Archive for August 24th, 2010

source: Mmegi

The concept of Botswana’s diamond industry as a regional hub takes the local centre that characterised the previous stage one step further.

The idea of founding a diamond centre in Botswana was born as early as 2002, but the centre was actually established only in 2008. Akolang Tombale, the architect of the Botswana diamond industry, who was born and raised in Botswana when it was a poor country, before diamond production began, was named coordinator of the diamond hub. After his recent retirement from the post, he was succeeded by Jacob Anthony Rakgomo Thamage, who also serves as head of Botswana’s diamond administration and its diamond controller. During a recent trip to Israel IsraeliDiamonds spoke with Thamage and the president’s representative in [continue reading]

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source: News24
2010-08-23 22:51

Johannesburg – National and provincial governments across the country worked to blunt the effect of a public workers strike in the health and education sectors on Monday.

The strike was being waged by members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA, the Public Servants Association, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA and the SA Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu).

They were demanding an 8.6% increase with a R1 000 housing allowance. Government has maintained that it could afford nothing higher than a 7% increase with a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

The 2010 Botswana Consumer Fair starts today, with a total of 318 local and international exhibitors who are expected to set up at Fairgrounds at Holdings in Gaborone.

Despite the slight drop in the number of exhibitors this year, there has been an increase in the number of stalls.

The number of exhibitors dropped a little from 320 last year to 318, while the stalls increased to 517 from 507 last year.

Fairgrounds Holdings Marketing and Communications Manager, Nyaladzi Kutjwe, says despite the country still reeling from the bruises of the recent global economic downturn, they are expecting visitors to come in large numbers to the show.

“I think the recession did not hit us that much. Last year we managed a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Irene Madongo
22 August 2010

Reports that Prime Minister Morgan Tvsangirai now has to consult the party over important decisions, is a strong indication that he needs to rely more on formal structures within the party than his informal advisors, an analyst has said.

On Sunday the Zimbabwe Standard reported that Tsvangirai can no longer make senior appointments in his party and government without consulting the MDC-T National Standing Committee (NSC), as part of measures to stem growing factionalism. The paper said there have been accusations that the Prime Minister’s so-called informal advisors or “kitchen cabinet”, which it claims include Ian Makone and Jameson Timba, recently advised him on his controversial reshuffle in June, which saw the appointment of Makone’s wife Theresa as Co-Home Affairs Minister, replacing Giles Mutsekwa.

Analyst Chofamba Sithole said: “There have been concerns about the so-called ‘kitchen’ cabinet, and this has been the structure composed of people loyal and close to the president of the party. This structure is informal and subverts the standing formal decision making process within the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kabelo Seitshiro
23-08-2010

Botswana’s leading dairy factory, Clover Botswana, on Wednesday announced the operation of its new multi-million dairy products factory in Gaborone.

The project took ten months to complete and processes fresh milk and juice products. According to the Managing Director, Herman de Lange, the new factory has created more than thirty-five new jobs and has implemented world class standards in terms of the layout, quality control and technology and it also represents a P40 million investment.

“We are excited to offer a brand with such a long heritage in the country for more than thirty years and it is imperative that Botswana is competitive in the dairy industry,” said de Lange.
He also mentioned that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

Local network service provider, be MOBILE, will use this year’s Consumer Fair, that kicks-off today, to launch new products and services.

The announcement was made by BTC Group Communications Manager, Golekanye Molapisi, at a media briefing at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone recently.

Molapisi said the BTC group, which is made up of Telecomms, Botsnet and be MOBILE, will be taking its retail outlets to the show where customers will be able to pay their bills, buy and apply for products and services at their stall. It will also unveil their new P30 airtime voucher at the fair. “The new scratch card comes as a response to our customers’ repeated requests for an airtime denomination between the P20 and the P50 ones,” Molapisi said. “We understand how convenient this airtime voucher will [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
23 August 2010

The intrigues in Zimbabwe’s power politics have taken a new turn with the emergence of a powerful group that is said to be in control of the country’s diamond riches. They are allegedly using the proceeds of the sale of the diamonds to enrich the ZANU PF party coffers.

SW Radio Africa can reveal that this coterie of hardliners is comprised of retired senior military officers all with close links to ZANU PF. The group has effectively taken control of the diamonds, from mining in Chiadzwa to the final sale of the gems at the new Zimbabwe Diamond and Technology Centre in Mt Hampden, just outside Harare.

There’s the first group of hardliners led by cabinet ministers and top civil servants. This group consists of Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and [continue reading]