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Detailed statistics said to be essential to better manage natural resources in the country

WAVES Natural capital accounts are said to be critical in providing detailed statistics to better manage the natural resources thereby ensuring sustainable growth of the economy. The remarks were made yesterday by the Botswana Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems WAVES coordinator, Edwin Itshekeng at a workshop in Gaborone. Itshekeng said such natural capital include resources such as minerals, agricultural land and fisheries as well as ecosystems producing services like water filtration, flood protection and habitat for wildlife. WAVES is a World Bank led partnership project aimed at promoting sustainable development through mainstreaming of natural resources into development planning and economic accounts. The pilot project is currently running in 8 countries which include Botswana, Madagascar, Rwanda, Phillipines, Indonesia amongst others.

posted on: 2016-05-26 || Day- Thursday

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Councils urged to become more self reliant

BBTN Councils have been urged to desist from depending on government funding as this will only impede efforts of development. This was said by the Council’s Chairperson Phenyo Segokgo when speaking to DUMA FM Segokgo also called on the South East District Council to become more self reliant when it comes to generating of revenue.

posted on: 2016-05-26 || Day- Thursday

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Company launched by South East District Council to not derail the council’s core mandate

BOFEPUSO The Director of DPSM has been accused of being incapable of solving friction between the Government and Trade Unions. The comment was made by Union BOFEPUSO Deputy Secretary General Ketlhalefile Motshegwa yesterday when updating the media on recent developments between the two parties.

posted on: 2016-05-25 || Day- Wednesday

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A group of African countries make resolution to strengthen cross border malaria control

GENEVA Minister of Health Dorcas Makgatho says the group of African countries which have taken a hard-line stance against malaria - the C8 have made a resolution to strengthen their cross border control of the disease. Speaking on Extra Talk last night, yesterday while in Geneva where she is attending a World Health Assembly meeting, Makgatho said the countries made the resolution ahead of the assembly Makgatho said African Health Ministers at AU have also agreed that for efficient fight of infections centres for disease control must be set up in specific regions.

posted on: 2016-05-25 || Day- Wednesday

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WTO members to be equipped with instruments to share with their countries

MINE The Botswana Mine Workers Union may have to wait close two months to hear from the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resourses Kitso Mokaila on a way forward to challenges faced by the BCL mine workers. Speaking to DUMA FM NEWS, the union Secretary General Mbighanyi Ramokate confirmed during a meeting with Mokaila last week, union leaders presented a number issues which included the looming retrenchments at the BCL mine. It is at this meeting that Mokaila gave assurance that he will look into issues presented but due to nature and the number of issues it may take long for a response from his ministry. Ramokate said at this meeting the union also highlighted the lack of trust in the current BCL mine board and management. He said the union is adamant that retrenchments at the mine are due to poor management.

posted on: 2016-05-24 || Day- Tuesday

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Villages in the Gaborone periphery to experience water restrictions

WATER Water Utilities Corporation has introduced level two water restrictions in Molepolole, Thamaga, Thebephatshwa and surrounding villages as of yesterday. In a statement, the Corporation says this follows a continued drop in the yields of the boreholes in the Gaothobogwe wellfields which supply these areas with water. It further says with the drop in the borehole yields over the past months, the areas have experienced gradually reduced water supplies. Level two water restrictions include among others things prohibition of watering of all gardens and parks using potable water, washing of vehicles with potable water using hose-pipes as well as filling of all swimming pools with potable water. The Corporation says water restrictions apply to all water users and will remain in force until further notice.

posted on: 2016-05-24 || Day- Tuesday

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DRUG ABUSE SAID TO BE A CONCEN AT NGWAKETSE CJSS . . .

DRUG Ngwaketse CJSS Head of Department Rapelang Molatole says they are concerned about the active involvement of students in drugs. Speaking during a Kgotla meeting addressed by Kanye Police recently, He stated that students engage in drugs such as motokwane and nyaope within and outside school premises. Molatole reiterated that some are even admitted to Sbrana psychiatric hospital to be examined and as such, he called on community leaders to join hands and intervene. One of the residents Keoagile Rammung said serious action should be taken to those who sell drugs and that Dikgosi should be given back their powers and status to curb the situation from getting worse.

posted on: 2016-05-23 || Day- Monday

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MASISI TO RESUME NORMAL DUTIES AFTER RECENTL BEING DISCHARGED FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITAL . . .

MASISI Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi arrived back in the country on Friday from South Africa, where he had been hospitalized. The Vice President who was admitted for an undisclosed ailment was said to have been hopsitalised before May Day A statement from the Office of the President says he is currently resting at his home and will be resuming his normal duties shortly.

posted on: 2016-05-23 || Day- Monday

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CONCERNED FRANCISTOWN RESIDENTS JOIN THE #ISHALLNOTFORGET# CAMPAIGN

CAMPAIGN Following the Sebina saga, concerned Francistown residents will this morning be placed in strategic places around the city’s busy traffic lights and road junctions holding placards and wearing blue ribbons, calling for an end to sexual abuse against girls and women. The group of activists made of men and women from across all walks of life have joined the newly formed #IShallNotForget# movement aimed at sensitizing, educating and calling for stern action and laws against perpetrators of sexual abuse. The activists say it is time residents of the second city to have their voices heard in the fight against sexual abuse towards the girl child and women of the country.

posted on: 2016-05-20 || Day- Friday

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POLICE EXPRESSED CONCERN AT THE RATE WHICH PEOPLE SELL THEIR GUNS

POLICE Deputy Commissioner of Police Bruno Paledi says the police are concerned with the rate at which people sell their guns. Speaking at the 2016 Arms Quota Raffle Draw yesterday Paledi said police has observed that last year alone, 680 transfers of guns were processed noting this as a major concern.

posted on: 2016-05-20 || Day- Friday

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G20 MINISTERS SAY GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE TO BE TACKLED SWIFTLY . . .

G20 Environment ministers from the Group of Seven nations meeting in Japan have collectively said they are committed to ensuring global climate change would be tackled swiftly in line with the deal struck in Paris last year. Following a two-day meeting which concluded Monday the ministers adopted a joint statement which affirmed their intentions to put into practice the Paris climate accord reached last year. They also agreed to advance the timetable for mid and long-term climate change solutions before the deadline, initially set for 2020. United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said on Monday after a related conference in Germany, that she was optimistic that the climate agreement reached in Paris last year will bear fruit quickly. The landmark Paris Agreement was a commitment by nearly 200 countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 with the aim of limiting the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

posted on: 2016-05-17 || Day- Tuesday

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BIDPA SAYS THE SADC REGION NEEDS BROADER FRAMEWORK TO ADDRESS POVERTY AND FOOD INSECURITY . . .

SADC POVERTY The executive director of Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis-BIDPA, Dr Tebogo Seleka says the SADC region needs a broader conceptual framework to address poverty and food insecurity. He said this at the ongoing Special seminar on food security and poverty eradication while giving a presentation on poverty perspective. He explained that employment and economic growth are necessary for poverty eradication, saying for poverty reduction to occur, growth should most importantly be in sector where the poor are concentrated. He highlighted gainful employment as key for improving their welfare. Dr Seleka also cited agricultural development as pathway out of poverty, saying the design of input subsidies should be such that there are exist strategies and that technology is sustained beyond implementation . He also called for adaptation to climate change and diversification into high value commodities and agro processing.

posted on: 2016-05-17 || Day- Tuesday

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FTWN POLICE CRACK DOWN ON a syndicate of thugs responsible for a series of house break ins and other criminal activities . .

POLICE Police in Francistown have made inroads into a syndicate of thugs responsible for a series of house break ins and other criminal activities in the Gerald Estates, after arresting one of the suspects 37-year-old Papiso Maokelo for breaking into a house and making off with property worth over P15 700. The accused who appeared before Francistown Magistrate Courts on Friday was not asked to take a plea, was further remanded in custody after police cited he was a high flight risk and would jeopardize police investigations in matters he’s alleged to be involved in. Gerald Estate police prosecutor Sergeant Obert further said 21 rounds of ammunition for a shotgun and 10 rounds for a 306 rifle were found in the accused house during a search exercise. Meanwhile, a 30-year-old security guard charged with 52 counts of failing to pay maintenance is admitted at Jubilee hospital after his attempt to commit suicide became unsuccessful. Police issued a warrant of arrest against Mbuso Gwala after he failed to turn up in court last Wednesday to answer for charges of failing to pay P400 per month for his child. On visiting to his place for the police were informed the accused had attempted to hang himself but the rope snapped before he could end his life.

posted on: 2016-05-16 || Day- Monday

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SADC MINISTERIAL WORKSHOP ON FOOD SECURITY AND POVERTY ERADICATION KICKS OFF TODAY . . .

SADC President Ian Khama in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will this morning convene a workshop to exchange ideas on how to address chronic problems of Poverty, Hunger and Malnutrition in the SADC region and come up with practical solutions towards addressing these issues. The workshop on Food Security and Poverty Eradication will be held this week and the forum will be to provide an opportunity to brainstorm, exchange ideas, and agree on practical and strategic actions for both short and long term scenarios in an effort to promote food and nutritional security and address poverty in the region. Tackling the persistent regional food insecurity and poverty are key in the realisation of regional integration and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets. These challenges if not addressed in a suitable manner will threaten the socio-economic growth and stability of the region. The Region is highly vulnerable to natural disasters including droughts, floods and cyclones that affect food security. Reports and climate data suggest that the SADC region is currently experiencing its worst drought since 1992 and this is expected to further increase food deficit. The workshop will be attended by Ministers and Senior Officials representing SADC Members States, Private Organisations, Farmer Organisations, United Nation’s Agencies and other International Partners.

posted on: 2016-05-16 || Day- Monday

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Education Ministry secures 45 million towards teacher development

EDUCATION The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development Fidelis Molao says his ministry has secured 45 million towards teacher development for the next 3 years. Speaking at Gaborone Technical College yesterday Molao said this money is intended to be used for the development of teachers in areas such as Mining, Jewellery making, furniture design and leather making.

posted on: 2016-03-31 || Day- Thursday

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Botswana Railways addresses electric defects in recently launched passenger train

The Minister of Transport Safety and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo says Botswana Railways has addressed Electric defects that led to the delay in departure and arrival of the recently launched passenger train the BR Express Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Mabeo said it was discovered that the diesel for the power car engines was contaminated with water thus causing the engines to shut down He further mentioned that the contaminated tanks were drained and all notable defects on both sets of the trains have been rectified. In addition Mabeo said a total of 2691 have been transported since the commencement of the passenger train.

posted on: 2016-03-31 || Day- Thursday

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Health Ministry working on modalities of a Test and Treat initiative to reduce HIV transmission rate . . .

HEALTH The Minister of Health Dorcas Makgato says they are working on the modalities of a Test and Treat initiatives to reduce HIV transmission rate. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Makgato said they intend to treat all those people who are diagnosed with HIV regardless of their CD4 count. Still at the press briefing Makgatho mentioned that they have counseled and treated patients that were given blood that was contaminated with syphilis.

posted on: 2016-03-22 || Day- Tuesday

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51.3million to be spent on the Phakalane – Glen Valley road link . . .

PHAKALANE GLENVALLEY The ministry of Lands and housing has engaged Bothakga Burrow to construct the Phakalane – Glen Valley road link at a tune of P51.3 million. This was yesterday revealed by the minister of Lands, Prince Maele, at the ground breaking ceremony, where he pointed out that the construction of the road link will improve ones time to get to and from Phakalane to Gaborone. He also said it will create employment, as they intend to empower 80 people during the construction of the link.

posted on: 2016-03-22 || Day- Tuesday

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BATSWANA TO BENEFIT FROM THE AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS . . .

AEA Batswana stand to benefit as the African Entrepreneurship Award – AEA has introduced a concept of promoting entrepreneurs around Africa to improve lives. The awards powered by Bank of Africa promote entrepreneurship on the African continent by investing 1 million dollar annually in talent and technology that transcend borders. When speaking at the workshop, a representative from AEA Laila Ahlafi called on those interested in entrepreneurship, particularly women to be more involved. The awards, the first of its kind in the country will have the first round of eligible finalists announce in May.

posted on: 2016-02-23 || Day- Tuesday

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MATHAMBO SAYS ROLE OF OPPOSITION SHOULD BE ADVISORY . . .

MATHAMBO The opposition could be more effective if they focused their energies on playing an effective advisory role to the party in government instead of altogether opposing every policy instituted by the state including those that are of benefit to their own constituents. This was recently expressed by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo in parliament, when responding to members’ contributions to the budget speech. Matambo said that in their response to the budget, most opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) had chosen to be negative about most aspects, instead of agreeing with what could be universally considered to be positive, and offering constructive criticism to what could be lacking. He reportedly said the contributions of the Gaborone Bonnington North MP, Ndaba Gaolathe and Molepolole North MP, Mohamed Khan noted the positive aspects of the budgets and were constructive in their criticism. But, other opposition MPs were highly critical without offering much. Matambo said as a governing party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) could ill afford to be reckless in what they promise Batswana, saying that the opposition, devoid of positions of authority, had the luxury of having lofty expectations of the budgetary process.

posted on: 2016-02-23 || Day- Tuesday

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BNF Youth League presidential candidate refutes allegations that members use resources to campaign for his presidency . . .

BNF Botswana National Front Youth League Presidential Candidate Kago Mokotedi has refuted allegations that members of the current youth league are using its resources to campaign for his presidency. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Mokotedi said the allegations are uncalled for as the BNF Youth League does not possess any resources and most of the current youth league members have sworn their allegiance to his competitor. Mokotedi vs. Competitor Mokotedi has called the UDC leadership to conclude cooperation talks with Botswana Congress Party as soon as possible. He said that the delay in cooperation talks will only allow the BDP to further threaten this noble course.

posted on: 2016-02-16 || Day- Tuesday

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ESP, LAPCAS SAID TO BE GAINING MOMENTUM . . .

ESP The Ministry of Lands and Housing is said to be working round the clock to ensure proper land management by undertaking land servicing and LAPCAS projects. The land registration dubbed LAPCAS is being undertaken countrywide by surveying plots of different uses and issuing new certificates with security features. The LAPCAS coordinator, Joyce Wantlo reportedly said 306 585 plots have been surveyed so far. She said the project was moving at a snails pace, but that since the national road shows and opening of registration points in all the land boards, the response was impressive because people were now able to register their plots in any land board nearer to them. She however said some people have not registered their plots or claimed their land rights thinking that the land board would repossess their plots. She further said LAPCAS was not meant to disadvantage anyone but was about improving land management so that the government knows who owns what and where. The project was expected to be completed by end of 2016, having started in 2009.

posted on: 2016-02-16 || Day- Tuesday

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PRESIDENT KHAMA LAUNCHES ESP IN MACHANENG . . .

ESP President Ian Khama, is said to have at the weekend launched the ever talked about Economic Stimulus Programme in Machaneng. The ESP is a programme that is meant to boost economic growth through increased Government spending in identified sectors, diversify the economy and accelerate employment creation. Deliberating in Machaneng, President Khama said the Programme is a response to the current unfavourable economic climate following the world economic recession of 2008/9 which has resulted in job losses, not only in Botswana but in the world at large. The president reportedly said one of the major challenges in the economy is fall of commodity prices in the mining sector including diamonds. There is a need to diversify the economy even more so as to create sustainable jobs and to be able to cushion the economy against the international shocks of the mineral process. He said It is in response to the above that ESP is targeting the construction, the manufacturing, tourism and the Agricultural sectors. The Economic Diversification Drive (EDD) and the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in particular will boost the local Manufacturing Sector. ESP also targets Infrastructure development through construction and maintenance of Government Facilities and the Re-skilling of youth. Implementation of the initiative will be enabled by the use of Information and Communication Technology as well as reforms in the procurement process to bring efficiency. These efforts will reportedly be further complemented by the implementation of the Doing Business Roadmap and Action Plan, recently launched by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

posted on: 2016-02-15 || Day- Monday

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UDC LAUNCHES FORMER SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY . . .

NASHA Former Speaker of the National Assembly Margret Nasha says she is well qualified to be a president of this country unlike President Ian Khama. Speaking at her launch as a UDC member yesterday, Nasha said she qualifies to be a president because she is a citizen of this country by birth and decent. Her backlash comes after President Khama allegedly criticized her by saying she is obsessed with leadership.

posted on: 2016-02-15 || Day- Monday

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BEC cautions against fake results circulating the media

BEC The Botswana Examinations Council says the 2015 Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education _ BGCSE have not been released contrary to social media. Social media has been abuzz this week with rumours that the results have been released. In a statement, BEC says the council is still on course to release the results by February 26th. The council has advised perpetrators to refrain from sending wrong messages to its stakeholders using the BEC name.

posted on: 2016-02-12 || Day- Friday

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Botswana urged to sign a treaty for the rights of the disabled

CIPA Botswana has been urged to sign the Marrakesh Treaty. The treaty, which is in line with the United Nations Declaration on the rights of disabled persons, requires member countries to introduce a set of limitations and exceptions to copyright laws. The laws are to permit reproduction, distribution, and making available of published works in formats designed to be accessible to beneficiary persons Speaking at CIPA consultative workshop yesterday Library Officer from Botswana National Library service for people living with disabilities Omphemetse Ramabokwa said the signing of the treaty is going to open a world of opportunities for the visually impaired which include among others skills, employment as well as access to information.

posted on: 2016-02-12 || Day- Friday

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Government proposes to increase Members of Parliament

GOVERNMENT Government is proposing an amendment of the constitution to allow for increase of Members of Parliament. The amendment seeks to increase ministers from 16 to 18, assistant ministers from 8 to 10 and specially elected from 4 to 6. According to the proposed amendment, the country’s economy continues to grow is size and in complexity therefore the increase in number of specially elected members will provide a window of opportunity for the National Assembly and by extension cabinet. In addition, this is to increase the number of members with the necessary expertise and skills to manage a modern and complex economy.

posted on: 2016-02-09 || Day- Tuesday

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Former Duma FM Station Manager joins the UDC

MORERI Former Duma FM Station Moreri Gabakgorwe is joining the Umbrella for Democratic Change. A statement from the UDC says Gabakgorwe is known for his life-long radio career especially at the national broadcaster, Radio Botswana, where he has worked as Head of news and Head of programmes. He subsequently joined Duma FM as the Station Manager. Gabakgore, and Mothusi Sekgwa (formerly Executive Secretary of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party and retired lecturer at the Molepolole College of Education), also a recent arrival at the UDC, will form part of a group of individuals whom the UDC will officially welcome to the party on Sunday, along with former Speaker of Parliament Margaret Nasha.

posted on: 2016-02-09 || Day- Tuesday

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REFUGEE OFFICE IN BOTSWANA TO CLOSE DOWN

UNHCR The Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR says it is phasing down its operations in the country as of the end of June this year. According to reports, Senior Regional External Relations Officer with the UNHCR Regional Office for Southern Africa Tina Ghelli said Botswana’s refugee population has drastically reduced to below 5,000 and that the capacity of government to independently contain refugees has grown since the inception of Dukwi Refugee Camp some three decades ago. It is said an estimated 2,851 refugees remain at the camp and about 928 refugees from Namibia are expected to return to their native country anytime soon following the termination clause of their refugees’ status instituted last year March. Ghelli reportedly said similar approaches have been taken in a number of UNHCR offices globally where governments have strengthened their response to refugees.

posted on: 2016-02-08 || Day- Monday

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BOFEPUSO engages lawyers to assist in the retraction of a story it deemed inaccurate from Mmegi and Monitor newspaper

BOFEPUSO Union BOFEPUSO says it will engage its lawyers to urge newspapers Mmegi and the Monitor to retract a recent story published about the union. Speaking to DUMA FM, the union Secretary General Tobokani Rari insisted details surrounding the story are not accurate. Rari further noted that BOFEPUSO is a proponent of media freedom but said they have on several occasions tried to engage the Mmegi Monitor journalist who continues to misrepresent BOFEPUSO. Rari said they were never afforded the right to reply by the paper on several occasions.

posted on: 2016-02-08 || Day- Monday

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Olebile Gaborone appointed Botswana’s High Commissioner designate to Mozambique . . .

GABORONE President Ian Khama has appointed Olebile Gaborone as Botswana’s High Commissioner designate to the Republic of Mozambique. This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today. Gaborone who was born in 1947, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into his position of High Commissioner. Prior to his appointment, he was a Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2014. He also served as Assistant Minister of Local Government and also held many Senior Positions such as Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Managing Director of Longman Botswana, Lecturer and Assistant Registrar at the University of Botswana. He is also one of the founding Members of Matlala Secondary School and Longman Botswana and author of three (3) Setswana novels. The Ambassador-Designate is expected to take up his appointment in Maputo next month. He will be replacing Thuso Ramodimoosi, who has been redeployed to the Ministry Headquarters.

posted on: 2016-02-03 || Day- Wednesday

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Chief Justice refutes allegations that the performance of the judiciary is below par . . .

DIBOTELO Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo has refuted allegations that the performance of the judiciary is below par. Speaking at the official opening of the legal year yesterday Dibotelo said the high court received a total of 8164 civil cases and 1338 criminal cases from the period of January to December 2015 and 6707 civil cases were completed while 964 criminal cases were also completed thus representing a disposal rate of 82% and 72% respectively. Meanwhile still at the opening of the legal year Chairman of the Law Society of Botswana Lawrence Lecha differed with Dibotelo as he mentioned that they have continued to receive complaints from members of the public about the delay in delivery of judgements by the judiciary.

posted on: 2016-02-03 || Day- Wednesday

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LEGAL YEAR TO OPEN NEXT WEEK . . .

LEGAL The Administration of Justice is expected to hold an annual Official Opening of the Legal Year to mark the official commencement of hearing of cases next week Tuesday. According to a statement, the event will be held at the High Court and Court of Appeal Premises in Gaborone under the theme: Adequate Funding: Key to a free and independent Judiciary President Ian Khama is said to have been invited to attend the occasion and the Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo is set to be the keynote Speaker. It is said other speakers will include; the Attorney General Athalia Molokomme and the Chairman of the Law Society of Botswana Lawrence Lecha. The occasion will bring together amongst others Judicial Officers which include Judges, Registrars & Magistrates, Senior Government Officials, Members of the Law Society of Botswana, Members of Parliament and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

posted on: 2016-01-27 || Day- Wednesday

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ACHAP SET TO HOLD A WORKSHOP ON VOLUNTARY MEDICAL MALE CIRCUMCISSION …

CIRCUMCISSION ACHAP is set to conduct a media training workshop next week at Cresta Lodge in Gaborone. In a statement ACHAP indicated that the interactive full day workshop aims to support government in the national expansion of adult Voluntary medical Male Circumcision, engage and involve various stakeholders. The workshop will be attended by an esteemed Communication Specialist, Daniel Rutz , who has over 18 years experience in the field of health and Communication from Atlanta. The objectives of the workshop include among other things, to establish a partnership with the media for health issues especially on HIV/AIDS and circumcision, share experiences on roles media types play in education, creating awareness, mobilization for VMMC and increase frequency of good coverage on VMMC. The workshop is also expected to explain the scientific rationale for VMMC, highlight the significant role the media plays in the uptake of VMMC beyond writing, presenting and advertising. Participants will share strategies that have worked in other parts of the world for Botswana to consider and intergrate behaviour change through mass media.

posted on: 2016-01-27 || Day- Wednesday

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ANSWERS TO ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS AT BCL MINE ARE SAID TO BE LONG OVERDUE…

DITHAPELO The Member of Parliament for Selibe Phikwe West, Dithapelo Keorapetse says answers to accidents that have led deaths at the BCL mine are long overdue. Speaking to DUMA FM this morning, Keorapetse said from his consultations with workers at the mine neglecting of proper occupational health and safety measures is one the key contributing factors that have led to accidents. He said the miners also cited the engagement of inexperienced personnel hence the misfortunes. Keorapetse expressed worry that the management of the mine takes a long time to present stakeholders with detailed investigation reports following accidents. He further indicated that a commission of enquiry may be the best solution to challenges faced by the mine, saying he intends to table a motion in parliament in this regard.

posted on: 2016-01-27 || Day- Wednesday

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MASISI WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS TO THE BDP FROM OPPOSITION . . .

MASISI The chairman of the BDP, Mokgweetsi Masisi, yesterday welcomed new recruits to the ruling party. The Chairman who was addressing members of the forth estate, pointed out that the BDP continues to recruit new members to the ruling party from the opposition. Masisi pled with the newly recruits to feel at home at the BDP and not feel out of place, and even challenge the current members without fear, as they continue to practice and enjoy the democratic process. The recruited members include the former secretary general in the southern region from the BCP, Itumeleng Wantshe, former councillor in the Kubung ward, also from the BCP, Lapologang Sebaka. Also recruited was Tshepo Khan, who is from the UDC, Olebile Khan, Batsile pelompe, Richard Miller as well as Kevin Keepilwe all from the BNF youth League.

posted on: 2016-01-26 || Day- Tuesday

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BOTSWANA IS SAID TO BE FIGHTING AN UPHILL BATTLE AGAINST DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE . . .

MEDIA The Government of Botswana is said to be fighting an uphill battle against drug and alcohol abuse. Speaking at the ongoing media training workshop on alcohol and substance abuse yesterday the officer in charge of Department of Narcotics Fauna and Flora (NFFI) Petrus Nkgetse said the drugs which include heroin, cocaine and methcathinone are being peddled into Botswana by foreigners particularly the South Africans and Tanzanians. The aim of the workshop is to equip the media with understanding of the national campaign on alcohol and substance abuse as well as understanding symptoms of Substance abuse and dependency.

posted on: 2016-01-26 || Day- Tuesday

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UB PROFESSOR CALLS FOR URGENT SOLUTIONS TO POOR ACADEMIC RESULS....

JOTIA Until proper measures are put in place and adhered to, the final examination results in this country will continue to decline. This was said by Dr Agreement Jotia who is an Associate professor in democracy and education at the University of Botswana. His comments come as the just released 2015 junior certificate results show a decline compared to the previous year. Jotia said stakeholders are able to identify all the key challenges within the education system but no action is taken towards implementing solutions. Jotia further pinpointed an overflow in classrooms as one of the reflectors, making it difficult for teachers to pay proper attention to students individually. He also mentioned lack of much needed resources such as text books within government schools.

posted on: 2016-01-25 || Day- Monday

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ARSONIST SETENCED TO 8 YEARS . . .

ARSON Francistown senior magistrate, Dumisani Basupi is said to have sentenced a 33-year-old teacher convicted of setting on fire the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) barracks and destroying property valued over P4 million to eight years imprisonment. Sentencing Bonno Ikanyeng last week, Basupi said she should also compensate the government an amount of P2,610,323 for the burnt structure and P1,765,865 for the soldiers’ property. He explained that the offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, but that he took into consideration that the accused was a first offender and a mother of three, whose husband was unemployed. Basupi said in his evidence, that Dr Paul Sidandi, a psychiatrist, indicated that Ikanyeng had a mental illness which does not always mean being insane. He said morbid jealousy caused the mental illness as she thought her husband was not answering the phone because he was with another woman. Basupi said the court took into consideration that the sentence should deter other people from committing a similar offence, and should also discourage the accused from committing crime again. He told the defence that they have the right to appeal the sentence in 14 days. The facts of the matter are that on about January 5 2013, Ikanyeng willfully and unlawfully set fire on the BDF Area S Barracks, thereby destroying 25 rooms, a kitchen, a common room and property of 27 soldiers who were residents of the particular barrack

posted on: 2016-01-25 || Day- Monday

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FORMER SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MARGARET NASHA RESIGNS FROM THE BDP . . .

NASHA The Former Speaker of the national Assembly, Dr Margaret Nasha has resigned from the Botswana Democratic Party with immediate effect, to join the Umbrella for Dramatic Change. Nasha who was speaking to Duma FM this morning, said one of the reasons for joining the UDC, was that she had realised that the party was having a sense of political direction that appealed to her.

posted on: 2016-01-25 || Day- Monday

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HRDC INTRODUCES CAREER CLINICS. . .

HRDC The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has reportedly introduced a new career fair brand dubbed Botswana Human Resource Development Skills (BHRDC) fair and career clinics, which was previously known as the Botswana Tertiary Education Fair. Speaking at a media brief in Gaborone recently, the acting chief executive officer of HRDC, Dr Patrick Molutsi said the new brand was in line with the mandate of HRDC of turning around the education and training system of Botswana from a supply led system into a demand driven system. He said the BHRDS fair and career clinics was a stakeholder engagement activity geared towards promoting the education and training sector in Botswana. Dr Molutsi said the BHRDS fair and career clinics provide information to learners using multiple approaches to assist learners to make informed career choices. He said the BHRDS fair and career clinics stimulate quality education amongst the public and private tertiary education institutions in ensuring that they adhere to delivering quality education.

posted on: 2016-01-21 || Day- Thursday

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EU AND BOTSWANA STRENGTHENING BILATERAL TIES . . .

EU The EU and Botswana are said to have developed close ties over many years of cooperation. Ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Botswana and SADC, Alexander Baum, is said to have recently discussed Botswana’s investment appeal and the potential impact of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement. European Times: How would you describe relations between the EU and Botswana? When describing relations between the EU and Botswana, Baum reportedly said the EU has accompanied Botswana in around 40 of the 50 years of its independence, saying the EU has supported Botswana’s economic growth and capacity-building in many areas, from education to natural resources, and assists with major sector reforms. The EU’s grant financing for Botswana has gradually been reduced and will now be a relatively small €33 million for the period up to 2020, given the rise in Botswana’s per capita GDP. Baum reportedly said they hope that stronger economic and trade ties between Botswana and the EU will develop after the signing of the EU-SADC EPA in mid-2016. At the political level, He said bilateral relations have been strong since the Lisbon Treaty.

posted on: 2016-01-21 || Day- Thursday

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BOTSWANA HOSTING THE INNOVATION PRIZE FOR AFRICA THIS YEAR SAID TO NOT BE A SURPRISE . . .

IPA The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Infrastructure Science and Technology Dikagiso Mokotedi says Botswana’s selection in hosting this year’s Innovation Prize for Africa-IPA does not come as a surprise as the country has provided all the necessary foundations to enable innovation to thrive. He made the remarks yesterday at a press briefing where Botswana was announced as IPA 2016 host. IPA has attracted more than 6-thousand innovators from 50 African countries.The awards will be held in June under the theme “ Made in Africa”.

posted on: 2016-01-21 || Day- Thursday

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Lesotho urged to implement recommendations of commission of Inquiry report . . .

The Government of The Kingdom of Lesotho has been urged to implement the recommendations of the report of the commission of Inquiry that was received and endorsed during the Double Troika Summit. During the summit which ended yesterday in Gaborone, it was noted with concern that the Kingdom of Lesotho has not undertaken the constitutional, public sector and security sector reforms. The Summit urged the Kingdom of Lesotho to prepare a road map for the implementation of the reforms as contained in the SADC Facilitator’s Final Report with the support of the Organ Troika and the Secretariat and submit progress report to the Summit in August 2016. The Double Troika Summit urged the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho and all political stakeholders to actively contribute to a condusive environment to allow the safe return to Lesotho of the opposition leaders and members of the Security forces who are in exile.

posted on: 2016-01-20 || Day- Wednesday

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Foreign Affairs Minister to brief media about developments surrounding the SADC Double Troika Summit this afternoon . . .

FOREIGN Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi is set to brief the media this afternoon about developments surrounding the SADC Double Troika Summit. On Monday President Ian Khama hosted five SADC heads of state made up of Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania and Swaziland. The summit, which President Khama chaired as SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation chairperson, reviewed the political and security situation in the region with particular focus on Lesotho. The summit was held in response to SADC member states’ concern over the deteriorating political and security situation in Lesotho.

posted on: 2016-01-20 || Day- Wednesday

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KAZUNGULA BRIDGE PROJECT CONSTRUCTION DELAYED FOLLOWING AN INJUNCTION . . .

KAZUNGULA Construction of Kazungula Bridge has reportedly been halted after Chilibwe Mining Company filed an injunction to restrain contractors from excavating quarry on its land for the project. The US$259.3 million Bridge, across the Zambezi River was being undertaken by Zambia and Botswana with financial assistance from Japan International Co-operation Agency and the African Development Bank. Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu is said to have told his Finance counterpart Alexander Chikwanda in Choma recently that the mining firm filed the injunction early last week to halt quarrying activities on its alleged piece of land. The minister however said the project was important in facilitating movement of products, creating jobs and increasing opportunities for regional trade activities. He said, although the project was engrossed with some challenges prior to its construction, Zambia and Botswana would ensure the Bridge was completed.

posted on: 2016-01-18 || Day- Monday

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SADC DOUBLE TROIKA TO DISCUSS LESOTHO . . .

TROIKA President Ian Khama will, today, host five SADC heads of state for an extra-ordinary summit of the Double Troika. The Double Troika is made up of Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania and Swaziland. The summit, which President Khama will chair as SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation chairperson, is expected to review the political and security situation in the region with particular focus on Lesotho. The summit is in response to SADC member states’ concern over the deteriorating political and security situation in Lesotho. Main opposition leaders have fled the county fearing for their lives. Former Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao’s assassination on June 25 last year exacerbated the already volatile situation in the tiny kingdom. Brigadier Mahao was reportedly shot and killed outside his farm by LDF members who had gone to arrest him for mutiny. SADC was forced to intervene, hence establishment of a Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi led commission to probe Brigadier Mahao’s murder as well as the political pandemonium that constantly plagued Lesotho. Since then, meetings with South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa as facilitator, had been held to look into the situation.

posted on: 2016-01-18 || Day- Monday

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FARMERS IN MAUN ASSURED THEIR CATTLE WILL NOT BE SENT BACK DESPITE WATER SHORTAGE AT ABATTOIR . . .

BMC Botswana Meat Commission has assured farmers in Maun who sold their cattle to Maun abattoir for slaughter that their cattle will not be sent back even though the abattoir is in a water shortage crisis. In an interview with Duma F.M News BMC Public Relations Officer Brian Dioka said water utilities could not provide the required quantity of water needed by the plant this week and as such since yesterday water has been purchased from Chanoga so that all cattle bought thus far for the abattoir can be cleared.

posted on: 2016-01-14 || Day- Thursday

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THE LEGABIBO REGISTRATION CASE TO BE HEARD TODAY . . .

