Archive for January 18th, 2010

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
14.01.2010 9:37:10 A

A cleric recently deported from Botswana on suspicions that he was recruiting young Batswana to become suicide bombers has been linked to a Nigerian youngster who tried to bomb an American airline over the Christmas holidays.

The Botswana government recently deported a Jamaican Abdullah al-Faisal, believed to have been recruiting and training young Batswana to become suicide bombers.

Abdullah al-Faisal recently grabbed international headlines when authorities in Kenya also deported him to Gambia, citing his radical Islam and links to a controversial Yemeni cleric who is also accused of having influenced a young Nigerian who attempted to blow an American airliner over Christmas.
Al-Faisal’s native Jamaica would not [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Having shaken the dust off from its legal problems a few years ago, local holding group, Sefalana, its rejuvenated subsidiaries and new retail chain, are fast cornering the market across a diversified range of investments.

Sefalana holds exclusive or part equity in Sefcash, Foods Botswana, MF Holdings, Kgalagadi Soap Industries, Commercial Motors and a range of other interests in industries such as timber, mechanised farming, travel and tourism and property.

In 2006 – after a three year battle -Sefalana won an acrimonious court tussle to cut ties with its partner in Metsef, Metro, following disagreements over the efficient and profitable management of the joint venture. Sefalana, led by its Group Managing Director, Chandra Chauhan, was convinced they could do a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
Vusumuzi Sifile
16 January 2010

Harare — SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma is now pushing Zanu PF and the two MDC formations to expedite the resolution of outstanding issues in time for the 2011 elections, amid growing impatience among regional leaders and investors.

Zuma has been seized with the task of facilitating the resolution of issues that threaten the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), which created the inclusive government.

Although nothing has been finalised on this proposal, Zuma’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya yesterday told The Standard that the South African leader wants elections next year.

Magwenya was speaking ahead of the resumption today of talks between the three governing parties on the outstanding issues on the implementation of the GPA.

“He (President Zuma) is looking forward to an election in 2011,” Magwenya said. “That is not his proposal, but it is what the Zimbabweans agreed.

“The parties must work really hard to implement the GPA so that by the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Telegraph Reporter
14.01.2010 9:52:23 A

As Botswana welcomes new projects like the proposed mega size Mmamabula coal-fired energy project, the country might find itself in the ‘wrong’ side of emission, it has been warned.

Sitting on large quantities of coal reserves, Botswana has invited energy investors to undertake such projects that in future will export power to the region.

Officials of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism told a post Copenhagen climate change conference media briefing that Botswana’s forests will save the country.

“Botswana can use its forests to buy space that projects like Mmamabula will emit,” said David Lesolle, National Climate Project Coordinator at the ministry.

“As Mmamabula and other projects come, we might find ourselves on the wrong side of emission; that is why we should continue planting trees,” added [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

While everybody was busy celebrating the October election outcome and preparing for the festive season President Ian Khama, being the silent operator that he is, silently moved into refurbished State House.

Private Secretary at the State House, Tefo Mokaila confirmed yesterday that the President moved into his official residence immediately after the general elections.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Mokaila however could not state the exact date that Khama moved into the country’s first residence.

The move came 19 months after Khama ascended to the Presidency in April 2008.In the process President Khama has made history as the first bachelor resident of the State House.

An estimated P10 million was spent on the refurbishment of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Ernest Mabuza
18 January 2010

Johannesburg — SA SAID yesterday that it had made formal contact with the Zimbabwean government on issues raised by its citizens in Zimbabwe.

A number of South African farmers have been forced out of their farms by invaders, with the latest incident on December 24. This is despite a 2008 ruling by a tribunal established under the Southern African Development Community that the occupation of farms by land grabbers was illegal.

The tribunal also ordered the Zimbabwean government to protect commercial farmers and their workers and allow them to continue farming their land. But the Zimbabwean government has continuously flouted the tribunal’s judgment.

Civil rights group AfriForum has applied to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) could be falling into a trap in Zimbabwe if it goes ahead with the signing of a power deal with Zimbabwe Power Company ZESA Holdings.

BPC recently entered into agreement with ZESA that it would pay out P48 million towards the refurbishment of the dysfunctional Bulawayo Thermal Power Station. Once operational the power station will generate 90 Megawatts. In return BPC would import 40MW as part of the deal, which will commence in June this year.

However, responding to Mmegi enquiries this week BPC said that the Inter- Govermental Memorandum of Understanding is yet to be signed between the two governments.

While the talks are ongoing, the Zimbabwe media reported that the Zimbabwe government has [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
14.01.2010 9:49:17 A

The country’s power utility, Botswana Power Cooperation (BPC), warned of a bumpy road towards the self sufficiency status despite signing binding agreements with regional energy giants aimed at filling up the Eskom supply gap.

Societe Nationale d’Electricite of the republic of Congo and Electricidade de Mocambique of Mozambique have entered into an agreement to jerk up electricity supply in the country.

South Africa’s Eskom, is inundated with power outages within its boundaries coupled with the power consuming soccer preparation activities.

The country, which is to host world soccer extravaganza, ceased to supply power to Botswana in December, prompting BPC to look elsewhere.
Despite striking a deal with the east African power utilities, BPC, however, paints a gloomy future to [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Jerry Bungu
14.01.2010 9:41:30 A

The recent bold decision by Botswana’s Civil Aviation Authority to liberalise its airspace has been met with optimism as it is expected to not only improve choice and delivery of air services but also complement the tourism, business and others sectors.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the CAAB Director, Meshesha Belayneh, explained that the liberalisation of the airspaces implies that Air Botswana’s exclusive concession for the operation of scheduled domestic and international air transport services will be lifted, except for scheduled passenger services between Gaborone and Oliver Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) and between Maun and ORTIA.

“The liberalisation effectively allows private carriers to operate scheduled services to various domestic points. This is seen as an important step that will eventually position the industry in Botswana for the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision, which Botswana is part to,” Balayneh said in an [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jan 17 2010 12:44 Mpho Sibanyoni

Johannesburg – The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) on Friday defended the credibility of its public hearings on Eskom prices, which are scheduled to end on Thursday in Johannesburg.

“These inputs are going to be taken into consideration because we want to ensure that Eskom and its consumers are treated fairly in this process,” said Nersa’s spokesperson Charles Hlebela.

“We do consider the public comments before coming up with a final decision,” he said.

Nersa is expected to announce its decision on February 24.

Hlebela said people who had made submissions in the process so far had not opposed the increase but had taken issue with the magnitude of the proposed raise.

“The key concern is that the proposed 35% increase for each of the following three years will cause many people to lose their [continue reading]