Archive for March 27th, 2010

source: Mmegi

The state owned Botswana Television (Btv) and Radio Botswana (RB) are seemingly taking sides in the ongoing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) wrangles.

Since the saga unfolded last week, both Btv and Radio Botswana have only been reporting the views of the BDP central committee, which is dominated by the A-faction.

On Wednesday Btv news bulletin, a member of the central committee, Tebelelo Seretse, was interviewed in the studio about the party position. The following morning she was doing the same interview on RB.

On Monday, Btv aired a statement, which was delivered late, warning members of the Barata-Phathi to surrender their BDP membership cards within 48 hours.

On the eve of the Barata-Phathi Saturday meeting, Btv aired another statement from the BDP leadership, which was warning that the convention would be “illegal”. Both Btv and Radio Botswana have never bothered to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
United States Congress (Washington, DC)
26 March 2010

The following remarks were issued by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health titled ‘An Overview of U.S. Policy in Africa’.

Chairman Payne, Ranking Member Smith, and Members of the Committee: I welcome the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss our policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. As you know this is my first appearance before this committee, and I salute your commitment to Africa as well as your efforts to examine tough issues. I look forward to working with the Congress and especially with this committee to identify appropriate tools to assist our [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The International Criminal Court Watch (ICC Watch) has accused Botswana of behaving like a European puppet and being party to the undermining of Africa’s independence from colonial rule.

The report by the ICC Watch says there is growing concern about Botswana’s position regarding the attempts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to indict, arrest and extradite Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir with regard to the conflict in Darfur.

The report goes on to say the ICC, established in 2002, has increasingly come to be seen as a European Court.”The ICC is overwhelmingly dominated and funded by Germany, Britain, France and Italy, Africa’s old colonial masters,” the report says. The report accuses President Ian Khama for being party to decisions fundamentally undermining African independence and re-establishing European domination of African affairs. “Sir Seretse was a leading figure in fighting for and asserting African independence. It comes as a great surprise therefore that his son, a subsequent President of Botswana, Ian Khama, has been party to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 March, 2010

GABORONE – The Botswana Exporters and Manufacturers Association (BEMA) on Tuesday launched its strategy.

Its vision is to be a dynamic catalyst for the competitiveness and growth of Botswanas manufacturing and export sectors.

Some of the key aspects of the strategy as explained by the managing director of Organizational Life Focus, Mr Mandei Mangori are to increase the size and competitiveness of Botswanas manufacturing and export sectors, to provide international trade expertise and to increase participation of local, regional and international stakeholders and strategic partners.

Promoting demand driven benchmarking regionally and internationally, is also key.

He expressed concern that BEMA is still in a weak financial position hence members will be encouraged to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: CEDA clients are faced with several problems, among them market penetration and competition from more established South African companies which export to Botswana.

CEDA clients expressed these concerns and others during a media tour organised by CEDA last week. The tour started at Richmark Poultry in Moletemane village.

Richmark Operations Manager, Kim van der Mere, said the company was started as an ostrich farm 31 years ago but as time went on, they switched to broilers because of market needs.

She said the company has assets valued at P21 million. They slaughter between 9 000 and 10 000 chickens a day and make nearly P4 million a month in profits.

“We were offered a loan by CEDA in 2003 to expand the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 March, 2010

SEROWE – Shortage of water, which has negatively impacted on some sections of Serowe would be addressed once the anticipated measures are implemented, says Serowe water affairs assistant station manager, Mr Rebaone Matlhape.

Responding to a BOPA questionnaire, Mr Matlhape said the village is currently supplied through 39 boreholes, 23 being at Stekwane and 18 at Moriri but said three boreholes were closed due to high levels of nitrates.

He added that they are producing 6966M3/day but the daily demand is 8000M3/day and the daily consumption rate is 4809.15M3/day which means that they are pumping beyond the stipulated hours of operation in an attempt to meet the demand.

The figures show that we are producing enough water to meet the daily demand of the village. In reality however not all sections of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
26 March 2010

The High Court has ruled against investors from Malaysia in a dispute over an invaded property, in a move that will further sour diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Malaysian authorities have already expressed anger over the forced takeover of the property, a banana plantation in eastern Manicaland, which is supposed to be protected under a Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA). The property, Fangundu Farm (which is owned by the Malaysian and Dutch farming entity, Matanuska) was invaded over the festive season by Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Tanzania, former army general Edzai Chimonyo, who insists that he was awarded the property in 2006 under the land reform programme.

High Court judge Justice Yunus Omerjee dismissed an application filed by Matanuska, seeking to bar Chimonyo from appealing against an earlier ruling ordering him to vacate the property. That ruling was handed down in [continue reading]