Archive for December 15th, 2009

source: BOPA
15 December, 2009

PALAPYE – The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)s Vice Chancellor, Professor Kweku Bentil says recruitment of the teaching staff is a challenge to the university.

Professor Bentil said this at a press conference in Palapye last week.

Some of the challenges we face include the recruitment of lecturers and also of being behind the schedule in terms of the construction of the first phase of the campus.

Prof. Bentil indicated that recruiting professors was not a simple task due to the fact that there were no social amenities, schools and good hospitals in Palapye as the village was still developing.

Furthermore, he noted that BIUST would be encompassing the process of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) has been forced to suspend the much-anticipated construction of the bus rank due to the tough economic situation in the country caused by the world financial crisis.

The crisis has forced government to suspend some major projects. Speaking during a full council meeting last week, Selebi-Phikwe mayor Lekang Mukokomani said the suspension of the bus rank construction comes at a time when the council had already hired a consultant to supervise the project. Other projects that will not be taking off in Selebi-Phikwe due to resource constraints are construction of destitute housing, Kgotla office in Botshabelo, health staff houses and the primary education facilities backlog eradication programme.

“We all have, in one way or the other, been affected by the economic recession. It is therefore, incumbent upon all of [continue reading]

Police dismiss allegations

source: BOPA
15 December, 2009

GABORONE – The Botswana Police Service has dismissed as false and misleading newspaper reports that a suspect was killed by security agents.

The police said the reports suggested that the suspect was killed during the encounter with security agents, something which was devoid of any truth.

A statement from the head of the public relations unit of the Botswana Police Service, Asssitant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa, said the suspect was not killed.

He said the truth of the matter was that the Broadhurst Police, on December 9, at Block Three industrial site, shot and wounded a Zimbabwean national who had been on the wanted list for various criminal offences.

He said the suspect was in the company of three others who were also wanted for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
14 December 2009

See full text of Zanu PF resolutions

ZANU PF’s 5th congress ended on Saturday with the rubber-stamping of Robert Mugabe as the leader for the next five years amid concerns the ‘old man’ no longer has the ‘conviction and ideas’ to take the country forward.

The congress, held at a time when the party is deeply divided, also confirmed Joice Mujuru as the senior first vice president. Reshuffling in the presidium saw the 75-year-old former party chairman, John Nkomo, being elevated to second vice president, while the Ambassador to South Africa, Simon Moyo, was chosen as party chairman.

The delegates adopted a number of resolutions which many analysts believe will set the party on a collision course with the MDC and SADC. The 5-page resolutions castigate ‘the MDC and their western handlers for orchestrating efforts aimed at reversing land reforms.’

One of the resolutions was that Mugabe and ZANU PF negotiators would not concede anything to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Lekopanye Mooketsi

The acting Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi presented the Botswana Tourism Organisation Bill to Parliament last week.

The bill is meant to repeal and re-enact the Botswana Tourism Board Act. It proposes a Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) to be established to operate under the existing Botswana Tourism Board (BTB). When presenting the bill, Venson-Moitoi said since the BTB Act was enacted in 2003, there have been many changes in the industry. The minister said as a result of the changes, there is need to review the law with a view to bringing it at par with the current and future trends in the industry and for good governance. She said the new law will separate the BTO from the BTB which will become the governing body.

The bill also gives BTO power to select, develop and [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 15 2009 07:25 Jorisna Bonthuys

Copenhagen – South Africa and Eskom came under fire in Copenhagen from non-governmental groups which claimed the country was not serious about combating climate change.

South Africa’s commitments here, at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, are, according to its critics, inconsistent with decisions related to energy investments.

A new report from the Groundwork organisation, entitled The World Bank and Eskom: Banking on Climate Destruction, sharply criticises the World Bank for funding Eskom’s investments in two new coal-fired power stations.

The bank granted Eskom a $3.7bn (R27.8bn) loan for the construction of the Kusile and the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 December, 2009

SELEBI-PHIKWE – Selebi Phikwe mayor, Mr Lekang Mukokomani, has indicated that the town will have almost 100 per cent access to waterborne sewerage services early next year.

Mr Mukokomani said he hoped that after completion of the on-going construction of major sewerage infrastructure facilities, Selebi-Phikwe Town Council will be able to offer residents a readily available access to sewerage services and press ahead with plans to completely phase out pit latrines.

The multi million pula projects, which include sewers, pump stations, and lining of sewerage ponds, are due for completion in March next year.

As we approach completion of the construction of sewers, pump stations and pond lining in March 2010, it is worth noting that our town will have almost 100 per cent accessibility to waterborne sewerage services, Mr Mukokomani said when addressing a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Isaiah Morewagae
Staff Writer

Close to 10,000 vehicles use Gaborone-Boatle road on a daily basis, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Frank Ramsden, said in response to a question by the Member for Ramotswa, Odirile Motlhale, in Parliament this week.

Motlhale had asked the minister to say what the forecast of the volume of traffic for 2009 when the Gaborone-Boatle and Ramotswa-Boatle roads were designed.

The minister told Parliament that 9,748 and 4,178 vehicles used the respective roads per day.

Parliament also heard that the Ramotswa-Boatle Road was constructed in 1976, while the Gaborone-Boatle Road was done in sections.

“The section from Notwane Siding to Boatle was constructed in 1974, while the section from [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-12-14 19:59

Cape Town – Amid a swirl of balloons and popping champagne corks, Cape Town mayor Dan Plato received the key to the city’s R4.5bn stadium on Monday afternoon.

Plato told the crowd that assembled in the stadium that it would become a world landmark.

“Looking around, what a wonderful piece of artwork,” Plato said.

“Cape Town stadium will become one of the world’s sporting landmarks.”

The stadium, built in the suburb of Green Point, took 32 months to complete. It was the biggest project of its kind ever undertaken in Cape Town.

About 2 500 workers had been employed and 1 200 artisans received training from contractors during the [continue reading]