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11 Dec 2006

A simplistic or rigid economic approach to economic development can be misleading and dangerous, particularly in a country lacking in public discussion by reason of insufficiency of mass media.

11 Dec 2006

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)’s Annual Report for 2005 – 6 was voted the best parastatal and overall best Annual Report in Botswana this year. This was witnessed at the glittery annual PRICEWATERHOUSECOPPERS (PWC) Annual Report prize giving ceremony, held on November 23, 2006.

11 Dec 2006

As a country and people, we have every reason to worry at the fast pace at which our national politics is losing both conviction and passion.
Debates in parliament are no longer as inspiring as they used to.

11 Dec 2006

The rise in the number of copper cable thefts and vandalism, which are now a global epidemic, are costing companies million of pula in repairs and replacements nationwide.

To highlight the problem, the Botswana Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) organized a stakeholders’ seminar to discuss the pandemic.

11 Dec 2006

The discovery of diamonds in Botswana has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it has propelled the country from the lowest rung of development in a short space of time, to a decent per capita GDP of US $4 000 plus-minus bracket; from a few kilometers of tarmac road to four thousands or more of tarmac and all the infrastructural achievements to date.

11 Dec 2006

Mascom Wireless has the new Chief Executive.
The 56 year old Jose Geraldes Gomes takes over from Jose Antonio Ferreira who has now joined MTC Namibia.

Jose Geraldes Gomes is an engineering graduate from the Institute of Superior Tecnico – Lisbon where he graduated in 1974.

11 Dec 2006

“…To be blunt, I am calling for a future economic policy which will aggressively discriminate in favour of promoting citizens. If the existing financial institutions cannot promote a policy of discriminating in favour of Batswana, then the Government must create indigenous institutions which will do so.

11 Dec 2006

Next year marks the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery. For those of you who didn’t stay long in school, it means the 200th year when slave masters decided they had made enough money from poor black souls and would now let them go free. It must have been a tough time when the abolitionists finally won the struggle to prohibit slavery.

11 Dec 2006

Specially Elected Member of Parliament Botsalo Ntuane has called on government to move with the times and start providing condoms inside prisons.

Debating an amendment to the Prisons Act in parliament Ntuane said the reality is that there are incidents of homosexuality going on inside parliament, and said its only reasonable for government to accept such reality.

11 Dec 2006

Twenty years ago, Botswana was regarded as one of the poorest countries in the world but today it is considered the richest in non-oil producing countries in Africa.

More remarkable growth is happening and was proven beyond reasonable doubt by the Economic Review, which was launched this week at Maharaja Conference Centre by Managing Director of Econsult, Keith Jefferis.

11 Dec 2006

Fleming Asset Management is to fly Botswana’s flag in the European markets as it prepares to list its newly created hedge fund, Zenith Fund on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange in a bid to access the European and Asian markets.

11 Dec 2006

OUTSA MOKONE and SPENCER MOGAPI take you inside how Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe is turning Botswana from a reluctant international player into a global mover and shaker

“I was walking a tight rope” Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe says in a commanding voice, deep in pitch, confiding in tone, a voice that fills the spacious room with a nameplate that says “Leader of the House” on the door.

11 Dec 2006

Government exclusive rights over the broadcast of the 13 December judgement in which Basarwa leader, Roy Sesana and others seek land rights at the Botswana’s Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve have raised eyebrows in the journalists’ and legal community.

11 Dec 2006

Olifant Mfa is making friends in factory floors and enemies in boardrooms. The gamble is likely to keep him in parliament but may force him out of Cabinet

04 Dec 2006

If you are looking for the most expensive cars in Botswana, look at the parking bays of parastatal organizations, government departments and councils – Letlhakeng West MP Filbert Nagafela told Parliament this week.

04 Dec 2006

The Botswana National Youth Council has suspended acting Chief Executive Officer Thina Molatlhegi in the latest installment of the marathon power struggle between the council board and management.

04 Dec 2006

The Botswana Musicians Union plans to hold a copyright workshop to move the government to resuscitate the law of 2000 currently suffocating under the unwillingness of the responsible minister to sign it into operation.

The workshop is scheduled for the beginning of December.

04 Dec 2006

Signs that officers in the Botswana Local Police Service may be unhappy with their conditions of service emerged in Parliament this week.

Tonota Member of Parliament Pono Moatlhodi on Friday took Minister of Local Government, Ambrose Masalila to task over the late payment of local police officers’ allowance.

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