LEGABIBO A case in which government is appealing against the High Court’s decision for registration of Gays and Lesbian Movement - LEGABIBO is set to be heard at the High Court of Appeal today. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday LEGABIBO Advocacy Officer Caine Youngman said the refusal to register LEGABIBO is in contravention of section 13 of the Constitution of Botswana. Youngman explained the decision has the effect of hindering the applicants’ enjoyment of their freedom to assemble and associate.

posted on: 2016-01-14 || Day- Thursday

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Zimbabwean government dismisses Mugabe illness rumours

ANDERSON Botswana Media Women Association (BOMWA) has sent message of condolence to the family of renowned gender activist Joyce Anderson who is said to have passed away last Saturday at Gaborone Private Hospital. According to a statement from BOMWA, Anderson who was 72 years old died after a short illness and she will not be forgotten for the role she played on gender equality. The Chairperson of BOMWA Keabonye Ntsabane, stated that her footprints are visible as she represented the voiceless on both gender based violence and women in decision making and power sharing. Ntsabane further said Mma Anderson will also be remembered as one of the brave women who had issues of women at heart. She therefore said her death is a real loss to the gender movement and Batswana in general. Anderson’s memorial service is scheduled for today at Broadhurst UCCSA church at 5pm. She will be buried at Phomolong Private Cemetery in Phakalane Estates on Friday morning and the service will start at 6:30 am

posted on: 2016-01-14 || Day- Thursday

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3 MEMBERS OF THE BMD WHO WERE RECENTLY WELLCOMED BY THE BDP NEVER RESIGNED FROM THE BMD

BMDYL 1 BMD Youth League President Phenyo Segokgo has told Duma Fm that the 3 executive members who were recently welcomed to the ranks of the ruling BDP never tendered resignation letters to the BMD. Segokgo emphasized that as far as they are concerned the 3 are still members of the BMD. Segokgo further accused the BDP of deceiving the 3 by welcoming them to the party in the presence of the media whereas while the 3 only thought they were still in recruitment talks. For his part former BMD member who has also defected to the ruling BDP Rodger Mpafe lambasted Phenyo Segokgo for not telling the truth, saying the three members in question have indeed handed in resignation letters. Mphafe also said what Segokgo was doing was trying to undermine the Vice President and Chairman of the BDP, Mokgweetsi Masisi whom he said was never involved in the recruitment of the 3 members.

posted on: 2016-01-14 || Day- Thursday

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PPADB IMPLEMENTS THE CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION REVISED CODES . . .

PPADB The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) says effective 1st February 2016, the revised codes for contractor registration will be implemented. These codes were developed following extensive consultations with stakeholders such as Procuring Entities and the bidding community in 2014. An elaborate plan has reportedly been developed to ensure a smooth transition from old to new codes. In line with this plan stakeholders are informed that with effect from 1st March 2016 until 31st August 2016 a parallel approach on PPADB registration codes compliance requirement will be adopted during tendering process where old and new codes at tendering will be applicable to avoid disadvantaging bidders with old codes who are yet to update their registration to the new code. The six (6) months transition period will give bidders an opportunity to convert or update their codes to the new codes whilst at the same time participating in tendering.

posted on: 2016-01-14 || Day- Thursday

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MONTSHIWA MURDER ACCUSSED DENIED BAIL . . .

MONTSHIWA The Village Magistrate Court, is said to have recently refused to grant bail to two men accused of killing Fairground Holdings chief executive officer, Michael Montshiwa. Senior Magistrate Ike Raphael is said to have concurred with the prosecutor, Ernest Mosate that the accused should be locked up for a further two weeks while investigations on the matter continue. Earlier on Mosate implored the court to remand the accused to enable the state to carry investigations without hindrance. He, however, told the court that though he could not disclose the extent and the amount of information they had, they were making headway and it was therefore important that the court grant them their wish so that they could do a thorough job. Nevertheless, he said they were mindful of the fact that the two accused had the right to liberty, but the public interest should also be taken into consideration more so that the accused were facing a serious offence of murder. According to the charge sheet, the duo and two others who were not before the court on or about October 18, 2015 in Gaborone acting together and in concert murdered Montshiwa by shooting with a short gun (30.06) at his house in Block 6 location. They will appear again on January 26. Meanwhile the third accused, David, is due to appear before the same court on January 25. He is on a conditional bail of P10,000 and reports himself to Gaborone West Police Station daily while his travelling documents have been surrendered to the same police station.

posted on: 2016-01-14 || Day- Thursday

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MEDIA SAID TO NEED MORE EDUCATION ON MATTERS SURROUNDING SEXUALITY . . .

LGBTI The Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana -LEGABIBO Advocacy Officer Caine Youngman says there is need to educate the media more on sexuality. Youngman made these comments at a media training seminar in Gaborone yesterday where he emphasized that this will eliminate false reporting when it comes to matters of sexuality. The seminar also discussed media reporting trends in Botswana as well an updated on LEGABIBO registration case.

posted on: 2016-01-13 || Day- Wednesday

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GABORONE CITY COUNCILLORS CONDEMN OVERCROWDING IN SCHOOLS . . .

COUNCIL Councillors in the Gaborone City Council, are said to have in one accord condemned and voiced their concern on classroom overcrowding. Speaking during a continuation of the previous year full council session in Gaborone recently, Councillor Tshepo Moloko of Diphetogo ward is said to have decried lack of classrooms in most of the primary schools in Gaborone. Cllr Moloko said overcrowded schools are a serious problem in many schools, saying as a result students find themselves trying to learn while jammed into spaces never intended as classrooms, such as libraries, school hall, under trees shades where weather conditions become unfavourable. He said bad weather conditions such as the scotching sun, the wind, rain and cold impact negatively on the educational life of both the students and the teacher. Cllr Moloko further said some students are then forced to share the school hall which may significantly affect students’ ability to concentrate as there would be two classes running concurrently that would be disruptive of one another. He said conducting lessons in an unconducive environment or overcrowding could have an adverse effect on learning, saying students in overcrowded schools score significantly lower as such conditions negatively affect both classroom activities and instructional techniques.

posted on: 2016-01-13 || Day- Wednesday

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MORUTI O GWETLHILE SECHABA GO TLHALOGANYA BOGOSI JWA MODIMO

PROPHETS Moruti wa kereke ya UCCSA Thuso Tiego are ere, matshwititshwiti a batho ba thologela mo dikerekeng go kopa thuso mo mathateng a a ba lebaganeng, pele sechaba se tshwanetse go tlhaloganya mmuso wa Modimo. Kakgelo ya ga Tiego e tla jaana morago ga gore go lemotshege ha bontsi jwa batho bale mo tsietsing mme ebile ba tlola koi ka dikereke ba batla seporofiti gore se rarabolole mathata a bone. Seemo se se baka gore go seka ga lemotshega gore baporofiti ba boammaruri ke bafe kgotsa ba maaka ke bafe. Haa ntsha la gagwe, motlhatlhelela dithuto tsa sedumedi ko unibesiting ya Botswana Dr Mmapula Kebaneilwe are, go thata go harologanya moporofiti wa boammaruri le yo e seng wa boammaruri. Are se sebakiwa ke gore go motlhofo go dumela tse ba di buang le tse ba di dirang ka jaana ba ipitsa ka leina la Modimo. DR KEBANEILE

posted on: 2016-01-12 || Day- Tuesday

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BDP WELCOMES FORMER BMD YOUTH LEAGUE MEMBERS . . .

BDP The Botswana Democratic Party, yesterday welcomed 4 members of the Botswana Movement for Democracy youth league members into the party. Welcoming the new BDP members, Vice president Masisi didn’t fall short of hailing the BDP as a party that has been serving Batswana since independence. Masisi pointed out to members of the media that it was imperative that when celebrating the 50th anniversary of Botswana’s independence this year, Batswana should do so knowing very well that the BDP made it all possible for them. Recruited members are former BMDYL Treasurer, Anderson Mathibe, Ledumadumane council candidate, Tumelo Moyo, BMDYL additional member, Kabo Sekwai and BMDYL deputy treasurer Hazel Dineo Wadikgosi.

posted on: 2016-01-11 || Day- Monday

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POLICE SHOOT AND KILL MURDER SUSPECTS . . .

POLICE Police in Tonota are said to be investigating an incident in which a Zimbabwean man was shot by the police following some clashes with them in Ditladi village recently. According to a communiqué from the police services, the deceased was a suspect in a case of murder and the police had been in pursuit of him in the build up to the incident. Another suspect who was reported to have been with him at the time of the incident was arrested by the police and is currently in custody. Police investigations are still on going.

posted on: 2016-01-11 || Day- Monday

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THREE MINISTERS ROOT FOR PALAPYE TO BE DECLARED A TOWN . . .

THREE MINISTERS ROOT FOR PALAPYE Three ministers are said to have supported a motion adopted by the Palapye Sub-council to declare the village a town. Speaking during a briefing session by the Palapye Admistrative Authority recently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Prince Maele of lands and housing and Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Moiseraele Goya reportedly said the time has come to declare Palapye a town. They said it would enable Palapye to have its own budget which would enable it to carry out development projects without having to share the limited resources with surrounding villages. Maele said the envisaged Lerala Sub-district would then have its own budget to serve villages in the periphery. The three ministers commended the administrative authority for introducing a session where heads of department brief MPs and councillors of constituencies they serve. The Palapye Administrative Authority serves 27 villages under five constituencies. They said the briefings would help them give communities in their respective constituencies’ feedback on development projects in their areas as well as challenges and achievements made by employees.

posted on: 2016-01-08 || Day- Friday

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH EXPRESS WORRY AS HEATWAVE CONTINUES IN MOST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY . . .

HEAT WAVE ALERT Extreme heat continues to be experienced throughout the country and temperatures are expected to be around 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the country as reported by the department of Metrology. According to the Health Ministry, Individuals at great risk include those 65 years and older, infants and children of up to 4 years and those who are ill. Excessive heat can cause death. It claimed the lives of over 1200 people in Pakistan in July 2015. The Ministry of Health urges the public to take preventative measures to prevent heat related illnesses. Excessive heat presents with the following symptoms; headache, Fatigue/tiredness, Heat cramps (may lead to stroke), chipped lips, dehydration, excessive sweating, painful muscles, fainting, rapid pulse, confusion, nausea, dizziness and shallow breath. Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms are advised to visit the nearest health facility for immediate health attention. MEANWHILE • Maun registered record high of 44°C yesterday, beating last record high of 41.8°C registered Nov 2011. Tsabong registered record high of 43.5°C on Wednesday, beating last record high of 42.1°C registered Jan 1970. Werda is said to have registered record high of 43.3°C on Wednesday as well, beating last record high of 41.2°C registered Nov 2005.

posted on: 2016-01-08 || Day- Friday

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BOTSWANA TURNS INTO FOURTH AFRICAN NATION TO HITCH THE ELEPHANT-PROTECTION INITIATIVE . . .

BOTS ELEPHANTS Botswana has reportedly shone as a rare bright spot in elephant conservation. Said to have been blessed by being the least corrupt country in Africa and with a small human population, Botswana is home to a population of around 200,000 savannah elephants, a third of all that remain in Africa. This is amid the rising price of ivory in Asia has led to a slaughter of elephants in recent years. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, poachers used helicopters to shoot herds from the air. In Zimbabwe, waterholes were poisoned with cyanide. Throughout 2015, one elephant was killed on average every twenty minutes. Botswana, through its newly established endangered species trust, Tlhokomela, has signed a declaration to make it the fourth country to join The Giants Club, an elephant-protection initiative to combat the illegal ivory trade. It joins Kenya, Gabon and Uganda in its commitment to saving Africa’s elephant populations from extinction in the wild. With The Giant’s Club implementation charity, Space for Giants, work is now underway to continue building the capacity of the wildlife department’s anti-poaching units and implement programmes to ensure human-wildlife coexistence in areas where elephants roam in traditional farmlands. The Tlhokomela Trust is a private-public partnership, one established to benefit Botswana by protecting its precious wildlife.

posted on: 2016-01-05 || Day- Tuesday

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC EXPRESS WORRY WITH RECENT REPORTS OF UNFAIR TREATMENT AT TOURISM HOTSPOTS OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON . . .

RACISM Some members of the public have expressed concern with reports suggesting that some Batswana were unfairly treated at some tourism hotspots in the northern part of the country over the festive season. Some pointed out that Batswana had a tendency of being overly excited that they displayed unacceptable behaviours at high end tourism establishments, forcing ill treatment to be imposed on them. Some stressed that a trend suggesting racism had been brewing for some time, where Batswana would get the short end of the stick at tourism hotspots and expats would get preferential treatment.

posted on: 2016-01-05 || Day- Tuesday

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HEALTH MINISTRY UNVEILS 6 HEALTH COMMANDMENTS . . .

HEALTH The ministry of Health (MoH) has reportedly introduced new ideology dubbed six health commandments which will be the guiding principles during the festive season and beyond. When unveiling the six commandments at a recent press briefing in Gaborone, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Ms Sheenaz El-Halabi said December 25 marked an important day worldwide. EL-Halabi is said to have advised on the importance of adhering to the six health commandments during the festive season in order to stay healthy. The first commandment is ‘thou shall avoid over eating’, which leads to overweight and obesity. The second commandment is ‘thou shall wash hands in accordance to the health hygiene technique or proper hand washing. She said consequences of not washing hands will lead to diarrhoea and food contamination through handling. She said hands must be washed with soap and water because one’s health is in the hands. The third commandment is ‘thou shall eat safer foods to avoid food borne disease’ to which Ms El-Halabi advised that food should always be kept clean and separate raw from cooked food to avoid cross contamination. She also stated the fourth commandment as ‘thou shall drink more water during this festive season. She said with this commandment, dehydration will be avoided and she also encouraged the public to stay away from excessive heat to prevent heat stroke and heat rashes for children. El-Halabi further noted the fifth commandment as ‘thou shall not abuse alcohol and drug’. “ She is said to have highlighted the last commandment as ‘thou shall condomise to avoid STI’s including HIV as well as unplanned pregnancy’.

posted on: 2015-12-17 || Day- Thursday

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GREATER GABORONE AREA WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTIONS FROM YESTERDAY UNTIL SUNDAY . . .

NORTH SOUTH CARRIER SCHEME I PIPE BURST The North South Carrier Scheme I (NSC I) pipeline is out of operation, resulting in the Greater Gaborone area suffering water supply from yesterday until Sunday the 20th. According to a statement from the water utilities, this is due to a burst that the pipeline suffered between Bokaa and Mmamashia early yesterday. The unavailability of the pipeline will result in low pressure to no water supply in the Greater Gaborone area. The effects of the unavailability of the pipeline will set in at different times in different areas. Preliminary assessments indicate that work to restore the pipeline will take at least five days. Normal supply will therefore be restored as from the 20th of December 2015. Following the restoration of the pipeline, different areas will recover at different times. The North South Carrier Scheme I (NSC I) is a 365km pipeline that transports water from the Letsibogo and Dikgatlhong dams to the south of the country to supply the Greater Gaborone area. Water from the Masama Wellfield is also fed into the pipeline to augment supply to the Greater Gaborone area. The pipeline also supplies Palapye, Mahalapye and Serowe.

posted on: 2015-12-17 || Day- Thursday

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Botswana Post in conjuction with ministries of environment and communication launch a stamp . . .

KHAMA The minister of environment wildlife and tourism, Tshekedi Khama has urged the Botswana Post to convince companies to advertise on the pictures of the newly launched vulture stamps. Khama who was giving remarks at the stamp launch last night, pointed out that its high time Botswana started celebrating its heritage and environmental beauties by putting them up on billboards in places like the airports and highways. Botswana Post in conjuction with the ministry of environment wildlife and tourism, alongside the transport and communication ministry launched a stamp yesterday, under the theme “Save Botswana’s vultures”

posted on: 2015-12-15 || Day- Tuesday

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Youth Forum Chairperson urges participants at the ongoing Vision 2016 Youth Forum to share what they learnt with others . ..

YOUTH Chairperson of Youth Forum Lillian Moremi has urged participants at the ongoing Vision 2016 Youth Forum to share what they learnt with others who did not make it. Speaking at the ongoing Youth Forum Moremi told the participants that they are representing all young people who did not make it to the forum and as such she urged them to share everything they learnt over the next two days when they got to their home villages for Christmas holidays. The Conference was held under the theme “the role of youth in realising vision 2016 the past, the present, the future.” and is being held to evaluate youth participation in the pillars of Vision 2016 as well as to evaluate impact of youth empowerment programs.

posted on: 2015-12-15 || Day- Tuesday

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TB SAID TO REMAIN A CHALLENGE . . .

TB Tuberculosis remains a public health problem in Botswana. This was noted to parliament by the Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele, who pointed out that the TB incidence in Botswana was about 8400 cases in 2014. Dr Madigele announced that the country had reported 104 cases of multi-drug resistant TB cases in 2014 and 14 cases of extremely drug-resistant TB since 2007. He reportedly said “that notwithstanding, mortality from TB has been going down over the years from 15% in 2002 to six per cent in the 2013 cohort.”. Dr Madigele also highlighted that Botswana was one of the only four countries in the SADC region to reach the Millennium Development Goal target of reversing the incidence, prevalence and mortality from TB. He highlighted that TB was about to be defeated, but with the advent of HIV, which depresses the immune system, there appeared an upsurge of TB, leading to HIV/TB co-infection that reversed the gain of TB control. The hardest hit districts by TB, Dr Madigele said, include Ghanzi, Kgalagadi North and South, Kweneng East and Gaborone. He however said that strategies were in place to mitigate the impact of TB.

posted on: 2015-12-14 || Day- Monday

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PROFESSOR OTLOGETSWE CALLS FOR THE REVIVAL OF BOTSWANA’S CULTURE . . .

OTLOGETSWE University of Botswana Linguist, Professor Thapelo Otlogetswe has called for the revival of Batswana’s culture. Professor Otlogetswe who was speaking at the BOSETU Cultural night this past Saturday, pointed out that it needs a collective effort from all Batswana to revive the country’s cultures. The professor stressed that it was also the duty of teachers to instill the sense of cultural appreciation to the youth, so that Botswana’s culture is not lost. BOSETU celebrated their cultural night, under the theme “Morutabana mmantswitswidi wa ngwao”

posted on: 2015-12-14 || Day- Monday

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Police Commissioner of concerned about the abuse of Social Media in Botswana

POLICE Commissioner of Police Keabetswe Makgophe says abuse of Social Media in the country is a cause for concern. Speaking yesterday at the police graduation ceremony Makgophe said the police is going to trace all individuals who open Facebook accounts under false names and start to insults innocent people thinking that their true identities will never be traced. 169 Police Officers comprising of 119 males and 50 females graduated yesterday at Botswana Police College in Otse.

posted on: 2015-12-11 || Day- Friday

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MABEO URGES ALL ROAD USERS TO EXERCISE CAUTION DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON . . .

MABEO Minister of Transport and Communication, Tshenolo Mabeo has urged all road users to be very cautious when using the country’s roads during the ongoing festive season. Mabeo, who was addressing members of the media yesterday, expressed worry with the deaths caused by carelessness around the country’s roads. Mabeo pointed out that the ministry together with its stakeholders will do whatever it takes to ensure that all road users are communicated to regarding their safety and well being when using the country’s roads during the holidays.

posted on: 2015-12-11 || Day- Friday

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NTUANE THANKS LOCAL MEDIA FOR DISSEMINATING INFORMATION ABOUT THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE . . .

BDP Botswana Democratic Party Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane has thanked the local media for disseminating information about the Economic Stimulus Package. Speaking at the final of this year’s monthly meeting between the local media and his party Ntuane said they have enjoyed a good relationship with the media even though there were flashes of tension between the BDP and Private media. Still at the meeting Ntuane highlighted that they expect to see more opposition members joining the ruling party next year.

posted on: 2015-12-09 || Day- Wednesday

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MMAMASHIA WATER TREATMENT PLANT BACK IN OPERATION FOLLOWING A RECENT SHUTDOWN . . .

MMAMASHIA The Mmamashia Water Treatment Plant is back in operation following a shutdown to allow for work to facilitate the transfer of water from the North South Carrier Scheme (NSCI) pipeline to the Gaborone Waterworks Plant (GWW) for distribution to the villages in the vicinity of Gaborone. According to a communiqué from water Utilities Corporation, other components of the project will be completed by the 20th of December 2015. Following this, supply to villages surrounding Gaborone will recover within a week. The release stated that the water situation in most areas in Gaborone continues to be stable. Phase 4, Block 9, Gaborone West and Phase1 also have adequate water supply. The rest of the areas (within Gaborone City) which includes Block 3 to 10 and Broadhurst got supply yesterday. Mogoditshane Block9, Block5, Nkoyaphiri, Mmopane and Mmopane Block 1 have water. Metsimotlhabe village is said to have recieved water with normal pressure late yesterday, and Tlokweng has fully recovered. Pumping to Gabane, Tloaneng, Kumakwane and Mmopane commenced yesterday morning and supply restoration is scheduled from today. Mochudi, Pilane, Morwa, Bokaa, Oodi, Matebele, Mokatse and Modipane are however experiencing low pressure to no water, but the town of Lobatse has water.

posted on: 2015-12-09 || Day- Wednesday

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Diamond Company urged to show seriousness towards addressing worker grievances . . .

BDWU Botswana Diamond Workers Union has called on Diamond Company SDDS Management to show seriousness towards addressing worker grievances and to respect the dispute resolution machinery set up by government. In a statement, the union says a postponement of a mediation hearing to next week Tuesday is too far given that some of the issues on the table need to be addressed before the company closes for Christmas holidays. It says management of SDDS has demonstrated contempt to both the union and the labour office by failing to attend the hearing and delegated junior staff to represent top management. It added that management should have seen it important to attend to employee grievances appropriately.

posted on: 2015-12-07 || Day- Monday

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WATER UTILITIES BOARD TO PART WAYS WITH CEO END OF THIS MONTH . . .

CEO Water Utilities Board has confirmed that it intends to part ways with their CEO, effective the 31st of this month. Speaking to Duma FM at the weekend, Water Utilities Board Chairperson, Tsholetsang Malema pointed out that they had since decided as the board to part ways with the CEO following a series of consultancy meetings. Malema said the followed procedure, by consulting with the minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila, who appreciated their pointers and agreed that the CEO be sacked . . . WATER UTILITIES CEO

posted on: 2015-12-07 || Day- Monday

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Wildlife minister shocked by a certain court in South Africa which is legalizing the sale of domestically bred think horns

TSHEKEDI The Minister of Environment Wildlife and Tourism Tshekedi Khama says he is shocked by a certain court in South Africa which is legalizing the sale of domestically bred think horns. Speaking at the ongoing Botswana tourism exposure Khama said he is shocked by the decision because it is going to be difficult to differentiate a poached think horn from the domestically bred one and as a result the move will put pressure on neighbouring countries that are protecting rhinos from being poached. Meanwhile one of the exhibitors Lindy Spells from epic private journeys, a company that specializes in luxury travels from Australia to Southern and East Africa said so far the expo has been interesting and informative.

posted on: 2015-12-02 || Day- Wednesday

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MOTSAMAI RE-ELECTED AS BOPEU LEADER . . .

BOPEU Members of BOPEU, yesterday cast their ballots to elect their president, 1st and 2nd deputy president, treasure general as well as members of the appeals board, where incumbent leader, Andrew Motsamai was re-elected. Motsamai was nominated against, then 1st deputy president Sikalame Seitiso who garnered 146 votes, against Motsamai’s 220. Masego Mogwera, was elected to the position of 1st deputy president, also with 220 votes against Tlotlang Bakoko’s 145 votes. The position of 2nd deputy president is Matildah Ogaufi Masame and the treasure general is Tlhabologo Galekhutle who were both unopposed.

posted on: 2015-12-02 || Day- Wednesday

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Driving facilitator calls for partnership with major stakeholders to reduce road accidents

DEFENSIVE DRIVING A facilitator at Defensive Driving Academy Peo Tshiamo says there is need for partnership with major stakeholders concerned to address road accidents in the country. He urged all stake holders to take Defensive Driving seriously, saying doing so could save company and government department funds spent on addressing road accidents. Tshiamo also said the company which was incepted in 2012 aims to roll out Defensive Driving country wide next year.

posted on: 2015-12-02 || Day- Wednesday

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Architects and quantity surveyors to be registered for quality assurance

NONOFO The Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Nonofo Molefhi says architects and quantity surveyors are in the process of being registered. Speaking yesterday at an end of year briefing of his ministry Molefhi explained that this move is solely to ensure that quality results are produced in projects undertaken. The minister said he believes that during coming phase of the project cycle, improved performance in the construction industry will present itself. He added that this is partly due to registration of engineers who are taking on projects. NONOFO-ENGINEERS

posted on: 2015-12-02 || Day- Wednesday

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16 days of activism against women and children kicks off today . . .

LABOUR The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs will join the world today in commemorating 16 days of Activism on Violence Against Women and Children. The launch of this year’s event will take place at the Mogoditshane Kgotla under the theme “From Peace in the House to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All.” The campaign aims to create awareness and encourage, governments, the private sector and the society at large to make their respective contributions in implementation of commitments made to eliminate gender based violence. It also provides an opportunity for everybody to work together in solidarity and draw upon this period heightened international attention to gain support for local efforts.

posted on: 2015-11-24 || Day- Tuesday

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Princess Marina will discharge 13 (thirteen) students from various wards today . . .

MARINA Princess Marina will today discharge 13 Matsha students from various wards. According to a communiqué, most of these students are from Surgical and Orthopaedic wards. 25 patients will however remain hospitalized though they may be discharged any time. The hospital has arranged transport for the discharged students through Department of Social Protection. Another student was yesterday discharged from Intensive Care Unit to the ward. Only one patient remains at ICU, despite making good progress. The rest of the students are recovering with gradual improvement. Initially the hospital admitted 31 students, and received 7 students from Bokamoso and Gaborone Private Hospitals over the weekend which now made it a total of 38 students. All but two students have received counselling. The two include one at ICU and the other one who has just been discharged from ICU.

posted on: 2015-11-24 || Day- Tuesday

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Stern action to be taken against waste dumping along roads and bushes

SEDC South East District Council Chairperson Phenyo Segokgo says stern action is to be taken against individuals who dump waste along roads and bushes. Speaking at the ongoing South East Full Council Session yesterday, Segokgo warned the culprits that according to the Waste Management Act of 1998 it is unlawful to dump waste everywhere and as such the council intends to take action. He further mentioned that the council has refurbished a landfill incinerator which broke down recently and plans are underway to source a second one which will act as a backup.

posted on: 2015-11-23 || Day- Monday

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Botswana to benefit from Lesotho Highland Water Project

SENQU Following the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila’s visit to Lesotho last week, Botswana is set to benefit from the Lesotho Highland Water Project. When officiating at the ongoing Chatham House Africa Programme and De Beers Group Conference, Mokaila said as it stands the water project is an agreement between Lesotho and South Africa but Botswana being part of the Orange Senqu basin has since negotiated to become a third party. Mokaila revealed that following the negotiation, as phase 2 of the agreement, a management plan for the 3 countries is to be established.

posted on: 2015-11-23 || Day- Monday

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EDUCATION MINISTER LAUNCHES NEW HRDC BOARD . . .

DR DOW The minister of education and skills development, Dr Unity Dow, yesterday bid the former interim Board of the Human Resource Development Council Board and launched the new one. Dr Dow, paid homage to the previous Board, acknowledging the difficult circumstances under which the HRDC had carried out its functions. For the new Board, Dr Dow pointed out that they were taking over during a very difficult time, and urged them to work closely with her office. She particularly said she was excited that the new Board has shown in the shortest space, the occupancy of the office their commitment and dedication to serve Batswana . . .

posted on: 2015-11-20 || Day- Friday

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CHARITY ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE IN BOTSWANA DONATES P100 K TO BEREAVED MATSHA FAMILIES . . .

CHINESE The Charity Association of Chinese in Botswana yesterday donated P100 000.00 towards the bereaved families of 7 students who succumbed to a truck accident last week. The Chairman of the Association, Miles Nan said they put together money from the compassionate Chinese living in Botswana. The donation was accepted by the Minister of Presidential Affairs and public Administration Eric Molale, who was appreciative of the gesture. Molale also shared the details of the funeral arrangements of the departed students.

posted on: 2015-11-20 || Day- Friday

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POLICE FIND NOTHING ON OLD NALEDI SNAKE INCIDENT . . .

NSC1 The North South Carrier Scheme 1 shutdown that was aimed at allowing repairs on the pipeline is over. This was revealed by the Water Utilities Corporation in a communiqué, which also stated that the repairs were successfully done and that the corporation is working on restoring water supply, citing that some areas are anticipated to recover over the next week. Gaborone City is said to still be recovering with most areas receiving supply. However, areas still without water are Blocks 6-10 while some parts of G-West are also experience low pressure to no supply. Supply in Mogoditshane and Tlokweng was said to have been restored on Sunday but some areas are yet to recover. In Gabane Supply was restored yesterday while areas in Kumakwane not receiving supply from boreholes will recover as an extension of Gabane’s recovery. As of Mmopane & Metsimotlhabe, Supply restoration is scheduled for today. Part of Mochudi village has water, but areas on high ground are yet to recover. Bokaa is yet to recover, while most areas in Lobatse remain with no water. Ramotswa has water although at low pressure and Mmankgodi’s low lying areas have water, high ground is yet to recover. Manyana is experiencing low pressure to no supply and bowsing is being done in the affected areas with priority given to hospitals, clinics and other institutions.

posted on: 2015-11-19 || Day- Thursday

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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DECEASED MATSHA STUDENTS TO BE HELD AT SALAJWE AND KANG THIS MORNING . . .

MEMORIAL SERVICE A memorial service for the 7 Matsha students, who perished in a truck accident last Friday, will be held this morning in Salajwe and Kang. The memorial service, which will be attended by President Ian Khama, will be held at the Salajwe main Kgotla this morning at 9. Another memorial service will be held in Kang this afternoon at 2pm, at Matsha College. The deceased students were part of the 121 students that were involved in a road accident near Dutlwe while being transported home after completing their form five examinations. Most of them were from remote area dwellers settlements.

posted on: 2015-11-19 || Day- Thursday

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JAPANESE EMBASSY TO CONSTRUCT GUIDANCE AND COUSELLING BLOCK FOR RADISELE JUNIOR SCHOOL . .

RADISELE The government of Japan will grant an amount of $41, 391 or P450 518 to Radisele Junior Secondary School, for the construction of a guidance & counselling block at that school. This was said this morning by Japanese Ambassador to Botswana, Masahiro Onishi, who pointed out that, upon completion, the block will benefit more than 600 students. Ambassador Onishi pointed out that the project was the first to be approved for the fiscal year 2015 as the Japanese Government’s grant assistance for grass roots human security projects. For her part, Radisele Junior School headmaster, Tlotlego Motshidisi, expressed appreciation at the grant, saying the block will go a long way in assisting the over 600 students with their individual problems.

posted on: 2015-11-17 || Day- Tuesday

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KITSO MOKAILA LEAVES FOR WATER TALKS IN LESOTHO . . .

WATER With water shortages besieging the country, hope lies in the Minister of Minerals Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila’s upcoming trip to Lesotho to come up with interventions and engage in water talks with his counterparts. Mokaila is scheduled to leave for Lesotho on an official trip from tomorrow till Saturday to attend the Ministers Ordinary Meeting of the Orange Senqu River Commission Forum of the Parties. The Orange-Senqu River Commission - ORASECOM promotes the equitable and sustainable development of the resources of the Orange-Senqu River and provides a forum for consultation and coordination between the riparian states to promote integrated water resources management and development within the basin. The Ordinary Meeting of the ORASECOM Forum of the parties is expected to consider decisions of Ministers reached at their meeting in Namibia in August last year. Some of the decisions items for consideration by Ministers include but not limited to the revision of the ORASECOM Agreement and Institutional Review and State Party contribution including the Lesotho Highlands Water transfer to Botswana.

posted on: 2015-11-17 || Day- Tuesday

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LUCARA DIAMONDS RECOVERS LARGEST STONE TO DATE FROM KAROWE . . .

DIAMOND On the back of its most recent exceptional stone tender, Lucara Diamonds is said to have announced that it has recovered its largest stone to date from its 100% owned Karowe mine in Botswana. The 348 carat was recovered by the new XRT machines installed at the Karowe mine. They also recovered a 255 carat. The quality of the stones will be assessed only once they have been cleaned. 10 diamonds are said to have been sold for more than $1 million each including five stones which sold for in excess of $2 million each. The 336.3 carat Type iia diamond sold for $8.18 million, the 8.03 carat pink diamond sold for over $900 K. The 83.5 carat Type iia diamond sold for $4.13 million and was the highest value per carat stone sold at the tender. The recovery of the 348 carat diamond from the high value south lobe is said to be the largest stone recovered from the Karowe mine to date.

posted on: 2015-11-17 || Day- Tuesday

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GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE REASONS TO THE USE OF A TRUCK TO TRANSPORT MATSHA STUDENTS . . .

MOLALE The minister in the ministry for state president, Eric Molale said it is government policy to transport students in buses, saying their investigations will include why a truck was used in the instance of transporting Matsha students. Molale who was addressing parliament yesterday stressed that the investigation will therefore leave no stone unturned. The minister informed the house that as of Sunday, a total of 109 students, as well as the driver and his assistant remain admitted at Scottish Livingstone Hospital, Princess Marina Hospital, Bokamoso Private Hospital and Gaborone Private Hospital. Three students were attended to at Letlhakeng clinic and discharged. Four students had earlier disembarked at Tshwaane before the accident occurred. A follow-up health programme including psycho-social support and rehabilitation has been put in place for all the students. He said parents of the deceased children have been informed, while those whose children are admitted at the hospitals I mentioned earlier, have been assisted and will continue to be assisted with transport to visit their children. In addition, some parents whose children are admitted have been provided with accommodation more especially in Gaborone. Government provided basic amenities to the affected students, with further support coming from the private sector and members of the public. Molale further pointed out that, given the magnitude and severity of the accident Government has decided to cover funeral expenses and to provide the necessary psycho-social support to all the affected families.

posted on: 2015-11-17 || Day- Tuesday

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LETSHEGO AQUIRES 75% STAKE IN ADVANS BANK TANZANIA . . .

LETSHEGO Letshego Holdings Limited has acquired a 75% stake in Advans Bank Tanzania to advance its financial inclusion agenda for Africa. This was revealed yesterday by Letshego Group MD, Chris Low, who said the acquisition is by way of a subscription for new shares. The subscription of P70 million is alongside existing shareholders, Advans SA and FMO, who will continue to provide on-going governance and oversight. The acquisition is said to add further deposit-takings, payments, business loans, and savings solutions capability to its footprint, in line with strategy to diversify its customer and revenue mix. Letshego’s acquisition will also allow Faidika and Advans Bank Tanzania to contribute significantly to the financial inclusion agenda of the Tanzanian government by enabling cross-selling of financial services.

posted on: 2015-11-11 || Day- Wednesday

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NTLO YA DIKGOSI RECOGNISED AS AN IMPORTANT PARTNER IN ADVOCATING FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS . . .

UNICEF UNICEF Representative Vidhya Ganesh says UNICEF Botswana Country office recognises Ntlo Ya Dikgosi as an n important partner in advocating for the protection of children’s rights Speaking at the ongoing workshop for members of the Ntlo ya Dikgosi Ganesh said Members of the Ntlo ya Dikgosi are the custodians of their own respective communities and as such it is important that they are capacitated and empowered on issues pertaining meaningful child participation in decisions that affect the well-being of children in Botswana.

posted on: 2015-11-11 || Day- Wednesday

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ONGOING INTERMITTENT UNPLANNED OUTAGES IN GABORONE . . .

