Archive for August 6th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The value of Botswana’s diamond exports for the second quarter have come in marginally lower than the same period last year, with P4.49 billion worth of precious stones being sold between April and May.

The figure represents a 4.6 percent decline in Pula terms from the revenue earned from exports over the second quarter of 2009. In US dollar terms, the decline is 0.83 percent, reflecting the Pula’s weaker position over the greenback in the second quarter.

During the second quarter last year, the Pula averaged P7.18 against the greenback, while it has averaged [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 00:00

• As seconded staff leave their posts
• CEO serving notice, joins ICAO in Kenya Scores of former Ministry of Transport and Communications staff who were seconded to the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) abandoned their posts on Sunday and Monday because the Authority had not offered them full-time employment.

The management of CAAB was forced to ask the Botswana Police Service (BPS) and the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) to temporarily help out and provide personnel to man several key service positions at the Gaborone, Maun, Francistown and Kasane stations, including security, fire and [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Aug 05 2010 22:05

Johannesburg – Senior regulators and supervisors from 17 central banks and other regulatory authorities will meet over three days to deliberate the key challenges and opportunities posed by innovative new financial services on offer by mobile network operators (MNO) in South Africa and around the world.

Sending money to relatives or paying bills using a mobile phone is as easy and affordable as sending a text message in some countries. Some MNOs have even partnered with commercial banks to offer clients basic banking services such as deposits and withdrawals via their mobile network platform.

“Recent developments in mobile-phone enabled financial services suggest that we are on the cusp of a revolution in the way we [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The new uniform designed for the Department of Immigration, manufactured to the tune of P2.6 million, will help arrest the problem of impostors who defraud people pretending to be employees of the organisation, Labour and Home Affairs Minister, Peter Siele, says.

Speaking at the launch of the new uniform, Siele said unscrupulous thieves took advantage of the fact that the department did not have a standardised uniform.

“This scenario has brought with it some adverse repercussions which include the loss of identity and a poor image. It has also created problems for the public whom we serve, as they have often been unable to tell who the real immigration officer is,” he said.
The immigration department, says the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Kitsepile Nyathi
5 August 2010

Harare — South African President Jacob Zuma has stepped up the pressure on Zimbabwe’s leadership to end disputes threatening their coalition government by sending his special envoy Mr Mac Maharaj to Harare for further consultations for the second time in as many weeks.

Mr Maharaj is part of three member facilitation team that also includes President Zuma’s international relations advisor, Ms Lindiwe Zulu and former security minister Mr Charles Nqakula that has been mediating in the Zimbabwe crisis since November last year.

This week Mr Maharaj met the leaders of the three parties in the unity President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Aurthur Mutambara. Although he was reluctant to speak about progress in the talks, indications were [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

A blame game has ensued between the Speaker of Parliament, Margaret Nasha, and some opposition MPs after she closed parliament for recess on Tuesday evening.

Mystery surrounds the early adjournment of the 10th Parliament pitting Nasha against some opposition MPs.

According to Nasha, the house ran out of business to debate. It was initially scheduled to go on adjournment on Friday but due to lack of work, it closed early.

Nasha said that there was absolutely no business for members to debate leaving her with no choice but to go on adjournment.
She puts the blame squarely on the MPs. She said that last Friday over 10 motions were either withdrawn or deferred to a later date leaving only two for this week.

She said on Monday a motion by Palapye MP, Master Goya, was deferred to a later date because he is on an official engagement outside the country.

Another motion was deferred because the mover, Wynter Mmolotsi, was waiting for statistics from [continue reading]