Archive for August 19th, 2010

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Selebi-Phikwe Town Hall is the venue of the copper mining town’s first-ever regional buyer/seller forum beginning tomorrow.

The forum will run under the theme SPEDU Region’s First Buyer/Seller Forum That Promotes Transparency.

In an interview with Mmegi Business, SPEDU’s Marketing and Communications Officer, Dineo Seleke, said the aim of the forum was to bring buyers and sellers under one roof in order for them to harmonise procurement procedures and tackle common trading challenges.

The forum follows community consultations undertaken by [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 00:00

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security, Bruce Palai has said Government awarded a South African based company, Sagem Security South Africa a tender to supply the Botswana Police Service with Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in February 2008 at a value of P30 Million Pula.

Speaking at the official handing over ceremony of the devices, Palai said the government had approved a total of P30 million for the procurement of this state-of-the-art system in 2007.

“This level of investment demonstrates the Government’s commitment to adequate and necessary resourcing of the Botswana Police Service within the existing budgetary constraints,” said Palai.

The Permanent Secretary said this was done with the realization that ever increasing complexities of modern day policing requires equally matching capabilities for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

A six-member delegation from Beijing, China is in Botswana to forge working relations with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture and the Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC).

The Chinese delegation, which is led by the vice-president of the Beijing Youth Federation (BYF) Deng Yaping, arrived on Monday and was treated to a welcoming dinner at Bull & Bush Restaurant in Gaborone.

The relations were formalised yesterday when BYF and BNYC signed a Memorandum of Agreement at Sedibeng Lodge. BNYC expects to benefit financially from what the visitors say is the first such agreement with any youth organisation outside China.

The purpose of the partnership is to, among others, strengthen cultural [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Tourism concern Wilderness Safaris has partnered with Great Plains Conservation in a P30-million deal that will transform one of Botswana’s famous tourism properties, Duba Plains in the Okavango, into a diversified premier tourism attraction.

In a statement released this week, Wilderness says the sale of Duba Camp, whose proceeds will be used to enable further development in the Okavango and Linyanti regions, was completed in May this year when it received a payment of US$4.5 million. Duba Plains is a 300 000-hectare reserve in the Northern Okavango popular among tourists because of its lion and buffalo interactions. Says the statement from Wilderness:

“Okavango Wilderness Safaris (OWS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wilderness Holdings Limited, entered into an [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 18 2010 at 10:59PM
By Ed Cropley

The United States joined the chorus of disapproval of proposed changes to South Africa’s media laws that some campaigners have likened to the draconian press curbs of the apartheid era.

Speaking at the South African Institute of International Affairs on Wednesday, US ambassador Donald Gips urged the African National Congress to maintain the commitment to openness that has marked its rule since the end of minority rule in 1994.

“The overturning of apartheid offered South Africans opportunities to come together to create a constitution that is a model both in terms of citizen responsibility and for its protection of the freedoms so many fought to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:00

Amendments to the Income Tax Act and Value Added Tax Act are only expected to be effected in 2011. This is contrary to expectations created by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Kenneth Matambo in his February budget speech, that changes would be effected at beginning of tax year in July, this year.

Officials say delay is caused by failure to conclude consultations with stakeholders in the initial timeframe envisaged.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Solomon Sekwakwa has indicated that the required Amendment Bills is still being drafted. The Finance Minister is expected to present a Bill for Parliamentary approval at the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

While a new disciplinary regime will have contractors who fall foul of the law eventually de-listed, nervous citizen contractors want government officials who line their pockets with kickbacks kicked out of the way, reports MBONGENI MGUNI

In a move that will effectively sideline affected businesses from the government’s P23.4 billion procurement cake for 2010/11, the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) has invoked a section of legislation empowering it to censure and de-list corrupt and incompetent contractors.

Under the new rules, PPADB will reprimand, suspend or de-list contractors and their affiliated parties found guilty of bribery, taking kickbacks, collusion, fronting, conflict of interest, uncompetitive and [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Aug 18 2010 22:32

Johannesburg – The nation-wide public servants’ strike will step up a gear on Thursday, despite government’s protestations that it doesn’t have the cash for an improved offer.

The 200 000-strong Public Servants Association (PSA) announced on Wednesday that it would join striking Cosatu unions.

“PSA members will from tomorrow (Thursday) be on an indefinite strike, together with the rest of labour, until our demands are met,” said spokesperson Manie de Clercq.

Numbers of public servants started striking on Wednesday, mainly members of [continue reading]

source: The Botswana GazetteWednesday, 18 August 2010 00:00

FNBB today launched a new competitively priced Business Debit card, offering business customers accelerated access to their funds 24hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Business Debit card is FNBB’s latest offering continuing the Bank’s innovative culture of offering solutions to customers. The FNB Business Debit Card allows cardholders to withdraw cash at any ATM and Swipe at any point of sale locally and internationally, therefore designed for the unique nature of diverse businesses.

Each primary cardholder is issued with a full access card. In addition, the account holder may ask the Bank to issue cards to persons they nominate as additional cardholders. Additional cardholders may be issued with either a full access card or a limited access card. This will result in elimination of petty cash and help companies manage their [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Diamond trading network RapNet has warned that it would expel any of its members, which knowingly offer diamonds mined at the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe, for sale.

This was despite the Kimberley Process (KP) having allowed Limited diamond exports from the Marange diamonds fields to resume, following a suspension earlier this year. RapNet parent company, the Rapaport Group, informed members in a trade alert notice on its website that, while the trading of Marange diamonds was legal in some jurisdictions, it was still illegal for US, European Union (EU) and UK citizens or entities to knowingly trade in these diamonds, owing to government sanctions.

“We strongly urge members to contact their suppliers and obtain written assurances that they are not being supplied Marange diamonds. US, UK and EU members may have a [continue reading]

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

Harare — Southern African leaders brushed aside pressure to reign in Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe for refusing to implement a power sharing agreement with his former rivals at a regional summit that ended on Tuesday.

Instead the leaders meeting in Windhoek, Namibia called on the international community to lift sanctions on Mr Mugabe for alleged human rights violations.

The communiqué of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit held in Windhoek, Namibia was silent on a roadmap for new Zimbabwe elections despite fierce lobbying by the veteran ruler’s coalition partners for a new poll.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who formed a unity government with the veteran leader last year following inconclusive elections had asked regional leaders to [continue reading]