Monday 26 June 2017
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
( 06/04/13)
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications Tsaone Thebe failed to account for her ministry's overspending on staff salaries. Responding to a question from the chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Nehemiah Modubule, who asked her how the ministry overspent on staff salaries, Thebe responded, "I have no explanation because it happened two years ago before I started managing the ministry." The Auditor General's Report presented before the committee on Friday has revealed some irregularities in spending habits at the ministry. Modubule further pressed Thebe to explain who authorised the over expenditure to which she responded, "no one authorised it". "We take this very seriously because there are procedures to be followed if you feel...
( 06/04/13)
Tati East MP Samson Moyo Guma has expressed shock at the considerable reduction of the amount of money spent to construct the Kang - Hukuntsi road. At the sitting of the Public Accounts Committee on Friday, Moyo said he suspected something was irregular with the tender. His comments followed a report presented before the committee, which indicated that although the tender was awarded at half a billion pula, the road ended up costing only around P300 million."Something is fishy here, can the accounting officer tell us how this happened," Moyo said. The permanent secretary in the ministry of transport and communications Tsaone Thebe could not provide the answer saying she was not privy to the situation. Chinese company Sinohydro constructed...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(The Voice 05/30/13)
Although the national airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Sakhile Reiling could not be drawn into discussing the matter, The Voice can confirm that she recently suspended two Directors for gross mismanagement pending investigations. This follows an incident in which a Johannesburg bound Air Botswana flight carrying 50 passengers returned to land at SSKI soon after take off for a change of aircrafts. Asked to elaborate on the incident which happened two weeks ago and the subsequent suspension of her managers Reiling’s curt reply was: “It’s an internal matter about which I do not wish to comment.” The Voice investigations however revealed that the two Directors, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lempaletse (Director Flight Operations) and Lieutenant Colonel Johnson Selerio (Director Maintenance and Engineering)...
( 05/30/13)
President Ian Khama was on Thursday set to receive a gift promised to him by an eager donor. The donor came short of begging the President to receive the gift, a wireless radio set, as she called it because it came 'from the bottom of her heart'.Dorcas Itumeleng, was beside herself crying and begging the President not to spurn her gift. Before the President could receive the said gift, Itumeleng suggested that if at all the President did not like it, he should not return it to sender. She said rather the President should donate it to another needy person with love. She claimed that she too received the gift from someone else. The President's spurned gift, an apparently broken...
(MmegiOnline 05/30/13)
FRANCISTOWN: Opposition parties believe that they have been vindicated following an announcement by Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) that it may be forced to retrench some workers at its Palapye opaque beer plant. In a press statement released to the media last week, the company, which currently employs 57 people at its Palapye opaque beer wing, said it may be forced to shutdown the Palapye operation.The release said some of the employees will be absorbed into other branches around the country, while others will be retrenched.Opposition parties blame the ailing KBL business on the alcohol levy, reduction in alcohol trading hours and banning of selling alcohol from homes. Apparently, KBL announced that it will close its Palapye operations due to low...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Botswana Daily News 05/29/13)
Botswana Railways Workers Savings and Credit Cooperative Society was formed to reduce monetary challenges and enhance opportunities in regard to future benefit. The founder of the society, Mr Selema Orapeleng said this during the society’s silver jubilee anniversary celebrations in Mahalapye. Mr Orapeleng said the society is well-established and one of the rich societies in Botswana, which empowers the lower grade employees and transforms their lives for the better. On May 28, he added, the society is inclusive of every employee of Botswana Railways including retirees. He said since its inception in 1986, the society has managed to assist people who could have otherwise retired without any tangible benefits, but now, most of them are now proud owners of residential...
(MmegiOnline 05/29/13)
The Minister of Transport and Communications Nonofo Molefhi has warned that low levels of ICT development slow down socio-economic growth. Speaking at the International Telecommunications (ITU) workshop yesterday, Molefhi said Africa's inadequate ICT infrastructure contributes to limited prospects for the continent's integration as many African countries are at the lower rank of the ICT status. "Africa has low ICT skills base. It is therefore critical that as we continue to put more resources in the area of ICT infrastructure development, we should equally intensify our efforts to develop and manage human capital," he said.He said if properly leveraged, ICT tools are sources of vital management information for decision-making, and enable human resources management to become more strategic within organisations. "Despite...
