Archive for December 16th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 09:36

Drives economic diversification, job creation

The Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) has secured start-up capital for 108 entrepreneurs worth P84 million. During the 2008/2009 financial year, LEA received 3 761 applications for its products and services through its 13 branches and approved 2 652.
According to LEA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tebogo Trevor Matome, the “Authority has made good progress towards its goal of building an entrepreneurial culture in Botswana, empowering the citizenry, creating employment opportunities for Batswana and continuing the drive for economic diversification.”

LEA has formulated a niche strategy that focuses the Authority’s efforts and interventions on selected target areas of the economy to help in the diversification drive. These areas are manufacturing, services, tourism and agriculture.
In its 2009 Annual Report, LEA states that its focus for the period under review was the agriculture sector with special emphasis on the horticulture and diary sub-sectors. “LEA identified a potential for SMMEs to utilise the 2800 hectares Leupane Ranch for commercial pastoral production (dairy, small stock, poultry and feedlot) in the Palapye/Serowe region. This is motivated by the current situation of the inability of the nation to meet its milk and milk by products needs, and uncoordinated production of other sub-sectors, especially poultry industry which is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Press Council of Botswana held its annual meeting last week to elect new members of the board of trustees. Mmegi editor, Gideon Nkala is the new chairman of the board with Gazette editor, Aubrey Lute as his deputy.

University of Botswana academic Dr Thapelo Otlogetswe was retained as the treasurer. Nkala and Lute take the baton from the Voice editor Pamela Dube-Kelepang and Solomon Monyame of Mud Hut studios respectively.

New additional members of the board of trustees include Uyapo Ndadi, the acting executive director of HIV/AIDS NGO, BONELA.

He is a lawyer. Others are Sadie Keitseope and Moses Maruping from the Voice and former Radio Botswana news editor Gladys Ramadi, who is now working for MISA. Dr Tachilisa Balule, a law lecturer at the University of Botswana was retained as an [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-12-15 14:32

Johannesburg – SA Airways launched a passenger weighing survey on Tuesday in an attempt to reduce overloaded aircraft.

“This is critical…because an aircraft can run off a runway. It can be catastrophic if we don’t do this,” said Captain Johnny Woods, head of flight operations.

He said the airline wanted to prevent aviation incidents like the recent incident in George involving a different airline last week.

An SA Airlink aircraft skidded off a runway at George Airport and landed near the N2 freeway. There were 30 passengers on board at the time. Three sustained minor injuries and no fatalities were reported.

Woods said SAA wanted to weigh all its passengers and their hand luggage to ensure that flights were not overloaded.

“The information is then used, with the average weights of cargo, fuel and checked-in baggage, to calculate the correct and safe take-off and landing weight of an aircraft,” he said at [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wilson Johwa
15 December 2009

Johannesburg — ZIMBABWEAN human rights violators could lose the right to travel to SA if an appeal due to be brought in the North Gauteng High Court today succeeds in forcing the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to arrest known perpetrators who set foot in the country.

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), along with the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, is seeking an order setting aside a decision by the NPA not to prosecute 18 identified Zimbabwean human rights violators in the event they travel to SA.

The case, aimed at preventing SA from becoming a haven for those who commit crimes against humanity, is the first such action in the country. It arises from a dossier submitted to the NPA in March last year, two weeks before the violent election in Zimbabwe.
Earlier this year attempts were also made to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: The Matsiloje Portland Cement (MPC) has started production even though it faces many obstacles.

The cement plant is owned by manufacturing guru Mukesh Josh and son Rachit. The two also own Northern Textile Mills (Nortex). Rachit who manages MPC said that they have finally started producing cement after two years of construction.

“We finally started production on October so it has been two months since we started producing,” he said. The plant is meant to produce 300 tonnes per day. But so far it produces 65 tonnes per day though this is expected to change soon.

The plant has 140 employees who are mainly Batswana. Mukesh said that they have had to put on [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 15 2009 22:06 Michael Hamlyn

Cape Town – Fifty air traffic controllers are currently being trained and an additional 16 international air traffic controllers are being recruited, in order to cope with the expected flood of aircraft movements during next year’s soccer World Cup.

According to a written reply to a parliamentary question given by Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele to Greg Krumbock of the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday, the international controllers will only be appointed on a fixed term employment of six months.

The minister added that the Air Traffic and Navigation Services company (ATNS) has also entered into a memorandum of understanding with the South African Air Force for the training of aerodrome controllers. In terms of this memorandum, six ATNS personnel are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Gaborone West South Member of Parliament (MP), Botsalo Ntuane, took over half an hour on Friday, urging fellow MPs to make sure Parliament gets its independence and status as an equal partner with the Executive and Judiciary.

He said that MPs should know that once inside Parliament, they are there to represent the interests of their constituents and not only their political parties, something close to what President Ian Khama and Vice President Mompati Merafhe are always preaching.

Ntuane was commenting on a motion by MP for Gaborone Central Dumelang Saleshando of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), imploring the House to give him the go-ahead to draft a private member’s Bill requesting government to amend the Local Government Act and the Township Act to abolish the system of [continue reading]