Archive for June, 2010

source: IOL
June 09 2010 at 11:55PM

National farming body Agri SA on Wednesday reiterated previous requests for urgent and in-depth discussions with the government on the elimination of obstacles hampering land reform.

Agri SA President Johannes Moller said it was in nobody’s interest, especially the poor, to introduce drastic measures that would undermine confidence and have an adverse effect on food security.

“Deficiencies in the implementation of the existing policy should instead be addressed and partnerships should be formed with the private sector to ensure sustainable and accelerated land reform,” he said in a statement.

Moller was commenting on various statements by government officials, including President Jacob Zuma, on an [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Isdore Guvamombe
10 June 2010

Harare — POACHERS shot and killed 10 elephants at one spot in Gonarezhou National Park in Chikombedzi along Zimbabwe’s border with Mozambique and South Africa last week.

The elephant carcasses without tusks were found lying along Mutandanjiva River near the road to Ndali communal lands in the north-eastern part of Gonarezhou.

Parks and Wildlife Management Authority immediately put a US$1 000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the poachers.

Parks spokesperson Ms Caroline Washaya-Moyo yesterday confirmed the incident that left the authority and the entire wildlife sector “shell-shocked”.

“The carcasses were discovered on June 1 and several spent cartridges from an FN riffle were found on the scene. The tusks were removed in what appeared to be a [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 June, 2010

GABORONE – The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ms Banny Molosiwa says her ministry encourages businesses for them to be sustainable and vibrant.

Addressing members of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, Ms Molosiwa said this could lead to economic growth and job creation in the country.

She however said her ministry wants to be creative and innovative when dealing with issues pertaining to business so that it could achieve its mandate.

According to her, by so doing the ministry will be able to prudently address the challenges facing the business sector and realise it ambition of diversifying the economy which currently is heavily reliant on minerals, especially diamonds.

She noted that this is why the government came up with a plan to assist some textile companies which collapsed due to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 June, 2010

TUTUME – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Phandu Skelemani has told the residents of Tsamaya in the North East District that foreigners who come to Botswana to do business are bound by the laws of the country.

Mr Skelemani informed the residents at a kgotla meeting that the fact that this country needs foreign investors and has to go abroad in order to get them to come to Botswana and invest their resources here does not mean that we will entertain any fear in disciplining them if they misbehave.

He said foreigners have to work within the parameters of both the written and unwritten laws of the country and that if they disobey them they have to be punished accordingly.

The minister cited an example of some foreigners who were flogged at a kgotla in Francistown for [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 09 2010 at 06:44AM
By Zelda Venter
High Court Reporter

It is two days before the start of the biggest soccer spectacular in Africa, and five days before the much-anticipated Group D clash between Ghana and Serbia at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday. Yet a building constructor is in the Pretoria High Court today trying to halt all the World Cup games at the stadium unless the City of Tshwane pays him the outstanding R28.8 million for upgrades he said he had done at the venue.

However, the Tshwane Metro Council has said it will counter this action. It is also considering laying criminal charges against the very same company that upgraded Loftus Versfeld and is now threatening to upset the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

Officials of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Gaborone Central branch have resigned to join the breakaway Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).

In a letter addressed to the BDP secretariat, Gaborone Central branch secretary, Bogadi Nwako notifies the party that she, together with 10 members of the branch committee are resigning from the ruling party with immediate effect. Attached to the letter are copies of resignation letters from 13 committee members of the branch and ward committees.

Among them are deputy secretary, Monica Gomotho, deputy treasurer, Masego Motlhaleemang and women’s wing chairperson, Ethel Morubana. Nwako said their resignation is a reaction to the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 June, 2010

GABORONE – Botswanas foreign exchange reserves have declined by 16 per cent to about P58 billion at the end of last year.

The reserves, according to Bank of Botswanas director of research, Mr Andrew Motsumi, are equivalent to 20 months of import cover of goods and services compared to 33 months in 2008.

Mr Motsumi was speaking during the presentation of the banks financial results for the year ended 2009 in Gaborone last week.

He said the global financial crisis adversely affected financial performance leading to the net loss of about P4 billion against a net income of about P11 billion in 2008.

On other issues, Mr Motsumi explained that the bank paid a dividend of about P1 billion to government as compared to P1.3 billion in 2008.

That, he said, followed a transfer from the government investment account of [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-06-08 21:41

Johannesburg – Nearly half the minibus taxis operating between Soweto and Ellis Park will be removed from Johannesburg’s roads, Mayor Amos Masondo announced on Tuesday.

