Archive for April 12th, 2010

source: BOPA
12 April, 2010

GABORONE – Inflation is likely to move above the Bank of Botswanas (BoB) target band of 3-6 per cent and remain there for the majority of 2010, according to a Business Monitor International (BMI) report.

The report also anticipates that BoB will only begin raising rates in the second half of the year (with 100bps worth of hikes penciled in for the year) in order to allow cuts to feed through and support economic growth.

BMI estimated that there were 2.21 million mobile subscribers in 2009 and anticipated the total to rise 20.8 per cent by 2014 to 2.67 million.

Over this period the report noted that penetration will rise from 113.6 per cent to 127.4 per cent.

On the other hand, the report mentioned that in line with their expectation, BoB held the benchmark lending rate at [continue reading]


source: Mmegi

The US State Department’s latest human rights report has criticised the Botswana government for its ‘continued narrow interpretation’ of the 2006 High Court ruling that granted the Bushmen the right to return to their ancestral lands.

The report states that although the ruling recognised the Bushmen’s constitutional right to live on their lands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the majority are ‘being prohibited from returning to or hunting’ in the reserve. It found that many Bushmen have not returned to their land because ‘lack of water made [the reserve] an extremely inhospitable environment’.

Since the ruling, the government has banned the Bushmen from accessing a water borehole, which they used before they were illegally evicted from the reserve. Without it, they struggle to find enough water to survive on their lands. At the same time as denying the Bushmen water, the government has drilled new boreholes for wildlife and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Destination Stewardship category of this year’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

The prestigious Awards, which recognise best practice in sustainable tourism in four different categories – Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business, will be held in Beijing, China next month.

The Okavango Delta has been picked alongside China’s Mount Huangshan Scenic Site and an unnamed destination in Montenegro.

Botswana Tourism Board (BTB) public relations officer, Thabiso Leshoai confirmed the development.

“Okavango Delta, situated in the northwest part of Botswana, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Destination Stewardship category of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has announced that 1,052 out of the 1,593 people who applied for the new e-passport have now received them.

Some of the people who have been issued with the passports are President Ian Khama and his cabinet.

In an interview with Mmegi, the ministry spokesman, Letso Mpho, said the new passport system is on track and on schedule and it is done by regional deadlines to be reached by September 2010.

Applicants for the passport only have to pay P12 for the electronic document.

Mpho has also said that they will launch the Immigration and Citizenship System (ICS) project on Friday afternoon in Gaborone.

“This project will facilitate the electronic transformation of the processing of permanent residence certificates, appeals, exemptions and renewal of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 April, 2010

GABORONE – Economic promotion fund projects are not doing well due to mismanagement of funds, lack of commitment and abandonment of projects by beneficiaries.

According to Assistant Minister of Local Government, Mr Kentse Rammidi, of all the income generating projects that were funded, 30 per cent were operational and only 10 per cent were profitable.

Mr Rammidi said the overall effectiveness of Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) had been limited by challenges ranging from lack of market, mismanagement and lack of commitment in both income generating projects and the livestock scheme.

He said beneficiaries who were given livestock from 2000 onwards, had more cattle than those who were issued with livestock in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Barata-Phathi , a breakaway group of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party will announce the name of their new party in two weeks after it has been registered and its colours decided, according to spokesperson, Sidney Pilane, speaking on Wednesday this week.

He also stated that Kweneng South East MP, Edward Raletobana, told the Barata-Phathi that he is trying to facilitate mediation between them and BDP president, Ian Khama.

Raletobana is reported to have met Khama without the blessing of the Barata-Phathi and they discussed the faction’s intention to break away and form a new party.

“After a long discussion it was agreed that Sir Ketumile Masire’s mediation effort would be the only way we are following and there is no need for another mediation.

We will negotiate through Masire but I can assure you that [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 11 2010 at 03:36PM

By Sapa and Bianca Capazorio

The police are checking out media reports of possible terror threats during the World Cup, says Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

“We are not particularly in the habit of responding to unsubstantiated reports and comments by faceless persons; however, recent media reports suggesting such threats exist hold no water,” he said.

“While we stand firmly on this, we will still test the authenticity of the said media reports as we generally do with any other such reports. We simply cannot ignore them,” he said on Friday.

At this stage, “no reports exist that confirm such threats,” he added.

Sports Illustrated online reported on Friday that an [continue reading]