Archive for March 2nd, 2010

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

How does a village chief who is baffled by the fact that cattle rustlers escape jail when they should be going there feel, especially if he is the one presiding over the cases?

In a development that is likely to create debate for a long time, chief Mompati Garlicks Marumoloa of Pitsane last week summoned traditional doctors in the village, with the intention of giving them an ultimatum: STOP HELPING CATTLE RUSTLERS ESCAPE or else. A promising encounter between traditionalists, with the chief and his deputies on the one hand, and traditional doctors on the other could not materialise because of [continue reading]

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source: Mmegi
01 March, 2010

GABORONE – The 26th session of Botswana/Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security has expressed the need to strengthen cooperation at various levels in respective areas between the two countries.

A press statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation states that the Commission also advocated for the need to nurture cooperation to ensure continued peace and stability in the two countries.

It also states that the commission held fruitful discussions on a wide range of mutual defence and security matters as well as on issues relating to wildlife, customs and excise, prisons or correctional services and animal diseases.

It further states that in light of the positive outcome ensuing from the commissions discussions, Botswana is rescinding her decision to recall her defence and intelligence attaches from [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 March, 2010

GABORONE – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Mr Carter Morupisi is optimistic that Botswana will tap a lot of technological skills from the visiting Japanese experts.

Speaking during a reception he hosted in honour of the Japanese experts, who have been invited to advice on the areas of research, science and technology, Mr Morupisi said the country was privileged to host high caliber experts dedicating their time for a good course.

He told his audience that the experts have come to assist Botswana to finalise the revised Science and Technology Policy, which will help transform the economy into a knowledge-based economy.

Mr Morupisi proudly noted that his ministry had made an undertaking to drive economic diversification and enhance the lives of Batswana by promoting the use and application of science and technology in all the sectors of the economy.

He said developed nations leveraged on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

The Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Botswana is currently exploring plans of establishing a manufacturing industry in Botswana.

PPC Cement Botswana General Manager Werner De Beer said this at the launch of the competition ‘Botswana’s number one builder’ at the Cresta lodge in Gaborone last week. According to De Beer, the company is exploring cement grade limestone in the country and if they are satisfied with the deposit of the limestone, they will establish a cement manufacturing plant locally. The company currently has eight manufacturing plants and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Botswana is the second largest consumer of cement in the region after [continue reading]

Khama visits Aussie

source: BOPA
01 March, 2010

CANBERRA – President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama starts a four day visit in Australia today.

While in Australia, President Khama is expected to hold bilateral meetings with governor general of the Commonwealth of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC and the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd.

President Khama is also scheduled to tour the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which was opened in 1941 and houses a large collection of pictures and information about the wars the country has taken part in, such as the first and second world wars, Korean and South African wars.

Other meetings by President Khama include talks with the governor of New South Wales (NSW), Professor Marie Bashir, a visit to the NSW Rural Fire Services and meeting with Batswana students in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Mbongeni Mguni
Staff Writer

Government, through the Bank of Botswana, is preparing to approach the market in search of P1.9 billion, which will mark the end of its P5 billion bond issuance programme initiated in 2008.

Since the 2008/09 Budget, government has issued four bonds worth P3.1 billion, all of which have been oversubscribed by a liquid market desperate for investment vehicles. The 2008 bond issuance programme was designed to boost capital market activities, reduce the cost of the Bank of Botswana Certificates, and facilitate planning for Government’s investment in large-scale [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
01 March 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma is being urged to take a decisive stand on Zimbabwe, as he heads to the UK for a visit during which the Zimbabwe crisis is set to be high on the agenda.

Zuma is heading to the UK for an official visit and he has indicated that he will fight on Zimbabwe’s behalf for targeted sanctions against the Mugabe regime to be lifted. Zuma told journalists recently that sanctions were ‘undermining’ his efforts to push Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to agree to an electoral framework that could guarantee a free and fair vote.

“We want to create a conducive environment so that they can have elections to choose their own government, but the continuation of sanctions is undermining the agreement,” Zuma said.

