Archive for September 15th, 2009

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Geotechnical construction work is underway in Botswana in a major project expected to boost the country’s economy.

Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) is hoping to establish a glass manufacturing plant in Palapye, with preparatory work having begun in July.

The plant aims to take advantage of Botswana’s impressive amount of raw materials, which will result in the manufacture of glass such as silica and soda ash.

BDC principal public affairs officer Boitshwarelo Lebang said the initiative represented a “good investment opportunity”.

“The decision to venture into float glass manufacturing is in line with government’s strategy of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 September, 2009

GHANZI – Bush fires that recently erupted at Ghanzi farms next to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have left some farmers with no grazing land.

According to the senior technical officer in the department of Forestry and range Resources in Ghanzi, Mr Leabela Motlhagodi, the fires started last month destroying the wildlife management area (GH10), which is between the Ghanzi farms and the CKGR, before it crossed into some farms.

At some point, he said the fire became uncontrollable due to the moving winds.

Mr Molatlhegi said a team of government officers and community members from the area affected were able to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi

The decision by the Lobatse High Court that President Ian Khama cannot be sued even as Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) president has sent shock waves through some members of the public.

On Friday, the High Court dismissed an application by the BDP secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, challenging his suspension by Khama. The court cited immunity, noting that no legal action can be taken against the President.

“The more I think of the implications of the Motswaledi judgement, the more it becomes clear to me that no one in Botswana is safe. Imagine if he (Khama) is to order my detention until further notice. This means that I can’t be released until after 10 years when he leaves office and that’s assuming that he will voluntarily leave office. Did the judges think about the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 September, 2009

GABORONE – Diamond mining giant aims at emerging from the global economic recession stronger and ready for the upturn after the company was forced to shut down its mines for several months.

The company top management assured the media and the nation at large that the worst of recession was over and Debswana, although not yet operating at optimum, was ready for the economic rebound.

An excited Debswana Managing Director, Mr Blackie Marole, said the diamond market had shown some signs of recovery, but warned it would not return to the pre-crisis levels, where Debswana was a US$3bn company.

The sluggish diamond market had a direct negative impact on the local economy and several projects had to be shelved and further, the National Development Plan (NDP) 10 had to be postponed and project were [continue reading]

Khama To Strike Again

source: Mmegi
Patricia Maganu
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: Fresh from his High Court victory against suspended Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General, Gomolemo Motswaledi, President Ian Khama has reiterated that he will not tolerate indiscipline in the ruling party.

He told a roaring crowd in Francistown that he will continue to discipline those who choose to work against the party and put an end to factions. “When I am still the president of the party, we have to work together or if I am not doing something right, you can simply come to me but if you choose to take your president to court, then there is a problem,” he said.

He stated that the BDP is faced with a problem of people who did not want to support him as the party president despite the agreement that was made in Kanye. “The resolution was made in Kanye that people should support the party leader. I am going to discipline those who do not want to do things the right way just like a parent disciplines their children,” he warned.

He attacked BDP members who [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Amy Musgrave
15 September 2009

Johannesburg — THE much-anticipated presidential hotline, which the government believes will make it more accessible to the public, was launched yesterday.

President Jacob Zuma , who first touted the toll-free hotline during his election campaign, has said it should be used to make public servants more accountable.

“The hotline and public liaison service aims to encourage an all- round improvement in citizen care and liaison and introduce a culture of putting the citizen first in all government departments as well as municipalities, as part of the president’s directive to create an interactive, accessible and responsive government,” Vusi Mona, the Presidency’s deputy director-general for communications, said yesterday.

He said Zuma took a couple of calls early yesterday, which included a woman from [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 September, 2009

MAUN – The tourism industry has been found not to be complying with the Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) rules and regulations.

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Mr Lewis Malikongwa, told a stakeholder consultation workshop for the tourism industry recently that they found out this after visiting many safari camps in the delta.

We have visited some lodges to verify some of the issues we received as complaints from the tourism sector on their inability to access some of the DRTS services, he said.

He said some lodges use drivers who do not posses the right licences such as [continue reading]

source: IOL
September 15 2009 at 07:25AM
By Michelle Jones

IN a salary increase that the National Union of Mineworkers has slammed as “greed”, Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga is to get 26,7 percent – nearly three times what Eskom gave its workers.

Eskom employees settled last month for a 10,55 percent salary increase after a ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration that averted a strike at the last minute.

The NUM, which has about 16 000 members at Eskom, wanted a 14 percent wage hike – about double the inflation rate.

Union spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka slammed Maroga’s increase as an “indication of (executives’) greed”.

“That is a huge disappointment to all of us. When we argued for a wage increase, they said the company had no money. This is [continue reading]