Archive for January 29th, 2010

source: BOPA
29 January, 2010

GABORONE – The local economy is poised to register substantial growth this year, but full recovery is not expected until 2012, Bifm chairman has said.

Speaking at the launch of Bifm Economic Review for the last quarter of 2009, Dr Keith Jeffries said given improvements in the mining sector, the local economy should improve, although the diamond market has not improved to pre-crisis levels.

The mining sector should have a better year than in 2009, with improved prices for copper, nickel and diamonds, although there is always the danger of a price bubble that may not be sustained, he said.

He said improved global prospects should also help to stimulate a recovery of prospecting activity and support emerging projects that had been put on hold during the depths of the economic crisis.

Companies such as Mowana, Tati Nickel and BCL should be encouraged by the increased copper/nickel prices which have been buoyed by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) is currently sitting on over P164 million in unclaimed Funds that are supposed to be reimbursed to employers who would have trained their workers.

Speaking at a ceremony to handover a BOTA accreditation certificate to Events Venture, an events management and training company, the Authority’s CEO Abel Mudongwa urged employers to undertake training for their employers in a bid to develop their organisations’ human resources, the full cost of which will be covered by the Vocational Training Fund(VTF).

“Most management training companies in the country are doing all they can to get BOTA Accreditation, but I am not sure if stakeholders are taking advantage of the top quality programme that these companies have to offer. In the last 12 months we have accumulated over P164 million and only P24 million has been claimed by [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-01-28 14:08

Davos – South African President Jacob Zuma defended his polygamy before a crowd of business and political elite in Davos and called for acceptance of Zulu culture.

Zuma, 67, a Zulu traditionalist, married earlier this year, bringing his number of wives to three. Another wife died in 2000 and he divorced a fifth in 1998.

Asked by Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, who was moderating a panel on Zuma and South Africa, about his “many wives”, Zuma said on Thursday he believes in the “equality of women”.

That prompted Zakaria to ask if he loves all his wives equally.

“Absolutely,” Zuma responded, drawing laughs from the crowd.

“There are many people in this audience who find it a challenge to be married to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
29 January, 2010

GABORONE – The three Department of Wildlife and National Parks game scouts detained in Zimbabwe will appear in court on Monday.

They were detained when they mistakenly crossed into the neighbouring country while tracking a pack of lions that had killed two cows in Lesoma.

Assistant Superintendent Chakalisa Nkoni of Kazungula Police Station said according to reports they received from their Zimbabwean counterparts, the officers will be remanded in custody until February 1 and that their vehicle and guns have been confiscated by the Zimbabwean police.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says the ministry is deeply concerned about the continued detention of the officers, adding that they made a genuine mistake of crossing the border into Zimbabwe.

The ministry said it has reassured Zimbabwean authorities that the officers had no intention of violating the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The arrest of three Botswana wildlife officers in Zimbabwe last week is threatening to trigger a diplomatic row between the two countries. So far, Botswana Foreign Affairs Minister, Phandu Skelemani has expressed his frustration at the way Zimbabwe has handled the matter.

Skelemani said on Tuesday that he met the Zimbabwe High Commissioner in Botswana to lodge a complaint about the treatment of the officers but the response was not satisfactory. “The response was that the (Zimbabwe) police have made up their mind that the three should go to trial and there was nothing they could do as government,” Skelemani explained.

To further complicate the situation, Skelemani’s attempts to speak to the Zimbabwean Foreign Minister have been fruitless. Skelemani said that [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info28 January 2010

After three of five ticketing sales phases for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ South Africa, over 2-million tickets – two-thirds of the total available – have been sold.

The third ticketing sales phase, which will conclude with a random draw for oversubscribed matches on 1 February, saw a total of 1 206 865 applications received from 192 countries.

Six matches are currently oversubscribed (in all categories), among them the semi-finals and the final. In total, 55 matches are oversubscribed in at least one category.

There was huge interest from South African residents, who accounted for 79 percent of the total applications received (958 381) in this phase. This represents an increase of 24.9 percent in applications from South African residents in the third sales phase when compared to the earlier ticketing stages.

Apart from the host country, the USA led the ticketing standings for the third phase with 50 217 applications, followed by [continue reading]