Archive for April, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

At least three Radio Botswana journalists were summoned to the Office of the President yesterday for a grilling because they granted airtime to Sidney Pilane, the spokesman of the newly formed Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).

Mmegi is reliably informed that Thuso Letlhoma, Ketirele Matlhape and Sakaeyo Jani were summoned to the seat of power to explain ‘a few things’ and why they should not face disciplinary action for airing the live interview.

The interview was followed by a phone-in programme in which callers were asked what their feelings were about the new party and whether multiplication of parties in Botswana was going to benefit the country in any way. The splinter party from the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Karima Brown
30 April 2010

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said yesterday that SA would not emulate Zimbabwe’s land grab.

Addressing a symposium on constitutionalism hosted by the Black Management Forum in Johannesburg, Zuma said land reform would be conducted “within the law”.

“There will be no similar kinds of land invasions in this country, because we do things within the law,” he said.

While Zuma did not specifically mention Zimbabwe, his comments came amid concerns raised by opposition parties following remarks made by African National Congress (ANC) Youth League president Julius Malema upon his return from a visit to that country. Malema spoke glowingly of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s land invasions.

While calling for a “pragmatic approach”, Zuma stressed that land reform needed to be refashioned.

“Significant changes will need to be made to [continue reading]

Govt support SMMEs

source: BOPA
30 April, 2010

GABORONE – The governments decision to use its purchasing power to buy locally produced goods and services has given impetus to local businesses, says Vice President Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe.

He said the initiative will also reduce the countrys huge import bill.

Officially opening the 2nd Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) conference and fair in Gaborone yesterday, Lt Gen Merafhe also emphasised the importance of the private sector procurement in the growth of the SMME sector.

He said the diversity, distribution and agility of the private sector could also contribute to the establishment, survival and prosperity of SMMEs.

The vice president said the private sector, compared to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica (Washington, DC)
Charles W. Corey
29 April 2010

Now is the time for transformation of Africa’s infrastructure, and African leaders understand the importance of that task, a senior World Bank official told the fourth annual U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference April 28.

Addressing a packed ballroom in Washington on the first day of the three-day conference, which is sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), Katherine Sierra, the World Bank’s vice president for sustainable development, said it was in 2005 at the Group of Eight industrialized nations summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, that world leaders pointed to Africa’s infrastructure as a key factor in determining the pace of sustained economic growth and development on the continent.

Sierra said that, in response, the World Bank and other groups put together the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana can use the expanded Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) to become a regional aviation hub, particularly in the untapped short-haul market.

Speaking in Gaborone on Monday, Captain Edward Boyo of Aviation and Allied Business Publications said as a landlocked country with such a facility under construction, Botswana could become the centre of southern Africa’s air travellers.

“Botswana has a very small population, but that cannot stop it from becoming a regional aviation hub like Addis Ababa,” Boyo said. “Becoming a hub does not necessarily require large [continue reading]

Okavango River floods

source: BOPA
28 April, 2010

SHAKAWE – The Okavango River has begun flooding for the second time in a space of only two years after many years of relative calm.

So far 59 people from Mohembo East have been evacuated as at Friday last week, according to Mr Edison Chaba of Metereology Services in Shakawe.

Eight other people were also evacuated at Kauxwi and Xakao, he said.

At Nxamasere, about 52 people from 16 households were also evacuated, Sunday night, according to Asistant District Officer, Mr Lenamile Montsho.

He said more people would need to be evacuated as flood were approaching the village.

Mr Montsho has appealed to residents to keep a safe distance from the raging river that left about 804 people homeless and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Monitor (Kampala)
Kitsephile Nyathi
29 April 2010

Harare — More than 45, 000 teachers have left Zimbabwe to look for greener pastures abroad in the past decade, a new report indicates.

An unprecedented economic decline blamed on the political squabbles and President Robert Mugabe’s questionable policies has seen millions of Zimbabweans, including sought-after professionals seek refuge overseas and in neighbouring countries.

The formation of an inclusive government between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last year has done little to stem the tide.

Health and education sectors have been the hardest hit by the brain drain, which has paralysed schools and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Police corruption is a growing problem in Botswana today. An examination of a local newspaper or any police-related publication in an urban city during any given week would most likely have an article about a police officer caught committing some kind of corrupt act.

