Archive for September 8th, 2009

Botswana needs marine laws

source: BOPA
07 September, 2009

KASANE – Besides having several perennial rivers, large dams and lakes, Botswana does not have laws that regulate transportation in these areas.

The local transport laws only deal with road and air travel, as such police often find themselves handicapped to deal with unpleasant incidents that occur in some of these perennial rivers and dams.

Water Affairs Chief Technical Assistant, Mr Gift Katoro told BOPA that there are no laws that deal with water transportation. There are no regulations that control transport in water situations and not even a licensing authority to facilitate formal training and testing of boat drivers,” he said.

He said sometimes the Water Affairs Department engages the army to assist in testing of boat drivers, adding that there must be a formal licensing authority.

“We are concerned about the aquatic weeds; we control the boats so that the weeds do not spread; we do not do any policing of the boats. I am not aware of any regulation that deals with transportation in water,” he said.

He said the absence of such a law compromises safety and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Siki Motshwari Johannes

PALAPYE: Despite suffering a few initial setbacks, the construction of Botswana’s second university is on track, the site manager Chen Yu Qiang has said.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) (BIUST) was done in May this year. Chen said the project experienced a serous shortage of Chinese foremen, which delayed things by three months. Chinese Civil Construction, the company in charge of the project, had planned to engage the services of 45 Chinese foremen but so far only 16 have been recruited. Chen said if they are unable to get all the 45 Chinese foremen, they will resort to hiring locals.

However, the site manager was confident that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 September, 2009

GABORONE – Some defects have been discovered in a number of the new P100 banknotes.

These banknotes have been found to have a plastic film on the hologram, which peels off together with part of the word “Botswana” on the front of the note, says Bank of Botswana Public Relations Officer, Mr Chepete Chepete.

Mr Chepete said that the bank is still investigating how much of these banknotes have been affected. However, he said it is only a small number.

He said that the public should desist from trying to peel off the plastic film on the hologram so that the banknotes do not scratch.

“The banknotes will peel off by themselves,” he said.

A news release from the bank states that the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Lekopanye Mooketsi

The new Bank of Botswana (BoB) banknotes, which came into circulation last month, have received a mixed reaction from members of the public.

The new notes include a P200 banknote, which has been introduced for the first time ever.

A self-employed Gaborone resident, Lemogang Tsholo, has welcomed the introduction of the new banknotes as a step in the right direction. “I do not have a problem with the money,” she declares. Tsholo says the new banknotes have distinctive security features. In her view, it will not be easy for anybody to forge them. She says the banknotes also have special designs.

The P200 note, she says, is good for the purse too. “You can [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard reporter in Bulawayo
07.09.2009 6:30:06 A

SHOPRITE Holdings Limited, South Africa’s largest grocery chain, is said to have entered into negotiations with OK Zimbabwe to acquire a controlling stake in the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed retail counter.

OK Zimbabwe is the country’s biggest retail company, with supermarkets in every city and town.

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company first entered Zimbabwe in November 2000 with the opening of a Shoprite outlet in Bulawayo, the only branch in the country.

Shoprite chief executive, Whitey Basson, said: “Negotiations are still at preliminary stages and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) has said it is dealing with a case of breach of the code of conduct for broadcasters during elections.

“So far there is one case we are dealing with and we will inform the affected parties in due course,” NBB chairman Masego Mpotokwane told Mmegi by phone yesterday. He said the code is based on the provisions of the Broadcasting Act, and as such there will be a need to interpret the law to see if any penalties could be imposed on a guilty party.

Recently, there has been a hue and cry that the state-owned Btv acted improperly by broadcasting a statement from [continue reading]

Judge Praises Media, But…

source: Mmegi
By Baboki Kayawe

Justice Key Dingake of the High Court commended the local media for a job well-done despite occasional lapses.

He said the media has performed excellently in its news packaging and dissemination duty. Though there are occasional lapses in the profession, which has required the court to correct, he said this is outweighed by the good job. He said there is need to invest in the media as an important institution that supports democracy. “The media is the nerve centre of democracy,” he said at this year’s Media Institute of Southern Africa – Botswana chapter awards ceremony on Friday.

He urged media professionals to adhere to the code of ethics, as this [continue reading]

DTC puts up website

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.09.2009 6:28:50 A

Despite the challenges it faces in selling diamonds, Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) this week launched its website at its offices near Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. The company stated that the website provides a platform for communicating on how DTC Botswana is performing in the diamond trade.

The website comprises of user friendly and easy to navigate links which lead the user to various informative sections including but not limited to operations, sales and marketing, shining light awards and knowledge and press centres.

DTC Botswana’s corporate communications and public affairs manager, Kago Mmopi, said currently DTC Botswana delivers information and services to its stakeholders through communications tools such as newspapers, billboards and site tours so the website will complement the existing information platforms as well as form part of [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-09-07 22:05

Pretoria – South Africans will have free access to national parks during national park week which starts next Monday, SANParks said.

It was intended to encourage people to take pride in and greater care of the country’s natural heritage, chief executive David Mabunda said in a statement.

“This concept was launched in 2006, to encourage South Africans to visit national parks, out of the realisation that the majority of this country’s citizens were not accessing parks.”

The week would be launched at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Kopano Olesitse

MASUNGA: Gaositwe Makula, from Humana People to People said that it is well known that schoolgirls are having sexual affairs with their teachers, something that must be stopped.

Our children must be taught not to accept material things such as cell-phones and money from teachers as they only want sexual favors from them. “A Morubana o tswanetse gofa ngwana thuto kana madi?/ should the teacher give students education or money?” asked Makula.

She was speaking during the Basha Lesedi Project national stakeholders meeting on Friday. The Basha Lesedi Project (BLP) is a United States (US) government-funded youth HIV prevention project led by the Family Health International (FHI) in collaboration with [continue reading]