The European Union (EU) last month extended the targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his inner circle by another year citing lack of progress in implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Zuma’s statement on the sanctions has since attracted severe criticism from analysts who said the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
1 March 2010

The controversial indigenisation law that forces foreign-owned companies to sell a majority stake in their businesses to indigenous people comes into effect on Monday.

The Indigenisation and Empowerment Bill was passed by Parliament in 2007 and signed by Mugabe in 2008 before the creation of an inclusive government. Among other things, the regulations demand that all foreign and locally owned companies hand over at least 51 percent ownership to black Zimbabweans.
The law requires every existing business, partnership, association or sole proprietorship with an asset value of US$500 000 or more to submit a report to Youth Development, Empowerment and Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere by April 15. Defaulters might face a fine and/or imprisonment for up to five years.

Mugabe defended the new regulations on Saturday, saying they were meant to correct historical imbalances. He told hundreds of supporters at his 86th birthday celebrations in Bulawayo that the indigenisation policy, like the land reform programme, was meant to correct historical imbalances in the ownership of the country’s resources.

“This policy is not meant to nationalise companies but to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Zimbabwe is pressing ahead with plans to transfer control of foreign firms to local ownership despite objections that the policy would hurt the country’s economic recovery, a minister said on Friday.

President Robert Mugabe’s government in 2007 passed an indigenisation and economic empowerment law, before he formed a power-sharing administration with rival Morgan Tsvangirai last year, seeking to localise control of foreign firms.

Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere earlier this month directed all firms to provide details of their indigenisation plans, starting March 1, in a move that has split the unity government.

Tsvangirai, now prime minister, said the directive was “null and void” as it was done without consultations in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
1 March 2010

Gaborone — Botswana is adopting a two-pronged approach to tackle abuse of its immigration system by increasing the sophistication of travel documents, visas and work permits, and putting more boots on the ground to apprehend undocumented foreign nationals.

Zimbabweans escaping their country’s continuing economic, political and social malaise – despite the formation of a unity government more than a year ago – have favoured neighbouring Botswana, one of southern Africa’s most prosperous nations.

Letso Mpho, acting spokesman for Botswana’s Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, told IRIN that workplace inspections would be “intensified” from 1 March 2010, and special immigration assistants would accompany police and home affairs officials to help identify undocumented foreign nationals.

The government has also begun introducing electronic online passports (e-passports), and the computerization of work and residence permits for all foreign nationals. The current passport is to be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Joyce Grey
Correspondent

Many foreigners think that it is almost impossible to get Botswana citizenship regardless of how long one has stayed in the country.

Some foreigners say that they have lived in Botswana and brought development and investment to the country but their attempts to become citizens have failed. Some say that their applications are rejected or take several years to be considered. However, a spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Letso Mpho has said that the time taken to get a response to a citizenship applicants differs according to what an individual wants.

Application for citizenship through naturalisation takes an average of two years to be approved or rejected.

The process involves, vetting, gazetting of names at Attorney General Chambers for 30 days, quarterly interviews.

Recommendations are done in December only before the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 March, 2010

GABORONE – Government is aware that Botswana Savings Bank (BSB) customers are requested to submit their account books for auditing and have their accounts credited with interest.

Conversely, finance and development planning assistant minister, Mr Charles Tibone, said BSB had plans to replace savings deposit books with smart cards.

The cards will operate on a real time basis, hence there will be no need for the customers to part with them, Mr Tibone told Parliament on Thursday.

He added that the smart card Project was initially planned for rollout in the first quarter of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Baboki Kayawe
Staff Writer

Exploitation of research, innovation and technology in all sectors of the economy has been identified as key for Botswana to achieve global economic competitiveness.

Head of a visiting Japanese delegation, Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa said the country has to leverage on research, science and technology in order to drive its economy.

Kurokawa said Botswana must ensure that the implementation of its Science, Technology and Innovation policy is capable of contributing to economic growth and sustainability.

“There are great opportunities in the country, which require innovation to see the economy competing globally,” Kurokawa said.

He said while Botswana’s strength in [continue reading]