OUTAGES IN GABORONE Botswana Power Corporation said to be aware of the ongoing intermittent power outages in Gaborone due to the high number of faults that are being experienced. Members of the public and business community of Gaborone are therefore informed that the BPC is working tirelessly to bring the situation to normalcy. The power outages are predominantly affecting areas like, Metsimotlhabe, Kopong, Gaborone West Industrial, Phase 4, Old Naledi, Old Lobatse Road Industrial, White City, Bontleng, New Canada, New Stance, Main Mall, African Mall, South Ring Mall, Village, Kgale View, Block 5/9, Phase 1/2, Mogoditshane Block 9, Finance Park and Tlokweng. Furthermore, other areas like Block 6, Ledumadumane and Mogoditshane may be affected by these forced outages due to over loading of circuits caused by the current heat wave. Customers are therefore urged to use electricity sparingly to avoid prolonged and intermittent power interruptions by switching OFF all appliances that are NOT absolutely critical.

posted on: 2015-11-10 || Day- Tuesday

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MORUPULE B TO BE EXPANDED WITH ADDITIONAL TWO UNITS . . .

DR Khama President Ian Khama says government plans to expand Morupule B power station. Speaking yesterday during the State of the Nation Address Khama said government intends to ensure that there is a long term security of power supply in the country and as such they are in a process of extending Morupule B with units 5 and 6 which will produce 300 mega watts.

posted on: 2015-11-10 || Day- Tuesday

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Continued presence of BMC in the European market allows for exploration of other markets

BMC Botswana Meat Commission’s continued presence in the European market allows for the organisation to build capacity to explore other markets as it lucrative. This was revealed by BMC’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Akolang Tombale last night in an interview with kealeboga Dihutso on The Chair. Tombale said BMC is exploring other potential markets such as China and Nigeria in an effort to spread its wings.

posted on: 2015-11-05 || Day- Thursday

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Continued presence of BMC in the European market allows for exploration of other markets

BMC Botswana Meat Commission’s continued presence in the European market allows for the organisation to build capacity to explore other markets as it lucrative. This was revealed by BMC’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Akolang Tombale last night in an interview with kealeboga Dihutso on The Chair. Tombale said BMC is exploring other potential markets such as China and Nigeria in an effort to spread its wings.

posted on: 2015-11-05 || Day- Thursday

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Lands & Housing Ministry launches Records Management Policy

LANDS The Ministry of Lands and Housing has launched the Records Management Policy and Records Retention schedule. Speaking at the launch, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Housing Thato Raphaka said he is confident that the introduction of the two documents will add value to their day to day land management services. He further said the Policy and the Retention Schedule will complement the classification scheme which the Ministry has been implementing since 2012.

posted on: 2015-11-05 || Day- Thursday

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UN expert to scrutinize policies and practices of water management and allocation in the country

UN SAFE WATER With the country enveloped with water shortages, government has invited a United Nations Expert next week to scrutinise the country’s policies and practices of water management and allocation. A statement from UN says Léo Heller will also look at disparities in access to sanitation and water between urban and rural areas. He will also pay special attention to potentially marginalized groups of people in terms of access to water and sanitation. The statement says Heller is expected to meet with Government representatives, traditional leaders, communities, civil society and international organizations in Gaborone, Kasane, Maun, Shaikarawe, Ghanzi, Xade and New Xade. He will submit a comprehensive report to the thirty-third session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2016, which will include his findings and recommendations to the Government of Botswana.

posted on: 2015-11-04 || Day- Wednesday

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Nurses urged to become accountable for their actions

Makgato Minister of Health Dorcus Makgato says it is high time nurses become accountable for their actions by provision of evidence during their respective practices. Applauding nurses during the official opening of the ongoing Botswana International Nursing Conference yesterday, Makgato appreciated the nursing fraternity in the country, for aligning their theme of evidence based practices, with the general road map of her ministry. She said nurses are the pillars of the healthcare service, and as such should appreciate that times have changed and there is need to redesign care which is effective, safe and efficient. Makgato also highlighted the need for nurses to embrace technology and use it to their advantage. The 3 day ongoing conference is held under the theme “Efficient & Effective Nursing through Evidence based Practice: A key to improve customer care”.

posted on: 2015-11-04 || Day- Wednesday

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Five Batswana men arrested for unlawful possession of government trophy and hunting without licenses

POLICE Police are investigating cases in which 5 men were arrested in connection with two different incidents of unlawful possession of government trophy and hunting without license. In a statement, Police say the 5 men are aged between 22 and 53 years. It is said two of the men were arrested at Machaneng last month after they were found in possession of two elephant tusks. The other three were arrested at the Central Kalahari Game Reserve last week Thursday after they were found in possession of biltong suspected to be Game meat.

posted on: 2015-11-04 || Day- Wednesday

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BDP accepts former members back into the party

BDP BDP Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane says the party has accepted back seven former members who contested the last General Elections as Independent Candidates. Speaking at the party’s monthly press briefing yesterday Ntuane said of the 7 accepted members, 5 contested for council wards and the other two ran for parliamentary seats in Mahalapye East and Shashe West.

posted on: 2015-11-04 || Day- Wednesday

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MINISTER DOW ATTENDS UNESCO CONFERENCE The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dr Unity Dow has departed for France to attend the 38th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) general conferen

TRANSPORT Minister of Transport and Communications Tshonolo Mabeo is in Germany attending the 3rd German Africa Infrastructure Forum scheduled to be held today and tomorrow. His trip comes at the invitation of the German Africa Business Association where the forum is expected to focus on development of Africa’s infrastructure sector and the potentials for German Africa cooperation. The forum will also bring together government representatives, decision makers and business representatives from German Africa Business Associations network for a focused discussion on urban development, transport, logistics, water and waste management and construction. The German Africa Association serves as a liason between the African continent and the German business community with a view to improve German Africa business relations.

posted on: 2015-11-03 || Day- Tuesday

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The Ministry of Youth to sponsor every village in Botswana to hold their own culture day starting from next year

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture plans to sponsor every village in Botswana to hold their own culture day starting from next year. Speaking this past weekend at the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Culture Day the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Thapelo Day Olopeng said his department decided to introduce culture day in each village because they want to promote and teach young children about their own culture. This year’s Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Culture Day was held under the theme “Tsina ya Ngwao) and the objective of the day was to promote culture as well as to raise funds for the needy.

posted on: 2015-11-02 || Day- Monday

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MINISTRY OF YOUTH SPORTS AND CULTURE EXPRESSES WORRY OVER MUSIC PIRACY

MYSC Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Thapelo Olopeng has expressed worry at the high rate of piracy and illegal production of music in Botswana. Olopeng made these remarking during 7th Annual Awards in Gaborone over the weekend which were held under the theme I AM MUSIC. Olopeng further said piracy denies artists to gain income for their hard-work adding that public education and enforcement of existing copyright education should be intensified to curb piracy. He stated that his ministry introduced programmes that identify talent which include the arts and culture grants, president day competition and constitution competition. He said these programs did not just expose the talent in Botswana but rewarded the artists financially and he urged musicians to continue to engage themselves in such For their part, newly elected Botswana Music Union President Michael Mmusi applauded all the musicians for ensuring that Botswana music is of good quality. He further expressed gratitude after receiving sponsorship from the government and other stakeholders of P1million.

posted on: 2015-11-02 || Day- Monday

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Stakeholders urged to take responsibility to enhance safety and security

POLICE Police Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe has urged stakeholders to take responsibility to enhance safety and security among others. Speaking at the launch of 60 Days of Action on Crime and Road Safety campaign in Gaborone on Friday Makgophe said stakeholders should pay particular attention to issues such as personal security, home security, business security, personal valuable property security as well as vehicle security. He also appealed to members of the community to remain vigilant to enhance protection against criminals. The commissioner also assured batswana that the police will reinforce community policing as well as zero tolerance to crime and traffic violation.

posted on: 2015-11-02 || Day- Monday

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Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Culture Day to be put on the calendar of events next year

CULTURE The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Thapelo Olopeng intends to put Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Culture Day on the calendar of events next year. Speaking on Saturday at the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Culture Day Olopeng said his ministry respects and holds culture in high esteem and as such intends to reorganize this day. This year’s Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Culture Day was held under the theme “Tsina ya Ngwao) and the objective of the day was to promote culture as well as to raise funds for the needy.

posted on: 2015-11-02 || Day- Monday

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PRINCESS MARINA HOSPITAL CONDUCTS HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT CAMPAIGN . . .

ARTHROPLASTY Princess Marina Hospital’s Orthopedic Centre of Excellence is said to have yesterday started another round of hip and knee replacement (Arthroplasty) campaign. The two day campaign that started yesterday and set to end today will see at least 14 patients receiving knee replacements while 5 patients will undergo hip replacement. According to a communiqué from the hospital, the Arthroplasty Services started in March 2009 here at Princess Marina Hospital. Since the Centre of Excellence started 334 patients received knee and hip replacement. The procedures are conducted in collaboration with WITS University from the Republic of South Africa. Specialists from the WITS University visit six times in a year. Currently there are over 300 people awaiting hip and knee replacements. In order to improve Arthroplasty Services, Princess Marina Hospital has recruited a Consultant Arthroplasty Surgeon. The hospital intends to reduce the waiting period from 1 year to 6 months.

posted on: 2015-10-27 || Day- Tuesday

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SOUTHERN AFRICAN QUALITY ASSURANCE NETWORK (SAQAN) TO KICKSTART 2 DAY CONFERENCE TODAY . . .

SAQAN Botswana Qualification Authority alongside the Human Resource Development Council, will this morning kick-start the 2 day Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) Conference. Speaking at the SAQAN networking dinner last night, the acting CEO of BQA, Abel Modungwa pointed out that the conference will among others see the launch of the proposed regional network on quality assurance in higher education as well as establish cost-effective and streamlined approach to quality assurance in higher education in the region. The theme of the Conference is Promoting Cooperation and Collaboration in Quality Assurance in Higher education in the Southern African Region. The SAQAN Conference will be officially launched by the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development Fidelis Molao.

posted on: 2015-10-27 || Day- Tuesday

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NORTH SOUTH CARRIER SCHEME 1 TO BE OUT OF OPERATION THIS COMING WEEKEND . .

IAEA Botswana Bureau of Standards Managing Director Masego Marobela says her organisation is happy to have contributed to the journey of accreditation undertaken by the National Dosimetry Laboratory. Speaking at the ongoing Regional Training Course on Quality Management System in the Assessment and Control of Occupational Exposure Marobela said they provided the National Dosimetry Laboratory with internal audit services and trained some of its laboratory staff on the ISO/IEC 17025. She further reiterated that getting accredited is a great achievement as it provides customers with confidence about the body’s competence to provide the required services to the customer’s satisfaction. The three days regional workshop‘s objective is to enhance member state’s capabilities to sharpen Assessment processes, improve measures against occupational radiation exposure thereby building confidence amongst users of technologies, consumers of radiation services and the community at large.

posted on: 2015-10-26 || Day- Monday

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Sepodise sa Botswana se tla simolodisa semmuso letsholo la borukutlhi le ipabalelo tseleng ka Labotlhano

Sepodise sa Botswana se tla semolodisa letsholo la borukutlhi le ipabalelo tseleng ka Labotlhano. Pego gotsweng ko sepodiseng sa Botswana e supa ha maikaelelo a letsholo leo la malatsi marataro e le go hokotsa borukutlhi le go netefatsa gore go nna le tshireletso e e oketsegileng mo ditseleng mo dikgweding tsa Ngwanaatsele le Morule. Haa bua kwa phuthegong ya banaleseabe bosheng, Motshwarelela Ramapodise Victor Paledi o boletse gore ba nste ba itemogela koketsego ya ditiragalo tsa borukutlhi le dikotsi tsa tsela mo dikgweding tsa ha ngwaga o ya bokhutlong. Paledi o ne a kopa banaleseabe go thusa letsholo le ka ditlamelo gore ba kgone go le anamisa mo makalaneng a bobega dikgang.

posted on: 2015-10-26 || Day- Monday

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Phaephe ya metsi ya North South Carrier scheme 1 e tlabo e se mo tirisong ka mafelo a beke

NSC 1 Phaephe e e tsamaisang metsi ya North South Carrier Scheme 1 e tlaa bo e tla a bo e se mo tirisong ka mafelo a beke a re a lebeileng. Se se boletswe ke Moanamisa Mafoko wa kompone ya metsi , Matida Mmipi yo o supileng ha go tswala ga phaephe eo go dirwa go letlelela gore phaephe eo e baakanngwe. Phaephe eo e tla tswalwa kgwedi eno ele masome mararo le bongwe, kgwedi e e tlang e tlhola gangwe le e tlhola gabedi. O tlhalositse ha ba tlaa dira ka bojotlhe go netefatsa gore metsi a boela mo tirisong.

posted on: 2015-10-26 || Day- Monday

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MASISI IN INDIA FOR SUMMIT & BUSINESS SEMINAR . . .

MASISI Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi is in India, where from tomorrow will participate in a Botswana-India Business Seminar organised by the Botswana High Commission and Trade and Investment Centre (BITC) with the Botswana-India Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Business Seminar will focus on opportunities in Mining, Energy, Manufacturing, ICT, Health, Education, Agriculture, Diamond Beneficiation, and Tourism. Thereafter, on the 28-29th October the vice president will be in New Delhi, where he will head the Botswana delegation at the Third India-Africa Summit. Under the Theme "Reinvigorated Partnership and Shared Vision" the Summit is expected to focus on enhanced Indo-African Parnership in the areas of human resource development, institution building, infrastructure, clean energy, agriculture, health, education and skills development. While in India Vice President Masisi is accompanied by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Eric Molale, Botswana’s High Commissioner to India, Lesego Motsumi, and other senior officials. The Vice President and Minister are expected to return this coming Friday.

posted on: 2015-10-26 || Day- Monday

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BATSWANA STUDYING IN SA SAID TO BE SAFE . . .

BATSWANA Pretoria based education attaché, Tebogo Semathane has reportedly said Batswana students studying in South Africa are safe. Semathane reportedly said more than 400 Batswana studying across tertiary institutions in South Africa have kept away from the week-long nationwide protests by students over tuition fee increases. She is said to have explained that one of the binding training agreements for them to study outside the country, was not to partake in protests, adding that they kept away from the protests and were staying at hostels. She said they were in contact with the students and were checking on them every morning and evening to ensure they were safe. Although the examination schedule has been affected, Semathane reportedly said the High Commission has advised them to wait until protests issues have been resolved to pave way for the examinations. She said after South African President, Jacob Zuma met with university officials and student representatives, they were hopeful that examinations would be written, although it was unclear whether the students would put their placards away and return to classes today. Meanwhile, President Zuma has ruled out any increases in university tuition fees for next year. The students had rejected an earlier government offer to cap increases at six per cent down from the 10 per cent to 12 per cent proposed by the management of universities, arguing that they needed higher fees to keep up standards.

posted on: 2015-10-26 || Day- Monday

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BHC DECRIES INABILITY TO INCREASE RENTALS . . .

STEEL With unemployment currently being a thorny issue in the country, the official opening of the PULA STEEL MANUFACTURING and CASTING PLANT in SELEBI PHIKWE comes at an opportune time as it will employ 250 people in the first phase of the project. Officially opening the company yesterday, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi revealed that the employment will then increase to 1000 workers in the second phase of the project. He explained that steel is a basic commodity which is required by any developing economy, for infrastructural developments, mines and construction adding that according to international trade statistics SADC imported P36 billion worth of steel in 2014 and the local demand amounted to P775 million. The local demand was met primarily by South Africa and China which supplied 50% and 40% respectively so Pula Steel is strategically located to serve both markets. Masisi said the establishment of Pula Steel has created an opportunity for other investors to consider investing in potential downstream projects such as production of nuts and bolts, screws, nails just to mention a few.

posted on: 2015-10-21 || Day- Wednesday

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BCA TO RE-OPEN BEFORE THE END OF THIS SEMESTER

BCA Acting Principal of Botswana College of Agriculture Mataba Tapela says they intend to re-open the university before the end of this semester. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Tapela said they have arranged a meeting with the Director of the Department of Tertiary Education Finance to talk about ways in which they could solve the grievances of the students so that they can get back to school. Botswana College of Agriculture students went on a strike action on Monday, decrying what they term as the general unhealthy well being of students at the institution.

posted on: 2015-10-21 || Day- Wednesday

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Nkaigwa calls for urgent action to be taken towards resolving challenges that have led to a strike action at the BCA

BCA Gaborone North Member of Parliament Haskins Nkaigwa has called for urgent action to be taken towards resolving challenges that have led to a strike at Botswana College of Agriculture. Students at the college had resorted to a strike in the past week over what the SRC body says is unhealthy well being of students at the institution. The college was yesterday shutdown indefinitely after it appeared that tension between police and students had led to violence. Speaking to DUMA FM this morning, Nkgaigwa expressed worry that the school management and the ministry of education is taking lightly the grievances of the students. He stressed that the fact that students have not eaten in days should be a cause for concern. The college SRC President, Mbigane Taka said the strike was a result of failure by the school management to address grievances directed to them on several occasions. Taka says they are in the dark over the re-opening of their school. He said since the school was closed yesterday the school management has remained mum on when they intend to re-open the school even though the exams are set to take place on the 6th of next month.

posted on: 2015-10-20 || Day- Tuesday

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LUCARA RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR BOTSWANA KIMBERLITE EXTRACTION . . .

LUCARA Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corp. is said to have announced that it has received approval from the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs for the extraction of samples from the BK02 kimberlite. A bulk sample has reportedly been constructed and commissioned, and it is expected that exploration sample processing will commence in November, with initial results to follow before the end of the year. The sample is anticipated to be around 5,000 tons, and the contract for extraction and transport is already in place, with earth moving equipment being mobilized at the BK02 kimberlite within the next two weeks. The company was awarded two high-potential exploration licenses in 2014, which are known to host at least three diamondiferous kimberlites – BK02, AK11 and AK12. Applications for mineral extraction from AK11 and AK12 are in progress.

posted on: 2015-10-20 || Day- Tuesday

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BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE SET TO ASSUME CHAIRMANSHIP OF MILITARY HEALTH TOMORROW . . .

Botswana Defence Force is set to assume the Chairmanship of Military Health from Angola. Speaking at the ongoing Military Health Services Work Group Conference Botswana Defence Force Director General Support Services Major General Gotsileene Morake said he intends to ensure that Botswana team does their job with utmost care once they assume the Chairmanship. The objectives of this conference include among other things to share expertise and develop strategies to mitigate the prevailing health related issues which affect combat readiness in the SADC region and development of a joint doctrine for harmonization of policies in the SADC region. The three days conference is held under the theme “A Healthy Personnel Ensures Combat Readiness”

posted on: 2015-10-20 || Day- Tuesday

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Police investigate block 6 shooting. . .

Police are investigating a case in which a man was killed in a shooting incident that occurred in bloc six last night. Speaking to DUMA FM NEWS, Public Relations officer Christopher Mbulawa confirmed the man was certified dead upon arrival at the clinic. He appealed to members of the public to assist in details that could help in investigations of the matter.

posted on: 2015-10-19 || Day- Monday

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ERITREAN ASYLUM SEEKERS ENTITLED TO HEARING . . .

ERITREA The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence Justice and Security, Augustine Makgonatsotlhe has reportedly said Botswana has no relations with Eritrea, but said players who seek Asylum are entitled to a hearing before any action can be taken. Makgonatsotlhe was addressing journalists in Lobatse on Friday evening, who affirmed that the country is bound to uphold international law when it comes to the repatriation of asylum-seekers to their countries of origin. The Lobatse High Court has by a consent order (common agreement between Government and concerned parties) stipulated that all the ten players should not be deported until their case is heard. They will be temporarily accommodated at the Francistown Centre for Illegal Immigrants by Government and otherwise given legal and other reasonable access until their next court appearance on December 11th

posted on: 2015-10-19 || Day- Monday

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TRAFFIC COMMITTE EXCITED FOR TAKING PART IN THE NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY SYMPOSIUM . . .

HEALTH Deputy Director of Traffic Committe Taleyana says he is excited for his organisation to be taking part in the National Road Safety Symposium. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Talenyane said the police cannot win the fight against road accidents on their own and as such they welcome the noble initiative of national road safety symposium which seeks to develop solutions to assist in reducing road accidents and fatalities. The National Road Safety Symposium will be held on the 28th and 29th of this month at GICC

posted on: 2015-10-16 || Day- Friday

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WATER UTILITIES CORPORATION CERTAIN THEY WILL BE A TOTAL SHUTDOWN OF WATER SUPPLY THIS COMING WEEKEND . . .

WATER Water Utilities Corporation says there will be a total shutdown of water supply to Gaborone and the greater Gaborone, during this entire weekend. This was revealed to Duma FM news, by the corporation’s spokesperson Matida Mmipi, who pointed out that the reason for the total shutdown is to link the north south carrier scheme 2 to the north south carrier 1 to improve the water supply situation that is besieging the city and its periphery. She however said restoration of water will commence on Monday through to Thursday, and pled with Batswana to bear with the corporation as they will be working tirelessly to return the situation to normalcy.

posted on: 2015-10-16 || Day- Friday

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DR MADIGELE ACKNOWLEDGES EFFORTS OF NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS IN ASSISTING MENTALLY CHALLENGED . . .

HEALTH Assistant Minister of Health Alfred Madigele has acknowledged the efforts of non-governmental organisations in assisting the mentally challenged. Speaking at the World Mental Commemoration Health day yesterday at Ramotswa Madigele said no-governmental organisations like ‘Re Fa Ka Bone Caring Centre’ in Ramotswa are doing a great job in assisting the mentally challenged to lead a dignified and healthy lives. This year’s world mental health day was held under the theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health’.

posted on: 2015-10-15 || Day- Thursday

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B.F.T.U DECRIES THE ONGOING WATER SUPPLY CHALLENGES TO GABORONE AND THE GREATER GABORONE . . .

BFTU The Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) has decried the ongoing water supply challenges besieging Gaborone and its surrounding areas. This was yesterday outlined by the secretary general of BFTU, Gadzhani Mhotsha, who pointed out that the situation has moved from the water rationing scenario to an outright water stoppage, which he stressed that it was impacting negatively in all aspects of living. . . Commenting on the same matter, a member of the union who had attended the session didn’t fall short of lambasting the situation, saying if not attended to promptly, issues of education amongst others will be adversely affected. . .

posted on: 2015-10-15 || Day- Thursday

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THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COOPERATIVES SAID TO PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN ERADICATING POVERTY . . .

ACMC The Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi says the establishment of cooperatives plays a critical role in eradicating poverty within societies. Speaking at the official opening of the 11th African Co-operative Ministerial Conference-ACMC in Gaborone yesterday, Masisi said since this country launched cooperatives in 1984, there has been significant growth in terms of development within the business sector. He noted that so far the country has instituted 219 cooperatives across the country with over 500 employees, saying the move cannot be overlooked as it has created employment for the locals, reduced abject poverty and empowered the communities. The Vice president explained that after realising the importance of cooperatives in contributing to economic growth, Botswana then formed the Cooperative Transformation Strategy which he described as a driving force in transforming the economy into a viable, profitable and sustainable business entity. He added that the strategy resonates well with the economic stimulus program, saying the cooperatives should make use of it.

posted on: 2015-10-14 || Day- Wednesday

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LANDS MINISTRY SAID TO FACE CHALLENGES WHICH CANNOT BE SOLELY HANDLED BY THE MINISTRY . . .

LANDS The Minister of Lands and Housing Prince Maele says his ministry is facing serious land challenges which cannot be solely solved by the ministry. Speaking at the Ministry’s inaugural press briefing yesterday Maele said the ministry requires collaboration with relevant stakeholders like government institutions, the private sector and the community at large in order to solve land challenges being faced. Maele further reiterated that his ministry has improved its service delivery through establishing land board committees to continuously deal with decentralised common law leases and borehole applications. Meanwhile, The Lands and Housing Ministry’s mandate is said to be evolving with time. Speaking at the agenda for consultative workshop on rolling out of minimal servicing in the country, Director in the Department of Technical Services under the ministry Densil Buchanan said due to the huge backlog, the ministry finds itself allocating plot to the general populace.

posted on: 2015-10-14 || Day- Wednesday

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DIALOGUE ON LAND ISSUES TO COMMENCE TODAY . . .

LAND With land development and management being at centre stage in the country, the Botswana Association of Tribal Land Authorities – BATLA will be holding its 17th Biennial Conference in Gaborone today to facilitate dialogue on pertinent land management issues. The conference scheduled to end on Thursday is held under the theme “Stakeholder Participation in Land Management: Critical for Sustainable Development. It brings together government ministries, parastatals such as CEDA, BITC, BHC, bogosi, academics from the University of Botswana. The event will be focusing on stakeholder participation in land management and how stakeholder involvement in land management can assist in facilitating socio economic development in the country. It will also afford stakeholders the opportunity to discuss and debate different outlooks and different problem solving approaches to land management.

posted on: 2015-10-13 || Day- Tuesday

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YOUTH MINISTRY ACCUSED OF NEGLECTING YOUTH FUNDED PROJECTS . . .

MINISTRY The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has been accused of neglecting the youth it has funded Speaking at the Loan Repayment Workshop yesterday one of the funded youth Selby Muir said the Ministry of Youth treats them badly and does not support them which is why most of them end up defaulting on their loan repayment. He further challenged the Ministry of Youth to get organized and take stern action against all those youth who have defaulted on their loan repayments instead of making empty threats.

posted on: 2015-10-13 || Day- Tuesday

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ISSUING OF FALSE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES SAID TO BE A CRIMINAL OFFENCE

MoH Health professionals have been warned that, granting a patient a medical certificate that is not warranted or false, is not only unethical and unprofessional, but it also amounts to fraudulent crime. The warning was issued by the Ministry of Health today which expressed worry that there have been instances where health professionals give unwarranted sick leaves. The ministry said there are also reports that sick leaves are being sold by some health practitioners. It added that there have been other cases where forgeries of sick leaves have been intentionally crafted to authenticate absenteeism from work. The public is therefore warned that cohesion of practitioners to grant medically unjustified sick leaves is a criminal act, and that the professional in so doing commits a criminal, unprofessional and unethical act. The public is also urged to take this matter seriously while Health workers who are implicated will be dealt with accordingly.

posted on: 2015-10-12 || Day- Monday

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MINISRTY OF HEALTH SHOOTING SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE

SUSPECT Police are still looking for the Ramotswa man, who allegedly shot a 31-year-old female employee of the Ministry of Health on last week Friday. In an interview with DUMA FM NEWS this afternoon, Senior Superintendent Dipheko Motube confirmed that the suspect is still at large. The suspect identified as Alford Serumola, is wanted to help the police with investigations regarding the shooting that occurred in front of the health ministry when the victim was about to report for work. The victim, who is from Kubung, in the Kweneng District is in a stable condition at Princess Marina Hospital.

posted on: 2015-10-12 || Day- Monday

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WATER SUPPLY CHALLENGE CONTINUES TO AFFECT THE GREATER GABORONE . . .

WATER The Water Utilities Corporation says residents of the Greater Gaborone will continue to experience water shortage. According to a communiqué, areas including Mogoditshane, Tlokweng, Gabane, Mmopane, Metsimotlhabe, Kumakwane, Tloaneng, Ramotswa, Lobatse & Goodhope, continue to experience water supply challenges as a result of an operational challenge experienced at its Pump Station along the North South Carrier pipeline in Moralane. The Corporation is said to currently be working on restoring the pump station which is expected to take at least twelve hours.

posted on: 2015-10-12 || Day- Monday

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WATER SUPPLY CHALLENGE CONTINUES TO AFFECT THE GREATER GABORONE . . .

WATER The Water Utilities Corporation says residents of the Greater Gaborone will continue to experience water shortage. According to a communiqué, areas including Mogoditshane, Tlokweng, Gabane, Mmopane, Metsimotlhabe, Kumakwane, Tloaneng, Ramotswa, Lobatse & Goodhope, continue to experience water supply challenges as a result of an operational challenge experienced at its Pump Station along the North South Carrier pipeline in Moralane. The Corporation is said to currently be working on restoring the pump station which is expected to take at least twelve hours.

posted on: 2015-10-12 || Day- Monday

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BITC EPLOYEES APPLAUDED FOR GOOD PERFORMANCE

BITC Board Chairman Victor Senye yesterday applauded the employees for their good performance,commitment,passion and endurance over the past years within BITC Senye said this during the 2nd Annual BITC employee performance awards under the theme “High Performance, The Only”. Senye further said this organisation has become a success due to the deepening realisation of the people, this organisation realisation of individual performance hence the day was meant to recognise such. He further lamented reminded the employees the organisation must remain mindful to where the organisation wants to go adding that the much more needs to be done to remain extremely competitive within their industry He concluded by congratulating the nominees as well as the winners and encourages them to keep up their standards way forward.

posted on: 2015-10-09 || Day- Friday

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MULTI-MILLION DAIRY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MILK AFRICA AND LOBATSE TOWN COUNCIL TO CREATE OVER 250 JOBS

LOBATSE The Chief Executive Officer of Milk Africa Phil Matibe says their multi-million dairy partnership with Lobatse Town Council is going to create over 250 jobs for the Lobatse residents. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Matibe said the dairy will be fully operational in April next year and as of now they have employed 25 people who are builders, labours and plumbers. Matibe further said they intend to have two thousand milking cows in April next year each cow producing around 40 litres of milk every day. He further lamented that Milk Africa own 90% of shares while Lobatse Town Council owns the remaining 10% in their Public Private Partnership.

posted on: 2015-10-09 || Day- Friday

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GLOBAL DIAMOND JEWELLERY SALES INCREASE BY 3% TO EXCEED $80BN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN the 5th consecutive year . . .

DE BEERS The global jewellery sales increased by 3% last year, exceeding US%80 billion for the first time in the 5th consecutive year of growth since the financial crisis. This was revealed to members of the media yesterday by De Beers Executive Head of Strategy, Bruce Cleaver, who pointed out that the strength of the US dollar and the slowdown in economic growth in emerging markets, and in china particular, is likely to lead to global consumer demand for diamonds being stable this year. He also pointed out that three largest consumer markets saw the fastest growth in local currency terms, with the US increasing 7%, China 6% and India rising by 3%. Rough diamond sales increased 12% in 2014, to over US$20 billion. Given the challenges faced by the midstream, rough diamond demand will likely be more constrained 2015

posted on: 2015-10-09 || Day- Friday

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ROAD CRASHES CLAIM 9 LIVES DURING INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS . . .

ROAD At least 9 people are said to have died in separate road accidents recorded countrywide during the 2015 independence celebrations from September 25th to October 4th, compared to 6 who died during the same period last year. According to a communiqué, a total of 33 people sustained serious injuries in the 332 accidents reported during this year’s holidays, compared to 43 serious injuries sustained in 324 accidents recorded over the same period in the previous year. Police are said to have recorded a decrease of 50% in the number of drunken driving cases. These cases dropped from 357 recorded last year to 178 this year against a total number of 618 drivers tested. Motorist are urged to respect other road users, pedestrian included. They are further advised to observe prescribed speed, especially in built-up areas where there is a lot of movement. Pedestrians are also advised to be careful at all times when crossing roads, with no walkways or pedestrian crossing.

posted on: 2015-10-08 || Day- Thursday

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PREVAILING WEATHER CONDITIONS OF HOT TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL NEXT WEEK . . .

HEAT WAVE HEATS BOTSWANA The Department of Meteorological Services has reportedly warned that the prevailing weather conditions of hot temperatures are expected to continue until next week. According to a press release from the department, temperatures over the country are expected to reach maximums of between 36oC and 40oC. However temperatures are eventually expected to reduce over southern Kgalagadi District by 30oC on October 11. The department therefore advised members of the public to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from these adverse weather conditions. Measures include among others: • Drinking more water regardless of your activity level. • Avoiding prolonged stay under the sun and protecting oneself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella. The department will keep monitoring the conditions, and will update the public accordingly.

posted on: 2015-10-08 || Day- Thursday

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MASIS INSISTS BOSWELATLOU BY ELECTIONS WERE RIGGED

BDP Botswana Democratic Party Chairperson Mokgweetsi Masisi says the Boswelatlou by elections were rigged. Speaking at the BDP monthly press briefing yesterday Masisi said over 400 voter’s were trafficked in the Boswelatlou by elections which led to his party losing the ward it was supposed to win. Meanwhile Principal Public Relations Officer of Independent Electoral Commission Osupile Maroba has denied allegations that the Boswelatlou by elections were rigged. In a telephone interview with Duma F.M news desk this morning Maroba said the voters roll of the Boswelatlou contained the same number and names of people who voted in the past general elections and as such no vote trafficking took place.

posted on: 2015-10-07 || Day- Wednesday

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METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES WARNS OF HEAT WAVE

HEAT The Department of Meteorological Services has warned that very hot temperatures over the country are expected to continue until next week. A statement issued today indicates that temperatures over the country are expected to reach maximums of between 36°C and 40°C. However temperatures are eventually expected to reduce over Southern Kgalagadi district by 3°C this coming Sunday. The Department has therefore advised members of the public to take precautionary measures by protecting themselves from these adverse weather conditions. Members of the public are advised to drink more water regardless of your activity level, avoid prolonged stay under the sun, if at all possible stay under the shade, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella. The Department says it will keep monitoring the conditions, and will update the public accordingly.

posted on: 2015-10-07 || Day- Wednesday

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SUSPENDED HIGH COURT JUDGES HAVE LOST THEIR URGENT APPLICATION WITH COSTS . . .

JUDGES The four suspended high court judges have lost their urgent application with costs. Delivering his Judgement, High Court Judge Justice Tebogo Tau said the applicants failed to justify to the court that they have to be granted an interim interdict. The four judges wanted the court to set aside their suspension as they were not accorded a pre-suspension hearing. They also wanted the court to declare the decision by the president to set up a tribunal to investigate them invalid. In his ruling, Tau stated that the decision by the president to appoint the tribunal and subsequently suspend them, he acted in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. He did not interfere with the judicial independence. The concerned 4 high court judges are: Justice Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake; Justice Modiri Seabelo Letsididi; Justice Mercy Tapologo Garekwe and Justice Rainer Busang.

posted on: 2015-10-07 || Day- Wednesday

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BDP SAYS THEY HAVE NEVER SEEKED TO FORM A COALITION WITH BCP . . .

BDP The Chairman of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party Mokgweetsi Masisi has distanced the BDP from recent reports carried by the Weekend Post publication that they were seeking to form a coalition with Botswana Congress party. Speaking to the media yesterday Masisi said the reports were false as there were never a discussion at central committee or any party structure about the BDP pushing for a coalition with BCP. Masisi further noted that Botsalo Ntuane who was quoted by the newspaper has denied ever granting the publication an interview to that effect. He emphasised that Ntuane works well with the party and so they were not going to allow him to be attacked in the media. He said Ntuane who is currently out of the country on party mission will give his side of the story when he gets back.

posted on: 2015-10-07 || Day- Wednesday

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DCEC SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL OF BOTSWANA

DECEC Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Junior Chamber International of Botswana (JCI). Speaking at the signing of the memorandum DCEC Deputy Director –General (Policy)Botlhale Makgekgenene said she hoped that this collaboration will provide opportunities which will be mutually beneficial to both organisations as well as being beneficial to the cause of fighting corruption in this county. Makgekgenene further thanked all the people who contributed to the successful signing of this memorandum of understanding

posted on: 2015-10-06 || Day- Tuesday

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THE FOUR JUDGES WHO CHALLENGED THEIR SUSPENSION FROM THE BENCH SAID TO HAVE LOST THEIR CASE WITH COST

JUDGES The four Judges who challenged their suspension from court are said to have lost their Case with cost at the Lobatse High Court this morning. The ruling comes as judges, Modiri Letsididi, Mercy Garekwe Key Dingake, and Ranier Busang, were involved in a dispute with Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo, over his decision to take them to Police for investigation, for receiving housing allowances they were not entitled to. The judges were suspended for condemning Chief Justice Dibotelo’s conduct against them which ultimately to them signing a petition seeking his impeachment. This subsequently means a tribunal on the four judges still stands and that they are still suspended.

posted on: 2015-10-06 || Day- Tuesday

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NDB C.E.O APPLAUDS THE NEW PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON ITS ROLE . . .

