Archive for March 18th, 2010

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

The annual inflation rate for the month of February stood unchanged at 6.1 percent, the Central Statistics Office reported yesterday.

Inflation, which drastically fell from over 15 percent in late 2008 to five percent in November last year, seems to have settled just above the Bank of Botswana 3-6 percent objective range.A CSO statement all group indices showed stable movements between January and February 2010, except for Restaurants & Hotels and Furnishing, Household Equipment & Maintenance (both of) which slightly moved up by 0.6 percent and 0.4 percent respectively.”The Restaurants & Hotels group index moved from 155.6 to 156.5, registering an increase of [continue reading]

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source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Dumisani Muleya
18 March 2010

Johannesburg — ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said they were satisfied with talks mediated by President Jacob Zuma yesterday aimed at salvaging their power-sharing unity government.

Emerging from nearly two hours of talks with Zuma at a luxury hotel in Harare, Mugabe said: “We’ve started a discussion which is going on very well.”

Former opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai also said the talks were “going very well”.

Zuma, who is mediating on behalf of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community, first held one-on-one talks with the two rivals in a bid to resolve a dispute over the implementation of reform that has [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

Government is working on regulations to control the harvesting of Mophane worm and thatching grass that would be presented to parliament for debate before end of this year.

Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT) Kitso Mokaila said on Monday that the regulations have been necessitated by the fact that harvesters of the two natural resources are only concerned about profit without any regard to the importance of allowing the life cycles of the resources to be completed.

He said that he would be taking the regulations to the Cabinet and later to the House for debate.

The regulations were brought before the house during the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 March, 2010

GABORONE – The Botswana Police Service (BPS) last week officially displayed its new uniform for both summer and winter seasons and is expected to be in use come April this year.

The new uniform was unveiled by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Thebeyame Tsimako during a media breakfast briefing. He said style, texture and quality were the essential features which were considered when it was selected.

Mr Tsimako said the uniform will cost P24 million, adding that some officers complained that the current uniform is not comfortable.

Mr Tsimako said the old uniform will be used by the special constables because there is not enough funds to dress all officers. He said he is optimistic that the special constables will also be covered. The Special Support Group (SSG) will also be furnished with a [continue reading]

source: IOL
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Dumisani Muleya
17 March 2010

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma held brief talks last night with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe soon after his arrival in Harare on an official visit during which he will hold critical talks with the country’s bickering political leadership.

Zuma’s intervention in Zimbabwe could determine the future of the weakening coalition government, formed last year in a desperate bid to halt the country’s long-running political instability and precipitous economic collapse.

Zuma, who was not accompanied by any ministers, was welcomed at the airport by Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, among other senior officials.

Zuma will hold substantive talks with the three leaders today.

Official sources said issues which would weigh heavily on the talks during Zuma’s visit included unresolved issues linked to the Global Political Agreement, which is the blueprint of the current government, the new constitution and [continue reading]