Archive for November 16th, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Tanonoka Joseph Whande
15.11.2009 12:48:20 P

Botswana’s President Ian Khama has expressed concern at the continued failure of ZANU-PF to fully honour the spirit of the power-sharing agreement.
In his State of the Nation address to the First Session of the Tenth Parliament on Friday, Khama again suggested new elections as a way to break the impasse in Zimbabwe.

“In the absence of genuine partnership,” Khama said, “it would be better for all parties to go back to the people, for they are the ultimate authority to determine who should form the Government of Zimbabwe.”
He said that since independence, the core principles of Botswana’s foreign policy had remained constant.

“These include a commitment to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Talana Farms, a major vegetable producer in the Tuli Block, has penetrated the South African market.

The farm made the breakthrough in September, and by the end of October the farm had already exported 41,156 bags of onions to South Africa, mainly Johannesburg. Talana’s sales manager, Nemanya Radovanovich, was this week elated about the new development and stressed that it is for the first time in their history that locally- produced vegetable made their way onto the international market.

“Neighbouring South Africa is usually the main supplier of the international market,”Radovanovich said. “That we have penetrated this market says a lot about our [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
16 November 2009

GOING by the explanation by Justice Deputy minister Todd Chilembo, it is clear that a staggering K62 billion was spent on the Taskforce on Corruption to cover legal fees and investigations.

It is also clear that part of the money went to pay legal fees for local and foreign lawyers and it is therefore surprising that the amount of money expended has become a contentious issue.

Surely, former Taskforce chairperson Max Nkole should be the last person to dispute the amount of money spent since he was the head of the organisation.

The presumption is that as head of an organisation, he has knowledge of aspects of the operations including payments made.

It is expected that Mr Nkole has full knowledge of financial activities of the Taskforce and should not engage in public dispute over the matter since the transactions are [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
15.11.2009 12:42:02 P

Investigations into corrupt practices at mining giant Tati Nickel are said to have reached fever pitch, with two managers already on suspension while more are set to be shown the door as investigations continue.

The Sunday Standard is informed that the two managers, who recently spent two nights languishing in prison on suspicion of embezzling millions from the mining company, have been suspended from duty lest they interfere with investigations. It has also been established that the TNMC management, led by General Manager Sebetlela Sebetlela, has instituted internal investigations to establish the extent of the cancer. At the same time, the DCEC has also been roped in to investigate the corruption scam.
TNMC General Manager Seb Sebetlela said on Friday that the company is investigating allegations which, if true, will result in appropriate charges being laid against the officers, but refused to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

President Ian Khama is delivering his first State of The Nation Address as the head of a goverment elected under his leaderaship this morning,BAME PIET looks at some of the issues Khama is likely to -or should -cover in this important speech

Justice and Security
With 191 cases reported since the beginning of the year to-date, compared to 184 reported for the same period last year, the latest Weekly Police Report shows that murder is on the increase. The number of people who have died in road accidents has gone up to 378 from 365 for the same period last year. However, rape and theft of motor vehicles have gone down significantly. Armed robberies where guns and knives WRE used have also gone down slightly with [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Julius Baumann
16 November 2009

Johannesburg — WITH more than eight months still to go before the kickoff of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, many long-haul airlines are booked to capacity on South African flights.

British Airways, Emirates, Delta and Lufthansa confirm they are already fully booked, particularly near the start and end of the tournament.

Many airlines also expect 100% load factors ahead of next month’s World Cup draw in Cape Town.

“Capacity offered by the daily Lufthansa seasonal flights reintroduced at the end of October this year between Cape Town and Frankfurt has been absorbed,” Gabriel Leupold, MD southern and eastern Africa, said at the weekend. “December and January bookings show an average seat load factor of over 90%.”

Fouad Caunhye, Emirates regional manager Southern Africa, said Emirates World Cup flights to SA were heavily booked. He hinted that Emirates might consider using an Airbus A380 on [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Obusitse Kologwe
15.11.2009 12:21:34 P

In an effort to declare itself as a pure and corrupt free funding institution , the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency(CEDA) launched a branch named “Tip offs Anonymous” last week in Francistown. Addressing the participants at the Customer Service Forum held in Thapama hotel, the Chief Executive Officer of CEDA, Dr Thapelo Matsheka informed the clients that CEDA was client oriented therefore the institution found it imperative that it embarks much on transparency as a way of displaying trust and openness to customers. Dr Matsheka indicated that Tips off Anonymous was geared at making sure that clients had access of reporting any malpractices or corruption scams by any of the CEDA officials to the department or the government.

