Archive for November 29th, 2010

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff writer

Sechaba Brewery Holding’s dwindling sales volumes of alcohol beverages is not a reflection of lower intake of alcohol in Botswana as consumers have migrated to less expensive imports than home brews, managing director Hloni Matshela has said.

Briefing the media on the company’s interim results for the half-year ended 30 September 2010, Matshela said that due to the unfair implementation of the alcohol levy which has made imports more affordable than locally-produced alcoholic beverages, their market share and profits continues to slide while the expected increment in the alcohol levy will see more consumers desert KBL and BBL beverages but not necessarily stop alcohol consumption. “I believe for the alcohol levy to serve its intended purpose, it must affect all the sellers in the same way. For some time now, we have been engaging the government to make them understand that the implementation of the levy gives an unfair advantage to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
26 November 2010

There has been an angry reaction to Robert Mugabe’s planned attendance at a European Union (EU) summit in Libya next week, with the EU coming under fire for continuing to host a known human rights abuser.

Mugabe will be attending the EU-Africa summit in Tripoli next Monday, where ironically one of the issues to be discussed will be ‘good governance’. Under the main theme of Investment, Economic Growth and Job Creation, Heads of States and Governments will address key issues, like peace and security, climate change, regional integration and private sector development, infrastructure and energy, agriculture and food security, migration.

Mugabe has been officially invited to participate as a head of state, despite being the author of Zimbabwe’s economic, political and humanitarian destruction. It is his policies and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe has told Parliament that there has been no tariff increase changes effected since the Water Sector Reforms were institutionalised through a Presidential directive last year.

Kedikilwe said the directive stipulated that following the transfer of water services from the Department of Water Affairs to Water Utilities, tariff levels that are applicable across the country will remain unchanged for the first year.

He said areas like Mogoditshane and Tlokweng will be considered for progressive adjustment with the prevailing Water Utilities Corporation rates for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
SciDev.Net (London)
Linda Nordling
26 November 2010

Cape Town — African and European heads of state are expected to endorse plans for a high-level science policy dialogue between the two continents when they meet in Libya next week (29-30 November).

The agreement, which has already received support from African and European science ministers, could lead to them meeting regularly – bridging a perceived gap in relations between the two continents when it comes to the engagement of member states with science projects.

“We don’t have a senior dialogue between Europe and Africa like we have with the Gulf countries and South-East Asia,” said Fadila Boughanemi, an official in the European Commission’s research directorate.

“The idea is to establish such a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
26 November 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in the country Friday as part of endless regional efforts to diffuse political tensions that have paralysed the shaky coalition government. His visit came two days after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai filed a High Court petition seeking to annul the unilateral appointments of provincial governors made by an increasingly intransigent Robert Mugabe.

Even as Zuma held meetings with the party leaders, political analyst John Makumbe predicted he would go back ‘with half-baked promises from Mugabe’ and the trip was just another ‘wild goose chase.’ Even the fact that Mugabe is the one who met Zuma at the airport sent out its own message. The mediation effort has been littered with deadlines set and deadlines not met and Mugabe has on most occasions reneged on promises, made even to his [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

As the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) counts the costs of a five-year freeze on rentals, indications are that government could continue its freeze on an area that accounts for the bulk of the Corporation’s revenues.

Rentals across the BHC’s 10, 300-strong portfolio of properties were last increased in 2005 while in the interim, the Corporation has struggled with higher inflation and materials’ supply costs, which have contributed to steep maintenance charges for the rental properties. Other overheads such as labour costs and fuel have also climbed over the years, while rental rates have remained stagnant.

The rentals also [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
27 November 2010

Pretoria — Kenya and South Africa have agreed to waive double taxation for businesses operating in the two countries and a Memorandum of Understanding on agricultural cooperation.

The agreements – signed during Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s visit to Kenya – are aimed at improving commercial relations between the two regional economic powerhouses before a planned visit by President Jacob Zuma next year.

The Deputy President and his Kenyan counterpart, Kalonzo Musyoka, agreed that processes to address some of the impediments to trade and contact between the two countries needed to be addressed.

Both Kenya and South Africa agreed to [continue reading]