Archive for October 11th, 2010

source: Sunday Standard

Despite the negative GDP numbers for the second quarter of the year, Botswana economy is not likely to go back to recession, but its growth is expected to be mild, analysts said.

The local economy contracted by 8.4 percent q/q during Q2/2010, reversing the 4.1 percent q/q growth achieved in Q1/2010 sending shock waves across the economy that it might take longer experience double dip.

However, the contraction is not surprising according to a local economist.

Gaotlhogwe Motlaleng, University of Botswana (UB) macroeconomist said it was not surprising that the GDP contracted in the second quarter looking at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Tourism operators say the breakdown in talks over a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Botswana and South Africa will result in the country losing its tourism competitive advantage to other regions such as East Africa.

Following the collapse of negotiations between the two countries last July, South Africa forced Botswana to cease its Johannesburg-Maun direct flight from the beginning of October in retaliation for Botswana’s continued monopolisation of the route.

South African airlines have been trying to break into the lucrative route, but the Botswana Government has refused to open the coveted corridor in order to protect Air Botswana, the national carrier.

Other than Air Botswana, no other airline is currently permitted to have a scheduled flight from Johannesburg – which is the air access point of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
08 October 2010

A group of representatives from Zimbabwean organizations in South Africa met with officials from that country’s Department of Home Affairs to try and resolve the problem of long queues at application offices. The ultimate goal was to ensure that Zimbabweans who need to legalize their residency status in South Africa meet the December 31st deadline set by the government.

Nqabutho Dube, the MDC-M secretary in Johannesburg, told SW Radio Africa on Friday that the meeting was productive in resolving the procedural matters that will allow faster processing of the applications. But he was concerned that some of the important legal issues that affect applications were not concluded.
Dube said the South African delegation was led by the Home Affairs Director General, Methuni Aplein, who has been under pressure to meet the deadline. Zimbabweans were represented by the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
by Kagiso Madibana

Local contractors, Majoboge Construction and BWR Quantity Surveyors, have been awarded P2.2 million for the expansion of facilities in Jwaneng.

The development is a scheme by mining Mogul, Debswana, to expand the Jwaneng Mine Hospital, through its Cut-8 project.

The company recently announced that the project entails an extension of the pharmacy area as well as an upgrade of the out-patient department. Expectations are that the project should be running for only four months.

While other private hospitals are rumoured to be deep in financial troubles, the company said that, due to the Cut-8 project, there has been an influx of people in [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-09 12:03
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Washington – Nations in sub-Saharan Africa have picked up a third seat on the World Bank’s 25-member executive board.

The former deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Renosi Mokate, takes her seat November 1.

Her election on Friday represents another step by the 187-nation Washington-based lending institution over the past two years to boost the voice and representation of developing countries and nations playing a bigger role in the global economy.

A similar effort is under way at the bank’s sister institution, the International Monetary Fund, but is stalled for the moment.

Bank President Robert Zoellick said Mokate’s election means developing countries will have a majority of seats on the board, which makes decisions on [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse

A number of senior police officers and Civil Registry officers in the Ministry of Home Affairs are reported to be behind an alleged security breach of the O’Mang national registration database in a bid to undermine the Botswana Police Service retirement programme.

This is reported to have spawned a burgeoning black market in forged O Mang identity cards which are used as false proof of age to evade mandatory retirement – Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.

A number of senior police officers who are past the mandatory retirement age are alleged to be conniving with Civil Registration officers to bring their birth dates forward so that they can [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

When University of Botswana (UB) academic, Motsomi Marobela placed an advert to announce that he is selling goats, he was not aware that he was inviting state security operatives to harass him. But this is exactly what happened.

It started when a ‘potential’ buyer called persistently but failed to honour two meetings. But when they finally met yesterday, Marobela had a harrowing experience at the hands of two men who identified themselves as ‘undercover intelligence agents’ from the military.

He said he realised the men had something up their sleeve immediately he laid eyes on them. Even though they were not in uniform, he could tell they were from the security agencies. One of the men was a giant with a green t-shirt that emblazoned ‘army’ in front. Marobela said the man was armed with a revolver and had a communicating gadget on his wrist. He said he realised that the men were not interested in buying goats and sensing danger, he decided to have no [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona sibanda
8 October 2010

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s strong rebuke of Robert Mugabe on Thursday has struck a chord with his party supporters, who were increasingly getting worried about his defence of the ZANU PF President.

A number of political analysts have said the outburst by Tsvangirai may have signaled the ‘reinvention’ of the man who caused Mugabe a lot of discomfort before he agreed to join the unity government.

The Prime Minister’s verbal salvo was apparently prompted by Mugabe’s unilateral appointment on Sunday of provincial governors from ZANU PF to serve another term, in violation of the GPA.

‘In the last couple of months people were seeing a different Tsvangirai who was warming up to Mugabe, which was unfortunate. He was over-praising his opponent which shouldn’t have been his role,’ Clifford Mashiri, a political analyst said.

For over a year the MDC leader has diplomatically avoided attacking Mugabe in the hope that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Edgar Tsimane

The Office of the President (OP) says an officer responsible for the purchase of the controversial P46 000 fridge for former Minister Ndelu Seretse has been reprimanded.

“We are a Government whose civil service is obliged to operate according to established procedures,” the government spokesman, Dr. Jeff Ramsay, told the Sunday Standard on Friday.

OP took blame on behalf of the former minister citing that “administrative lapses” led to the purchase. Ramsay said OP has not yet paid for the fridge.

With an increasing penchant to draw money from government coffers, including the National Disaster Fund where is the office going to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Butchery owners in Selebi-Phikwe are still feeling the pinch years after the ban on braaing and selling cooked meat on their premises was imposed.

The ban drove some of the businesses to the wall.

Most butcheries Mmegi visited this week were showing little life, with only a few pieces of meat in trays. An employee of Tsenang Butchery and Fresh Produce in Leseding Ward, Tirelo Bakani, said the cooked meat and barbeque ban has killed their business.

“This butchery used to be one of the busiest in town with nine employees,” she said. “It is like a haunted place today. The management was forced to retrench five employees.

The manager was contemplating retrenching again recently. He has no choice because there is no business. Braai was the backbone of these butcheries.”

The remaining employees live in fear of losing their jobs and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard

The Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) said on Friday its new property development at Fairgrounds will give the country an “iconic” status that will be remembered by tourists that visit the country.

The Fairground Precinct that will include a 4-star hotel, 15 storey tower—the tallest building in Botswana — and shopping arenas will add to the new skyscrapers that will slowly transform the City of Gaborone.

“We want to make something iconic. In every town, there is a landmark you will always remember,” said Letsweletse Ramokate, Manager, Property Division at BDC. “We want to create something that will linger on [continue reading]