COMMITTE National Development Bank Chief Executive Officer Lorato Morapedi says she is happy that the new Parliamentary committee has promised to protect them from members of Parliament during the Parliamentary Committee meeting. Morapedi who was speaking at a breakfast meeting yesterday said she appreciates the role that the new committee is playing because in the past they were not given a platform where they could voice their own displeasure about the way they were treated when presenting at the parliamentary committee meeting. The breakfast meeting was held to discuss the methodology of doing the examination of the books of accounts of the corporations and to lay down the expectations of both the committee and the corporations.

posted on: 2015-10-06 || Day- Tuesday

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MINISTER MABEO LAUNCHES PUBLIC WI-FI HOTSPOTS

WI-FI Batswana stand to benefit from the new public Wi-Fi hotspots tagged Botswana Hotspots. This was said by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo during the recent launch of public wifi hotspots at the Gaborone Bus Rank. The hotspots have been established at strategic locations in Gaborone including Government enclave, Princess Marina Hospital, the bus rank, airport and shopping malls. The project that commenced in April covers Gaborone, Mahalapye, Palapye, Francistown, Maun and Kasane. The project would be rolled out to other major towns and villages for the next three years. Mabeo added that the public hotspots were a game changer in the ICT industry because they ushered the country into reliable broadband network.

posted on: 2015-10-06 || Day- Tuesday

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COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR CHANGE OF POLICY IN ALLOCATING YOUTH LAND . . .

COUNCILOR Councillor for Tlogatloga ward in Gaborone has called for change of policy for allocating plots in open spaces to youth on temporary basis. Commenting on the mayor’s speech at the Gaborone City Council (GCC) full council meeting recently, Rhoda Sekgororoane reportedly said if youth were allocated the plots on temporary basis, they would not engage in meaningful and rewarding businesses. She said it was therefore upon government to change the approach so that the youth could now embark on massive and profitable enterprises, which could also create job opportunities. On other issues, she said there was need to trim and debush Segoditshane valley as it had turned into a hideout for criminals. On a similar note, she said the Extension 14 graveyard, which had a rich history of having apartheid struggle heroes and heroines needs to be taken care of by being provided with working ablutions and provided with 24 hour security.

posted on: 2015-10-05 || Day- Monday

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UDC RETAINS BOSWELATLOU

The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has retained the Boswelatlou ward in Lobatse constituency. During the bye-election at the weekend, Themba Stimela of UDC received 183 votes against 165 received by Zubeida Raphael of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Only two votes were spoilt. A total of 350 people cast their votes out of the 791 who registered to vote in last year’s general elections. The UDC had won the ward in the general elections with 278 votes while BDP came second with 276. The bye-election was a result of Councillor Kabelo Sebako’s resignation.

posted on: 2015-10-05 || Day- Monday

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AIR BOTSWANA LOOKS TO GO INTERCONTINENTAL . . .

AIR BOTSWANA Air Botswana has revealed to reporters that it is looking to re equip its ageing fleet of turbo prop aircraft with new jets, probably from the European manufacturer, Airbus and launch new intercontinental flights through the expanding global hub at Dubai International Airport. Currently with a fleet of three French built ATR42-500s and one ATR72-500, plus two mothballed British built ARJ-85s aircraft and a leased South Africa registered, Canadian built CRJ-100, Air Botswana does not have the capability to fulfil its ambitions to launch longer routes unless it acquires modern jets. Prior to starting direct flights in the future to London it is expected that Air Botswana will use codeshare arrangements on Kenya Airways through Nairobi. Kenya Airways is one of the most successful East African carriers having made its home base in Nairobi into one of the principal gateways into East and Southern Africa.

posted on: 2015-10-02 || Day- Friday

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Parachute Association of Botswana intends to sky dive at for the first time at the upcoming Makgadikgadi Epic.

The public relations officer of Parachute Association of Botswana Garai Makaya says they intend to sky dive at night for the first time at the upcoming Makgadikgadi Epic. Speaking at a press briefing recently Makaya said he expects to see over 250 sports sky divers and tandem dives from the general public doing around 1 thousand and 50 dives over the three days period. He added that three air craft are expected to be used at the Makgadikgadi Epic and they include Casa 235, Atlas Angel as well as the PAC 750. The 2nd edition of Makgadikgadi epic will kick off tomorrow which is October 1st until the 3rd at Nata Bird Sanctuary in the Makgadikgadi pans.

posted on: 2015-09-29 || Day- Tuesday

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U.S President sends best wishes to Batswana as they celebrate Independence tomorrow

U.S United States President Barack Obama has sent his best wishes to the people of Botswana as they celebrate their 49th anniversary of their independence tomorrow. In a press release from the American Embassy in Botswana Obama said the United States joins Botswana in celebrating the country’s legacy of just, democratic governance. Obama further lamented that he looks forward to expanding a strong relationship and to continuing to work together with Botswana to create a better world.

posted on: 2015-09-29 || Day- Tuesday

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49th INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION SET TO BE THE OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN OF BOTSWANA’S GOLDEN JUBILEE . . .

GOLDEN JUBILEE Botswana 49th independence is set to officially be the countdown to the country’s golden jubilee. This was said by the Bots50 coordinator, Charity Kgotlafela, who pointed out that they have a number of activities lined up as a way of counting down to Botswana’s 50th independence celebration. She said those events would include, an electro music festival which will be held tomorrow. She also said there will be a roving torch which will be lit by the president, Ian Khama that will travel around Botswana for 365 days until Botswana’s 50th anniversary next year. Botswana will be celebrating its 49th year of independence tomorrow. Independence Eve celebrations will be held today at the National Stadium, this evening. Tomorrow there will be a Ceremonial Parade and Other Activities at the National Stadium, in the morning. There will also be a Football Match between (Botswana v Ethiopia), at the National Stadium, in the afternoon, followed by the Electronic Music Festival, that evening.

posted on: 2015-09-29 || Day- Tuesday

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LAND BOARD OFFICIALS URGED TO STRIVE FOR IMPROVEMENT IN CUSTOMER SERVICE . . .

LAND Land board officials have been urged to strive for improvement in customer service. Speaking at the 8th leadership forum in Mahalapye yesterday Minister of Lands and Housing Prince Maele cited that land boards are already doing well in a number of areas such as the creation of waiting lists and the cleaning of the existing ones, saying it is a commendable job as officials will be able to gauge demand of land as well as to make the country’s land allocation system transparent and credible. The minister highlighted Botswana’s land policy which was approved on the 16th of June this year, encouraging the delegates to familiarise themselves with its provisions. Maele noted that few provisions of this policy starting with its aim is to protect and promote land rights of all land holders and to promote sustainable human settlements. He added that the policy further states that a person may be allocated one plot at his or her area of choice within the country, saying it would help them reduce numbers on waiting list.

posted on: 2015-09-29 || Day- Tuesday

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MASISI CALLS FOR INCLUSIVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT . . .

MASISI UN Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi is said to have called on global leaders to do everything possible to ensure the development of mankind. Speaking at the UN Summit on the adoption of the Post - 2015 Development Agenda in New York at the weekend, Vice President Masisi said the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 169 Targets of the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda were inherently imbued with potential to significantly and irrevocably alter the course of human development, charting a new era of sustained prosperity for all. He said it was, therefore, imperative that the international community should make every effort to garner the necessary political will and resources to ensure successful implementation of this new, universal sustainable development framework which promised a life of dignity for all. Masisi said in broad terms, the agenda resonated with Botswana’s national development agenda as enshrined in the National Development Plan 11, National Vision 2030 and Excellence Strategy for Economic Diversification, as well as with many values that Botswana espoused. He said inclusive governance, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law should fundamentally form the bedrock for members’ sustainable development efforts and continue to be inspired by steadfast commitment to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inherent dignity, equal and inalienable right of all members of the human family it proclaimed.

posted on: 2015-09-28 || Day- Monday

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BOTSWANA AMONG THE WORLD’S TOP TEN MINING INVESTMENT DESTINATIONS . . .

MINING Botswana has been ranked among the worlds top ten mining investment destinations with Canada taking the top spot. Three African countries – Namibia, Botswana and Ghana – made it into global minerals industry advisory firm Behre Dolbear’s 2015 most attractive mining investment destinations survey for the second consecutive year. The 25 countries considered in this year’s survey, as in the past, were ranked based on seven criteria, namely their political and economic systems, currency stability, social licence issues, permitting process, competitive taxation policies and corruption levels. Each criterion was rated on a numeric scale that reflects the relative conditions that impact on investment growth. A score was calculated from the collective results of all seven criteria; this led to the relative rankings. The lower the numerical ranking, the lower the risk. Canada was ranked number one, followed by Australia, the US, Chile, Mexico and Peru, with Namibia achieving the best rating for an African country by coming in seventh, followed by Botswana at number eight and Ghana rounding out the top ten countries. Namibia went up two places in the rankings from the ninth place it achieved last year edition of the survey, while Botswana and Ghana retained their standings.

posted on: 2015-09-28 || Day- Monday

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WATER SUPPLY STILL PROBLEMATIC . . .

WUC Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) says water supply in most areas in Gaborone remains stable with rationing having commenced in all the fully recovered areas. According to a press release from WUC water supply in Tlokweng is generally low especially on high ground. It further states that some areas in Mogoditshane are receiving supply at low pressure while areas such as Mmopane, still do not have water while Metsimotlhabe is receiving supply at low pressure. The statement also notes that Kumakwane is still supplied from boreholes which are not meeting demand while other areas do not have water. The release says after receiving supply in Gabane on September 22-23, it was lost on September 24 whereas in Mochudi some areas have recovered as bowsing continues in those areas still without supply. Lobatse currently does not have water while Molapowabojang is receiving supply at low pressure. The main transfer scheme feeding Mankgodi and Mogonye is said to have burst on Friday hence the villages and surrounding will remain without water while repairs are ongoing.

posted on: 2015-09-28 || Day- Monday

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AFRICA URGED TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY . . .

AFRICA Africa has been urged to move away from the simple exports of raw materials and strengthen its local productive capacity for value addition, as well as improved management of its natural resources. Deliberating at a side event on “Africa’s industrialization” jointly organized by the United Nations industrialization organization, UN economic commission for Africa, African Union Commission and the office of the UN special adviser on Africa, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi said, for many African countries, including Botswana, revenues from natural resources, including extractive industries, are a key source of development financing. Masisi further said extractive industries in particular hold much of the untapped potential in Africa and, going by the experience of Botswana, at least one can attest to the fact that strengthening of downstream linkages offers opportunities for value addition. In addition he stated that it is therefore, important for African countries to seize emerging opportunities in the global economy to foster industrial development in order to achieve the much needed paradigm shift towards sustained and inclusive economic growth, poverty eradication and job creation.

posted on: 2015-09-28 || Day- Monday

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Olopeng says no local company could provide Electronic music festival services for independence celebrations

The Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Thapelo Olopeng says no local company could provide Electronic music festival services for the upcoming independence celebrations hence the engagement of a South African Company. Olopeng clarified the matter on DUMA FM after local promoters bashed his ministry and organisers Bots 50 for splashing P3million on foreign artist who are billed to perform at the celebrations independence bash in Gaborone. OOlopeng further said as a way forward he instructed Bot 50 to have a consultative forum with local artists and promoters and tell them what they want going forward.

posted on: 2015-09-25 || Day- Friday

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LIQOUR TRADERS ADVICED TO ADHERE TO OFFICIAL TRADING HOURS DURING THE INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAYS . . .

LIQUOR TRADE INDEPENDENCE The ministry of trade and industry says the official trading hours will prevail during the independence holidays. According to a communiqué, a bar liquor license as well as a club liquor license authorizes the sale and consumption of liquor on the licensed premise between 1400hours and 2200hours from Monday to Thursday, 1200hours and 2300hours on Friday and Saturday and 1500hours to 2200hours on Sundays and public holidays. A bottle store license authorizes the sale of liquor between 1000hours and 1900hours on Monday to Saturday only. A night club license authorizes the sale and consumption of liquor between 1900hours and 0000hours from Monday to Thursday, 1900hours and 0200hours on Fridays and Saturday and 1500hours to 2200hours on Sundays and public holidays.

posted on: 2015-09-25 || Day- Friday

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DR MADIGELE LAUNCHES BOITEKANELO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES . . .

BEMS The acting minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele, yesterday launched the Boitekanelo Emergency Medical Services (BEMS). At the launch Dr Madigele, pointed out that BEMS strategy is premised on the principles of primary health care, which complements the road map of the health ministry as well as its objectives. The acting minister also said he believes that BEMS is an opportunity to further provide Batswana with access to a wide range of pre hospital emergency medical services.

posted on: 2015-09-25 || Day- Friday

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BARCLAYS BANK BOTSWANA ACHIEVES POSITIVE PROFIT BEFORE TAX OF P110 MILLION . . .

BARCLAYS Barclays Bank Botswana’s overall business has achieved a positive profit before tax of P110 million for the half year ended June 30th 2015. This was revealed yesterday by the bank’s managing director Reinette Van De Merwe, who pointed out that, their interest income increased by 3%, their loans and advances grew by 9% to P8bn, and their customer liabilities grew by 5% to P9.5bn as well as their loss rates remained stable year on year, around 1.35%, amongst other performance highlights for the year under review. Van De Merwe also pointed out that they have given their customers a number of options in terms of which channels to transact from, in terms of digital priorities and enhancing their digital strategy.

posted on: 2015-09-25 || Day- Friday

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CHINESE IN BOTSWANA CELEBRATE THEIR 66TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA . . .

CHINA The Chinese government this doubled its efforts to implement comprehensive and in-depth reforms in almost all areas so as to maintain a medium-high growth rate and move toward medium-high level of development, and achieve the balanced and inclusive development. This was said yesterday, by the Chinese ambassador to Botswana, Zheng Zhuqiang, during their celebration reception for the 66th anniversary of the founding of the people’s republic of china. The ambassador didn’t fall short of pointing out that in the first half of 2015, china’s economy registered a 7% growth, stressing that the 7% was in fact among the highest of the world’s major economies. He said china’s economic growth has been generated through innovation and deep reforms. The ambassador also pointed out that this year has been extraordinary for China-Botswana relations, because the year marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Botswana. He highlighted that over the past 40 years, they have witnessed an ever growing cooperation characterized with sincere friendship, mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.

posted on: 2015-09-24 || Day- Thursday

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BCP YOUTH LEAGUE SAYS MANYAPEDZA NOT A BIG CATCH FOR THE BDP . .

BCP Former leader of the BCP youth league, Lotty Manyapedza, who defected from the party to join the ruling party is not a big fish. This was this morning revealed to Duma FM News, by BCP youth league leader, McDonald Rakgare, who pointed out that Manyepadza’s ideology is very different from that of the ruling party. Rakgare stressed that Manyapedza wont be very instrumental at the BDP, because he is care free and very vocal. Rakgare further said Lotty will not be free to willingly express himself, or put ideas that will be welcomed by the ruling party.

posted on: 2015-09-24 || Day- Thursday

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MASIRE PRAISES THE SUCCESS OF LIFE INSUARANCE SECTOR IN BOTSWANA

BONA LIFE Former president Sir Ketumile Masire yesterday expressed his delight at the success of the insurance sector in Botswana over the years. This he said during his key note address at the launch of the newly relaunched Bona Life Insurance yesterday held in Gaborone. He further said different Nations thought Botswana was inadequately equipped to handle situations thus made him proud because Botswana has succeeded where no one thought she would. In addition, he said as one of the founders of the nation, he has deep and undying passion for Botswana which has continuously rekindled by momentous occasions such as the launch He concluded by citing that it gives him pleasure and personal pride to have officiated the evolution of Bramer Life To Bona Life Insurance company as it ushers into the first ever citizen owned life insurance company in Botswana.

posted on: 2015-09-23 || Day- Wednesday

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BDP SAYS PRESIDENT KHAMA HAS NO INTENTION OF RUNNING FOR A THIRD TERM

PABALINGA BDP leader and President of Botswana, Ian Khama, has no intention of running for a third term. This was revealed this morning to Duma FM, by BDP Communications and International Relations Manager Thapelo Pabalinga, who further pointed out that reports from media suggesting that the president wants to run for a third term, was merely a way of tarnishing his name. Pabalinga further pointed out that there has never been any discussions at any of their congresses, surrounding the president’s intention to run for a third term. PABALINGA THIRD TERM

posted on: 2015-09-23 || Day- Wednesday

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PARENTS URGED TO MONITOR CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS . . .

Parents have been urged to monitor their children’s behaviour during school holidays. Speaking during a prize giving ceremony at Ranokanyane Junior Secondary School recently, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, Victor Paledi, said that students get involved in criminal activities during school vacations while they are in the care of their parents and away from their teachers. He said that criminal activities such as thefts, assaults and house breakings involving students aged between 15 and 18 years increase during school vacations. Deputy Commissioner Paledi went on to say that these unbecoming behaviour leads to children being finger printed at an early age which impact negatively on their future. Paledi encouraged parents to work with teachers in grooming their children while they are still young and urged them to always monitor their movements and what they do when schools are closed.

posted on: 2015-09-23 || Day- Wednesday

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EXTENSION 14 CLINIC CLOSED INDEFINITELY . . .

EXTENSION 14 CLINIC The Ministry of Health is said to have yesterday closed the Extension 14 Clinic til further notice. According to a communiqué, the closure of the 8 hour clinic comes after the ceiling collapsed during the weekend. It was however stated that there were no patients in the clinic at the time of the incident. In the meantime, members of the public who normally use that clinic are requested to use nearby Government health facilities being Bontleng and Extension 2 clinics. Staff members are reportedly said to be present at the clinic to re-direct patients to where their records have been relocated to and answer any questions that patients may want to know. A team of experts will be dispatched to the site to inspect the extent of the damage. The next course of action will be determined by the assessment report.

posted on: 2015-09-23 || Day- Wednesday

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Botswana Ash intends to sell one of its products to Morupule A

Botswana Ash Managing Director Montwedi Mphathi says they intend to sell one of their products to Morupule A for its refurbishment. In an interview with Duma F.M news desk this afternoon Mphathi said they are waiting for feedback from the management of Morupule on whether they will buy sodium bicarbonate from Botswana Ash and use it for their refurbishment. Meanwhile in a different matter Mphathi says that Botswana Ash is involved in a number of projects with Sowa Town Council which include clean up campaigns.

posted on: 2015-09-22 || Day- Tuesday

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Members of the public expresses mixed reactions at the suspension of high court judges

Public on Judges Members of the public have expressed mixed reactions at the suspension of four high court judges by President Ian Khama. Some members pointed out that the judges deserve what came to them, saying if one is aware of unexplained monies in their respective accounts and does not report the anomaly, then that’s tantamount to theft. Some however said the issue could have been dealt with administratively as there have been similar issues that were dealt without any stringent penalties dealt.

posted on: 2015-09-22 || Day- Tuesday

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BOTSWANA SAID TO BE ONE OF THE TWO LARGEST DIAMOND PRODUCING COUNTRIES BY VALUE TO DATE .

DEBEERS Russia and Botswana are said to remain the two largest diamond producing countries by value. In 2015, while there may be growth in local currency in some markets, the continued strengthening of the US dollar against all major currencies, coupled with a slowdown in economic growth in China, is likely to lead to global diamond jewellery demand for the full year being relatively flat compared with 2014 levels. According to a communiqué, Rough diamond sales increased 12 percent in 2014 to over $20 billion. De Beers and ALROSA are said to have remained the largest sellers of rough diamonds in 2014, accounting for 56 percent of global sales by value between them. In volume terms, total rough diamond production actually decreased by three percent to an estimated 142 million carats last year. The total production value was more than US$19 billion, which represented an increase of almost six percent in 2013. De Beers and ALROSA remained the largest producers by both volume and value.

posted on: 2015-09-22 || Day- Tuesday

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BOPEU BELIEVES THE COUNTRY’S JUDICIARY IS IN PARALYSIS . . .

Botswana Public Employees Union believes the judiciary is in paralysis, as they see the development of the judiciary crisis having a very damaging effect on the credibility and workability of the arm of government. This was yesterday said by the BOPEU leader, Andrew Motsamai, who also pointed out that they see the handling of the four judges’ over-payment as a witch-hunt. Motsamai further said the over payment of housing allowance was allowed to get out of hand as a result of leadership that was over enthusiastic in looking to use the issue to settle past disagreements that the judges had with the chief justice.

posted on: 2015-09-22 || Day- Tuesday

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MMAMABULA POWER STATION SAID TO BE IN THE PIPE LINE. . .

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila says the Mmamabula Power Station project is still in the pipe line despite its numerous change of ownership. Mokaila further refuted claims that the money used to build Morupule B has gone to waste. they are said to still be working on several projects aimed at restoring satisfactory water provision. Botswana has been experiencing water shortage for several years now. The situation worsened around the greater Gaborone area over the past few months. However, Minister Mokaila has explained that his ministry had worked out plans to address the situation. Mokaila said the problem had been compounded by changing patterns of rainfall with the country receiving increasingly low annual rainfall in the past few years. He also said while the problem of poor rains might persist for sometime, the nation should change the way it used water to avert a crisis. He said plans were in place to improve the level of water provision in the greater Gaborone area, which covered villages from Kgatleng District through to parts of the Southern District.

posted on: 2015-05-22 || Day- Friday

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BOSETU ALLOWS FOR TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES . . .

The BOSETU Executive has taken the decision to allow teachers to participate in extracurricular activities. This was said by the union’s Publicity Secretary Solomon Batsietswe who said the decision follows recent communication by the Ministry of Education committing to pay outstanding over time allowances owed to teachers. In the event that the ministry does run out funds allocated to pay over-time allowance, Batsietswe said the union will instruct teachers not to participate in the extracurricular activities.

posted on: 2015-05-22 || Day- Friday

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RECENT WATER RATIONING EXERCISE AROUND GREATER GABORONE DONE ON PURPOSE . . .

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila says the recent water rationing exercise around the greater Gaborone was done on purpose. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Mokaila said they took the bold step in order to rectify the deteriorating water shortage crises. This comes as Water Utilities Corporation recently embarked on more a frequent water rationing exercise, leading some areas lacking water for up to 5 days. He further challenged Batswana who have ignored pleas from government to help conserve water to desist from doing so, as the country has experienced low rain fall.

posted on: 2015-05-22 || Day- Friday

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CHINA APPRECIATES ON GOING RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTSWANA . . .

Chinese Ambassador in Botswana Zheng Zhuqiang said for years Botswana and China’s relationship has developed very well. Zheng made this remark at a handing ceremony where China donated video Conferencing equipment worth 26 Million Pula to Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday. The Ambassador said the closed friendship they have with Botswana has provided a mutual understanding and success between the two

posted on: 2015-05-22 || Day- Friday

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LAND MINISTRY SEEKS ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO HOUSE NATION . . .

Ministry of Lands and Housing is coming up with a number of interventions to ease acute accommodation shortage and close some of the existing gaps that make it difficult for certain groupings within the society to own houses. This was said by Minister Prince Maele, when addressing Southern District full council meeting recently that as the ministry charged with housing portfolio, they wanted to pilot a number of housing initiatives among them; Installment Purchase Scheme, Youth Housing, and Public Officers Housing to address accommodation shortage. Maele is said to have stated that his ministry intended to build flats to house youth whose monthly income is P7 000 and below. He reportedly said young people earning above P7 000 should be able to secured own accommodation from private owners. He also briefed councillors about a policy which he presented in last parliamentary session, adding that the piece of legislation intends to harmonise the many pieces of land policy into one law and make land management effective. The minister raised a concern at the rate at which Batswana are selling land, saying if not attended to, it could have dire consequence in future. He therefore called on councillors to sensitise people about the danger of selling land and also warned councillors not to be seen to be encouraging squatting that has gone on the increase across the country.

posted on: 2015-05-21 || Day- Thursday

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PERMANENT SECRETARY SAYS THERE IS NO CRISIS AT THE HEALTH MINISTRY . . .

The acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Tebogo Banamile, has reportedly said there is no cause for concern at the ministry, as all envisaged results of their mandate are being realised. Responding to a question posed by a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Samson Guma at the start of the committee’s session recently, she is said to have stated that the health care system was not in a crisis. Guma, had stated that shortage of doctors’ accommodation, transport, vital and essential drugs as well as trained personnel were clear indicators that the health care system was in a crisis. Banamile said the fact that there were about 54 medical doctors in Francistown who had no housing accommodation was a challenge and not a crisis. Regarding drugs, she reportedly said, the ministry had taken a deliberate decision to allocate funds to District Health Management Teams (DHMT) for direct procurement of drugs from Central medical Stores (CMS). The Minister of Health Dorcas Makgatho recently said her ministry continues to make progress towards transforming the health system. Makgatho said they have recorded a significant performance in reducing among others infant and maternal mortality rate, as well as reduction of HIV incidence.

posted on: 2015-05-21 || Day- Thursday

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CHALLENGES FACED BY THE MORUPULE B PLANT SAID TO BE MORE EXTENSIVE . . .

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila has said challenges faced by the Morupule B Plant are said to be more extensive and will take time to be resolved. When giving an update on a way forward to the power supply challenges faced by the country, Mokaila also explained that fixing just one unit within the Morupule B plant will take up to a year as some components require re-designing. Load-shedding has become a norm through-out the country as the BPC has since declared that demand for electricity has surpassed supply.

posted on: 2015-05-21 || Day- Thursday

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MUGABE SAYS THERE IS NO BAD BLOOD BETWEEN HIM AND PRESIDENT KHAMA . . .

The chairperson of SADC, who is also the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has refuted allegations that there was bad blood between himself and president Ian Khama, saying their friendship dates back to when Khama was BDF General. This follows allegations that Khama walked out of the last SADC Summit, in bad faith. President Mugabe, highlighted that Khama had approached him prior to the commencement of the summit that he needed to leave the summit at 2pm that afternoon, to attend other matters of national importance, where Mugabe granted him permission to leave. Mugabe who was speaking to members of the media yesterday also revealed that his visit to Botswana was not a state visit, but official SADC Business. This came following an outcry that he was not given a state reception, like most presidents who visit Botswana. He further stressed that based on his visit; he wasn’t expecting any special treatment from the government, but just business as usual. Mugabe however extended his gratitude to President Khama and the government, for going out of their way to make his stay in Botswana a worthwhile one. Mugabe had visited the SADC Headquarters in Gaborone, to meet with all SADC staff.

posted on: 2015-05-21 || Day- Thursday

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61 YOUTH GRADUATE FROM ALCOHOL AND DRUG REHABILITATION EXERCISE...

Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi, has reportedly commended 61 youth who graduated from alcohol and drug rehabilitation exercise at Ark and Mark Trust. Kgathi reportedly said the youth had taken a decision many would not take. The youth who came from Mmadinare, Molalatau and Motlhabaneng graduated, following a two-week rehabilitation exercise at the wilderness. Kgathi said the initiative taken by the trust was relevant because the society was grappling with alcohol and drug abuse which has led to disintegration of families and the collapse of some marriages. He urged the graduates to help convert those who are still using drugs and alcohol, adding that their commitment has “conquered the sober atmosphere that cannot be achieved by many.” Kgathi blamed alcohol and substance abuse by children on some parents, particularly those who sold toxic substance to children, adding that such acts had ruined the lives of many children. The minister also urged the graduates to stand up and shame those who hooked them into such bad activities. He commended the methodology embraced by Ark and Mark to rehabilitate alcohol and drug addicts called Ark Adventures Recovery Programme to use the environmental advantage for team building as a winning formula.

posted on: 2015-05-19 || Day- Tuesday

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4TH NATIONAL FIRE CONFERENCE IN GABORONE NEXT WEEK...

In efforts to strengthen the implementation of Fire Management Strategy, the Department of Forestry and Range Resources will hold its 4th National Fire Conference in Gaborone from the 26th to 28th of this month. A statement indicates that the conference which will be held under the theme “Fire Management: Thinking 2016 and beyond” also seeks to sensitize stakeholders and communities on fire management as well as to gauge Botswana’s preparedness towards managing wildland fires in 2015. According to the department, higher frequencies of wildland fires that were experienced in the past years have become a concern due to their negative impacts on the environment and people. It is however said wildland fires were needed to maintain healthy ecosystems and biodiversity of African savannah and grassland vegetation. The conference is expected to attract 250 participants from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as the main collaborator and mentor, New South Wales -Rural Fire Service (Australia). There will also be an exhibition of fire management related products and equipment by different stakeholders.

posted on: 2015-05-19 || Day- Tuesday

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BPC POWER SUPPLY UNABLE TO MEET DEMAND...

BPC says despite Botswana importing from neighbouring countries, power supply is not enough to meet demand. The corporation therefore urged Batswana to prepare themselves for a possible cold and dark winter. Speaking to DUMA FM this morning, public relations officer, Sandy Mosarwa stressed that BPC is experiencing serious power shortages. He therefore urged Batswana to brace themselves for possible load shedding during the winter season.

posted on: 2015-05-19 || Day- Tuesday

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PRESIDENT MUGABE SET TO VISIT BOTSWANA TODAY . . .

Zimbabwean leader, also chairperson of Southern African Development Community (SADC), Robert Mugabe, is set to visit the SADC headquarters in Gaborone today. President Mugabe’s visit will, amongst other things, afford him a chance to interact with SADC staff in their working environment. He is expected to plant a tree at the headquarters garden, address SADC staff and the SADC executive secretary, Dr Lawrence Tax, before later on address a press briefing.

posted on: 2015-05-19 || Day- Tuesday

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BATSWANA ADVISED TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR HEALTH . . .

The Minister of Health, Dorcas Makgato, has reportedly requested the public to take ownership of their health. Giving an update on her ministry’s performance recently, Makgato reportedly said they were working hard to transform the health care system and urged the public to take health issues seriously as it was their responsibility. She however said there was still a low uptake of health programmes such as male circumcision, condom use and HIV testing. The minister also noted that there was a rise in non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. She also said the public was still lacking behind on taking health as their responsibility and urged the nation to start taking care of their health status. She said if the public took care of its health, lifestyle diseases could be cured without any medical attention.

posted on: 2015-05-19 || Day- Tuesday

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BNF TO LAUNCH PARTY’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY . . .

Botswana National Front Publicity Secretary Moeti Mohwasa says they are going to launch the party’s 50th Anniversary this coming Saturday. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday Mohwasa said they have lined up a number of events ahead of the anniversary which include among others a public lecturer, gala dinner and a rally.

posted on: 2015-05-19 || Day- Tuesday

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WHO SAYS EBOLA VACCINE TRIALS WILL PROBABLY FAIL TO PROVIDE ENOUGH USEFUL DATA . . .

The World Health Organisation - WHO says with Ebola nearly stamped out in West Africa, vaccine trials will probably fail to provide enough useful data on how well they protect people against the deadly virus. Liberia was declared free from Ebola by the government and the WHO on Saturday after 42 days without a new case of the virus, which killed more than 4 700 people there during a year-long epidemic. Guinea reported seven cases in the week of May 4-10, while Sierra Leone had two, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, said in Geneva. But two experimental Ebola vaccines - developed by GlaxoSmithKline and jointly by Merck and NewLink Genetics - being tested on volunteers may not yield sufficient data on efficacy as case numbers fall.

posted on: 2015-05-13 || Day- Wednesday

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BOTSWANA, EU SHARE VALUES . . .

Government is said to be grateful that the European Union (EU) appreciates that the country still faces challenges of poverty, unemployment, lack of industry appropriate skills and other challenges. Speaking at the EU Day in Gaborone recently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Venson-Moitoi said Botswana regarded EU as a strategic partner in development. She is said to have added that the country had benefited from the generous assistance that the EU had provided over the years to complement the country’s development efforts. The minister thanked the EU team for showing a similar vision of equal and balanced development during the successful Economic Partnership Agreements for the goods sector and called for the same during the services sector negotiations. She said Botswana considered its relationship with the EU to be of utmost importance in ensuring sustainable development. The minister added that the negotiations were critical for Botswana’s private sector, which the country looked up to for the development of its industries and to open up avenues for employment creation.

posted on: 2015-05-13 || Day- Wednesday

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BDP WOMEN’S WING UNVEILS TEN POINT AGENDA . . .

The Botswana Democratic Party newly elected Women’s Wing Committee has unveiled a ten point agenda aimed at positioning the BDP to improve its performance ahead of the 2019 elections. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, BDP Women’s wing Chairperson Dorcas Makgato unveiled the ten point agenda which includes auditing of BDP women structures as well as increasing visibility of the party through awareness workshops. Earlier in the day the committee paid a courtesy call to the President Ian Khama who called on the women to ensure that the BDP Women’s wing is active and also directed them to report to him on progress being made every three months.

posted on: 2015-05-13 || Day- Wednesday

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STANDARD CHARTERED SIGNS BANCASSURANCE WITH BOTSWANA INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED . . .

Standard Chartered Bank Head of Wealth Management Ali Zayem says they are proud and honoured to have signed a Bancassurance Distribution Agreement with Botswana Insurance Company. Speaking this morning at the signing ceremony, Zayem said their partnership with Botswana Insurance Company seeks to provide unique and convenient solutions to their customers who require insurance. Meanwhile Botswana Insurance Company Managing Director Johann Claasen concurred with Ali Zayem, saying they are excited and looking forward to what this strategic partnership will yield.

posted on: 2015-05-12 || Day- Tuesday

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BOFEPUSU SAYS GOVERNMENTS WANTS TO PURGE UNION OFFICIALS . . .

Workers union, BOFEPUSU has lambasted government for what they have termed as continuous persecution and purging of union officials. This was revealed to Duma FM this morning, by the federations Secretary General, Tobokani Rari, following a letter summoning their deputy secretary general, Ketlhalefile Motshegwa to a disciplinary hearing for allegedly absconding from work at the Francistown council. Motshegwa had been seconded to the BLLAWHU headquarters in accordance with the recognition agreement that the union has with the employer. Rari stated that the union is of the view that government is continuing their resolve taken after the 2011 industrial action to muzzle Trade unions.

posted on: 2015-05-12 || Day- Tuesday

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BOFEPUSU SAYS VIBRANT CIVIL SOCIETY REMEDY FOR RESCUEING COUNTRY’S DEMOCRACY . . .

Workers Union BOFEPUSU says a vibrant civil society, is the only remedy to rescuing the country’s democracy. This was said by the federation’s deputy secretary general, Ketlhalefile Motshegwa, who implored Batswana to stand up for what they believe in. Motshegwa said it was for this reason that they challenged the Trade unions to unite for the sake of the country’s democracy and challening the media to continue to report on matters that affect Batswana without fear of victimization. Motshegwa, who was making commentary on the Government Employees Motor Vehicle and Residential Property Advance Scheme (GEMVAS), stressed that governments’ re-takeover of the scheme was not going to be of any benefit to Batswana.

posted on: 2015-05-12 || Day- Tuesday

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LEGABIBO TO COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA . . .

