Archive for January 12th, 2010

source: BOPA
11 January, 2010

GABORONE – There are no plans yet to utilise the teaching facilities at Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology in the interim as the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) continues to build on its capacity in Palapye.

BIUST Director of Communications and Public Affairs said this reacting to rumours that there was a possibility that BIUST students nay be temporarily accommodated at the college as an interim measure while awaiting the completion of the university facilities.

Mr Shakie Kebaswele told BOPA that the plan is to open the university in 2011 and to have the first batch of students commence classes in August of that year.

He said the progress of the founding development construction structure was regularly being monitored on site and the contractor understands and appreciates the need to complete work on time to allow the university to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Though polygamy sounds like a thing of the past, many Batswana especially men, wish they could go back to the times when it was socially acceptable to take more than one wife.

Some argue that the fact that some people keep multi-concurrent relationships proves that there is a burning desire for people to have more than one partner.

In Botswana, polygamy is no new concept. Many grandparents in this country married more than once, with claims that they lived well under the circumstances. The older generation claims that social ills such as a high divorce rate, passion killings as well as diseases did not prevail at that time. They further claim that society was more organised and disciplined. But could we go back to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
11 January 2009

Leading Zimbabwean economist John Robertson has argued that the government’s Short Term Economic Recovery Programme (STERP II) document deliberately ignores the real cause of the country’s economic crisis. Robertson said the recovery plan acknowledged the need for international assistance but fails to show how the mistakes of the past era have been addressed. This he argued will not encourage outside help.

Robertson says the document seeks to blame ‘sanctions’ for the malaise and yet most of the damage was self inflicted after ‘decisions were taken to close down Zimbabwe’s biggest business sector (agriculture) and to dispossess the investors who had built this capacity.’ He said the importance of farmers who had already transformed agriculture and who used to be relied upon to deliver ‘is not acknowledged, not recognised and not [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The local bourse kicked off the year 2010 in the red as profit taking in Barclays and BIHL spilled into the new year, pulling the Domestic Companies Index(DCI) down.

BIHL which had stunned investors in the last quarter of 2009 by rising to 1,250 thebe succumbed to more profit taking into the new year.

Barclays Bank also followed the same trend losing on three consecutive days during the week to close at 658 thebe on persistent profit taking.

The DCI has already edged into the negative territory on a year to date basis by -0.49 percent, while the FCI has remained flat at 1,418.24 points in the absence of any trades on the Foreign Equity Main Board.

In 2009, the DCI closed the year 2.93 percent higher, a great improvement from the [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-01-11 14:03

Pretoria – The safety of the upcoming world cup in South Africa should not be linked to the ambush of Togo’s soccer team in Angola, Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said on Monday.

Speaking in Pretoria after returning from Angola, Cele gave assurances that all security measures were in place to host a safe soccer world cup in June.

“We realised, [after the terrorist attack] that the gaps that could have been noticed were closed in South Africa. We are really fine.”

Referring to the link made to the world cup after the attack during African Cup of Nations, Cele said: “The mood was a bit down but immediately it was about 2010. It was a little bit of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
10.01.2010 11:41:03 P

Indian Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari’s visit to Botswana, at the invitation of his counterpart, Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe, was expected to further cement the already cordial relations between the two countries.

Vice president Hamid Ansari arrived in Botswana yesterday (Saturday) on a three day visit, and he is expected to hold talks with Merafhe during which they will exchange views on bilateral relations between the two countries, and also discuss major global and regional issues of common interest.

India established diplomatic relations with Botswana in 1966, and the relationship between the two has grown tremendously over the years, culminating in lucrative cooperation in a number of areas such as defense, security, law enforcement, health, human resource development and information and communications technology. Botswana and India have, in the past, signed a number of pacts to foster their [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 11 2010 at 11:42PM

There will be big trouble for South Africans who fail to voluntarily hand over their unregistered or illegal firearms during a four-month amnesty, Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday.

“If they don’t volunteer, come April 11, die poppe gaan dans [the fur will fly],” Mthethwa told the national press club in Pretoria at the launch of a firearms amnesty.

