Wednesday 18 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(Botswana Daily News 06/28/13)
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Micus Chimbombi says it is time the private sector leads the way by taking over the running of the national agriculture show from the ministry. Addressing stakeholders and sponsors of the show during a breakfast meeting in Gaborone on July 21, Dr Chimbombi said since the private sector plays a key role in agriculture, they should be at the forefront in the organising and running of the show. The permanent secretary said they have a new show ground, which he said would bring stakeholders together adding that the ground also has a horse racing space. Last year’s show organising committee was commended for a successful show which was graced by the South...
(Botswana Daily News 06/28/13)
BotswanaPost has entered into a partnership with First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) through which prepaid electricity would be sold to consumers. Speaking at the signing ceremony on June 26, head of business development of BotswanaPost, Mr Cornelius Ramatlhakwane said they saw FNB as a partner through whom they could execute their strategic objectives. “We acknowledge that for many years in the past, BotswanaPost operated as a traditionalist postal operator; no more! We have evolved ourselves into a service provider of choice by leveraging on technology as well as strategic partnerships,” he said. He said being a service provider was a crucial step in the right direction of becoming a regional operator and ultimately a global one. Mr Ramatlhakwane also explained...
(MmegiOnline 06/28/13)
The Minister of Education and Skills Development (MoESD), Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has said that Botswana stands to benefit from its bilateral relations with South Sudan. At the official opening of Mmadinare Senior Secondary School on Tuesday, the minister explained that Botswana can get a good market for its products in South Sudan, especially veterinary vaccines because the country has more than 30 million cattle. She said South Sudan is an oil rich country and this means it can afford to pay for the vaccines. Venson-Moitoi pointed out that Botswana has an oversupply of teachers that can be sent to South Sudan. She said Botswana has pledged to assist South Sudan in the field of education and agriculture. She said the President...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(Botswana Daily News 06/27/13)
Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism is concerned about land developers who fail to carry out environmental impact assessment before implementing their projects. Addressing a press conference on June 26 in Gaborone on the new Environmental Assessment Act of 2012, the director of Environmental Affairs Ms Portia Segomelo said of recent her department had to halt some developers in the process of construction as they did not follow proper procedures. Ms Segomelo said such developers had been instructed to comply with the Act and conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). She noted that some companies failed to undertake such an assessment out of ignorance while some perceived the procedure as an unnecessary delaying process towards implementation and completion of their...
(Botswana Daily News 06/27/13)
The relocation of diamond site holders from London to Gaborone is proceeding smoothly, says Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Mokaila. He said this when South Sudan president, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and his delegation toured the Laurenton Diamond Company and Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) on June 26. Mr Mokaila said the country housed 21 diamond holding sites from London, an increase from the initial 16. He said he had just returned from London where he engaged other diamond site holders and assured them of successful operations in Botswana. Despite the 2008 decline in the diamond sale due to the world economic down turn, Mr Mokaila said he was happy with the market recovery. “There is a...
(MmegiOnline 06/27/13)
South Sudan Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment, Garang Diing Akuong has called on Botswana entrepreneurs to seek investment opportunities in his country. Addressing delegates at a business seminar hosted by Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) recently in Gaborone, Akuong said as a new country, they have created a conducive environment for foreign trade and investment opportunities especially for African businesspeople. He explained that there is a need for African countries to trade and do business with each other as they have the same history, resources and business models. He said that at the moment there is an influx of Japanese, Indian and Chinese investors in his country especially in the retail sector. But good opportunities still exist in...
(MmegiOnline 06/27/13)
Botswana students studying at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa recently handed over a vegetable garden to Walmer Primary School. The Botswana International Students' Society (BOTSOC) identified a place used as a dumping site at Walmer Primary School, located in one of the disadvantaged townships of Port Elizabeth and turned it into a vegetable garden.The society, under the chairmanship of Mothusi Mbole who is pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, planted spinach, onions and beetroot for the consumption of pupils at the school and members of the community. The garden was handed to the school on behalf of BOTSOC by the Botswana Consul General A.M. Matsheka. She said she was happy and appreciated the...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/27/13)
FRANCISTOWN: Followinga proposal by the Ministryof Education and Skills Development(MoESD) to slip backteachers to their initial 10 hourschedule, the Directorate of PublicService Management (DPSM)Director Carter Morupise has revealedthat instead of overtimeallowance, they will be compensatedaccording to the peculiarityof their profession.This development follows revelationsat the Public AccountsCommittee (PAC) that payingteachers’ overtime allowance hasbecome too costly compared towhen they worked 10 hours. Theministry, it has since emerged, hasalready paid P17 million as overtimeallowance since last year. It also appears that as long as the newPublic Service Act, 2008 is in effect,the government is compelledto pay overtime allowance.For the past few years the ministryhas been at loggerheads withteachers unions over payment ofovertime allowance, however lastyear the government agreed toremunerate teachers for workingextra hours.But...
