Wednesday 18 October 2017
(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...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(Botswana Guardian 06/24/13)
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) does not see the need to summon cabinet ministers as accounting officers instead of using Permanent Secretaries, as is the current practice, committee chairperson Nehemiah Modubule has said. Addressing a press conference at end of this year’s PAC sitting Modubule said his committee has not yet discussed the matter (having cabinet ministers as accounting officers) and also should this happen it would require a change of laws that govern the committee. “That would mean parliament has to first change laws that govern the PAC to accommodate such a change,” he said when fielding questions from the media. Modubule also defended the powers of the committee saying those who label it, as ‘a toothless dog’ may...
(Botswana Guardian 06/24/13)
In a shocking revelation it has emerged that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning does not know the value of assets owned by the Botswana government. This is according to the Deputy Accountant General, and acting Permanent Secretary, Emma Peloetletse who made the shocking admission before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last Friday. Fielding questions from PAC member Moyo Guma on the value of assets the country has the accounting officer told the committee that she did not have any records prompting Guma to ask: “What are you managing and how do you run a country’s economy when you do not know the value of all its assets?” The MP complained that the ministry was disorganized and has poor...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Botswana’s southern region dams have dropped to critical levels as the country’s water crisis continues to deepen. Water authorities in the country this week revealed during a tour of Gaborone Dam, Bokaa Dam and Mmamashia that the crisis may worsen further with another source for the country, the Molatedi Dam in neighbouring South Africa down to 27 per cent and fast drying up. The country acquires 7.3 million cubic litres from the dam annually but only when it is above the 27 per cent mark. In recent months, Botswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) has been forced to resort to rationing. WUC resources manager, Mr Joel Selemogwe said the current supply could only last the country 10 months if the rationing...
(MmegiOnline 06/21/13)
The local economy could soon suffer a hefty fuel price increase, the first in seven months, as the Pula's depreciation against the US dollar begins to outweigh the benign crude oil prices seen since the beginning of the year. And government's ability to shield consumers from the imminent increase will be eroded by its obligations to repay retailers an estimated P200 million for cumulative subsidy costs incurred as far back as last June.This week, BusinessWeek learnt that the fuel retail sector has generally been in a position of "over-recovery" since April, meaning retailers have been generating profits above their government prescribed target due to steady crude oil prices.Various executives within the sector said government had been using these over-recoveries as...
(MmegiOnline 06/21/13)
A Form Five student implicated in the P500,000 heist at Tutume Revenue office in May was denied bail by a magistrate court on Wednesday. The student is also facing a charge of possession of stolen property, a BMW sedan. He appeared in court with his 22-year-old brother and another suspect before magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba. The police say that the accused have failed to provide satisfactory answers about the ownership of the BMW. The investigating officer, Detective Sub-Inspector Bongwe Amogelang told the court that they found the BMW with the accused when they went to look for two of them in connection with their pending cases in Gaborone.They arrested the two - not the student - and detained them. However, the...
(MmegiOnline 06/21/13)
The country's peak demand for power recently touched 600 megawatts, up from the 550 MW revealed by the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) last month. At this level, the peak demand is the country's highest ever and when combined with restrained internal generation and precarious imports, is also behind the harsher load shedding seen since last week.The peak demand, which represents the highest demand for electricity at any single point by local consumers, is above the estimated 500MW Botswana is sourcing from two emergency diesel plants, one unit at Morupule B and Eskom.The new figure, however, is lower than the corporation's published forecasts, which indicate that demand for power will peak at 644MW this year. On Wednesday, BPC spokesperson Spencer Moreri...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(The Namibian 06/21/13)
GABORONE – Hundreds of Botswana Bushmen, who have won a temporary reprieve against eviction from their land, are now calling on the government to recognise their settlement, a rights group said on Wednesday. Speaking after a court barred President Ian Khama’s government from removing around 600 Bushmen from a compound in Ranyane, in the north east of the country, the group vowed to press for further recognition. Keikabile Mogodu, the director of the Bushmen rights group, Khwedom, called on the government to recognise Ranyane and provide basic services. “We are not moving from Ranyane, it is our ancestral land. We are determined to fight for our land,” said Mogodu. The threatened minority group live off the land, hunting and gathering,...
