Archive for October 5th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana’s economy has technically bounced back out of the recession largely pulled up by recovery in production in the mining sector.

The Central Statistics Office yesterday announced that Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 1.3 percent in June 2009, the same rate as that observed in June 2008.GDP is a primary health indicator of an economy that shows the total market value of goods and services produced in a country in a year.

Following the slipping of the economy into recession in March, figures from the CSO show that quarterly real GDP increased from P6.181 billion in June 2008 to P6.260 billion in June 2009, representing a 1.3 percent increase.On a [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-10-03 17:01

Harare – A group of German investors who undertook a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe last week said on Saturday they were sceptical of the situation in the once prosperous southern African country.

“There are questions that remain open. These questions relate to law and order,” German businessman Andreas Wenzel told the German Press Agency dpa in Harare.

A decade ago, Zimbabwe was Germany’s second-biggest trading partner in the region. The country has since spiralled into political and economic chaos, attributed largely to the controversial policies of long-term president, Robert Mugabe.

Wenzel and other members of the group, representing around 24 companies from [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Morula Morula
04.10.2009 9:06:41 P

The public relations officer of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Ditlhong Molapisi, says they are currently criss-crossing the country to warn their subscribers that if they do not register their phones before the deadline of 31 December 2009 they will be cut off the network.

They have so far been to Tsabong, Hukuntsi, Werda and Mahalapye.”We are determined to have covered as many villages and towns as possible around the country and informed our users about the need to register when the deadline comes,” he said.

They also have a contract with Botswana Posts which will sell their products and register the customers.
“We have chosen Botswana Post because of its capacity to operate in the remotest parts of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
World Peace Foundation (Cambridge, USA)

This introduction to the 2009 Index of African Governance was published by the World Peace Foundation. The full index published by the foundation can be found on AllAfrica’s resource pages.

The top performers in this year’s Index of African Governance are Mauritius, the Seychelles, Cape Verde, and Botswana.

Next, because this year we include all of Africa, including the countries of North Africa, is Tunisia, followed by Ghana, Algeria, Namibia, South Africa, and São Tomé and Príncipe, in tenth place.

Mauritius heads the list with a score of 86 points out of a perfect 100. It is an “all around” performer, ranking in the top three in all five categories of the Index. The next six countries all score in the 70s, and the final three dip slightly under 70. Scores are based on data for 2007, the latest year for which data are reasonably complete for [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
04.10.2009 8:58:25 P

The new Public Service Act, which was hastily rushed through Parliament end of 2008, and assented by President Ian Khama, along with the Media Bill, over the last Christmas holidays, is expected to be revisited during the November session of the legislature, before it can be implemented.

Fear has gripped the labour movement that Government’s decision may be intended to reverse what it perceived as ‘revolutionary’ sections in the Act.
Mbakiso Magola, Secretary General of Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), has expressed disappointment at the fact that issues relating to the merging of the old Acts of the public service employing establishments, have now been divorced from the Reference Group which otherwise comprised representatives of both Trade unions and Government as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

1) The ministry has recently received a “Determination” by the National Broadcasting Board (NBB), dated 16/9/09, with respect to its broadcast of a message by H.E. the President over Radio Botswana and Botswana Television (BTV) on August 21, 2009.

2) It must be stated from the onset that the Ministry fully respects the regulatory authority of NBB. In this respect DBS remains committed to working within the recently launched Code of Conduct for Broadcasters during Elections (the Code), which it has volunteered to adhere to.

3) Radio Botswana and BTV thus remain prepared to fully fulfill their obligations to air, free of charge, party political messages, in accordance with Sections 5 and 9 of the Code.

4) We have accepted this undertaking notwithstanding the fact that it is our understanding that said Code does not have the [continue reading]

Zim to power Botswana

source: BOPA
05 October, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – Botswana will, by June next year, get some of its electricity supply from Zimbabwe.

This follows a meeting in Francistown on Friday between the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MEWR), Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe and his Zimbabwean counterpart Mr Engineer Mudzuri.

The meeting resolved that short term measures be progressed to restore optimal generation capacity of Bulawayo power station by June 2010 and to enhance transmission capacity at the Zimbabwe power grid.

Permanent Secretary in MEWR, Mr Gabaake Gabaake said in an interview that the inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed by November this year to pave way for the rehabilitation of the Bulawayo power station through the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).

Mr Gabaake said the shortage of power experienced in the country, which he [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
04.10.2009 9:10:37 P

Reports of a grand plan by Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) President, Lt Gen Ian Khama to purge Barata-Phathi faction leaders gained credence this week after Khama ordered an investigation into BDP “senior members” who are alleged to be de-campaigning party parliamentary candidate for Gaborone Central, Kgomotso Mogami.

After nudging out Gomolemo Motswaledi as BDP Secretary General and parliamentary candidate for Gaborone Central, Khama has appointed the BDP’s deputy treasurer, Kagiso Mmusi, along with former Mmegi editor and member of the party’s campaign strategy team, Sechele Sechele, to investigate reports that some “senior” BDP members sympathetic to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: The owner of Shashe Bridge Night Club, 51-year-old Barney Sefanyetso yesterday refused to settle a fine after he was charged for operating after hours.

Sefanyetso, who is accused along with his daughter, did not consider the court’s advice to settle the fine, insisting he had valid reasons for operating after hours.”Why did you not pay P500 rather than wasting time and your petrol?” asked Chief Magistrate Mokwadi Gabanagae.

Gabanagae said that he does not want people who waste court’s time.”I want serious cases, why didn’t you go to [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-10-04 18:03

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma is seeking advice on whether giving the economic development ministry more policy-making powers would be illegal, a local newspaper said on Sunday.

Zuma, under pressure from powerful trade union ally Cosatu to shift policy more towards the left, may violate the country’s Constitution if he gives the ministry more responsibility to manage macroeconomic policy, the Sunday Times reported.

Zuma’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, would not confirm or deny the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 October, 2009

TUTUME – Presidential visits around the country have borne positive results.

Speaking during a BDP rally in Tutume on Friday, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, said it is his duty as the President to go around the country and see how people live, as well as to get their views in order to make relevant decisions.

The President said some programmes such as the introduction of ISPAAD were informed by the views of Batswana.

He said Batswana had complained to him during some of these visits that ALDEP was not working well for them which resulted in its review.

He also said other programmes such as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 October, 2009

SEROWE – The District Development Committee (DDC) of the Central District is forging ahead with some developmental projects despite having made concessions because of budgetary constraints.

Despite expenditure on developmental projects being affected by the current financial crisis, the Principal District Officer- Development, Mr aaron Mafokate told a full district council meeting that government has decided to invest on infrastructure in the district.

Outlining the various projects, Mr Mafokate said most projects were going according to schedule.

He gave the example of the re-gravelling of the Mmadinare and Bobonong internal roads which are respectively 100 per cent and 90 per cent complete.

Other projects in the provision of water supply are almost complete. The Sefhophe/Selibe-Phikwe water supply interconnection is 82 per cent complete. Borehole installation and construction of 18km water transmission line to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Education (MoE) suffered another blow when the High Court declared on Monday that members of Botswana Teachers Union cannot be compelled to invigilate or supervise external examinations.

Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi ruled that overseeing external exams is the work of the Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) and not teachers, as the ministry stated in a directive.

The decision comes after the ministry recently lost another court case to trade unionist and former headmaster, Japhta Radibe.

In the BOSETU case, the union took the ministry to court over the directive issued by the Teaching Service Management dated that [continue reading]