Archive for February 13th, 2010

No pay increase

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Friday, 12 February 2010 06:00

The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo has said there will be no public salary adjustment for the financial year 2010/2011.

He said the National Employment, Manpower and Incomes Council (NEMIC), whose mandate includes advising Government on remuneration of the Public Service, met on 1stFebruary 2010 to consider a cost of living adjustment for the public sector.“In making their recommendation, the Council took into account the tight budgetary outlook, as well as the need to maintain long term sustainability and jobs.

The Council has recommended that there be no Public Sector cost of living adjustment during [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 February, 2010

GABORONE – First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) chief executive officer, Ms Lorato Boakgomo-Ntakhwana, says government, private sector and development partners should work together in transforming the countrys economy into being globally competitive.

There is a need for organisations and nationals of this country to find innovative ways of doing business as well as demonstrating our commitment to deliver. This will take hard work and perseverance. she said.

Speaking at the 16th FNBB budget breakfast seminar on Tuesday, Ms Boakgomo-Ntakhwana said, the projections in the 2010/2011 budget speech gave a lot of hope for some improvement in the overall macro-economic environment. However, she added, I am aware that it will be some time before we can safely say that the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
11 February 2010

Cape Town — Support measures that government had put in place for businesses and citizens to help the country weather the effects of the recession would remain in place for now said President Jacob Zuma, while revealing that further measures would be taken to boost the economic recovery.

In his State of the Nation Address, Zuma said though economic indicators suggested that the worst was over and that labour statistics released this week showed that the economy had now begun to create – rather than shed jobs, it was too soon to be certain of the pace of recovery.

“Now is the time to lay the groundwork for stronger growth going forward, and for growth that gives rise to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Thursday, 11 February 2010 00:00

Mugabe snubs Merafhe

A university of Botswana lecturer, Dr. Zibani Maundeni, has said diplomatic initiatives cannot end the tension between Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Last week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) released a statement on the government’s latest efforts to secure the release of three Botswana wildlife officers who were arrested in Zimbabwe recently.

The government expressed deep disappointment over the detention of the three officers despite attempts at finding an amicable diplomatic solution.

The statement it issued read: “Efforts by Botswana have included phone calls by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) is owed P4.5 Million in arrears for property rates and service levy, the mayor Lekang Mukokomani said over the weekend.

Speaking during the mayor’s ball Mukokomani stated that the council has decided to publicise the names of defaulters in the media to force them to pay up. He said the high level of non-payment has forced the council to abandon some projects. “The council has been through a tough year of economic melt-down, unemployment, poverty, environmental degradation, drought, poor standard of living, HIV/AIDS, poor implementation of projects, failure to effectively deal with financial issues and failure to provide books and stationery to schools,” he said.

Mukokomani stated that the Ministry of Local Government has given the council P97 million instead of the P108 million its needs. He said that [continue reading]