Archive for September, 2009

source: Mmegi
Baboki Kayawe
Staff Writer

Botswana National Front (BNF) president, Otsweletse Moupo has said the appointment of soldiers to strategic positions in the civil service does not mean the country is under a military dictatorship.

He said he is opposed to the appointments but it is not politically right to declare the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) government a military one. He added that those who are close to the government must advise it. “I don’t think it is military dictatorship.People who characterise it as such will not see it (military dictatorship) by the time it comes,” Moupo said.

Presenting the BNF manifesto at the University of Botswana (UB) library auditorium, Moupo urged voters to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
28 September 2009

Zimbabwe’s newest independent daily newspaper, Newsday, will start publishing on the 1st November, five years after the last daily folded.

Trevor Ncube, the publisher of the paper, said the NewsDay project, plus related operations, are expected to create over 100 jobs with an investment totaling US$4 million. Veteran journalist Barnabas Thondlana has been appointed as the editor and the paper will be published every day, except Sunday.

Ncube is the chairman of the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard newspapers and also the proprietor of M&G Media limited, which publishes the Mail and Guardian newspaper in South Africa.
Speaking at the launch of the paper in Harare on Monday he said legally there was no regulatory body that could stop them from publishing. ‘There is no body right now that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Martin Nyirenda

Pick n’ Pay supermarket chain has teamed up with First National Bank (FNB) to provide customers with easy access to banking and a new shopping experience.

Under the initiative, Pick n’ Pay stores will host an FNB kiosk as part of the supermarkets ambitious expansion plan. The venture presents a unique opportunity for FNB to increase its geographical foot-print nationally because Pick n’ Pay has taken over Score Supermarkets in Botswana. Last week, the South Ring Mall Score Supermarket in Gaborone was converted to a Pick n’ Pay store. The establishment of an FNB kiosk at Pick n’ Pay is a new and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
Florence Mwisa
28 September 2009

PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda arrived on Margarita Island in Venezuela to attend the second summit of Heads of State and government of Africa and South America (ASA) last night.

The plane carrying Mr Banda touched down at Margarita Island Airport at 17:40 hours local time (23:40 hours Zambian time).

The president, who was accompanied by First Lady Thandiwe, was received at the airport by Venezuela’s Vice-President Raman Carrizates, Minister for Public Infrastructure, Diesdado Cabello and Security Minister, Tareck El Aissami.

Communications and Transport Permanent Secretary, Dominic Sichinga and other Zambian Government officials were also on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 September, 2009

PALAPYE – The newly built P10.7 million Palapye Fire station has received two fire engines from Fire Raiders Botswana.

Receiving the engines during a handing over ceremony in Palapye on Tuesday, the Central District Council (CDC) chairperson, Mr Lesego Raditanka said the engines and fire station were another milestone in the development of the district.

The Palapye Fire Station and its modern facilities, such as the fire engines, which we are receiving today is a milestone of development to our district.

He indicated that the decision to build the fire station was taken in 2006 after realising an increase in infrastructure development and population growth in the district.

Mr Raditanka also revealed that in the past five years several properties in the central district were gutted by fire including Lotsane Senior Secondary School dormitories, Mahalapye Magistrate Court, multi-million Pula Spar shopping complex in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Owners of second hand vehicles from Asia and other imported models, especially from China may find themselves in the lurch because some insurance companies appear reluctant to provide them with motor cover.

It is understood that major players in the insurance industry will soon meet to decide on the fate of the imports and some models from China such as GoNow, citing shortage of spare parts as a major concern.

While a number of insurance companies have confirmed that they have stopped insuring the GoNow range, some owners of other Chinese models such as CAM (Rhino) have told Mmegi about concerns for the future of their vehicles. A source from one of the major insurance companies, who spoke on condition of anonymity said that it is true they are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

NDOLA: The common customs union in the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is almost in sight.

While the surrogate demand from the population of about 400 million people will benefit the whole region, there are some challenges to overcome.

Common customs unions are formed by countries in a region implementing a common tariff against goods coming from outside, while promoting a free trade area among member states.

The first step is for the countries to co-operate and collaborate on capital-intensive ventures such as steel, cement or [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
27.09.2009 1:33:11 P

Opposition parties have found unlikely allies in Botswana Democratic Party members and the BFA, who have of late joined forces with them and called for the scrapping of President Ian Khama’s constituency league initiative.

