Archive for October, 2009

source: BOPA
30 October, 2009

PALAPYE – Chinese companies engaged in two government projects are accused of obtaining water from Bonwakatlhako Dam near Palapye without seeking permission from the committee overseeing the use of the dam.

China Civil and China Jiangxi Corporation are involved in the construction of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and the new Palapye Police Station respectively. The Bonwakatlhako Dam chairperson, Mr Seabe Phuthego said in a interview that the two companies have been collecting water from the dam without permission.

We dont know why these companies are doing this to us. What they are doing is not proper and is bad. Mr Phuthego further pointed out that drawing water from the dam in this manner would lead to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Kitsepile Nyathi
30 October 2009

Harare — Zimbabwe could be banned from the world diamond market if a report on human rights violations at one of the country’s notorious diamond fields is considered.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is scheduled to meet in Namibia from Monday to Thursday, where it will consider a final report by a review mission recommending a total ban on Zimbabwe’s diamonds.

The mission led by Liberian Deputy Planning and Development minister, Kpandel Fayia, had in an interim report in July called on the Zimbabwean government, to immediately demilitarise the Marange diamond fields, saying the security forces were involved in human rights violations.

But the final report to be tabled at the Namibian meeting recommends a temporary ban of [continue reading]

30 October 2009

South Africa’s unemployment rate increased by 0.9% to 24.9% in the third quarter of 2009, compared to 23.6% in the second quarter, according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made it clear this week, while announcing his medium-term budget for 2009 to 2011, that job-creation is the government’s top priority and one of the biggest challenges facing the country.

He said the government aimed to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through public works over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects.

Stats SA’s survey showed that employment contracted by 3.6% in the third quarter, translating into a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

At a time when some have expressed doubts on decisions of the Botswana judiciary, one of the country’s judicial exports is raking in valuable experience at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands.

Justice Sanji Monageng is one of the three ICC judges presiding over the high profile case of Bahar Idris Abu Garda, the Sudanese rebel leader, who is alleged to have killed 12 African Union (AU) peacekeepers at Haskinita in Darfur, Sudan.

One of the victims killed on that September 29-30 rebel attack was Major Gaolathe Tiro, a Botswana Defence Force pilot.

Abu Garda faces three counts of war crimes under the provisions of the Rome statute, which created the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
29 October 2009

United Nations human rights expert, Manfred Nowak, was prevented from entering Zimbabwe on Wednesday and was deported, after spending the night at the airport, on the orders of ZANU PF.

Nowak had originally been invited by the government, but at the last minute, while he was in Johannesburg on his way to Harare, the invitation was withdrawn, because everyone was ‘too busy with the arrival of the SADC team’. But Prime Minister Tsvangirai sent a personal invitation.

Clarifying the fact that Mr. Tsvangirai has no power in the government at all, this invitation was completely ignored by authorities. On arrival at Harare airport Nowak was detained by security officials and told he had no clearance to enter the country. While he was being detained, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was actually at the airport receiving members of the SADC Troika ministerial team, but neither he, nor the SADC officials, did anything.

Officials from the Prime Minister’s office who rushed to the airport to try to [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 29 2009 at 12:54PM
By Dasen Thathiah

After being accused of being a drug mule, strip-searched and whisked off for X-rays only minutes after landing in South Africa for the first time, an Argentinian woman is dubious about the country’s ability to welcome tourists in 2010.

And after the police unceremoniously dumped her back at the airport, she then had an airport official extort a bribe from her to help her buy another ticket to Durban.

Paula Martinez, 48, had arrived at OR Tambo Airport from Buenos Aires on Thursday, to visit her sister, Claudia Martinez-Mullen.

Martinez said she could not think of any reason why she was singled out, and had never been on the wrong side of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Microsoft this week officially launched Windows 7 for installation on new computers and for purchase in computer retailers across Botswana.

Windows 7 is Microsoft’s newest version of its popular Windows desktop operating system, which promises to be the best yet to be distributed by the company.

More than a billion people around the world, of every language and every culture, use Windows every day at work, at home and on the go.

As each version of Windows was released over the years, more features, better ways of working together with team members, staying in touch with friends and family, and general computer usage have been [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Marina Penderis
29 October 2009

Johannesburg — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may be performing better during the current economic crisis than during the Asian crisis of the late 1990s, but it still has “a long way to go”.

