Archive for March 1st, 2010

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
28.02.2010 7:53:06 P

The future of the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency’s Young Farmers was last week brought under scrutiny, with members of parliament questioning its feasibility after it emerged that it faces collapse because the youth do not seem to appreciate it much.

Despite government pumping millions into the fund, it has emerged that a lot of young farmers have not embraced the fund as vigorously as anticipated to ensure that it survives.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Oreeditse Molebatsi last week lamented the youth’s lack of drive in the agriculture sector, as his ministry finds itself caught in a web of contradictory statements concerning the food security of the country and attempts to diversify the economy.

Government has until recently been hailing the Young Farmers Fund as a great success over the [continue reading]

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source: Mmegi
JOYCE GREY
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana government has been urged to find cheaper ways of dealing with the issue of Zimbabwean illegal immigrants.

Batswana interviewed likened the present state of affairs to a mad man who kept on pouring water into the drum and the water kept coming out at the other end. The Botswana government keeps taking Zimbabwean illegal immigrants to Ramokgwebana border gate for repatriation back to their country but the deportees keep crossing back into Botswana only to be repatriated again. This everyday exercise has seen the government spending millions of Pulas in what is said to be an effort to ensure their numbers in Botswana are controlled. According to the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs Acting Assistant Manager (Communications) Letso Mpho, 46, 472 illegal immigrants were arrested and repatriated countrywide last year. From Francistown and surrounding areas alone 27, 001 illegal immigrants, mostly Zimbabweans, were nabbed and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
CHANDAPIWA BAPUTAKI
Staff Writer

The Minister of Education and Skills Development (MoE&SD), Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has informed Parliament that the downward trend in the students’ performance in the Botswana General Certificate to Secondary Education (BGCSE) bares evidence in the quality of education.

“This I must say is a clear indication that drastic measures need to be put in place in order to reform and revive the education sector,” she said adding that the ministry has identified various areas that need immediate attention. She said this includes among other things, the conditions of service for teachers, that is housing accommodation, office space, poor provision of teaching equipment, training of new teachers and retraining of those already in the job. “We intend to immediately find ways of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Reuben Madzivo
1 March 2010

Harare — ZESA Holdings will get US$132 million in loans and grants from the Development Bank of Southern Africa and African Development Bank for infrastructure rehabilitation once repayment conditions have been worked out.

It will only be known what impact the loan repayments will have on tariffs once the payment conditions have been settled, but it is likely that consumers will have to pay more.

The power utility has been battling with power shortages following a major breakdown at Hwange Power Station and is short of generating capacity even if all power stations are working flat out.

Zesa Holdings chief executive Engineer Ben Rafemoyo last Friday confirmed the proposed loan adding that officials were [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MARANYANE NGWANAAMOTHO

The Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism has announced that it has not and will not ban self-drive tourists after there were allegations that the ministry had closed them out in the industry.

Principal public relations officer, Archibald Ngakayagae has called the allegations by tourists and local entrepreneurs false and uncalled for, but however indicated that the ministry had noticed that there are self-drive tourists, even foreign ones who illegally trade by playing tour guides in national parks and game reserves. He said that these illegal operators bring foreigners or their ‘clients’, while pretending to the officials at the gates to be with their families or companies.

Ngakayagae has complained that illegal operators act against the national parks and game reserve regulations and even degrade touring sides. “There are numerous self-drive tourists who disregard the National Parks Regulations by [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Prof Malema
28.02.2010 7:37:02 P

Wilderness Safaris, the regional tourism giant outfit is to seek a primary listing on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) that is aimed at helping its growth phase across the southern African region.

The company’s independent public offering that involves 3 million shares being placed on BSE will also seek secondary listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange’s (JSE’s) Africa Board.

The company said Friday that the exercise was a strategically significant step in its evolution, designed to enable it to take full advantage of growth opportunities and to give the public an opportunity to participate in its future success.

The Chief Executive Officer, Andy Payne said the company’s strategic objective was to double the number of owned Wilderness bed nights by 2015, as well as to double the area under its influence by expanding into regions, which complement its [continue reading]

source: IOL
February 28 2010 at 11:00AM

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday makes his first state visit to Britain, in the wake of a damaging scandal at home over his lovechild born to the daughter of a World Cup official.

During his four-day stay, the charismatic leader will visit Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and address members of parliament.

“This is his opportunity to present himself as a statesman, leading Africa’s most powerful nation,” said political analyst Dirk Kotze.

“Despite some high-profile economic and political matters that are likely to be addressed, Zuma will also use this opportunity to project a good image of himself, given the issues associated with his rise to [continue reading]