Monday 24 July 2017
( 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...
(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...

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