Thursday 19 October 2017
(MmegiOnline 07/05/13)
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) executive secretary Lee Lesetedi has said everything is in place for the party congress slated for today. Speaking in Maun this week, Lesetedi said all the preparations have been concluded. He said they expect more than 1,200 delegates to attend the congress, which will be officially opened by President Ian Khama this morning. He said they will host 22 visitors from nine SADC countries and more than 5,000 BDP followers. "More of our members who are not delegates have shown interest to travel here for the congress. Remember that this is a tourism village, so some of our members want to use the opportunity to come and see Maun," Lesetedi explained. The congress will be held...
(MmegiOnline 07/05/13)
Kgalagadi District will have a smallstock abattoir in the near future, says the district council chairman, Mr Frans van der Weshuizen. Mr van der Weshuizen informed the district full council meeting on July 3, that details pertaining to construction and specific location of the abattoir were still sketchy. He stated that while negotiations were still on, it still their responsibility as councillors to facilitate fast tracking of the implementation of the project. The decision came after farmers complained bitterly about lack of market for their smallstock produce which they argued was their only means of survival. In many forums, farmers said crop production in the area was not a panacea to their problems. Some even suggested that government should devise...
(Botswana Guardian 07/05/13)
A day before the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) holds its crucial elective congress in Maun, President Ian Khama announced today that he intends to keep former Vice President Mompati Merafhe and vice president Ponatshego Kedikilwe as additional members in the central committee. Khama said he needs the two in the central committee because the party needs to utilise their experience as they prepare for the 2014 general elections. Later the President critisised the media and opposition parties saying there are unpatriotic. Khama who was officially opening the 35th BDP congress in Maun is of the view that his party’s 47-year uninterrupted rule is based on sound ideals and values of democracy with the rule of law and respect for human...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(MmegiOnline 07/05/13)
Insurance companies have to constantly develop and retain skilled staff in order to be competitive in the globalised world. Speaking at the beginning of SADC Insurance Forum (SIF) in Gaborone on June 3, the organisation’s chairman, Mr Albert Nduna said the region had experienced flight of insurance skills as people sought greener pastures, hence there was need to nurture, develop and replenish the skill base continually. Mr Nduna said there was potential for the development of the insurance market in SADC as most countries had been registering economic growth rates of above five per cent in the last few years driven mainly by resource exploration. “Insurance plays a critical role in the development of the regional economy by not only...
(Botswana Guardian 07/05/13)
Many Batswana do not plan for retirement early and wait for the last minute when it is a little too late to plan for life after work. The former Botswana Police Service Commissioner Thebeyame Tsimako has observed this and cautioned Batswana against “living one cheque away from poverty”. In a conference organized by Trainsol Pty (Ltd) to train personal assistants and secretaries from different companies and government departments yesterday, Tsimako said that many people die poor yet they had good paying jobs in their youth. He said the importance of investment is often overlooked at times when workers are still comfortable in their salaries. Trainsol had invited Tsimako who has since retired from public service to share with participants, the...
(The New Times 07/04/13)
Mushikiwabo was speaking yesterday in Kigali as a panelist at a national symposium that featured discussions about 50 years of Africa’s independence, Rwanda’s 19 years since the Liberation War, and the role of Africa’s unity in the economic development of the continent. Mushikiwabo said that Africans will have to end rampant corruption, insecurity, and reliance on too much of foreign intervention if they are to record better achievements in their freedom and economic status. “Colonialism has hampered our ability to think for ourselves,” the minister said as she highlighted some of the reasons behind the continent’s ills. She encouraged all Africans to strive to tell their own story if they are to succeed in developing themselves because the current situation...
(Afribiz 07/04/13)
The Botswana DCI gained 0.8% to close at 8,688.3 on the back of 12 gainers and 2 decliners. Market turnover was BWP 77.8m (+13.7%). Activity was boosted by a single block trade of 15.1m FSG shares valued at BWP 27.3m. Letshego was also amongst the actively traded counters with 1.1m shares valued at BWP 4.0m changing hands. FSG (+12.5%, BWP 1.80) was the top gainer whilst G4S (-5.0%, BWP 4.75) emerged the top decliner. Firestone Diamonds has no plans to open its BK11 diamond mine despite forecasts that prices for the commodity will increase considerably by 2020. The mine was closed approximately two years ago with management citing poor market prices as the main reason for the closure. B. Barclays...
(Botswana Daily News 07/03/13)
Government has found an alternative market for Botswana cattle and necessary procedures are being followed before farmers can start selling cattle outside. Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Dr Gloria Somolekae announced this during kgotla meetings she addressed in Toteng and Sehithwa villages in Ngamiland on June 28. Dr Somolekae said government was aware of some people who had not sold their cattle for the past seven years, therefore everything possible was being done to make sure that the situation could be addressed. She said the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Christian De Graaf had been visiting countries such as Angola and Zimbabwe looking for a suitable market for the country’s cattle. However, she said certain procedures had to...