(Botswana Daily News 06/21/13)
Seven people have been arrested and charged for fraudulently acquiring Botswana citizenship. A press release from the Botswana Police Service stated that the suspects were arrested in recent police operations. It said the suspects fraudulently applied for and acquired Botswana passports and national identity cards (Omang). Three Batswana were also likely to face charges for assisting foreigners to acquire Botswana citizenship. The release stated that investigations showed that some of the suspects also assisted their descendants, especially minors under their care, to fraudulently acquire such documents. In some instances, suspects were believed to have unfairly benefited from other programmes such as land allocation and scholarships grants. The police would therefore like to warn the public that it was an offence...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(Botswana Daily News 06/21/13)
The Vice President, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe has encouraged SADC countries to improve implementation of protocols and other legal instruments. Dr Kedikilwe, who was making a speech during official opening of the 33rd SADC Parliamentary Forum plenary assembly in Gaborone on June 19, said it was not good for members to adopt protocols which then stayed docile because of lack of implementation. Lack of implementation of protocols, he said, denied the SADC citizenry benefits that would have been reaped through those protocols. “At a regional level, SADC has adopted about 30 protocols and other legal instruments, most of which are gathering dust because of lack of ratification, domestication and harmonisation with our national laws,” he said. He said if implemented, some...
(MmegiOnline 06/20/13)
Last month's annual inflation rate dropped to 6.1 percent from 7.22 percent in April, largely on technical reasons as the May 2012 large adjustment to water and fuel prices fell out of calculation. According to figures released by Statistics Botswana (SB) this week, the May 2013 annual inflation figures fell by 1.1 percentage points to 6.1 percent inching closer to the Bank of Botswana 3-6 percent inflation objective.This means general prices of goods and services increased by a lower rate of 6.1 percent between May 2012 and May 2013 down from a 7.2 percent rate between April 2012 and the April 2013.Modest current inflationary pressures also contributed to lower May annual rate as the monthly consumer inflation eased to 0.3...
(MmegiOnline 06/20/13)
During a tour of water plants at Gaborone Dam, Bokaa Dam and Mmamashia, Selemogwe said the water crisis may worsen further because another source for the country, the Molatedi Dam in South Africa is down to 27 percent and is drying up. Botswana acquires 7.3 million cubic litres from the dam annually but only when it is above the 27 percent mark.Below the mark and Botswana gets only half the supplies and this might happen soon, Selemogwe said.He stated that the water situation has become more severe forcing them to resort to forced rationing."The water at the (Gaborone) dam will only last us for 10 months and that's only if the rationing continues and its done effectively.The water level has...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/13)
Hundreds of Botswana Bushmen who have won a temporary reprive against eviction from their land are now calling on the government to recognise their settlement, a rights group said on Wednesday. Speaking after a court barred President Ian Khama's government from removing around 600 bushmen from a compound in Ranyane, in the north east of the country, the group vowed to press for further recognition. Keikabile Mogodu, the director of the Bushmen rights group, Khwedom, called on the government to recognise Ranyane and provide basic services. "We are not moving from Ranyane, it is our ancestral land. We are determined to fight for our land," said Mogodu. The threatened minority group live off the land, hunting and gathering, grow their...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(News24 06/20/13)
Botswana - An authentic safari experience is a conundrum in itself. While there is no denying its benefit to many an African country's economy, it is often at the expense of the very authenticity that is being sought in the first place. The Bushmen of Botswana are at the centre of a land dispute as they live on the site of a proposed wildlife park that lies between two of the country's premier safari reserves, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. According to International rights group Survival International, the Botswana government wants to get rid of them in order to create a wildlife corridor. The Sowetan reports the Bushmen have since won a temporary reprieve against...

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