LEGABIBO will on Sunday join the rest of the international community to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia or IDAHOT. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is recognized to end the listing of homosexuality as a mental disease from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization in 1990. In an interview with Duma FM News, Gender and Advocacy Officer at BONELA, Botho Maruatona, said that the organization will have activities leading up to the day.

posted on: 2015-05-12 || Day- Tuesday

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ZIMBABWE politics

Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC says the 63% of Zimbabweans who told pollsters they trusted President Robert Mugabe might have been too frightened to say anything else. MDC Spokesperson said the party took seriously the results of a survey released last week that appeared to show the majority of Zimbabweans trusted long time leader Mugabe much more than they trusted the opposition in the country. The survey has been greeted with triumph by Mugabe’s ruling ZanuPF party, which rejects all that its victory in the last elections in 2013 was due in part at least to a combination of fear, rigging and an electoral playing field that was far from level. The MDC spokesperson said significant changes had taken place within the MDC and ZanuPF in six months since the survey. He pointed to the expulsion of 21 rebel MP’s from the MDC who backed breakaway leader Tendai Biti and the split in Zanu PF between those who supported sacked former vice president Joice Majuru and those who do not.

posted on: 2015-05-11 || Day- Monday

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SOUTH AFRICA’S OPPOSITION PARTY COPE CALL ON HEALTH MINISTER TO STEP IN ON FREE VACCINATION . .

In South Africa the congress of the people has called on the minister of health Aaron Motswaledi to step in after the Eastern Cape health department stopped issuing free vaccines to private clinics COPE said the eastern capes decision had been short sighted. COPE said that the department just had to ensure that people understood that the vaccine itself was free but they would be charged a service fee. They said that to deny a child vaccine is a denial of a fundamental right The party argued that vaccines are cost effective and that there is much higher cost to the outbreak of diseases that could have been prevent by vaccination.

posted on: 2015-05-11 || Day- Monday

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MOCHUDI POLICE DONATE TO THE NEEDY . . .

Members of the public have expressed mixed reactions at the recent move by government to impose a 12th month ban on renewal of lost passports. Expressing their views on Duma FM, most of them described the move as a shame. The government introduced the policy in order to curb the escalating number of stolen passports. Under the new policy, if an individual loses his or her passport he or she will have to wait for a period of 12 months to have it renewed. Explaining the new policy, the Minister of Home Affairs Edwin Batsu reportedly said if people lose their passports due to negligence they would have to stay for a year without renewing it. In other instances he said immigration officers would require police report before renewing their passports. The new policy also dictates that those who have pressing issues and intend to renew their passports would have to advance convincing reasons and pay P1000 penalty fee.

posted on: 2015-05-11 || Day- Monday

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BCP CONDEMNS RECENT ARRESTS DONE BY DCEC . . .

Opposition party BCP has described as a blatant assault on freedom of expression, yesterdays arrest of Botswana Gazette Newspaper journalists by the DCEC. In a release, the BCP stressed that the unleashing of the DCEC on the Gazette newspaper for reporting an alleged case of corruption involving millions of Pula is a clear testimony of the intolerance of the Khama administration. The BCP further said it was disturbing to learn that the DCEC does not only seek to confiscate computers and other tools of trade at the Newspaper but that the officials from the same corruption agency are now interfering with the liberty of the lawyers who seek to defend the rights of the journalists. The party said they were aware that the DCEC, in what they have termed as a harassment of the media, is taking refuge from section 44 of the Corruption and Economic Act, stressing that the provision is undemocratic and has no place in a constitutional democracy. The BCP therefore called for a review of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act, to give more power over perpetrators of corruption rather than on those who expose corruption. Meanwhile The Botswana law society has criticized as disappointing the arrest of attorney Carlos Salbany yesterday whilst he was trying to defend Botswana Gazette journalists. Law Society chairman, Lawrence Lecha expressed shock at the arrest, saying they were unconstitutional.

posted on: 2015-05-08 || Day- Friday

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BOCCIM ENCOURAGES MANAGERS TO HAVE POSITIVE GOOD QAULITIES . . .

Office managers have been encouraged to display positive good qualities as they interact with different people daily. The encouragement was made by the Institute Of Development Management country Director - IDM Faith Tombale yesterday at the opening ceremony of 26th BOCCIM Annual Office Managers convention. The ongoing convention is being held under the theme “Dream big and actively chase your dreams” Tombale said positive attitude displayed by managers will encourage their subordinates to be more productive in their work. Tombale also encouraged managers to be proactive and put their plans into action.

posted on: 2015-05-08 || Day- Friday

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SOME AREAS IN GABORONE TO EXPERIENCE LOW TO NO WATER INDEFINITELY…

Residents of areas that include Block 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Gabane, Mogoditshane will experience low to no water supply until further notice. According to a statement from Water Utilities Corporation this is due to power outages currently experienced on the North South Carrier Scheme and the unavailability of Gaborone Dam. The Carrier is a pipeline that transports water from Letsibogo Dam to the South of the country. The corporation has not revealed when the matter will be rectified.

posted on: 2015-05-08 || Day- Friday

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BMD Youth League Elective Congress said to have been marred with irregularities . . .

A presidential hopeful in the past weekends BMD Youth League Elective Congress Rodger Mphafe says the event was marred with irregularities. The congress in its 2nd year running was held in Mochudi. Speaking to Duma FM, Mphafe accused the BMD leadership of intimidating his team hence their withdrawal from contesting in the elections. However, the newly elected President of the party’s Youth League Phenyo Segokgo said despite a few concerns, the congress went well.

posted on: 2015-05-06 || Day- Wednesday

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Health Minister on course to change ministry into becoming an employer of choice . . .

Minister of Health Dorcas Makgatho says her ministry is fast becoming an employer of choice. Speaking yesterday at a press briefing Makgatho said her ministry plans to improve management and utilization of facilities as well as implementing excellent attraction and retention strategy.

posted on: 2015-05-06 || Day- Wednesday

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Batswana women in business said to have contributed significantly to the country’s economy . . .

The Director of Gender Affairs Thapelo Phuthego says Batswana women in business have contributed significantly to the country’s economy. She made this remarks yesterday morning during the official launch of this year’s Excellence awards for Women in Business Association- WIBA. Phuthego urged both men and women to be partakers in shaping the economic phase of this nation. Phuthego futher said government alone cannot achieve sustainable development, and called for strong partnership and collaboration with non state actors such as WIBA , which she explained has played a very important role in women economic empowerment. She commended WIBA for coming up with this initiative of recognizing and rewarding women who have made it in the business challenging arena, saying the awards will go a long way in motivating and encouraging women in looking for better ways in improving their businesses.

posted on: 2015-05-06 || Day- Wednesday

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DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED YESTERDAY . . .

Botswana Power Corporation’s initiative to alleviate power supply challenges which was meant to commence last week, began yesterday. The Demand Side Management program is expected to be implemented until further notice. In a statement, the Corporation says electricity supply system remains vulnerable this week due to low generation capacity and customers are still reminded that its implementation is only done when there is a supply challenge. This program which only covers Gaborone, Francistown, Lobatse, Selebi Phikwe and Jwaneng is intended to keep load shedding as minimal as possible during peak demand as well as creating equity in the conservation of electricity. Customers are reminded to use minimal electrical appliances during the peak times; that’s from 6 in the morning until 10 in the Morning and 6 in the evening until 10 in the evening, to avoid disconnecting power supply in their households and/or small businesses.

posted on: 2015-05-05 || Day- Tuesday

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RANTUANA SAYS UNIONS SHOULD SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE . . .

Trade Union BOFEPUSU has been challenged to unite the country’s workforce. Ramotswa MP, Samuel Rantuana, reportedly made the call at the weekend when addressing workers during the commemoration of the workers day in Ramotswa. He said the onus rested with BOFEPUSU to forge a working relationship with other unions and non-governmental organisations. Rantuana stated that the move would help the country’s trade union sector to speak with one voice and to protect the rights of the working class. He furthermore said if the work force was united, any government in power would be bound to listen to their grievances and address them.

posted on: 2015-05-05 || Day- Tuesday

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BCP YOUTH LEAGUE CONDEMNS MPs ON THEIR SILENCE REGARDING THE WATER CRISIS . . .

Botswana Congress Party Youth League has condemned members of parliament on their silence regarding the water crisis in Gaborone and other parts of the country. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday newly elected BCP Youth League President Tumiso Rakgare called on members of parliament to remember that their primary duty in parliament is to advocate for Batswana’s interests. He said the MP’s should start advocating for the provision of basic services such as water.

posted on: 2015-05-05 || Day- Tuesday

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KHAMA SYMPATHISES WITH ZUMA AT SADC SUMMIT . . .

After taking a pounding from African governments over xenophobic attacks in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma was reportedly delighted when President Ian Khama came to his defence at this week’s regional summit in Harare. Reports say South African officials said Khama’s statement, in front of all other SADC countries, endorsed Zuma’s controversial criticism of African leaders in his Freedom Day speech, for creating adverse conditions that drove people to South Africa to seek a better life. It is said though officials would not identify which leader made the remarks, they said he was leader of a country which had managed its economy well, so that few citizens had fled to South Africa. It also faced similar challenges to South Africa, especially an influx of illegal immigrants from some of the same countries. This could only refer to Khama. Large numbers of Zimbabweans have flowed into Botswana since the political crisis began soon after 2000, one of the reasons why Khama has been an outspoken critic in SADC of Zimbabwe for mismanaging his country. This week Zimbabwe’s controversial Information Minister Jonathan Moyo suggested that Zuma was justifying xenophobia by partly blaming African countries for attacks.

posted on: 2015-05-04 || Day- Monday

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BIDPA CALLS ON THE REVIEW OF THE TOURISM POLICY . . .

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis - BIDPA, has called for a review of the country’s existing tourism policy. This was revealed at the HATAB annual conference in Kasane, where research fellow in International Trade, Johnson Maiketso stressed that the tourism policy which was drafted 25 years ago is out dated. Maiketso, who was deliberating on the country’s current Environmental analysis on tourism, highlighted that the policy needs to be developed as it is irrelevant and is not adequately serving the sector. He further stressed that an old policy does not serve as a foundation in serving today’s tourism sector.

posted on: 2015-05-04 || Day- Monday

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GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK SET TO COMMENCE FROM TODAY . . .

The Ministry of Transport and Communications and key stakeholders are expected to join other countries in the globe to observe the UN Global Road Safety Week scheduled from today to Sunday. The Safety week which is held under the theme “Children and Road Safety” will have the official Launch in Mogoditshane. Globally, children are said to be at an increased risk of death, injury and disability than other road users such as drivers. Botswana has also experienced the increase in children causalities in the past years. 231 lives of children were claimed by road accidents in the past 5 years while 787 and 2576 children had serious and minor injuries respectively. The Global Road Safety Week aims to sensitize the public about the magnitude of road accidents, involving children. During the week, 32 District Road Safety Committees across the country will advocate for active participation in promoting and embracing the culture of road safety towards children.

posted on: 2015-05-04 || Day- Monday

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Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe calls for empowerment of Youth, women

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has opened a SADC summit on regional industrial growth, with a call for the empowerment of youths and women - but no mention of the xenophobic violence that hit parts of South Africa this month. Mugabe, who is the current chairperson of SADC, told heads of state gathered in Harare that in the noble march towards an industrialised SADC, governments should never forget that women and youth are the backbone of economies. The longtime Zimbabwean leader said women and youth are without doubt the future therefore no stones unturned should be left unturned in efforts to empower them. Mugabe also emphasised the need for value addition to raw products and said it was essential that the region work out financial mechanisms to fund industrial growth.

posted on: 2015-04-30 || Day- Thursday

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Aviation industry in Botswana said to be growing positively

The General Manager of Air Botswana, Ben Dahwa says despite the aviation industry in Africa being stunted, it is proving to be growing positively in Botswana. Speaking at the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana – HATAB annual conference yesterday in Kasane, being held under the theme, "Tourism: Vital for Development & Economic Growth", Dahwa stated that from the 6.4 billion pula revenue generated by the tourism sector in the country, Air Botswana had a 2 billion pula share that it added. He further expressed the need to improve the air transportation business in the country, saying more personalized services at a cost beyond the price of a ticket or core service need to be offered. Dahwa, however expressed disappointment with the African aviation industry, saying the continent needs to fast track the growth of the air transportation industry.

posted on: 2015-04-30 || Day- Thursday

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Union BOFEPUSO to advocate for better conditions for all including private sector

Workers Union BOFEPUSO’s Deputy Secretary Ketlhalefile Motshegwa says going forward the union intends to advocate for better conditions of work for all employees including the private sector. Speaking to Duma FM ahead of the much anticipated celebrations of International Labour Day celebrations tomorrow in Francistown, Motshegwa explained that even though the Bargaining Council has in the past focused on negotiating public servant’s salaries, private sector employees are to also benefit from salary adjustment. He further indicated that government should lead by example when it comes to offers and conditions of services to its employees, to in turn press the private sector to do the same.

posted on: 2015-04-30 || Day- Thursday

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• Ministry of Transport set to observe UN Global Road Safety week

The Ministry of Transport and Communications as well as key stakeholders will next week join the rest of the world to observe the UN Global Road Safety week. The commemorations which will be held from the 4th to the 8th of next month will be held under the theme “Children and Road Safety.” A communiqué by the Ministry says the official Launch will be held on the 4th of May in Mogoditshane. The ministry says the commemorations come as globally, children are at an increased risk of death, injury and disability than other road users such as drivers. Botswana has also experienced an increase in children causalities in the past years with 231 lives of children claimed by road accidents in the past 5 years while 787 and 2576 children had serious and minor injuries respectively. The Global Road Safety Week aims to sensitize the public about the magnitude of road accidents, involving children.

posted on: 2015-04-29 || Day- Wednesday

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• Batswana advised against living beyond their means

Batswana have been advised against living beyond their means as this has potential to give them bad credit. This was said by Nelson Letshwene, personal finance advisor, in an interview with Duma FM. Letshwene also advised against household debt which he said is a worldwide issue. Letshwene further said that people should avoid spending more that 30-40% of their salaries on debt as this will lead to over indebtedness.

posted on: 2015-04-29 || Day- Wednesday

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BDP’s youth wing additional member says government programmes meant to alleviate poverty among the youth

Botswana Democratic Party’s additional member to the party’s youth wing, Matlhogonolo Baleseng has defended Youth policies that the government has put in place. Speaking to Duma Fm he said the initiatives are meant alleviate unemployment among the youth. He further noted that the Graduate Volunteer Scheme which was received with mixed reactions by the public, is a good initiative aimed at reviving the spirit of volunteerism among the young people.

posted on: 2015-04-28 || Day- Tuesday

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BMD Youth League President refutes claims of election campaign funding

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Youth President Phenyo Segokgo has refuted claims that Botsalo Ntuane has funded his election campaigns as he seek to defend his BMD youth presidency. Speaking at a press briefing this afternoon Segokgo said those allegations are untrue and were made up by his competitors to tarnish his name ahead of the BMD congress this coming Saturday. He further said these allegations are not going to deter him from serving the youth of Botswana.

posted on: 2015-04-28 || Day- Tuesday

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RAKGARE ELECTED NEW BCP YOUTH LEAGUE LEADER . . .

Botswana Congress Party’s Tumiso Rakgare yesterday defeated his competitor, Tshegofatso Raditlhokwa to become the party’s youth league leader. Popularly known as Chillyboy, Rakgare won the hotly contested top seat following elections that were held in Francistown at the weekend. Speaking to DUMA FM, Rakgare applauded the party for holding free and fair elections, saying it is a clear demonstration that their party respects democracy. Rakgare further extended gratitude to the rival group, saying despite having been in two opposing groups, they are all one, as they intend to collectively stand up for the youth of Botswana as the BCP. Rakgare’s victory was said to have been apparent towards the weekend, when his camp staged a youth rally in Francistown ahead of the conference that was incident free.

posted on: 2015-04-27 || Day- Monday

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PRESIDENT KHAMA TO ATTEND EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE THIS WEEK . . .

President Ian Khama is expected to leave for Harare, Zimbabwe on Wednesday to attend an Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State And Government. It is said the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government will meet to deliberate on the Strategy and Roadmap for the industrialisation of the SADC Region. The SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap comes in the aftermath of the 34th Ordinary Summit held under the theme: “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Recourses for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition” in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in August 2014. The development of the Strategy and Roadmap was spearheaded by the SADC Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic Integration that comprises of the Ministers responsible for Trade and Industry, Finance, Economic Planning and Infrastructure Development. The Strategy seeks to bring about major economic and technological transformation at regional and national levels and to address, amongst others, challenges of unemployment, undiversified industrial structures in SADC Member States and heavy dependence on exports of raw materials.

posted on: 2015-04-27 || Day- Monday

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BPC TO IMPLEMENT THE DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FROM TOMORROW . . .

The Botswana Power Corporation will from tomorrow, implement a demand side management program, to alleviate power supply deficit challenges. Speaking to DUMA FM this morning, the BPC spokesperson, Spencer Moreri, said the program which will remotely be used to regulate load, will not necessarily be used only during the winter season, but rather indefinitely as a counter measure for load shedding. Customers are however encouraged to continue to conserve electricity at all times.

posted on: 2015-04-27 || Day- Monday

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BOTSWANA SAID TO BENEFIT FROM FOREIGN WORKERS . . .

The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu, has reportedly said Botswana still needed foreign workers as well as investment, noting that “therefore, at any given time, Batswana will have expatriates amongst them and working with them. Minister Batshu, who was addressing a long service award ceremony in Francistown, further added that no economy can thrive without the contributions of those expatriates who bring additional value adding skills and experience to an economy. The Minister also stressed the need for expatriate workers to transfer skills to the locals, emphasising that it was important for locals to take over posts which were previously held by foreigners after acquiring high technical expertise from them.

posted on: 2015-04-27 || Day- Monday

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STANBIC BANK SAID TO BE READY TO FINANCE OIL AND GAS SECTORS IN BOTSWANA . . .

Stanbic Bank reportedly said at the weekend that it is well positioned to assist all of Botswana’s oil and gas market players with securing energy supply, which will expand import options for refined product to potentially include routes from Mozambique and Namibia. Stanbic Bank Head of Oil and Gas Coverage Southern Africa, Simon Ashby-Rudd reportedly said while Botswana’s oil and gas industry is not yet prominent, it is slowly gaining momentum as most companies that entered the Botswana market have been awarded licenses to explore. Rudd said Botswana’s economy is facing major challenges, however the economic environment remains attractive because of multiple attributes, adding that Stanbic has been setting strategy and building its Africa focused oil and gas business. He is said to have explained that the oil and gas sector is one of four key pillars as Stanbic has dedicated oil and gas teams situated across Africa, which provide a full corporate and investment banking product range, oil and gas expertise and local industry knowledge and connections to clients active in the industry.

posted on: 2015-04-27 || Day- Monday

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BDF IMPRESSED WITH TURNOUT OF BATSWANA AT THE BDF DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE WEEKEND . . .

Botswana Defence Force Director of Protocol and Public Affairs Colonel Tebo Dikole says he was impressed with turnout of Batswana during the BDF Day Celebrations. Speaking during the 38th BDF celebrations day at the National Stadium Dikole said every Motswana should play a part in making sure that our country is secure. Meanwhile Multitudes of people who thronged the national stadium for the celebration expressed their disappointment with the turn out of the event. Speaking to Duma F.M one of the attendees said the BDF should try to change its programme of events because they are monotonous and the capacity of the stadium was too small. Colonel Dikole however said they came up with a number of alternatives to be used to handle the large turnout of attendees.

posted on: 2015-04-27 || Day- Monday

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• Multitudes march against xenophobia in Pretoria

Hundreds of people are marching through the streets of Pretoria today against xenophobia and violent attacks against foreign nationals in the country. The peaceful march was organised by the ANC Greater Tshwane region, supported by its alliance partner and progressive youth movements as well as civil society organisations. Regional spokesman Teboho Joala said their intention was to demonstrate solidarity with fellow human beings who were foreigners living in South Africa. Joala said they also wanted to encourage communities to desist from illegal and violent acts against foreign nationals. Participants were dressed in ANC regalia and held placards with anti-xenophobia messages.

posted on: 2015-04-24 || Day- Friday

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DOCTORS EXPLAIN ENDOMERIOSIS DISEASE . . .

Head of obstetrics and gynecology department at Princess Marina Referral Hospital, Dr Ponatshego Gaolebale says although there are several theories about endometriosis, the precise cause of the disease is still unknown. Dr Gaolebale reportedly said none of the theories could explain different types of the endometriosis disease. He is said to have explained that genetic predisposition seemed likely as endometriosis occurred 6-9 times more commonly in relatives of affected first degree relatives than in controls. Dr Gaolebale said the prevalence was estimated at between 8-10 per cent of women of reproductive age, although the precise rate is unknown as the pelvis has to be estimated at surgery to make a precise diagnosis. The Doctor said endometriosis is defined as the presence of endometrial like tissue outside the uterus which induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction. It is a condition found in women of reproductive age from all ethnic and social groups.

posted on: 2015-04-24 || Day- Friday

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POLICE ARREST SUSPECTS FOR VARIOUS OFFENCES . . .

Police are said to have arrested nine suspects for various offences during their operations in past week in Gaborone and surrounding areas. In one incident, police reportedly arrested a 28 year old man in moshupa in connection with over 40 cases of house breaking and theft. In another incident in Gumare, a 27 year old man of makaba ward, a 34 year old man was arrested for a case of motor vehicle theft. The man is alleged to have stolen the motor vehicle belonging to Water Utilities Corporation with his accomplice in March. The men were also wanted for other offences incuding motor vehicle theft, burglary and theft, armed robbery and malicious damage to property. Meanwhile six people were also arrested for unlawful possession of habit forming drugs.

posted on: 2015-04-24 || Day- Friday

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BATSWANA ADVICED TO APPROACH LEA FOR ASSISTANCE . . .

Minister of Trade and Industry Vincent Seretse has advised all Batswana who have ambitions of starting their own businesses to approach LEA for assistance which is free of charge. Speaking during the 2015 Botswana SMME Pitso and Seminar Seretse said Batswana should improve their already existing businesses so that they could grow. He however lamented that running a business is not easy and as such one should always stay positive even if their business is not doing well.

posted on: 2015-04-24 || Day- Friday

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MASISI OPENS FIRST NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL MEETING OF 2015 . . .

Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi opened the first National Aids Council meeting of 2015 this morning. The Vice President noted with appreciation and satisfaction the commitment that NAC continues to show towards spearheading the nations fight against HIV and AIDS. He is said to have assured the Council of his commitment to ensuring continuous improvement. When deliberating at the meeting, Masisi noted that the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its 2015 session in April 2015 passed a resolution on UNAIDS encouraging accelerated action and investment in the next five years to be on track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The vice president said the Fast Track targets set for 2020 refer to 90% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are actually on treatment, and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads. He further said to sustain the achievements and make further gains against HIV in the immediate future, Botswana finalized an Investment Case to provide strategic direction not only to revitalize and integrate an overwhelmed and overburdened healthcare system, but also to refocus HIV prevention efforts and increase access to ART.

posted on: 2015-04-23 || Day- Thursday

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BLOCK 7 RESIDENTS REJECT DITIMAMODIMO NAME . . .

Residents of Block7 in Gaborone have called for the rejection of the name Ditimamodimo given to their residential area. Speaking at a meeting which was called by the political leadership of the area at Limkokwing University Hall yesterday, the residents said the name was a curse. For his part the Mayor of Gaborone Kagiso Thutlwe said council members were shocked by the name hence the meeting was summoned. Thutlwe also advised the residents to lodge their complaints through a letter, which he said council will consider during the full council in June.

posted on: 2015-04-23 || Day- Thursday

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KGATHI WORRIED ABOUT THE GROWING NUMBER OF TEENAGE PREGNANCIES IN BOBONONG . . .

Member of Parliament for Bobonong, Shaw Kgathi has expressed concern with the rising number of teenage pregnancies in his constituency. Kgathi stressed that since 2013 teenage pregnancy cases have been on the rise, despite having addressed the matter. Kgathi further said he is particularly worried about teenagers’ likelihood of contracting HIV/AIDS from their carelessness.

posted on: 2015-04-23 || Day- Thursday

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INDUSTRY ORIENTED TRAINING IMPORTANT . . .

Government is not doing enough to train people with relevant skills that can grow the economy. This was said by the managing director of Allied Engineering Services, Emmanuel Paradza, who was speaking during a breakfast meeting addressed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Vincent Seretse. Paradza is said to have urged the government to provide apprenticeship training that was relevant for the industry. He said economic development that had led to growth in jobs was business-oriented services and the increase in construction activities. He said more construction brought higher demand for engineering, architecture, surveying, landscaping and horticultural services.

posted on: 2015-04-23 || Day- Thursday

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Gauteng premier David Makhura and Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau are today expected to join a march in the city against xenophobic violence...

Gauteng premier David Makhura and Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau are today expected to join a march in the city against xenophobic violence. It is reportedly intended to demonstrate “the overwhelming rejection of these heinous acts”. During a similar march held in Durban last Thursday, police clashed with a group of people trying to disrupt the event. An Economic Freedom Fighters member was shot in the leg in Alexandra, Johannesburg, on Monday when party leader Julius Malema arrived to call for an end to the violence against foreigners. The violence began in townships around Durban about three weeks ago and spread to Johannesburg. At least seven people have been killed and thousands displaced. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been blamed by some for starting the violence when he told supporters in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, in March that foreigners should pack their bags and leave.

posted on: 2015-04-23 || Day- Thursday

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LEA TO HOST ANNUAL BOTSWANA SMME PITSO AND SEMINAR NEXT WEEK . . .

LEA is set host its annual Botswana SMME Pitso and Seminar next week. The forum brings together all stakeholders in the SMME development sphere to come together to deliberate on pertinent issues that concern the SMME’s in Botswana. The theme for this year’s Pitso is, “Unlocking SMME’s Potential: A key to Competitiveness and Economic Diversification,” The theme aims to encourage deliberations on the prevailing challenges, solutions, success stories and possible strategies to unlock SMME’s potential so that they grow into competitive and sustainable entities. The event is going to be officiated by the Minister of Trade and Industry Honourable Vincent Seretse and Abel Monnakgotla who is the founder and managing Director of AT and T Monnakgotla will be the guest speaker.

posted on: 2015-04-23 || Day- Thursday

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NORTH SOUTH CARRIER PIPELINE SAID TO BE UNDER REPAIR . . .

Repairs on the North-South Water Carrier pipeline are said to be in process. The pipeline broke down on Tuesday and led to low pressure to no water supply in the Greater Gaborone areas. In an interview with Duma FM News, the Infrastructure Director at Water Utilities Corporation, Gaselemogwe Senae, said that the cause of the pipeline failure was due to a pipe burst that occurred in a pumping main.

posted on: 2015-04-23 || Day- Thursday

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BOTSWANA POST TO INCREASE TARRIFS . . .

A communique from Botswana Post stated that this was on the backdrop of the last review undertaken in 2012 that was proving out of sync with the current market demands for sustainable postal business. The release further stated that the tariff increase extended to most postal products and services being post boxes, private bags, express mail service, letters and parcels. It said that post box and private bag tariffs had increased by an average of 15 per cent. It further stated that individual post boxes that accounted for much of BotswanaPost occupancy will be increased from P145 to P167. The letter posting across all weights and sizes being standard, large, oversized will increase by Fifty thebe (P0.50) across board. BotswanaPost appeals to its customers to observe that the tariff reviews are necessary to mitigate the operating costs that continue to rise and to meet the regional as well as international operating standards. It says the tariff adjustment follows

posted on: 2015-04-22 || Day- Wednesday

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MASISI SAYS TANA FORUM PROMOTES PEACE, STABILITY IN AFRICA . . .

The Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has reportedly described the recent Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa as an eye opener and a right step in achieving peace and stability in Africa. Vice President Masisi said African leaders who attended the forum appreciated the nature and complexity of issues surrounding conflicts and attacks on fellow countrymen done under the frontage of faith. The two-day forum, which attracted over 20 African heads of state and former presidents, dialogued on issues threatening peace and stability on the continent. The Vice President said the forum realised that internal conflicts activities were more prominent in states where governments were faith orientated unlike those in secular states such as Botswana, particularly because some groups in the society felt that they were excluded from national developments or believed things were not done in accordance with their religion. He, therefore, said the meeting, which he also termed as a “learning curve for African leaders,” agreed in principle to work towards accommodating other groups and enhancing a culture of tolerance as well as reaching a common consensus for mutual benefit.

posted on: 2015-04-22 || Day- Wednesday

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BPC EXPERIENCING POWER SUPPLY CHALLENGES . . .

The Botswana Power Corporation is experiencing power supply challenges as demand is said to be higher than supply. This was revealed to DUMA FM NEWS, by the spokesperson, Spencer Moreri, who said it is for this reason that Batswana have been experiencing the recent loadshedding. Moreri further said the corporation will continue to indefinitely load shed as the country is currently running on 2 of the 4 units at the Morupule B power station. Moreri however said, they are working around the clock to ensure that the remaining 2 units are up and running, by mid next month. When commenting on the implementation of the demand side management program, that is set to commence next week Tuesday, Moreri said they are going to be strict with customers who don’t adhere to the stipulated 2300 watts per household. Moreri said customers who exceed the set limit will have their power disconnected for an hour. He however said in the event that the power is restored the limit is exceeded again, the customer will be disconnected for the duration of the peak hours.

posted on: 2015-04-22 || Day- Wednesday

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LUCARA RECOVERS 342 CARAT DIAMOND AT ITS KAROWE MINE . . .

Lucara Diamond Corporation says it has recovered a 341.9 carat gem quality diamond from its Karowe Mine. It is said the diamond shows exceptional colour and clarity and will be sold along with two other greater than 100 carat diamonds which have also been recovered. President and Chief Executive Officer of Lucara William Lamb reportedly said the recovery of the stone once again confirms the quality of diamonds contained within the Karowe resource and that timing of the sale of these exceptional stones is still to be decided. He added that the surprise recovery of the 7.8 carat diamond from the very small quantity of material processed during commissioning of the XRT machines demonstrates the excellent recovery capability of this exciting technology.

posted on: 2015-04-22 || Day- Wednesday

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YOUTH ACTIVIST CALLS FOR A REVIEW OF THE COUNTRY’S YOUTH AIMED PROGRAMMES . . .

Youth activist, Gobe Taziba has called for a review of the country’s youth aimed programmes. He says the programmes are not yielding any desired results despite money being channelled into them. Taziba further said a blanket approach when it comes to such programmes will not benefit the youth, saying a special dispensation should be considered looking at the proximity of young persons in the country.

posted on: 2015-04-22 || Day- Wednesday

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BMD’S WOMEN’S LEAGUE HAPPY WITH PREVIOUS ELECTION PERFORMANCE . . .

Interim President of Botswana Movement for Democracy Women’s League Ivory Keekee, says she is happy with the performance of their women’s league together with their Umbrella partners in the previous elections. Keekee noted that the congress will be held along with the youth leagues on the 1st-3rd of next month where all positions will be contested.

posted on: 2015-04-22 || Day- Wednesday

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PRINCESS MARINA SUSPENDS ROUTINE PATIENT REFERRALS TO SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITALS . . .

Princess Marina Hospital has with immediate effect suspended routine patient referrals to all hospitals in South Africa due to the xenophobic attacks in the country. Speaking to Duma FM news, the Chief Communication and Public Relations Officer, Donnell Kutlapye, said the suspension is done for the safety of patients and staff. He said even though these attacks are happening in few areas, they can have a ripple effect. Kutlapye further said travel arrangements for patients who have been discharged in South African hospitals have been done through Health-Share Intergrated Solutions and the Botswana Consulate in Johannesburg. The suspension is expected to last until the situation in South Africa stabilizes.

posted on: 2015-04-21 || Day- Tuesday

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CHRISTIAN DE GRAAFF RELIEFED OF HIS MINISTERIAL DUTIES . . .

President Ian Khama has, after considering a request by the Minister of Agriculture, Christian De Graaff, agreed to relieve him of his ministerial duties to allow him to focus on his health. A press release from Office of the President stated that consequent to this development, the acting Minister of Agriculture, Patrick Ralotsia, is confirmed Minister of Agriculture and will be deputised by Fedelis Molao. Both appointments are with immediate effect. During his term as Minister of Agriculture, De Graaff guided the ministry’s transformation process in the beef industry culminating into last year’s exceptional performance of the Botswana Meat Commission as well as a bumper harvest in crop production through the implementation of the ISPAAD programme. This included the LIMID programme and several other interventions by government to improve agriculture sector.

posted on: 2015-04-21 || Day- Tuesday

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BNYC ACCUSED OF FAILING THE YOUTH . . .

BNF Youth League has accused the Botswana National Youth Council of failing the youth. Speaking at a press briefing today the youth league’s Secretary General Arafat Khan said BNYC has not benefited the youth in any, saying it only serves to provide BDP members with opportunities to line their pockets with tax payer’s money. Khan alleges that BNYC has paid a certain local artist three hundred thousand pula to perform at its two events which never took place.

posted on: 2015-04-21 || Day- Tuesday

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BPC TO KEEP POWER ON DURING THE WINTER SEASON . . .

The Botswana Power Corporation is said to be anticipating power supply challenges during the winter season and as such, have since decided to implement a demand side management program, to alleviate power supply deficit challenges. Speaking to Duma FM News, BPC communications manager, Spencer Moreri, stressed that the program, which is scheduled to commence on the 28th of this month will continuously be used whenever demand outstrips supply. Moreri however said, despite limiting customers to maintaining loads within 2300 watts during peak hours, exceeding the set limit will lead to automatic disconnection of power, which will only be restored after an hour. Customers are encouraged to continue to conserve electricity at all times.

posted on: 2015-04-20 || Day- Monday

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BATSWANA IN S.A. URGED TO REGISTER THEMSELVES WITH THE BOTSWANA EMBASSY . . .

Batswana living in South Africa have been urged to register themselves at their Embassy. Speaking to DUMA FM the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Clifford Maribe made this plea citing that currently Batswana living in South Africa are fine amid recent xenophobic attacks in that country. Maribe indicated that it would be advisable for all Batswana in South Africa to come forward and register with their embassy. The Xenophobic attacks in South Africa have so far claimed the lives of over 6 people and more than 5,000 have been displaced.

posted on: 2015-04-20 || Day- Monday

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VENSON-MOTOI ADVISES CAUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA . . .

Meanwhile In South Africa, Fears that xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng could spiral out of control and have an adverse impact on the country saw the government yesterday pull out the stops in a bid to quell tensions. President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to Indonesia and visited refugee camps in Durban on Saturday. It is said Police Minister Nathi Nhleko yesterday launched an anti-xenophobia campaign while the country’s home affairs minister, Malusi Gigaba, insisted that the government’s efforts to reign in xenophobia were bearing fruit. However, despite his claims the country woke yesterday to images of yet another fatal attack on a foreigner. Reports say the front page of the Sunday Times carried images of the deadly attack on Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra, prompting the police to offer a R100 000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of his killers. Political parties demanded everything must be done to bring Sithole’s killers to justice.

posted on: 2015-04-20 || Day- Monday

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VENSON-MOTOI ADVISES CAUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA . . .

