Wednesday 21 February 2018
(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...
( 06/20/13)
Standard Chartered Bank Botswana sales executives are crying foul after the bank decided to cut their monthly salaries by 50 percent in an effort to motivate them to push the sales of the bank's credit cards. It does not matter how much business they bring in from new loans they manage to attract, so long as they fail to bring in a target of five credit card applications, they lose 50 percent of the commission for the whole month. A sales rep who quit the bank after being a victim of the bank's new sales strategy told The Monitor that she has been fighting the bank to give her all her dues. She says that the bank had assured her...
(MmegiOnline 06/19/13)
Australian firm, Tlou Energy, is racing to become Botswana's first commercial gas producer in order to tap into the country's push for more electricity particularly that classified as "clean". The company, which is focused on a 7,000 square metre area in central Botswana, recently became the first gas developer in the country to declare an independently certified resource, at 2.3 trillion cubic feet of Coal Bed Methane (CBM). CBM is one of the "unconventional" gases Tlou Energy is focused on.Last week, Tlou Energy regional manager (Botswana) Gabaake Gabaake said the company was steaming ahead with developments at its licence with a view to reaching a decision on commercial production within three years. Within the energy sector, two developers, Tlou Energy...
(MmegiOnline 06/19/13)
The slow pace of infrastructure development in the country might result in Australia surpassing Botswana in capturing the lucrative and fast expanding Indian coal market, a local coal developer has warned. Landlocked Botswana has an estimated 212 billion tonnes of coal, but none has so far been commercially exported outside the continent due to the absence of cost effective export routes to ports. Presenting at the Botswana Resource Sector Conference recently, African Energy Resources Limited managing director Frazer Tabeart said if Botswana is to become a major exporter of coal, it needs significant investment to improve rail infrastructure. "There is a lot of opportunity for Botswana but this is affected by the long distance from the market without infrastructure. The...
(Mining Weekly 06/19/13)
Exploration company Minergy Limited has outlined a new coal project in the Mmamabula coalfield in Botswana. Executive director Claude de Bruin, who addressed last week’s Botswana Resource Sector Conference in Gaborone, has announced a maiden Coffey Mining-overseen Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant inferred coal resource of 2.8-billion tons, at the private company’s 100%-owned Masama project. The shallow, flat-lying deposit is said to contain export-quality coal, estimated at 1.2-billion tons, with potential to increase the size of the resource in future exploration programmes. Botswana’s north-south rail, road, electricity and water pipeline corridor traverses Botswana’s Mmamabula, which, with South Africa’s adjacent Waterberg field are said to contain enough coal to justify the expansion of the current rail system to the ports of Richards...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Botswana Daily News 06/19/13)
Recent studies have revealed that 15.5 per cent of Botswana’s land mass is affected by land degradation, says Minister Lands and Housing, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake. Officiating at the commemoration of the day to combat desertification at Mosu on June 17, Mr Mokalake said desertification had a negative impact on the community and might lead to wide spread poverty, hunger and human migration. He said environmental degradation and resource depletion had negative impacts on the rural economy. Therefore, the situation required a critical analysis of environmental problems to be undertaken. “The negative impacts caused by the teeming populations of the livestock and wildlife herds on grazing land and forest resource exacerbated by the continual occurrence of droughts are significant rural development...
(MmegiOnline 06/18/13)
The World Bank has marginally revised its projections for Botswana's economic growth in 2013 from 5.1 percent to five percent. The latest revisions are contained in the Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report published last week and consisting of the World Bank's updates to its economic research and forecasts from the January edition of the report. The World Bank's latest forecast is higher than the 4.1 percent projected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April but lower than the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning's 5.9 percent. It is also higher than both the Bank of Botswana's forecasts for growth of around 3.7 percent this year, as well as the sub-Saharan African forecast average of 4.9 percent. All eyes are...
(MmegiOnline 06/18/13)
A surprise visit by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday did not offer much to Zimbabweans living in Botswana, nor their host government, as he was on a private mission to lay a wreath at the late former First Lady Olebile Masire's grave in Kanye. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe elections will be held on August 14th, 2013. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe jetted into Botswana yesterday to confer his condolences to the family of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, whose wife, Lady Olebile Masire passed away last month.The department of public relations, research and information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed the short visit. Mugabe later laid a wreath in Kanye at the gravesite of Lady Masire also affectionatly known...
( 06/18/13)
Botswana's coal sector is increasingly eyeing Eskom as a potential offtaker of supplies, with reports that sole producer, Morupule Coal Mine, is reaching some form of agreement with the South African utility. At this week's resource sector conference, Shumba Coal managing director Mashale Phumaphi said Eskom was eager to import coal from Botswana. "Eskom is interested in importing coal from Botswana," he said. "They need 60-million tones a year of new coal to come on stream and in the next few years, they will need 120-million tones before 2020".It is however unclear how the exports to South Africa will be treated as that country designated coal as a strategic resource last year. Eskom has fought to secure quality coal supplies...
(Botswana Daily News 06/18/13)
The Ministry of Education and Skills Development, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has rehabilitated the ablution system of two junior secondary schools in Gumare and Sepopa. The Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Vincent Seretse said at a launch ceremony at the Okavango Junior Secondary School in Gumare on June 17. Mr Seretse said the project, which was undertaken under the Adopt-a-school programme, would go a long way in improving sanitation in the Okavango area. ”I appreciate that the initiative involves teachers, students and parents in the learning and practice of hygiene “he said. The assistant minister appreciated USAID's assistance, saying they were investing in the future of the society, teaching profession...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners work towards what they call an AIDS-free generation, which just a decade ago would have been unimaginable. Mother-to-baby transmission has long been a source of concern among governments and organizations working to control the spread of HIV. But more effective anti-retroviral drugs and regimens are now dramatically cutting the chances of an infected mother passing on the disease to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding...
(Botswana Daily News 06/18/13)
Botswana will open a resident diplomatic mission in Berlin, Germany in August. A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stated that Botswana and Germany had maintained cordial relations since establishment of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1974. The release also stated that the presence of a resident German Embassy in Gaborone contributed to the growth of bilateral relations particularly in area of wildlife, geological survey, HIV/AIDS and vocational education. Financial support was also advanced for the major villages water and sanitation project covering Mahalapye, Palapye, Serowe and Tonota from 1986-1994 as well as phase two of the Molepolole and Kanye waterworks. The Rural Industries Promotions Company (RIPCO) and the Rural Industries Innovation...
(MmegiOnline 06/18/13)
Young Batswana have been urged to lobby government to ratify the African Youth Charter (AYC), an African Union-endorsed political and legal document, which gives direction for youth empowerment and development in African states. Botswana is one of six African states that are yet to sign and ratify the charter. Speaking at the official opening of the establishment of the Botswana Chapter of the African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN) yesterday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Aisha Camara-Drammeh said young people are agents of change and should contribute to advocating for government to sign and ratify the document. "A lot of the provisions of the charter are already being implemented in the country hence I urge the government to...

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