Added National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele: “Immediately as soon as amnesty if over, life is going to be really, really rough.”

The amnesty gives law-abiding citizens who failed to register or renew their firearm licences in 2009 four months to voluntarily hand over their weapons for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

Indian Vice President Shri Mohammed Hamid Ansari arrived in Botswana on Saturday on a three-day official visit that ends today (Monday).

Ansari is visiting the country at the invitation of his Botswana counterpart Vice-President Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe to strengthen the relationship the two countries have enjoyed over the years.

Soon after his arrival on Saturday, the two vice presidents held closed-door talks at the Office of the President (OP), which were followed by the signing of bilateral agreements on agriculture and education. The agreement on Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) was not signed even though it was said to [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
10.01.2010 11:43:26 P

The long awaited new Botswana police uniform will be unveiled to the public in April this year.

Deputy Police Commissioner, Ikotlhaeng Bagopi, said on Friday that the company that was awarded the tender to supply the new uniform is currently working around the clock to ensure that every police officer will be donning the new uniform come April.

He revealed that his officers are in a jovial and expectant mood as they have been long waiting for the uniform. For the first time in Botswana history, caps will also be introduced as part of the new uniform.

Bagopi said that a particular day will be set aside for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The world economic downturn has not slowed down Botswana’s spending on its spies. A comparative study, conducted and released last year by the United State’s Mercyhurst College places Botswana 86th out of a total 195 countries, making the country one of the biggest spenders in the world.

According to the study entitled A Study Into The Size Of The World’s Intelligence Industry Botswana’s intelligence sector outstrips, in terms of expenditure and agents employed, many countries in the region and even those countries of a similar size.

Botswana spends US $ 25.7 million (about BWP 169.62 million) on the intelligence community in the coutry, this figure might be outdated as the Directorate on Security and Intelligence have been given a budget of P 200 million. According to the study the combined total of the intelligence community, possibly including even short term spies, is pegged at 9,800 people, making it one of the biggest workforce and spenders in [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Selabe
10.01.2010 11:26:38 P

A recent Bank of Botswana (BoB) Business Expectations Survey, or BES, carried out between September and November 2009 optimistically suggested a more positive outlook, compared to the bleak conditions of the same during a previous survey.

The survey, which sampled 100 businesses in different business sectors, further discovered that as a result of prospects for global economic growth in 2010 having improved, Botswana will see an improved economy particularly due to renewed exports of diamonds, where output has recovered significantly faster than had been anticipated.

Small business owners expressed mixed reactions regarding the new year of 2010 in terms of businesses gaining momentum while others maintained that the recession had little impact on their businesses.

Kgosietsile Mariri, the Managing Director of C’est Magnifique Dry Cleaners and Laundry Services, revealed that the recession had little impact on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

BotswanaPost has engaged government in seeking approval for an upward review of its postal tariffs which it says are the lowest in the region.

In the 2009 annual report, BotswanaPost chief executive, Pele Moleta says that profit targets could not be achieved with tariff levels remaining at suboptimal levels after having been last reviewed in 2006.

Moleta said: “It is desirable that tariff adjustments be made annually to avoid price shocks from once off tariff rebalancing exercises, thus negatively affecting the gains made with various stakeholders and other government objectives.”

As postal tariffs in the country remain the lowest in the region, BotswanaPost is engaged in on-going negotiations with the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications to close the gap and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 January, 2010

MASUNGA – Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Charles Tibone, has urged Tati West constituents to fully understand the repercussions of the global economic meltdown, especially the suspension of some developmental projects.

Mr Tibone informed his audience that as the world was emerging from a punishing period of recession, everything was bound to revert to normal, calling on them to exercise patience.

Addressing a series of kgotla meetings in various villages in his constituency, Mr Tibone said the economic meltdown was real as it negatively impacted on the entire globe including Botswana as the countrys economy is heavily dependent on diamonds.

Mr Tibone was reasoning with the residents who seemed to be concerned that the projects in their areas such as road constructions, clinic upgrading, building of classroom blocks and staff houses were long overdue.

He requested them to understand that the district had budgeted for a [continue reading]