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Thursday, 20 Oct 2016
Botswana Mine Workers Union President, Jack Tlhagale, has called on former BCL employees, to punish Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi, for misleading the nation about the closure of the BCL Mine. Addressing workers yesterday at a rally called by Public Sector Unions Federation, BOFEPUSU, Tlhagale said the Vice President has proved that he cannot be trusted with running the country, as he has repeatedly lied about the BCL problems and its closure.
Thursday, 20 Oct 2016
BCL miners have received more grim news with the confirmation that their employment with the company will be formally terminated at the end of this month. Botswana Mine Workers Union President, Jack Tlhagale, told the BCL employees yesterday, that the union established that the workers will only be paid this month's salaries and their leave and gratuities in November. He said the only thing that has delayed the liquidator from getting rid of the employees as quickly as he had wanted, is the payments from government.
Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016
US president, Barack Obama has sent a congratulatory message to Batswana on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of independence that will be celebrated this Friday, September 30th. In his message of friendship and solidarity, sent to President Ian Khama, the US president says he deeply appreciates the strong partnership forged by the two governments over the many years of cooperation and mutual respect. Obama says Khama’s leadership in wildlife protection and environmental conservation sets an example for the region and the world.
Monday, 19 Sep 2016
Bank of Botswana Governor, Linah Mohohlo says the recent decision by Britain to exit the European Union might affect the local economy in the long run. Speaking during a networking seminar in Francistown recently, Mohohlo said although its impact is yet to unfold, there is growing uncertainty. She noted that interest rates in major financial markets are at historic low levels, and in some cases they are negative and furthermore global economic growth remains uncertain.
Friday, 22 Jul 2016
BNF leader Duma Boko has expressed concern about reports that government might close down BCL mine in Selebi Phikwe. Addressing party members in Francistown recently, Boko said if the reports are true, more than 5 thousand people will lose their jobs and increase the already high statistics of unemployment. He further said the economy of the town will collapse which heavily depends on the copper and nickel mine.
Thursday, 21 Jul 2016
Francistown South MP, Wynter Mmolotsi has opposed a bill that seeks to increase the number of specially elected members of parliament. The bill seeks to increase the number from 4 to 6 while it also intends to increase the number of ministers and assistant ministers by two each. Mmolotsi stated that the idea of specially elected Member of Parliament has no good intentions to benefit Batswana. He said the bill was only created for the ruling party’s family members who are going to be rewarded with the posts that are created.
Thursday, 21 Jul 2016
The BTCL Foundation has donated half a million Pula worth of goods and equipment to ten different beneficiaries in the Palapye area. The funds were raised through a music event last year dubbed the “beMOBILE Ke Ya Rona festival. Some of the beneficiaries included the house of Hope trust, Kopano Rehabilitation Foundation, Itsiseng Banana Trust, Mmabana Trust and Hope Humana. Speaking at the hand over ceremony earlier today, the PS in the Transport and Communication Ministry, Ephraim Balebetse called for accountability in using the dispersed funds and equipment.
Thursday, 07 Jul 2016
Business Botswana, BB has unveiled its new logo to signal its growth following a name change from BOCCIM to Business Botswana. The guest speaker at the event, Bayport Executive Chairperson, Father Maphongo said the rebranding is meant to align the corporate identity of the organisation with its new strategic direction. For her past, BB CEO, Dr. Racious Moatshe says the objective behind this transition was to align the new brand with the current restructuring process of forming the organisation into an Apex body.
Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016
Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Minister, Tshekedi Khama says Botswana has convinced Kenya to move away from burning ivory stockpile of wildlife species such as elephants. Khama stated that Botswana is one of the countries that have of late, objected to the tradition of burning of ivory as it has a potential to send a wrong message about the country’s conservation efforts, on its natural resources.
Saturday, 02 Jul 2016
The global hardware, software services company, Acer, has announced its investment and growth for the Botswana Market. Announcing the strategy this week, Acer country Manager, Paul Collins, said the company views Botswana as a hub for the SADC region, because of its support for enterprise development. He highlighted that Acer had strengthened its service delivery capabilities in-country, and identified opportunities to support the future development of the education sector, through technology.