Tuesday 26 September 2017
(Business Day 05/15/13)
BOTSWANA’s economy has recovered from the ravages of the global economic recession of 2008-09 but the country is wary of another wave of recession that could be triggered by negative sentiment in the globe’s leading economies. Linah Mohohlo, the diamond-rich country’s central bank governor, said in an interview that returns from diamonds — Botswana has a lucrative partnership with South African giant De Beers — had registered "significant growth". The country had also witnessed gains in the non-mining sector. However, she warned there was no way back into the dizzy growth figures of the past. She gave no specific data, but the African Development Bank forecast the country’s growth at 4.8% last year, rising to 6.7% this year. "We are...
( 05/14/13)
News of negligence around most hospitals and the country's other health facilities across the length and breadth of Botswana are matters of serious concern. Headlines like 'Ministry of Health pays patient P1 million for negligence,' 'Patient sues MoH for millions for negligence,' and so on are common in the local media. In many of these incidents, an expectant mother would have informed nurses on duty that she had broken her water and therefore that delivery was imminent.Regrettably, it has become typical of many of our nation's supposed Nightingales - most of whom are still of the so-called gentler sex - to simply look the other way or even send such a wretched woman away.Too bad if you were deceived by...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(The Voice 05/13/13)
About 50 shocked Air Botswana passengers escaped unhurt when the engine of a Johannesburg bound aircraft they were travelling in blew apart soon after take off. The flight which was destined for O.R. Tambo was forced to return to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport 30 minutes after take off for emergency landing. A rattled passenger who asked not to be named said:”We left SSKI at about 9am and 30 minutes after take off we heard a huge booming sound. It sounded like something had blasted and that was when flight attendants informed us that the engine had blown apart and we had to return to Gaborone to land and board a different aircraft. I was destined for Asia and I...
(Sunday Standard 05/13/13)
President Ian Khama has accused the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV and AIDS (BONELA) of making their petition to his office on the controversial Health Bill public through newspapers. The Bill was recently passed by Parliament. The result is that Khama will not meet the human rights organisation to hear concerns it raised and possibly send the Bill back to Parliament for further scrutiny and amendments. In a letter dated 18 April 2013, signed by Senior Private Secretary to the President, Brigadier George Tlhalerwa, he states that “...this office is not in a position to take up the issues you have raised in your letter as you have already put them in the public domain, before discussing them...
(Sunday Standard 05/13/13)
Construction industry insiders are bracing for a peep show into the questionable goings on at the Roads Department as the controversial P500 million Charles Hill/Ncojane road project, which was the subject of a letter to the Office of the President by a whistle-blower who claimed that corruption cartels were running the Department of Roads, is decided by the High Court. Details of the tendering process at the Roads Department – which bidders claimed had been rigged – have not been placed before the court, but Roads Department watchers are crossing their fingers that the case should escalate to that point. For now, Gaborone High Court judge, Justice Michael Mothobi, has ordered that the adjudication process in the P500 million tender...
( 05/13/13)
Things are happening at the major tourist company Wilderness Safaris. However insiders say events may indicate something much more important - major interests are consolidating their stake with a view to take control. Insiders say the extensive consolidation by big league investors in Wilderness Safaris seems to be a strategy to bait and nurture the Khama factor in the company, represented by President Ian Khama's lawyer, Parks Tafa and his nephew Marcus Ter Haar. That is what is said to be behind a recent move by tax fraudsters, the Tollmans to appoint Tafa to the chairmanship of the board and Ter Haar to a committee that will appoint the CEO. The move is seen by insiders as attempts by the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/08/13)
Investment and trade promotion for any given country relies on the collaborative efforts of all the stakeholders involved, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Dorcas Makgato-Malesu has said. “It is about coming together with our individual mandates and roles both within government and the private sector to complement one another in completing the value chain of providing investors with the desirable conducive business environment, legal framework and the most convenient platform for doing business,” she said. Ms Makgato-Malesu stressed that “it is about how we collectively package and sell ourselves as a country because with fragmented and uncoordinated efforts, we will not achieve much.” Officiating at the launch of the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre’s (BITC) corporate and brand strategies...
