Archive for December 4th, 2009

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Small business owners in Selebi-Phikwe have been advised to market their products to BCL Mine which requires a lot of products in the daily running of its business.

Speaking during a mini trade show organised by Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) in the town centre here recently, BCL Mine Asset Manager France Mashinyana, said opportunities at the mine need to be exploited.

He said the economy of Selebi-Phikwe could only be diversified if small business owners put a hand in it. “Selebi-Phikwe must keep going even after the closure of the mine,” Mashinyana said.

“Not many people are successful entrepreneurs and the only way to succeed is to have commitment and passion for [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:32

Maun West Member of Parliament, Kgosi Tawana Moremi II, says he supports the direct election of the State President.Contributing in Parliament to President Lt Gen Ian Khama’s State of the Nation Address last week,

Tawana said the direct election of theState President might reduce instances when s/he is dragged into the internal fights of his or her political party.“When a party is in crisis it isobviousthat the President will be dragged into its squabbles,” he said. The President should be accountable to the people who have elected him, not his political party, he said.

Tawana also warned against ‘bootlicking’, which, he said, has the potential not only to destroy a political party, but also the nation.Making reference to the expelled Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary general, Mr. Gomolemo Motswaledi, Tawana said, “The former BDP secretary general’s career was cut short by one of the bootlickers who made a false report about him to [continue reading]

Govt ready to lease land

source: BOPA
04 December, 2009

GABORONE – Government is prepared to lease state land as well as acquire and reserve underutilised tribal land for more productive agricultural usage, MP for Ghanzi has said.

The move, according to Mr Christian De Graaf who is also agriculture minister, is in line with governments commitment to commercialising and diversifying the agriculture sector.

Mr De Graaf told Parliament that government was committed to making land available to young people and farmers who were showing dedication at improving and developing the agriculture production on a commercial scale. He said government facilitated the delivery of 210 hectares of land at Glen Valley of which 50 per cent was under production.

He said similarly, 100 hectares of land had been delivered at Dikabeya and only 50 per cent was under production.

Mr De Graaf applauded the farmers for embracing the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana’s graft buster, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) received 1,701 reports of graft from January to November this year.

The DCEC classified 599 reports for investigation and gave advice on 204 others.
In a press statement, the DCEC says 791 reports did not fall under their mandate and they have since been referred to the relevant law-enforcement bodies.

From January to November 2008, the DCEC received 1,718 reports, with 573 being classified for investigation while advice was given on 215. The DCEC says 71 of the reports were repeats while 51 were retained for intelligence.

“The remaining 808 did not fall under the mandate of [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:15

In his State of the Nation address, His Excellency the President Seretse Khama Ian Khama recognised the importance of combating corruption through the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC). Corruption has become the “AIDS” of democracy and has left many countries less well-off.

Botswana is ranked among the least corrupt countries internationally. It is however recognised that there is corruption in Botswana and that international rankings shouldn’t lead to complacency and lax approach towards corruption busting.Khama has raised expectations and has projected himself as someone who doesn’t tolerate corruption and other associated unethical practices. The anti-corruption agency model is widely promoted by Western governments and international financial institutions as an integral part of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Financial Gazette (Harare)
4 December 2009

Harare — ZIMBABWE signed a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with South Africa on Friday.

It was indeed a positive development for both countries, particularly South Africa, which has been trying to get this deal for nearly a decade in order to protect the businesses of its citizens from threats of seizures under the controversial indigenisation and empowerment crusade, principally driven by hawks in ZANU-PF.

The BIPPA will certainly go a long way towards calming South African investors already domiciled in Zimbabwe, and will reassure those that had been waiting for the consummation of the agreement before they could seek exposure in the local economy.

Some 200 South African land owners are said to have lost their properties in Zimbabwe since 2002. This is besides over 3 000 white farmers who lost their land holdings during the controversial land acquisition programme, which triggered a [continue reading]