Monday 21 August 2017
(Botswana Daily News 06/14/13)
Government has embraced the e-Government programme in order to modernise the public service and meet the information age demands as well as transform Botswana into a globally competitive knowledge-based economy. Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi said at the second celebration of the Public Service Day and Convention in Gaborone today (June 13) that rollout of e-government was accelerated in the context of the 1 Gov strategy for moving all appropriate government services online by 2016. The two-day convention was celebrated under the theme: E-Government: Key to Efficient and Effective Public Service Delivery. He said, at the heart of the strategy, was an understanding that through the integration of digital data, citizens would be able to...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
The newly elected Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) vice president, Kagiso Thutlwe, says he will be contesting for the Village Ward council seat in Gaborone Central in the 2014 General Elections. Thutlwe contested for the Gaborone Central constituency in 2009. His attempt failed as he was voted by a paltry 1, 118 people compared to Dumelang Saleshando’s 6, 102 votes and 2, 662 for Kgomotso Mogami of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party. A reliable source told The Gazette that Thutlwe will not contest Gaborone Central because he was asked to pave way for Botswana Movement for Democracy president, Gomolemo Motswaledi who is expected to have a tough tussle with Saleshando next year. Motswaledi is expected to contest under the...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
Through United Nations Public ServiceDay resolution 57/277 of 20December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 23 of each year as the United Nations Public Service Day. Thus, member states are encouraged to organize special events on this day to highlight the contribution of public service in the development process.The Botswana government has elected to commemorate the Public Service Day earlier than 23 June. This installment discusses the importance of the day and its theme in relation to the budgetary process. The Public Service Day will be celebratedon 13 and 14 June (BOPA, 07/05/13; PublicService Day bigger, better). According to Directorate of Public Service Management Senior Assistant Director, Nathaniel Tlhalerwa, the event will be marked by a lot of...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
Botswana has since herindependence in 1966 executed 47 prisoners who had been sentenced to death, The Gazette learnt.The recent execution on 27 Maywas of a Letlhakane man, Orelesitse Thokamolelo, 33, who had been condemned to death six times bya Francistown high court in 2010 for the murder of a family of six in Phaephae cattle post in 2008. Attempts by this publication to establish how these executions are carried out, and why this country does not allow any witnesses in the form of relatives and media during the execution process did not bear fruit because, “the informationon execution of prisoners is classified,” according to Botswana Prisons Service, Public Relations officer, Senior Superintendent Wamorena Ramolefhe.“The information is released on the need...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
The outgoing Registrarand Master of High courtGodfrey Nthomiwa, saidthe Law Society of Botswana(LSB) is free to challenge judicial appointments in courts. The Registrar was responding to The Gazette, concerning the burning issue that has for a long time been the talk of the legal fraternity. Nthomiwa who sounded very annoyed by this issue, argued that the LSB has always been complaining about the judicial appointments, saying, “These are the very same people who have influence and can influencethe change,” he said. “Attorneys can state anything before the courts and the courts can make a decision. Why can’t they state a case before the courts and be decided. They can even decide a national conference to discuss the issue,” he added.He...
(MmegiOnline 06/12/13)
The Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) is in talks with the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) to have teachers revert to the initial 10-hour schedule as overtime payment rockets. Education permanent secretary, Grace Muzila, told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday that they had realised that paying teachers overtime was costly compared to when they worked 10 hours.The ministry has paid P17 million in overtime between November 2012 and April this year."We are now working with the DPSM to return to the initial system because as long as teachers are using the New Public Service Act, the ministry will continue to incur huge costs," she said. According to Muzila, most of the extra hours that teachers...
(Mining Weekly 06/12/13)
GABORONE (miningweekly.com) – Russian diamond exploration technology offers a huge plus and its use in Botswana could lead to the discovery of large new mines, says Botswana Diamonds executive chairperson John Teeling. The head of the London Aim- and Botswana Stock Exchange-listed exploration junior, who addressed the Botswana Resource Sector Conference, tells Mining Weekly Online that the technology has enabled the Russian diamond company Alrosa to discover 17 hard-rock diamond mines in Siberia, which equals the number of diamond mines in the world. He does not know how the technology works and they will not even let him see the technology. It is all done in Saint Petersburg. But Teeling thinks the technology is incredible and he is impressed by...
(MmegiOnline 06/12/13)
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has requested Botswana to account for selective implementation of the Public Service Act and the dysfunctional Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC). The Committee of Experts on Application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations has requested to be given Statutory Instrument No. 50 of 2011 (Public Service Regulations), which were unilaterally made by President Ian Khama outside the bargaining process."The committee in its report notes that in spite of the request, the government has not yet complied and as such has not yet received the Statutory Instrument No. 50 of 2011.It has further requested government to account for selective implementation of the Public Service Act and the dysfunctional PSBC," the committee says. With respect to adherence to...
