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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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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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