Monday 26 June 2017
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(The Botswana Gazette 05/25/13)
Johannesburg - The government of Botswana will next week evict hundreds of Bushmen from their land to make way for a wildlife park, indigenous rights group Survival International claimed Friday. The group said the indigenous community based in the south of the country, will be removed Monday and their homes will be destroyed. “The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from the land they have inhabited for generations,” said a statement. Botswana government spokesman Jeff Ramsay said he was not aware of the alleged eviction and called it a smear campaign. The site for the proposed wildlife park lies between the Central Kalahari Game Reserve...
(Mining Weekly 05/24/13)
Toronto-based and Africa-focused project developer Ivanplats has increased resources at two of its largest African projects and is moving to finalise its right to mine South Africa’s platinum- and coproduct-rich Platreef this quarter. Read on page 24 of this edition of Mining Weekly of Ivanplats’ deposit containing an indicated resource of 214-million tons of platinum-group metals, nickel and copper. Ivanplats CEO Robert Friedland made it clear from a public platform in Cape Town in February that he is preparing to fulfil every aspiration of the South African government in building a brand-new long-life, low-cost mechanised platinum mine in Limpopo province. He pledged to mine without killing workers, to sbeneficiate locally, involve the fledgling State mining company, create the broadest of...
(The Botswana Gazette 05/24/13)
The Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has expressed disappointment at media reports that their partner in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), the Botswana National Front (BNF) is bullying their party. Speaking at a press conference last week, BMD Secretary General Wynter Mmolotsi said the reporters who attended their first ever open to media congress in Botswana reported a biased view. He said 80% of delegates’ comments were positive and the reporters decided to dwell on the 20% who indicated problems which could be fixed.Mmolotsi said the congress was a success with 46 constituencies represented while 15 could not show up due to financial constraints.The Francistown South legislator MP said they re-affi rmed their commitment to the Umbrella project and...
(MmegiOnline 05/24/13)
FRANCISTOWN: Botswana has a surplus of doctors but unfortunately, it is suffering from an acute shortage because many of its medics are serving other countries, the director of the Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF) has said. Marcos Maedza told Francistown concillors this week that more than 800 Botswana doctors are working abroad after refusing to return home following the completion of their studies. "These students are being trained at expensive universities and it is painful to see them not coming back to serve their country. We are currently in short supply of doctors while we have trained more than enough who are now serving other countries," he lamented. He said that in Britain, around 130 medical and engineering students...
(IT News Africa 05/24/13)
The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has appointed local SAP Business One specialists 4most to implement an affordable, easy-to-use business management software application. SAP Business One will help BIH better manage its processes and provide greater visibility into business operations. BIH aims to transform Botswana into a technology-driven and knowledge-based economy by promoting a culture of innovation and competitiveness of its associated companies and knowledge–based institutions. Having outgrown its existing solution, BIH required a world recognised business management software solution that was able to grow with the company and one that would integrate with VIP Payroll. SAP Business One is a single system that spans over all core business operations, including Web-based CRM and e-commerce. BIH CEO Alan Boshwaen says SAP...
(Stockhouse 05/23/13)
Q&A with Pangolin Diamonds (V.PAN). Tell me about Pangolin Diamonds: Pangolin Diamonds (TSX: V.PAN, Stock Forum) is the only Canadian listed junior exploration company that is wholly focused on diamond exploration in Botswana, the best address in the world. The Company has eleven 100% owned prospecting licenses covering in excess of 5,300 square kilometres in four project areas. Although in distinctly different geological and geographical localities, each of the project areas are considered to have high potential to discover diamondiferous kimberlites and two of the areas have alluvial diamond potential. Taking in consideration that there have been no major discoveries over the past fifteen years and known diamond resources are being depleted daily, small discoveries are not going to address...
(MmegiOnline 05/23/13)
Outreach is an important part of the mission of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and our department. A robust working collaboration between the Harvard community and Botswana has existed for over a decade through the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP).As a result of a year's worth of planning and leveraging connections between MGH and BHP, our team visited Botswana in February and in September of 2012. The purposes of these trips were to explore the possibility of a long-term collaboration with the Botswana cancer care system and to assess their current cancer care infrastructure. We were privileged to visit with the Botswana Ministry of Health, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone Private Hospital, Botswana-Harvard Partnership, University of Botswana, Cancer Association of Botswana,...
(The Epoch Times 05/22/13)
In an index of 142 countries that measures personal freedom, the only country in Africa that shows a high level of freedom and social tolerance is Botswana. Botswana’s place amid mostly middle- to lower-ranking nations is based in a history of respect for tribal lands and long-sighted economic development, according to the public policy organization Legatum Institute, which published the 2012 index. May 21 is the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity, a time to reflect on tolerance. The Legatum Institute also notes that tolerance and economic prosperity grow together. Botswana avoided the conflicts over resources and unrest that have plagued its neighbors by reinvesting mining revenue in infrastructure, health, and education, according to Legatum. The U.S. Department of...
( 05/22/13)
In an article in the UB Journal, Bonolo Ramadi Dinokopila writes that Botswana's good human rights record has become questionable. Titled, Bringing the Paris Principles home: Towards the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission in Botswana, the article highlights, among areas of concern, the death penalty and lack of choice in termination of pregnancy. "Despite being rated a free country by Freedom House, Botswana remains one of the few death penalty retentionist countries and continues to outlaw termination of pregnancy by choice," argues Dinokopila. Dinokopila also notes that there exists, growing concerns over issues pertaining to racial discrimination, xenophobia and other related intolerances. "Women, children, refugees and asylum seekers, indigenous groups, members of the gay and lesbian community as...
