Archive for the ‘Botswana’ Category

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
27.09.2009 1:33:11 P

Opposition parties have found unlikely allies in Botswana Democratic Party members and the BFA, who have of late joined forces with them and called for the scrapping of President Ian Khama’s constituency league initiative.

In an interview with The Sunday Standard last week, the Botswana Congress Party’s Taolo Lucas and Botswana National Front spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa, unanimously dismissed the constituency league as a hasty political gimmick that has done more harm than good to national football. At the same time, the Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Gladys Kokorwe, was last week quoted on [continue reading]


source: The Standard
Published on 26/09/2009

By Erick Wamanji

When Reuben Mutiso left Nairobi for Botswana in 1986, it was about adventure. Twenty-three years down the line, what started as an exploration has given forth an empire of architectural accomplishments that many envy.

Dr Mutiso has stamped his mark in Botswana. To his name are iconic structures that include a law court, correctional centre and universities.

“I came here in 1986 to explore,” he told The Standard on Saturday at Grand Palm Hotel, Gaborone. “Then I was vice-president of International Union of Architects. I had an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Would it not be fantastic if you could eat to your heart’s content anything you wanted and forget all about that sweaty, awful gym and still stay thin?

Only in your fantasies, right? Maybe not. Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, USA and Kyoto University in Japan, working together, have come up with a drug they have named fatostatin that does just that. Mice that were given the drug for four weeks had a 12% decrease in body weight without any restriction in the amount of food they ate. The study was published in the 28th August edition of the journal Chemistry and Biology.

Fatostatin is unique for obesity drugs because it goes directly to the source- the genes. It stops the body from storing the [continue reading]

NBB quashes Btv/RB rebuttals

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) has asserted that it has jurisdiction over both licensed and unlicenced broadcasters operating in Botswana.

Responding to Mmegi queries NBB board member Dr Thulaganyo Mogobe said that according to the Broadcasting Act’s section 10, a) and b) the NBB’s functions include;
“* to issue broadcasting licences; * to exercise control over and to supervise broadcasting activities, including the relaying of radio and television programmes from places in and out of Botswana to places in and outside Botswana,” he said quoting the section.

This week, Department of Broadcasting Service (DBS) director Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo suggested that the jurisdiction of the NBB was limited to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 September, 2009

SEROWE – Botswana is expected to be self sufficient in electricity output upon the completion of the first phase of the Morupule B project by the year 2012.

These were the words of the Project Manager of the Morupule B project, Mr Modiri Badirwang, at a stakeholders workshop in Serowe recently.

Botswana at present has only one power station, which is at Morupule. Currently we produce enough electricity to only satisfy between 20 and 25 per cnet of the countrys electricity needs. The balance of around 80 per cent is imported, mostly from South Africas power producer, ESKOM, Mr Badirwang said.

Mr Badirwang said that for many years it was deemed cheaper for the country to import power from her neighbours, because Southern African states were producing surplus power. It was then thought too costly to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
28 September, 2009

MOCHUDI – The Kgatleng Council chairperson, Reverend Mpho Moruakgomo says some members of Parliament are in the dark about the roles and mandates of different district councils. Opening the last session of the full council meeting before the general elections slated for October 16th, Rev Moruakgomo said people who served councils diligently are rarely recognised within the society even when it comes to National Awards. Even in national awards, those who serve or have served local councils rarely feature, he emphasised. This, he said is not surprising as many people do not understand what councils are and what they do, including some members of Parliament. He said councils are the nucleus to the welfare of the people in different facets of society. If councils were not to function for a moment, he said, everything in the peoples daily lives will come to a standstill. The council chairperson said councils are institutions that are closer to the people through which [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
27.09.2009 1:38:48 P

The Attorney General has been ordered to give reasons why the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) should not produce confidential documents in its possession relating to their investigations of improper land deals by the Kweneng Land Board.

DIS is accused of colluding with defendants in a land dispute in which it is said to be colluding with the defendants to hold on to documents central to the case and believed to have been falsified.

High Court judge, Key Dingake, recently ordered the Attorney General to show sufficient cause “why the DIS should not produce the documents in its possession”.

This was after Faheem Investments (PTY) Ltd filed an application that defendants, Mohammed Aqbal Chand, Waheeda Chand and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A London based private equity fund has said the P30 million cash it has injected into the development of the Nata Sanctuary will benefit communities around the area besides promoting tourism.

