Monday 22 January 2018
(IT News Africa 05/24/13)
The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has appointed local SAP Business One specialists 4most to implement an affordable, easy-to-use business management software application. SAP Business One will help BIH better manage its processes and provide greater visibility into business operations. BIH aims to transform Botswana into a technology-driven and knowledge-based economy by promoting a culture of innovation and competitiveness of its associated companies and knowledge–based institutions. Having outgrown its existing solution, BIH required a world recognised business management software solution that was able to grow with the company and one that would integrate with VIP Payroll. SAP Business One is a single system that spans over all core business operations, including Web-based CRM and e-commerce. BIH CEO Alan Boshwaen says SAP...
(Stockhouse 05/23/13)
Q&A with Pangolin Diamonds (V.PAN). Tell me about Pangolin Diamonds: Pangolin Diamonds (TSX: V.PAN, Stock Forum) is the only Canadian listed junior exploration company that is wholly focused on diamond exploration in Botswana, the best address in the world. The Company has eleven 100% owned prospecting licenses covering in excess of 5,300 square kilometres in four project areas. Although in distinctly different geological and geographical localities, each of the project areas are considered to have high potential to discover diamondiferous kimberlites and two of the areas have alluvial diamond potential. Taking in consideration that there have been no major discoveries over the past fifteen years and known diamond resources are being depleted daily, small discoveries are not going to address...
(MmegiOnline 05/23/13)
Outreach is an important part of the mission of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and our department. A robust working collaboration between the Harvard community and Botswana has existed for over a decade through the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP).As a result of a year's worth of planning and leveraging connections between MGH and BHP, our team visited Botswana in February and in September of 2012. The purposes of these trips were to explore the possibility of a long-term collaboration with the Botswana cancer care system and to assess their current cancer care infrastructure. We were privileged to visit with the Botswana Ministry of Health, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone Private Hospital, Botswana-Harvard Partnership, University of Botswana, Cancer Association of Botswana,...
(The Epoch Times 05/22/13)
In an index of 142 countries that measures personal freedom, the only country in Africa that shows a high level of freedom and social tolerance is Botswana. Botswana’s place amid mostly middle- to lower-ranking nations is based in a history of respect for tribal lands and long-sighted economic development, according to the public policy organization Legatum Institute, which published the 2012 index. May 21 is the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity, a time to reflect on tolerance. The Legatum Institute also notes that tolerance and economic prosperity grow together. Botswana avoided the conflicts over resources and unrest that have plagued its neighbors by reinvesting mining revenue in infrastructure, health, and education, according to Legatum. The U.S. Department of...
( 05/22/13)
In an article in the UB Journal, Bonolo Ramadi Dinokopila writes that Botswana's good human rights record has become questionable. Titled, Bringing the Paris Principles home: Towards the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission in Botswana, the article highlights, among areas of concern, the death penalty and lack of choice in termination of pregnancy. "Despite being rated a free country by Freedom House, Botswana remains one of the few death penalty retentionist countries and continues to outlaw termination of pregnancy by choice," argues Dinokopila. Dinokopila also notes that there exists, growing concerns over issues pertaining to racial discrimination, xenophobia and other related intolerances. "Women, children, refugees and asylum seekers, indigenous groups, members of the gay and lesbian community as...
(Angola Press 05/22/13)
Gaberone — Angolan citizens can enter Botswana without visa, says a press note released by the Angolan Embassy to the southern Africa country saying that the process started in March this year. Angola is part of 10 countries that benefit from visa exemption on the ordinary, service and diplomatic passports, under an amendment of emigration law issued by Botswana. Apart from Angola, other countries include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Cuba, United Arab Emirate, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, South Sudan, Turkey, Brazil and Portugal. The list includes member countries of the Commonwealth, with the exception of Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and anther 43 states.
