Archive for November 23rd, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
22.11.2009 9:35:07 P

Prison inmates this week revealed to the Gaborone Extension 2 Magistrate Court how the Gaborone Maximum Security Prison torture routines follow the notorious Guantanamo Bay pattern of violent abuse and sexual humiliation.

The Gaborone Extension 2 Magistrate had to clear out the court room and hold the session in camera because one of the witnesses pleaded that some of the details were too sensitive.

However, this was after another witness, Silas Huve had told the court how prison officials who were initially arraigned on two counts of grievous bodily harm ordered Badisa Moatshe to have sexual intercourse with Tefo Motshwari in full view of other officials. The two prisoners, however, had allegedly been so badly beaten that they could not have homosexual intercourse.

Mpho Mogobjwe, another witnesses, told the court that on the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Some senior government officials have found themselves caught up in a game of big shots in the lucrative poultry industry in a case that was probably going to reveal top secrets and fall-out between big guys Peter Kirby of Richmark Poultry and

The ban was to take effect today.

At the centre of the saga, that was likely to push chicken meat prices skyrocketing, are three major players – Irvine’s Botswana, Ross Breeders and Richmark Poultry.

In an affidavit Peter Kirby, Managing Director of Richmark Poultry, who is also chairman of Botswana Poultry Association, states that the Ministry of Agriculture went out of its jurisdiction to impose a ban on the imports of DOCs, something that falls under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He accuses officials at the ministry of [continue reading]

Stop late payments Khama

source: BOPA
23 November, 2009

MOLEPOLOLE – The village development committees (VDCs), home-based care volunteers and Ipelegeng workers in Kweneng District would now be paid on time following President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khamas intervention.

President Khama told the Minister of Local Government, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake, to end the late payment of allowances.

It must be the last time to hear about such problems in Kweneng District, said the President during a kgotla meeting he addressed in Botlhapatlou last week.

President Khama expressed concern that people were not paid allowances while civil servants got their salaries every month without any delay.

Minister Mokalake, who accompanied the President, was told to stop the late payments after several residents complained that sometimes it takes three to four months to get their payments.

The complaints were raised by both residents of Mogonono and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
22.11.2009 9:22:28 P

Government’s recent productivity campaign, epitomized by President Ian Khama’s addition of delivery to his 4-D roadmap, has been met with mixed feelings by some who have adopted a wait and see approach, after previous efforts to prop up productivity hit a snag.

According to a 2008 report titled “Progress of Good Governance in Botswana” and authored by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), all the four prominent micro-level administrative processes and capacity development reforms that sought to enhance productivity and delivery have failed, even though they were implemented over a period of 12 years.

Such initiatives include Organization and Methods (O&M) aimed at classifying and aligning ministerial and departmental goals and objectives, Work Improvement Teams (WITS) and Performance Management Systems (PMS) as well as Computerization of Personnel Manage systems.

The report laments that save for its success in a [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 November, 2009

PALAPYE – The Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) affiliates in Palapye have heard that workplaces can also be registered as training providers.

This was revealed by BOTAs workplace support specialist, Mr Moremedi Kooneilwe during a one-day Vocational Training Fund seminar in Palapye recently.

Mr Kooneilwe informed the affiliates that for a workplace to be recognised as a training provider, it has to be registered first and the modules used in training to be accredited with BOTA.

For you to be recognised as training providers in the workplace, you have to meet the set criteria required for the training providers. I would also like to inform you that you can have your supervisors as trainers. It is not about having a degree but the [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 22 2009 at 11:48AM
By Stanley Gama

President Jacob Zuma is preparing to intervene urgently in Zimbabwe as his advisers express impatience with Zimbabwean leaders for failing to meet to resolve their differences.

Regional leaders at summit in Maputo on November 5 gave the Zimbabweans 15 to 30 days to sort out their differences.

But 17 days later, the Zimbabwean leaders have not yet met.

Zuma’s international relations adviser, Lindiwe Zulu, said yesterday the delay was worrying and this had forced the Presidency to speed up its facilitation role.