(BBC News Africa 06/27/13)
Botswana, the world's largest diamond producer, has started to auction its own diamonds for the first time instead of selling them in Europe. The auction is by the government-owned Okavango Diamond Company. Later in the year, diamond giant De Beers, which owns the country's main mining firm with the government, will also move its sales to Gaborone. Botswana has long campaigned for its diamonds to be processed, sorted, marketed and sold from the country. Last year, De Beers moved its rough stone sorting operation, which had been based in London for nearly 80 years, to Botswana. The BBC's Rob Young in the capital, Gaborone, says about a dozen diamond buyers from around the world are in the city for the...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
( 06/26/13)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will hold an Infrastructure Investment Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday. The summit is seen as highly important for the SADC as it seeks to accelerate its industrial and trade capacity through substantial infrastructure investment in order to expand economic growth and employment creation. The summit will be attended by representatives from the business and financial communities, as well as by the heads of state of Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa and the chairperson of the African Union Commission. President Jacob Zuma will participate in a high-level round table session on Thursday, during which he will focus on the North-South Corridor in his capacity as Champion of the AU-Nepad Presidential Infrastructure Championship Initiative...
(UN.org 06/26/13)
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agency spearheading the global AIDS response said today. Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by half since 2009, while Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also making substantial progress. This is according to the latest progress report on the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which was launched in July 2011 at the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS. The Plan has two main targets for 2015: a 90 per cent reduction in the...
(Botswana Daily News 06/25/13)
President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has congratulated the people of South Sudan for voting to determine their destiny as a free people. During the state luncheon he hosted for South Sudan president, General Salva Kiir Mayardit on June 24, President Khama said many of the South Sudanese people experienced untold sufferings and loss of life in order to achieve self-determination. “This is the reason that Botswana joined the international community in welcoming your country into the community of nations,” he said. President Khama said he had noted with admiration ongoing efforts of the South Sudan government in mapping the course of socio-economic development of the country in order to uplift the living standards of the people. He said...
(MmegiOnline 06/25/13)
The Botswana Exporters and Manufacturers Association (BEMA) on Friday urged local producers to use e-commerce as a platform to market their products. BEMA held an exporters and manufacturers' exposition, which ran concurrently with a workshop and among other important issues addressed bemaexporthouse.com and e-commerce.According to BEMA experts, bemaexporthouse.com is an e-commerce trading portal for any company or business in manufacturing or processing who produce products intended for the export market. It is a platform where such individuals or businesses can showcase and sell their products to the world. BEMA argues that in this emerging global economy, e-commerce and e-business have increasingly become a necessary component of business strategy and a strong catalyst for economic development. Further BEMA says the integration...
(Botswana Daily News 06/25/13)
The Speaker of National Assembly, Dr Margaret Nasha has extended invitation to the Parliament of South Sudan to benchmark from that of Botswana. Dr Nasha made the invitation on June 24 during South Sudan President’s, Mr Salva Kiir Mayardit tour of Botswana Parliament where he was briefed about its operations. Dr Nasha said the new government of South Sudan, which came into power two years ago when Africa’s newest state gained independence after separating from Sudan, could learn a lot from the stability, peace and tolerance that exist in the Parliament of Botswana. She said the Members of Parliament in Botswana belonging to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party and the opposition ones co-exist peacefully though there are often heated debates...
(Botswana Daily News 06/25/13)
Botswana entreprenuers have been encouraged to consider South Sudan as their investment destination. South Sudan’s minister of commerce, industry and investment, Mr Garang Diing Akuong, made the appeal during Botswana-South Sudan business seminar in Gaborone on June 24. Currently, he said, South Sudan’s economy was dependent on revenues from oil, but the country had potential in other productive sectors. And, he said South Sudan government had made it a priority to focus on the development of non-oil sectors to achieve long term sustainable growth. He told local business people that as the world’s youngest nation, abundance of resources and entrepreneurial opportunities were immeasurable providing opportunities for them to exploit and create wealth and jobs. Mr Diing Akuong said every business...
(MmegiOnline 06/25/13)
President Ian Khama drove only with his driver in his navy blue Range Rover on Saturday to go and enjoy the race spectacle, otherwise known as Mantshwabisi, at Kumakwane. The absence of escort for the President in heavy traffic that forced motorists to drive at a very slow speed caused many to fear for the President's security. To survive the heavy traffic jam, President Khama's driver, however improvised, switching on the emergency lights of the Range Rover so that the President's car could drive in the other lane, facing oncoming traffic. But with just a solitary car, many still feared for the President that his car could collide with others.When he returned from the fun however, the police team that...

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