Archive for December 1st, 2009

source: Mmegi
Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

LOBATSE: Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) has failed to fully take advantage of exporting beef to the European Union (EU) duty-free and exploiting the opportunity created by the suspension of Brazil from the market as the global recession forced consumers to look for cheaper sources of protein.

BMC chief executive officer, Dr Motshudi Raborokgwe said on Thursday at the launch of a new procurement strategy that the global economic downturn resulted in beef prices in the international market remaining static during the year because consumers were forced to eat chicken and pork which are cheaper.

“There is demand in that market because supply is decreasing within the EU but the financial crisis made people to choose [continue reading]

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source: BOPA
30 November, 2009

GABORONE – Computer Systems Engineering degree graduates from Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) have been urged to translate their knowledge and technical skills into value propositions to benefit themselves and the country at large.

The minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Mr Johnnie Swartz said at the BAC graduation ceremony that it would be partially worthless if the graduates did not apply and deploy what they had acquired to benefit the society.

He noted that their skills would benefit the country because technology is at the epicenter of the development of all countries, especially the emerging economies such as Botswana.

He noted that by obtaining degrees which are underpinned by computer technology, the graduates were living Botswanas dream of building skills capacity in the area of science and technology in the near future, adding that the country had invested in them for its long term development.

He therefore encouraged them to keep on learning even after [continue reading]

Poor Standard Of Debates

source: Mmegi
Bame Piet
Staff Writer

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Pono Moatlhodi has expressed disappointment at the emerging trend in Parliament where Members of Parliament (MPs) refuse to yield for their colleagues seeking clarification.

In an interview with the Monitor on Friday on parliamentary debates on the State of the Nation address that commenced two weeks ago, Moatlhodi said that he has also observed, with disgust, MPs refusing to yield for their colleagues just because the Standing Orders give them the right to refuse. He said that this “kills lively debates and exchange of ideas”.

Most of the perpetrators are the newly appointed MPs and Moatlhodi suspects that they have been misled by former MPs. “I think their old colleagues have [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
30 November 2009

A high powered South African delegation has arrived in the country to speed up the slow-paced Global Political Agreement talks between ZANU PF and the two MDC formations.

The South African team, led by ANC stalwart Charles Nqakula jetted into Harare on Sunday night. The other two members of the new facilitation team are veteran ANC cadre Mac Maharaj and Lindiwe Zulu, an international relations expert.

The team is set to join negotiators from ZANU PF and the two MDC’s in renewed efforts to broker a lasting solution to the country’s political crisis. South African President Jacob Zuma appointed the new team last week in the hope that they will push Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara to fully implement the GPA.

Negotiators from the three parties spent most of last week locked in marathon meetings, but the talks are running behind schedule as SADC gave the parties 30 days within which to [continue reading]