Archive for July 28th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Minister of Education, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told Parliament yesterday that the government will sponsor all eligible students admitted to the University of Botswana (UB) this year.

She explained that the decision was taken after she met with UB representatives to reconcile the figures of students who have submitted applications for sponsorship.

She stated that as at July 9, 2010, there were 3,519 applications for sponsorship received by the ministry against the targeted 3,462, resulting in an excess of 59. “I am aware that some students did not meet the deadline for submission of applications for sponsorship. I am therefore of the view that it is only fair for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
27 July 2010

Pretoria — The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) estimates South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be adjusted downwards to 3.1 percent for 2010.

“For 2010 as a whole we have made a downward adjustment (from 3.4 percent in April to 3.1 percent) in the GDP growth forecast,” said the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in its economic prospects statement on Tuesday.

According to the BER, two thirds of the 2010 growth is forecast to be the result of an end to the huge inventory decline that was witnessed in 2009.

“One of the implications of this growth mix is that the underlying conditions in the economy may remain weaker than what would normally be characteristic of a 3.1% real GDP growth environment,” said BER senior economist Hugo Pienaar. As a result, no job growth is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana is expected to break new ground by becoming the first SACU member to establish a national body responsible for various trade issues including tariffs.

Under a 2002 agreement, the five SACU members have an April 2011 deadline to establish such a body. The Botswana Ministry of Trade and Industry says the national body will be responsible for investigating and evaluating applications with regard to alleged dumping or subsidised exports into the country. It will institute safeguard measures, amend customs duties/tariffs and make recommendations to the SACU Tariff Board.

The national body will determine eligibility for [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 27 2010 at 06:52PM

Cabinet on Tuesday announced interim fines for members of the executive, including the president, who breach the ethics code.

If ministers or the president fail to comply with the code, they can be fined up to a month’s salary, or see their salaries and benefits reduced for a period of up to 15 days, government spokesman Themba Maseko said.

Maseko said these measures were prompted by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report finding President Jacob Zuma in breach of the code for failing to declare his interests within 60 days of taking office.

They will apply until Justice Minister Jeff Radebe tables a report on a comprehensive review addressing weaknesses in the code listed by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Member of Parliament for Ramotswa, Odirile Motlhale, is set to formally announce his resignation from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to join the opposition Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) at a press conference tomorrow morning in Ramotswa.

BMD sources say Motlhale has been one of them to all intents and purposes, having formally informed his supporters over the weekend. The youthful MP will be unveiled by the BMD at the press conference that will be addressed by his friend, interim BMD chairperson Botsalo Ntuane. Motlhale would not entertain any media enquiries yesterday at the National Assembly, although he donned a tie in the telltale orange colour of the BMD. Motlhale arrived at Parliament Buildings with [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 27 2010 at 06:40PM

South African President Jacob Zuma will not be fined for violating the cabinet’s ethics code, after he was eight months late in declaring his assets, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

This is despite a cabinet agreement last week that fines should be paid if ministers or the president fail to comply with the executive ethics code.

Government spokesman Themba Maseko said cabinet members could be fined up to a month’s salary, or see their salaries and benefits reduced for a [continue reading]