(Voice of America 07/03/13)
Ethiopia, Botswana and the Dominican Republic made the largest gains in food security in the past year, according to a new report. Increases in income and food availability in developing countries drove the largest improvements in this year’s Global Food Security Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Botswana ranked number 43 out of 107 countries studied. But most of sub-Saharan Africa scored low. Even with this year’s gains, Ethiopia is number 90. Meanwhile, economic losses in Greece and Ukraine pushed those countries down the index. Democratic reform and political stability were linked to improvements in food security in Burma and Sri Lanka, while conflict pushed Mali, Yemen and Syria down the index. The index comprises 27 measures of food...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(The Midweek Sun 07/02/13)
Botswana has benefitted millions of Pula from thousands of motor vehicle imports transported via the Trans-Kalahari corridor to Botswana and Zimbabwe. This week, Agnetha Mouton, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Walvis Bay Corridor Group revealed that Botswana is estimated to have benefitted more than P35 million from importing these vehicles via the Port of Walvis Bay which represents more than 100 percent increase in revenue compared to the previous year. “During the past year there have been more than 18,000 vehicles handled at the Port of Walvis Bay and imported to Botswana and Zimbabwe. From these vehicles about 15,000 were vehicles in transit via Botswana along the Trans Kalahari Corridor for Zimbabwe, while the rest were for Botswana,” Mouton...
(Sunday Standard 07/02/13)
Botswana’s dairy industry was compelled to introduce a number of remedial initiatives to stop the local milk production decline from 8.3 to 2.9 million litres in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Based on current year-on-year statistics, local fresh milk production accounts for only 5 percent of national demand with 95 percent being imported from neighbouring countries together with all processed dairy products. Quantified into consumption statistics, Botswana imports 61 million litres of milk as a result of a local dairy production accounting for a paltry 3.1 million liters. Dr. T.K. Phillemon-Motsu, the Director of Animal Production, attributes the decline in milk production to challenges besieging the local dairy industry, chief amongst which are costly dairy feeds, limited purebred dairy herd and...
(Sunday Standard 07/02/13)
Basarwa lawyer, Advocate Gordon Bennett, is alleged to have been served with papers from the immigration officials declaring him a prohibited immigrant as he was about to board a plane to the United Kingdom. This follows his interrogation at the hands of two government departments this week. The Briton, who is credited with successfully challenging the legality of Basarwa of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)‘s forced relocation from their ancestral land by the Botswana Government, also won another different legal battle recently in which the government sought to relocate Basarwa tribesmen from Ranyane settlement in Ghanzi District. Sunday Standard has established that sometime this week, Bennett was escorted by security agents from a hotel in Gaborone to Immigration Headquarters...
(MmegiOnline 07/02/13)
The challenge facing Botswana, like other countries of the South African Development Community (SADC) and globally, is how to reconcile massification (increased enrolments) of tertiary education with good quality education which is globally competitive and nationally relevant but the diaspora option to tertiary education creates a win-win situation in which governments invest in education knowing that the graduates can and will contribute to national development directly and indirectly writes *DR MORGEN CHAWAWA. Botswana's population of 1,8 000,000 is made up of relatively young people with approximately 57 percent being under 25 years and 20 percent in the 15 to 24 year age-range. According to the Botswana Guardian Online newspaper, November 16, 2012, Botswana Core Welfare Indicators Poverty Survey of 2009/2010...
(MmegiOnline 07/02/13)
An increase in month-on-month total diamond exports powered the country's trade balance to a surplus of P583 million in April, nearly 60 percent higher than the revised surplus declared in March. Statistics Botswana figures released on Wednesday pegged exports at P6.5 billion compared to imports of P5.9 million. The data also shows that an increase in diamond exports from about P5.3 billion in March to P5.6 billion in April, was largely behind the improved trade surplus.Other export-side contributors to the trade surplus include meat and meat products whose sales rose by 54 percent to P110.3 million during April, and gold where exports increased by 30 percent to P38.1 million. Diamond exports, which include both rough and polished, accounted for 86.1...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(Botswana Daily News 07/01/13)
Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) chief executive officer, Ms Myra Sekgororoane says the potential for tourism enterprising in the Ghanzi region is significant. Speaking at the just-ended Ghanzi Show, Ms Sekgororoane said one needed to look at inherent culture and heritage in the region, which provided an opportunity for tourism development. Ms Sekgororoane said Ghanzi District presented a great potential as a tourism destination in its own right and a transient location for tourists. As an organisation which promoted tourism, Ms Sekgororoane said they saw the Ghanzi show as an opportunity for events tourism. She said agro tourism as a product could be packaged as an exciting tourism offering. She further noted that agriculture and tourism could co-exist and complement each...
(Botswana Daily News 07/01/13)
Botswana aims at eradicating malaria by the year 2015, says the Assistant Minister of Health, Mr Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri. Addressing kgotla meetings in Sehithwa and Tsau recently, Mr Matlhabaphiri said SADC member states had agreed to take necessary steps in eradicating the disease. He said malaria continued to trouble government especially in Ngamiland District and encouraged residents to allow health officials from the council to spray their homesteads with chemicals to protect them from mosquitoes. “I have also been informed that some people use mosquito nets they receive from council as fishing nets and this is not acceptable,” he said. Mr Matlhabaphiri said government was putting measures in place to eradicate malaria and people should also play their part. He further...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...

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