The directors of Hedgerow Fund said during a courtesy call on the Minister of Tourism, Kitso Mokaila, on Monday, that they plan to construct two accommodation facilities in the next 18 months at the sanctuary.

The two lodges will be subleased to a joint venture partner.

The revenue from one of the lodges will directly go to the community in addition to proceeds from the area lease.

Part of the P30 million will be used for the development of a new gate house at Nata Sanctuary and a training centre for community development. Hedgerow Fund directors were [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 10:12

Appeal papers filed on Monday

Suspended Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary general, Mr. Gomolemo Motswaledi’s lawyers on Monday filed an appeal against the recent High Court ruling that while in office, the State President cannot be sued in his private capacity. They have requested that the appeal be heard by five non-resident justices of the Court of Appeal.

Motswaledi’s appeal follows a judgment delivered by a panel of three judges – Chief Justice Julian Nganunu and judges Isaac Lesetedi and Ian Kirby, two weeks ago, that the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 September, 2009

NEW XADE – The Ghanzi District Council has been given over P2 million under the economic promotion fund to buy livestock for remote area dweller farmers.

Speaking at a four-day training workshop on basic farm management in New Xade recently, senior social and community development officer under the Remote Area Development Programme, Mr Lesego Seidisa said 90 beneficiaries will be given cattle while 120 will get goats, adding that those who want cattle will be given five each while those who prefer goats will get 15 each.

Mr Seidisa said the workshop was organised to impart skills and knowledge to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Allowances that will be given to polling officers and presiding officers who will be taking part in the coming general election will be taxed.

This was revealed by Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) principal revenue officer, Gilbert Chilumee during a workshop held for presiding and polling officers in Selebi-Phikwe. He advised the officers, who received the information with shock, that they should accept tax because the allowances that they will receive from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will be taxed.

“You will be taxed no matter how small the allowances will be. It is treated as your employment income. Your annual salary income from your employers will determine the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) has increased the pace of theory-testing for driving licence applicants to clear a backlog estimated at 5,000.

DTRS spokesman Amos Motshegwe said booking dates have been brought forward to avoid long waits. He informed those who were initially booked for theory testing at Mogoditshane from October 5-7 to report on October 5 in the morning at the Central Transport Organisation (CTO) Hall in Gaborone. He advised those booked to sit the tests from October 5 to December 31 to be on the look out for new dates at DRTS offices in Mogoditshane, Fairgrounds Mall, Maruapula, DRTS headquarters at BBS Mall and local newspapers.

“We are trying to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government broadcasting services director, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo says the state media takes orders from President Ian Khama and nobody else.

In a statement that echoed the recent High Court ruling against Botswana Democratic Party suspended secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, Kaboeamodimo further explained that Khama enjoys constitutional privilege to use the state media whichever way he chooses without being answerable to anyone.

Kaboeamodimo was responding to a National Broadcasting Board judgment which found the state media guilty of unfairly giving the ruling BDP airtime to address its members. The state media was found guilty of giving the BDP unfair opportunity to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE)- listed consultancy and IT company RPC Data has released its financial report for the year ended 31 May 2009 in which it says performance has been significantly impacted by lack of substantive projects within the domestic market.

The company, which has branches in other SADC countries like Zambia, and Uganda in East Africa, says the year proved to be quite challenging, though the consultancy revenue for Botswana has increased by 22 percent, contributing to an 11 percent rise in the group’s consultancy revenue.

Prudent working capital management led to the company and group improving the current ratio while the company also improved its cash cover with the cash to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 September, 2009

GABORONE – Government is in the process of formulating a new strategic fire policy to assist in the prevention and management of fires in the country.

This is because the current law governing the use and control of fire – Herbage Preservation Act of 1997 is outdated.

Permits for carrying out prescribed fires are also issued under the same act. A member of the National Committee on Disaster Management, Dr Opha Dube said the act was an uncoordinated piece of legislation under the forestry department.

She was presenting on the topic Veld Fire and Disaster Management Structures and Techniques at the first Fire Safety seminar in Gaborone on September 23.

Dr Dube, who is also a senior environmental lecturer at the University of Botswana (UB), said [continue reading]