Archive for September 16th, 2010

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

In a move that will briefly give the state full ownership of the country’s sole coal mine and associated works, the government is on the verge of acquiring De Beers’ interest in Morupule Colliery.

The Government intends to bring in a strategic partner to replace De Beers in a process calculated to ensure that Botswana has more control over the prized national asset whose supplies are key to the crucial 600-megawatt Morupule B project.

Presently, the government indirectly owns 50 percent of Morupule Colliery Limited (MCL), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Debswana, the diamond mining giant in which the [continue reading]

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source: IOL
Tania Broughton
September 16 2010 at 06:31AM

Police have again moved against surgeons accused of performing illegal kidney transplants at Durban’s St Augustine’s Hospital – and this time hospital group Netcare, which is accused of reaping more than R22 million from the operations.

Its CEO, Richard Friedland, will also be in the dock.

In total, they face hundreds of charges, including fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and contraventions of the Human Tissues Act, relating to 109 operations at the hospital, between 2001 and 2003, in which poor people – mainly Brazilians – were paid to donate their kidneys to Israeli patients.

In a statement, Netcare said: “After several years of co-operating fully with the South African Police Service and providing the investigating officer with countless affidavits it has come as a great surprise and disappointment that the prosecuting authority has seen it fit to bring charges against [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

President Ian Khama will not be attending this year’s United Nations General Assembly, instead his Vice-President General Mompati Merafhe will stand in for him.

According to weekly press updates from Office of the President Merafhe will depart for the UN Assembly on Saturday while President Khama will be mingling with the general public of Maunatlala, Goo-Tau and Mosweu villages at an evening fire event in Tswapong Constituency.

This is the third consecutive year that Khama has not attended the General Assembly, something which opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) say is likely to put Botswana at a disadvantage. MPs recently called on government to explain why the President is not [continue reading]

Another PS quits

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:00

Trade’s Molosiwa retires in October

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mrs, Banny Molosiwa, is leaving the public service at the end of October this year.

Her retirement follows that of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr. Gabaake Gabaake, who is leaving at the end of September. Sources indicated that he was not happy with the status quo in government.

Molosiwa’s departure brings to about ten the number of permanent secretaries who have left the public service since 2008; several were reported to be disgruntled with the situation in the public service.

Some senior government officials speculated that the old crop of senior civil servants do not want to be associated with the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

The government is going to do away with the system of voting for land board members, the Minister of Lands and Housing, Nonofo Molefhi, announced at a kgotla meeting in Molepolole yesterday.

In the past, land board members were elected by members of the community at the kgotla. The government believes that the current arrangement is fraught with irregularities.

Molefhi said that the government is going to advertise for land board positions. With the new arrangement, the chairman of the land board and their deputies will be appointed by the minister, the Molepolole meeting was [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:00

• Some staff earn close to P170 000 a month
• There is no business plan

Ministry of Health officials met over the weekend to try and come up with a strategy to rescue the financially troubled Bokamoso Private Hospital, The Gazette is informed. It is reported that the hospital is in deep financial trouble and is on the brink of collapse.

Bokamoso Hospital is a joint project between the BPOMAS and PULA medical aid schemes. Speculation is that all is not well between the management of the hospital and some Health Ministry officials and allegations of sabotage are flying around. Some industry players claim a clash of interests between the Board Chairman, Dr. Richard Malefho, who is also Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, and Bokamoso’s Managing Director, Mr. Kabelo Ebineng.

The hospital is understood to have been an idea conceived through a [continue reading]