Archive for December 6th, 2009

source: Mmegi

The MP for Okavango, Bagalatia Arone has expressed fears for the country’s democracy. The MP told Parliament yesterday that Botswana is slowly becoming a typical African dictatorship.

He predicts that a time is coming when people will be eliminated for expressing dissenting views. The youthful MP said there is a tendency to undermine democratic institutions in the country. The opposition legislator said he was saddened by the manner in which the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ousted its secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi.

He said it is not acceptable to victimise members of a party just because they hold a dissenting view. He lamented that Motswaledi’s political career has been destroyed deliberately. The Okavango legislator expressed reservations about [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 04 2009 07:50 Antoinette Slabbert

Pretoria – South African tour operators will be working right through the festive season this year.

This is according to Matsatsi Marobe, chief executive of the Tourism Business Council.

Soccer fans can apply for tickets for individual or team-specific matches for the Fifa World Cup up to January 22. If demand exceeds supply, an electronic draw on February 1 will determine who gets the tickets.

Marobe says tour operators will now be working feverishly to finalise local transport to and from matches. She says the tourism industry and transport authorities will exchange information to facilitate the interplay between air and land transport.

It’s surprising, she points out, that the US is currently in second place, after South Africa, in respect of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
04 December, 2009

Parliament has been told that during NDP 9, the Ministry of Local Government concentrated on the clearance of backlog for teachers quarters, classrooms and toilets in primary schools.

Answering a question in Parliament, Assistant Minister of Local Government, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso stated that clearance of the backlog was continuing into NDP 10. She said NDP 10 only catered for on-going projects.

New education facilities such as administration blocks, libraries, resource centres, home economics and science laboratories would be considered in future alongside other projects. MP for Gaborone West North, Mr Robert Masitara had asked the minister when she intended providing additional facilities such as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Chinese government has given Botswana a grant amounting to 20 million yuan (P19.2 million) to help Botswana implement some of its priority projects in National Development Plan (NDP 10).

The Chinese grant makes two this year.
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the grant agreement on Tuesday, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo, said the grant was coming at a “very critical time” due to the global economic meltdown.

The grant is part of economic and technical assistance China has been extending to Botswana since 1975.

“This grant agreement will no doubt go a long way in strengthening further our bilateral cooperation with [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Linda Ensor
4 December 2009

Cape Town — President Jacob Zuma yesterday announced an impressive list of 19 names for the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Council, which will play a critical role in driving the transformation of the economy.

For many aspirant black businessmen, this transformation has proceeded too slowly .

The long-awaited advisory body — which Zuma will chair — was established under the Broad- Based Black Economic Empowerment Council Act of 2003 and will consist of four Cabinet ministers and representatives of business, labour, academia, the legal and accounting professions, youth organisations and civil society.

The council will advise the government on the draft codes of good practice and [continue reading]