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has reportedly cautioned citizens of Botswana currently residing in South Africa to avoid falling victims of the xenophobic attacks. Dr Venson-Moitoi who was speaking at the weekend reportedly said her ministry was concerned by the safety of Batswana, especially those studying in South African institutions. She thus advised students to desist from making unnecessary trips or movements into areas hit by the xenophobic attacks. Dr Venson-Moitoi said that while there no news of any Motswana hurt in the attacks they are pleading with parents whose children are studying in South Africa to help government talk to students to avoid moving around so that they don’t get into trouble. She explained that her ministry had instructed the Botswana High Commission in South Africa to keep a close eye on the safety of students, and offer them prompt assistance whenever the situation required. She also advised Batswana to reduce travels to South Africa until the xenophobic attacks situation improved.

posted on: 2015-04-20 || Day- Monday

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POLICE CONFISCATE 87 SUSPECTED STOLEN ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS FROM RECENT OPERATIONS . . .

Police have confiscated 87 suspected stolen electronic products from recent operations held in various places in and around Gaborone and Dibete areas. The confiscated items include 41 laptops, 6 notebooks, 32 cell phones, 5 tablets and 3 digital cameras. Police have therefore called on members of the public to bring any form of identification or marking including personal identification documents to be able to claim items. IN addition, police are urging the public to always put discreet identification marks and store serial numbers of their property for easy tracing and identification in case of theft.

posted on: 2015-04-20 || Day- Monday

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2014 GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT UP BY 4.4% . . .

Real GDP increased by 4.4% in 2014, driven mainly by growth in transport and communications, trade, hotels and restaurants and mining. Information from Statistics Botswana indicates that the three sectors grew by 7.4, 7.1 and 4.5% last year respectively. Although the economy registered growth, it slowed from the 2013 revised growth of 9.3%. The information also shows that mining continues to play a major role in the economy, with its overall contribution to GDP growing to 22.9% from 21.9% in 2013. Statistics Botswana states that in the third quarter of 2014, there was strong performance by Jwaneng mine where higher diamond grades were produced. The contribution was also improved by the inclusion of other mines in the accounts, Lucara diamond mine, Boseto copper mine and Missana copper mine. Sectors which slipped during 2014 are agriculture and water and electricity. Challenges in electricity supply continue to hamper economic growth as water and electricity sector declined by 18.5% as demand continued to outstrip supply while agriculture also declined by 0.3%.

posted on: 2015-04-20 || Day- Monday

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Botswana Post to adjust services Tariff …

Botswana Post is expected to adjust services Tariff with effect from next month. The tariff increase will cover most postal products and services being Post boxes, Private bags, Express Mail Service – EMS, letters and parcels. A statement says the adjustment follows Botswana Post’s proposal for review, on the face of the ever increasing operational costs and to enable the organization to remain competitive in delivering services to customers. Post boxes and Private bags will increase by 15%. Individual post boxes that account for much of the organizations occupancy will be increased from P145 to P167, whereas the letter posting across all weightage and sizes being standard, large, oversized are expected to increase by 50 thebe. However, as for local and international Money Order Service pricing will not be affected by the adjustment.

posted on: 2015-04-16 || Day- Thursday

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MARINA HOSPITAL SUPERINTENDENT ASSURES Hospital to provide holistic quality health services to Batswana...

Princess Marina Hospital Superintendent Dr. Kelebogile Motumise says they have lost 2 open heart surgery patients and one patient after pacemaker insertion, during the mass Cardiac Procedures conducted on the 6-13 April 2015. Speaking at a press conference at Princess Marina Dr Motumise said it is a sad moment for Princess Marina, Scottish Livingstone Hospital, Ministry of Health, Government of Botswana and the entire nation. Dr. Motumise however has assured the public that Princess Marina Hospital will continue to provide holistic quality health services to Batswana.

posted on: 2015-04-16 || Day- Thursday

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SA HIGH COMMISSIONER UNHAPPY WITH XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS . . .

South African High Commissioner to Botswana His Excellency Mdu Lembede says xenophobic attacks happening in South Africa as horrible. This follows the spate of xenophobic violence, which has left four people dead and thousands displaced, follows reported remarks by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini that foreigners should “pack their bags and go home”. The attacks targeting property and stores owned by citizens of other African states continued despite national police commissioner Riah Phiyega ordering more officers to the township. Last Friday two Ethiopian brothers were critically injured when their shop, in a shipping container, was set on fire while they were trapped inside. One of the men died while in hospital. The other is fighting for his life.

posted on: 2015-04-16 || Day- Thursday

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DURBAN LEADERS TO UNITE FOR PEACE MARCH . . .

Religious and political leaders out in South Africa are reportedly planning a peace march to the Durban City Hall in a bid to stop attacks between foreign nationals, police and residents of the city. Spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal government, Thami Ngwenya reportedly said after a day of running battles, police would be ready to secure the city for workers and commuters today and considered the events of the past days as "mostly criminal". Forty six people have been arrested so far, and least five people killed, including a teenager, since the violence flared in Isipingo, outside Durban on Friday. By Monday it had spread to KwaMashu and yesterday police played a cat and mouse game with groups who ran around the city banging on the shutters of closed up shops to attract the police, only to run away when police approached. A car was set alight, and stun grenades and tear gas canisters were fired.

posted on: 2015-04-15 || Day- Wednesday

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BOTSWANA OPPOSITION LEADER TO REPRESENT AFRICA ON HUMAN RIGHTS AT IPU . . .

The leader of opposition in Botswana parliament, Duma Boko is said have been voted by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) to represent Africa on human rights issues. The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) parliamentary caucus spokesperson Phenyo Butale reportedly said yesterday that Boko was voted by the group representing Africa at the Inter Parliamentary Union Conference in Vietnam. Boko will represent Africa in a special body delegated by the International Parliamentary Union to work with the United Nations (UN) on human rights issues. Butale hailed Boko for being elected, saying it is the first time Botswana has a representative in such a forum.

posted on: 2015-04-15 || Day- Wednesday

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GABORONE CENTRAL MP SAYS ITS TOO EARLY TO JUDGE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE 11TH PARLIAMENT . . .

Gaborone Central Legislator Phenyo Butale has said it was too early to judge the performance of the 11th parliament. Speaking to Duma Fm, Butale however said he was happy with the performance of the members of parliament. Meanwhile Member of Parliament for Okavango Bagalatia Arone said Batswana had a lot of expectation of the 11th parliament, a thing which he said put pressure on it. Arone further said the opposition block should continue raising quality debates and questions that will make the ruling Botswana Democratic Party to succumb to pressure.

posted on: 2015-04-15 || Day- Wednesday

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MINISTRY TO DEVELOP SOLAR POWER . . .

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources does not have any specific plan to harness solar and wind generated electricity in the Makgadikgadi Pans. This was said in parliament, by the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi on behalf of the minerals, energy and water resources ministry, who stressed that the ministry was aware of the abundance of solar energy country wide and efforts were being undertaken to improve the contribution of renewable energies into energy mix. He said in order to exploit the solar energy potential, the ministry was in a process of calling for expression of interest from potential developers of solar power plants. With regards to wind energy utilisation, he said they have observed that previous research initiatives had shown that wind speeds in Botswana, including in the Makgadikgadi Pans are generally low averaging three meters per second. The wind speeds, he said were considered to be inadequate for power generation, and the intermittent availability of wind power in Botswana renders it unsuitable for the provision of quality power.

posted on: 2015-04-14 || Day- Tuesday

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CHAMPIONS FOR AN AIDS-FREE GENERATION ANNOUNCE NEW EFFORTS FOR NEW BORNS . . .

The Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation are said to have gathered yesterday to announce new efforts to ensure that all children in Africa are born free from HIV and that children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment. Since young people continue to be deeply affected by the epidemic, the Champions also announced that they will add adolescents and HIV to their portfolio of work. The Chairperson of the Champions, former president Festus Mogae reportedly said the Champions are determined to keep HIV high on the continental agenda, stressing that they will leave no one behind and will not rest until Africa has reached the goal of an AIDS-free generation. The Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation was launched in 2008 by former president Mogae. The Champions transcend political partisanship to speak freely and independently about the issues that need solutions, both publically and behind the scenes. Since November, five new leaders have joined their distinguished ranks that being the former President of South Africa; Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of Malawi; Joyce Banda, former President of Mali; Alpha Oumar Konaré, Nigerian former President Olusegun Obasanjo; and Hifikepunye Pohamba, former President of Namibia. As the Champions reaffirmed their commitment to an AIDS-free generation, they were joined by partners that include UNAIDS, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and private sector representatives.

posted on: 2015-04-14 || Day- Tuesday

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH DIALOGUES ON FOOD SAFETY . . .

The Ministry of Health is holding a World Health Day stakeholders meeting this morning in Gaborone in an effort to facilitate dialogue on Food safety. The meeting which will be followed by commemoration of world health day at Tsholofelo Park is held under the theme “from farm to plate, make food safe”. This comes after it was found that unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children. It is said food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. The event is also celebrated by the World Health Organisation annually in the month April. Each year the WHO prioritizes and selects a specific area of global public concern.

posted on: 2015-04-14 || Day- Tuesday

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POLICE BATTLE AS XENOPHOBIC VIOLENCE BOILS OVER IN DURBAN . . .

XENOPHOBIA Wide-scale looting is said to have erupted across Durban’s townships last night as tensions fuelled by anti-foreigner rhetoric boiled over. Several people have reportedly been killed and thousands more displaced as the violent attacks on the basis of ethnicity continued unabated. Last night, KwaMashu was electric as gangs moved from shop to shop. To date, the sporadic violence had only been seen in Durban’s southern basin. Hundreds of police officers, deployed to the city from all corners of KwaZulu-Natal, were stretched thin as thousands of people descended on foreign owned shops. As officers battled to protect foreign nationals who desperately tried to salvage what was left of their belongings, locals forced their way into shops and made off with food and goods before setting the shops ablaze.

posted on: 2015-04-14 || Day- Tuesday

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GOVERNMENT COLLECTS OVER P1.5B FROM ALCOHOL LEVY . . .

The Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele, has reportedly said as of December 2014, a total of P1.5 billion has been collected since the inception of alcohol levy in 2008. He reportedly said the utilisation of the expenditure includes, six per cent collection fee by Botswana Unified Revenue Services which amounts to 95 million pula, 31 million pula for administrative running of the Alcohol campaign, 810 million pula for various beneficiaries including Non-Governmental Organisations. MP for Mogoditshane, Sedirwa Kgoroba had asked the assistant minister to appraise the house on the total amount collected thus far since the inception of the alcohol levy followed by a breakdown of expenditure since its introduction to date.

posted on: 2015-04-07 || Day- Tuesday

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MOSHUPA POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO RAPE CASES . . .

Moshupa police are reportedly investigating incidents that include two rape cases, which occurred in Moshupa and surrounding areas during the Easter holidays. According to station commander, Superintendent Oreneetse Gagogosha, a 22-year-old woman was raped by a 29-year-old man of Masasapa lands. The victim was travelling from Pitseng to Mameru lands near Ralekgetho. The suspect was arrested and will appear before Kanye magistrate court soon. In another case, a middle aged woman was said to have also been raped when she was from her friend’s party at Lapapa ward in Moshupa. Two suspects attacked her and one raped her in the process. Superintendent Gagogosha explained that passersby rescued the victim before the second suspect could sexually assault her. He said in another incident, a 20-year-old man was badly wounded at Lesosoto farms after being attacked by gangsters. They stabbed him with a sharp instrument on the back.

posted on: 2015-04-07 || Day- Tuesday

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• U.S. Government Officials Vows Support to Combat International Wildlife Trafficking

High-level officials from the Departments of Justice, State and Interior underscored U.S. government (USG) commitment in the fight against international wildlife trafficking during the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference which was held in Kasane recently. Addressing the delegates from more than 30 countries and representatives of numerous environment NGO’s and international organizations about the Implementation Plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the plan focuses on strengthening enforcement; reducing demand for illegal wildlife products; and building international cooperation to combat wildlife trafficking. The U.S. delegation also participated in a teleconference press briefing with journalists from international press agencies, during which Cruden, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Anne Hall, and Associate Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Robert Dreher highlighted the many ways the U.S. government is addressing the global wildlife trafficking crisis. Cruden noted that U.S. prosecutors were focusing on taking the profit out of wildlife trafficking, Dreher highlighted USG support for the training of prosecutors, judges, and wildlife crime investigators while Hall described robust USG diplomatic engagement, including featuring wildlife trafficking as a key agenda issue at the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit in August 2014. She also noted the inclusion of rigorous environmental measures in the draft texts of multilateral trade instruments such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.

posted on: 2015-04-02 || Day- Thursday

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• Director of Traffic Katlholo Mosimanegape advises Batswana to desist from making last minute trips

Director of Traffic Katlholo Mosimanegape has advised Batswana to desist from making last minute trips ahead of the Easter holidays. In an interview with Duma F.M recently Mosimanegape had this to say. He further said they are going to take stern actions on people who do not comply with the set rules and regulations of traffic.

posted on: 2015-04-02 || Day- Thursday

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• Digital migration said to be a global transformation

Calvin Goiletswe of the Department of Broadcasting services says digital migration is a global transformation. In an interview with Duma FM he noted that a team of at least 2000 convened to explore which route was to be followed by Botswana when it migrates. He said it was not by choice that Botswana migrated, saying countries were given a deadline of July 2015 to have switched from analogue to digital.

posted on: 2015-04-02 || Day- Thursday

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• The Arts and Crafts of Botswana Exhibition officially launched last night

The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism through the Department of National Museum and Monuments in collaboration with Ditsong Museum from South Africa last night launched the Arts and Crafts of Botswana Exhibition at Botswana National Museum Main Gallery. The theme of the exhibition was “Art and Crafts of Botswana; Re Ribolola Serodumo SaNgwao Ya Rona” The Department of National Museum and Ditsong Museum have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on Heritage Development hence this shared travelling exchange exhibition. The objective of the exhibition among others is to showcase arts and crafts of this country and their place in contemporary culture. It will also be done for capacity building, to share expertise and resources. The travelling exhibition will start in Botswana and later travel to South Africa. The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Tshekedi Khama officially launched the exhibition.

posted on: 2015-03-31 || Day- Tuesday

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• The provision of excellent products and services for both the local and global markets said to be the only way to qualify for global competitiveness

The Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Sadique Kebonang reportedly said Botswana will never be globally competitive unless the nation produces excellent products and services for both the local and global markets. He said this recently while opening the fourth national competition conference in Gaborone. Kebonang said the starting point for global competitiveness was not just access to markets but fair competition between the enterprises in the various stages of the supply chain. Assistant Minister Kebonang stated that the annual competition conferences provided an opportunity for competition stakeholders to engage on issues of mutual concern as well as provide platform to raise awareness on competition issues. The assistant minister said this year’s theme, “Competition and the supply chain” was particularly relevant given today’s market realities where a market cannot function and deliver without a fair supply chain from input supplies to consumption. He noted that the government goes all out to facilitate an enabling environment by putting in place all the policy frameworks such as the Competition Act and go further by providing technical and financial support through various agencies. Assistant Minister Kebonang said the National Competition Policy of 2006 and the Competition Act were premised on the view that fair competition would lead to lower prices, wider choices, innovation and quality products and services. Kebonang added that his ministry has come up with Economic Diversification Drive (EDD) geared towards stimulating local manufacturing industries by ensuring that public institutions spend part of their procurement budget to purchase goods and services produced locally.

posted on: 2015-03-31 || Day- Tuesday

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• MISA Botswana calls upon the DPP to withdraw charges against Daniel Kenosi

MISA Botswana has called upon Director of Public Prosecutions –the DPP to withdraw the charges laid against Daniel Kenosi. In an interview with Duma FM MISA Director Buyani Zongwane said the provisions of section 16(2) of the cybercrime and computer Related Crimes which Kenosi is suspected to have contravened , according to their view the said Act may not pass constitutional muster because they are too wide. He said the provisions are an unreasonable infridgement of section 12(1) which provides for freedom of expression. He added that proper procedures should always be approached when dealing with issues related to that of Kenosi to avoid instilling fear on journalists when doing their work. The 24 year old Kenosi was arrested last week Tuesday for being a suspect in case of unlawful distribution of pornographic or obscene material contrary to section of the Cyber crime and Computer Related Crime Act.

posted on: 2015-03-31 || Day- Tuesday

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• Mankgodi Councilor expresses concern over unfinished projects

Gabane Mankgodi Councilor Ofentse Mareme said following the parliament’s extension of the National Development Plan 11, the projects which the Kweneng District Council had ear marked for 2016/17 are not going to take effect. Mareme further requested the council to carry out the Gabane infrastructure as it was not scheduled for.

posted on: 2015-03-27 || Day- Friday

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• University Of Botswana visited by delegates from the Rutgers University from United States of America

The University Of Botswana yesterday was visited by delegates from the Rutgers University from United States of America When making remarks, Deputy Vice chancellor and Academic Affairs Professor Otlogetswe Totolo said the University of Botswana values partnership and collaboration. Totolo said the University came up with two policies where the first one gives 70% priority to local stuff and 30% to other nationalities and international Policy where they make collaborations with other universities to work with. Totolo said he believes by doing this, they cross fertilize ideas and exchange knowledge. He went on to say there’s acute need of professors in the faculty of Science and engineering and hopes the University of Botswana and Rutgers University will form a long lasting relationship where they will both learn from each other because their dream is to make University of Botswana a leading academic centre of excellence in Africa and the world.

posted on: 2015-03-27 || Day- Friday

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• Botswana said to be faced with a serious challenge of drug abuse

Although Botswana is not a drug producing country, it is however faced with a serious problem of drug abuse. This was said yesterday by Detective Senior Superintendent Miriam Kilano of the Botswana Police Service and Officer Commanding Narcotics Fauna and Flora Investigations during the Botswana Substance Abuse Support Network or BOSASNet breakfast seminar on Drug Abuse. Kilano also named cannabis as the common drug of choice followed by crack cocaine, ecstasy, CAT and an emerging trend of heroine. Kilano went on to say that these drugs are smuggled into the country from neighbouring countries with cannabis being smuggled from Swaziland through South Africa, heroine from Tanzania whilst cocaine, ecstasy and CAT originating from South Africa. Kilano stated that in order to address the scourge, the Police Service conduct public education sensitizing communities on drug use as well as intelligence led raids on individuals, car washes and barbershops who distribute drugs

posted on: 2015-03-27 || Day- Friday

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Joina accuses BDP for being responsible for the banning of partisan politics at the University

The President of Marx Engels, Leaning and Starling, Botswana (MELS) Themba Joina has accused the ruling Botswana Democratic for being responsible for the decision taken to ban active politics at the University of Botswana. Speaking to Duma fm Joina said the decision was taken to protect the BDP from the embarrassment of losing the UB-SRC elections. He further argued that there is no way one can distance the BDP from such a decision saying the people who seat in the UB council are mostly politically appointees hence why he blame the ruling party.

posted on: 2015-03-26 || Day- Thursday

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Governments and Regional Economic Integration Organizations reaffirm their determination to implement their commitments . . .

Governments and Regional Economic Integration Organizations which adopted the London Declaration on the Illegal Wildlife Trade yesterday reaffirmed their determination to implement the commitments made in that Declaration. According to the final statement of the Kasane conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade the London Conference is said to have generated significant momentum at international, regional and national level to enhance efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade more effectively, to raise the profile of illegal wildlife trade and to secure political support for the efforts. Furthermore the statement says the need for decisive and urgent action to tackle the trafficking of endangered fauna and flora remains greater than ever, adding that despite efforts to date for many species, the illegal trade, and the poaching which fuels it, is an ongoing and growing problem. The participants have committed to provide the political leadership and practical support to find a lasting solution to the illegal wildlife trade by eradicating the market for illegal wildlife products, ensuring effective legal frameworks and deterrents, strengthening law enforcement, sustainable livelihoods and economic development. The have also called upon the UN General Assembly to address effectively the issue of the illegal wildlife trade at its sixty-ninth session. Vietnam will be the host to a third high-level conference late next year. More than 35 countries, NGO’s, IGO’s and numerous international organizations participated in this year’s conference.

posted on: 2015-03-26 || Day- Thursday

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LAW SOCIETY OF BOTSWANA TO SUE PRESIDENT KHAMA . . .

The Law Society of Botswana has expressed their intention to sue President Ian Khama, for not acting in accordance with the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to appoint Omphemetse Motumise as a judge of the high court. Speaking at a press conference last night, the vice chair of the society, Kgalalelo Monthe stated that the position of the Law Society is that the rejection is unconstitutional. Speaking at the same press conference, one of the attorneys who has been engaged by the society to sue The President, Dick Bayford spoke to the issue of Zein Kebonang has been appointed by the President on acting capacity in accordance with the recommendations from JSC.immunity of the President with respect to their case.

posted on: 2015-03-26 || Day- Thursday

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TOURISM SECTOR GAINS PROMINENCE AS THE SECOND LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ECONOMY . . .

President Ian Khama says the tourism sector has gained prominence as the second largest contributor to the country’s economy, offering a means for the government to diversify its source of wealth and reduce dependency on minerals. The president made this remarks yesterday while officially opening Seboba Nature and Recreational Park in Kasane. President Khama said the project is one of the milestone achievements in their quest to partner with local communities to develop tourism products in Botswana. He explained that their focus on tourism has earned the country global recognition, owing essentially to the government’s innovative approach to long term policies of sustainable land, water and bio-diversity management. The president highlighted that the country continued to expend some considerable effort to broaden the tourism base in terms of geographic and product diversification. He added that this country is endowed with a wealth of natural resources and cultural heritage which needs to be harnessed and packaged to a consumable and marketable level for them to broaden their tourism product offering. He said in that manner the quality of the tourist visitor experience will be significantly enriched thus enhancing the competitiveness of Botswana’s tourism. The president reiterated the importance of local community participation in natural resource management.

posted on: 2015-03-25 || Day- Wednesday

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BOTSWANA TO CELEBRATE EARTH HOUR THIS SATURDAY . . .

Botswana will on Saturday join the rest of the world to commemorate Earth Hour, a Global Climate Change Campaign that calls on all nations of the world to take action against the dangers of Global Warming and Climate Change by voluntarily switching off their lights for one hour from 8:30-9:30 pm. In Botswana, the commemorations leading to the event will be held in Palapye and will start with a public march, planting of trees and presentations to schools about Earth Hour. In 2014, Botswana managed to save 81.72 MWH in an hour. Earth Hour started in Australia, when 2, 2 million people among them businesses, schools and Legislators, switched off their lights for one hour from 8:30-9:30 pm on the last Saturday of March 2007 and it is now observed by 167 countries across the world.

posted on: 2015-03-25 || Day- Wednesday

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UB SRC LAMBASTS SCHOOL MANAGEMENT FOR BANNING PARTISAN POLITICS IN THE INSTITUTION . . .

The UB SRC has decried the school management’s decision to ban partisan politicking. This was revealed to Duma FM News by the SRC leader, Jacob Kelebeng, who says the banning defeats the purpose of a democracy, stressing that most leaders in Botswana, are all products of UB. Kelebeng further said they believe the banning of partisan politics at the institution, was politically motivated. When commenting on the issue, MELS leader Themba Joina, said that a university is a reflection of the nation, stressing that the banning of partisan politics in an institution will disable the youth from tolerating one another in future when they venture into partisan politics. This comes after UB management yesterday confiscated campaign material for some UB SRC aspirants. The UB will hold their SRC elections on March 31st 2015.

posted on: 2015-03-25 || Day- Wednesday

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BATSWANA EXPRESS WORRY AT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE . . .

Members of the public have decried the level of unemployment in Botswana. Some members stressed that there are more elderly people employed compared to the youth, saying they should be retrenched and those jobs handed over to the youth. Other members said jobs were there, only that the country was missing skilled people for the jobs. Still on the issue of employment, the Member of Parliament for Francistown South, Wynter Mmolotsi revealed to Duma FM this morning that legislators are under resourced. Mmolotsi, who was calling for an increment, also said what legislators are earning is not enough to enable them to execute their duties fully as members of parliament and fulfil Batswana’s wishes.

posted on: 2015-03-16 || Day- Monday

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LOCAL GOVT TO FIX STREET LIGHTS ...

Non-functioning solar or streetlight generally creates crime spots, This was said by the Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso in Parliament. Responding to a question she said the ministry, through district councils, would ensure that solar streetlights were maintained regularly to avoid them becoming non-functional for extended period of time. Ramotswa MP, Samuel Rantuana had asked if she was aware that the solar lights at Otse, Mogobane and Boatle junctions were not functioning and as a result the stops had become top crime spots. Tshireletso said she was aware that solar lights at Otse and Boatle junctions were not functioning but they were repaired in February this year. She said those at Mogobane and Boatle junctions were still not functioning and were planned to be repaired by end of March.

posted on: 2015-03-13 || Day- Friday

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CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE LACK RESOURCES...

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture is said to be exploring ways of improving resourcing of the centres of excellence in various secondary schools. The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Moiseraela Goya said in Parliament that the process of identifying teacher coaches to be re-deployed to man the centres of excellence was ongoing. He, however noted that resourcing of these centres of excellence remained a challenge owing to budgetary constraints. Tati West MP, Biggie Butale had asked if the Minister of Education and Skills Development was aware that the centres of excellence in various secondary schools were not adequately equipped, if so, what steps were being taken to resource these centres with the right equipment, qualified coaches and personnel. He had also wanted to know when such resourcing could be expected.

posted on: 2015-03-13 || Day- Friday

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GLOBAL MONEY CHILD AND YOUTH SYMPOSIUM HELD...

Stepping Stone International held its first ever annual Global Money Child and Youth symposium in Botswana aimed at educating the youth to be financially literate. Stepping Stone has been working with Barclays Bank of Botswana for the past six years developing financial literacy models for youth. Speaking at a conference themed: Save Today, Save Tomorrow, the executive director of Stepping Stone, Lisa Jamu reportedly said, people say money makes the world, but they tend to forget to learn to save from a young age and invest to end up with a more sustainable income. Jamu reportedly said investment does not necessarily mean investing money only, but investing in education, talents of young people such as sports and arts, entrepreneurship, skills for employability and many investment opportunities to develop sustainable futures. For her part, Stepping Stone International programs manager, Lila Pavey said financial illiteracy results in many young people struggling with large amounts of debt, resulting in negative repercussions on their development and well-being. Lila stressed that with financial access and education, children and youth could learn to save and spend money wisely. Different stakeholders took part in this year’s global Money Week event, which included the ministries of Youth Sport and Culture and Education and Skills Development, Barclays bank of Botswana and others.

posted on: 2015-03-13 || Day- Friday

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46,000 TWITTER ACCOUNTS USED TO PROMOTE IS:

A recent study has revealed that a small group of "hyperactive" users are manipulating most of at least 46,000 Twitter accounts to promote the Islamic State (IS). According to a study entitled "The ISIS Twitter Census" published by the Washington D.C.-based Brookings Institute states that Between 500 and 2,000 "hyperactive" users tweet 545 to 2,000 posts each day, and most of the accounts tweet in Arabic, with only about one in five using English. Most IS supporters were located within the territories where the IS operates, as well as Saudi Arabia, and they created their accounts in 2014. The study questioned the effectiveness of suspending IS-related accounts, saying it does not have concrete effects in limiting the reach and scope of the IS activities on social media.

posted on: 2015-03-09 || Day- Monday

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ROCKET ATTACK ON UN BASE IN MALI KILLS THREE . . .

A rocket attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali has left three dead and a dozen others wounded. A peacekeeper from Chad and two children were killed after around 30 rockets hit the base in the desert town of Kidal. It is not clear who carried out the attack. The UN Security Council has condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack, calling upon the Malian government to conduct a swift investigation in order to bring the perpetrators to justice. Just a day ago, an attack on a restaurant in Bamako, the capital of Mali, killed five people, including a French citizen and a Belgian security officer with the European Union delegation. The UN took over security in northern Mali after France pulled out of the country in 2013. Islamist insurgents had control of northern Mali in 2013 until French forces intervened in its former colonial state.

posted on: 2015-03-09 || Day- Monday

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NIGER, CHAD LAUNCH OFFENSIVE AGAINST BOKO HARAM . . .

Forces from Niger and Chad have launched a ground and air offensive against Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria. The assault comes following word the militant group has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State. Troops from Niger and Chad are part of a force of more than 8 thousand soldiers the African Union has compiled to try to combat the militant group, which has killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds during its six year campaign to carve out an Islamist state in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau posted an online message over the weekend, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. This has led to new calls for Nigerian authorities to do more to fight the militant group.

posted on: 2015-03-09 || Day- Monday

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US AMBASSADOR HONOURS 12 PRESIDENT’S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF . . .

US Ambassador Earl Miller yesterday honoured 12 President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief -PEPFAR, Heroes in Gaborone for their dedication and commitment in the response to HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence in Botswana. Ambassador Miller told the heroes who include former president Festus Mogae, social workers, community activists, a mother, a teacher and that they should be proud of their new honorary title. He stressed that even though the honoraries do not consider themselves heroes, this is a quality recognized by peers and colleagues. He cited that the 12 heroes are are model citizens and did something that deserves recognition. Last year, the PEPFAR Botswana team put out a nation-wide call for nominations of individuals who have gone above and beyond their day-to-day work to raise awareness about HIV prevention, gender-based violence and access to services for marginalized groups in Botswana. Nominations came from all corners of Botswana, including Maun, Kasane, Francistown, Molepolole, Dukwi and Sefhare.

posted on: 2015-03-05 || Day- Thursday

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VENSON MOITOI SAYS BOTSWANA TO CONTINUE DISTANCING ITSELF FROM NORTH KOREA . . .

The establishment of diplomatic relations with other countries is influenced by different factors such as strategic political and economic interests as well as geographic proximity among others. This was revealed to parliament, by the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Dr Pelonomi Venson Moitoi, who said Botswana, also established diplomatic relations with countries which share similar values and principles such as the promotion of good governance, the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Dr Venson Moitoi however said the decision to suspend diplomatic relations with North Korea was informed by that country’s gross violation of human rights of its own citizens and its non compliance with the United Nations Conventions on human rights. She further said the Government was not in a position to resume diplomatic ties with North Korea as incidences of human rights violations are still prevalent in that country. She was responding to a question from TATI WEST, Biggie Butale, who asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs if Botswana will consider having a friendly stance with all sovereign nations of the world; if so, will she resume diplomatic ties with North Korea so as to engage and influence the country positively.

posted on: 2015-03-05 || Day- Thursday

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MASISI CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL ENHANCE ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION AT LOCAL LEVEL . . .

Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi has acknowledged the role already played by members of BALA, along with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in promoting investment portfolios. Speaking last night at the BALA Women and Youth Commissions Gala Dinner, Masisi said government has also committed itself to additional projects to boost local economic activity for job creation and citizen entrepreneurial development. He cited the food processing plant in Selebi-Phikwe, the Tsabong abattoir and Lobatse Leather Park as examples. He further indicated that central Government has invested and shall continue to prioritize opportunities for economic diversification and development at the local level. The vice President however insisted that government efforts will bear little fruit in the absence of partnerships for delivery at the local level. He therefore encourage the membership and leadership of BALA to become the primary agents for unlocking investment opportunities in your localities which, when put together, will create investment opportunities, wealth and job creation throughout Botswana.

posted on: 2015-03-05 || Day- Thursday

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SCANIA BOTSWANA TO TALK SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTION HEALTH THIS FRIDAY . . .

Scania Botswana will on Friday host a dialogue session which will focus on sexual and reproductive health. Speaking to Duma FM, the Wellness and Communication Coordinator for Scania Botswana, Boitshepo Balozwi, said that the event plays into the objectives of their workplace wellness HIV/AIDS programme. This she said will create awareness of matters that affect people’s health not only in the workplace but also at home. The guest of honour at the event will be the UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and former Minister of Health, Sheila Tlou. The event co-hosted in partnership with the Swedish workplace HIV/AIDS programme and the International Labour Organisation is open to the general public and there will be free counselling and testing for HIV throughout the day.

posted on: 2015-03-04 || Day- Wednesday

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, WORRIED ABOUT WITCHCRAFT IN BOTSWANA. . .

Members of the public have decried the existence of witch craft in Botswana. Some called upon Government to intervene, saying it’s high time recognise the existence of witch craft and have measures in place to govern it. Other members likened witchcraft to Satanism, stressing that its manifestation has reached uncontrollable levels.

posted on: 2015-03-04 || Day- Wednesday

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IEC TO HOST NATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP TOMORROW . . .

The independent electoral commission of Botswana will tomorrow hold a National Stakeholders workshop to evaluate the 2014 General Elections. The commission through a communiqué has revealed that the workshop is an endeavour to ensure integrity. The IEC national stakeholders workshop will among other things cover factors enhancing the integrity of an Electoral Management Body (EMB) and the electoral process- Botswana case; discuss the electronic voting machine- Namibian experience. They will also touch up on the bio-metric voter registration as well as the key issues in elections observation- ECF-SADC to mention but a few. The workshop will run from tomorrow and end on Friday.

posted on: 2015-03-04 || Day- Wednesday

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Chairperson Itumeleng Botlhoko says they are open to collaborate with any company interested in preserving local culture...

Friends of the museum society Chairperson Itumeleng Botlhoko says they are open to collaborate with any company which is interested in preserving local culture. In a telephone interview with Duma F.M today Itumeleng said that the organization has come up with a defined strategy that will help promote and teach children about their heritage but they need the necessary funding from local investors in order to carry out their object.. Friends of the Museum Society is an NGO which endeavors to support, protect, Preserve and promote Botswana’s cultural and natural heritage.

posted on: 2015-02-16 || Day- Monday

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POLICE URGED TO DO THOROUGH INVESTIGATIONS WHEN DEALING WITH CRIMINAL CASES . . .

Police Officers have been urged to do thorough investigations when dealing with criminal cases. The call was made by the Commissioner of Police Keabetswe Makgophe during a one day meeting with the Southern Division Police officers in Lobatse recently. The Commissioner said quality investigations could assist Magistrates and Judges in making decisions during prosecution. He said quality investigations could also help in reducing the number of people released on bail, adding that some criminals who are on bail continue to commit other offences. Makgophe urged police officers to use the feedback they get from their customers to improve their services, saying feedback from customers could also be used to gauge their performance. He thanked police officers for the commitment and dedication, saying due to their outstanding performance there has been a reduction in Penal Code offences and other serious offences during the year 2014.

posted on: 2015-02-16 || Day- Monday

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DE BEERS TO SPEND OVER 800 MILLION IN DIAMOND MINING THIS YEAR . . .

DeBeers plans to spend, 800 – 850 million USD, in diamond mining worldwide this year. The leading diamond explorer spent 700 million USD in 2014, despite the year being a very good one, revenue wise. This was revealed by the Head of Strategy and corporate affairs, Bruce Cleaver, who was addressing members of the media at the weekend, via tele-conference. Cleaver also revealed that they have measures in place to combat the growing number of synthetic diamonds that threaten the sale of their diamonds.

posted on: 2015-02-16 || Day- Monday

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GOVERNMNET INSISTS THAT PART TIME EMPLOYMENT NOT A STRATEGY TO DENY BATSWANA FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT . . .

