Archive for June 28th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

President Ian Khama has been accused of trying to govern the country like his own household, undermining transparency and protocols that govern the constitution. Botswana Congress Party (BCP) spokesman, Dumelang Saleshando told Mmegi that by barring private media from covering cabinet visits to councils, Khama thinks he can “come and make his own rules, circumventing the existing ones”.

The Gaborone Central MP was speaking after opposition councillors walked out of a full council meeting yesterday attended by Khama and the cabinet at the Gaborone City Council. The councillors took the action to protest the prevention of the private media from [continue reading]

28 June 2010

Compulsory basic damage insurance on vehicles is being considered by the government, but appears to be a long way from becoming a reality.

“It’s going to take a while… we’re still in the very early brainstorming stage on this,” transport ministry spokesperson Logan Maistry told Sapa on Friday.

He was responding to questions after Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele’s announcement on Thursday, in a written reply to a parliamentary question, that the government was “considering making third party insurance a requirement in South Africa”.

Maistry confirmed that the insurance being considered was for damage to vehicles, and should not to be confused with the injury and death cover that drivers, passengers and other accident victims currently have in terms of the Road Accident Fund, paid for by a levy on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

All nine opposition councillors in the Gaborone City Council (GCC) walked out on President Ian Khama and his cabinet yesterday citing ‘procedural flaws’. The councillors staged a walkout shortly after the media was told to leave.

“I stood up to seek clarification as to why the media had to leave since this was a full council meeting, which according to procedure should be open to the public including the media. The answer was that this was a cabinet meeting and the media had to leave. Now that was not the answer we got yesterday from the city clerk who assured us that the meeting would be a [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jun 28 2010 08:03
Dewald van Rensburg

Johannesburg – The impasse between Eskom and the unions can be resolved if the parties agree to return to the table, Kannan Lakmeeharan, Eskom’s MD of systems and planning, told Reuters on Sunday.

There has been progress on both sides, he maintains.

According to Lakmeeharan, Eskom nevertheless has contingency plans to keep the lights on during the 2010 FIFA World Cup if the unions decide to strike.

On Friday, the three unions negotiating with the electricity supplier announced new wage demands that were far below what they had so far officially requested.

They were now demanding a 9% wage increase and a R2 500 housing allowance, while Eskom’s latest offer had [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Chief of the armed forces, President Ian Khama, has extended the contract of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) commander, Lieutenant General Tebogo Masire, military sources say.

Masire took over from Lieutenant General Matshwenyego Fisher in 2006. He would have retired this year, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 55. Senior army officers are required to retire at 55.

The previous commanders retired at that age except for Khama who retired at 45 in 1998.

However, according to sources, Khama has extended Masire’s contract by two years.

Masire became one of the BDF’s initial officer cadets in the late 70’s, soon after the army was [continue reading]