Archive for April 1st, 2010

source: BOPA
31 March, 2010

GABORONE – Value added tax (VAT) goes up tomorrow, following Parliaments approval of Ministry of Finance and Development Planning resolution presented Monday.

Presenting the resolution, Mr Kenneth Matambo, finance and development planning minister, proposed that the rate of VAT be increased from the current 10 per cent to 12 per cent beginning of next month.

The resolution sailed through despite opposition from some MPs, among them Mr Dumelang Saleshando of Gaborone Central, Messrs Nehemiah Modubule of Lobatse, Moremi Tawana of Maun West, Wynter Mmolotsi of Francistown South and Gibson Nshimwe of Chobe.

Their argument was that most Batswana had been hit hard by inflation hence the high the cost of living for low income groups who would be [continue reading]


source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The police are yet to make an arrest after the discovery of a hand grenade at the car park behind the Office of the President. It is almost a month after the incident and the police are still investigating and pursuing possible leads.

On Monday, police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa, said their investigations are continuing and they have not made any arrests yet. A grenade is a military weapon, usually thrown at enemy forces during war. The grenade explodes and kills or destroys buildings when thrown from a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
31 March 2010

Robert Mugabe has reportedly said he will not appoint provincial governors from the MDC, as they may not be loyal to him. He has also dug in his heels and said that Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and central bank boss Gideon Gono are going nowhere.

The ZANU PF leader is said to have told all this to South African President Jacob Zuma two weeks ago, also reiterating that he will not appoint Roy Bennett, the MDC treasurer-general, to the agriculture portfolio or any other ministerial post. The comments were made during a private meeting Mugabe had with President Zuma in Harare.

Yet another clear indication that the latest talks can go nowhere as Mugabe has no intention of sharing power.

The revelation about these comments was told to a Zimbabwe delegation during a meeting with senior officials in South Africa’s department of International Relations and Cooperation (formerly the Foreign Affairs Ministry).

On Monday the delegation, under the banner of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana has won an Interpol Eco-message award for her outstanding efforts in combating international wildlife crime.

The 2010 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – Interpol Eco-message award was conferred on the country at the 15th Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on Wild Fauna and Flora held recently in Doha, Qatar.

This was revealed by deputy permanent secretary in the ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Edmont Moabi, during a press brief organized to give feedback on CITES Tuesday.

The over P180 000 (Euro 20,000) award was funded by the IFAW and was presented to the country which had contributed most significantly to the international exchange of intelligence relating to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

All government departments including the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) are now expected to build flats instead of single house units as the country has an acute shortage of land.

Land Minister, Nonofo Molefhi, made these revelations at a stakeholders’ breakfast seminar hosted by the Botswana Housing Corporation.

“We are moving towards high-rise development and will be looking at issues of costs with a view to building flats more and more, and we are insisting that government should also build flats for best utilisation of the little land that we have. We must appreciate that we have a problem with land. Expanding our residential territory means taking more and more fertile land that is needed for ploughing and pastures,” he said. Molefhi said that to deal with the problem of land, Land Boards would continue to reduce plot sizes.

“We may find in the passage of time that a single unit house is more expensive than a flat – the idea being to get more people to [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-03-31 22:06

Cape Town – The South African National Air Quality Act will come into full effect from April 1, the department of environmental affairs announced on Wednesday.

The act requires the national environment minister or an MEC to “identify and publish activities which result in atmospheric emissions that requires an atmospheric emission licence before they can operate”, the department said in a statement.

According to a list published in the Government Gazette, such activities include mineral, metallurgical, chemical processing and certain types of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
31 March, 2010

GABORONE – Ministry of Lands and Housing has allocated nearly 100 000 residential plots to Batswana in the past five financial years.

Responding to a question from Boteti North MP, Minister of Lands and Housing, Mr Nonofo Molefhi, said of the allocated residential plots, 6 011 were state land while 93 973 plots were customary land.

The minister said during the same period the private sector also provided housing to Batswana.

He, however, said it was difficult to indicate a deficit or surplus in the allocation of residential plots due to a number of reasons.

Among the reasons was that most Batswana had been allocated more than one residential plot in both towns and villages, while others [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 31 2010 at 11:46PM

Durban – The global police agency Interpol on Wednesday said South Africa’s World Cup security planning surpassed its expectations, with no tournament terrorism threats identified ahead of the June 11 kick-off.

“What I have seen so far is very positive. South Africa can be proud of the level of security that is in place,” Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble told reporters.

“My opinion is that South African Police Service is doing all that is in its power to ensure that South Africa is as safe as possible during the World Cup.”

Interpol was in South Africa to assess security plans ahead of the tournament, where it will work alongside South African police and provide links to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2010

Parliament this week passed four bills, among them a bill to amend the Magistrates Courts Act to allow magistrates to engage assessors in both civil and criminal cases in an advisory capacity. The assessors are expected to, among others, provide assistance in interpreting traditional identification marks (matshwao) and colours as well as animal behavior during stock theft cases.

Again, Parliament gave government green light to raise a loan from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) for part financing the expansion and upgrading of the Kasane Airport. The expansion and upgrading of the airport project includes a VIP lounge and runway lights.

According to the loan agreement, Botswana would use its own money to pay contractors and claim the money from BADEA. Also enacted was the Industrial Property Act to provide for the protection of industrial property in Botswana, thus giving effect to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
31 March 2010

Zimbabwe’s embattled commercial farmers had a small taste of victory this week, after a multimillion rand property owned by the Zimbabwe government in South Africa was seized by their lawyers, in the first significant legal move against ZANU PF over unlawful land ‘reform’.

The property was one of four identified by civil rights initiative AfriForum, to be ‘attached’ as possible compensation for South African farmers who have lost land in Robert Mugabe’s war on white farmers. A 2008 regional ruling, declaring his land ‘reform’ program as ‘unlawful’ has been ignored and legally dismissed in Zimbabwe, leaving farmers with no choice but to seek justice elsewhere. Farmers approached AfriForum to have that same ruling, made by the human rights court of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), registered in South Africa.

Judge Garth Rabie last month ruled in favour of the farmers, stating that the SADC Tribunal ruling, including a later order to pay costs to the farmers, should be honoured. AfriForum has since been seeking what Zimbabwean assets can be attached to settle these costs and identified four properties in Cape Town. The R2,5 million house in the Cape Town suburb of Kenilworth was attached by the sheriff’s office on Tuesday, meaning it could now be auctioned off by the farmers to cover their [continue reading]