Archive for February 24th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Mbongeni Mguni
Staff Writer

Government has reduced the amount of subventions to certain parastatals on a case by case basis, as part of its ongoing efforts to contain costs amid the country’s worst cash squeeze.

Annually, some of the eleven commercial public enterprises and the public institutions, receive subventions from government’s recurrent expenditure to support their operations. While parastatals such as the Botswana Development Corporation have been the pick of the crop annually for government, others such as the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation have vacillated over the years, while some such as [continue reading]

Local govt needs efficiency

source: BOPA
23 February, 2010

GABORONE – Central government will continue to support local government authorities in their endeavour to provide services.

Officially opening a local government conference on Strengthening Local Government for Effective Service Delivery and Sustainable Development in Gaborone yesterday, Vice President Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe said the conference was aimed at promoting debate on key local governance issues such as policy making, leadership, local government financing and economic empowerment strategies.

In Botswana, the central government is mandated to formulate policies while implementation occurs at the local government level through local authorities and other local-level institutions. At independence government adopted a decentralisation approach designed to transfer authority and functions from centre to local authorities and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

BirdLife Botswana has said that it will launch a book entitled “A Guide to Starting a Community-Based Birding Tourism Business” (Avitourism Handbook).

Birdlife Botswana Chairman Harold Hester said The Avitourism Handbook is aimed at promoting Community-based Birding Tourism as an untapped opportunity in Botswana and so the handbook is necessary to guide and stimulate community groups to start utilising birds around their area for economic gains. “The Avitourism Handbook has been produced in both English and Setswana to enhance community’s better understanding and appreciation of birds,” he said. He said the handbook production was made possible by financial support from the Environment Support Programme (ESP).

“This a joint initiative between the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 February, 2010

MAUN – Participants at a Directorate of Economic Crime and Corruption (DCEC) dialogue event in Maun last have intimated that that delayed service delivery is the root cause of corruption.

One of the participants, Mr Kabo Moseki noted that sloppy service delivery and low wages tended to encourage corrupt tendencies.

According to Mr Moseki, people who performed extraordinarily at their work places should be adequately rewarded as failure to do so could spark demoralization and ultimately corruption.

He advised that ethics and morality were declining hence people lacked moral accountability and consciousness.

He called on the DCEC to ensure that corporate entities have well established ethics and guidelines to ensure they [continue reading]

source: IOL
Beauregard Tromp
February 24 2010 at 09:00AM

Former president Thabo Mbeki has effectively prevented President Jacob Zuma from unilaterally pardoning a number of racist, religious and political killers.

At least, not without consulting their victims.

This was the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court, which was faced with the president, ministers and Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) on one side and the victims and NGOs on the other.

The case stems from former president Thabo Mbeki’s attempt to conclude the business of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), using the principals of that body.

An advisory group representing the political spectrum was formed and tasked with whittling down a list of nearly 2 000 names to 121 recommended for pardons under this [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

South Africa’s largest retail bank, Absa is set to take over Bank Gaborone in a development that could result in a merger in the local financial market.

Absa, which is 60 percent owned by Barclays Plc, on Friday announced that it has tabled a take over offer for Namibian financial services firm Capricorn Investment Holding (CIH) which is the majority shareholder in Bank Windhoek and Bank Gaborone.

If the deal goes ahead, it will result in two faces of Barclays Bank on the local market as the financial institution, which is UK’s third [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 February, 2010

MAUN – Miss Botswana scouting crusade may only be limited to Gaborone next year as the national scouting tour has proved to be a wild goose chase with severely limited benefits to the organisers.

Miss Botswana scout team was in Maun on Saturday for the much heralded pageants auditions and once again the turnout was dismal as has been the trend in all the places around the country visited so far.

Partly Miss Botswana has to make a profit, but coming all the way here and getting two girls doesnt make sense, said Thapelo Pabalinga, Miss Botswana organiser from the 63 Entertainment.

He said scouting nationally was expensive for Miss Botswana as only few people showed up for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wydham Hartley
24 February 2010

Johannesburg — Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi received another blow yesterday when President Jacob Zuma rejected his call for a lifestyle audit of politicians as a way to combat corruption.

Zuma’s rejection of the call comes in the midst of a row over African National Congress (ANC) Youth League leader Julius Malema’s rich lifestyle, allegedly funded by multimillion-rand contracts with the Limpopo government and local authorities in the province.

It also comes after most of Cosatu’s wish list failed to feature in last week’s budget. The rejection is sure to increase tension in the ruling alliance.

Zuma told the Parliamentary Press Gallery he had noted the public debate about lifestyle audits, but “within government, we have measures in place that regulate members of the executive as well as public servants with regards to the disclosure of [continue reading]