Archive for April 21st, 2010

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

The Barata-Phathi faction of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) will move closer to naming for their proposed party today when they expect to get communication from the Registrar of Societies.

The Barata-Phathi spokesperson, Sidney Pilane said the long awaited name of the new party might be known this week once the Registrar gives them feedback from the 10 names they submitted.

He explained that the Registrar is expected to give them a response on which names they cannot use. “Tomorrow (today) he will give us a response to say which names we can’t use, especially those that are [continue reading]

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source: BOPA
21 April, 2010

GABORONE – More than 1 750 Batswana have acquired e-passports, says Mr Letso Mpho, an official in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mr Mpho said e-passports are currently issued in Gaborone only, but that they will soon roll out the issuance to other stations countrywide.

He said the installation of the e-passport system is being rolled out and that the process will be completed in September.

He said places that will have e-passport facilities by September are: Tsabong, Ghanzi, Maun, Gaborone, Lobatse, Selebi-Phikwe, Francistown and Kasane.

Mr Mpho said old passport bearers would bear the responsibility of transferring their active visas to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 April, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana is marching towards becoming a green economy, Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Kitso Mokaila, revealed Monday.

Mr Mokaila was speaking at the ongoing International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)Africa conference on developing countries vulnerability to climate change at the University of Botswana.

He said as a long term response to climate change, his ministry, as per a presidential directive had been tasked to oversee preparation of long term mitigation and adaptation strategy.

As such all committees that had been involved with climate change issues would be reorganised to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Government will have to inject fresh capital into cash-strapped Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) after passing a “lower” 30 percent tariff increase instead of 55 percent which would have taken the power utility back to a healthy financial position.

Announcing the average 30 percent increase in power tariffs in Gaborone last week, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said the BPC has been registering operating losses for the past four years and there is need for the Corporation to sustain its operations.

The minister said that although the 30 percent increase effective May 1, will go a long way in trying to raise financial resources for the struggling power utility, Government will still need to inject some cash into [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-04-21 08:04
Daniëlla du Plooy, Beeld

Johannesburg – The ANC will “never go down the same road as Zimbabwe” as far as land and farmers are concerned.

Thandi Modise, deputy secretary-general of the ANC, said on Tuesday that “land issues, especially those of other races (other than the one which already owns the majority of land)” need to be addressed urgently to prevent South Africa from becoming a second Zimbabwe.

The ANC said at a news conference on Tuesday that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) will leave for Venezuela on Wednesday as part of their visits to various countries where they will look at “different models of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 April, 2010

WINDHOEK – South Africa is expected to pay Botswana P1 billion following a March ruling by the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) arbitration panel.

The debt was confirmed by Mr Kenneth Matambo, Botswanas finance and development planning minister, in an interview on the sidelines of the ongoing SACU meeting in Namibia.

Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland had complained that South Africa, as the administrator of the SACU tariffs revenue pool, had cheated them in calculating their annual entitlement.

The bone of contention was how the revenue sharing formula as contained in the binding SACU 2002 agreement was applied, and the worlds oldest customs union tribunal ruled in favour of the four countries.

Payment is expected anytime between now and [continue reading]