Archive for August 12th, 2010

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

Contractors are due to submit tenders in Tokyo, Japan for the construction of a one-megawatt photo-voltaic (solar power) station, the first of its kind in Botswana.

The 1.11 billion yen (P87.3 million) power station will be built by Japanese contractors at the Japanese government’s expense, before being handed over to the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) to manage and maintain.

The facility is expected to become sub-Saharan Africa’s first solar power station if it is commissioned ahead of Eskom’s R6 billion plant planned for Upington, South Africa. The Upington project has secured funding from the African Development Bank, World Bank and financiers and is presently beyond the design stage.

The Botswana station, to be located in Phakalane and [continue reading]

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source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:00

They want to stop govt from buying BP fuel storage facility

Some Cabinet Ministers may scuttle government plans to buy a British Petroleum (BP) fuel storage facility to augment its existing strategic facilities, it is alleged, arguing that the move would be a reversal of the privatization policy.

It is understood that Cabinet recently discussed the possibility of buying some BP services that are up for sale, especially a storage facility, and a task force has been set up to lobby BP top brass to sell.

However it is understood that some Ministers and officials have also set their sights on the businesses; fears are that, having privileged information, they could persuade the government to abandon its plans. It is understood that they are [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

Kgalagadi Breweries(KBL) believes it has finally bid farewell to incidences of foreign objects finding their way in bottled drinks, or cracked bottles finding their way into the production line after observing their automatic bottle detecting technology achieve 100 percent efficiency since it was installed 19 months ago.

At the beginning of 2009 KBL invested P4.2 million in empty bottle inspecting technology(EBI) clear beer brewer, and is today proud of the performance and level of precision of the technology which has now replaced the archaic style which saw people hired as sighters to pin-point faulty bottles.

Kgalagadi Breweries(KBL) says the plant’s performance exceeds industry standard for quality, efficacy and [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by ………..
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:00

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development is believed by many to be a cursed ministry. It is a department that is always involved in dubious practices that cost the tax-payers a lot of money. Its problems range from sponsoring ghost students to lack of mechanisms to monitor its divisions within the country to run efficiently and effectively. The song by Gongmaster was resonating in my mind when writing this article, Sangoma bua!! Who bewitched our beloved ministry and by extension its employees? This include Teaching Service Management (TSM), Department of Student Placement and Welfare (DSPW), Department of Secondary Education and our trade unions especially Botswana Secondary Teachers Union (BOSETU). The latter died with the departure of Ditau, Mukomani and [continue reading]

source: IOL
Staff Writer
August 12 2010 at 08:07AM

A group of concerned media houses and civil society groups have joined together to fight the “draconian anti-media legislation” proposed by the ANC.

They are urging individuals and other groups to sign a petition against the ruling party’s planned media appeals tribunal and the Protection of Information Bill.

The civil society groups are the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), Anti-Privatisation Forum, Equal Education, Lesbian and Gay Equality Project (LGEP), Social Justice Coalition, Section 27, Students for Law and Social Justice, Sweat, and the Treatment Action Campaign.

“The right to free expression and freedom of the press and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

The formation of a new political party in Botswana is set to mount the pressure on government to speed up the economic diversification process.

The 2010 fourth quarter forecast report compiled by a UK research company, Business Monitor International (BMI) says the diversification of Botswana’s economy is set to become a central political issue in the medium term as the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) attempts to maintain its dominance in the face of a challenge from the newly formed Botswana Movement For Democracy (BMD).

The report says that although Botswana’s economic recovery has gained momentum in the past few quarters, with first-quarter growth data showing that the revival is firmly underway, statistics indicate that the bounce in growth has been [continue reading]

source: allAfricaRadio France Internationale (Paris)
11 August 2010

Zimbabwe on Wednesday held the first auction of diamonds from its Marange mines since international regulators lifted a ban on the fields’ stones. About 900,000 carats of rough diamonds – valued at about 56 million euros – went on sale, according to trade watchdog the Kimberley Process.

Buyers from the US, Israel, Russia, Lebanon and India attended the auction, which took place behind closed doors at Harare airport.

The Kimberley Process (KP) blocked the sale of Marange diamonds in November 2009, following allegations of human rights abuses by soldiers sent in to seize control of the area’s mines.

The regulator partially lifted its ban last month. Its monitor in Zimbabwe, Abbey Chikane, has made several visits to the Marange fields in the past week and continues to [continue reading]