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11 Mar 2007

With the political opposition still comatose, we should thank God that a few faces from the ruling party ranks are coming forward to forcefully and unrepentantly fill the void.

After a long boring lull, the debates inside parliament are getting lively and exciting again.
The executive is getting worried. And that is how things should be.

11 Mar 2007

South Africa?s Trevor Manuel revealed in his budget speech that 12 million South Africans now receive social grants such as state old-age pension, disability and care dependency grants which he increased by R50 to a maximum of R870 per month. And child support grants were increased by R10 to R200 per month whilst foster care grants rise to R620 per month.

11 Mar 2007

I feel that I should talk about some of my concern with regard to processing and benefication of our mineral resources. As you are aware, since I became your Minister I have discussed with you and others on many occasions concerning the processing of minerals, whether it is Copper, Diamonds, or Soda Ash etc.

11 Mar 2007

Towards the end of his first term in office, Barack Obama is a worried man. No president of America ever steps down after one term. They always go for a second term. Obama is worried by many things. The polls show that the American people have had enough of him. More than half are outright hostile.

11 Mar 2007

Responses in Parliament to a motion presented last week by Member for Shoshong, Duke Lefhoko, indicate a discernible appreciation of what is at stake if government does not move urgently to come up with a deliberate strategy to favour citizen companies through government procurement budget.

08 Mar 2007

With only about eleven games left before the curtain falls on the 2006/2007 Mascom Premier League, Francistown based side, Ecco City Green looks set to re-write history books by becoming the first team from the northern part of the country to clinch it. ?Mamojadiski? as Ecco City are affectionately called by its die hard supporters, have opened a seven points?

04 Mar 2007

Currently, many Batswana are ululating because the level of soccer in the country is improving drastically, especially at national team level. Both the senior team and the under 23s have put behind the once famous ?Whipping boys of Africa? tag and are now renowned as the most improving team.

04 Mar 2007

The Department of Culture and Youth is currently hosting a series of workshops to finalise the Draft National Action Plan on Culture. ?In 2001 a policy on culture formulated by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs was approved by Cabinet but policy documents do not come with an implementation plan,?

04 Mar 2007

Terra Incognita ? BW Series, the Vivek Karmokar exhibition, opens at Alliance Francaise this week (see A&E Guide). Terra being a Latin word meaning region, and Incognita meaning unexplored.

04 Mar 2007

Notable teams that successively won their league titles three times in a row are Township Rollers in the mid eighties and Lobtrans Gunners in 1992, 93 and 94. Nowadays, things are different and teams even fail to defend the title once. In the mid eighties Rollers was the most feared team as they won many tournaments in a row.

04 Mar 2007

Many good sports players in Botswana are sent overseas to sharpen their skills while pursuing their studies. However, the most unfortunate thing about the players upon finishing their studies is that a little is heard about them and their talent is almost gone to waste.

04 Mar 2007

Currently, many Batswana are ululating because the level of soccer in the country is improving drastically, especially at national team level. Both the senior team and the under 23s have put behind the once famous ?Whipping boys of Africa? tag and are now renowned as the most improving team.

04 Mar 2007

SEROWE: These days, one of the village?s hottest talking points is the precarious position that the local football side, Miscellaneous, has languished in for the most part of the Med Rescue First Division (North) campaign.

The villagers curse, shake heads, and sigh heavily. The debates surrounding the team?s fate are heated.

04 Mar 2007

He is meticulous in cleaning the day?s catch. Then he seizes each fish by the gills, and hangs it up by the head on a long piece of wire. The fish is reasonably big, but the fisherman insists that it is not his best catch.

04 Mar 2007

LionOre International, the giant metals and precious stones miner, opened the year in style with the commencement of its trail-blazing refinery project and new finds at Selkirk in Botswana as it pushes to increase its shareholders? value.

04 Mar 2007

DiamonEx, the Australian junior miner, is set to commission its mine by the end of the year in a bid to feel up the gap in the diamond supply market.
Head of the planned Lerala mine, Mark Cotzee told The Sunday Standard on Wednesday that mine construction is going to plan and they would be having their first production by the end of the year.

04 Mar 2007

African Diamonds, the premier junior miner, is putting its bet on the young Chinese brides over its AK6 as the partners in project are currently burning the mid-night oil to come up with a pre-feasibility study.

04 Mar 2007

Morupule Colliery mine is aiming to get the ISO 14001 certification?before the end of the year in a bid to meet international standards to export its coal to the international market.

04 Mar 2007

Debswana?s Orapa and Letlhakane Mines handed over the road linking Letlhakane Village to the Orapa- Francistown road to the Central District Council, as part of its social corporate responsibility to communities that it operates from.

04 Mar 2007

DTC Sightholder, Exelco International, has launched their industry?s leading Batswana Employee Skills Transfer program (BEST), sending the first of 60 Batswana trainees to Thailand, to be trained in diamond cutting ahead of the launch of their new cutting facility in Botswana.

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