Archive for March 19th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The increase of levy on alcohol beverages would not reduce the level of drinking, but would instead impoverish people, kill the economy and drive away investors and tourists, warned MP for Kgatleng East, Gilbert Mangole on Tuesday.

He was responding to a presentation on budget allocation for Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture in which the minister said he intends to engage youth role models to address their peers throughout the country on the dangers of alcohol abuse.

He said this communication initiative is better than that adopted by President Ian Khama of increasing the levy, a move that has already proved ineffective. He warned that people who drink alcohol would soon reduce the family budget to cover the deficit if government goes ahead with increasing the levy. He added that the levy would impact badly on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 March, 2010

GABORONE – The be Mobile cell phone bulk short message service (sms) shall facilitate information dissemination to the customers concerning the collection of Omang and passports that are ready to be collected, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs said today.

Mr Peter Siele was speaking at the launch of be Mobile bulk SMS service partnership, which he said was another milestone in the ministrys customer centric strategies and enhanced collaboration with the private sector in the service delivery, especially those in the information technology and telecommunication industry.

Mr Siele noted that the ministry had in 2009 entered into a partnership with Mascom for delivery of information to the customers on the readiness for the collection of Omang cards.

He said the bulk sms proved to be beneficial to both the ministry and its customers. This information technology based service had attracted positive feedback since its cheap and time saving for the customers, Mr Siele said. Mr Siele said [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The promoters of the Mmamabula Energy Project say that independent power producers (IPPs) need to be given the opportunity to demonstrate that they could produce electricity at the same cost or at a lower cost than the national power utility.

CIC Energy representative Tore Horvei said on Wednesday that it is important that South Africa had to level the playing field and to get the different frameworks right to enable IPPs to enter the electricity market.

While government had recently announced that it would be moving away from Eskom as the single-buyer of electricity and towards an independent systems operator, Horvei noted that the process was convoluted and that this would likely only happen in the longer term.

Further, Horvei and Independent Power Producers Association GM Doug Kuni highlighted that it was important for IPPs to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 March, 2010

GABORONE – Parliament has been told that all houses that were built by Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) at Gerald Estates were presently leased or sold to third parties.

Answering a question from Francistown South MP, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi, on behalf of the Minister of Lands and Housing, the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Keletso Rakhudu, said BHC did not, therefore, have any vacant houses at Gerald Estates apart from those which were still under construction.

He said there were no houses to allocate to the Ministry of Education and Skills Development.

Notwithstanding the above, the minister said BHC was about to complete some new houses at Gerald Estates and it would be advisable for the Ministry of Education and Skills Development to be allocated houses in [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:00

Botswana and Namibia will this week defend the Kenyan and Malian proposals to extend the sale of Ivory from nine years to 20 years at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference, which is ongoing in Doha.

The Minister of Wildlife, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Kitso Mokaila told a group of journalists at a press conference last week that the Botswana government is totally opposed to Kenya’s plans of a 20-year moratorium on ivory trading.

Kenya announced last month that it will push for the amendment of the current annotation on the sale of Ivory. The East African nation will during this convention propose that the selling window be lifted from the agreed nine-year period and extended to a [continue reading]