( 05/21/13)
Well government has imposed water restrictions and unfortunately for the wrong reason. Common sense suggests imposition shall be lifted the moment water levels in dams are up. And that's unfortunate. Just to epitomise the subject - Are you wrong to be mad at me if after all your efforts of providing me with clean treated water - you see me throw it away on the ground only to ask for more. If you asked me, I would say it's disrespectful and moreover criminal. Of course the example is just a fraction of the subject matter i.e. water shortage faced by this country, Botswana. The first time we experienced a water crisis in Botswana we blamed the weather and as we...
(Africa Review 05/21/13)
The Botswana National Front (BNF) has decided expelled former African Nation Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema, can only address the party’s youths privately citing a public appearance could strain relations with South Africa’s governing party, ANC. Mr Malema was to officiate at the party’s youth league congress next week after agreeing to an invite from the BNF Youth League. The BNF leadership met the Youth League’s leadership and agreed Malema may ‘only address the party’s youth league congress privately’. BNF’s publicity chief, Mr Moeti Mohwasa told the media the decision to bar Malema from addressing his party’s youths is to protect their relationship with ANC. “While the party appreciates the right of the Youth League to engage with...
( 05/18/13)
Based on available research results, Tswana cattle may be the cattle of the future when we will be faced with impacts of climate change. What we need to do is to test its eating quality and promote it in steak houses in the same way that the Scottish are doing with Aberdeen Angus. Livestock expert *Prof OARABILE R. MADIBELA argues that we need to brand and promote Tswana cattle in the same manner the South Africans are doing with Nguni cattle. Farming is not always smooth sailing and many people term it a risky business. Throughout their lives Batswana livestock farmers have encountered one problem or another. Some problems could be mild but some have precarious outcome. Droughts, lack of...
( 05/18/13)
PALAPYE: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), Dr Jerome Mafeni commended Botswana on her proactive response to HIV/AIDS. Dr Mafeni said this at the handing over ceremony of a mini-bus worth P339,650 to House of Hope Day Care Centre on Wednesday. Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) donated the mini-bus. The House of Hope Day Care Centre was built with the support of ACHAP. The CEO said the support provided to the centre included funding to support personnel costs through a one-time grant from MSD. He added that ACHAP also provided direct programmatic and financial assistance from 2007 until 2009. The coordinator of House of Hope Day Care Centre, Laone van Vuuren, explained that the centre...
( 05/17/13)
FRANCISTOWN: Communal farmers in the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) ravaged Zone 6 in the north eastern part of the country are accusing government of deliberately relegating them into the jaws of abject poverty.Responding to the government's decision to kill an estimated 30,000 small stock (sheep and goats) in their area during a leadership and stakeholders' workshop on the FMD situation in Zone 6 here early this week, communal farmers said they are being condemned to poverty. They charged that government is subjecting them to a life of struggle instead of eradicating poverty among its citizenry. "What is happening in our area is reminiscent of what transpired to the people of the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR)," said Obert Sechele, the chairperson...
(The Midweek Sun 05/17/13)
The media and members of the public have misinterpreted the proposed events and promotions law hence the confusion and public outcry. These are the views of a Special Full Council meeting of the Gaborone City Council (GCC) last week. The envisaged byelaw was last week deferred to a later stage after it was announced in Mach this year. The proposed byelaw caused heated debate at the GCC following public and media scrutiny since it was announced. Addressing councillors and the GCC secretariat, Principal Council Attorney Sono Seisa said the byelaw never proposed 50 as the minimum number of people requiring permits for a gathering. “This number was just an example, councillors will decide the minimum number of people at a...
(Forbes 05/16/13)
When it comes to civilian unrest and the likelihood of being injurred in a terrorist attack, the United States still ranks as one of the safest around, but not as safe as — believe it or not — Botswana. Even Namibia is considered safer in terms of political risk, civilian unrest and acts of terrorism. So says the latest political risk map by U.K. based Aon Plc, a risk management firm. Businesses often use political risk in assessing whether or not to invest in a country. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most risky, the U.S ranks like most of Western Europe, at No. 2. While that number is low, it is not as safe...
(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...

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