This is the opinion of economist Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), based in Washington, DC in the U.S. The independent CEPR promotes democratic debate on economic and social issues through research and public education.

Speaking to IPS from Washington, Weisbrot argues that: “The IMF is definitely doing better than during the Asian crisis, but I think that is too low a base for comparison. Are they doing what they ought to do? They have a long way to go.”

Weisbrot questions whether the IMF’s plans for reform – dubbed the “Istanbul decisions” after they were [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A surprise early morning raid by Tourism department officers and the police yesterday revealed that 13 lodges in Gaborone, among them two popular lodges, have been operating illegally.

Yarona Country Lodge, a fast growing catering, conference and accommodation facility was found to be operating two lodges in Gaborone Phase II and Mogoditshane illegally. Yarona Country Lodge has three Lodges, two in Mogoditshane and one in Phase II. Two of them were found to be operating without licences.

Another leading accommodation brand, Falcon Crest, was found to be operating an illegal lodge just behind the [continue reading]

UK to deport Zimbabweans

source: News24
2009-10-29 22:23

London – Britain will look at resuming deportations of Zimbabweans who have been refused asylum and will offer more cash to those who choose to return voluntarily, the government said on Thursday.

The move is a response to political developments in Zimbabwe, where veteran President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition MDC party, have set up a power-sharing government.

“There have been some positive changes to the situation in Zimbabwe over the past six months,” Borders and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said in a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Health officials in Francistown have warned the public to be on guard following recent reports of a new cholera outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital public relations officer Caiphus Gabana said the hospital in conjunction with the district health team is closely monitoring the situation to avoid the deadly disease from spreading to Botswana.

He said they are still assessing the seriousness of the situation to see there is a threat to Botswana. He added that if the assessment proves that there is a crisis they will send some doctors-without-borders to Zimbabwe to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

FRANCISTOWN: President Ian Khama has ended speculation regarding special nomination to Parliament of former health minister Joy Phumaphi by excluding her from his list of appointees.

Speculations were rife before the October 16 general election that Khama was likely to appoint Phumaphi as his vice president. Instead Khama reappointed Mompati Merafhe as Vice President and brought in Vincent Seretse, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, Lesego Motsumi and Kenneth Matambo as specially elected Members of Parliament (MPs).

Speculations were inspired by Phumpahi’s sudden decision to quit her lucrative World Bank post in Geneva.
Her contract was scheduled to end in 2011, but she decided to curtail it so she could look after her ailing mother in Francistown. Although Phumaphi told a gala dinner sometime last August that her exit from the World Bank had nothing to do with [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
29 October 2009

ZESCO acting managing director, Cyprian Chitundu has said the company’s optic fibre network will not be sold together with Zamtel although the power utility firm is in talks with the telecommucations firm as the anchor customer.

Mr Chitundu said in an interview in Lusaka that Zesco had been in talks with Zamtel as the targeted anchor customer for the optic fibre network but it would not be sold together with the telecommuncations company set for partial privatisation.

He was reacting to the story in yesterday’s edition of The Post alleging that State House was exerting pressure on Zesco for it to have the optic fibre network sold as part of Zamtel assets.

Mr Chitundu said because Zesco did not have the capacity to fully utilise the network, it wanted Zamtel to be the focal customer to maximise the use of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

At the Monetary Policy Committee meeting held today, the Bank kept the bank rate unchanged at 11 percent. The last change in the bank rate was a 50 basis points reduction in August 2009.

Inflation rose for the second consecutive month in September 2009, remaining above the upper end of the Bank’s medium-term objective range of 3 – 6 percent. Despite the short term increase, inflation is expected to stabilise around the objective range in the medium term.

The inflation outlook reflects a combination of global and domestic economic developments.

Domestic output expanded in the second quarter of 2009 due to the recovery in global demand, following a contraction in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 October, 2009

RAMOTSWA – Batlokwa have called on the village leadership not to accede to a government proposal for a bypass on the northern side of their village.

The road is aimed at easing traffic congestion along the Tlokweng/Zeerust Road.

But Kgosi Puso has asked them to hold on as the matter is not yet final.

Commenting on Kgosi Pusos state of the village report, the residents expressed their concern over what they called a development that would further eat into the already pressurised land.

They pleaded with their kgosi to block any move that might give way to the development unless sound reasons are advanced for doing so.

Kgosi Puso had informed his subjects about the developments and [continue reading]