Archive for July 12th, 2010

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) will soon start construction of the long-awaited multi-million pula transmission line through which power from the 600-megawatt Morupule B Power Station will be brought to Greater Gaborone.

The 400-kilovolt line from the Morupule B Power Station to the Isang sub-station is one of key works in the 600-megawatt station’s development. The transmission line is essential for securing Gaborone’s future power supplies as its capacity creates room for the capital city’s growth.

The project, estimated at between P150 million and P300 million, involves the installation of towers, transmission lines, conductors and other machinery along the [continue reading]

source: Fin24

Johannesburg – It will take another 10 days to repair the damaged parts of the Seacom data cable, lying nearly 5km deep off Africa’s east coast.

The weather, the depth of the fault and the parts needed are all delaying the repair process, said Seacom. July 22 was the earliest date by which repairs could be completed.

The undersea cable has been out of operation since Monday July 5, and has been disrupting international internet operations.

Seacom first said that repairing it would take just over a week, but problems related to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

Government is studying the possibility of securing BP or Shell’s infrastructure for a planned state oil company, Business Week has learnt.

Both BP and Shell recently announced their intentions to exit the Botswana market, with the former citing a strategic review and the latter a shift to exploration and production as opposed to refinery and marketing.

Shell and BP are Botswana’s two biggest and oldest petroleum retailers with extensive infrastructure countrywide and lucrative contracts across industry, many of these with government departments. Together, the two titans have 75 retail sites across the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by The Telegraph Reporter
08-07-2010

Central Bank said on Friday the medium term outlook for inflation is positive as it left the Ban Rate steady despite numbers going up for the past two months. This is also in line with expectation from the market.

With this positive outlook, Bank of Botswana left the benchmark rates at 10 percent.
“It is, therefore, expected that inflation will fall within the 3 – 6 percent objective range in the second half of 2011. It is further projected that, following contraction in 2009, the domestic economy will grow at a moderate rate in the short to medium term, with below trend output,” the Bank said.

There were worries in the last two months as Value Added Tax (VAT) increase of 2 percent and electricity tariffs that went up 30 percent led to an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

LOBATSE: High Court Justice Onkemetse Tshosa has adjourned to today the case in which the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), the Manual Workers Union, Botswana Secondary Teachers Union (BOSETU), Botswana Teachers Union (BTU and Botswana Land Boards and Local Authorities Workers Union (BLLAWU) are challenging government’s decision not to recognise them.

The unions have cited the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) as the first respondent while the Attorney General is the second. First to take the podium was the respondent’s team led by deputy Attorney General, Abraham Keetshabe, who argued that the application was poorly done and did not meet the standard for it to be heard in court.

He said that the Attorney General’s Chambers was not informed in time about the intention to sue, nor was [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
08-07-2010

Two more public sector unions have threatened to drag government to court over a recent decision to de-recognize them. The two, Tertiary Trainers and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) and Botswana Government Workers Union (BOGOWU) have taken offense with the Directorate of Public Service Management’s decision to ask them to provide information on their membership as proof of the fact that they are lawfully recognized as unions.

“We find it out of place for DPSM to suggest that the basis of asking unions to provide information explaining the status of their membership was in anticipation of arrangements or preparations for the public service bargaining council,” said Allan Keitseng, President of TAWU.

This follows serious disagreements at a meeting between the two unions and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
RUSSO LUMA
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: Located in the western part of the city, Haskins Street is probably the busiest street in Francistown today.

Cashing in on the high demand for blankets, electronics and other goods, these immigrants have turned a chain of Chinese shops on Haskins Street into their shopping home. It is a matter of Chinese immigrant shop-owners attracting Zimbabwean immigrant-shoppers. The mall along this street, which some call ‘Bulawayo’, is not a modern boulevard and the buildings and pavement are clearly beaten with age. But it seems much more attractive to immigrants than locals.

As one meanders his way along these shops, one has to be [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-07-11 16:55

Johannesburg – Governments have to double their efforts to educate the 72 million children around the world who are not able to attend school, President Jacob Zuma said at a World Cup education summit on Sunday.

“There are approximately 72 million children, almost half of whom are in Africa, who are not attending school,” Zuma said at the event, which was held at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

“The forthcoming United Nations (Millennium Development Goal) meeting in September and the possible delay in delivering on [continue reading]