Archive for November 18th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The American embassy in Gaborone is contributing $44,000 for the renovation of a colonial church at Old Palapye, present day Malaka.

The aim is to restore the church built in 1890s to its original state. The director of National Monuments and Art Gallery, Gaogakwe Phorano told a press conference yesterday that the renovated church, formerly of the London Missionary Society (LMS) will be used as a place of worship by the village and museum for Old Palapye, the former Bangwato capital. The US embassy and the department of Museums and Monuments will unveil the $44,000 donation at Malaka, on Thursday. Phorano said they will be empowering the people of Malaka to form a community trust through which the heritage site will be [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Hebert Zharare
18 November 2009

Rome — RICH countries’ agricultural subsidies and denial of market access to produce from developing countries were partly to blame for low crop production in developing nations, President Mugabe has said.

Addressing fellow Heads of State and Government at the Food and Agriculture Organisation Summit here yesterday, President Mugabe said other factors militating against global food security were climate change, inaccessibility to arable land, rising costs of farming inputs and general lack of money to finance farming operations.

Western subsidies, he said, were suffocating farmers in poor and developing countries.

“Add to this denial of market access to agricultural products from developing countries and that completes the host of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
17 November 2009

Johannesburg — Fearing a resurgence of xenophobic attacks, around 2,500 Zimbabwean migrants have taken refuge in government buildings in De Doorns, a farming town about 140km from Cape Town, South Africa, after some of their shacks in an informal settlement were attacked and demolished, said a police official.

The attacks took place early in the morning of 17 November in Stofland, meaning dustland in Afrikaans, the largest squatter camp in De Doorns. All the displaced Zimbabweans are documented.

The local police station commander, Superintendent Desmond van der Westhuizen, told IRIN the local residents were unhappy that farm owners had been employing Zimbabweans for “less money”, and had complained that farmers were “excluding the local community”.

But the residents threatened to [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-17 16:34

Beijing – A Chinese court has found Microsoft Corp infringed a Chinese company’s intellectual property rights by including certain fonts in its operating systems, according to a court judgement.

Beijing’s No1 Intermediate People’s Court found Microsoft had exceeded the scope of a previous agreement to use and sell fonts owned by Zhongyi Electronic Ltd, Dow Jones Newswires reported, citing a judgment on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government has finally responded to calls for the empowerment of citizen entrepreneurs as it will soon bypass the tendering process and procure from local companies provided their prices are competitive.

In his State of the Nation address last Friday, President Ian Khama said the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) have been instructed to prepare a list of companies that produce goods locally so they can be empowered.

“If the pricing is competitive, central Government, local authorities and parastatals will be instructed to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Hopwell Radebe
17 November 2009

Johannesburg — BRUSHING off accusations that its investment is denuding Africa of precious natural resources, China has pledged to help African countries overcome poverty and fight new threats like climate change, which scientists predict is likely to seriously affect the continent.

At the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation, in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh last week, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane, who led the South African delegation, supported Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in saying that rumours of China plundering the continent’s assets are malicious and could undermine African states whose participation in the forum is voluntary and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dinah Marathe has said roads in Francistown should be improved to ease congestion.

When welcoming guests at the road traffic stakeholders consultative meeting at Adansonia Hotel on Friday, she said it was evident that the pace of development in the city is gaining momentum.

She said construction projects in the city have become a hindrance to the police road traffic safety strategies. She cited the expansion of Francistown Airport and the construction of the state-of-the-art sports stadium.

She said the fact that Francistown is the economic hub of the northern region, means that it has [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 November, 2009

GABORONE – The former Minister of Health, Professor Sheila Tlou has been bestowed with a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) award, making her the first nurse in Africa to get the award.

According to a press release, Professor Tlou, who is with the School of Nursing Education at the University of Botswana (UB) was inducted at the American Academy of Nursings annual awards ceremony and induction banquet of their 35th nursing conference in Atlanta, Untied States of America on November 7, 2009.

The academy provides the nursing profession with visionary leadership, advances in scientific knowledge and influences the development of effective health care policies and practices.

Professor Tlou was selected for this honour by the senior academy fellows for her outstanding achievements in the nursing profession and in global health care as well as her work with other leaders in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Buyers are coming down heavily on the Botswana Stock Exchange(BSE) outweighing sellers as the renewed confidence in the economy’s performance has attracted investors back to the domestic bourse.

Having lost 16 percent in 2008 after the global economic crisis effects took their toll, the mainstream index on the stock exchange is now poised to finish the year in positive territory.The DCI ended the week 0.57 percent higher at 7,340.95 points, pushing its year to date growth to 4.34 percent coming from negative territory just three weeks ago.

In last week’s trading, no counter slipped while 9 counters gained and 22 counters finished the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 November, 2009

GABORONE – President LtGen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has applauded the agricultural sector for showing commendable strides since the establishment of the Agricultural Hub.

In presenting the State of the Nation address on Friday at the National Assembly, Gen. Khama said the agricultural hub had been established as a catalyst for the greater commercialisation and diversification of the agricultural sector as well as to improve food security.

President Khama said over the past 12 months government had been encouraged by the publics embrace of the newly introduced Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD), which provided farmers with assistance in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Charlotte Mathews
17 November 2009

Johannesburg — SA’s neighbours, particularly Botswana, are gaining substantial market share in Zimbabwe at SA’s expense, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Neren Rau warned yesterday.

The small and medium-sized enterprises that made up most of the chamber’s 17000-strong membership regarded the rest of Africa as risky and dangerous and preferred to focus on developed countries, he told the two-day Zimbabwe Trade and Investment Exchange conference in Sandton. But the chamber emphasised the importance of trade with SA’s neighbours, particularly Zimbabwe, where the upside potential was considered to [continue reading]