Archive for March 15th, 2010

source: BOPA
12 March, 2010

PALAPYE – The over P500 million glass manufacturing project in Palapye is expected to be in full swing towards the end of 2011.

The project, which is a joint venture between the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) and China, will produce float glass mainly for the construction industry.

Briefing the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe during his visit recently, the Principal Operations Officer for the BDC, Mr Isaac Nthomola said the preparatory work started last April.

This, he said, also entailed the environmental impact assessment, which ensured that they were eligible for a mining licence.

As for raw materials, Mr Nthomola noted that the project would get the silica sand from Mmamabula, coal from Morupule while they are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Following a groundbreaking ceremony for the P11 billion project last month, two bills seeking authorisation for the government to borrow approximately P2.4 billion from the World Bank and the African Development Bank to fund Morupule B Power Station are to come before Parliament soon.

The loans will complement the government’s own commitments to the project.

In an atmosphere of severely reduced revenues, the Morupule B station is among a handful of projects the government has prioritised for development. Output from the ambitious project is expected in January 2012.

According to the Government Gazette, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning will [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 March, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana has made good progress in policy, legal and infrastructure development, but there are weaknesses that need to be overcome in order to face the challenges of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).

This observation was made by delegates at the Thetha ICT4D regional forum hosted by the UB Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS), which brought together participants from five SADC member states.

The forum follows a study by a team of researchers at UB on the progress made in Botswana towards an information society.

In a study report presented during the forum, the Head of Department of DLIS, Professor Stephen Mutula observed that the policy challenge for the government of Botswana was to create an enabling and nurturing environment aimed at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse had a difficult time in Parliament on Wednesday evening trying to repair the damaged reputation of his last born organ – Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS).

After the majority of MPs hit hard at the security organisation, accusing it of eavesdropping on people’s phone conversations, and that it is a terror squad instead of protecting people, Seretse put the blame on phone hackers.

He claimed that there are criminals, just like internet hackers, who target telephone conversations so that they can acquire information from unsuspecting users.

However, Seretse assured the House that the nation is safe from the DIS, and that they must feel free wherever they are and speak freely on their phones. “DIS is here for you, feel free wherever you are, speak freely on your phones,” he declared. This is [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 15 2010 at 10:15AM

President Jacob Zuma will visit Zimbabwe this week to meet political parties on the implementation of the Global Political Agreement, the presidency said on Monday.

“President Zuma is visiting the country to conduct an assessment of progress with regards to the implementation and to see how the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can assist to fast-track the processes,” a statement said.

“South Africa was appointed by the SADC to facilitate the removal of obstacles which hinder the full implementation of the agreement.”

Zuma would be in Harare from March 16 to 18 to meet the signatories to the agreement.

Zuma’s facilitation team on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

International sportswear manufacturer, Puma, has snapped up a 20-percent stake worth P185 million in Botswana’s tourism concern Wilderness Holdings through a private placement.

Wilderness, which is currently in the process of listing on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has been in Botswana for the past 26 years and has operations in the Chobe, Linyanti and the Okavango Delta.

In an interview with Business Week, Wilderness CEO Andy Payne said Puma bought 46.4 million shares while Puma chairman and CEO Jochen Zeitz bought a one-percent stake worth P16.7 million in his individual capacity from the 56.3 million that were on [continue reading]

15 March 2010

One of the World’s leading aircraft manufacturers, Airbus France has signed a contract with South African Airways (SAA) for the lease of six new planes, the French Minister of Trade said on Thursday.

Anne-Marie Idrac told media in Cape Town that the partnership between SAA and Airbus was a long term and lavish partnership.

The minister, accompanied by officials of the French Treasury and by high-level executives of State-owned enterprises, met with South African Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan to discuss the strengthening of the relationship and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The project that came into being to give Zambia a lifeline to the seaport of Dar-es-Salaam after Ian Smith’s Rhodesia closed the border with its ‘black’ neighbour and grew to become a vital inter-SADC link is being revitalised, thanks to Chinese intervention, writes PETER CHISHIMBA

NDOLA: Despite the criticism of Chinese investors in Zambia, Beijing has once again come to the rescue of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) – a vital link inter-SADC link – by availing a $39-million interest-free loan.

TAZARA, which is jointly owned by Tanzania and Zambia, has been teetering on a knife-edge with worn out tracks and wobbling wagons. The firm, which operates the 1,860-long railway line from Zambia’s central town of Kapiri-Mposhi to the port city of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, has been providing a vital passenger and cargo service for both countries.

Zambia’s Communication and Transport minister, Geoffrey Lungwangwa, announced in Lusaka that the funds would be used to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Farirai Machivenyika
13 March 2010

Harare — Zanu-PF wants the new constitution to limit Presidential terms to a maximum of two five-year tenures but with full executive powers retained.

This is revealed in a position paper Zanu-PF intends to distribute to party supporters across the country ahead of the constitutional outreach programme.

Zanu-PF provincial chairman for Harare Cde Amos Midzi on Thursday also told party supporters at an inter-district meeting that the position paper would deal with various critical issues.

“The district chairpersons will collect the document and distribute it [continue reading]