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February 22, 2018 3:30 PM BOFEPUSU to report Govt to ILO, yet again

This comes after the Minister for Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development Tshenolo Mabeo made known his intentions to conduct an inspection of books or documents of some seven trade unions and two federations. Mabeo said the inspection is in accordance with Section 49 (1) and (2) of the Trade Unions and Employer’s Organisations Act (TUEU) 6

February 21, 2018 3:14 PM South Africa: Five cops, soldier killed in a raid

In a statement, the South African Government News Agency said three officers were killed instantly. The off-duty soldier was shot as the assailants fled, taking two other officers hostage. Their bodies were found 6km down the road. The unknown group of armed robbers burst into the police station near Umtata, and opened fire early on Wednesday morning 18

February 20, 2018 2:32 PM Tourists spend hits P14.5bn mark

The results are contained in the 2016 Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) launched in Gaborone earlier this morning. The TSA, the third conducted in Botswana starting with a pilot in 2006, is a research project designed to accurately gauge the contribution of tourism to the national economy. According to data shared during the launch, spending by tourists 21

February 20, 2018 2:29 PM Parties name candidates for Ralekgetho by-election

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane announced the writ for the by-election on Friday. The post for the council ward became vacant after the area councillor Gofentseone Rakala died after short illness. Omphile Motlhajoe will represent the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) while Johnson Mmare will represent the Umbrella 23

February 20, 2018 2:14 PM Kgalagadi North to receive 23 nurse staff houses

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, the Minister of Health and Wellness Dorcus Makgato said construction of the 23 nurse staff houses in the area was in the NDP 10 vote of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development but the project was delayed due to financial constrains. She however, explained that funding was availed in 2015/16 and tender 21

February 20, 2018 11:08 AM School pots procurement hits a snag

Parliament yesterday learnt that the procurement process has for the moment been halted due to an appeal made by one of the bidders. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane acknowledged that the pots have been idle and not functioning due to that appeal. “The pots are not functioning as the procurement process for the supply 21

February 19, 2018 5:41 PM EU statement on the execution of Tselayarona

The EU Heads of Mission in Botswana deplore that Joseph Tselayarona was executed on 17 February 2018 and recall the EU's principled position against the use of capital punishment, which can never be justified. irrevocable and irreversible, which is why most of the countries in the world have stopped applying it. We call on Botswana to initiate a public 22

February 19, 2018 10:45 AM USA: Chinese anger over stolen Terracotta warrior thumb

The 2,000-year-old statue, worth $4.5m (£3.2m), is one of 10 on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Last week, Michael Rohana was charged with theft and concealment of a major artwork, and later released on bail. The Terracotta Army is one of China's most important archaeological finds. According to court documents, Mr Rohana, 24, was attending 21

February 19, 2018 4:00 AM Lax govt depts vex PPADB

The Board’s observations come as ministries come under increasing pressure to tighten project delivery and cost management, in the age of declining national budget revenues. A Project Management Office is being set up in the Office of the President to govern across all line ministries. PPADB executive chairperson, Bridget John said two audits of mega projects 21

February 19, 2018 4:00 AM Billions flow as parastatals' spending freeze eases

The billions of pula more in grants that parastatals are set to receive in the next financial year fly in the face of the Finance Ministry’s stated austerity policy for public funds, especially those spent in the generally loss-making parastatal sector. In his budget speech last Monday, finance minister, Kenneth Matambo pledged to crack down on losses 22