Sunday 28 May 2017
( 04/25/13)
Botswana beef exports may no longer enter the European Union (EU) market duty free if the country fails to meet the requirements of the 2009 Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) by October next year. Minister of Agriculture, Christiaan De Graaff told a consultative forum for boards of parastatals at Sebele on Tuesday that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ranks Botswana as a middle-income economy and failure to meet the requirements will result in the country competing with more developed beef exporting countries like Brazil and Australia. The EPA with the EU gives Botswana the right to sell as much beef as it can produce in the EU market on a duty free, quota free basis. Though cattle producers in developed beef...
(Mail & Guardian 04/25/13)
Botswana will experience a cereal shortage for the second consecutive year and plans are already in place to import it to augment for the shortage attributable to recent low rainfall across the country. This was revealed by the Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB)'s chairman of board of directors David Tibe at the Ministry of Agriculture consultative forum with boards of parastatals at Sebele on Tuesday.Tibe said cereal production was severely affected by low rainfall and the heat experienced during the season. He said although they do not have exact figures of expected national yield, preliminary results from Pandamatenga show anticipated sorghum yield of 12,000 metric tonnes against the estimated 20,000 metric tonnes at the start of the ploughing season. Tibe...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/13)
Gaborone (Bostwana), April 19 (IANS) Botswana is set to play 2012 African champions Zambia in the first round qualifiers of the 2014 African National Championships (CHAN) football tournament. According to a statement from the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Thursday, Botswana will host Zambia for the first leg match to be played July 27, reports Xinhua. With Botswana not doing well in the ongoing 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers, the tournament remains the sole solace for the country's football team "Zebras" to keep active if they fail to qualify for the World Cup. Zebras' coach Stanley Tshosane welcomed the news saying it will help keep his team in shape as they prepare for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Carlyle Group (CG.O) is looking at a number of banks in east and west Africa for a potential investment, its Africa co-head said on Wednesday, as the U.S. private equity firm focuses on the continent's growing consumer market. Carlyle, which last year invested in a pan-African grain trading firm, has recently signed a second deal, Marlon Chigwende also told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit. "Banking is very interesting today, and that is the general statement across a lot of sub-Saharan Africa," Chigwende told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit in Johannesburg. "Certainly, there are several opportunities of fast-growing banks, good management teams, interesting market positioning." Although private equity is still at a nascent stage in Africa, investor interest in the fast-growing...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(BBC News Africa 03/05/13)
Botswana exported almost $5 billion in diamonds in 2012 for a 19.5% increase over the previous year, according to figures released by its government, as reported by IDEX. Diamond exports — which make up 63% of the country's total principal goods shipped out — include rough rocks, polished gemstones and goods brought in to be sorted by De Beers. The country's gross exports of rough diamonds climbed to almost $4 billion, a 20% increase for the year, and polished grew to $692.6 million, up 11%. Gross rough imports rose to $2 billion — almost three times as much over the last year — with net rough exports at $1.86 billion. The increases for imports and exports are due in part...
(ComNat-ALPC 03/05/13)
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) has finally opened a lounge after operating for years without one. Although it has been open for the past two weeks, the Pula Lounge was unveiled to the media on Thursday. Speaking at the media briefing, Air Botswana commercial manager Robert Mpabanga said the lounge is named after the country's currency. He said it will be available to Air Botswana's Teemane Club members. Teemane Club is an exclusive Air Botswana programme that offers a range of privileges and personalised services to frequent fliers. He said members of the club have to earn a certain number of points to gain access to the lounge. The levels start with the Blue Card and progress to the...
(Allafrica 03/05/13)
Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the weekend to explore the possibility of getting water from Lesotho. The MoU was signed by ministers responsible for water in Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. Speaking during the signing ceremony in Gaborone, the South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa said that the collaboration was an effort to assist Botswana with water for socio-economic development. Botswana and the two countries are member states of the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) and can benefit from the utilisation of the river. The three countries have signed a SADC protocol, which provides a forum for consultation and coordination between the states to promote integrated water resources management and development. "We share rivers...
(BBC News Africa 03/01/13)
FROM BEHIND THE wheel of an air-conditioned car on the Great North Road bisecting northern Zambia it is easy to argue that Africa can be wealthy and well-governed. The country’s road system is so good that many visitors hire a car and drive themselves. The police are benign and rest stops are plentiful. The same goes for much of southern Africa. Lines of tarmac unspool in all directions across fertile savannahs and open deserts. Most roads have been financed with what is found below them: a wealth of minerals and metals. Ever since the arrival of Cecil Rhodes more than a century ago, local miners have generated immense wealth and inspired successive eras of Afro-optimism. From colonial railways to modern...
(ComNat-ALPC 02/28/13)
Former Botswana President Ketumile Masire is expected to appear before the parliamentary special committee to explain the ownership of the besieged Botswana Meat Commission (BMC). The committee is investigating maladministration which almost led to the insolvency of the national abattoir recently and the general decline of the beef industry in the country. The investigations entered the third week and Sir Ketumile, who was part of the first parliament which formed BMC, is to explain whether government owns it or not. This comes after last week’s revelations by a former BMC board member, Mr Philip Fischer, that government only directs the abattoir on matters of public interest and cannot claim profits from it. “As a statutory corporation without share capital, the...
( 02/25/13)
The Archbishop of York is paying a visit to the Diocese of Botswana this weekend. Dr John Sentamu was invited to visit the diocese by the Bishop of Botswana, the Right Reverend Trevor Mwamba. The Archbishop will preach at the diocese's 40th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service taking place on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Gaborone. A large stained glass will be dedicated by the Archbishop in the Lady Chapel in honour of the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop will also read out a letter of greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. Dr Sentamu said: “I am looking forward to visiting the Diocese of Botswana and to join them in their celebrations of their 40th...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/13)
Lekwalo Leta Mosienyane is regarded amongst his peers as a foundational figure of architecture and urban design in Botswana.He is the founder and director of Mosienyane & Partners International (MPI), an architecture firm and urban design consultancy with offices in Gaborone, Johannesburg and Cape Town. His major urban design works include the Phakalane Township & Golf Estate, Melrose Arch in Johannesburg and the Delf Symphony Development in Cape Town. As an architect, he has produced noteworthy buildings such as the Botswana National Assembly, the Debswana Diamond Park in Gaborone, the Institute of Health Sciences in Molepolole and the Nelson Mandela Museum in Xunu, Eastern Cape. "When you ask me which of the projects I've done gives me the most pride,...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/13)
BOTSWANA police last week arrested and deported 23 illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe in the mining town of Selibe Phikwe. Two of them claimed to be refugees fleeing alleged persecution back home. Botshabelo Police Station commander Superintendent Reuben Mphoeng was quoted as saying police had conducted a raid and arrested Zimbabweans who did not have any identification papers. “We conducted the operation together with other law enforcing agencies — being the Department of Immigration, Botswana Defence Force, Selebi-Phikwe Town Council By-Law officers and the Department of Labour,” he said. He said five Batswana nationals were also arrested and fined for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, Selibe Phikwe Police Station commander Superintendent Victor Nlebesi has expressed concern over the increase in...

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