Archive for March 21st, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A backlog of 42,96 pending cases at the Industrial Court is proving to be a major challenge which the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs is trying to address. About 783 of those cases have been before the court for more than three years now.

The minister concerned, Peter Siele made these revelations during the request for P20, 120, 160, recurrent and development budget for 2010/2011.”Cases registered by the end of 2009 stood at 2, 422 compared to 2008, when 1 768 case were registered. Out of the 2, 422 cases, 1, 834 were registered in Gaborone, 388 in Francistown, 120 in Maun and 80 in Selebi-Phikwe. Siele blamed [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 March, 2010

GABORONE -Members of Parliament on Wednesday continued to call for the restoration of the passenger train, terminated last year after Botswana Railways incurred operating losses.

Debating the Ministry of Transport and Communications 2010/11 budget, the legislators: Mr Edwin Batshu of Nkange, Mr Pono Moatlhodi of Tonota South and Mr Nehemiah Modubule of Lobatse as well as Tswapong South MP Mr Oreeditse Molabatsi said termination of the passenger train was a disservice to Batswana.

MP Batshu said the passenger train should be reinstated to ease Batswanas transport blues while MP Moatlhodi said buses were unreliable and expensive and furthermore, it was safer to travel by rail than road.

Lobatse MP said the president had previously mentioned that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Five public service unions have announced that they will soon merge to speak with one voice in efforts to strengthen their negotiations with government, their employer.

The unions concerned are the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), Botswana Teachers Union (BTU), Botswana Secondary Teachers Union (BOSETU), Botswana Land Board and Local Authorities Workers Union (BLLAWU) and Botswana Manual Workers Union (BMWU).

Speaking at a rally held on Tuesday afternoon at the Gaborone Senior School grounds, president of BOPEU Andrew Motsamai expressed gratitude that the new public service act has [continue reading]

source: BOPA
18 March, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana’s tourism market recorded a marginal increase of tourists during recent global economic recession, Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Kitso Mokaila, told Parliament Tuesday.

Mr Mokaila said the recession impacted negatively on the Botswana tourism market in that while tourism numbers had increased, it was a much lesser percentage as compared to previous years. He said the trend of tourists visits to Botswana during the recession was such that there had been a 3.1 per cent annual increase in tourist arrivals in 2008 and 3.5 per cent for 2009 against an estimated 8.4 per cent annual increase over the previous years. He explained that from these totals, over 80 per cent of tourist arrivals were intra-regional as opposed to inter-regional, with South Africa and Zimbabwe taking the lead with 87per cent of such arrivals.

Mr Mokaila was repsonding to Chobe MP, Mr Gibson Nshimwe who asked him to state the trend of [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 15:00

The outgoing Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) chief executive officer (CEO) has indicated that the insurance business is likely to take a dive in 2010.

Speaking at the BLIL head office in Gaborone, Regina Sikalese-Vaka said uncertainty in the financial markets is expected to continue to affect the business, and it will likely feel pressure. This will also be compounded by the impending increase of value added tax (VAT) by two percent next month.

Last year, BLIL indicated that its market dominance on group life had grown up to 85 percent from 45 percent in 2006. But because of looming unemployment and retrenchments, due to the economic situation, the company will most likely experience arrears and [continue reading]