Archive for February 27th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Mainly driven by the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) effective from April, inflation will not be expected to fall back within the Bank of Botswana’s 3 to 6 percent objective range until the first quarter of next year.

VAT will increase from 10 percent to 12 percent in April as announced in the national budget for 2010/11 recently.A statement released by BoB PRO Chepete Chepete yesterday says the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) anticipates that following a short-term spike resulting from the impact of the increase in VAT, inflation will fall within the 3 to 6 percent objective range only in 2011.

Inflation, which registered a remarkable decrease in 2009 that led BoB to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
25 February 2010

Johannesburg — Civil Rights Group AfriForum says it’s registered a High Court case in Pretoria which confirms the SADEC Tribunal against decision against the land reform programme of Zimbabwe.

The registration of the ruling in South Africa now opens the door for farmers who have been disadvantaged by the land distribution programme at last to submit claims for their losses by means of South African legal processes.

The court also confirmed a cost order of the SADEC Tribunal, which means that non-diplomatic Zimbabwean assets in South Africa are now open to seizure for the execution of the cost order.

Farmers and workers who lost property during Robert Mugabe’s land-grab can now seize property owned by the Zimbabwean government in South Africa.

The Tribunal ruled in November 2008 that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

As the war against narcotics, terrorism and other crimes intensifies, 36 officers under the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) will this weekend graduate in Otse.

The training course conducted under the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program (LEED) covered investigations on terrorism, narcotics, immigration, firearms and other policing techniques.

Ten officers are from Botswana, seven from Ghana, six from South Africa and 13 from Zambia. The course also looked at community policing issues.

ILEA was established in 2000 by the United States and Botswana governments, in a bilateral agreement based on their mutual interest to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 February, 2010

GABORONE – SADC has established the Southern Africa Telecommunication Association (SATA) as a platform to spearhead and coordinate the orderly development of telecommunication and ICT networks as well as services in the region.

Senior advisor at the International Telecoms Union (ITU) regional office for African telecommunications development bureau, Ms Chali Tumelo told the delegates at the 10th SADC Telecom Operators Bilateral Meeting (STOBM) that the need to set up the entity was done with a view to provide networks and services that were responsive to the diverse needs of commerce and industry in support of [continue reading]

Questions in Parliament

source: Mmegi

Question by G. Saleshando MP Selebi Phikwe West:
To ask the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration to state: MP Gilson Saleshando of Selebi Phikwe West)

Answer: Whether research was carried out before the Public Service Management Directive No.2 of 2008 on Attraction and Retention Policy was implemented considering the mistakes that were made in the process of implementing the directive;

ii. The cost effectiveness of the exercise since implementation considering that new employees are registered as an when they are categorised as qualifying for the scarce skill allowance;

iii. Whether government has plans to carry out further research on the scarce skill in the country in order to determine if the skills initially categorised as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 February, 2010

GABORONE – Parliament should not approve the 2010/11 budget as long as it remained apathetic and unwilling to address the plight of public servants, Selibe Phikwe West MP, Mr Gilson Saleshando charged in Parliament last week. Why should we disadvantage our employees when they have been so committed to prudently running the civil service, he asked rhetorically.

He slammed government for not doing anything to help Batswana, arguing that foreign companies won most tenders while Batswana settled for crumbs.

MP Saleshando described Botswanas economy as an export platform for low quality goods.

To diversify the countrys economy, he said, there was need for an [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
25 February 2010

A landmark regional ruling declaring Robert Mugabe’s land ‘reform’ programme unlawful will now be enforced in South Africa, after the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the ruling should be honoured.

Judge Garth Rabie ruled in favour of the South African commercial farmers who have been victims of Mugabe’s land grab campaign in Zimbabwe. The farmers had approached civil rights initiative AfriForum to help them get the 2008 ruling made by the human rights court of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) enforced. The same ruling, which said that land ‘reform’ was unlawful, has been openly ignored by the government, which by law is meant to adhere to the Tribunal as a SADC member state.

Justice Barack Patel last month also dismissed the SADC Tribunal ruling, refusing to register it in Zimbabwe. Justice Patel said the regional Tribunal’s ruling would have no effect in Zimbabwe because of the political upheaval reversing 10 years of land seizures would cause. He added that [continue reading]