Archive for August 17th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Mbongeni Mguni
Staff Writer

Botswana has again retained its coveted status as the most preferred mining and minerals investment destination in Africa, according to the authoritative 2010 Mid-Year Update of the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies.

Released last Wednesday, the Survey captures the views of 429 mining executives operating in 51 jurisdictions assessed by Fraser Institute researchers between June 1 and 30, 2010.

The researchers ranked jurisdictions – which include countries and geographic distinctions within countries – according to the Survey participants’ responses to 11 policy areas, which collectively determine the attractiveness of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter

Blood tainted with the HIV/AIDS virus has been able to go past the safety screening procedures at the national blood bank to the drips (intravenous infusion) of patients during transfusion – the Sunday Standard can reveal.

BONELA lawyers have served the Ministry of Health with a notice of intention to sue after their client, a five year old boy from Mochudi was infected by HIV contaminated blood at Deborah Retief Hospital three years ago.

The case, however, only came to light five months ago after an investigation by the health authorities turned up information that the blood sample from the five year old’s blood transfusion, which is normally kept for [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-08-16 22:42

Harare – Zimbabwe on Monday shrugged off a ban by a major diamond trading network on gems from its controversial Marange diamond fields, saying it was sure to find buyers in Russia and Asia.

The US-based Rapaport Diamond Trading Network, or RapNet as it is known, warned in a statement on its website that it would publicly denounce and expel any of its members who dealt in Marange diamonds.

The network links thousands of diamond suppliers and buyers across the world.

RapNet founder Martin Rapaport said that although the global diamond watchdog called the Kimberley Process (KP) had authorised Zimbabwe last week to sell nearly 900 000 carats of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Bame Piet
Staff Writer

LOBATSE: Government and five major trade unions – the Botswana Land Boards and Local Authorities (BLLAWU), Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), Manual Workers Union, Botswana Secondary Teachers Union (BOSETU), and Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) – have agreed to work together in the future.

The settlement stems from a legal battle between the parties last month after governments attempts to de-recognise the unions were exposed forcing the five to go to the High Court seeking urgent court intervention. The unions cited the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) as the first respondent and Attorney General (AG) as the second respondent.

The settlement states that the five trade unions will continue to enjoy [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-08-16 22:55

Johannesburg – A body representing major media houses in the United States has sent a letter to President Jacob Zuma urging him to shelve legislative proposals that would “severely restrict” South African media.

“We call on you as the head of state and leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to ensure that such proposals are either amended in line with constitutional safeguards for freedom of the press and access to information, or withdrawn altogether in the interest of preserving the transparency, accountability, and democracy gained after apartheid,” the letter penned by the newly established [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

The media in Botswana has been urged to cover issues affecting women in rural areas. Speaking at a panel discussion held under the banner, “The media has failed women in Botswana,” last Thursday, panelist Elsie Alexander of University of Botswana said she has noticed that womenfolk in rural areas are not given coverage, as the media concentrates more on the urban centres.

She said the media is supposed to be the voice of the voiceless and not just concentrate its efforts in the media conferences where speeches are read. Alexander also complained that HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence issues coverage has gone down, urging that they should be at the top of the agenda. “Our media workshops do not translate into deliverables. Maybe we need to find a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Fidelis Zvomuya
16 August 2010

Johannesburg — Another story of an African farm, in Zimbabwe, one that accounted for 15 percent of the countries cotton crop was stolen at the end of a machete and has reverted to pre-subsistence as farmers get food handouts

Mavis Muchena sits on the veranda of her mud hut, a middle-aged single mother of four with a face worn beyond her years and hands creased from working the soil.

She should represent the future of a renewed farming boom in Zimbabwe, but instead she represents its failure.

Muchena and 100 others arrived at Yomba Farm, near Raffingora some 150 kilometres west of Harare, six years ago from rural Guruve. Armed with machetes and rifles, they threatened to kill the farmer if he interfered with their takeover. This was during the height of Zimbabwe’s forced, chaotic and [continue reading]

BDP welcome back two mps

source: Mmegi
Ephraim Keoreng
Staff Writer

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has welcomed back two MPs who defected to the breakaway Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) last month.

BDP secretary general Thato Kwerepe said on Saturday that they received Mogoditshane MP Patrick Masimolole and his Shoshong counterpart Phillip Makgalemele over the weekend. Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Kwerepe said the two MPs were welcomed back to the BDP in Gaborone.

“Now they are back at the party they love so much,” he said. Also speaking at the same event, cabinet minister and BDP publicity committee chairman, Shaw Kgathi said the party is [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Morula Morula

Leaders of opposition parties in the country are accusing the government of unwillingness to solve the Central Kalahari Game Reserve inhabitants issue over the rights of water.

The issue has seen the two camps engage in a protracted legal tussle, which opposition leaders say is tarnishing the image of the country internationally.

Amongst those accusing the government is the Botswana Congress Party Secretary General, Taolo Lucas who says the government should have acted humanely in this case and provided water for the inhabitants of CKGR, regardless of [continue reading]