Saturday 24 February 2018
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) has proposed that the current water pricing policy in Botswana has need of a wholesale reform to comply with the government objectives of sustainability and the pricing of water based on long run marginal cost as outlined in NDP 10. Botswana is one of the water stressed countries in Africa due to its climate topography. In a report titled ‘Water Pricing and Policy in Botswana’ complied by Professor Roman Grynberg and Kedibonye Sekakela, it is argued that there is need to impose a price for ground water for large abstracters like mining companies that reflects its opportunity costs. “There is need to revise the Water Act of 1968 to remove the provisions,...
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
Economic experts have reiterated the need for government to brace itself for tough times ahead, with diamond resources expected to be depleted by 2026, inducing a sharp fall in fiscal revenue. So far, no other resource has been recognized that can match diamond revenue contribution. The diamond industry has been a major contributor to Botswana’s growth, with diamonds constituting nearly 80 percent of the sector’s total exports. Speaking at a resource sector conference on Tuesday, economist Keith Jefferis said this is the time for Botswana to prepare for life after diamonds. “We should be entering a fairly rosy period between 2017-2026 assuming that Debswana increases production levels to 21-22 million carats a year; after Cut 8, there is nothing; there...
(Botswana Daily News 06/17/13)
Aquaculture can contribute to the economy of Selebi Phikwe region and the country as a whole, Vice President, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe has said. He was speaking at an occasion organised by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in conjunction with Guild Combination and Zero World on fish hatchery and farming in Selebi Phikwe. Dr Kedikilwe said if the fish hatchery in Mmadinare operated in full force and more Batswana utilised it by sourcing out fish from the plant to start fish farming projects, the economy of the region and country could be upgraded. He said a fish processing and marketing plant would be established where farmers would supply fish to the factory for processing and packaging. He said the...
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
A Botswana National Front (BNF) youth activist, Poloko Monang, has declared his interest to challenge Duma Boko for the Presidential race ahead of the party’s Congress billed for President holidays in July in Ghanzi. The 30-year-old Monang believes that he has what it takes to take the BNF to its heydays. Asked what prompted him to develop interest in contesting for the lofty position within the party, Monang attributed his interest to compete in the presidential to some of the challenges facing the BNF. Monang also added that his interest was necessitated by the fact that there is no ‘comrade’ who has shown interest to contest for the party presidency. “For quite some time, I have observed that some of...
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
A toxic brew of dissatisfaction and suspicion against government’s apparent bias in the distribution of the national development budget is pushing marginalised tribes to mobilise around competition for scarce resources. Prominent Kalanga leaders, among them former Permanent Secretaries, former ambassadors, former Chief Justice and leading businessmen are up in arms complaining that the national budget expenditure is skewed against the North East District. Former Chief Justice Julius Nganunu, Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Botswana Meat Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Martin Mannathoko, Former Permanent secretary Gobe Matenge, former ambassador and Lazare Kaplan Botswana Managing Director Alfred Dube, former ambassador and one of Botswana’s most successful entrepreneurs, Samuel Mpuchane, prominent lawyers and ex-Motor Vehicle Chairman, Tendekani Malebeswa,...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(MmegiOnline 06/14/13)
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...
(MmegiOnline 06/14/13)
Australian junior, Mount Burgess has appealed to Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe and filed an appeal with the Ombudsman after the Ministry of Minerals spurned a request to renew the lease on a lucrative zinc and silver project. By the time of the rejection last month, Mount Burgess had spent 14 million Australian Dollars (P115 million) over the years, on various studies and activities on two Ngamiland sites, eventually proving mineralisation of 33 million tonnes of both zinc and silver.Mount Burgess (MTB) originally applied for a renewal of its prospecting licence last March and after several requests for clarification by the ministry, eventually received a notice of rejection last month. In the intervening 14 months, the Australian Securities Exchange-listed company claims...
(MmegiOnline 06/14/13)
Ahead of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) July 5 elective congress in Maun, the ruling party is caught up in fresh factional wars. In particular, political fires have been raging in the BDP ranks in northern constituencies of Francistown South and Tonota South. In Tonota South, Tonota Central ward councillor, Botho Ntirang got a rude awakening last week when the party secretariat unceremoniously albeit unsuccessfully attempted to cancel a rally that he had organised at Manyanda Shopping Complex. The rally was to be addressed by the likes of party elder, Patrick Balopi and Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu. Ntirang and his team unexpectedly received a strongly worded letter from the party's acting executive secretary, Lee Lesetedi, instructing...
