and had flown to Dubai for treatment. “The president is not sick but was away on holiday. He returned home yesterday (Tuesday), and those reports are a load of rubbish that we get from sick and evil minds,” Reuters news agency quoted the official saying. The presence of Mugabe’s urologist in Dubai, Awang Kechik, fuelled suspicion he was there to check up on the ZANU PF leader. Kechik is normally based in Malaysia. A few years ago Mugabe suffered a prostrate cancer scare but it was never known whether the cells turned out to be ‘benign’ or cancerous.

Mugabe did return home on Tuesday and his party officials began issuing denials that he was not in poor health. “He took his children on a week’s holiday before schools open next week. He does this every year. He’s back in the country,” another official was quoted as saying. Mugabe’s health remains a closely guarded secret and it would be unlikely any of his close aides would admit he is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

The permanent secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Festinah Bakwena has said there was nothing wrong with the director of broadcasting services reading a statement from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) on state radio and TV.

On Friday, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo read a speech by President Ian Khama explaining why he suspended the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary general Gomolemo Motswaledi. Though there has been criticism that this is another sign of the ruling party’s abuse of state media, Bakwena said that the subject of the statement was not just a BDP issue. She said the speech tackled an issue of national concern. “Its wide coverage in the media had led to public concern and so it became a national issue relating to events that took place in the governing party and the engagements of the state president. We cannot make light of this fact,” she said.

She stated that Kaboeamodimo has the mandate to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHANDAPIWA BAPUTAKI
Staff Writer

The number of confirmed cases of the Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) has risen to 30 from the 13 reported last month.

Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health Shaneez El Halabi revealed this in an interview with Mmegi yesterday. “We are having lots of pending results in South Africa where we are sending the specimen for testing,” she stated, adding that the laboratory is currently overwhelmed with samples coming from all over the Southern African region.

El Halabi further stated that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Dumisani Muleya
27 August 2009

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma arrives in Harare today amid speculation that President Robert Mugabe is gravely ill and a promise from his party that he will be more vocal in criticising Mugabe.

Zuma is expected to mediate outstanding issues dividing Zimbabwe’s unity government.

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe indicated yesterday Zuma would be critical of Mugabe’s “adolescent” and “deviant” behaviour. “President Zuma will be more vocal in terms of what we see as deviant behaviour by our neighbours,” Mantashe told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association.

Zuma is due to meet Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is waiting for President Ian Khama to announce the date of general elections before deciding the number of its observers for the polls.

SADC executive secretary Dr Tomaz Salomao said that they can only deploy observers after the date has been announced. Besides, they need to be invited by the government of Botswana to avail observers for the elections.

He said they will only know the number of observers to deploy and where after the elections date is announced.

“We are willing to bring in observers but for us to start the process, we need the date and an invitation from the government of Botswana.

The date its critical,” Salomao said at a media briefing on the 29th Summit of Heads of State to be [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wyndham Hartley
27 August 2009

Cape Town — An unapologetic President Jacob Zuma yesterday insisted that his “nomination” of Judge Sandile Ngcobo as the next chief justice was not a violation of the constitution, nor was it an expression of contempt for opposition leaders.

In his first question time in the National Assembly, Zuma undertook to act against public servants who broke the law. This follows a damning report by the auditor-general on thousands of public servants doing business with entities owned by them or their families.

Zuma said he had instructed Public Service Minister Richard Baloyi “to expedite the development of the Conflict of Interest Framework and to send it to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CALISTUS KOLANTSHO
Correspondent

SELEBI-PHIKWE: A four-day training workshop on entrepreneurship and rehabilitation skills started yesterday in Selebi-Phikwe under the aegis of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development of the town council.

The workshop is meant to impart information on entrepreneurship skills to new rehabilitation beneficiaries. It aims to raise awareness on the importance of rehabilitation of the destitute and to give them information on tendering procedures. Deputy Town Clerk (Technical) Mompati Seleka said the workshop will teach participants how to improve their lives and create employment. “The council would like to see destitute persons changing their lives and stop depending on government handouts. It is important for a person to have dignity and that is only possible if they have income. Even President Ian Khama spoke about dignity in his roadmap for this country and that is what we [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
26 August 2009

The new road toll system introduced earlier this month, in an effort to get money into the Transport Ministry’s empty coffers, is causing chaos and concerns are also being raised about potential corruption at the toll sites.

From the 8th August the new tolls were introduced, with charges ranging from US$1 to US$5 per vehicle, payable at several points across the country. Customs and excise agents, working from roadside tents, control the collection of money from drivers who are stopped at roadblocks set up by the police. The Minister of Transport, Nicholas Goche, said earlier this year that 90% of the toll fees would be given to the Ministry, which would in turn forward the money to the National Road Authority. The funds would then be forwarded to the Department of Roads, local authorities and the District Development Fund.

Goche said the remaining 10% would be given to the Ministry of Finance to cover administrative costs involved in the running of the tollgates. He said government vehicles would not be exempt from [continue reading]