“We have been engaging with the people of Zimbabwe since the Maputo summit and we cannot afford to miss the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Morula Morula
22.11.2009 9:31:06 P

An investigative report into the brutal killing of four foreign suspected armed robbers by Botswana security agents has gone missing somewhere between the office of the Botswana Police Service and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Police Commissioner, Thebeyame Tsimako, said last week that they had finished investigations into the killing and forwarded a report to the DPP.

Director of DPP, Leatile Dambe has, however, denied ever receiving such a report. “I know nothing about such a report. It is the first time that I hear about it,” she said, further promising to make follow ups to check if such a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

While the 30 percent alcohol levy introduced last year has raised more than P180 million, to be channelled towards youth development, it has left Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited with a huge dent which has compromised their overall financial performance.

The combination of global economic recession and unusually cold weather and the levy cost the industry a fortune.

The Sechaba group of companies Botswana Breweries (Pty) Ltd, (BBL) and Kgalagadi Breweries (Pty) Ltd, (KBL) Sechaba said the half year results which ended 30th September 2009, has recorded one of the worst financial performances in [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Madibana
22.11.2009 9:28:16 P

A delegation from the European Union is expected in Botswana in January 2010 to put in place a monitoring system that will verify compliance, on residues of veterinary medicines, pesticides, and contaminants.

This comes after Botswana signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which gives opportunities for increased export of beef and other products, as long as they meet internationally acceptable quality standards.

This revelation was made at the two-day National meat workshop held at the National Food Technology Research Centre in Kanye.

The workshop was attended by national and international experts and individuals who were interested in meat production, processing and marketing in the country, including farmers, meat processors, livestock traders, national policy makers and different types of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 November, 2009

GABORONE – The education ministry has acknowledged the difficulties faced by some students due to unavailability of boarding facilities.

Some of the students, according to Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Keletso Rakhudu, travelled long distances to and from school while some stayed on rented accommodation.

However, the assistant minister said government was working towards addressing the problem At primary school level, the ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government have already established one or two teacher schools in some areas and the introduction of these schools had gone a long way towards reducing the distance children walk to school.

Mr Rakhudu stated that with regard to junior secondary schools, his ministry was currently upgrading some junior secondary schools countrywide and boarding facilities had been included for some schools, including Mahutagane Junior Secondary School in the Shoshong constituency.

He said due to financial constraints, the ministry was not able to cover all [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The just ended Sight at the Diamond Trading Company Botswana , though still a long way from normal levels, saw a favourable improvement in sales when compared to the same period last year when virtually no diamonds were sold

The week-long sale of unpolished diamonds in November and December (Sight 9 and 10) are traditionally expected to be smaller than others but those Sights exactly a year ago, left Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana shell shocked when they were left holding almost all the parcels they had before the start of the sale.

At the time, De Beers and its associate companies had on many occasions before that fateful November, assured Botswana and the world that the diamond industry would pass the downturn unscathed because demand was [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 November, 2009

HUKUNTSI – An acute water shortage has hit Hukuntsi and the surrounding villages of Lehututu, Lokgwabe, Tshane and Kang because of boreholes breakdowns, collapses and contamination.

Addressing the Hukuntsi Sub District Development Committee (DDC) recently, the water engineer in the sub district, Mr Kgomotso Serame said the water shortage due to breakdowns has been exacerbated by the contamination of the Lokgwabe boreholes.

He said they have decided to chlorinate the water as a short term measure while looking for other reliable sources.

Mr Serame said they are working around the clock to address the crisis.

We are well aware of the water shortage in the area and we are doing all we can to bowse water to affected communities even though we do not have enough water carrying vehicles in the area, he said. He added that they have approached the water affairs and the geological survey departments to help with the cleaning of Lehututu boreholes.

The water shortage in the area has also affected some development projects such as the Hukuntsi internal roads and the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
22.11.2009 9:26:23 P

Former cabinet minister Daniel Kwelagobe was on Wednesday waxing lyrical and singing praise songs for President Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s administration and its adherence to democratic ideals.

Contributing to the ongoing debate over President Khama’s State of the Nation address, Kwelagobe urged Batswana to rally behind Khama’s clarion call for democracy and tolerance, adding that the democratic and tolerant characteristics that the Khama administration has displayed so far are welcome developments that should be embraced and complemented.

“While our president has implored us to [continue reading]