(MmegiOnline 05/29/13)
Air Namibia has announced the termination of its direct flight from Windhoek to Gaborone citing challenges such as low traffic volumes coupled with fuel price hikes. Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Air Namibia general manager for commercial services Xavier Masule said the decision would allow them to go back to the drawing board and re-strategise before re-entering the market at a later stage.He explained that they knew from the start that there was limited traffic on the route but hoped that the introduction of a direct service would help grow traffic levels.He said some of the challenges included the economic recession, which saw airlines' annual revenues dropping by billions of dollars. Although the industry recovered to reach pre-recession traffic...
(Africa Review 05/28/13)
A Botswana man who was handed six death sentences for murdering his family after a misunderstanding over food has been executed. The Botswana Prison Service confirmed that Orelesitse Modise Thokamolemo’s hanging was carried out early Monday morning at Gaborone Central Prison. The capital punishment came after a death sentence was imposed on him on December 9, 2010 by the Francistown High Court for the offence. The Court of Appeal last month struck out an appeal against the sentence. Thokamolemo had approached the Court of Appeal for both conviction and death sentence. The trial court found that Thokamolemo killed six members of his family, among them his brother and a four-month-old baby using an axe in January 2008. “After anxious inquiring...
(The Botswana Gazette 05/28/13)
TRANSNET Freight Rail (TFR) will next month start carrying the first coal exports from coal-rich Botswana to Durban, South Africa, BusinessDay has reported. The agreement could indicate progress in TFR’s international business strategy of using bilateral and multilateral rail agreements to build a unified railway system in Southern Africa. A similar agreement reached in August with Mozambique and Swaziland would more than double coal and magnetite exports through Maputo to 6-million tons this year , TFR’s executive manager for international business Nyameka Madikizela, is reported as saying last Thursday. TFR is using three regional networks to push its programme of unified rail operations. These are the North West Corridor — which integrates South Africa’s rail operations with Botswana, Zimbabwe and...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(MmegiOnline 05/27/13)
Botswana is stepping up efforts to remove secrecy provisions and deficiencies in its tax information exchange agreements and laws in a bid to reverse impressions that the country may be a tax haven. Last week, Botswana signed Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with Guernsey in London.Arrangements are being made to sign a similar agreement with The Isle of Man soon. This follows February's agreements with six other European countries, signed in France. The conclusions of the eight agreements this year are in response to an on-going review by the Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes following revelations that some of Botswana's laws have deficiencies which could hamper the country's ability to exchange information for tax...
(Sunday Standard 05/27/13)
Gaborone-based lawyer Gabriel Kanjabanga has said the state is out to persecute him. Kanjabanga accuses the State of trying to run him out of business as well as shut down his law firm. This week, the expelled Botswana National Front (BNF) politician rushed to court after police raided a company he co-owns on allegations that it could be supplying counterfeit merchandise. The company specializes in the supply of computers and Information technology equipment and has won several tenders in government and the private sector. In papers already filed before the Lobatse High Court, Kanjabanga is suing the Attorney General Athaliah Molokomme and Commissioner of Police, Keabetswe Makgope, for confisticating his stock on allegations that it could be fake without a...
(Sunday Standard 05/27/13)
Former Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) directors fleeced cattle farmers of millions of pula through expenses claims. The board members, who come across as feather-bedded fat cats, double dipped the BMC coffers for generous fees and allowances and spent the rest of the money on business class air fares, five star hotels, and entertainment while holding board meetings at exotic destinations. Documents passed to the Sunday Standard reveal that the BMC bosses gilded lifestyle continued even after a report by an Irish consultancy firm revealed that farmers were underpaid for their cattle while an inordinate amount of money was splashed of bosses travel expenses. That was until expelled former Chief Executive Officer David Falepau decided to put a stop to the...

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