A most recent case is that of Mabutsane Police Station commander, Stephen Kebaitse who is on trial for corruption charges. He is appearing before Jwaneng Magistrates Court for allegedly embezzling over P60, 000 exhibits in a criminal matter. There are other police officers, charged in courts of law, for crimes they committed while in office.

In Botswana, police officers have complained of unsatisfactory pay which does not meet their daily needs. The officers, mostly from the traffic department are said to be [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-04-28 19:06

Pretoria – Residents of the historically neglected rural area of Winterveld, north-west of Pretoria, were elated when President Jacob Zuma visited the area on Wednesday to launch a solar water heating system.

A total of 270 households were already enjoying the benefits of this system, which government was expecting would be rolled out to about a million homes by 2014.

“If we do nothing to develop ourselves then we will never be a developed country…the very point of empowerment is education,” Zuma told hundreds of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Investors have called on the Botswana government to give illegal immigrants temporary permits to allow them to work in the country.

Speaking yesterday at a Labour and Home Affairs Pitso, a conference organised by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs in Gaborone, Ishmael Komanyane of the Association of Business Consultants said Botswana’s fear of being overrun by illegal immigrants could be turned to Botswana’s advantage.

At the moment Botswana spends millions of Pula on repatriating illegal immigrants, most of whom are from Zimbabwe.

“We can fingerprint them wholesale and see if they can be utilised in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
28 April 2010

Several MPs from the mainstream MDC on Wednesday said they had little hope the country would have a new constitution by next year.

The process of drafting a new Zimbabwean constitution has been further delayed, which means the country’s new charter is now running almost 9 months behind schedule.
Under the original agreement signed in September 2008, which formed the basis for the formation of a coalition government, the country was supposed to have a new constitution by July 2010.
An MDC MP told SW Radio Africa that despite funding problems, the process was also facing stiff resistance from ZANU PF legislators who are allegedly terrified of the repercussions a new [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The value of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) facilitated by the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) dropped by approximately 69 percent last year as the global recession restricted capital flows and blunted the country’s allure to investors.

Yesterday, the government’s key foreign investment agency unveiled lacklustre FDI figures for 2009 indicating a 68.8 percent decline in investment to P319.7 million. This was against a target of P550 million for the year.In comparison, in the 2008/09 financial year, BEDIA facilitated foreign investment in Botswana worth P539.9 million against a target of P500 million. Over the same period, these investments created 2, 044 jobs while for the 2009/10 reporting period the P319.7 capital investment created 225 jobs. During both years, the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
Samuel Kamndaya
27 April 2010

Poor infrastructure is eroding Africa’s competitiveness as an investment destination.

To improve the situation, the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (Waipa) is calling on the continent to find a lasting solution to the problem.

In a statement obtained in Dar es Salaam, Waipa vice-president Emmanuel ole Naiko told the First Africa Regional Investment Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, that poorly interconnected air routes within the continent and barriers to cross-border trade were discouraging investors.

Mr ole Naiko, who doubles as the Tanzania Investment Centre executive director, also bemoaned poor connection of roads, railways and ports.

He said most of such facilities targeted Europe and the US instead of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Kgosi Kgafela and his regiments do not have any legal or administrative authority to impose civil or criminal reprimand upon the Family of God Church (FoG) or other affiliates of the Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana (EFB).

In an interim ruling issued yesterday following an urgent application by both the EFB, as the first applicant and FoG, as the second applicant, Justice David Newman of the High Court ordered Kgafela and his regiments to lay their hands off the Family of God Church and all evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Kgatleng. Kgafela was cited as 1st respondent in the matter, his brother Mmusi was cited as the second respondent and Morafe was [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Kitsepile Nyathi
27 April 2010

Harare — A High Court judge has given the cash strapped Zimbabwe government the nod to start selling diamonds from a controversial diamond field whose exploitation has been met with sharp criticism from human rights groups.

President Robert Mugabe’s administration in 2006 seized mining claims from the British registered Africa Consolidated Resources accusing the firm of illegal mining in the country.

After years of uncontrolled mining and smuggling of diamonds, the government last year gave the claims two companies that have partnered the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation to start commercial mining.

ACR had approached the High Court seeking an interim order interdicting the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe, ZMDC and the two companies from selling the precious stones from the Chiadzwa diamond fields.

The company argued that it still owns the claims from which the [continue reading]