Archive for April 26th, 2010

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka

The Bridgetown project in Kazungula which is valued at P164 million has been hailed as a significant project that will complement Botswana’s employment creation and economic diversification efforts.

Vice President Mompati Merafhe said at the project’s ground breaking ceremony that Bridgetown has great potential to help turn Botswana’s vision into reality.

He said that Botswana aims to be economically stable and prosperous, and attain high income status within the next ten years.

“Government has identified the tourism industry as one of the engines of Botswana’s economic growth, with potential to provide [continue reading]


source: BOPA
26 April, 2010

MAHALAPYE – Home brewed alcohol has, for a longtime, been left unregulated and many people continue to partake of it without having to be subjected to any regulations.

The Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe said government was working to enact some regulations that will control home brewed alcohol.

Speaking at kgotla meetings in Tidimalo, Dilaene, Herero, Mowana and Xhosa 2 in Mahalapye on Wednesday and Thursday, Lt Gen. Merafhe said government was concerned about the drinking habit of some people and the level of destruction unleashed unto their health.

He said the format used to develop these home brews was also a cause for concern.

General Merafhe cautioned residents to avoid such dangerous brews that have had a negative impact on the welfare of the youth as some seem to have aged well beyond their actual ages as a result of the cumulative effect of these alcoholic concoctions.

He said government would not watch helplessly as Batswanas lives go to waste because of the availability of brews that pose a real danger to [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 25 2010 at 10:38AM

A report by Public Protector Thulisile Madonsela has found President Jacob Zuma guilty of violating the executive code of ethics, the City Press reported on Sunday.

Madonsela branded Zuma “tardy” in the report handed to the presidency and the Democratic Alliance on Wednesday.

By law, Zuma had to declare his interests within 60 days of taking office, but he missed the deadline by eight months and did so only after the press pointed out the oversight.

The DA then asked the public protector to investigate the matter. In the report, Madonsela finds Zuma in contravention of the ethics code, although she accepts that some aspects of the code were unclear and thus hard to [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Oliver Modise

Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana and its affiliate, Family of God, have dragged Bakgatla Paramount Chief Kgafela Kgafela II and his younger brother, Mmusi Kgafela, to court demanding that the church be reinstated in Kgatleng urgently.

The case is set for hearing tomorrow (Monday) afternoon before High Court judge David Newman. In its filed court papers, the churches want the court to declare that the Bakgatla paramount chief has no legal authority to expel the churches or any of its members from Kgatleng.

Last week the family of God church was banned from worshipping in Mochudi by Kgafela following clash with the royal family over a crusade that the church held in Mochudi.

The clash led to the whipping of two of the church’s pastors by Kgafela’s regiments whom it is understood accused the pastors of disrespecting Kgatla law. However, Family of God contends that [continue reading]

Gabi Khumalo
26 April 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma, launching the country’s HIV Counselling and Testing campaign at Natalspruit Hospital in Ekurhuleni on Sunday, announced that he was HIV-negative – while stressing that people’s results always remained private and confidential.

Zuma, who took his own HIV test on 8 April to promote the campaign, said he had chosen to disclose his status in order to give leadership, not to put pressure on South Africans to do the same.

“Anyone’s HIV status is private and confidential. Disclosure is an individual decision,” Zuma said.

“After careful consideration, I decided to share my results with all South Africans. The purpose is to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies this epidemic.

“We will not win the war against Aids if we engage in witch-hunts against people and start campaigns of who is positive or negative as if this was a game. It is a serious matter,” Zuma said.

“This was my fourth test, as I have decided to take the test at regular intervals. I encourage all to do the same.”

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane were the first to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 April, 2010

GABORONE – Botswana has received a P55 million loan from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) to finance the development of Kasane airport.

The airport development is estimated to cost P180 million and financing will come from BADEA, government of Botswana and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

This is not the first time Botswana has received loans and grants from BADEA since the two have been partners in development matters since 1975.

The total amount of loans and grants offered to Botswana to date is US$127 470 000 stated Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Charles Tibone.

Speaking at the signing ceremony last week, Mr Tibone said the bank assisted Botswana in areas of infrastructure development, technical expertise, small and medium scale enterprises as well as [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 April, 2010

GHANZI – Some small business operators who have been engaged by the Ghanzi District Council to provide needy people with monthly food baskets have criticised the council for failing to inform them about the commencement of the smart switch system (coupon system) that effected on April 1.

Speaking in an interview recently, a street vendor, Ms Fridah Webb said she was left with no option but to return her supply worth about P47 000 back to Choppies supermarket.

Usually I would buy the stock two or three days before the recipients could get their ration and I did exactly that. I was surprised to learn that my customers were now using coupons to buy at the shops. When I enquired at the council offices they said they have notified us through letters, which I never received, she said.

She said she nearly landed in trouble since the supermarket did not take kindly to taking back the supplies, she said.

Another business operator, Mr Kombers Monyatse of Bobos Street vendor said when their contracts ended in October 2009, it was extended to December 2009 and in January this year, he was availed a schedule that would run until December but was informed that they will be alerted of termination once the coupon system starts and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Oliver Modise

Despite forging ahead with an interim constitution, party colour and symbol, the Barata-Phathi faction of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is still to reach an agreement on the name for the new party.

The splinter party leadership will convene a meeting in Gaborone today (Sunday) at which a decision will be taken on what name the new movement should assume. So far the party has chosen the colour orange and a ‘V’ sign as its symbol.

First on the list of names that have been approved by the registrar of societies as possible names for the new party is BarataPhathi Freedom Party (BFP).

Botswana Democratic Alliance (BDC), Botswana Movement For Democracy (BMD), Movement For Democracy and The Real Democrats of Botswana.

Also in the list are the names, Alliance For Botswana Democracy, BarataPhathi Democratic Movement and Independent Democrats.

“The V sign means [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Apr 25 2010 14:15 Jan de Lange

Johannesburg – Evidence of slow decline is evident from the confidential Eskom report the DA’s spokesperson for public enterprises, Pieter van Dalen, disclosed in parliament last week.

The report indicates that 35% of the power that Eskom delivers to households is stolen electricity.

On Tuesday Van Dalen set the cat among the pigeons when, during a sitting of the portfolio committee for public enterprises, he quoted from the report, showing that BHP Billiton was paying only 12c per kilowatt hour for electricity at its Mozal aluminium smelter.

But the 291-page report contains a lot of information other than details of the [continue reading]