The Presidency has confirmed that President Ian Khama has agreed to lift the suspension of four Judges of the High Court.
Wednesday, 23 Mar 2016
President Ian Khama says the re-introduction of the passenger train service will help stimulate economic growth. The President was speaking at the launch of the train service in Lobatse yesterday. It was stopped in 2009 because the state company was making a loss in running the passenger service. Khama said the train service will offer economic opportunities for Batswana, such as catering, cleaning, sanitation and security services.
Tuesday, 22 Mar 2016
A senior official in the Energy and Water Resources Ministry says vehicle emissions continue to pose a threat to human health and welfare. Speaking during the national workshop to promote low sulphur fuels in Francistown earlier today, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dr Obakeng Obakeng, said urban areas where human population is concentrated are at risk. Obakeng said there are significant social and economic benefits to be gained by curtailing the health impacts, resulting from intense exposure to sulphur emissions.
Friday, 18 Mar 2016
Deloitte Botswana, Country Managing Partner, Max Marinelli says the company has invested in Botswana and continues to celebrate her prosperity and potential. Speaking at the company’s stakeholder Engagement on change and Sustainability, Marinelli said the company is committed to the power of engagement and the power of change to transform. He pleaded the company’s commitment to transforming people, communities, and the economy.
Thursday, 10 Mar 2016
Over 1 million applicants are in waiting lists for land allocation across the country. Delivering his ministerial budget in parliament, Lands Minister Prince Maele, said the applicants will continue to be vetted for eligibility for allocation, to ensure compliance with the Land Policy provision on equity in distribution of land. Desperate landless Batswana have, in recent years been forced to sleep next to Land Board offices, just to make to the queue to drop off an application, leading to stampedes and disorder.
Thursday, 10 Mar 2016
Authorities in Serowe say the Central District is faced with a challenge of failure by the youth to service their loans. According to the District Development Committee report, the loans are acquired at the Youth ,Sports and Culture department through the Youth Programme. It says it has also observed non-commitment by project owners, poor record keeping and non submission of progress reports. The report also said to address the issues, the Department will continue to train the youth and also make follow ups to remind them of the obligation on their contracts.
Thursday, 03 Mar 2016
The cash-strapped BCL mine in Selebi Phikwe has reportedly secured a financial bailout from Barclays bank. The Guardian newspaper says the loan facility, worth 1 billion Pula, is subject to guarantee by the government. The mining giant is struggling to meet its financial obligations. Apparently the current crisis was triggered by failing to timely act on a board resolution ,to source money from finance institutions, to carry out the smelter shutdown last year. This forced BCL dig into funds meant for day to day operations, and drove the company into bankruptcy.
Thursday, 15 Oct 2015
Selebi Phikwe West MP Dithapelo Keorapetse, has called on government to bail out the cash-strapped BCL mine to save thousands of jobs. In a meeting with residents of Thakadiawa yesterday, Keorapetse said he expects government to act and should unveil plans in the next session of parliament due next month, to assist the mine. The BCP MP noted that BCL's financial situation has been exacerbated by a sharp drop in nickel price in the world market, at a time when copper prices have long plummeted.
Friday, 09 Oct 2015
Hardly a year after the inaugural Francistown investment forum, which was intended to lure investors into the second city, the residents say the city is developing at a snail pace. Once resident, Thabo Nyambe told Gabz Fm news that unemployment is still high especially amongst the youth. Nyambe criticized the civic leadership of the city for not doing enough in creating employment for the locals. However, the city Mayor, Sylvia Muzila is optimistic that residents will soon find employment opportunities.
Friday, 09 Oct 2015
Kgatleng District Council has launched an incinerator project at Pilane landfill worth over 2 million pula. This was said by the Chairman of the Kgatleng District Development Foundation, Mpho Moruakgomo yesterday. Moruakgomo said the incinerator is expected to improve management of health waste around the country, adding that they intend to collect clinical waste from health facilities in the greater Gaborone area, including from 26 health posts in Kgatleng.
Monday, 14 Sep 2015
With the country's water situation set to get even tighter in the coming months unless the country, especially the Southern part receives above normal rainfall, government says it is in the process of pushing ahead to get water from the Chobe/ Zambezi rivers. Water Resource Minister, Kitso Mokaila, told Gabz FM news on the sidelines of his tour of the North-South Carrier Water Project pipeline, that the project will kick off once government has decided to undertake it through the Public Private Partnership, or the Design, Build, Operate and Transfer models.