Tuesday 12 December 2017
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Mining Weekly 06/12/13)
GABORONE (miningweekly.com) – Botswana was continuing to review its minerals legislative framework to attract nondiamond miners to the heavily diamond-dependent country, its Geological Survey Department director Tiyapo Ngwisanyi said on Tuesday. Opening the tenth Botswana Resource Sector Conference, Ngwisanyi said that Botswana’s immediate economic concern was to lessen its dependence on diamonds through a fiscal regime for nondiamond minerals, which was predictable, had low royalty rates and a competitive variable-rate income tax formula. To make Botswana a more investor-friendly country, the government was continuing to review pieces of legislation such as the Income Tax Act, the Mines and Minerals Act and the Diamond Cutting and Polishing Act. “It’s through this attractiveness that we aim to entice companies to search for...
(Botswana Daily News 06/10/13)
Government is working tirelessly to limit power disruptions by bringing the Morupule B Power Station to its full generation capacity. President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said in an interview after the 10th Botswana Economic Advisory Council meeting in Palapye on June 7. Government, he noted, is doing its best to limit disruptions and ensure a reliable power supply. He noted that Botswana Power Corporation has given an assurance that by mid-July this year, all the four generation plants at Morupule B Power Station would be up and running. The P11 billion coal-fired power station with 600MW power generation was initially expected to reach completion by December 2012. President Khama said the project experienced challenges and had not been...
(Angola Press 06/10/13)
Angola and Botswana will hold on the second semester of this year a Joint Commission Meeting in view to re-launching the bilateral cooperation, says a press note from the Angolan embassy in Gaborone sent to Angop on Sunday. According to the source, this was one of the conclusions of the high level consultation meeting held on 6-7 June in Gaborone, between the delegations of Angola and Botswana. The Angolan team was led by the Secretary of State for Cooperation, Ângela Bragança and the Botswana side was headed by the deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Gaeimelwe Goitsemang. Angola took to Gaborone an agenda that includes the graduation study of Botswana to a medium income...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
Ethiopia won 2-1 in Botswana Saturday to stay two points ahead of fancied South Africa in a thrilling Group A race for World Cup survival. A couple of first-half goals for leading scorers Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Ahmed put bottom seeds Ethiopia in control before Tebogo Sembowa pulled one back in Lobatse. South Africa triumphed 3-0 over Central African Republic in a clash of injury depleted sides in Yaounde, with the match moved to Cameroon because Bangui was considered unsafe. Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala scored during the opening half on an artificial surface and leading South African 2012-2013 league scorer Katlego Mashego added a third during stoppage time. But Bafana Bafana (The Boys) celebrations of a rare competitive win...
(Botswana Daily News 06/10/13)
President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says he is confident that the solution will be found to relocate Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) students from Oodi to Palapye. President Khama said in an interview after the Botswana Economic Advisory Council meeting in Palapye on June 7 that BIUST had been given up to Wednesday (June 12) to come up with a solution. Their intention, he said, was to migrate students to Palapye campus at the beginning of the next academic year in September. So far, BIUST has a total enrolment of 267 students. President Khama said facilities at the BIUST campus could only accommodate the first batch of students as such there was a challenge with...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
( 06/10/13)
While teachers celebrated their day feeling 'little appreciation' for their work, displeasure is brewing within their ranks following the introduction of a clocking system in public schools about three weeks ago. Teachers are unhappy that they were not engaged prior to the establishment of the system.A March savingram signed by Frazer Tlhoiwe informs all regions, departments and schools of the immediate introduction of the tool.It says the ministry has observed that time management in some of its departments and institutions, is not effectively observed.Special reference is made to punctuality; truancy and the time employees knock off from duty. "The ministry has resolved that all the regions, departments, units and schools should with immediate effect start a clocking system whereby officers/teachers/lecturers...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Afribiz 06/07/13)
Due to the difficult global economic conditions, economic growth in Botswana was somewhat restrained in 2012. Real GDP growth is estimated to have declined to 5.8% from 8.0% in 2011. The mining sector, the country’s predominant activity, contracted by about 8% during the year and countered the buoyant performance of the non-mining sector, which registered 9.7% growth. Although new mines have recently commenced operations, the prospects for production of diamonds and diamond exports are uncertain due to slower global demand for rough diamonds, liquidity shortages in the main cutting centres and technical constraints. Nonetheless, prospects for new discoveries of diamonds are high. Several firms are prospecting, including Gem Diamonds, which was awarded a 25-year mining license for its Gope diamond...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(MmegiOnline 06/06/13)
Botswana Exporters and Manufacturers Association (BEMA) has refuted allegations by the media that local exporters and manufacturers are more involved in re-packaging than production. Speaking during a media briefing this week, BEMA vice president Buzwani Manyepedza said that he is not aware that local manufacturers and exporters are not producers. He strongly contends that local companies manufacture their products in Botswana and not just re-package. He said in cases where local manufacturers are not able to produce quality products, BEMA assists them towardsworking with the responsible ministry to ensure that they get the right support. "We also take them for training and run workshops as a way of equipping them with skills on how to produce quality products," he stated...
