Archive for January 19th, 2010

source: BOPA
18 January, 2010

GABORONE – Official at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mrs Tlhompho Gaboiphiwe has emphasised the importance of public procurement.

Speaking at the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Government and Parastatals Procuring from Small, Medium and Micro Entrepreneurs (SMMEs) seminar last week, Mrs Gaboiphiwe said SMMEs offer solutions to unemployment and poverty reduction hence contributing to the socio-economic development.

She recognized LEAs continuous endeavor on developing entrepreneurship and enterprises at SMMEs level, adding that there has been an increased awareness and recognition of SMMEs.

She said all manufacturers and service providers operating in Botswana are eligible for registration with the Registrar of Companies.

University of Botswana logistics lecturer, Mr Thuso Mphela said SMMEs contribute 75 percent of formal sector employment and urged Batswana on the use of locally manufactured goods and services as it could develop SMMEs.

Mr Mphela said SMMEs also contribute to gross domestic products as well as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Calistus Kolantsho

SELEBI-PHIKWE: AS predicted, former Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Kavis Kario has re-joined BCL Mine as Ore Production Manager with effect from last week.

It was always a foregone conclusion that following his demise at the 2009 general elections, Kario would re-join the Phikwe mine, where he once held a strategic post before he decided to quit and become a Phikwe MP in 2004.

Kario belongs to the now decimated Nkate-Merafhe axis of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party. The faction suffered heavy losses during the 2009 general elections when its ring leaders such as Kario and Jacob Nkate, both Minister and Assistant Minister of Education, were [continue reading]

source: IOL
January 18 2010 at 06:38PM
By Political Bureau

President Jacob Zuma wants the government to do away with suspending lazy, incompetent and corrupt civil servants on full pay, and intends to persuade Cosatu to agree to changing the laws.

Zuma, who is convening a cabinet lekgotla for the coming weekend to tackle economic and political hurdles facing his administration, is arguing that red tape and lengthy disciplinary processes had negatively affected the state’s ability to deliver services.

Zuma’s party spokesman, Zizi Kodwa, said the president expected the cabinet lekgotla to discuss how to accelerate the bureaucratic machinery, and admitted that people on the ground were getting impatient.

Kodwa said that some civil servants were suspended for long periods and others were “moonlighting” during their suspensions – all on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

International diamond company De Beers has received approval to proceed with Cut-8, a significant expansion project at the Jwaneng mine, which is expected to yield diamonds valued at more than $15-billion (P105 billion) over the life-of-mine.

De Beers MD Gareth Penny reports that the shareholders of Debswana, which includes the government of the Republic of Botswana and De Beers, have given the green light to proceed with this project, which forms a key component of Debswana’s North Star strategy.

The company reports that Cut-8 will ensure profitable and continuous production at the mine up to 2025. Debswana will invest $500 million in capital expenditure and, taking into account all project stages, including feasibility, design, implementation and mining operations, as well as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 January, 2010

MOLEPOLOLE – Residents of Mmankgodi in the Kweneng District have expressed gratitude for the improved water situation in their village.

Mr Lesedi Dintwe, chairperson of the Village Development Committee said the village was served from Letsibogo Dam through Gaborone pipeline.

He said this has enabled access to clean and safe water to the residents.

Mr Dintwe was presenting a report to the area MP, Dr John Seakgosing at the kgotla meeting.

He however said despite the new development there were some wards such as Dilaene where water has to be reticulated as people travel long distances to fetch water from standpipes.

The chairperson told the MP about roads that are in poor condition within [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: For the poor majority of Batswana, citizen economic empowerment is a matter of life or death hence their initial excitement about programmes like the Youth Development Fund, the Financial Assistance Programme (FAP), Kickstart, and Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA).

Besides giving dignity to the people by uplifting them economically, citizen economic empowerment gives them the satisfaction of playing their patriotic duty of participating in the economic development of their country. Many Batswana are however worried that the goals of economic empowerment will remain an empty slogan until all stakeholders, especially the government, take practical steps forward including radical ones such as enacting further regulations to protect Batswana from foreigners as well as chain stores and making sure that the existing laws favouring empowerment are executed to the letter. Buti Billy, councillor and [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
18 January 2010

Concerns have been raised about the welfare of a Rusape commercial farming family, barricaded inside their home by land invaders who have also cut off the farm’s electricity and water supplies.

Koos Smit and his family have faced a worsening crisis on their De Rust tobacco farm after it was invaded by a mob of youths, reportedly working for a ZANU PF official known only as Mr Mukomo. The youths were bused onto the property last Tuesday to forcibly evict the family, beating up the family’s workers as well as the twin Smit sons. The mob also threatened a news crew from the Standard newspaper, who were on the property trying to interview the workers. The news service reported this weekend how the news crew was also “at the mercy of the marauding invaders.”

“In an episode reminiscent of the violent 2000 land invasions, the group
advanced towards the news crew threatening violence,” the Standard reported.

The Smit family meanwhile has been barricaded inside their house, with no electricity or [continue reading]