Archive for December 3rd, 2009

source: Mmegi
Kebofhe Mathe
Staff writer

The conventional forms of ploughing fields continue to surpass modern ways of farming.

This is the reality of the situation for peasant farmer Tsholofelo Metseyabangwe who uses donkeys to plough his field in Pitsane-Phothokwe area along the Ramatlabama border road. Metseyabangwe is the deputy chief from Pitsane-Phothokwe and is married with six children.

When approached by the Monitor Metseyabangwe used the opportunity to inform Batswana about the power of the donkey in ploughing, which, by now one might say, is old fashioned.

“I would like to tell you that started ploughing with donkeys in 1987 on a 10-hectare field,” said Metseyabangwe. “That was before the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Victoria Ruzvidzo and Martin Kadzere
3 December 2009

Harare — Most workers will take home their full bonuses this month following Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s announcement of a US$400 tax-free threshold in his 2010 National Budget presentation to Parliament yesterday.

This will bring relief to the majority of workers who needed a boost in their pockets as they prepare for the festive season and the new school year.

Most employees had not yet received their bonuses, which are traditionally paid in November, as employers awaited the Budget announcement.

Minister Biti was, however, not so generous on the tax-free portion of salaries, which he adjusted slightly to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has said that the electronic passport (e-passport) project is progressing well and will be completed on time.

“The ministry will issue a statement detailing how to get the new passport and the recalling of the old one,” Lebogang Bok, spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has said. She explained that not every Motswana will be eligible to get the electronic passport to be introduced next March. She stated that they will not automatically replace the current passport with the e-passport but “people will be required to make fresh applications as and when the need arises”. Bok emphasised that issuance of the passport will be done through screening to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Choppies Group has set the pace to double its footprints across Botswana and the southern African region.

Group Chairman Ishmael Faruk told Mmegi in an interview that Choppies will be opening a R9 million supermarket in Phokeng, South Africa on December 6.

Phokeng Choppies will be the seventh of the group in South Africa. Choppies has targeted mainly Setswana and Sepedi speaking South African provinces of the North West and Limpopo.

In the interview conducted on the sidelines of the official opening of a Choppies outlet in Pitsane last weekend, Faruk said the group would open five new stores across Botswana, in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 December, 2009

GABORONE Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has published codes of good practice, model procedures and agreements, which among others, stipulate disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Minister Peter Siele told Parliament on Tuesday that the Industrial Court has also issued judgments, which provide guidance on procedural fairness.

He however noted that he was aware that some foreign companies were not adhering to such codes of practice hence the unfair dismissals of employees.

He added that cases had been reported and dealt with at district labour offices while proper measures were taken against those who failed to adhere to the codes of practice as well as procedures.

He highlighted that where employers failed to address employees grievances, employers were to declare a dispute in [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 02 2009 13:39 Simon Dingle

Johannesburg – The Super 14, DJ Sbu, Facebook as well as Nelson Mandela were among the most searched-for topics on Google in South Africa during 2009.

The internet giant has announced its search trends for the year, including country-specific results, providing the world’s most searched-for terms.

The recession featured prominently in 2009, as is to be expected. But South Africans seem to have been a bit clueless about what was going on, with “What is recession?” the most searched-for relative term in the country.

Of interest would be the list of the most searched-for celebrities. DJ Sbu rules the roost, followed by socialite Khanyi Mbau and movie star Charlize Theron.

Oscar Pistorius is also on the list, along with [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (2/12/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 28 of 2009
The Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity, Discipline and Delivery”


[Salutations]… Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. It gives me great pleasure to be with you this morning here in Kasane, as we join the international community in commemorating World AIDS Day, a day recognized and observed by millions of people around the globe to raise public awareness about HIV and AIDS, as well as mobilising support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

2 This year’s commemoration is historic for one reason. For the first time the global AIDS community affirms that the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all is an essential element in the global response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic, in particular access to services; hence the theme Universal Access and Human Rights.

3 ‘Human Rights’ as a value is not alien to us as Batswana. It is in fact inherent in [continue reading]

Khama calls for respect

source: BOPA
02 December, 2009

KASANE – The full realisation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all is an essential element in the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, says President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

Speaking at the World AIDS Day commemorations in Kasane yesterday, President Khama says Botswana is against all discriminatory laws, policies and practices that stand in the way of access for all to HIV prevention, care and support.

We already have the motivation to do this through our constitution which condemns any form of discrimination, he says, adding that human rights as a value is not alien to Batswana. Addressing the theme of this years commemoration, Universal Access and Human Rights, the president says the theme is simply challenging us to respond to HIV and AIDS epidemic with Botho, that is, without prejudice and discrimination and without consciously introducing stigma. He notes that Botho is in fact inherent in Setswana culture and is at the core of the value system. He says Batswana have to be aware of the fact that the risks of HIV infection and its impact feed on the violations of human rights, adding that such violations include violence and discrimination against women and discrimination against [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The three shareholders of De Beers, one of whom is the government of Botswana, have reportedly agreed in principle to rescue the diamond giant from debt by injecting up to US$1 billion (P6.5 billion) into the company, through share placing,

“The shareholders of De Beers … have agreed in principle, and subject to satisfactory refinancing terms of the company’s existing debt, to further investment in De Beers by way of a rights issue,” De Beers said in an emailed statement yesterday.

It is unclear how Botswana, which is itself cash-strapped after diamond exports plummeted to the point where the country had to seek a bailout from African Development Bank (AfDB), will finance the nearly P1 billion for its part of the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SW Radio Africa (London)
Lance Guma
1 December 2009

Talks aimed at resolving outstanding issues plaguing the coalition government seemed headed for another deadlock on Tuesday.

South African President Jacob Zuma had dispatched a team of former cabinet ministers, Charles Nqakula, Mac Maharaj and Lindiwe Zulu to try and help end the impasse. On Monday this ‘facilitation team’ first met with Mugabe and then later with ZANU PF and MDC negotiators in Harare, to set the agenda for their programme.

This team is expected to go back to South Africa on Wednesday, while it was speculated that Zuma himself would be in the country either Tuesday evening or on Wednesday. The facilitators were tightlipped about the talks only saying, ‘It was a very good meeting in the sense that we have met everyone we wanted to meet. The meetings are still on-going.’

Despite the MDC telling journalists they [continue reading]