In return for handing in the vehicles, the taxi owners would get shares in a new bus operating company.

“This project is about transformation, it seeks to improve the quality of life of commuters and residents,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.

According to the agreement, 585 minibus taxis would be removed from the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system’s 25.5km route between Soweto and Ellis Park stadium.

Pete Harris, who is the head of the facilitation team between taxi operators and the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporters
06-06-2010

Former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana Professor Thabo Fako, Botswana Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) Chief Executive Officer, Cross Kgosidiile, head of Motswedi Securities Group, Martin Makgatlhe, and former Debswana Group Secretary, Joe Matome, are among surprise faces in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) new think tank that has been set up to draw the party media game plan and clean up its image.

Minister of Education and Skills Development, Pelonomi Venson – Moitoi who is masterminding the BDP new media strategy, has roped in “friends of the BDP”, among them parastatal leaders, academics, business people and Public Relations agents to help come up with a strategy to fight the negative publicity that has been generated by the breaking away of some party members who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Mogomotsi Buzwani
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: Due to the on-going strike actions by transport workers in South Africa, paraffin users in and around Francistown area encounter a blackout period as some service station have been going most of the time without paraffin since beginning of this year February.

Information reaching The Monitor shows that only four filling stations in Francistown supply the whole second city at large and some nearby places.

Paraffin shortage has also been reported in as far as places like Tutume and Maitengwe villages. This is due to that the supply companies have been struggling to bring in as much supplies as they could from South Africa.

In an interview yesterday with one of the customers who [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Maranyane Ngwanaamotho
Staff Writer

Uprotected sex in prisons could be a thing of the past soon, if the Minister of Health has his way.

The minister, Dr Rev John Seakgosing, broke the ice last Friday when he appealed to the National AIDS Council (NAC) in Gaborone to seriously consider distributing condoms in prisons.

Seakgosing, who is a medical doctor by profession, strongly spoke against the government’s denial of sex in prisons when there is evidence that there are unprotected sexual activities in jail.

“Sooner or later, we are going to regret our failure to acknowledge the problem that is so obvious to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
07 June 2010

The South African government has been ordered to release a hidden report on the 2002 elections in Zimbabwe, after a successful court bid by a local newspaper.

Since 2008 the Mail & Guardian has been trying to have the report released, amid widespread speculation that it contained evidence showing that Zimbabwe’s 2002 disputed election was not free or fair. Judge Sisi Khampepe and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke were at the time commissioned by then president Thabo Mbeki to visit Zimbabwe and report back on the state of the election. The report was handed over to Mbeki but never made public, although the former President insisted the electoral process in Zimbabwe was completely democratic.

The newspaper’s efforts to access the details of the report were repeatedly denied, leaving it little choice but to seek the intervention of the High Court. The government, now under President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, has seven days to release the report to the Mail & Guardian, after the High Court ruled in the newspaper’s favour last Friday. The government can appeal in that time, but their plan of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Mbongeni Mguni
Staff Writer

The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO)’s heritage tourism activities are bearing fruit with several community-driven projects on the verge of taking off around the country.

The projects, funded under the BTO’s P15 million annual development budget, are designed to diversify tourism away from traditional activities such as wildlife while simultaneously spreading tourism activities around the country.

The heritage activities are in line with a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) research recommendation that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Africa: Latest News
Servaas van den Bosch
8 June 2010

Countries are quietly signing up to the Copenhagen Accord, but commitments on emissions cuts and funding remain unclear.

“We have to decide by this Sunday whether we sign the Copenhagen Accord, or not. If we don’t, we have no access to the 30 billion dollar quick startup fund,” Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula told a gathering of businessmen in Windhoek at the end of January. “Perhaps we should just take it.’

Angula was wrong on the first point: faced with a less than enthusiastic response from the 194 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its executive secretary, Yvo de Boer, dropped the Jan. 31 deadline long before Angula’s predicament arose.

That nobody in the Namibian government seemed to be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
TSHIRELETSO MOTLOGELWA
Staff Writer

Papers received by Mmegi yesterday indicate that government, Basarwa and a number of human rights groups have been engaged in ‘fruitful’ negotiations.

The Botswana government is said to be negotiating with Basarwa and a group of human rights NGOs, among them BOCONGO, Ditshwanelo, the First People of the Kalahari, the Kuru family of organisations, the UB Research Centre for San Studies and the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa.

The pioneer of the talks, Roy Sesana, and a number of community members are said to have pulled out of the [continue reading]