(MmegiOnline 06/12/13)
South African hospitality chain, City Lodge Hotels, expects its recently opened R65 million (P56 million) Town Lodge in Gaborone to build a loyal patronage over the next six months, driven by its prime location as well as the robust 28-year-old brand. The 104-room Town Lodge Gaborone is the first asset the group has built from scratch outside South Africa, developed after extensive due diligence and site investigation. The group's other forays outside South Africa consist of 50 percent equity in two Kenyan hotels secured in 2011.On Monday, City Lodge Hotels public relations and communications advisor Angus Macmillan told Mmegi Business that since opening its doors near the Sir Seretse Khama Airport in May, Town Lodge Gaborone was gaining purchase in...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Mining Weekly 06/12/13)
GABORONE (miningweekly.com) – Botswana was continuing to review its minerals legislative framework to attract nondiamond miners to the heavily diamond-dependent country, its Geological Survey Department director Tiyapo Ngwisanyi said on Tuesday. Opening the tenth Botswana Resource Sector Conference, Ngwisanyi said that Botswana’s immediate economic concern was to lessen its dependence on diamonds through a fiscal regime for nondiamond minerals, which was predictable, had low royalty rates and a competitive variable-rate income tax formula. To make Botswana a more investor-friendly country, the government was continuing to review pieces of legislation such as the Income Tax Act, the Mines and Minerals Act and the Diamond Cutting and Polishing Act. “It’s through this attractiveness that we aim to entice companies to search for...
(Botswana Daily News 06/10/13)
Government is working tirelessly to limit power disruptions by bringing the Morupule B Power Station to its full generation capacity. President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said in an interview after the 10th Botswana Economic Advisory Council meeting in Palapye on June 7. Government, he noted, is doing its best to limit disruptions and ensure a reliable power supply. He noted that Botswana Power Corporation has given an assurance that by mid-July this year, all the four generation plants at Morupule B Power Station would be up and running. The P11 billion coal-fired power station with 600MW power generation was initially expected to reach completion by December 2012. President Khama said the project experienced challenges and had not been...
(Angola Press 06/10/13)
Angola and Botswana will hold on the second semester of this year a Joint Commission Meeting in view to re-launching the bilateral cooperation, says a press note from the Angolan embassy in Gaborone sent to Angop on Sunday. According to the source, this was one of the conclusions of the high level consultation meeting held on 6-7 June in Gaborone, between the delegations of Angola and Botswana. The Angolan team was led by the Secretary of State for Cooperation, Ângela Bragança and the Botswana side was headed by the deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Gaeimelwe Goitsemang. Angola took to Gaborone an agenda that includes the graduation study of Botswana to a medium income...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
Ethiopia won 2-1 in Botswana Saturday to stay two points ahead of fancied South Africa in a thrilling Group A race for World Cup survival. A couple of first-half goals for leading scorers Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Ahmed put bottom seeds Ethiopia in control before Tebogo Sembowa pulled one back in Lobatse. South Africa triumphed 3-0 over Central African Republic in a clash of injury depleted sides in Yaounde, with the match moved to Cameroon because Bangui was considered unsafe. Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala scored during the opening half on an artificial surface and leading South African 2012-2013 league scorer Katlego Mashego added a third during stoppage time. But Bafana Bafana (The Boys) celebrations of a rare competitive win...
(Botswana Daily News 06/10/13)
President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says he is confident that the solution will be found to relocate Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) students from Oodi to Palapye. President Khama said in an interview after the Botswana Economic Advisory Council meeting in Palapye on June 7 that BIUST had been given up to Wednesday (June 12) to come up with a solution. Their intention, he said, was to migrate students to Palapye campus at the beginning of the next academic year in September. So far, BIUST has a total enrolment of 267 students. President Khama said facilities at the BIUST campus could only accommodate the first batch of students as such there was a challenge with...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
( 06/10/13)
While teachers celebrated their day feeling 'little appreciation' for their work, displeasure is brewing within their ranks following the introduction of a clocking system in public schools about three weeks ago. Teachers are unhappy that they were not engaged prior to the establishment of the system.A March savingram signed by Frazer Tlhoiwe informs all regions, departments and schools of the immediate introduction of the tool.It says the ministry has observed that time management in some of its departments and institutions, is not effectively observed.Special reference is made to punctuality; truancy and the time employees knock off from duty. "The ministry has resolved that all the regions, departments, units and schools should with immediate effect start a clocking system whereby officers/teachers/lecturers...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Afribiz 06/07/13)
Due to the difficult global economic conditions, economic growth in Botswana was somewhat restrained in 2012. Real GDP growth is estimated to have declined to 5.8% from 8.0% in 2011. The mining sector, the country’s predominant activity, contracted by about 8% during the year and countered the buoyant performance of the non-mining sector, which registered 9.7% growth. Although new mines have recently commenced operations, the prospects for production of diamonds and diamond exports are uncertain due to slower global demand for rough diamonds, liquidity shortages in the main cutting centres and technical constraints. Nonetheless, prospects for new discoveries of diamonds are high. Several firms are prospecting, including Gem Diamonds, which was awarded a 25-year mining license for its Gope diamond...

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