Archive for November 4th, 2009

Khama leaves for America

source: BOPA
03 November, 2009

GABORONE – President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama leaves for the United States today to attend Conservation Internationals board of directors meeting.

Conservational International is a non-profit organisation that seeks to empower societies to care for nature for the well-being of humanity.

According to a press release from the foreign affairs and international cooperation ministry, President Khama has been a member of the board of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

President Ian Khama leaves for Washington today to attend the Conservation International board of directors meeting. While in the US, Khama will meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Minster for Foreign Affairs, Phandu Skelemani, could not disclose what is on the agenda for the meeting of the two leaders. “The meeting has no agenda as such. The two presidents will meet and we will put forward the challenges facing our country that we think Americans could help us address,” Skelemani said.

He did not rule out the possibility of Khama and Obama discussing the political crisis in Zimbabwe. He said the matter might be [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/11/03 02:30:00 PM
Ines Schumacher

Johannesburg – More than a quarter of South Africa’s banking customers are choosing to use their cellphones to bank, a testament to the country’s high mobile penetration which is sitting at more than 114%.

A study has found that 16% of banking customers in South Africa use the internet, whereas 28% use their cellphones.

“It is encouraging to see that not only in FNB [First National Bank] but across the country cellphone banking is now part of people’s lives,” said FNB mCommerce CEO Len Pienaar.

The study found consumers mainly use cellphones to check their bank balances, followed by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Professor Amos Thapisa of ABM University College says Botswana may fail to become an informed and educated nation by 2016.

Speaking at the 2009 ABM graduation ceremony here last Saturday, Thapisa said achievement of the Vision 2016 was becoming increasingly difficult because Botswana was yet to develop capacity to deliver tertiary education as the country had a shortage of higher calibre teachers with masters and PhD qualifications.

“We are still reliant on expatriate employees who are also thin on the ground in the areas of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality, Financial Management and Accountancy, Construction Engineering, Health and [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-03 20:13

Johannesburg – South Africa has lost 143 miners thus far this year to mining accidents, Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu said on Tuesday.

Falls of ground accidents were still the largest accident category and predominant cause of fatalities in the country’s mines, the minister told the 120th annual general meeting of the Chamber of Mines.

Of the fatalities reported so far this year, 55 were as a result of the falls of ground accidents and 70% of these falls of ground accidents were due to gravity induced incidents.

“What is frustrating is the fact that all these accidents are ‘repeat’ in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Chinese Ambassador to Botswana Liu Huanxing has urged the country to make the most of the opportunity to market itself to the outside world at the World Expo to be held in Shanghai next year.

It is projected the Shanghai Expo, in which Botswana and 50 other African countries will participate, will add over 90 million visitors from the world over to the city’s 18 million inhabitants between May and October next year.

In an interview with BusinessToday yesterday, Liu said the Shanghai Expo was a perfect chance for Botswana’s public and private companies to showcase to the world the numerous products and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 November, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – Business leaders will on November 19 converge in Francistown to exchange ideas and knowledge on how good industrial relation practice can improve productivity in an unionised workplace.

The theme of this first ever two-day business symposium organised by Botswana Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mining (BOCCIM) is Industrial Relations: Key to Competitiveness.

BOCCIM deputy executive director, Mr Norman Moleele said in an interview that the purpose of this symposium would be to share with captains of the industry, the best way to deal with their employees to minimise workplace disputes that are [continue reading]

Global Expo begins tomorrow

source: BOPA
03 November, 2009

GABORONE – The fourth edition of Global Expo, which starts tomorrow at Fairgrounds has attracted exhibitors from as far as Brazil, India and China.

Speaking in an interview, Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) Deputy Director for Communications, Ms Kungo Lentswe said the exposition would be held under the theme Unlocking opportunities in the current Global Recession.

The theme centres on the current global recession and Ms Lentswe said it would look at how businesses could be motivated by the recession.

In addition to the exhibitors from the three countries, there would be some from the African continent.

Ms Lentswe said their focus for this years Global Expo was on domestic investments and how they could do business in other countries, especially within the Southern African region.

Hence, along with the exhibition, BEDIA has organised workshops at which there would be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Exhibitors from as far afield as Brazil, China and India will showcase their products and services at Global Expo, the annual trade exhibition that begins tomorrow at the Gaborone Fairgrounds.

The organisers of the event, the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA), said yesterday that preparations were at an advanced stage and for the show in which 185 exhibitors had already confirmed participation.

BEDIA’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, Kungo Lentswe, said 70 of these exhibitors were Botswana-based companies while no less than 10 companies would be coming from emerging market, Brazil, which first appeared in [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-03 13:49

Barcelona – African nations boycotted UN climate talks on Tuesday in a protest to urge rich countries to set deeper 2020 cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Meetings about extending the UN’s carbon-cutting Kyoto Protocol, one of two tracks for a new global climate deal due to be agreed in Copenhagen next month, were all cancelled by the protests at the November 2-6 conference in Barcelona.

“Africa believes that the other groups are not taking talks seriously enough, not urgently enough,” said Kabeya Tshikuku, of the Democratic Republic of Congo delegation.

Kyoto binds all industrialised nations except the [continue reading]