In an interview with The Sunday Standard last week, the Botswana Congress Party’s Taolo Lucas and Botswana National Front spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa, unanimously dismissed the constituency league as a hasty political gimmick that has done more harm than good to national football. At the same time, the Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Gladys Kokorwe, was last week quoted on [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Published on 26/09/2009

By Erick Wamanji

When Reuben Mutiso left Nairobi for Botswana in 1986, it was about adventure. Twenty-three years down the line, what started as an exploration has given forth an empire of architectural accomplishments that many envy.

Dr Mutiso has stamped his mark in Botswana. To his name are iconic structures that include a law court, correctional centre and universities.

“I came here in 1986 to explore,” he told The Standard on Saturday at Grand Palm Hotel, Gaborone. “Then I was vice-president of International Union of Architects. I had an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

We, trade union leaders, researchers and educators meeting at the ITUC-Africa Forum on the Global Financial and Economic Crisis and the Global Jobs Pact from 14th to 16th September 2009 at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)-Africa Headquarters in Lome, Togo, have debated and agreed as follows:

We note that the current global crisis, which began in the United States of America and other industrial countries, is rooted in the exploitative relations and the neo-liberal contradictions of the capitalist model, which have been imposed on our countries over the past three decades.

This crisis has aggravated various food, energy, climate and governance crises which were already plaguing Africa and causing as a [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
17.09.2009 9:35:16 A

Scores of employees of Score Supermarkets around the country are likely to lose their terminal benefits in the next two weeks when ownership of the remaining eleven stores changes to Pick n’ Pay. Three have already gone that route.

The Botswana Commercial and General Workers Union (BCGWU), representing Score employees, met with management officials on Wednesday last week before mediator, T. Ofentse, appearing on behalf of the Commissioner of Labour.

Chief among the contested issues is that “Score management decided to ambush some of our members and made them sign agreements to the effect that upon their contracts with Score ending on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Would it not be fantastic if you could eat to your heart’s content anything you wanted and forget all about that sweaty, awful gym and still stay thin?

Only in your fantasies, right? Maybe not. Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, USA and Kyoto University in Japan, working together, have come up with a drug they have named fatostatin that does just that. Mice that were given the drug for four weeks had a 12% decrease in body weight without any restriction in the amount of food they ate. The study was published in the 28th August edition of the journal Chemistry and Biology.

Fatostatin is unique for obesity drugs because it goes directly to the source- the genes. It stops the body from storing the [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-09-27 14:37

Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance on Sunday said it would request Parliament’s police committee to debate the reconstitution of specialised units.

“Statistics released show shocking increases in crimes in areas affected by the closure of specialist units, ” DA spokesperson on police Dianne Kohler-Barnard said in a statement.

“There is a 12% year-on-year increase in sexual offences, and 87% in drug-related crime since the shutting down of the narcotics bureau,” she said.

Kohler-Barnard said that although though the [continue reading]

NBB quashes Btv/RB rebuttals

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) has asserted that it has jurisdiction over both licensed and unlicenced broadcasters operating in Botswana.

Responding to Mmegi queries NBB board member Dr Thulaganyo Mogobe said that according to the Broadcasting Act’s section 10, a) and b) the NBB’s functions include;
“* to issue broadcasting licences; * to exercise control over and to supervise broadcasting activities, including the relaying of radio and television programmes from places in and out of Botswana to places in and outside Botswana,” he said quoting the section.

This week, Department of Broadcasting Service (DBS) director Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo suggested that the jurisdiction of the NBB was limited to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 September, 2009

SEROWE – Botswana is expected to be self sufficient in electricity output upon the completion of the first phase of the Morupule B project by the year 2012.

These were the words of the Project Manager of the Morupule B project, Mr Modiri Badirwang, at a stakeholders workshop in Serowe recently.

Botswana at present has only one power station, which is at Morupule. Currently we produce enough electricity to only satisfy between 20 and 25 per cnet of the countrys electricity needs. The balance of around 80 per cent is imported, mostly from South Africas power producer, ESKOM, Mr Badirwang said.

Mr Badirwang said that for many years it was deemed cheaper for the country to import power from her neighbours, because Southern African states were producing surplus power. It was then thought too costly to [continue reading]