Wednesday 17 January 2018
(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...
(Botswana Daily News 06/05/13)
Laws and policies are crafted to facilitate service delivery, Minister of Youth Sport and Culture, Mr Shaw Kgathi has said. He said public officers had a tendency of citing laws and policies as some of the hindrances that affected their work. Mr Kgathi, who was addressing a kgotla meeting at Otse on June 4, said for a long time, laws and policies had been described as stumbling blocks in offering good service. The minister said this ought not to be, as laws were crafted with an aim of facilitating programmes rollout. He expressed disappointment that the youth in Otse had not taken advantage of the Youth Development Fund (YDF) despite the high unemployment rate among them. He said this could...
(Botswana Daily News 06/05/13)
The Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) and the teachers’ unions have agreed on a three per cent increase for course work assessment and invigilation rates. The rest of the rates would remain unchanged. A press release from the ministry stated that the MoESD, Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) and Botswana Secondary Education Teachers Union (BOSETU) had agreed on a review of this year’s national examinations course work and invigilation rates. In an interview, BOSETU secretary general, Mr Tobokani Rari stated that the subjects covered for course work assessment included Home Economics, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Art and Agriculture among others. Mr Rari said they had been negotiating a separate contract on how teachers who invigilated and conducted coursework...
(Botswana Daily News 06/05/13)
Given the size of the schemes in the market and the type of offerings of the schemes, there is indeed room for a medical aid scheme such as Symphony Health which appears to offer an attractive and unique product to the market. The Project leader and trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital trust Mr Joe Seoloane, said this at the official launch of Symphony health medical aid scheme in Gaborone recently. Mr Seoloane stated that the entrance of Symphony Health in to the market should indeed expand the choice available to those wishing to procure medical aid cover. Symphony Health is an open or private medical aid scheme registered as a trust and started operating on May 01, 2013...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
( 06/04/13)
FRANCISTOWN: Local businesses and community leaders, city authorities as well as members of the public have been advised to rebrand Francistown and desist from referring to the city as the 'Ghetto' if they harbour ambitions of attracting investors to the city. The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Taylor said this when officiating at the Botswana Confederations of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) northern trade fair last Friday. The event was themed,' Unlocking opportunities to a successful citizen participation in the economy of Botswana'. "Without wishing in any way to cause any harm calling a city a Ghetto which Francistown is often referred as, cannot be appealing to any investor," Taylor made the remarks in his address...
(MmegiOnline 06/04/13)
The current account deficit is expected to narrow in the medium term as merchandise exports grow in line with the global economic recovery, the Bank of Botswana (BoB) forecasts. Estimates for 2012 indicate a current account deficit of P5.3 billion compared to the smaller revised figure of P251 million in 2011 largely driven by the widening merchandise trade deficit. A country incurs a current account deficit when its total imports of goods, services and transfers is greater than its total exports. The merchandise trade deficit was P15.9 billion in 2012, up from the revised deficit of P5 billion in 2011, representing the fifth year of rolling deficits. However significantly higher receipts from SACU helped lower the current account deficit as...
(MmegiOnline 06/04/13)
The new Chinese ambassador to Botswana, Zheng Zhuqiang, has hailed the cooperation of both nations over the last 38 years saying it has yielded fruitful achievements and brought great benefits to both peoples. Ambassador Zheng, speaking at a children's event put together by the Masitara Foundation and the Chinese Women Association of Botswana said China has taken concrete measures to promote the educational cooperation with Botswana. Up to now, he elaborated, China has built two primary schools on gratis basis and provided hundreds of professional training opportunities and government scholarships for young Botswana. Besides the efforts of the Chinese government, Zheng said the Chinese community and organisations such as Botswana-China Friendship Association, the Charity Association of Chinese in Botswana and...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
( 06/04/13)
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications Tsaone Thebe failed to account for her ministry's overspending on staff salaries. Responding to a question from the chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Nehemiah Modubule, who asked her how the ministry overspent on staff salaries, Thebe responded, "I have no explanation because it happened two years ago before I started managing the ministry." The Auditor General's Report presented before the committee on Friday has revealed some irregularities in spending habits at the ministry. Modubule further pressed Thebe to explain who authorised the over expenditure to which she responded, "no one authorised it". "We take this very seriously because there are procedures to be followed if you feel...
( 06/04/13)
Tati East MP Samson Moyo Guma has expressed shock at the considerable reduction of the amount of money spent to construct the Kang - Hukuntsi road. At the sitting of the Public Accounts Committee on Friday, Moyo said he suspected something was irregular with the tender. His comments followed a report presented before the committee, which indicated that although the tender was awarded at half a billion pula, the road ended up costing only around P300 million."Something is fishy here, can the accounting officer tell us how this happened," Moyo said. The permanent secretary in the ministry of transport and communications Tsaone Thebe could not provide the answer saying she was not privy to the situation. Chinese company Sinohydro constructed...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...

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