Archive for November 15th, 2009

MI spying on union leaders

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The unclear role of the intelligence agencies in the country has not only been a cause for concern for ordinary Batswana but for the international community as well.

A recent report published by The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) alleges that members of Military Intelligence (MI) have been spying on the presidents of the Botswana Unified Local Government Service Association (BULGSA) and the Botswana Federation of Secondary School Teachers (BOFESETE).

ITUC last week published a report on core labour standards in the countries of the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), which comprises Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. “Besides dismissals, other anti-union practices include harassment, spying and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has revealed that Zimbabweans are the largest employee work permits holders in Botswana with 7,564 persons (59.7 percent) followed by Chinese with 1,785 persons (14.1 percent) and the least is Ghana with 58 persons (0.5 percent).

Government statistician Anna Majelantle says this on the CSO website when outlining, the latest estimates of work permit holders as at end of September 2009. She states that information on work permit holders gives an indication of whether the idea of localisation is being achieved or not. She adds that it is also of interest to know whether the number of work permit holders is decreasing or not, over time. Presentation of work permit holders by occupation and industry gives an indication of jobs currently held by non-citizens, which will [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 November, 2009

GABORONE – Government has created five centres of excellence, known as hubs, aimed at diversifying the economy and achieving sustainable economic growth.

Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe said recently at the Global Expo that the hubs have been created to serve as centres of excellence in various fields with potential to promote economic diversification.

The five hubs are; the Innovation Hub, Transport and Logistics Hub, Health Hub and the Diamond Hub.

Minister Gaolathe said the various centres of excellence are expected to elevate Botswanas competitiveness and to reposition the country as a cost effective destination of choice, offering investors a competitive return on investment.

He called on investors to take advantage of opportunities available in the sectors on account of wealth that will be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The future of the AK6 diamond project was put on a firmer footing on Wednesday with the announcement that Canadian-listed diamond junior, Lucara Diamond Corp, would be acquiring De Beer’s 70 percent stake in the project for US$49 million (P322.4 million).

Both De Beers and BSE-listed African Diamonds have confirmed the transaction that brings an end to the wrangle that ensued last year when the two former venture partners engaged in a public spat over the project.

As part of the transaction, African Diamonds – which currently holds 28 percent of AK6 – have the 120-day call option it had to acquire an additional 10.268 percent interest in consideration for US$7 million (P46.5 million) plus interest at [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
12 November 2009

Beleaguered Chegutu farmer Ben Freeth has written yet another appeal to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, to urgently intervene in the ongoing land invasions across the country.

The letter is Freeth’s fourth public written appeal since the renewed offensive against the remaining commercial farming community started picking up speed earlier this year, not long after the formation of the unity government in February. The Prime Minister is yet to respond to, or even acknowledge, any of the letters and has instead previously dismissed the land attacks as isolated ‘disturbances’. His ‘state of denial’ that Freeth has accused the Prime Minister of, has persisted, despite mounting warnings that the current land-grab campaign will be detrimental to the future of agriculture in the country.

Farm seizures in the country have intensified with complete impunity this year, in what Freeth has called ‘controlled anarchy’. He explained how well-connected officials and ZANU PF loyalists have been [continue reading]