( 05/08/13)
The family, friends and colleagues of the deceased RB2 and Botswana Televion (BTV) pesresnter Kago Setshogo yesterday gathered at the Broadhurst Cemetries to bury him. Setshogo who is reported to have committed suicide was buried in a hurry yesterday evening in a sombre funeral. The grief-striken family did not do much talking as they buried their son. Immediately after his burial the family announced in a short speech that they would reconvene today to bid farewell to their son as it was already too dark for any further proceedings. Police confirmed the death of Setshogo yesterday afteroon. The 28-year old Setshogo's decomposed body was found in his rented Phase 2 residence yesterday.Confirming the incident, the station commander of Gaborone West...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/07/13)
Botswana and Malawi view their Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) as a sustainable mechanism through which the two countries can exploit their full potential in various areas. According to the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mr Lapologang Lekoa, both countries aim to use the JPCC to identify and remove bottlenecks that hinders efforts of fully exploiting their potential in different sectors. Speaking during the second meeting of Botswana/ Malawi IPCC at Ditshupo Hall in Gaborone on May 6, he said Botswana and Malawi have enjoyed excellent bilateral relations over the years, anchored on mutual respect, shared vision and common desire to secure a better future for its peoples. “We share a very strong...
(Sunday Standard 05/07/13)
The Botswana government is believed to have been cheated out of millions of Pula through a Zimbabwe government sponsored sanction busting strategy that involved setting up companies that siphoned money out of Botswana through transfer pricing, tax evasion and violation of foreign exchange regulations. The Botswana Revenue Services (BURS) this week raided the offices of FCZ Timbers in Gaborone, a subsidiary of Allied Timbers Zimbabwe (Altim Timbers) which is wholly owned by the government of Zimbabwe. Sunday Standard investigations have turned up information that FCZ Timbers, the Gaborone based company which is run by a Chief Executive Officer based in Zimbabwe and is audited by the Zimbabwe-based Ernst & Young, owed BURS millions in tax. This comes a few years...
( 05/07/13)
That blunder may never happen again when the BDF finds themselves having to use guns. They have turned to the Chinese army to teach them marshal arts tricks so that when duty calls they would rather over power their victims with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and Drunken Master tricks than face the fury of the public for using guns on unarmed civilians. So instead of multiple bullets that shocked the nation during the Kalafatis scandal, in the near future victims of the Police and BDF operations may be nursing blue eyes, broken arms, or bleeding noses and broken teeth, all thanks to the agility of the nunchakus, kicks and punches from our kunfu masters at the army.If the pictures...
(The Midweek Sun 05/07/13)
Government is backtracking on its 2010 decision to fine citizens who have lost their old passports. The P1000 penalty was introduced as a fine for lost, damaged and soiled old and new passports at the time when old passports were being faced out to introduce the new e-passport system. Information coming from the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs reveals that the policy was reviewed and a decision was taken by the Ministry to cancel the levy on old passports. According to the assistant manager, communications at the ministry, Osesenaqa Lekgoko, the P1000 penalty fee will only be applicable to lost, damaged and soiled e-passports and will be independent of the application fee. Many Batswana have complained that the P1000...
(The Associated Press 04/30/13)
An overexcited cheetah jumped up from behind a fence and scratched the face of Botswana's President Ian Khama, causing minor injuries, the southern African leader's spokesman said Monday. It was "a freak accident, not an attack," spokesman Jeff Ramsay told The Associated Press by telephone. He said Khama did not go to the hospital but saw a doctor who gave him two stitches to his nose for the "minor wounds." Khama, 60, was asked about it when he appeared at public meetings in southeast Botswana with a plaster on his nose. The cheetah is part of a menagerie kept by soldiers at the Botswana Defense Force barracks at Mogoditshane in Gaberone, the capital. Ramsay said Khama went to watch the...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...
(Allafrica 04/26/13)
Vicenza, Italy — As the U.S. Army drops its ban on women serving in combat positions, the Botswana Defence Force is making similar personnel changes by having a Woman's Integration Work Group to allow Batswana women a chance to be enlisted soldiers within the BDF. For the work group, Colonel Sara V. Simmons and Sergeant Major Carolina D. Johnson of U.S. Army Africa in Vicenza, Italy, traveled to the BDF headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana, from April 5 to 12 to share their successes and also some of the challenges women still have in the U.S. Army. "We went down to talk with members of the BDF to establish a Women's Integration Work Group that consisted of about 35 males and...
( 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...

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