Archive for November 10th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Close to 9, 000 jobs were created in the economy between March and December 2009, underlining the resilience of the private sector and vindicating government’s budgetary support during last year’s recession.

The latest official data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicates that the private and parastatal sectors grew by 4, 665 jobs between March and December last year.

The data indicates growth was registered in sectors like Construction and Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Trade as well as Real Estate, all of which directly or indirectly benefited from the government’s P10.6 billion development budget in 2009/10.

The CSO statistics show that [continue reading]


8th November 2010

From: Dr. Jeff Ramsay, DPS Media for BGCIS

Please find below –

Republic of Botswana (8/11/10) Tautona Times Special Edition – 2010 State of the Nation Address (Full Text)

Below please find in plain text the full text of the 2010 State of the Nation Address, which was delivered this afternoon by His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana –


OF THE TENTH PARLIAMENT – “Delivering People Centred Development”


Madam Speaker, before I begin I would request that we observe a moment of silence for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff writer

President Ian Khama has advised people to take refuge in The Bible when hurt by the media, which he accused of abusing freedom of expression to spread rumours and lies.

In his State of the Nation speech yesterday, Khama said the fact that freedom of expression is precious does not mean it should be misused to mislead or abuse others.

Khama, whose disdain for the local media is well known, said there is a line between holding people and institutions accountable and spreading rumours and untruths.

“This type of conduct, whether done by politicians, academics or [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 10 2010 at 12:06am

Cape Town – The government will have to make key decisions “soon” if it is to meet its target of new nuclear power capacity by 2023, Eskom chief executive Brian Dames said on Tuesday.

Briefing journalists in Cape Town, he said South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity envisaged 9000 megawatts of nuclear in the power mix.

“It’s a long lead time,” he said. “If you want new capacity in 2023 we would need a decision soon in order to make that.”

Asked what this decision-making would involve, he said a nuclear plant needed a site, which required a significant amount of geotechnical studies.

“South Africa’s fortunate in that Eskom has done a lot of
[continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

BSE-listed tourism concern, Chobe Holdings, has joined a growing list of Air Botswana castigators, labelling the national carrier’s sub-standard service as the single biggest challenge to the growth of the tourism industry in the country.

Announcing their financial results for the six months ended 31 August 2010, Chobe said Air Botswana’s failure to offer internationally acceptable service and its monopoly of routes into Northern Botswana was to the detriment of their business, which was heavily dependent on reliable air transport.

“The biggest challenge the tourism industry faces within Botswana remains the often sub-standard service rendered by Air Botswana, the only air carrier allowed to service the tourist industry in the Okavango,” said Managing Director, Jonathan Gibson.

“This situation has been further exacerbated by the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Cindy Shiner
10 November 2010

Leaders in the business, development, health and research communities are gathering this week in Washington, DC, to plan how to more effectively deliver healthcare through mobile technology in the developing and developed worlds.

The three-day mHealth Summit: Research, Technology and Policy aims to advance the discussion around ways mobile technology can increase the access, efficiency and effectiveness of health systems.

Mhealth stands for mobile-based or mobile-enhanced health solutions. “It’s basically making health wireless,” Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation, told a recent teleconference.

“It’s a simple but groundbreaking idea that global wireless networks and mobile devices – whether they be cell phones, smart phones, mobile-enhanced diagnostic devices – can be powerful vehicles for delivering innovative medical and health and services to the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

‘Our Zim policy in tandem with SADC ideals’

President Ian Khama says Botswana’s policy calling for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe is in consonance with the current regional position taken at the last two Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summits.

He said contrary to media reports that Botswana has changed her position (which was against lifting of sanctions) there is nothing untoward about it, as Botswana has been consistent with earlier decisions of SADC on Zimbabwe sanctions.

“Own reasons for wanting the sanctions lifted are [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
Wene Owino
9 November 2010

Gaborone — President Ian Khama of Botswana said yesterday that he wants sanctions against Zimbabwe to be lifted to deny ZANU-PF the “lame excuse” it uses to undermine the unity government formed with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC.

He said Botswana wants sanctions lifted to help provide a conducive climate for the Global Peace Agreement (GPA) to succeed and because ZANU-PF chooses to use the sanctions as an excuse not to fully deliver within the process they are a part of.

“This lame excuse should be put to the test,” President Khama told the Botswana Parliament in his state of the nation address.

He said that contrary to media reports, his country has not changed its position on Zimbabwe.

Botswana has been one of the most vocal critics of President Robert Mugabe and [continue reading]