Archive for March 3rd, 2010

source: BOPA
02 March, 2010

Thirty nine public officers at D scale and above were dismissed and retired from the public service last year.

Assistant Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, explained that the reasons for dismissal and early retirements included; 10 dismissed on disciplinary grounds in accordance with section 33 of the Public Service Act Cap 26:01.

He further noted that 29 were retired in line with section 15 (3) of the Public Service Act Cap 26:01 which gave the appointing authority discretionary powers to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Toronto-listed energy company CIC Energy reiterated that it could not proceed with the Botswana-based Mmamabula project without regulatory approvals from the South African government.

CIC Energy president Greg Kinross said at the Mining Indaba 2010 conference, in Cape Town, that the regulatory uncertainties were the biggest challenge confronting the advancement of the project. The company deferred certain financial, legal and engineering activities related to the Mmamabula energy project, in December.

The decision was driven by the South African government’s development timeline for its energy sector integrated resource plan. Kinross noted that the Mmamabula project could not be covered by the first integrated resource plan, which would only cover requirements for new generation capacity for the three-year period from April 2010 to March 2013. Thus, the company was awaiting the completion and approval of the second inte- grated resource plan (IRP2). Kinross noted that the IRP2, which would outline requirements for [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 02 2010 at 05:50PM

An elderly Limpopo woman accused of witchcraft had her house burnt down in Magaung village at Sekororo, Maake, Limpopo police said on Monday.

A group of villagers accused the elderly woman and her daughter of practising witchcraft on Monday morning, Superintendent Ronel Otto said in a statement.

They set fire to two houses belonging to the nine-member family, forcing them to flee to a nearby police station. No one was injured.

“They were collected by family members from another village at the Maake police station on Tuesday morning and are now staying with them.”

No arrests had been made and police were investigating cases of arson and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana has rescinded her decision to recall her defence and intelligence attaches from Zimbabwe. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that in a bilateral meeting held in Zimbabwe, the two countries discussed mutual defence and security matters together with a range of issues concerning wildlife, customs and excise, prisons and animal diseases.

A few weeks ago Botswana decided to withdraw her defence and intelligence attaches and gave Zimbabwe an ultimatum to follow suit and withdraw their attaches (defence and intelligence). Botswana was reacting to Zimbabwe’s insistence that the three wildlife officers who were arrested for crossing into the Zimbabwean border by mistake should be taken to court to determine their innocence or otherwise. The trio were released and punished with the Prohibited Immigrant status. However Zimbabwe has since rescinded the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
2 March 2010

United States President Barack Obama announced on Monday he was extending US sanctions on Robert Mugabe’s regime by another year.

The US President said the reason for extending the targeted sanctions was that ‘Zimbabwe’s deep political crisis remained unresolved.’

“I am continuing for one year the national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions,” Obama said in a statement.

Two weeks ago, the European Union also extended targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe, including an arms embargo, by another year. Western countries imposed restrictive measures on Zimbabwe in 2002 in reaction to allegations of electoral rigging and human rights abuses by Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country since 1980.

EU sanctions ban the sale ‘of arms and of equipment that can be used for [continue reading]

source: BOPA
02 March, 2010

CANBERRA – Botswana and Australia have agreed to encourage expanded trade and investment links through education, tourism as well as natural resources, among others.

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama and the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd signed a plan of action aimed at building on the already existing foundation of the bilateral relationship.

In the plan of action signed yesterday, the two leaders underlined their shared commitment to strengthened high-level engagement. President Khama is in Australia for four days.

They also welcomed Australias continued commitment to Botswanas development which included a new $1.1 million research programme implemented through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Mar 02 2010 16:03

Johannesburg – Telkom will urgently have to tackle its labour relations problems to ensure that the Soccer World Cup goes off without a hitch, trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday.

The trade union said that with only 100 days left to kick-off, the sporting event’s success was “on a knife’s edge” due to Telkom employees’ dissatisfaction.

“Employees of all three trade unions in Telkom’s largest single unit, Data Advance Services (DAS), are unhappy about salary discrepancies between them and employees of the company’s Merlot project, a unit responsible for the telecommunications company’s largest contracts,” Solidarity said in a statement.

It said DAS employees were not only demanding that they be remunerated at the same level as [continue reading]