Archive for January 13th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Indian investors have expressed firm interest in taking advantage of Botswana’s massive investment opportunities as economic relations between the two countries grows from strength to strength.

Speaking in Gaborone yesterday, at the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) seminar, representatives of Indian companies that were part of the visiting business delegation from the Asian country said they are willing to come and invest in Botswana either as joint ventures or as solo investors.

” I have been impressed with what I have seen and there are some very good opportunities for my company to make use of in this country,” said Vinod Goel who is the Deputy General Manager of the Export and Import Bank of India.

A representative of Safepack, a diversified manufacturing and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Cape Argus (Cape Town)
Thandanani Mhlanga
12 January 2010

Cape Town Routes Unlimited is adamant there is no evidence to substantiate claims that British tourists were attacked as part of a gang initiation dubbed “Kill A Tourist Day”.

This follows international reports that actress Victoria Smurfit was told by police that the attack on the taxi in which she was travelling was gang-related.

CTRU chief executive Calvin Gilfellan said the claims were harmful to efforts to market Cape Town as a premier tourist destination.

“Everyone is linking the incident to our inability to look after visitors come 2010 (World Cup),” he said.

Smurfit and her husband were reportedly on their way back from a Constantia restaurant on New Year’s Eve when their taxi was shot at in Strand Street in the city centre.

Smurfit is said to have been injured by flying glass when at least one window was shattered.

Gilfellan said British media reports had cast a bad light on South Africa prior to its hosting of the World Cup in June.

He did not want to detract from the actress’s ordeal but said the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 January, 2010

KASANE – Botswana may soon become the centre of Indias film industry should what the latters Vice President said come to pass.

After a boat cruise and game viewing in the Chobe National Park, Mr Mohammed Hamid Ansari conceded that the splendor and fauna in the park left him breathless.

Consequently, he likened the park to the biblical Garden of Eden, promising to advertise it back home.

Mr Ansari was on a three-day official visit to Botswana at the invitation of his counterpart, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe.

He said unlike the mythological Garden of Eden, the Chobe National Park was a real site with hype and opportunities.

Accordingly, said Mr Ansari, Indias film industry, the largest in exotic films, could benefit immensely from the opportunities the Botswana aesthetic landscape and tourist attractions offer.

He said as the Indian delegation, they were pleased to visit the exciting area, noting that [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
12 January 2010

A farming family in Rusape was physically attacked by land invaders on Tuesday, as tensions continue to mount in the beleaguered farming community.

It’s understood that farmer Koos Smit and his family have come under increasing intimidation to vacate their property, which is one of many that have been earmarked for forced takeover in the area. According to the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) the family was ambushed on Tuesday and beaten.

CFU president Deon Theron could not confirm if the women in the family were also beaten, but he said that the two Smit sons were apparently tied to trees and severely beaten by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 January, 2010

KANYE – Southern District Council chairperson, Mr Leach Tlhomelang says the Southern district should take advantage of the tourism industry to create employment.

Speaking at a consultative meeting held with Sub-District Chairpersons in Kanye last week, he said it is suprising to see the Southern district leading in unemployment rate even though it has the potential to attract tourism industry.

Mr Tlhomelang said the district has technology centres such as NFTRC, RIIC, BMC and Jwaneng mine that have the potential to create employment for locals.

He said as a decentralized district, efforts would be made to coordinate well district projects and ensure that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Immediate cutting of gas emissions by developing countries like Botswana would curb development, says Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Onkokame Mokaila.

Molaila says that at the just ended Copenhagen Climate Change Conference they proposed that Botswana be allowed to keep on producing gases in development activities, reach the peak stage and thereafter decline its emissions like all countries.

“A preferred date for Botswana before cutting emissions was 2030 given Morupule and Mmamabula timeline,” said Mokaila. However the date finally agreed upon was 2025, which, said the minister still allows the country to develop.

“Cutting emissions would stop Botswana from [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jan 12 2010 22:18 Simon Dingle

Johannesburg – Pay television operator On Digital Media (ODM) has revealed details of the service it plans to launch in South Africa in May.

In an exclusive interview with, it was revealed that pay-television channel bouquets will be priced from R99 to R249 a month.

ODM will provide a range of both local and international television channels, including Fox Entertainment and MGM.

Said CEO of ODM Vino Govender, “We’re acquiring a lot of stuff internationally and creating seven local channels that will broadcast both locally produced and international content.”

Govender said that ODM would not compete head-to-head with Multichoice’s DStv service.

“We’re creating a more affordable product in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 January, 2010

KANYE – If you tell Bakgatla Ba ga Mmanaana in Thamaga and the Basetedi and Bakwena in Kumakwane that they are sitting on a goldmine they would probably dismiss you as a joker.

If you tell them that the gold mine comes in the form of ancient ruins of the legendary Dr David Livingstone and Bakwena Ba ga Sechele at Kolobeng, they are likely to laugh their lungs out and refer you to a mental hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

For a place like this one that has no minerals or big industries, tourism from these ancient ruins and agriculture could be these communities only saving grace.

But it looks like communities living around this area have not yet realised that these ancient ruins can spin thousands of pula that they can use to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 January, 2010

SELEBI PHIKWE – Sefhophe/Selebi Phikwe highway reconstruction will go ahead during the NDP 10, funds permitting.

MP for Mmadinare constituency, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, informed residents of Sefhophe and Mogapi last week that the project design was almost complete, but that the availability of funds will determine the engineering commencement.

Design of the road will be completed by the end of this month, but there is currently no money to finance it. The good thing is that it is one of the projects slated for NDP 10 though it is not clear when it would be financed, Mr Kedikilwe said.

Currently in a bad condition, the road was among NDP 10 projects shelved last year when the [continue reading]

source: Sport24
2010-01-12 12:20

Johannesburg – It is illogical to question South Africa’s safety standards for the world cup based on the attack on the Togolese soccer team in Angola, 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Danny Jordaan said on Tuesday.

“We are convinced we’ll deliver the world cup in an efficient, professional and safe manner,” he told a press briefing at Safa House in Johannesburg.

“The event in Angola is unfortunate [but] has absolutely nothing to do with South Africa and the world cup. Angola is its own sovereign state with its own military, so if there’s a security breach in Finland we are not going to ask England to explain… it’s illogical and if we apply that, it’s double standards,” he said.

Friday’s attack on Togo’s soccer team in Cabinda, Angola raised questions in some quarters about South Africa’s ability to host a [continue reading]