Archive for November 13th, 2009

source: TAUTONA TIMES no 27 of 2009 Special Edition
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity, Discipline and Delivery

REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA – OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY Lt. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA TO THE FIRST SESSION OF THE TENTH PARLIAMENT

“Democracy, Development, Dignity, Discipline and Delivery” 13th November 2009, GABORONE

INTRODUCTION

1. Madam Speaker, I am grateful for this opportunity to address the opening session of our 10th National Assembly. It is my duty to once more present an assessment of our nation’s progress, challenges and opportunities, along with a blueprint of how we as a Government, working with the people, intend to move forward.

2. In this endeavour, my administration shall continue to be guided by the principles of democracy, development, dignity and discipline, our roadmap for empowering the nation. Reaching our goals will also require renewed commitment on the part of all of us to yet another word that coincidentally begins with the letter “D” – delivery.

3. But, before proceeding further, let me first welcome and congratulate the newly elected members of [continue reading]

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source: BOPA
13 November, 2009

GABORONE – As Batswana wait in anticipation for President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama to address the nation from Parliament today, some political pundits have voiced their expectations on the contents of the speech.

Manual Workers Union National Organizing Secretary, Mr Johnson Motshwarakgole said he expects to hear a progress report on the national bargaining structure. He also expects that there will be more focus on changing the mandate of the National Joint Industrial Coordinating Council (NJICC).

Mr Motshwarakgole highlighted that there should be a clear set policy on the council, which comprises of eight permanent secretaries and led by the Director of Public Service Management (DPSM). He said government must forge a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

The much-criticised Botswana Brand logo and its tag line will be reviewed at today’s High Level Consultative Council (HLCC) chaired by President Ian Khama at the Pavilion, Gaborone, it has been learnt.

Mmegi is informed that the Botswana Brand will be one of the agenda items today after the inaugural Botswana Brand, launched by former president Festus Mogae was trashed by stakeholders at the last HLCC held in July.

Jeff Ramsay, the government spokesman, confirmed yesterday that the July mini HLCC was called specifically to discuss the Botswana Brand, after the issue came up at the May HLCC. ” I know they were asked to make a presentation in May, and that’s why they had a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

South African cement producer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) on Wednesday reported a 25 percent drop in net profit for the 2009 financial year to R1.1-billion, while also admitting that the company had, in the past, participated in “market-sharing” activity.

PPC had recorded a R1.5-billion net profit in the 2008 financial year, but warned, in October, that a finance charge related to a broad-based black economic empowerment deal would impact on its earnings.

The group’s revenues increased by 8 percent to R6.8-billion in the year ended September 30, 2009, compared with R6,2-billion the year before.

Meanwhile, PPC CEO Paul Stuiver said in a statement that PPC had concluded a conditional leniency agreement with the Competition Commission, with regard to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 November, 2009

Honourable Ministers, Senior Public Officers, 1. I welcome you all to this historic meeting following the elections and appointment of the new Cabinet.

2. For those members who are new, I have asked that copies of the mandate of this Committee be circulated for your information.

3. Ladies and Gentlemen, I welcome the structural modifications in the operations of my Office and that of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration.

4. Both Honourable Minister Motsumi and Assistant Minister Masisi will be working closely with me to tackle the additional roles of my Office which include: Driving the Governments poverty eradication initiative, and Aiding in the removal of process bottlenecks in public service delivery.

5. Bagaetsho, these additional roles are complex and dynamic hence they require the resolve of all of us here and the rest of the civil servants to be united in implementing them, as it is only through such a [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-12 18:06

Cape Town – The nature of crime in South Africa is “different” to that of other countries, President Jacob Zuma said in Parliament on Thursday.

Zuma was responding to question in the National Assembly regarding changes to Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Section 49 states that if someone suspected of a serious crime resists arrest, the police may “use such force as may in the circumstances be reasonably necessary to overcome the resistance or prevent the person concerned from fleeing”.

He said the government planned to [continue reading]