Archive for November 14th, 2009

source: BOPA
13 November, 2009

PALAPYE – The Construction industry in Palapye is said to be experiencing an acute shortage of bricklayers.

This was revealed by the construction companies officials during random interviews.

Some of the officials said the shortage of bricklayers has negatively impacted on the status of their projects.

Mr Fobby Radipotsane of China Civil, a company contracted to construct a multi million Pula Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) confirmed that they are experiencing a shortage of bricklayers.

He said the problem was due to a boom in the construction industry in Palapye.

I believe you are aware that Palapye is witnessing a boom in [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-12 21:04

Cape Town – Home affairs, responsible, among other things, for tracing and deporting illegal immigrants, has no idea how many there are in the country.

Responding to a question at a parliamentary media briefing on Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said providing such a figure was “difficult”.

Asked to give her department’s latest estimate of the number of people illegally living and working in South Africa, she replied: “I don’t know. If somebody’s here illegally, how do I know they are here? I do not know, that’s an honest answer.”

Could be up 6 million

But the SA Police Service, in its latest (2008/09) annual report, notes there could be [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 November, 2009

GABORONE – Botswana will from Sunday host an international conference on environmental health.

The International Biennial Environmental Health Conference will run for four days, according to the director of public health, Ms Shanaaz El-Halabi.

And according to the director, health and environmental issues are closely related for the promotion of healthy living and for the prevention of disease outbreaks.

Ms El-Halabi said during a press briefing that the conference is meant to improve the linkages between health and environment in Botswana the region and the continent.

The other objectives are to raise awareness on the current state of the environment as well as try and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Livestock Management and Infrastructure Development (LIMID) programme has been suspended with immediate effect.

The Ministry of Agriculture announced that the suspension will last till a review of the programme is completed and resources mobilised to support it. The programme will be revived depending on the results of the review to be completed in three months.

The ministry stated in a press release that farmers whose applications were approved in writing and fall within six months validity period will receive their packages. Farmers who had already paid their contributions in full will also have their packages delivered. The ministry said that those who provided services and resources like [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana and four southern African countries have resolved to sign a treaty formalising the establishment of the Kavango Zambezi Conservation Area Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) in August next year.

At a meeting hosted by Namibia recently, the countries developed a draft treaty, which provides the basis for national consultations with stakeholders. Besides Namibia and Botswana other countries in the venture are Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At the Namibia meeting, Botswana was represented by Wildlife and Environment Minister Kitso Mokaila. Ministers responsible for Environment, Wildlife, Tourism and Natural Resources in Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe form the steering committee of the project. A communiquŽ released after the meeting said that regional body SADC and the governments of Botswana and Germany have signed a [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 12 2009 at 10:51PM

President Jacob Zuma has implemented a seven-percent salary increase across the board for all public office bearers, the presidency said on Thursday.

“In light of the current economic situation, and the pressure on government finances, I have decided to adjust downwards the percentage recommended by the commission,” he said.

Earlier on Thursday, the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers told the media it felt an eight-percent increase was fair.

“We appreciate the considerations applied by the commission in determining the 2009/2010 remuneration for public office bearers,” said Zuma.

The commission is to make annual recommendations relating to the salaries, benefits and allowances, and to the [continue reading]