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Sunday 19 April 2015 | 08:10 PM    

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Khama, Olopeng in controversial dash for gas

19-04-2015 - Ale-esi Makgekgenene

While a fierce debate was raging about fracking in Botswana and internationally, President Lt Gen Ian Khama and the Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Thapelo Olopeng were silently pushing ahead with plans to prospect for natural gas in a private farm they own jointly in the Mmmashoro area. At least three gas exploration companies some of which were implicated in the fracking controversy were at...


Seretse sells old age people’s trust land to his company

19-04-2015 - Khonani Ontebetse

The Minister of Trade and Industry Vincent Seretse and his wife are being accused of conflict of interest after selling a piece of land belonging to Tlhokomelo ya Bagodi Trust as Trustees  and  then going around to buy the land through Renaissance Property Holdings, a company they own jointly. According to documents obtained by the Sunday Standard from the Registrar of Deeds, the minister started...


Schools under security watch in fight against drugs

19-04-2015 - Phaladi Letswamotse

The Ministry of Defence Justice and Security has placed government schools under security surveillance in a bid to curb the drug abuse problem in government schools. Speaking during a media tour of Bobonong constituency, Minister of Defence Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi said drugs abuse was a big problem in government schools countrywide. “I have lined up my boys and girls, we are going to do...


Cabinet forces BURS to exempt Morupule B Chinese company from paying multi-million Pula VAT debt

19-04-2015 - Reuben Pitse

Government has forced Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) to write off a P 600 000 000 ( six hundred million) Value Added  Tax (vat) debt owed by the Chinese Company that was commissioned to build the botched P 11 billion  Morupule B project. Sunday Standard investigations have turned up information that just before the 2014  general elections, Cabinet met and took a decision to direct BURS ...


Dr. Gonzales and 3 others vs The Sunday Standard Newspaper

19-04-2015 - Kabo G Motswagole

NOTICE OF ADJUDICATION MEDIA COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE   On the 18th of December 2014, The Committee, through its Secretariat, received a complaint from a concerned group of Doctors in relation to an article which had been previously published in an edition of the Sunday Standard Newspaper. Central to the Complaint is that the article (Titled BOKAMOSO Hospital Fleecing Patients-Whistleblower) published...


Francistown has a Jo’burg Gandhi problem

19-04-2015 - Bashi Letsididi

A young man appears before a Johannesburg court tomorrow on charges of defacing the statue of India’s founder, Mahatma Gandhi. For those in the know, this case would have resonance here in Botswana. While Johannesburg honoured Gandhi with a statue, Francistown did it with a street in Gerald Estate. The Johannesburg suspect is said to have been with a group of young people bearing placards that read:...


CKGR dispute could be barrier to petroleum investment

19-04-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

The longer the dispute over the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR) drags on, the lower Botswana’s rankings in the Global Petroleum Survey may go. The survey measures negative sentiment regarding barriers to investment in oil and gas exploration and production facilities in various jurisdictions around the globe. Respondents are asked to indicate how each of 16 factors influence their decisions...


Inside how BDP used controversial journo in its dirty tricks campaign

19-04-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) used controversial journalist Daniel Kenosi in its dirty tricks campaign in the run up to the 2014 elections, Sunday Standard investigations have revealed. Sunday Standard investigations have uncovered confidential e-mail communications between Kenosi and BDP Publicity lady Roselyn Panzirah revealing how the BDP paid Kenosi thousands of pula to use his controversial...


Minister Seretse denies evasion of tax in land deal

19-04-2015 - Khonani Ontebetse

The Minister of Trade and Industry Vincent Seretse has denied allegations that he may have evaded paying tax to the Botswana Government as a majority shareholder of a company called Renaissance Property Holdings (PTY) ltd. The company whose directors also include the Minister’s wife Michelle Seretse bought a piece of land from Tlhokomelo ya Bagodi in 2010 for P1 761 660 . Seretse is the Chairman of...


Francistown City Council saddled with mysterious government loan

19-04-2015 - Obusitse Kologwe

Although Francistown City Council (FCC) is grappling with shortage of funds, it has emerged that the city council has since independence been paying back a mysterious loan to government. This emerged last week when FCC Finance Committee Chairperson and specially elected councilor James Kgalajwe presented the city councils audit report to a full council meeting. Kgalajwe who was presenting an audit...



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