Archive for April 8th, 2010

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Botswana’s economy as measured by the GDP shrank by six percent last year due mainly to declined activity in the mining sector, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office.

“Real GDP declined by 6.0 percent in 2009 from the revised 3.1 percent in 2008,” says a CSO statement. “The drivers to the decline was mining and manufacturing industries, with mining being the major contributor to the decline at 9.9 percent.” GDP bounced back by a positive 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 after shrinking by 20.9 percent, 2.5 percent and 7.9 percent in the first three quarters of the year respectively.

GDP is a primary health indicator of an economy that shows the total market value of goods and services produced in a country in a year. The 7.2 growth in the last quarter of last year was largely attributed to a rebound in the mining and agriculture sectors as the country shook off the effects of the global recession after a disappointing start of [continue reading]

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source: BOPA
07 April, 2010

LETLHAKANE – Residents of Khumaga and Rakops villages in Boteti Sub-district have welcomed the presidents fifth D: delivery saying through its inception they have witnessed efficient service delivery and cooperation among public officers.

The residents said in random interviews recently, that the introduction of delivery has played a pivotal role in ensuring that public servants remain committed to deliver on their mandate.

The residents acknowledged that they were no longer compelled to travel long distances to Letlhakane to access services since most of the services were available locally.

Kgosi Gonkgang Mankgatau of Boteti West noted that delivery was a real success saying it has provided room for more positive changes since [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

The country’s largest oil company, Royal Dutch Shell, wants to divest from its retail and marketing operations in Botswana and 20 other African countries.

This news comes hardly a month after another oil company, BP, announced plans to pull out. In a statement on its website, Shell says it is shifting its focus to exploration and production of oil while simultaneously cutting back further on refining and marketing.

“Shell Oil Products Africa (Shell) announces it is reviewing ownership options for its downstream businesses in 21 countries in Africa,” says the statement posted last week.

“While a number of options are being considered, the preferred outcome is the sale of most businesses in scope as going concerns.”
Shell is reviewing 15 percent of its refining capacity and is [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 April, 2010

GABORONE – Some union representatives have embraced Ministry of Education and Skills Developments move to cancel the double shift system next year.

Botswana Secondary Teachers Union (BOSETU) executive secretary Mr Justin Hunyepa applauded the ministry for moving swiftly in phasing out the programme, which he said was destined to compromise the quality of education in the country.

He said they have long submitted proposals to government and were not in agreement with the position that the double shift sessions be introduced in the schools.

He said although the system was regarded as a pilot project, the speed and the circumstances of its introduction were not conducive for a successful implementation hence the challenges that ensued since its introduction.

Mr Hunyepa said their reservations on the implementation of the system emanated from a number of concerns citing poor consultation on [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 07 2010 at 11:38PM

South African extremists are warning countries about sending their soccer teams to a “land of murder” after a notorious white supremacist was bludgeoned to death only 10 weeks before the World Cup.

Tour operators counter that the high-profile slaying hasn’t led to cancellations and that many coming already knew South Africa has high rates of violent crime – 50 murders a day. Fifa also says it is pleased with the country’s security arrangements.

“It’s a murder that’s happened, there’s murder happening all over the place” around the world, said Steve Bailey, CEO of South African tourism wholesaler EccoTours, which is handling thousands of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

Listening to Balete traditional leader, Kgosikgolo Mosadi Seboko, waxing lyrical about alcohol last week one would have thought the Kgosi would go further to add that there is no need for government to keep on introducing levies to fight alcoholism.

She did not. The Kgosi, who also appears on billboards this week as one of the shining lights cautioning the Botswana society against irresponsible drinking, was a guest speaker at the launch of Botswana Alcohol Industry Association(BAIA) at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

The BAIA is made up of six alcoholic beverages suppliers in Botswana namely: Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL), Distell Botswana, Botswana Breweries (BB), Heineken International, Namibia Breweries and Diageo. At a time when government has upped its battle against alcohol abuse by hiking prices, the Kgosi came up with a different solution to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
07 April, 2010

MAHALAPYE – Mahalapye Sub-district officer, Mr Mothibi Monyakeng says his office has decided to perform marriage solemnisation at Sefhare in an effort to take services closer to people.

Speaking at a kgotla meeting in Sefhare recently, Mr Monyakeng said his office would like to meet its customers half way as many travel long distances for their marriages, adding that they should register at Sefhare main kgotla and he will come on Fridays to carry out the proceedings.

He said in Mahalapye marriages are performed on Wednesdays while Shoshong has been scheduled for Thursdays.

On decentralisation, Mr Monyakeng said the government came up with the concept where certain powers are given to districts to undertake their own decisions citing the establishment of sub-districts around the country as an example.

He said Mahalapye sub-district is to be subdivided again with Mahalapye being an [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
7 April 2010

Johannesburg — THE World Bank board will be in breach of its own regulations if it decides tomorrow to grant a loan of more than $3bn to Eskom to help it build its 4800MW coal-fired power plant at Medupi in Limpopo.

Not because of the plant’s capacity to pollute, but because hundreds of millions of those dollars will end up in the bank accounts of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

The World Bank surely cannot allow this to happen. If it does it will threaten its carefully constructed reputation as a corruption-buster in big projects around the world.

Corruption in the Eskom build programme — which most South Africans appreciate is critical to the future success of our economy — arises because the ANC, through a company it directly owns called Chancellor House, in turn owns 25% of one of the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
MARANYANE NGWANAAMOTHO

Recent rains have increased the national dam levels by at least a percentage with Metrological services predicting more rains today and tomorrow over the South-East, with significant reduction over the South-West areas and parts of Gantsi District.

Gaborone dam has increased levels from 54 percent to 55 percent and Molatedi dam from 30percent to 31percent. Letsibogo dam has increased by 3 percent to 78 percent, while Shashe and Ntimbale increased by 1 percent and 2 percent respectively to reach 100 percent. These increases, however, do not impact the months of supply without inflow.

Metrological services reveal that Radisele, Kalamare, Pont Drift Border, Molepolole and Tonota areas received the highest rains in [continue reading]