Archive for December 17th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government reporters have been warned that they should not think of themselves as reporters but just public servants or information officers if they want to remain in their jobs.

It is said that Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration ,Lesego Motsumi, called a meeting of senior officials at the Department of Information Services instructing the officers that it is the General Orders of the Public Service that should guide them – and not journalism ethics (code of conduct).

Employees, who preferred not to be identified, said that the minister was in the company of Coordinator of Government Communications and Information Services (BGCIS) Jeff Ramsay and his officials.

“We were told that the code of ethics, introduced by the former Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, a few years ago, is irrelevant to [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
16.12.2009 11:52:32 A

Even though Botswana continues to enjoy high reviews as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime continues to grapple with increasing instances of complex corruption cases. Incidents of money laundering, underhand land dealings, tax evasion and fraud are reportedly on the increase in Botswana.

“Corruption in Botswana is becoming increasingly complex and challenging.
The biggest challenge this year has been in the area of procurement, followed by land dealings and cheque fraud. There is also a growing trend of cheating in examinations,” DCEC Director, Rose Seretse, said on Monday.

So far, the DCEC has received 1805 corruption cases for 2009, of which 623 were classified for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff writer

Botswana is among four Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries set to benefit from a cash raising placement by Sable Mining for coal mining.

Aim-listed resources investment company Sable Mining Africa, says it has conditionally raised £27-million(P300 million) through the placement of 270-million new ordinary shares.

The company said in a statement this week that the funds raised would be used for its newly-implemented investment strategy, to invest in early-stage exploration and development projects, focusing on coal and uranium mining assets in sub-Saharan Africa.

The company was currently evaluating various early-stage exploration opportunities, which [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 16 2009 at 11:15PM

South Africa still has a long way to go toward reconciliation, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Reconciliation Day celebrations at the Amphitheatre in Freedom Park, Pretoria, Zuma said the country still had a long way to go to get rid of racism, xenophobia and other “social ills”.

“Let me emphasise that in this era of promoting renewal, we must promote the values of non-racialism, reconciliation and non-sexism amongst all our people, black and white,” he said.

Zuma said the government was outraged by the reports of ill-treatment of foreign nationals in some parts of the country.

“Such attacks go against the spirit and letter of our Constitution and our track record of respecting human rights and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The promoters of the Mmamabula Energy Project, CIC Energy have finally succumbed to the chaos in the South Africa energy sector and deferred some of the projects that were already running.

In a statement released this week, president Greg Kinross says that CIC Energy has deferred certain financial, legal and engineering activities related to the Mmamabula energy project, in Botswana, with the company’s decision driven by the South African government’s development time-line for its energy sector integrated resource plan.

Kinross referred to the “slow pace of the regulatory process in South Africa” as “frustrating” but however said that the “spending deferrals and our C$41-million treasury give us the flexibility to [continue reading]

Ministers declare assets

source: BOPA
16 December, 2009

GABORONE – Ministers have declared their assets to President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

Minister for Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Ramadeluka Seretse said at a media briefing, Monday, that the move was a response to calls from some quarters that politicians should declare their assets.

The first person to be concerned about the lavish life of ministers, he said, should be the President.

He said the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) had been performing fairly well in combating corruption through prevention, investigation and public education.

Botswana instantly became a destination for benchmarking and learning anticorruption initiatives, he said basing on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 December, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – Persistent rainfall and shortage of bricks in the northern region have contributed to the delay in completion of 545 Botswana Housing Cooperation (BHC) houses in Francistowns Gerald Estate.

Mr Abdul Khan who is the project coordinator said in an interview after Minister of Lands and Housing, Mr Nonofho Molefhis tour of the project on Saturday.

Mr Khan said the completion date was November 27 but it was not possible because of persistent rain and shortage of bricks in the area. The project started on November 28 last year and was suppose to take 52 weeks.

However, Mr Khan said while the contractor applied for an extension of 13 weeks, BHC resolved to award seven.

The contractor meanwhile has incurred other legitimate delays soon after the award of extension of time, a claim which the contractor will forward to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 16 2009 08:06

Johannesburg – The possibility of near-term positive inflation surprises remains, given the rand’s continued strength, but beyond the middle of next year, the outlook is decidedly more worrying, according to economists.

“We thus remain comfortable with the view that rates have bottomed and that the next likely move will be up,” says economist from Cadiz, Adenaan Hardien.

“Although consumer inflation will likely breach the target in December, the latest report again confirms the possibility of near-term positive surprises. Inflation is expected to move higher due to the unwind of positive base effects, a 27 cents per litre petrol price hike and the inclusion of the bi- annual surveys of rentals and owner’s equivalent rent,” he says.

“We expect consumer inflation to peak in January and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana’s economic growth faces the challenge of citizens who cannot express their thoughts freely and effectively, a university lecturer has said.

Log Raditlhokwa of the University of Botswana (UB) told a four-day workshop this week that the country has potential for economic growth, but the culture of not expressing thoughts freely by most citizens is a challenge. He lamented that for years culture has been used as a scapegoat in people’s reluctance to express themselves in public.

He said if the nation does not change its perception towards public speaking and appreciate that without communication development projects will suffer, foreigners will continue taking business from citizens. “There is a difference between the [continue reading]