(Botswana Daily News 06/14/13)
Government has embraced the e-Government programme in order to modernise the public service and meet the information age demands as well as transform Botswana into a globally competitive knowledge-based economy. Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi said at the second celebration of the Public Service Day and Convention in Gaborone today (June 13) that rollout of e-government was accelerated in the context of the 1 Gov strategy for moving all appropriate government services online by 2016. The two-day convention was celebrated under the theme: E-Government: Key to Efficient and Effective Public Service Delivery. He said, at the heart of the strategy, was an understanding that through the integration of digital data, citizens would be able to...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
The newly elected Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) vice president, Kagiso Thutlwe, says he will be contesting for the Village Ward council seat in Gaborone Central in the 2014 General Elections. Thutlwe contested for the Gaborone Central constituency in 2009. His attempt failed as he was voted by a paltry 1, 118 people compared to Dumelang Saleshando’s 6, 102 votes and 2, 662 for Kgomotso Mogami of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party. A reliable source told The Gazette that Thutlwe will not contest Gaborone Central because he was asked to pave way for Botswana Movement for Democracy president, Gomolemo Motswaledi who is expected to have a tough tussle with Saleshando next year. Motswaledi is expected to contest under the...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
Through United Nations Public ServiceDay resolution 57/277 of 20December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 23 of each year as the United Nations Public Service Day. Thus, member states are encouraged to organize special events on this day to highlight the contribution of public service in the development process.The Botswana government has elected to commemorate the Public Service Day earlier than 23 June. This installment discusses the importance of the day and its theme in relation to the budgetary process. The Public Service Day will be celebratedon 13 and 14 June (BOPA, 07/05/13; PublicService Day bigger, better). According to Directorate of Public Service Management Senior Assistant Director, Nathaniel Tlhalerwa, the event will be marked by a lot of...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
Botswana has since herindependence in 1966 executed 47 prisoners who had been sentenced to death, The Gazette learnt.The recent execution on 27 Maywas of a Letlhakane man, Orelesitse Thokamolelo, 33, who had been condemned to death six times bya Francistown high court in 2010 for the murder of a family of six in Phaephae cattle post in 2008. Attempts by this publication to establish how these executions are carried out, and why this country does not allow any witnesses in the form of relatives and media during the execution process did not bear fruit because, “the informationon execution of prisoners is classified,” according to Botswana Prisons Service, Public Relations officer, Senior Superintendent Wamorena Ramolefhe.“The information is released on the need...
(The Botswana Gazette 06/13/13)
The outgoing Registrarand Master of High courtGodfrey Nthomiwa, saidthe Law Society of Botswana(LSB) is free to challenge judicial appointments in courts. The Registrar was responding to The Gazette, concerning the burning issue that has for a long time been the talk of the legal fraternity. Nthomiwa who sounded very annoyed by this issue, argued that the LSB has always been complaining about the judicial appointments, saying, “These are the very same people who have influence and can influencethe change,” he said. “Attorneys can state anything before the courts and the courts can make a decision. Why can’t they state a case before the courts and be decided. They can even decide a national conference to discuss the issue,” he added.He...
(MmegiOnline 06/12/13)
The Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) is in talks with the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) to have teachers revert to the initial 10-hour schedule as overtime payment rockets. Education permanent secretary, Grace Muzila, told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday that they had realised that paying teachers overtime was costly compared to when they worked 10 hours.The ministry has paid P17 million in overtime between November 2012 and April this year."We are now working with the DPSM to return to the initial system because as long as teachers are using the New Public Service Act, the ministry will continue to incur huge costs," she said. According to Muzila, most of the extra hours that teachers...
(Mining Weekly 06/12/13)
GABORONE (miningweekly.com) – Russian diamond exploration technology offers a huge plus and its use in Botswana could lead to the discovery of large new mines, says Botswana Diamonds executive chairperson John Teeling. The head of the London Aim- and Botswana Stock Exchange-listed exploration junior, who addressed the Botswana Resource Sector Conference, tells Mining Weekly Online that the technology has enabled the Russian diamond company Alrosa to discover 17 hard-rock diamond mines in Siberia, which equals the number of diamond mines in the world. He does not know how the technology works and they will not even let him see the technology. It is all done in Saint Petersburg. But Teeling thinks the technology is incredible and he is impressed by...
(MmegiOnline 06/12/13)
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has requested Botswana to account for selective implementation of the Public Service Act and the dysfunctional Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC). The Committee of Experts on Application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations has requested to be given Statutory Instrument No. 50 of 2011 (Public Service Regulations), which were unilaterally made by President Ian Khama outside the bargaining process."The committee in its report notes that in spite of the request, the government has not yet complied and as such has not yet received the Statutory Instrument No. 50 of 2011.It has further requested government to account for selective implementation of the Public Service Act and the dysfunctional PSBC," the committee says. With respect to adherence to...
(MmegiOnline 06/12/13)
South African hospitality chain, City Lodge Hotels, expects its recently opened R65 million (P56 million) Town Lodge in Gaborone to build a loyal patronage over the next six months, driven by its prime location as well as the robust 28-year-old brand. The 104-room Town Lodge Gaborone is the first asset the group has built from scratch outside South Africa, developed after extensive due diligence and site investigation. The group's other forays outside South Africa consist of 50 percent equity in two Kenyan hotels secured in 2011.On Monday, City Lodge Hotels public relations and communications advisor Angus Macmillan told Mmegi Business that since opening its doors near the Sir Seretse Khama Airport in May, Town Lodge Gaborone was gaining purchase in...
(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...

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