Monday 18 December 2017
(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...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...
(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...

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