Archive for November 10th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Engen Botswana volumes have increased despite the upturn in international oil prices, which has seen local fuel pump prices going up. The company published first half-year results to September 2009, reporting a 17.3 percent increase in Earnings Per Share to P0.26.

Though volumes increased by 18 percent, revenue declined by 23 percent year to year to P555.3 million. Gross profit increased by 10.7 percent to P84.3 million on the back of a 27 percent decline in cost of sales, with the gross profit margin improving by 450 basis points to 15.1 percent.

A 15.9 percent increase in operating expenses was off-set by a 155.7 percent increase in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 November, 2009

LOBATSE – Workers at border posts have been implored to serve customers diligently in order to maintain Botswana’s positive image to the outside world.

Addressing Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) employees at Ramatlabama and Pioneer Gate border posts, finance and development planning assistant minister, Mr Charles Tibone said border post workers were in the frontline, hence the need for them to always remain conscious of the responsibility vested in them to present Botswana in positive light to visitors. Mr Tibone urged the employees to carry themselves responsibly in the execution of their duties, saying as they dispense services to customers, they should be aware that their actions would determine the customers’ attitude towards Botswana’s levels of service delivery.

He expressed disappointment that he was not given a warm welcome on arrival at Ramatlabama border post, saying this was an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff writer

The provision of 12 boreholes and artificial watering pans for the wildlife at a national park in the vast Makgadikgadi Pans is expected to improve the quality of wildlife and tourism activities in the area.

Last year the Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS), started construction of 12 solar pumped boreholes in the area to provide for the wildlife during the dry season.

The project, co-sponsored by the government of Botswana and Tiffany Foundation comes at a time when the demands on water in the area have also grown with increased population of elephants and other wildlife species, as well as growth in tourism.

KCS chief executive officer (CEO) Felix Monggae says the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
09.11.2009 1:44:32 A

The management of local supermarket chain Choppies has revealed that they might face collapse if the spate of armed robberies that have been targeted at their countrywide operations are not stemmed with immediate effect.

Speaking to The Sunday Standard on Friday, Choppies Group Public Relations Officer, Ben Stegling, said they have so far lost huge amounts of money to armed robberies. He added that, while they appreciate that the robberies have so far not resulted in any casualties, a number of their employees were severely assaulted in the process. He also disclosed that they are now considered a serious security risk by insurance companies because of the frequent claims that [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/11/09 08:35:00 PM

Johannesburg – The resignation of power utility Eskom’s chairperson and return of its chief executive signalled an end to a leadership drama that erupted last week, but analysts say it could unnerve foreign investors.

Eskom chairperson Bobby Godsell had announced chief executive Jacob Maroga’s resignation to the utility’s staff last Thursday, but the chief executive returned to work on Monday, an Eskom spokesperson confirmed.

In a dramatic turn of events, Godsell himself stepped down on Monday, the department of public enterprises (DPE), which oversees Eskom, said.

“Mr. Godsell has resigned. The minister received his letter this morning,” said Ayanda Shezi, a spokesperson at [continue reading]

Police operation nubs 53

source: BOPA
10 November, 2009

SELEBI PHIKWE – A total of 53 offenders were nabbed and charged during a two-day police operation dubbed Defrost Two in Selebi Phikwe.

The Selebi Phikwe Police combined forces with other government departments such as Botswana Defence Force, Bye Law, Labour officers, Immigration Department, Consumer Affairs, Environmental Health and Fire division of Selebi Phikwe Town Council to clean out crime from the town’s environment.

Selebi Phikwe Police station commander Superintendent Victor Nlebesi explained that the aim of the operation was to check if all Botswana laws were obeyed.

He said since they wanted to arrest everybody who contravened the law, the police found it fit to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

Who needs to ferry tanks of water in trucks now when the wilderness is alive with boreholes of free flowing water?

The Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) may not need to load trucks with water tanks now after 10 boreholes inside the wilderness were recently refurbished and new ones drilled, to water the wildlife there.

Now it is feared the Bushmen are ready to take advantage of the latest developments inside the CKGR, with the new facilities most likely to attract hundreds of Bushmen into the wildlife area, thus defeating the Botswana government’s effort to keep the CKGR clear from human habitation. Lack of water has always been the key factor that prevented the Bushmen from settling in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 November, 2009

GABORONE – Entrepreneurs have been called to take advantage of unlimited investment opportunities available in the diamond industry brought by beneficiation and expansion of Jwaneng Mine.

Speaking during the Global Expo business forum at the Pavillion last week, the Coordinator of Diamond Hub Dr Akolang Tombale said there were opportunities for citizens in Diamond Hub projects.

He said government was willing to assist Batswana in setting up cottage industries, where locals working in established diamond cutting and polishing firms are encouraged to set up their own industries after acquiring necessary skills and technological knowledge.

Other opportunities are in the servicing of equipment used by the diamond cutting and polishing industries, and he said already they have identified a local entrepreneur who has linked with an international company from [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Baboki Kayawe
Staff Writer

A senior government official has urged Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) to build productivity systems into their management so that they can compete internationally.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Bonniface Mphetlhe told SMMEs that unless their development strategies are rooted in productivity, growth and sustainability will not be easy to achieve.

He said enterprises the world over depend on effectiveness and innovativeness to attain economic growth, sustainability and prosperity. He was speaking at a stakeholder forum for SMMEs productivity and personal effectiveness hosted by [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
9 November 2009

The trial of Roy Bennett, the MDC Treasurer General and Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate who is facing terrorism charges, commenced in the High Court on Monday before Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. The State was represented by the controversial Attorney General Johannes Tomana, while Bennett’s lead counsel is Beatrice Mtetwa.

Bennett was not asked to plead as there were arguments exposing procedural difficulties for about two hours, when the legal teams were making their preliminary submissions. Mtetwa asked the court to strike down the State’s outline saying her client could not have a ‘fair trial’ since the statements from the State’s main witness, Peter Michael Hitschmann, were extracted through torture and that Hitschmann had not implicated the MDC official during his own trial. The Attorney General is arguing that the defence outline breached court regulations and is making an application to strike it out for being irregular.

Associated Press correspondent Angus Shaw who was in [continue reading]