Part time employment is not a way for government to deprive Batswana of full time employment. This was said by the Directorate in Public Service Management director, Ruth Maphorisa, who emphasised that government has always put the interests of Batswana 1st, hence the forming of employment initiatives like the diamond beneficiation, the national internship programme, agro processing industry to mention but a few. Police Officers have been urged to do thorough investigations when dealing with criminal cases. The call was made by the Commissioner of Police Keabetswe Makgophe during a one day meeting with the Southern Division Police officers in Lobatse recently. The Commissioner said quality investigations could assist Magistrates and Judges in making decisions during prosecution. He said quality investigations could also help in reducing the number of people released on bail, adding that some criminals who are on bail continue to commit other offences. Makgophe urged police officers to use the feedback they get from their customers to improve their services, saying feedback from customers could also be used to gauge their performance. He thanked police officers for the commitment and dedication, saying due to their outstanding performance there has been a reduction in Penal Code offences and other serious offences during the year 2014.

posted on: 2015-02-16 || Day- Monday

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THABO MBEKI SLAMS JACOB ZUMA OVER BRAWL IN SOUTH AFRICA PARLIAMENT . . .

Thabo Mbeki, the former president of South Africa, believes that his successor Jacob Zuma was wrong to duck a question in parliament that led to unprecedented chaos and a fresh round of national soul searching. In Mbeki’s view, Zuma should have directly answered when asked by opposition MPs when he will repay millions in public funds spent on security upgrades at his private homestead. He thinks it would have been the easiest way to deal with the issue. Instead Zuma, is said to have heckled during his state of the nation address on Thursday evening, sat down as the parliamentary speaker ordered armed security guards and police to drag the Economic Freedom Fighters kicking and fighting out of the chamber. Several people were injured in the brawl, dubbed a national embarrassment and broadcast around the world. Mbeki lost a bitter power struggle with Zuma in 2008 and has since offered only coded criticisms of his rival. Mbeki did not make direct reference to the controversy around Nkandla, the homestead on which, anti-corruption watchdog found, 246m rand of taxpayers’ money was spent in a display of “opulence on a grand scale” amid a sea of poverty. But he said he felt the problem was “bigger than parliament”.

posted on: 2015-02-16 || Day- Monday

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GERMANY TOWN EVACUATED AMID SECURITY THREAT . . .

Part of the northern German town of Braunschweig was evacuated yesterday amid reports of a possible attack. Braunschweig Police Chief Michael Pientka with more . . . Police say the threat had an "Islamist background." Local police cleared people out of the town center and shut down a planned carnival following word of a "concrete" threat of an attack. Germany has seen a groundswell of anti-Muslim activities in recent months, including weekly marches in the city of Dresden. This has led to concerns in Germany that religious zealots may be inclined to launch attacks inside that country.

posted on: 2015-02-16 || Day- Monday

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PRESIDENTIAL TASK TEAM TO BE APPOINTED IN APRIL FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BOTSWANA’S NEXT VISION . . .

The assistant minister for presidential affairs and public administration, Philip Makgalemele recently requested budget estimates approval from parliament. During his presentation the Assistant Minister updated Parliament about the progress and challenges encountered during the 2014/15 financial year, saying a Presidential task team would be appointed in April to lead the development of the country’s next vision, which development is expected to be concluded by December. He also informed the House that consultation on the review of the Public Service Act is now complete and it is anticipated that the revised Public Service Bill would be tabled before Parliament in the coming session. Makgalemele also spoke of poverty eradication initiatives, stating that to date 36,196 beneficiaries have enrolled in the programme, with 12,841 projects having so far been funded. Out of the funded projects 9,588 are operational, 827 are excelling and 365 have failed due to lack of commitment of the beneficiaries. He however said challenges, which include water shortage, insufficient capacity of training institutions, shortage of transport and human resources are being addressed with relevant ministries.

posted on: 2015-02-12 || Day- Thursday

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LEGISLATORS CALL FOR LIVE BROADCAST OF PARLIAMENT DEBATES . . .

Calls for Parliament debates to be broadcast live on the national television were recently amplified in Parliament. Several MPs, who were debating the Parliament budget estimates for the 2015/16 financial year, are said to have challenged the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Eric Molale to speed up the process of live broadcasts of Parliament debates. Gabane-Mmankgodi MP Major General Pius Mokgware, who asked for Parliament to be detached from Office of the President and made an independent entity, said live broadcasting of debates, would enable the public to see how their MPs represented them. Other Legislators, who called for live television broadcasting of parliament, included Maun east legislator, Kostantinos Markus Selebi Phikwe West MP, Dithapelo Keorapetse, who also asked the minister to speed up the process of implementing live broadcasts because parliament has in the past adopted a motion asking for such. In his response to the issue, Minister Molale said broadcasting Parliament proceedings live on television required lot of resources. He said government is still struggling to make those resources available.

posted on: 2015-02-12 || Day- Thursday

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BOTSWANA LEADS ON CAPITAL ACCOUNTING . . .

Botswana leads Africa on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) and the country recognises the impact of natural heritage in terms of the social and economic well-being of the nation. This was revealed by the Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kgomotso Abi who was speaking at the recent high level sensitisation breakfast meeting on WAVES in Gaborone. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to mainstream natural capital in development planning and national economic accounts in support of sustainable development. Abi reportedly said recognising the effort that Botswana had done so far in terms of WAVES, the NCA in Botswana “is led from the very top. Abi further said Natural Capacity Accounting, helps to bring together information on how natural resources were contributing to the economy, information on natural capital stocks and flows, uses and users, scarcities and potentials to help improve development decisions.

posted on: 2015-02-12 || Day- Thursday

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BIUST

The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) will reportedly re-open today after being closed today owing to a bomb scare. The campus had been evacuated after an SMS was received late Tuesday from an anonymous source that there was a bomb within the university premises. The university administration had immediately informed the Botswana Police Services (BPS) and all staff members, students and contractors were evacuated from the premises towards more secure places. BIUST management and BPS further confirm that security agents are still investigating the source of the threat. The university management, after consultation with BPS, had closed BIUST to facilitate the work of the security agents. The BIUST management has expressed gratitude to the BPS for their prompt response, as well as staff, students and contractors for their cooperation in allowing security officials to proceed with their job.

posted on: 2015-02-12 || Day- Thursday

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BOTSWANA SAID TO BE ONE OF THE US STRONGEST PARTNERS IN AFRICA . . .

Botswana is one of the United States of America’s strongest and most reliable partners in Africa hence why the relationship between the two countries is growing strong. This was said by the new Ambassador of the United States to Botswana, Earl Miller, in an interview with Duma FM. Ambassador Miller also said that Botswana and the U.S share many values including person to person friendship and partnership and that the health partnership between the two countries especially their joint efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, is vitally important in changing the course of the epidemic. On the issue of terrorism, Ambassador Miller said that the United States is greatly concerned about Boko Haram’s horrific attacks that have killed and displaced thousands and that the U.S has provided $24.7 for essential humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced and others affected by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

posted on: 2015-02-12 || Day- Thursday

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POLICE ARREST MURDER SUSPECTS . . .

Police in Masunga are said to have arrested a 30 year old man of Sebina village in connection with the murder of a 50 year old woman of Kutamogore, which occurred in February 8th. At the time of arrest, the suspect we reportedly on bail for a separate murder case involving a 66 year old woman of Mmadikola village, which occurred on December 28th last year. The suspect is currently remanded in custody for further investigations. Meantime, Tati police are said to have arrested a 26 year old Zimbabwean man, linked to the murder of a 29 year old woman of Borolong village in the central district. The arrested suspect together with the three others who are still at large, allegedly murdered the victim on the 31st January this year at Sebina village. Police investigations are still ongoing.

posted on: 2015-02-12 || Day- Thursday

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• Sub-editors under fire for publishing photos of President Robert Mugabe’s fall

Sub-editors on Zimbabwe’s state-controlled Herald newspaper are under fire for publishing photos of President Robert Mugabe’s fall at Harare International Airport last week. According to the website New Zimbabwe.com, the sub-editors were ordered by senior staff not to use pictures of Mugabe tripping over the end of a red carpet at the airport on his return from the AU summit in Ethiopia. The pictures were taken by state photographer Joseph Nyadzayo, who then delivered them in person to the newspaper’s pictures desk. Images of the sequence of Mugabe falling and recovering and getting back on his feet have been published around the world. According to insiders, three sub-editors on the daily have been ordered to write comprehensive reports explaining why they published the pictures. The editor of the Herald, Caesar Zvayi, has not made himself available to the media since the pictures were published. Other journalists who took photos of the president falling claim they were told to delete them by intelligence operatives. Government spokesman George Charamba was not available, but he had earlier been quoted in the local media as denying that several presidential guards had been suspended from duty after the president fell.

posted on: 2015-02-11 || Day- Wednesday

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US TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM EBOLA MISSION IN WEST AFRICA . . .

The Pentagon revealed to reporters yesterday that as part of ending a five-month mission, the US military plans to pull out most troops from West Africa that were deployed to help stem the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Pentagon spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement that a force that at one point reached 2 800 has been scaled back to about 1 300 troops and "nearly all will return by 30 April”. The announcement came as the epidemic has begun to recede. President Barack Obama will today declare a next phase in fighting the disease. A small team of about 100 US troops will remain in the region to strengthen "disease preparedness and surveillance capacity".

posted on: 2015-02-11 || Day- Wednesday

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DUTCH AMBASSADOR TO BOTSWANA SAYS ICC PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE . . .

The new Ambassador of Netherlands to Botswana, Marisa Gerards has reportedly said Botswana and her country have similar views with regard to the importance of the role played by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The diplomat reportedly said the ICC was a very important organisation and that many African countries are state party to it. Gerards further said Netherlands and Botswana have close cooperation on issues of peace, justice and human rights. She said the two countries share similar views on fighting impunity as a deterrent to justice and have a close cooperation in that field. The Netherlands Ambassador said she has had “excellent” discussion with President Khama on political and international issues with regard to peace and justice. Gerards said she would further explore other areas of cooperation on economic field as well as tri-lateral cooperation between Netherlands, Botswana and other countries in the African region. Still with presentation of letters of credence, the Ambassador for Chad to Botswana, Mahamoud Bechir, presented his credentials to President Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian President Khama yesterday. Bechir, the first appointee to Botswana, reportedly said he would look at areas of cooperation that his country and Botswana might wish to explore. He said the presidents of the two countries have a vision to see the South to South Cooperation strengthened for African countries to harness the opportunities in it for them to depend on each other and not refer their problems to be solved elsewhere. Ambassador Bechir further said he has had a “fruitful discussions” with President Khama on issues of terrorism and security in Sudan, Libya, Cameroon and Nigeria. He also said President Khama was interested in issues of economic situation in the world, especially the down grading of the oil prices that has led to Chad withdrawing from hosting the next African Union Summit that was scheduled for June/July, and will now be hosted by South Africa.

posted on: 2015-02-10 || Day- Tuesday

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• WATER UTILITIES ADDRESES MOLEPOLOLE WATER ISSUE

Water Utilities Corporation is aware of the poor quality of water that has startled residents in Molepolole. This was revealed to Duma FM this morning by the spokesperson, Matida Mmipi, who also said they have since embarked on a journey to rectify the situation. Mmipi, however said they are very hopeful that the situation will be returned to normalcy in due course, advising the public of Molepolole and surrounding areas to bare with them. On other issues Mmipi advised members of the general public, to always report to them every time they have issues with their water supply so as the Corporation can resolve challenges as quick as possible.

posted on: 2015-02-06 || Day- Friday

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• MINISTER EXPLAINS RECEPTION CLASSES ARE FOR SCHOOLS WITH SURPLUS CLASSROOMS

The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development Moiseraele Goya has explained that the reception class programme in government primary schools is being rolled out to other schools progressively as and when surplus classrooms become available and budget considerations allow. He told Parliament recently that the schools were selected by the regional education authorities in collaboration with their councils in local authorities. He cited that schools which do not have surplus classrooms are expected to continue with standard one orientation programme as introduced in 2012. Goya further indicated that government has not made a decision to start building pre-schools and as such there are no plans to build pre-schools in the Jwaneng-Mabutsane Constituency. He said currently there are four public primary schools in the Jwaneng-Mabutsane Constituency offering the programme. Goya was responding to the question from Jwaneng–Mabutsane MP Shawn Ntlhaile, who had asked the minister to state the number of pre-school classrooms or pre-schools that would be built in the Jwaneng-Mabutsane Constituency.

posted on: 2015-02-06 || Day- Friday

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• BOCCIM applauds BOPEU for finding it necessary to hold a budget review.

BOCCIM President Lekwalo Mosienyane has applauded BOPEU for finding it necessary to hold a budget review. This comes after the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Kenneth Mathambo’s delivery of the budget speech. Mosienyane who was speaking earlier today at Cresta Hotel in Gaborone said the forum was affording stakeholders to review the prospect of Botswana’s economic future. The forum was themed “employers perspective to the budget and commentary on the 2015/16 budget and proposals.”

posted on: 2015-02-06 || Day- Friday

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Botho movement said to be in line with Vision 2016 pillar of a compassionate, just and caring nation...

This was revealed by the chairperson, Lisa Van Wyk who added that the movement has been honoured by the United Nations as a model programme that can be used in any country despite of religion and culture . . . The facilitator of the virtues project, Shiva Yan, said the project was first developed for families but now it is being used in hospitals, prisons and big corporations to bring out the best in people and strengthen relationships. The five day workshop is expected to provide trainers with tools and strategies to deal with conflict and to cultivate and nurture virtues in different organisations. It was attended by stakeholders such as police officers, teachers, health care givers and non-governmental organisations.

posted on: 2015-02-06 || Day- Friday

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Worldque.com points finger at Botswana . . .

Justice William, an innovator at Worldque.com says there are lot of innovators in Botswana who need support from both the government and private sector. Speaking to Duma fm Justice William said young people who are in Botswana should not blame the government for not doing enough to encourage innovators saying there are other forms of market elsewhere outside Botswana. William further said some legislation in Botswana are a stumbling block for them as innovators as it makes it hard for them to realise their potential. He further noted that a few years ago, when the government of Botswana failed to buy their queuing machine, a device that books and secure space through the use of a cell phone and internet, and avoid physical queuing for services they approached the Kenyan government who bought their invention without hesitation.

posted on: 2015-02-06 || Day- Friday

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US government pledges funding to government to adopt and implement Option B+ for HIV positive persons. . .

The United States government has pledged $7.5 million in funding to support the Government of Botswana’s decision to adopt and implement Option B+, a program that provides lifelong treatment to HIV positive pregnant women regardless of their CD4 count This was said by the new U.S Ambassador to Botswana, Earl Miller, during a tour of the Tebelopele Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre yesterday. Ambassador Miller said that Option B+ is a lifelong, cost effective treatment that will help prevent infant infections, save mother’s lives and reduce the number of orphans. Ambassador Miller also took the opportunity to do an HIV test saying that he wanted to convince others to get tested too. He went on to say that this was to show the people of Botswana and of the United States that one of his priorities in his new role was health specifically in helping Botswana to change the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

posted on: 2015-02-06 || Day- Friday

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• Lady Khama Charitable Trust Committee promises a revamped charity race this year.

Lady Khama Charitable Trust Secretary Marcus ter Haar says Batswana should expect a revamped Lady Khama charity race this year. Speaking at a press briefing today Marcus said that they have introduced new twists and turns in the traditional route of the race which will see runners crossing through the Gaborone Game Reserve. The Lady Khama Charity race is expected to kick off on Sunday 22 February and the entry fees are as follows.P50 for the 5km’s, P100 for the 10km’s and P150 for the main race which is 21 km’s. The race is expected to raise two hundred thousand pula which will be used to assist a total of 33 organisations in Botswana.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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• BOCCIM CEO expresses concern over the omission of tax threshold reviews in the 2015/2016 Budget Speech.

BOCCIM CEO Maria Machailo-Ellis has expressed concern over the omission of tax threshold reviews in the 2015/2016 Budget Speech. In an interview with DUMA FM this morning Machailo-Ellis said when presenting the budget, it was critical for Minister Kenneth Mathambo to explain why government has not reflected on the matter this year. Machailo-Ellis reiterated BOCCIM’s long standing concern over various levy’s such as that of alcohol which weigh heavily on the citizens’ pockets. She cited that it makes no sense for citizens to be charged levy’s when they are already struggling to pay income tax.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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Botswana to observe earth hour next month

Botswana will once again join the rest of the world, to observe Earth Hour which is a Global Climate Change Campaign next month. A statement issued by WENA Environmental Education and News Trust today indicates that the event calls on all Nations of the world to take action against the dangerous Global Warming and Climate Change. Earth Hour will be observed on the 28th of March from 8:30-9:30pm under the theme “Change not Climate Change” and lights across the world will switch off for one hour. The statement continues to say that In Botswana, prior to Earth Hour commemorations, the Trust in collaboration with climate change and agricultural experts will hold workshops with farmers on Climate Smart Agriculture on how the country can adapt and mitigate climate change in the agricultural sector. The Trust further noted that, in Botswana, climate change is already having an impact on agriculture and food security as a result of increased prevalence of extreme events and weather unpredictability.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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DRTS TO IMPLEMENT THE USE OF GADGET FITTED GOVERNMENT VEHICLES FOR TESTING . . .

The department of Roads, Transport and Safety will implement the use of gadget fitted government vehicles that are designed to communicate with the new computerised system both on the grounds and in the testing room. This was said by DRTS IT division’s Karabo Mogapi, who further said the new ground will also have sensors around the test course. The new course will launch a number of new disciplines that will be in series and will feature all elements found on Botswana roads. This was explained by Paul Setswe, from the Driver training and examination unit. Once the system is commissioned, there will be training for examiners and driving instructors in the Gaborone region. The project is expected to be completed after 6 months and will be rolled out to most parts of the country.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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GABORONE DAM HAS A ZERO YIELD TO SUPPLY THE CITY. . .

The Gaborone Dam that has a carrying capacity of 141.4 million cubic metres is said to be left with four per cent or 5.6 million cubic metres, a zero yield to supply the city dwellers. Water Utilities Corporation spokesperson, Matida Mmipi, recently revealed that after five per cent, the yield became insufficient and below pipes to supply water. Water restriction measures and rationing would therefore continue indefinitely. The corporation is also said to be working tirelessly to ensure that Masama boreholes were operational to augment water supply in the southern part of the country. The 2015 budget speech highlighted the need to carry out the North South Carrier II project that will be financed at a tune of P500 million.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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GOVERNMENT SAID TO HAVE VERY LITTLE PLANS TO ENSURE SURPLUS IS USED ACCORDINGLY. . .

BOCCIM CEO, Maria Machailo-Ellis has expressed worry that the recent budget speech presented by the Minister Kenneth Mathambo carries a lot promising factors but the country still has long way to go in achieving desired results. Speaking to DUMA FM this morning Machailo-Ellis cited that despite presenting a budget with surplus, government has very little plans put forward to ensure that the surplus is used accordingly. Machailo-Ellis further expressed concern that government assures the nation of youth and women economic empowerment but no concrete figures or time frames have been presented on when this will be achieved.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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GOVERNMENT APPLAUDED FOR NEW OFFICE THAT WILL LOOK INTO PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

Innolead Consulting’s Managing Director Oabona Kgengwenyane has applauded the move taken by the government to start a new office that will look into project management in Botswana. This he said will improve efficiency and delivery hence saving money. Here is Kgengwenyane with more: Kgengwenyane further said government has always relied on engineers to oversee the projects even though they were not versed on other crucial aspects of projects such as projects governance. This comes after Minister Mathambo alluded in his speech when delivering the budget concerns of project which are not delivered on time and end up costing the government more money.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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NEW COMPUTERIZED DRIVER TESTING GROUNDS TO USE GOVERNMENT CARS FITTED WITH GADGETS

The new computerized driver testing grounds in Maruapula will use government cars that will be fitted with gadgets that will communicate with the system both on the grounds and in the testing room. This was revealed by Karabo Mogapi from the IT division in the Department of Road Transport and Safety, during an interview with Duma FM. Mogapi further said that the new ground will have sensors around the test course. The new driving course will introduce a number of new disciplines that will be in series and will feature all elements found on Botswana roads including slopes and rail crossings. This was explained by Paul Setswe, from the Driver training and examination unit. Once the system is commissioned, there will be training for examiners and driving instructors in the Gaborone region. The project is expected to be completed after 6 months and will be rolled out to most parts of the country.

posted on: 2015-02-05 || Day- Thursday

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The country is expected to receive isolated showers next week despite hot weather conditions

Senior Meteorologist Radithupa Radithupa says that Botswana is expected to receive isolated showers next week amid hot weather conditions that have been rocking the country. In an interview with Duma F.M today Radithupa said that there is going to be a little improvement of rain fall in the eastern part of the country which consists of the Bobonong and Selibe Phikwe area. The isolated showers are expected to cool down crops and will fall in the evenings.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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· Mathambo views economic diversification as a long-term challenging process.

The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Mathambo is of the view that despite some achievements, economic diversification is a long-term challenging process. Presenting the 2015/2016 Budget speech recently Mathambo cited that to address this challenge, Government continues to embark on several strategies that, of late, include cluster and value chain development, financial sector support, as well as fostering an environment that allows for complementarity between macro and micro economic policies and deregulation of domestic markets to promote competition. Mathambo further said regarding the Cattle cluster development, three districts of; Central, Kgatleng and Gantsi have been identified for the first phase of implementing the concept. The concept he said will include, among others, ensuring that within each district, there is development of industries such as livestock feed processing plants, abattoirs, and refrigerated transportation to support the beef industry.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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HEAT WAVE IN THE COUNTRY TO CONTINUE UNTIL NEXT WEEK THURSDAY . . .

Senior Meteorologist Radithupa Radithupa has advised the public to be wary of hot temperatures that are taking place right now and are expected to end on Thursday next week. In a telephone interview with Duma FM News today Radithupa said districts such as Gantsi, Kweneng, Kgatleng and south East are largely going to be affected and will experience high temperatures ranging between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius. The department of Forecasting is expected to keep monitoring the situation for any changes and will update the public accordingly. The most affected districts are the Gantsi, Kgalagadi, Kweneng, South-East, Kgatleng, Southern and the northern parts of the Central districts. Temperatures over these areas are expected to reach highs of between 36 oC and 40 oC. Although the remaining districts will still be hot, temperatures are expected to range between 33 oC and 36 oC. Temperatures are eventually expected to drop by Thursday next weekKKKSP

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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BOTSWANA SAID TO BE READY FOR ANY ACTS OF TERRORISM . . .

Terrorism continues to be a global concern with recent atrocities committed by ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda raising fear amongst the international audience. Members of the global community have taken strides to strengthen their fight and preparations for any possible terror acts, including Botswana. When delivering the budget speech on Monday afternoon, the minister of finance, Kenneth Mathambo, highlighted that factor . . . Mathambo further said monies will be provided to the Defence ministry, for its operational readiness. The Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security was given a P5.04 billion portion of the budget to cater principally for the maintenance of aircraft, vehicles, infrastructure and equipment for various security agencies, allowances for security personnel, vehicle replacement requirements for the Botswana Defence Force, the Police and Prisons Services and Special Expenditure for replacement of aircraft, civil defence equipment and computers.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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OBAMA PLEDGES TO DEFEAT IS AS NEW VIDEO ON JORDANIAN HOSTAGE EMERGES . . .

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged is said to have yesterday vowed to crush the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) after the release of a clip of video showing IS burning a Jordanian pilot hostage alive. Calling it another sign of the "barbarity" of the militant group, Obama told reporters at the White House, that he will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of a global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated. According to the U.S. president, ISIS is operating on a "bankrupt" ideology. During his State of Union speech last month, Obama urged Congress to pass a resolution authorizing the use of force against IS, one of the few fields he and a Republican-controlled Congress would likely to cooperate on.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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Jordan has executed two prisoners

A Jordanian government spokesperson has reportedly said Jordan has executed two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaeda. The executions at dawn today came just hours after Islamic State militants released a video that purportedly showed a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage. Government spokesperson Mohammed al-Momani said that two prisoners, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli, were executed early today. Al-Rishawi has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel bombing in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005 that killed dozens. The latest killing of an ISIS hostage was condemned by many world leaders as one of the most brutal yet, with Jordan vowing a swift and lethal response.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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POLICE OFFICER SUCCUMBS TO INJURY FROM RECENT SHOOTING . . .

The police officer who was injured during a shootout with robbers near Mmakgodumo in Kanye has passed away. In an interview with Duma FM, the Botswana Police Service Public Relations Officer, Christopher Mbulawa, said that the 30 year old constable who hailed from the North East District succumbed to his injuries recently at Bokamoso Private Hospital. The officer was injured during a shoot-out with seven armed robbers who had attacked a micro money lender at Kanye old mall last week Thursday and escaped with cash amounting to over P87 000. One suspect died while the other one was seriously injured and was admitted to hospital. Three suspects were later arrested and the other two are still at large. Police investigations are still on going.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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BOTSWANA WORRISOME FOR NOT HAVING ENOUGH RESEARCH CENTERS . . .

A Senior Business Reporter at the Weekend Post Vincent Mathumo has said it was a concern that Botswana was not having enough research centers. Mathumo stressed that the need for research will create solutions, hence the need for centers. Mathumo further said that with research the country can never go wrong on what to do as far as developments and business are concerned saying with research there is room for innovation and job creation.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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GOVERNMENT ADJUSTS WEIGHTS OF CURRENCIES IN PULA BASKET . . .

Following review of trade patterns between Botswana and the rest of the world, Government is said to have adjusted the weights of currencies in the Pula basket, with the objective maintaining a stable and competitive real exchange rate for the Pula. The Pula exchange rate is said to be determined by a basket of currencies comprising of the South African Rand and the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights, which consists of the US Dollar, the Euro, the British Pound and the Japanese Yen. Government has since approved a recommendation to change the basket weights of currencies to 50% South African rand and 50% International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDR). Previously the weight of the South African Rand had been 55 % with the IMF SDR at 45%. Government has further committed itself to a zero rate crawl for the Pula in 2015; the currency had been crawling downward at the rate of 0.16% in 2014.

posted on: 2015-02-04 || Day- Wednesday

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7 die in fatal road accident . . .

An accident, that occurred just a kilometre north of Dibete along the A1 highway, has claimed the lives of 7 people. A 16 seater minibus, carrying 14 passengers on board is reported to have overturned in the early hours of today, killing seven people on board. The deceased are said to have included the driver who was male, and six other women. The seven other passengers are said to have been admitted at the mahalapye hospital with serious injuries. The names of the deceased have been withheld, until the next of kin are informed. Police investigations into the cause of the accident are still ongoing.

posted on: 2014-12-05 || Day- Friday

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President Khama says being the least corrupt country doesn’t mean there isn’t corruption at all . . .

President Ian Khama has welcomed Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perception Index, where Botswana was cited as the least corrupt country in Africa. President Khama, who afforded Duma FM a special interview yesterday, stressed that the findings of Transparency International, never revealed that there was no corruption in Botswana, but rather that the country is the least corrupt country in Africa. The head of state further said they have identified ministries that are prone to corruption and set up anti corruption units within them as a way to combat corruption in Botswana, hence being recognized as the least corrupt country in Africa. The recently released report indicates that Botswana is ranked 31 out of 175 countries in the latest survey, with an overall score of 63.

posted on: 2014-12-05 || Day- Friday

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Former vice president calls for the expansion of early childhood development programmes . . .

Former vice president, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, has said that early childhood development (ECD) programmes must be expanded in Botswana, especially in rural areas. Speaking during the officially opening a three-day workshop recently, Dr Kedikilwe said Botswana was counted among countries that had low numbers of children who accessed ECD programmes. He said current statistics showed that only 22% of Botswana children accessed the programme. He went on to say that situation is counter-productive because children who do not access ECD miss out on the benefits of the programmes. He quoted President Khama’s recent inauguration speech where he declared access to quality education as one of his government priorities and collective performance agreement with the nation as they moved the country forward.

posted on: 2014-12-05 || Day- Friday

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Women still undermined in politics . . .

Women remain undermine and ill treated in politics. This was revealed by The Director of Emang Basadi Idah Mokereitane, who said as part of the 16 days of activism on gender based violence, particularly on women and children, Emang Basadi were in Kang where they investigated women who were involved in the just ended general elections. Mokereitane said they found that during the just ended general elections, most of the women who took part were psychologically abused by their opponents, mostly the male counterparts.

posted on: 2014-12-03 || Day- Wednesday

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Gaborone international school acquired by a South African private education group . . .

South Africa’s Private education group, ADvTECH has announced the acquisition of the Gaborone International School - GIS for 84 million rand. According to the group, this is its first acquisition outside of South Africa and is in line with ADvTECH’s growth strategy of investing in leading and established school brands. GIS, which was founded in 1993, currently has 1,800 students, with adequate space on the existing campus to build additional classrooms. ADvTECH further stated that GIS would fall into the newly established ADvTECH Academies brand and that the schools under ADvTECH Academies will service their local communities and retain their own identity, whilst operating autonomously. The group also indicated that the current GIS education, management team and student’s curriculum will remain unchanged and that the proposed acquisition is subject to approval of the Botswana Competition Authority.

posted on: 2014-12-03 || Day- Wednesday

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Over 100 interns learn sign language. . .

The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture has joined forces with the Botswana Society for the deaf in training 150 interns countrywide on sign language proficiency level one and two. This was said recently by the ministry’s deputy P.S Kgopotso Ramoroka at the official launch of a training workshop. Ramoroka reportedly explained that the programme was a strategy to enhance the employability of interns considering that sign language interpretation was a rare skill which could be a source of living. He further cited that the workshop aimed to include increasing accessibility of services to youth and people with disabilities, adding that the initiative was a deliberate, targeted approach by the ministry on the objective of advancing inclusive development. The first phase of the programme he said targeted interns who were delivering primary social services such as civil and national registration (Omang), policing, immigration, legal aid, public prosecutions, social services, health and financial services. The programme also centred on the strategic thematic area of the National Youth Policy - youth and disability as a strategy to mainstream disability issues by popularising the sign language as an alternative language in service delivery. Graduands of the sign language programme are reportedly expected to establish sign language clubs in the different service areas for purposes of practice, retention and promotion of the newly acquired skill.

posted on: 2014-12-03 || Day- Wednesday

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GOVERNMENT SAID TO HAVE IMPLEMENTED MOST ANTI- CORRUPTION RECOMMENDATIONS . . .

Parliament was recently told that government has implemented most of the recommendations of the 2007 Bertrand De Speville Consultancy Report on the review of Botswana National Anti-Corruption Strategy. This was revealed by the Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Phillip Makgalemele who said, of the 45 recommendations, only eleven had not been implemented. He however, noted that government was willing to implement all the recommendations but because of a number of reasons including capacity constraints and legal implications, it was not possible to implement all of them at once. Makgalemele reportedly said of the eleven that had not been implemented, four were due to capacity constraints, six had legal implications, while one had budgetary constraints. Selebi Phikwe West MP, Dithapelo Keorapetse had asked why government had not implemented the recommendations of the 2007 Bertrand Despeville Consultancy Report on the review of Botswana National Anti-corruption Strategy and its implementation.

posted on: 2014-11-26 || Day- Wednesday

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ATLEAST 7000 INTERNS HAVE SECURED EMPLOYMENT . . .

The Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng has informed Parliament that he is aware that not all interns get employment after finishing their two-year internship. Answering a recent question in Parliament, Minister Olopeng said it must be noted that the programme was really intended to serve as a window for transferring skills to young Batswana graduates to prepare them for the world of work. He is said to have indicated that as of November 2014, a cumulative total of 7 357 interns out of a total of 11 608 had secured employment, whilst in the National Internship Programme, 5 176 of these were still employed by host organisations. Olopeng said he was not aware of any incidents of exploitation of interns, but in an effort to guard against such, the Internship Programme has a welfare unit that attends to the welfare of interns whilst on placement. He however said the issues the unit attends to included, among others, motivating a conducive environment for workplace learning and management of relationships between interns and host organiations.

posted on: 2014-11-26 || Day- Wednesday

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DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSERS SAID TO BE LIKELY ABUSIVE TOWARDS THEIR PARTNERS . . .

Thousands of Batswana thronged the Oodi Sub Land Board from as early as 7 pm Tuesday night and chaos ensued in the wee hours of yesterday morning where the fence was broken down. A few people were reported to have sustained injuries. The Board Secretary of the Kgatleng Land board, Neo Mothobi, confirmed the breaking down of the fence. The fence was expected to be fixed before the close of business yesterday. On other issues Mothobi explained the whole application process. By mid day yesterday the Oodi sub land board already received an estimate of twenty thousand applications and hundreds of people were still delivering their applications.

posted on: 2014-11-26 || Day- Wednesday

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TSHANE PRISON ESCAPEES RECAPTURED . . .

The two prisoners who are said to have escaped from the Tshane Prison and on the run have been recaptured. The prisoners escaped from the prison, we re-arrested yesterday at sebotswane cattle post by the police. Speaking to Duma FM, the Public Relations Officer of Botswana Prisons Services, Superintendent Wamorena Ramolefe, confirmed that the men have since been re-prisoned . . . Investigation as to how the two escaped are however still ongoing . . .

posted on: 2014-11-26 || Day- Wednesday

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GABORONE DAM LEVELS DROP RAPIDLY

Gaborone Dam levels continue to drop rapidly. A communiqué from the water utilities corporation revealed that the Gaborone Dam has dropped to 5.6% this week, from 5.8% last week. This ultimately means the dam has a 4 week water supply without inflow. The W.U.C further revealed through their release that Bokaa dam water levels are at 20.7 percent which is a 4 months’ supply of water without inflow. Nywane dam currently has 9 months worth of water supply which is 58.8 percent. Records show that Ntimable Dam water levels are at 83.3% which is 15 months of supply without inflow. Shashe dam levels are currently at 73.6 percent which is 19 months of supply without inflow. Letsibogo Dam levels are at 72.9% translating to 18 months of supply without inflow while Lotsane Dam levels are at 74.8%. Dikgatlhong Dam levels are at 88.1% while Thune dam levels are at 48.1 %. Finally Molatedi Dam levels are at 21.7% which is a 32 months of supply without inflow. The corporation has since urged Batswana to use water sparingly despite being in the second month of the 2014/15 rainy season.

posted on: 2014-11-26 || Day- Wednesday

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BUS OPERATORS URGED TO PRACTICE SAFE DRIVING MEASURES DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON . . .

Public Bus operators have been urged to practice safe driving measures to ensure the safety of their passengers during the festive season. This call was made Botswana Police Director of Traffic, Katlholo Mosimanegape at a stakeholders meeting with the Botswana Bus Operators Association in Gaborone yesterday. At the meeting Mosimanegape revealed that from the year 2011 to date 54 people have died from bus accidents. He stated that 18 of these accidents occurred this year alone. He further said causes of these accidents include over speeding, careless driving and use of buses that are roadworthy. He however said, despite that, buses still remain a better option for travelling compared to non-public transport vehicles which have killed almost 1 thousand people between the years 2011 and 2013. He implored the bus operators to employ safe driving measures as any accident involving public transport puts many lives at risk

posted on: 2014-11-26 || Day- Wednesday

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Chinese donate to Old Naledi children . . .

