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Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016
BCL mine has confirmed what it calls a dangerous occurrence at its Selebi Shaft over the weekend. Communications and Marketing Manager, James Molosankwe, says preliminary investigations, have revealed that the cage that was transporting two employees, failed to stop at 340-metre level, and over-travelled to 367 metres. Molosankwe confirmed that the two miners were not injured and managed to safely evacuate through an escape hatch.
Thursday, 23 Jun 2016
The Botswana Meat Commission, CEO Dr. Akolang Tombale, has defended a ritual of slaughtering of cattle according to Muslim beliefs at the abattoir. Tombale was responding to Kgosi Ntlo ya Dikgosi Member, Kgomotso Boiditswe, who wanted to know why animals were slaughtered according to Muslim beliefs. Tombale indicated that the process was aimed at certifying the beef as halaal, to meet the international market requirements where Botswana sells its beef.
Thursday, 23 Jun 2016
Some Francistown residents have called on the government to bail out the cash-strapped Tati Nickel Mining Company. The residents told Gabz Fm news that if the mine closes down, about 700 employees could lose their jobs and increase the already high unemployment statistics in the city. The residents further said the mine is the spine of the economy of Francistown, therefore its closure might greatly affect the business community in the city. Recently local reports had indicated that the mine might be closed due to financial constraints.
Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016
The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring two Botswana entrepreneurs to attend the 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held in Silicon Valley, California, from June 22nd to the 24th this week. The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program, AWEP Botswana President Chigedzi Chinyepi, and Deaftronics Operations Manager Tende-kayi Katsiga, will join more than 700 entrepreneurs in the United States for the GES Summit. The agenda will include panels, workshops, and opportunities for mentoring and networking.
Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016
The country's first steel processing plant, Pula Steel faces an uncertain future, barely twelve months after it was opened. The project, promoted by government as one of the key diversification drivers, as well as part of the BCL's diversification blueprint dubbed Polaris II, has been dogged by problems ever since inception. Workers told Gabz News that the plant was last week closed down by health inspectors, after it failed to meet safety standards.
Friday, 10 Jun 2016
Barclays Bank Botswana says it prides itself as the first bank to offer Discount Offers to its clients for its entire card base, being the Credit and Debit card customers. Launching the discounts and offers, last night, the bank’s Consumer Director, Brighton Banda, said the Discounts and Offers program will give customers exclusive benefits that will save the customers money whenever they purchase at partners’ stores. He says customers will be enjoying up to 20 percent discount from a variety of their merchant partners.
Thursday, 09 Jun 2016
A senior official in the Finance and Development Planning ministry says Botswana has not been spared from tax avoidance, and tax evasion, as revealed by the Panama papers. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Solomon Sekwakwa was responding to a question by Nata/Gweta MP Paulson Majaga, during the Public Accounts Committee who wanted to know if shortage of skills among personnel at Botswana Unified Revenue Service, BURS was not opening up a window for private sector to avoid paying tax.
Thursday, 09 Jun 2016
A senior official with the Finance and Development Planning Ministry, says the much hyped Economic Stimulus Package, ESP is part of the projects that government failed to complete in the past. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Solomon Sekwakwa was responding to Public Accounts Committee, who wanted to know what the ESP was all about. Sekwakwa stated that the introduction of ESP, should not be viewed as if the government has deserted the normalcy of doing business.
Friday, 03 Jun 2016
KFC Botswana is closing all its stores in the country leaving behind 400 of its employees across the country without jobs. VPB Propco, franchisees of the KFC business in Botswana, says the closure comes as a result of a number of factors, chief of which, is the end of the franchise agreement, and the acceptance that it no longer makes business sense to continue operations , VPB says during the course of the last 12 months, it has worked tirelessly to seek an alternative and it was clear that it is no longer feasible to continue operations.
Thursday, 02 Jun 2016
Production at the Selebi Phikwe based steel processor, Pula Steel, has been disrupted, following the downing of tools by the expatriate workers. A Pula Steel employee told Gabz FM News that the Indian staff complement at the Plant are not happy with the late payment of their salaries with allegations that some workers are owed salaries of up to four months. However Pula Steel officials, CEO Ranvir Verma and Corporate Services Manager, Brian Mosenene, explained that their expatriate staff has been sourced from India by the equipment manufacturer through a labour agency.