Archive for December 21st, 2009

source: BOPA
21 December, 2009

GABORONE – Parliament adjourned on Friday with the debate on Gaborone Central MP, Mr Dumelang Saleshandos motion still raging on.

The motion, requested the house in terms of Standing Orders 60 (2) to allow for the presentation of a private members bill amending the Local Government (District Councils) Act to abolish the system of nominated councillors.

MP for Kweneng South East, Mr Mmoloki Raletobana, noted that bringing the motion to Parliament was vital in the sense that MPs especially backbenchers should be seen to be assisting the executive in decision making and formulating legislation.

He advised the mover of the motion and other MPs to consult with relevant authorities, stakeholders and the local authority in a bid to promote and nurture the democratic principles. South East North MP, Mr Olebile Gaborone, told Parliament that there should be a clear line drawn between granting the mover of the motion permission to present the bill and discussing the content of the bill.

He urged Parliament to consider revising standing orders and give other MPs a chance to know what was [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
18 December 2009

Six workers employed by Grace Mugabe’s Gushungo Dairy Estates, stormed the headquarters of dairy giant Nestle in Harare, demanding that the company resume accepting milk from the farm. In October this year pressure from human rights groups forced Nestle to stop accepting milk from Grace’s farm. Formerly known as Foyle Farm, its previous white owner was forced to sell for a knock down price, after a sustained campaign of violence. Human rights campaigners accused Nestle of funding repression by doing business with the First Lady and dubbed her produce ‘blood milk’.

But loyalists from Mugabe’s camp have continued their attempts to intimidate Nestle into accepting the milk. In October a group of ZANU PF youths tried to force the company to buy about 20 000 litres of milk from the farm. Led by Youth Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and his ZANU PF politburo member brother, Tongai, the group tried to force staff to offload a milk tanker from Gushungo Farm. But after a four hour stand-off, including intense debate and negotiations with Nestlé Zimbabwe management, the tanker and the ZANU PF youth group were turned away. Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono also entered the fray and responded by freezing the bank accounts of Nestle Zimbabwe, a week after the dairy firm stopped buying milk from Grace Mugabe.

On Thursday this week 6 employees from Grace’s farm, driving a [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 December, 2009

GABORONE – Members of Parliament have approved the Ministry of Finance and Development Plannings request for supplementary estimates of expenditure for the consolidated and development funds.

After the Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Charles Tibone presented the request to Parliament on Thursday, several MPs had dissenting voices over the adoption of the request.

MP for Molepolole South, Mr Daniel Kwelagobe said the frequent requests for supplementary estimates showed that there was something wrong with budgeting and financial management in government.

He said it was a fact that some situations could not be predicted but said sometimes it was lack of proper planning that [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info21 December 2009

South Africa is set to bounce back strongly in headline-growth terms in 2010, asset manager and investment bank Nomura said on Friday.

This was due to continuing infrastructure spending, a contribution from net trade and restocking from low levels, it said in a statement.

“On top of this, the World Cup will add 0.7 percentage points to growth from short term consumption and investments, on our estimates.”

Nomura said that consumption, however, looked set to remain lacklustre (around 0.2 percent year-on-year from minus-3.3 percent this year and 2.4 percent in 2008) as households remained constrained by unemployment, debt and wealth effects. However, still-high real wage increases should provide a small buffer.

“We do not expect a full recovery on this front until 2011, when employment should start rising again.”
Investment growth

Nomura said investment growth should slow to 2.7 percent (compared with 11.7 percent in 2008 and 3.9 percent in 2009) “because, although public-sector investment volume remains very high, little new money will be available to [continue reading]

Choppies boosts Khama trust

source: BOPA
21 December, 2009

GABORONE – The President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama has thanked Choppies for donating food items to Lady Khama Charitable Trust.

The parcels would be distributed to The Boys on the Border, an initiative of the late Lady Khama, as a way of appreciating members of the Botswana Defence Force at a time when other members of society took time to be with their families during Christmas.

Lt Gen. Khama said after the passing away of Lady Khama, he took it upon himself to continue the initiative and consequently formed the trust in her name.

He said apart from The Boys on the Border, other beneficiaries would include members of the Botswana Police Service, patients and children at different villages.

The donation, which amounted to P400 000, would benefit 6 000 people.

President Khama stated that it was not the first time that Choppies responded to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
18 December 2009

A top South African parliamentarian has accused Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF of deliberately stalling the progress of the unity government, saying the ageing dictator has no intention of fully implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

Athol Trollip, the parliamentary leader for South Africa’s main political opposition the Democratic Alliance (DA), told SW Radio Africa on Friday it is clear that Mugabe is not serious about fulfilling the terms of the GPA. Trollip added that Mugabe and the party are deliberately working against the unity structure to retain their brutal grip on power in the country.

“Mugabe realises that if the GPA is implemented fully, it will influence the balance of power and weaken the strong grip he has on Zimbabwe,” Trollip said.

Trollip’s comments come as the unity government remains on shaky territory, amid ongoing talks to reach some form of agreement over outstanding issues in the GPA. Talks between the party’s political negotiators were expected to get underway once again on Friday; an exercise Trollip said was futile, “as nothing will come of the talks.”

Since the GPA was signed in 2008 Mugabe has been refusing to discuss or [continue reading]