We decided to make an outlet for customers were they can give the officials some information relating to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government has taken a decision that will see more and more police officers doing night shifts in order to combat skyrocketing crime in the country.

President Ian Khama yesterday told a High Level Consultative Council (HLCC) that he has already put in place a mechanism that would see more police officers doing night shifts than there are doing day shifts.

Mmegi understands that Khama told the HLCC that the crime rate is rising at alarming proportions, majority of it happening in the cover of darkness.

Khama, a former Policeman himself, is understood to have told the HLCC that to mitigate the situation, he has discussed with [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Sue Blaine
16 November 2009

Johannesburg — FOR sub-Saharan Africa, building a knowledge economy “is no longer an option, it is a necessity”, World Bank Institute economic adviser Shahid Yusuf said last week at a University of the Witwatersrand symposium on research and training for sustainable development in Africa.

The region could no longer rely on its resources alone to promote economic growth. It had to find ways of taking advantage of the opportunities inherent in technological change because economic growth was increasingly dependent on technology and knowledge, he said.

Skills development deserved priority because better skills improved economic management and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
15.11.2009 12:17:15 P

Although Botswana, like the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, has Internet connectivity challenges, online stakeholder communication will have to be adopted in future as a means of investor relations (IR).

Rob Stangroon, CEO of African Is Cool (AIC), an online IR consultancy firm said this week that online is the future of communication, but acknowledged that Africa’s needs are different unlike in the US where communications is 100% technology based.

“The barriers are Internet penetration in Africa and the laws that state that there should be physical delivery of annual reports, but this can be changed”, said Stangroon.

“There are barriers, but they are not insurmountable”. However, in Botswana it seems the laws are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

President Ian Khama will deliver his State of the Nation Address today when he is expected to diagnose the challenges facing the country and how they will be tackled. Khama will spell out his vision which should be underpinned by his Five Ds – particularly the new entrant Delivery.

This week Mmegi’s GIDEON NKALA focuses on Khama’s cabinet, as the men and women responsible for driving delivery and execution of the nation’s plan. Do these men and women have what it takes to make Botswana an emerging tiger or a full tiger that can compete against the best in the world? Can these men and women deliver Botswana to that Promised Land of productivity, customer service excellence, a diversified economy and a producer of most of the goods and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Fayruz Hamed in Rustenburg
15.11.2009 12:14:05 P

In a bid to ensure that there are enough beds for 2010 World Cup fans, the World Cup organising committee is planning on moving some spectators to Botswana to doss down after games.
FIFA spokesperson, Delia Fischer, confirmed this week that fans will be taken to neighbouring countries by bus and aeroplane.

“In line with FIFA’s and the LOC’s commitment to sharing the benefits of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with other African countries, our service provider has contracted 4 500 rooms in nearby Mauritius , Botswana , Zambia , Swaziland and Namibia ,” Fischer said. “We are looking at 158 rooms in total in Botswana.”

World Cup Organising Committee chairman, Danny Jordan, said he did not [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Promoters of the Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP), CIC Energy, say they are still confident their 1200mw project will go ahead as planned despite the chaos currently prevailing at South African power utility, Eskom.

In a statement released by the company on Wednesday, CIC says it does not believe the current uncertainty regarding the leadership situation at Eskom will directly impact the evaluation and approval process for the Mmamabula Energy Project.”Like many others interested in the electricity sector in South Africa, as well as the public in general, we have been following with interest the recent stories in the press in relation to the leadership situation at Eskom,” says Greg Kinross, the President of CIC Energy.

Eskom has been marred by [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Karima Brown and Siseko Njobeni
16 November 2009

Johannesburg — THE African National Congress -led alliance yesterday reiterated its opposition to utility Eskom’s proposed 45% electricity tariff hikes, saying “the economy as a whole” could not endure such increases.

” We are uncomfortable with a 45% increase for three successive years,” the ruling party’s secretary- general, Gwede Mantashe, said late yesterday.

Eskom, which in September applied to the regulator for price rises — since highly criticised — of 45% in each of the next three years, would submit a final tariff application for the second multiyear price determination to the National Energy Regulator of SA by the end of this month, spokesman Andrew Etzinger said last week.

The tariff application covers the period from April 1 next year to March 30 2013. The new tariff comes into effect at the beginning of [continue reading]