Archive for February 14th, 2010

source: Mmegi

China’s exports and imports grew substantially in January year on year. This suggested that global demand for Chinese made goods is continuing and Chinese consumers are spending too.

The figures for January were slightly lower than in December but analysts say they show the country’s trade with the rest of the world has stabilised.

The data came a day after figures from Germany confirmed that China had overtaken it to become the world’s largest exporter last year.

January’s exports from China were up 21 percent. Imports rose by almost 86 percent.

The totals were boosted by the comparison with a period a year ago when many factories had closed for Chinese New Year. This year the holiday falls in [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Thursday, 11 February 2010 17:00

Botswana has taken strides towards ensuring sufficient electricity supply by signing Exchange of Notes with Japan for the construction of a modern solar power station in Gaborone.

The Japanese government has provided the country with a grant of 1, 11 billion Japanese yen or P83 million for the establishment of a 1 megawatt Photovoltaic (solar) power station in the nation’s capital city.

When completed the project is expected to mitigate the power shortage in the country. Botswana has relied heavily on imports to meet its growing demand for energy and currently imports 80 percent of its electricity from neighbouring countries, particularly South Africa. South Africa has significantly reduced its power sale commitment because of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

A committee to determine the aftermath of the merging of the Local and Botswana Police in as far as how it will affect the justice system in the Kgotla will soon be set up.

Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse said his ministry is in the process of setting up such a committee in response to Kgosi Seikgotheng Ntshombiwa of Xhomo village in the Boteti Sub District who had decried the removal of local police officers in the Kgotla saying it has affected their daily operations.

In an interview Seretse said though they felt enough consultation was done when the decision was made there is confusion surrounding the whole process and that calls for an urgent need to meet. He said some Dikgosi are not comfortable with new developments, like delegating people to flog convicted people. Recently Seretse said in an interview with Botswana Television that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
February 12 2010 at 07:06AM
By Gaye Davis
Deputy Political Editor

President Jacob Zuma last night promised South Africans that this year would see action from his government, with public servants – from cabinet ministers to teachers – bound by detailed agreements on what they must deliver, and by when.

His key message was that, after months of bedding down new departments and planning, his reconfigured government was ready to start delivering and getting results.

“This year, 2010, shall be a year of action,” Zuma said.

“Government must work faster, harder and smarter. We will expect the executive and the public service to [continue reading]