Archive for November 12th, 2009

source: Mmegi

The Chinese ambassador to Botswana, Liu Huanxing, says Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in Botswana can benefit from his country’s experience.

Speaking at a Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) stakeholder consultative forum in Gaborone last week, Huanxing said since China’s reforms and opening up in 1978, that country’s private sector had grown and become an important part in the Chinese economy.

“The private sector, in particular small and medium enterprises, has become a big driving force behind the growth of the economy,” he said.

The ambassador said by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 November, 2009

GABORONE – There is no enthusiasm in both government and Parliament to privatise some government departments for economic diversification.

Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo told BOPA that the governments privatisation drive has not achieved much, adding that attempts to privatise Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) and Air Botswana have not been realised.

He said that his first task is to ensure that the government as well as Parliament set clear roles for institutions that must drive privatisation if economic diversification is to succeed.

He said privatisation has been turned into just a buzz word as [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
11 November 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and ministers from his party attended a cabinet meeting on Wednesday following their ‘re-engagement’ with ZANU PF.

The MDC leader last week Thursday ended a three week boycott of the shaky inclusive government after disengaging from Robert Mugabe’s ‘dishonest and unreliable’ ZANU PF party in the unity cabinet, set up in February. The boycott sparked the biggest crisis since the new government was formed.

Tsvangirai had vowed he would boycott the power-sharing government until all sticking points had been resolved and a political deal reached. But a regional SADC summit on Zimbabwe in Maputo last week set a deadline for the three parties in the government to meet within 15-30 days to discuss how to resolve the conflict. Because of this, Tsvangirai decided he would re-engage with [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 November, 2009

GABORONE – Owners of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) have been urged to adopt productivity tools if they were to succeed both locally and internationally.

Speaking at a stakeholders forum the Botswana National Productivity Centre organised, Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Boniface Mphetlhe underscored efficiency and innovation as measures for sustainable economic growth for the country.

The theme for the forum was Enhancing the Productivity and Competitiveness of SMMEs.

Mphetlhe further said often SMMEs lagged behind, probably due to more challenges than large enterprises.

He cited competition with larger firms that also offer more wages saying it often left [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The new Minister of Education, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has been told by student representatives from various colleges to restore dignity and trustworthiness to the ministry.

During a meeting with the minister on Monday, one student representative said they have lost trust and respect for the ministry. He urged Venson-Moitoi to make a difference in the ministry and to communicate more with students. He asserted that lack of communication from the ministry has caused a lot of misunderstandings and problems between the two sides.

Another representative pleaded with the minister to visit educational institutions outside Gaborone to witness challenges that [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Nov 11 2009 19:32

London – The South African government is expected to reject utility Eskom’s rate hike proposals partly due to its impact on the gold sector, the chief of AngloGold Ashanti said on Wednesday.

Chief Executive Mark Cutifani also told the RBC gold conference in London that an efficiency and restructuring drive was due to cut the AngloGold workforce in South Africa by 5 000 to 10 000 people over the next five years from 30 000, but forced layoffs would be avoided.

Up to 1 million people, including workers in the sector and dependents, would likely suffer if if a proposal was implemented by Eskom to hike tariffs by 45% a year over the next three years, he said.

“As a consequence I do not believe the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 November, 2009

GABORONE – Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Margret Nasha has accentuated the need to streamline parliament.

Speaking during an orientation seminar for MPs, Ms Nasha pointed out that there were certain structures as well as parliamentary procedures that needed to be restructured and agreed upon by the members before the 10th Parliament starts.

Parliament starts this Friday with President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khamas state of the nation address. In her welcome remarks, Ms Nasha stated that it was necessary to inform the assembly about the procedures, powers and privileges of the MPs as well as the standing orders.

She said it was important for the MPs to understand the structures of the National Assembly before it started so that they could have the same level of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Once again the opposition received a dismal number of seats as the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) took the lion’s share of the 114 special council seats to boost its numbers in district councils around the country.

Though the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) won 75 seats in councils in the October 16 general elections, the party, according to its spokesperson Dumelang Saleshando, got two seats, whilst the party’s elections partner Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) received nothing from the special nomination process.

On the other hand, the Botswana National Front (BNF), which won 73 seats, received six special council seats. BNF spokesman Moeti Mohwasa said that they are [continue reading]