Archive for March 10th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Plans to water the Greater Gaborone from the Zambezi by 2035 are afoot after Botswana’s intention to draw large quantities of water from the system was ratified by the SADC member states.

This was revealed by the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources in their committee of supply speech to parliament.

The report states that the vision is to supply the greater Gaborone from the Zambezi basin by 2035, at which time Botswana dams will be unable to meet the demand.

The report says a detailed environmental impact assessment study for a pre-feasibility study on the utilization of the water resources of the Chobe-Zambezi river was completed in June last year, and that the results of the study were [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 March, 2010

GABORONE -The decision to continue the closure of Damtshaa Mine this year was informed by the Debswana Diamond Company production budget, which will be at 60 per cent relative to 2008 levels.

Answering a question from Boteti North MP, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe said production budgets were set to align mine output with market demand.

Mr Tsogwane had asked the minister what informed the closure of Damtshaa Mine and when other companies other than De Beers intended to start operations in the small mines around Letlhakane.

He further wanted the minister to say when he intended resuming the mining of diamonds at all the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 March, 2010

GABORONE – Dairy House owner, Mr Bantshwari Dintwa, has decided to approach the business in a rather promising way, despite challenges experienced by farmers who have delved into the dairy industry.

Mr Dintwa who is engaged in the production of milk and processing it into various products such as pasteurized milk, sour milk and yoghurt explained during a CEDA media tour of his farm in Molapowabojang that dairy farming is capital intensive and requires dedication and determination.

He noted that milk requires strict hygienic standards for the product to be marketable in this highly competitive industry.

His company has won several tenders and is currently supplying the Botswana Defence Force, Princess Marina Hospital and the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Outsa Mokone
07.03.2010 9:52:33 P

A De Beers document, marked “Strictly confidential”, details how Louis Nchindo and De Beers masterminded the retirement of former President Ketumile Masire, his succession by former president Festus Mogae and the retirement of current president Lt Gen Ian Khama from the Botswana Defence Force to take up the Vice Presidency of Botswana.

The confidential document, which was put together on December 28, 2007, when the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) laid charges against Louis Nchindo, sets out a plan on how to protect De Beers from the fall out of the legal battle.

The author of the document, a De Beers insider whose name has been passed to The Sunday Standard, takes issue with the fact that Louis Nchindo “was a member of the BDP Executive Committee and is generally credited with being the kingmaker. The author can, on instance, verify the subject’s role in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
09 March, 2010

GABORONE – Department of Immigration and Citizenship is now open for the applications for the issuance of the new machine readable electronic passports in Gaborone, a press release from the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has said.

The release explains that the application fee for the new passport is P260.

It further noted that for emergency travel within the region a machine readable emergency travel document is also available for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Jevans Nyabiage
9 March 2010

The board of the international body that assigns internet addresses will this Friday vote on key strategic policies that will drive the future of internet.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN board meeting in Nairobi is expected to make a decision on whether or not to adopt the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLD).

The gTLD are words at the end of the internet address such as .or, .org, .com that are not associated with any specific country. Under the proposed arrangement, the numbers of the gTLD’s would be increased to 21 to include every word in any language.

The current address system does not accept languages such as Arabic scripts and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
07.03.2010 9:23:25 P

Government is expected to carry through the process of consultation with the public and other appropriate institutions, with a view to determine which of the recommendations made to her by the task force appointed to oversee the country’s migration into a new epoch of digital television, would be worth implementing.

“…it has been resolved and accordingly recommended to the Minister of Transport and Communication, by the Digital Migration Task Force (DMTF), that Botswana should have fully converted from Analogue transmission to the digital television system by the end of January 2014,” said Masego Mpotokwane, Chairperson of the task force.

Mpotokwane pointed out that the decision emanated from the resolution of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) made in 2006, to the effect that all the countries falling within the category of which Botswana formed a part, should have gone digital by 17th June, 2015.

To this end, some countries in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Zismo Engineering (Pty) Ltd, one of the Citizen Entrepreneurship Development Agency (CEDA) funded projects that is doing well, has designed and built a transformer.

The company which has a pool of large business corporations, works with corporations like Botswana Power Corporation, Water Utilities Corporation, Debswana, Tati Nickel, BCL and Morupule Power Station. The electrical engineering company deals with industrial power, repairing electrical machines and conveyer machines in the mines.

In a recent media tour sponsored by CEDA, Zismo Managing Director Justice Moilwa said they managed to clinch that market because of [continue reading]