Archive for September 16th, 2009

I am no dictator – Khama

source: Mmegi

President Ian Khama says he is not a dictator but he will always be firm with people marching in the wrong direction to the detriment of the nation.

Khama told a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) gathering at Goora Montshiwa ground in Kanye on Sunday that there was nothing wrong with his leadership style.

“The people who will tell you that I am a dictator are either opposition members who are only trying to take advantage of the situation and paint me in a bad light because they do not have another way of attracting people to their parties or those who just sit in offices when people need services out there. I become firm when the need arise,” he said.

He said that if at all he were a dictator many journalists who had written bad stories about him would have been locked up. “That is what a [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 September, 2009

KANYE – Botswana Democratic Party President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama has promised to strengthen the promotion of democracy in the country.

He said he would even teach other African communities about the importance of adherence to democratic principles.

Addressing the electorate about the four “Ds” during a political rally in Kanye on Sunday, the BDP leader said although he has been advised to pursue quiet diplomacy when dealling with some regional issues, there is no way he could keep quiet when another leader in the region uses his position to harass his political opponents through the police and soldiers.

“If in Botswana we want peace and stability, we want [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Namibian (Windhoek)
Adam Hartman
15 September 2009

“AS of today, Botswana is no longer landlocked,” the CEO of the Namibian Port Authority (Namport), Bisey Uirab, said after he and Botswana High Commissioner, Norman Molebege, signed a lease agreement for a Botswana dry port in Walvis Bay on Friday.

The 36 000m’ land adjacent to the south end of Walvis Bay’s harbour and railway station will allow Botswana to have a direct link via the Trans-Kalahari corridor to a harbour.

At its new dry port, Namibia’s eastern neighbour can now collect, store and distribute cargo. According to Uirab, about 5 000 tonnes of cargo were imported and exported for Botswana, via Walvis Bay’s harbour, last year.

Until now Botswana had to make use of South African ports, which was costly, both financially and time wise, according to Botswana Permanent Secretary for Works and Transport Carter Morupisi.

Most of Botswana’s import and export trade is with Europe. “Walvis Bay is strategically the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The much-anticipated construction of service centres and extension of some Rural Administration Centres in places like Bobirwa, Lerala, Mmadinare, Tsetsebjwe and Sefhare will take much longer as they are not provided for in the National Development Plan 10.

Addressing the last session of a full council here this week, the Chairman of the Central District Council (CDC) Lesego Raditanka said it has not been possible to implement all development projects and programmes for the plan period owing to the global recession and certain unforeseen constraints.

Deferred projects include the construction of a school for the disabled in Palapye; an abattoir, a park and a fire station in Serowe; a warehouse in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Isolda Agazzi
15 September 2009

Bamako — Cars and motorcycles are stuck because of the heavy rains that have drenched Mali’s capital for the past few days. It is late afternoon and the water, mud and damaged fruit from nearby stalls make the journey for those heading home to celebrate Ramadan even more treacherous.

These sudden floods are a direct consequence of climate change that is causing extreme changes of weather with shorter and more abrupt rainy seasons alternating with drought and desertification. “Since the beginning of the 1970s, Mali has experienced a 20 percent decrease in rainfall and a 50 percent decrease in the rate of flow of the largest rivers,” describes Sidi Konate.

He is an engineer who works at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Chinese ambassador to Botswana Liu Huanxing says that through excellent performance, Chinese companies have built a great reputation for strict contract execution on the local market.

Liu was speaking at the launch of the Chinese language course at the University of Botswana (UB) where he dwelt on issues of bilateral relations between Gaborone and Beijing yesterday. He revealed that altogether 20 state-owned Chinese construction companies and around 20 private companies operate in Botswana, implementing projects such as hospitals, schools, houses, courts and government offices.

He also disclosed that according to statistics, there are now [continue reading]

source: BBC News
By Adam Blenford
BBC News, Nairobi

A new high-speed undersea cable connecting East Africa with the rest of the world is poised to go live, Kenya’s top internet official has told the BBC.

The launch of the government-backed East African Marine System (Teams) comes as providers face a backlash over slow connection speeds and high prices.

Internet providers have increased speeds and lowered costs since the Seacom cable went live in August.

But users say services still remain too expensive for most ordinary Kenyans.

Senior government official Bitange Ndemo said [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

KANYE: The polarised relationship between the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) chairman Daniel ‘DK’ Kwelagobe and President Ian Khama has ended after both men met and ironed out their differences on Saturday night.

Khama broke the news to roars of applause at a Kanye star rally he addressed on Sunday alongside Kwelagobe.

However the peace deal does not include the suspended BDP secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi.

Interestingly Khama saved the news about his newly sealed peace deal with Kwelagobe until the end of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 September, 2009

TUTUME – The renowned tourism resort of Nata Lodge has started operation after undergoing renovations for the better part of the year.

The lodge was burnt to ashes last year and has been undergoing total refurbishment since the beginning of this year.

The lodge General Manager, Mr James French said in an interview that they started operating at the beginning of this month, but that the renovations are not yet complete.

“At the moment the renovations are about 70 per cent complete and we have so far finished the restaurant and some rooms. We expect the renovations to be 100 per cent complete towards the end of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wyndham Hartley
16 September 2009

Cape Town — Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has the trade unions in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in her sights and will change the law to replace them with non political professional associations.

The unions in the SANDF have been the subject of attention since a march of protesting soldiers in Pretoria turned violent. The march of the soldiers has been characterised as a threat to national security.

Yesterday Sisulu briefed Parliament’s defence committee on the proposed National Defence Force Service Commission, approved last week by the Cabinet. The intention is to get President Jacob Zuma behind the commission, which could be appointed as early as Monday.

The commission will advise Sisulu on the conditions of service that exist in [continue reading]