(Angola Press 05/22/13)
Gaberone — Angolan citizens can enter Botswana without visa, says a press note released by the Angolan Embassy to the southern Africa country saying that the process started in March this year. Angola is part of 10 countries that benefit from visa exemption on the ordinary, service and diplomatic passports, under an amendment of emigration law issued by Botswana. Apart from Angola, other countries include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Cuba, United Arab Emirate, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, South Sudan, Turkey, Brazil and Portugal. The list includes member countries of the Commonwealth, with the exception of Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and anther 43 states.
( 05/21/13)
Well government has imposed water restrictions and unfortunately for the wrong reason. Common sense suggests imposition shall be lifted the moment water levels in dams are up. And that's unfortunate. Just to epitomise the subject - Are you wrong to be mad at me if after all your efforts of providing me with clean treated water - you see me throw it away on the ground only to ask for more. If you asked me, I would say it's disrespectful and moreover criminal. Of course the example is just a fraction of the subject matter i.e. water shortage faced by this country, Botswana. The first time we experienced a water crisis in Botswana we blamed the weather and as we...
(Africa Review 05/21/13)
The Botswana National Front (BNF) has decided expelled former African Nation Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema, can only address the party’s youths privately citing a public appearance could strain relations with South Africa’s governing party, ANC. Mr Malema was to officiate at the party’s youth league congress next week after agreeing to an invite from the BNF Youth League. The BNF leadership met the Youth League’s leadership and agreed Malema may ‘only address the party’s youth league congress privately’. BNF’s publicity chief, Mr Moeti Mohwasa told the media the decision to bar Malema from addressing his party’s youths is to protect their relationship with ANC. “While the party appreciates the right of the Youth League to engage with...
( 05/18/13)
Based on available research results, Tswana cattle may be the cattle of the future when we will be faced with impacts of climate change. What we need to do is to test its eating quality and promote it in steak houses in the same way that the Scottish are doing with Aberdeen Angus. Livestock expert *Prof OARABILE R. MADIBELA argues that we need to brand and promote Tswana cattle in the same manner the South Africans are doing with Nguni cattle. Farming is not always smooth sailing and many people term it a risky business. Throughout their lives Batswana livestock farmers have encountered one problem or another. Some problems could be mild but some have precarious outcome. Droughts, lack of...
( 05/18/13)
PALAPYE: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), Dr Jerome Mafeni commended Botswana on her proactive response to HIV/AIDS. Dr Mafeni said this at the handing over ceremony of a mini-bus worth P339,650 to House of Hope Day Care Centre on Wednesday. Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) donated the mini-bus. The House of Hope Day Care Centre was built with the support of ACHAP. The CEO said the support provided to the centre included funding to support personnel costs through a one-time grant from MSD. He added that ACHAP also provided direct programmatic and financial assistance from 2007 until 2009. The coordinator of House of Hope Day Care Centre, Laone van Vuuren, explained that the centre...
( 05/17/13)
FRANCISTOWN: Communal farmers in the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) ravaged Zone 6 in the north eastern part of the country are accusing government of deliberately relegating them into the jaws of abject poverty.Responding to the government's decision to kill an estimated 30,000 small stock (sheep and goats) in their area during a leadership and stakeholders' workshop on the FMD situation in Zone 6 here early this week, communal farmers said they are being condemned to poverty. They charged that government is subjecting them to a life of struggle instead of eradicating poverty among its citizenry. "What is happening in our area is reminiscent of what transpired to the people of the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR)," said Obert Sechele, the chairperson...
(The Midweek Sun 05/17/13)
The media and members of the public have misinterpreted the proposed events and promotions law hence the confusion and public outcry. These are the views of a Special Full Council meeting of the Gaborone City Council (GCC) last week. The envisaged byelaw was last week deferred to a later stage after it was announced in Mach this year. The proposed byelaw caused heated debate at the GCC following public and media scrutiny since it was announced. Addressing councillors and the GCC secretariat, Principal Council Attorney Sono Seisa said the byelaw never proposed 50 as the minimum number of people requiring permits for a gathering. “This number was just an example, councillors will decide the minimum number of people at a...
(Forbes 05/16/13)
When it comes to civilian unrest and the likelihood of being injurred in a terrorist attack, the United States still ranks as one of the safest around, but not as safe as — believe it or not — Botswana. Even Namibia is considered safer in terms of political risk, civilian unrest and acts of terrorism. So says the latest political risk map by U.K. based Aon Plc, a risk management firm. Businesses often use political risk in assessing whether or not to invest in a country. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most risky, the U.S ranks like most of Western Europe, at No. 2. While that number is low, it is not as safe...
(Business Day 05/15/13)
BOTSWANA’s economy has recovered from the ravages of the global economic recession of 2008-09 but the country is wary of another wave of recession that could be triggered by negative sentiment in the globe’s leading economies. Linah Mohohlo, the diamond-rich country’s central bank governor, said in an interview that returns from diamonds — Botswana has a lucrative partnership with South African giant De Beers — had registered "significant growth". The country had also witnessed gains in the non-mining sector. However, she warned there was no way back into the dizzy growth figures of the past. She gave no specific data, but the African Development Bank forecast the country’s growth at 4.8% last year, rising to 6.7% this year. "We are...
( 05/14/13)
News of negligence around most hospitals and the country's other health facilities across the length and breadth of Botswana are matters of serious concern. Headlines like 'Ministry of Health pays patient P1 million for negligence,' 'Patient sues MoH for millions for negligence,' and so on are common in the local media. In many of these incidents, an expectant mother would have informed nurses on duty that she had broken her water and therefore that delivery was imminent.Regrettably, it has become typical of many of our nation's supposed Nightingales - most of whom are still of the so-called gentler sex - to simply look the other way or even send such a wretched woman away.Too bad if you were deceived by...

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