The Chinese Enterprise Association (CEA), through AAP Home Based and Family Care, is said to have recently donated P40 000 and food hampers to the less privileged children of Old Naledi in Gaborone. CEA president, Zhang Can reportedly said they aimed at building a solid foundation for the children and investing in their future. The association’s intention was to help every child to have a safe and loving home and grow up as free, healthy and independent individuals. Zhang is said to have expressed hope that the money would help the organisation to take care of the children and also pledged to continue supporting the organisation with food hampers and financially every year. Receiving the donation, AAP founding coordinator, Martha Rampa said such donations would help children to have a better quality life. She said the CEA involvement would go a long way to ensure that children in the AAP network were able to carve out their destiny and realise their full potential.

posted on: 2014-11-06 || Day- Thursday

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Memorial Service fOR media champion Laona Segaetsho to be held this afternoon

The Memorial Service of media champion Laona Segaetsho is set to be held at 16:30 this afternoon at the Apostolic Faith Mission church in block 7. Prayer services at his home in Phakalane will resume tomorrow while his funeral will take place in Gaborone this Saturday at phomolong. Segaetsho met his untimely death this past Sunday when a boat he was travelling on capsized in Lake Ngami. His Body was retrieved by the Botswana Defence Force divers early Monday morning. He was a media champion who started his activism in 2004 as a board member of Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana. Two years later he assumed the chairmanship of the organisation, was subsequently re-elected in 2009, and led the organisation until his second term expired in 2011. At the time of his demise Segaetsho was an employee of the Embassy of the United States of America serving as information specialist in the public diplomacy section, a chairman of the investment arm of MISA, Southern African Media Development Fund (SAMDEF) and a member of the MISA Trust Fund Board (TFB).

posted on: 2014-11-06 || Day- Thursday

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BCP says BMD’s track record and demand led to disagreement in joining the umbrella . . .

The President of the Botswana Congress Party, Dumelang Saleshando, has said that during the 2011 Opposition party talks, the negotiation teams could not agree on how to cater for the Botswana Movement for Democracy as they did not have any proven track record at electoral contest. Speaking to DUMA FM yesterday, Saleshando said that the negotiation teams felt that the number of constituencies that the BMD demanded was unjustified given their new political history. However, Saleshando did say that there is scope for engagement with other political parties but it will be defined by the party members going forward as there still need to review and introspect as a party.

posted on: 2014-11-06 || Day- Thursday

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STUDENTS URGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE U.S . . .

The acting American Ambassador to Botswana, Michael Murphy is said to have implored students of Botho College and Maun Technical College to take advantage of education opportunities in the United States of America (USA). Murphy reportedly said the USA offered a wide range of opportunities for post graduates and arts, adding that the US President Barack Obama was committed to education and youth in Africa. He is said to have also implored the students to apply for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which gave African youth a chance to meet with Obama. Murphy further said the YALI programme for 2015 was open for youth aged between 15 and 25, adding that 15 Batswana were part of the 500 African youth who went to the USA through the Nelson Mandela Fellowship last year. He pointed out that the USA deemed it important to invest in African leaders because the youth were the future of Botswana and Africa, noting that YALI also provided opportunities to interact with other African leaders.

posted on: 2014-11-05 || Day- Wednesday

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POLITICAL WILL NEEDS CULTIVATING FOR ALL TO APPRECIATE THE NEED FOR A YOUTH PARLIAMENT . . .

The Political Will needs to be massaged, in terms of building capacity and awareness, for most to understand the significance and the need for a youth parliament. This was revealed to Duma FM this morning by Youth activist Gobe Taziba, who also said it was imperative that all Batswana appreciate the existence of a youth parliament. He however said for Botswana to have a fully functioning youth parliament, it’s important to have youth representation of the parliament, from all walks of Botswana, so as to have a true reflection of their respective areas and thus address issues across the board . . . Here is Taziba with more . . .

posted on: 2014-11-05 || Day- Wednesday

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DEMOCRATIC PROCESS QUESTIONED AS MP’S WHO LOST ELECTIONS ARE SPECIALLY RE-ELECTED . . .

The Democratic processes and the will of the people may be undermined in instances where MP’s who have lost elections are re-elected as special legislators. This was said by Weekend Post reporter Utlwanang Gasennelwe when giving an analysis of the nominations and voting of specially elected MP’s which took place yesterday afternoon. Voting of specially elected MPs saw Kitso Mokaila, Unity Dow, Eric Molale and Kenneth Mathambo emerge victorious as legislators. Gasennelwe cited that even though the MP’s are nominated looking at the special skills or expertise they will impart in parliament, a re-election of those who did not attain the popular vote during the general elections may undermine the wishes of the public. Gasennelwe indicated that the selection of MP’s such as Unity Dow may be due to the need for female representatives in Parliament, And Kitso Mokaila may have been selected to see through the controversial Morupule B project.

posted on: 2014-10-29 || Day- Wednesday

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PARLIAMENTARY STANDING ORDER CASE postponed until 6th november.

A case in which the Attorney General has served all 3 political parties with papers, challenging the constitutionality of a Parliamentary Standing Order has been postponed to the 6th of November. The case which was heard at the High Court in Gaborone this morning was postponed to allow parties involved to prepare for the matter. The Standing Order provides for the endorsement by parliament and election by parliament of the VP and the Speaker respectively by way of secret ballot,. The BDP leadership and the President believe that the secret ballot provisions are unconstitutional in that members of parley have to vote by show of hands. The UDC which is the major opposition party in Parliament is on record that there is nothing unconstitutional about the secret ballot provision.

posted on: 2014-10-29 || Day- Wednesday

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MISA IMPLORES PUBLIC TO VOTE IN LARGE NUMBERS. . .

MISA Botswana has implored members of the public to exercise their freedom of expression right and vote in large numbers on Friday. A statement from MISA says the media has done its job in un-bundling parties’ political manifestos to the extent that voters are now ready to make informed decisions. The statement says interactive platforms have been availed by the media for members of the public to engage candidates in the form of Discussion programmes and Parliamentary debates. In addition it says these platforms were met for voters to share their needs with prospective members of parliament. MISA Botswana has therefore pleaded with the public and candidates to refrain from threatening or assaulting journalists when they solicit interviews at a time when results are not on their favour.

posted on: 2014-10-22 || Day- Wednesday

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MISA IMPLORES PUBLIC TO VOTE IN LARGE NUMBERS. . .

MISA Botswana has implored members of the public to exercise their freedom of expression right and vote in large numbers on Friday. A statement from MISA says the media has done its job in un-bundling parties’ political manifestos to the extent that voters are now ready to make informed decisions. The statement says interactive platforms have been availed by the media for members of the public to engage candidates in the form of Discussion programmes and Parliamentary debates. In addition it says these platforms were met for voters to share their needs with prospective members of parliament. MISA Botswana has therefore pleaded with the public and candidates to refrain from threatening or assaulting journalists when they solicit interviews at a time when results are not on their favour.

posted on: 2014-10-22 || Day- Wednesday

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IEC READY FOR FRIDAY’S GENERAL ELECTION . . .

The independent electoral commission is fully prepared for Friday’s Election Day. This was revealed to Duma FM this morning, by the IEC spokesperson, Osupile Maroba, who said the eligible voter should assure that all the necessary is in place on their part prior to going to the polls.

posted on: 2014-10-22 || Day- Wednesday

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ORGANISATIONS MOBILISE CHRISTIANS FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS . . .

The faith-based sector, have reportedly agreed to collaborate to mobilise the Christians to make meaningful contributions in the October 24 general elections. According to a statement from Botswana Council of Churches this would be achieved through an election observer mission and post election forum, where policy issues identified in the whole electoral process would be consolidated and shared with relevant structures. The statement appealed to all Batswana, through their various portfolios, be it the electoral body and agents, political parties and their agents, the electorate, the wider society and the security forces, to ensure that the elections are held within a peaceful environment. The release also stated that the church committed itself to offer prayers and continued mediation as the nation goes through the election process and that the Christian community in Botswana remained committed to promoting democracy, good governance and peace. All churches across the country were therefore urged to continue with prayers and supplications for a peaceful election.

posted on: 2014-10-21 || Day- Tuesday

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BOCCIM PROMOTES PRIVATE SECTOR MISSION TO CHINA . . .

BOCCIM is currently promoting a mission to Macao, China for the Investment Trade and Investment Fair - MIF in an effort to promote a well sustained conducive environment for the Private Sector in global markets. This promotion will see the highly international recognized event held from next week Thursday to Saturday. A statement from BOCCIM says this year’s installed 19th MIF aims at showcasing Macao’s strengths as a World Tourism and Leisure Centre as well as a trade and business provider between China and Portuguese-speaking countries - PSC’s, and the business channels largely identifying dynamics of moderate economic diversification. It is said this is basically anticipated to make every effort to assist all participants and exhibitors to seek potential business partners and create new business opportunities for development and transformational purposes. BOCCIM has therefore recommended this mission to the business segment who are interested in expanding into international markets to make use of Macao’s forum which promotes various favorable conditions aimed at developing trade and to further assist exhibitors and trade visitors in promoting and advertising their goods and services.

posted on: 2014-10-16 || Day- Thursday

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BCP YOUTH LEAGUE WORRIED ABOUT OPINION PREDICTIONS OF THE ELECTION OUTCOME IN THE MEDIA . . .

The BCP youth league, is disturbed and dissatisfied by subjective opinions by a number of journalists and media houses which have been presented as objective opinion polls about 2014 general elections. This was revealed to Duma FM News by the youth league leader, Dithapelo Keorapetse, who said the opinions have appeared in some papers and sought to predict the outcome of the upcoming general elections. Keorapetse, also lambasted the predictions as not credible, saying they are not based on any systematic survey or empirical evidence on how Batswana intend to vote. He therefore advised Batswana to disregard the opinion polls . . . Here is Keorapetse with more . . .

posted on: 2014-10-16 || Day- Thursday

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ALL PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE THE NEED FOR SECURITY IMPROVEMENT . . .

As the final days towards the 2014 General Elections intensify, parties in the race have acknowledged the need for improvement on security matters. Speaking to DUMA FM this morning BCP Deputy Shadow minister for Defence, Justice and Security, Morgan Moseki stated that should his party be voted into power, one of the top security priorities will be to ensure that the DCEC is an independent body. Moseki is of the view the current set up where the department is under the ministry of Defence comprises the outcome or investigations of corruption cases. For his part, UDC’s Pius Mokgware stated that his party has realized the difficult circumstances under which both the Police and the Defence force officers work under. He cited that it is critical that the two departments be given all the necessary resources to ensure smooth day to day operations.

posted on: 2014-10-16 || Day- Thursday

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UDC COUNCILLOR CANDIDATE ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF FAILING TO PROVIDE WATER FOR THE PEOPLE OF RAMOTSWA

UDC Councillor Candidate for Taung Metsimaswane Ward in the Ramotswa constituency Isaiah Keipeile has accused the government of failing to provide water to the people of his ward. In an interview with Duma FM recently Keipeile vowed that if he gets elected he is going to bring jobs and developments to his area by liaising with many companies that are in his ward unlike the incumbent BDP Councillor.

posted on: 2014-10-06 || Day- Monday

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS RESPONDS TO A SUNDAY STANDARD ARTICLE . . .

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says the US Government has never demanded any form of apology from the Botswana Government. This was mentioned, following a recent article by the Sunday standard, titled “Botswana apologizes to America”. The ministry therefore saw it fit to express its concern regarding what it has termed as “yet another misleading article carried by the Sunday Standard Newspaper”, which purported that the Government of Botswana had been pressured by the US Government to apologies following Botswana’s public statement on the US reaction to Outsa Mokone’s recent arrest on charges of sedition. The Ministry further stressed that no American delegation has ever come to Botswana in relation to the matter and also that the Office of the President has not instructed the Ministry to apologize for the said statement. The ministry categorically stated that the US Government has never demanded any form of apology from the Botswana Government as the newspaper alleges.

posted on: 2014-10-06 || Day- Monday

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS RESPONDS TO A SUNDAY STANDARD ARTICLE . . .

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says the US Government has never demanded any form of apology from the Botswana Government. This was mentioned, following a recent article by the Sunday standard, titled “Botswana apologizes to America”. The ministry therefore saw it fit to express its concern regarding what it has termed as “yet another misleading article carried by the Sunday Standard Newspaper”, which purported that the Government of Botswana had been pressured by the US Government to apologies following Botswana’s public statement on the US reaction to Outsa Mokone’s recent arrest on charges of sedition. The Ministry further stressed that no American delegation has ever come to Botswana in relation to the matter and also that the Office of the President has not instructed the Ministry to apologize for the said statement. The ministry categorically stated that the US Government has never demanded any form of apology from the Botswana Government as the newspaper alleges.

posted on: 2014-10-06 || Day- Monday

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS RESPONDS TO A SUNDAY STANDARD ARTICLE . . .

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says the US Government has never demanded any form of apology from the Botswana Government. This was mentioned, following a recent article by the Sunday standard, titled “Botswana apologizes to America”. The ministry therefore saw it fit to express its concern regarding what it has termed as “yet another misleading article carried by the Sunday Standard Newspaper”, which purported that the Government of Botswana had been pressured by the US Government to apologies following Botswana’s public statement on the US reaction to Outsa Mokone’s recent arrest on charges of sedition. The Ministry further stressed that no American delegation has ever come to Botswana in relation to the matter and also that the Office of the President has not instructed the Ministry to apologize for the said statement. The ministry categorically stated that the US Government has never demanded any form of apology from the Botswana Government as the newspaper alleges.

posted on: 2014-10-06 || Day- Monday

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BOTSWANA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE STUDENTS DEMONSTRATED PEACEFULLY THIS MORNING . . .

Botswana College of Agriculture students this morning embarked on a peaceful demonstration calling for the improvement of food quality being served at the institution. The peaceful march aimed at capturing the attention of the school’s management with the hope that the long standing challenge will be addressed. Speaking to DUMA FM NEWS, the college SRC vice President, Mbigane Taka stated that the student body as whole is calling for an urgent change on the matter. Reached for comment the BCA principal Mataba Tapela said they are hoping to meet with the students this afternoon to address the matter at hand. He cited that due to slow tendering processes they have engaged a temporary service provider, and with the formation of a catering committee from both the student body and the school management a new service provider will be engaged. The committee he said will be tasked with monitoring the new catering company that will be engaged.

posted on: 2014-10-06 || Day- Monday

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• Liberian authorities vow to prosecute Thomas Eric who brought the Ebola disease to the US

Liberian authorities say they plan to prosecute Thomas Eric who brought Ebola disease to the United States because he lied on his airport health questionnaire With an Ebola crisis raging in West Africa, passengers leaving Liberia are being screened for fever and are asked if they have had contact with anyone infected and Eric answered no to those questions Neighbours say Duncan had helped a sick pregnant woman who later died of the disease. Her illness at the time was believed to be pregnancy-related. Binyah Kesselly, chair of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority, told reporters yesterday that Duncan will be prosecuted when he returns to Liberia.

posted on: 2014-10-03 || Day- Friday

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Employers within various companies delay hand in of tax returns

A delay by employers in various companies to issue employees with the ATW8 form has led to some individuals not coming forward to file their tax returns on time. This was said BURS Communications manager Refilwe Mogami. Mogami however told DUMA FM NEWS that the individuals who have been delayed due to the latter should still come forward and file their returns. She explained that this does not mean there is an extension and the deadline remains the 30th September.

posted on: 2014-10-03 || Day- Friday

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• Police record a decline in cases of fatal accidents during the Independence holidays

Police records show a decline in cases of fatal accidents during the Independence holidays compared to last year during the same period. In an interview with DUMA FM NEWS the Director of Traffic at the Botswana Police Service, Katlholo Mosimanegape that cited in general the Independence Holidays Road Safety campaign which started on the 22nd of until yesterday was successful. Mosimanegape added that even though his department recorded more accidents this year, they were mostly minor.

posted on: 2014-10-03 || Day- Friday

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HIV prevalence said to be high in Chobe . . .

About 25.9 per cent of men having sex with other men in Kasane were found to be living with HIV. This was recently revealed by the Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri who said the figure is more than both Gaborone and Francistown combined which stand at 12.3 per cent and 11.7 per cent respectively. Matlhabaphiri reportedly said the statistics were from the Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS) which was carried out last year to determine the level of HIV prevalence among most at risk populations. The same study also indicated that 63.3 per cent of sex workers in Kasane are living with HIV. Matlhabaphiri therefore noted that Batswana’s business as usual approach or keeping the AIDS response at its current pace cannot end the epidemic, saying multiple sexual partnerships are still a concern in the Chobe while testing for HIV is still low. BAIS findings revealed that three per cent of young people in the Chobe district had sex before the age of 15 years. HIV incidence dropped from 1.45 per cent in 2008 to 1.35 per cent in 2013.

posted on: 2014-09-25 || Day- Thursday

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HIV prevalence said to be high in Chobe . . .

About 25.9 per cent of men having sex with other men in Kasane were found to be living with HIV. This was recently revealed by the Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri who said the figure is more than both Gaborone and Francistown combined which stand at 12.3 per cent and 11.7 per cent respectively. Matlhabaphiri reportedly said the statistics were from the Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS) which was carried out last year to determine the level of HIV prevalence among most at risk populations. The same study also indicated that 63.3 per cent of sex workers in Kasane are living with HIV. Matlhabaphiri therefore noted that Batswana’s business as usual approach or keeping the AIDS response at its current pace cannot end the epidemic, saying multiple sexual partnerships are still a concern in the Chobe while testing for HIV is still low. BAIS findings revealed that three per cent of young people in the Chobe district had sex before the age of 15 years. HIV incidence dropped from 1.45 per cent in 2008 to 1.35 per cent in 2013.

posted on: 2014-09-25 || Day- Thursday

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UN TO REQUIRE NATIONS TO BAR CITIZENS FROM JOINING TERROR GROUPS ABROAD . . .

The United States says the UN Security Council is expected to adopt a binding resolution this week that would require nations to bar their citizens from travelling abroad to join terrorism organizations. The resolution is part of a U.S.-led effort to galvanize the international community against the threat from extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq. White House press secretary Josh Earnest. The US government is calling the measure a significant step in their strategy against the Islamic State group and other militant organizations that are drawing Europeans and Americans into their orbit. US President Barack Obama is expected to lead the UN Security Council session that begins tomorrow, just the second time a U.S. president has done so. Yesterday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said new legislation would be introduced into parliament this week, under which Australians fighting alongside extremists in the Middle East may face lengthy jail terms if they return home.

posted on: 2014-09-23 || Day- Tuesday

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UDC Youth President Phenyo Segokgo has expressed concerned

UDC Youth President Phenyo Segokgo has expressed concerned about the recent attacks on his party comrades ahead of next month’s elections. Speaking at a press conference held at BMD offices in Gaborone recently Segokgo said of recent, party officials have had their vehicles and homes broken into. He added that some officials have lost their valuables in the process while others have been beaten up.

posted on: 2014-09-23 || Day- Tuesday

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SIERRA LEONEANS EMERGE FROM THEIR HOMES AFTER A THREE-DAY NATIONWIDE EBOLA LOCKDOWN .

Millions of Sierra Leoneans were set to emerge from their homes today after a three-day nationwide lockdown during which scores of dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered. The west African country had imposed the extreme measure confining its six million people to their homes for 72 hours in a bid to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak which has claimed more than 2 600 lives there and in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea this year. Only essential workers such as health professionals were exempt, as were some 30 000 volunteers who went door-to-door to hand out soap and give advice on halting the contagion. Liberia also ramped up the battle against the epidemic, announcing yesterday a four-fold increase in hospital beds to 1 000 for Ebola patients in the capital Monrovia, as more US troops arrived to shore up overwhelmed local officials in the fight. Ebola fever can fell its victims within days, causing severe muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and - in many cases - unstoppable internal and external bleeding. Fears of contagion have crippled the economies of affected nations, as wary workers stay home and cross border trade is disrupted by airlines cutting links.

posted on: 2014-09-22 || Day- Monday

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GOVERNMENT DETERMINED TO END HIV/AIDS IN BOTSWANA . . .

Government remains committed to ending AIDS by intensifying efforts to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. This was recently revealed by the Acting Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Shaw Kgathi, who said currently about 235 600 people are on ARV therapy resulting in the reduction of AIDS related deaths and improved survival and quality of life. He further said more than ever before there is hope that ending AIDS is possible. The Minister also said the results of the recent National HIV and AIDS survey, known as the Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS), has revealed a marginal decline in the national HIV incidence from 1.4 per cent in 2008 to 1.3 per cent last year. Minister Kgathi said though that is laudable, the number is still high for a small population of just 2 million people.

posted on: 2014-09-22 || Day- Monday

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SALESHANDO SAYS HIS PARTY IS READY TO GOVERN BOTSWANA . . .

BCP President Dumelang Saleshando believes that his party is ready to rule Botswana. Speaking at his party’s rally in Ramotswa this past weekend where he was accompanied by his shadow cabinet, Saleshando told Ramotswa dwellers that his party is going to provide them with land and clean water once they assume power in the coming elections. The BCP this weekend embarked on a countrywide tour, dubbed “Operation 29”, where they intend to secure atleast 29 constituencies to ensure they take over government after October 24th General Elections...

posted on: 2014-09-22 || Day- Monday

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MOATLHODI TO BE LAUNCHED THIS WEEKEND . . .

UDC parliamentary candidate for Tonota South, Pono Moatlhodi will be launched on Sunday in Tonota. The incumbent of that constituency will be launched by the party leader, Duma Boko. Moatlhodi revealed to Duma FM the itinerary for the day, which will include among others a motorcade that is scheduled to commence at 6 in the morning, as well as deliberations by different members of the party leadership during the day . . . Still with launches scheduled for the weekend, B D Party parliamentary Candidate for the Bonnington South Constituency, Botsalo Ntuane, will also be launched tomorrow at the Bophirima Freedom Square in Gaborone West. The incumbent will be launched by the chairman of the ruling party and vice president of the country, Ponatshego Kedikilwe. Speaking to Duma FM this morning, Ntuane said they will be an assortment of entertainment amongst the different activities lined up . . .

posted on: 2014-09-19 || Day- Friday

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OPPOSITION PARTIES LASHED OUT AT FOR MAKING EMPTY PROMISES . . .

Member of Parliament for South East Region Odirile Motlhale has lashed out at the opposition parties for making empty promises by assuring the public that they will create permanent jobs should they be elected into power. Speaking at a BDP rally recently in Ramotswa, Motlhale said that the opposition party’s promise of stopping the Ipelegeng program once they assume power and replacing it with permanent jobs for the 1345 is far-fetched . . .

posted on: 2014-09-19 || Day- Friday

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Khumoekae blames his recently published book for his dismissal from the Francistown College of Technical and vocational education.

Former UB SRC, President Richard Khumoekae is convinced that a decision taken by the Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education management to end his contract as a Biology lecturer may have been motivated by a book on democracy he wrote and published recently. Khumoekae confirmed to DUMA FM NEWS yesterday that by the end next month he will no longer be employed as a lecturer at the College. He stated that one of the reasons advanced by the college management is that the ministry of education has run short of funds to sustain him as a lecturer. Khumoekae stressed that the reasons were not convincing, saying the termination was something he anticipated.

posted on: 2014-09-18 || Day- Thursday

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Malaria fight begins in Bobirwa

MALARIA The Ministry of Health together with the Bobonong District Health Management team will embark on a door to door operation to spray houses against Malaria. This was revealed by the Bobonong District Health Management Team officer, Mompati Marole who reportedly said the action was targeted to people who are prone to be affected by malaria disease such as old people, pregnant women and children who are under five years. Marole is said to have also noted that they had acquainted communities around Bobirwa about the indoor residual spray. He said they would commence spraying houses from October 1st to December 31st and they had targeted Gobojango, Mabolwe and Semolale as they were malaria zone areas.

posted on: 2014-09-18 || Day- Thursday

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• Kweneng District Council to launch a Whistle Blowing Service Policy

Kweneng District Council will officially launch a Whistle Blowing Service Policy on the 19th of this month at the Tlotlo conference centre. This came about at a press briefing this afternoon where the council secretary for the district, Whaza Tema stated the policy makes it unlawful to dismiss anyone or allow the employees to be victimized on the basis that they made appropriate lawful disclosures in accordance with the policy. The District Council also adopted the Whistle Blowing Policy to create a safe creating a safe platform for stakeholders, including staff service providers and customers to report suspected activities bordering on indecencies of corruption and maladministration. To realize the objectives of this policy, the Council established the Whistle Blowing Service call centre which will be utilized in the reporting incidents.

posted on: 2014-09-15 || Day- Monday

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PUBLIC EXPRESSES MIXED REACTION AT THE POSSIBILITY OF A COALITION GOVERNMENT AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTIONS . . .

Members of the public have expressed mixed reactions at the possibility of a coalition government after the general elections on October 24th. Some members of the public stated that a coalition government was possible, as Batswana are generally a peaceful kind. Others however said a coalition government was impossible, especially amongst opposition parties, citing the fallout between the parties in forming an umbrella party of all opposing parties. . .

posted on: 2014-09-15 || Day- Monday

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PUBLIC EXPRESSES MIXED REACTION AT THE POSSIBILITY OF A COALITION GOVERNMENT AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTIONS . . .

Members of the public have expressed mixed reactions at the possibility of a coalition government after the general elections on October 24th. Some members of the public stated that a coalition government was possible, as Batswana are generally a peaceful kind. Others however said a coalition government was impossible, especially amongst opposition parties, citing the fallout between the parties in forming an umbrella party of all opposing parties. . .

posted on: 2014-09-15 || Day- Monday

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PUBLIC EXPRESSES MIXED REACTION AT THE POSSIBILITY OF A COALITION GOVERNMENT AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTIONS . . .

Members of the public have expressed mixed reactions at the possibility of a coalition government after the general elections on October 24th. Some members of the public stated that a coalition government was possible, as Batswana are generally a peaceful kind. Others however said a coalition government was impossible, especially amongst opposition parties, citing the fallout between the parties in forming an umbrella party of all opposing parties. . .

posted on: 2014-09-15 || Day- Monday

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Independence Day Celebrations, activities begin today

As the nation gears up for the the 48th Botswana Independence Day Celebrations, activities leading to the 30th of September have already started today. A programme issued by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture dictates that the first event is a National Art Exhibition held at the National Art Gallery, Botswana National Museum as well as Monuments in Gaborone. On the week of 20th to the 27th of September organisers of the Celebrations will hold a fashion show, film festival as well as church choir’s festival. A combined church service will also be held on the 28th of this month at Boipuso hall. On the 30th as per norm the day will be begin with a ceremonial parade followed by various activities with afternoon events ending with an Independence day football match.

posted on: 2014-09-12 || Day- Friday

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North Central Division Police launches a weekly prayer program against HIV/AIDS

North Central Division Police has launched a weekly prayer program against HIV/AIDS and other social ills bedeviling the country. At the launch, Police cautioned the youth against having multiple concurrent partnerships as the behavior spreads the virus. Commenting on the rate of HIV /AIDS infection in Mahalapye and surrounding areas, Police HIV/AIDS Programme Officer, Assistant Superintendent Bulayani Bengani said overall 20 % of people are infected. He said the hardest hit is those aged between 31 and 41 years who account for 51.2%.

posted on: 2014-09-12 || Day- Friday

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Government dismayed at US statement on Outsa Mokone’s arrest

Government has noted with dismay a press statement attributed to, Deputy Department Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department Marie Harf, expressing concern about the arrest of Outsa Mokone. In a statement, government says it finds unfortunate that a foreign Government, much less one that professes to be a friend and partner of Botswana, should issue such a statement about an ongoing judicial process in the country, without even having first approached the appropriate authorities for clarification on the matter. The statement says in this respect, it can confirm that at no point prior to the issuance of the said press statement did any representative of the US Government approach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as is the accepted diplomatic norm. Furthermore it noted that the case involving Mokone is still before the courts and will be resolved through the judicial process so it would be inappropriate for government to comment on the case. The statement said in this respect, the executive branch of government remains mindful of its responsibility to uphold the rule of law, without fear or favour, in the context of the well known independence of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies and can only hope that outsiders who profess to be informed will exercise similar restraint and not encourage lawlessness in Botswana.

posted on: 2014-09-12 || Day- Friday

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The US criticizes government move to arrest Sunday Standard Editor

US 12PM 11/09/2014 TM The United States has expressed deep concern about the arrest of The Sunday Standard newspaper editor Outsa Mokone by the Government on charges of sedition relating to an article published by his newspaper. A statement from the United States says it strongly values freedom of the press, which is a key component of democratic governance. The statement further says Freedom of expression and media freedom both of which foster the exchange of ideas and facilitate transparency and accountability, are essential components for democracy. It added that Mokone’s arrest is inconsistent with these fundamental freedoms and at odds with Botswana’s strong tradition of democratic governance. Mokone was arrested on Monday on charges of sedition over a story alleging President Ian Khama had a night-time crash, which resulted in the other driver being given a new Jeep. Mokone has since been released

posted on: 2014-09-11 || Day- Thursday

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BOFEPUSO denies affiliation to any political party

BOPEPUSO 12: OO hrs 11/09/2014 K. M Umbrella Union BOFEPUSO Deputy Secretary General Ketlhalefile Motshegwa has come out with guns blazing saying that the Union is not affiliated to any political party. This comes as several reports continue to say that the union is affiliated to opposition parties Speaking at a media briefing yesterday Motshegwa said that BOFEPUSU is practicing the autonomy of labour movement, where they are free to confront any political party which is not adhering to the set of rules without any fear or favour.

posted on: 2014-09-11 || Day- Thursday

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Ebola virus is spreading fast in Liberia

The World Health Organisation says the Ebola virus is spreading fast in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases are expected over the coming three weeks. WHO said in a statement yesterday that transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially. The organisation noted that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are "a hot source of potential virus transmission" because they are not disinfected in Liberia, where conventional Ebola control measures "are not having an adequate impact". Meanwhile the United Nations agency says aid partners need to scale up efforts against Ebola by three- to fourfold in Liberia and elsewhere in West African countries battling the epidemic. In Liberia, the disease has killed 1 089 people among 1 871 cases, the highest national toll, according to the WHO's update of last Friday. Overall in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, 2 097 have died out of 3 944 cases. Another 18 cases and seven deaths have been recorded in Nigeria and one non-fatal case in Senegal.

posted on: 2014-09-09 || Day-Tuesday

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• BDP insist President Khama’s facebook page is authentic

BDP Secretary for Communications and International Relations Committee Roseline Panzirah has told Duma fm that the much talked about President Khama’s face book page is authentic. This comes as reports have suggested that other government are running the page on behalf of the President. She said the FaceBook page gives Batswana a platform to engage the president. ROSELINEAUTHENTIC Panzirah also said the reception of the face book page by Batswana has been overwhelming.

posted on: 2014-09-09 || Day- Tuesday

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• Former BMD co-founding member says his departure was a result of conflict over constituency allocation

Former BMD CO-founding member, who recently resigned from the party, Freddy Ramodise says his departure was a result of conflict on the allocation of constituencies in Ramatlabama. Speaking to DUMA FM recently, Ramodise who will now contest for the General Elections as an Independent candidate, said the conflict was between members of the BMD and BNF as there was no clarity on how the constituencies should be shared. RAMODISE RELATIONS Ramodise says the Umbrella for Democratic Change leadership has since been asked to intervene but so far no action has been taken. He added that the people of Ramatlabama ward urged him to stand as an independent candidate with the promise that they will vote for him.

posted on: 2014-09-09 || Day- Tuesday

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IN FOOTBALL NEWS

WEEK 8 FIXTURES 25-09-2015 (Friday) • Green Lovers FC vs Gaborone United: Serowe Sports Complex @19:00 26-09-2015 (Saturday) • BR Highlanders vs Orapa United: Serowe Sports Complex @15:30 • Mochudi Centre Chiefs vs Miscellaneous SC: Molepolole Sports Complex @ 15:30 • Police XI vs Extension Gunners: SSKB Stadium @ 15:30 • Sankoyo Bush Bucks vs Nico United: Maun Sports Complex @ 15:30 • Motlakase Power Dynamos vs Jwaneng Galaxy FC: Serowe Sports Complex @ 19:00 27-09-2015 (Sunday) • Gilport Lions vs BDF XI: SSKB Stadium @ 15:30 • Township Rollers vs FC Satmos: Molepolole Sports

posted on: 2015-09-25 || Day- Friday

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Rugby NEWS

The women national sevens team will compete at the 2015 Africa Olympic Sevens qualifiers in Johannesburg, South Africa. The tournament will be played from tomorrow 26-27 September and the team returns home on the 28th. Botswana is in Pool A alongside Kenya, Morocco, Namibia and Senegal. Pool B consists of South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Only thetournament winner will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

posted on: 2015-09-25 || Day- Friday

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EXTENSION GUNNERS

The Chairman of Extension Gunners has denied rumors that the team has suspended their Coach Pio Paul. “As a matter of fact Pio left for South Africa after our Saturday game to see his family. We haven’t met him,” said Gunners Chairman KitsoDlamini. Dlamini confirmed that there are issues they want clarified with Paul that emanated from the Francistown fixture. Gunners assistant coach did not seat on the bench in Francistown and there was speculation that he had a fall out with Paul hence his absence. Our investigations have revealed that the leadership of the team met yesterday and they were not pleased with the alleged fracas that occurred between Paul and Kowa. They will be meeting the coach this afternoon before training to try to get to the bottom of the fracas. Paul had a very good start to this season of the Premiership with four consecutive victories.

posted on: 2015-09-22 || Day- Tuesday

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BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP

The English FA has charged Diego Costa of Chelsea and Gabriel of Arsenal with misconduct. The incident that is under investigation by the FA on the Costa side is when he clashed with Laurent Koscielny this past Saturday. The incident was not picked by the referee but the cameras captured it and a panel of former referees reviewed the footage. They have concluded that had the incident been picked by the referee it was going to be a straight red card. Costa is likely to be handed a three-match ban. He has been given up to 5pm today to show course why he shouldn’t face the wrath of the law or admit to wrong doing. Gabriel and both clubs have until 5pm on Thursday, 24 September to reply to their charges. Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, who was sent off for two bookable offences, has been warned about his behaviour.

posted on: 2015-09-22 || Day- Tuesday

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DEVELOPING STORY- CONSTITUENCY LEAGUE

The Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture made a media release today where they stated that "...in principle the football portion of the Constituency Sports Tournaments will continue to be administered by Government with technical management by the BFA." The release went on to say "The BFA is to communicate this agreed joint role to FIFA and the expectation is that it will resolve any misunderstandings that may have occurred on the matter." The release comes 12 days before deadline set by FIFA for BFA and Government to make sure the tournaments fall within the football pyramid pronounced by FIFA constitution. It remains to be seen if the joint agreement fits the FIFA bill.

posted on: 2014-09-11 || Day- Thursday

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