(Botswana Daily News 06/06/13)
Livelihoods can be improved if food producers reduce food losses through better harvesting, processing, storage, transport as well as marketing, Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Tshekedi Khama has said. Officiating at the World Environment Day commemoration under the theme: Think, Eat, Save – Reduce Your Foodprint in Gaborone on June 4, Mr Tshekedi said food loss, which takes place at production, post-harvest production, distribution and consumption stages of the food supply chain is bothersome. He explained that while food production takes place on one hand, abject poverty threatens lives on the other hand. He said the imbalance creates environmental harm, land degradation and poverty. He therefore called on people to change their consumption patterns for all to have...
(MmegiOnline 06/06/13)
The Botswana Sectors of Educators' Trade Union (BOSETU) and Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) have reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) over the 2013 course work assessment and invigilation rates. The new deal sealed last night stipulates a three percent increment for invigilation from last year's P55 to P56.65 per hour, while rates for course work assessment jumped from P35 to P36.05 per script marked. "Preparation fee for practical subjects remains the same at a flat rate of P1,000," the agreement says. Practical subjects at Junior Certificate level are Music, Agriculture, Design and Technology, Home Economics, Art, Physical Education and Business. At the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Examinations level, they are Music, Agriculture, Design...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(Botswana Daily News 06/06/13)
Minister of Education and Skills Development (MoESD), Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi says pupils who fail standard seven will repeat the grade. Addressing teachers and non-teaching staff from schools within the North West District on June 4, Dr Venson-Moitoi said she was concerned by the level of poor results in schools hence government had also introduced the re-assessment of standard fours. “With examinations looming, I am also stressed just thinking about the turmoil I have already witnessed in the past,” she said. She also encouraged teachers to do their maximum best with molding students, noting that some parents could not be bothered when it came to the education of their children. She indicated that she was more than convinced that children were...
(MmegiOnline 06/05/13)
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) will not join armies from South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Security sources have confided that upon a briefing at the African Union (AU), a cabinet meeting resolved that it would be too early and expensive for BDF to take part in the DRC war zone. "The situation in DRC is totally different from Somalia, Mozambique and Lesotho in which Botswana took part in a peacekeeping mission. It is a war, and cabinet felt Batswana were not prepared to receive tens of body bags packed with their dead children. It is a war, and again, Botswana has no money to sustain its troops should it deploy them there,"...
(MmegiOnline 06/05/13)
Government should take its fair share of the blame in bungled mega capital projects as poor supervision on its part has opened way for contractors to get away with shoddy work and overcharging on claims, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Samson Guma Moyo said yesterday. Interrogating the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Kagiso Mokotedi, Moyo wondered why the blame has been laid on contractors or consulting engineers every time for botched projects. "Supervision of these projects is done stage by stage with payments being made stage by stage in agreement with all parties. Why is it that the majority of the times you blame the contractors and yet you would have supervised, concurred and...
(Botswana Guardian 06/05/13)
With the government coffers slowly drying up, the private sector wants government to speed up privatisation, which could generate more revenue for the mineral-led economy. These are views which were raised on Wednesday at a breakfast seminar hosted by Botswana Guardian in partnership with Standard Chattered Bank, where stakeholders met to discuss privatisation and challenges stalling the process. Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) Chief Executive officer (CEO) Maria Machailo-Ellis says Botswana’s economy lacks stimulation and remains stagnant because all sectors are government controlled and thus disadvantaged by government’s inefficiencies and failure to accelerate economic growth. She feels that most if not all government organisations incur huge operational costs yet only a fraction of them are actually making...

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