Archive for December 2nd, 2009

source: BOPA
02 December, 2009

The Minister of Transport and Communication, Mr Frank Ramsden has told Parliament that Air Botswana privatisation is still on. He said after the two attempts to privatise the airline, and the one to engage a management contractor failed, government decided to fully refurbish the airline.

Mr Ramsden said so far, two ART72 500 aircraft had already been bought, with possibilities of acquiring other wide bodied aircraft to augment the fleet and enhance the airlines performance in the aviation transport. He said that government would make the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 December, 2009

GABORONE – MP for Okavango, Mr Bagalatia Arone has praised President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama for seeking to address some of the problems bedevilling the country.

However, the youthful MP said the ruling partys lack of commitment could deny citizens the opportunity to achieve sustained development necessary to guarantee dignified lives for all.

Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Mr Arone said President Khamas road map was a fundamental ideal. If followed to the latter, he said the road map could bring social and economic transformation to the country.

However, the legislator said poor implementation was likely to put a stop to the road map as according to him, the ruling party was plagued by failure to implement its policies.

Mr Arone appealed to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to consider allowing citizens to use [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
1 December 2009

London — Zimbabwean professionals in the UK say they will need to see real change before they would even consider going home, despite South Africa’s ongoing attempts to resolve the disputes between the bickering partners in Zimbabwe’s unity government.

In 2000 President Robert Mugabe, leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party, embarked on a violent land-reform exercise that destroyed the country’s agriculturally based economy.

After a decade of economic meltdown, Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister and leader of the main section of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and Arthur Mutambara, leader of a breakaway section of the MDC, and Mugabe became the three signatories to the Global Political Agreement (GPA), which paved the way for establishing the unity government.

“Zimbabweans here [in the UK] feel they cannot put their trust in the hands of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana has a long stride forward in the creation of opportunities that could attract foreign investors.

Speaking at the annual dinner of the Northern Region of the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) over the weekend, the Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company said Botswana needs to break constrains that hinder progress.

Blackie Marole singled out undeveloped communication structures among several challenges the country is facing, saying the Internet is not accessible in all parts of Botswana and [continue reading]