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17.01.12
The Honourable Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Dr Ponatshego H K Kedikilwe returned from a nine day official visit to Japan, at the Invitation of the Government of Japan, on the 13thNovember 2011. During the official Visit, Dr Kedikilwe was bestowed the distinction of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by Crown Prince Naruhito on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito, on 7th November 2011, at an investiture ceremony that was held at the Imperial Palace. The award, which is the highest that is awarded by the Japanese Government to foreign dignitaries, is in recognition of Dr Kedikilwe’s efforts in sustaining and developing the bilateral relations between Japan and the Republic of Botswana during his service to the Nation. Out of 4000 persons that were considered for the award only 5 were selected. Dr Kedikilwe was the only African bestowed this award this year. Dr Kedikilwe’s told officials, at the various official meetings that he held, that he felt humbled and honoured by the recognition, which, in essence, was bestowed on him on behalf of the people of Botswana, who he had been privileged to serve over the years. He told the distinguished guests, at the various engagements, that this was but a great honour to Botswana. He held Ministerial talks with; 1. Hon Yukio Edano, the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry; 2. Honourable Ken Okuda, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; and 3. Honourable Ryuji Yamane, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also held official talks with Executive Managements of; a) Itochu Corporation and Itochu Mineral Resources on investment opportunities in Botswana; b) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on investment opportunities in the minerals and energy sectors of Botswana; c) Forevermark, where he was apprised of trends in the Diamond market; d) Uchihara Group, where he was apprised of their efforts in the promoting of Botswana’s Diamonds, through their SA*Birth Brand; e) Japan International Cooperation (JICA), where the Study on Morupule A refurbishment and the Kazungula Bridge, among other projects were discussed; f) Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) where the grant funded ¥1.11billion Japanese 1.3MW Phakalane Photovoltaic Project was discussed; g) Japan Oil, Gas and Metal Corporation (JOGMEG), where one of the issues discussed was that of the ongoing metal exploration in Botswana; h) Two Professors from Akita University which has collaborative arrangements with both the University of Botswana and the Botswana International University of Science and Technology in skill development and capacity building. i) SADC Ambassadors, at which he briefed the Ambassadors on ongoing regional cooperation initiatives; j) Researchers from Nara Institute of Technology who are doing research on Jatropha, Water Melon and Potato in collaboration with Botswana entities; k) Two Scientists who have made an input in the formulation of the revised Botswana Science and Technology Policy. The Minister visited Isogo Power Station that utilizes cutting edge technology in generating of Power through clean coal technology.The power station has the lowest emission for a thermal power station around the globe. Dr Kedikilwe then proceeded to visit Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, to have an insight and appreciation of the rich culture of Japan. Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Public Relations Unit Tel: 365 6641/6610 Fax: 390 9368
17.01.12
The Directorate of Public Service Management wishes to inform the public that, notwithstanding a recent news article, there has been no increment in expatriate salaries within the civil service this year beyond the 3% that was awarded to all Government public servants. In this respect the Directorate would note that a document recently cited in the media did not increase the allowances and salaries of expatriates by 35 percent across the board effective August this year as was falsely reported. The document in question rather reaffirmed existing, longstanding expatriate inducement allowances, which range from 0-35% depending on the position and nature of recruitment of the employee. We would like to emphasise that there has been no adjustment to such inducements whatsoever this year.
17.01.12
Government has been following closely, the unfolding events in Kgatleng especially where Ministers have been barred from addressing Kgotla meetings. Government views this state of affairs as denying Bakgatla the opportunity to interact with government officials to get first-hand information on various government programmes. This is not conducive for promotion of order and good governance. On a related matter, Kgosi Kgafela II has written letters to some public offices using derogatory and abusive language against the national leadership. All these issues have led to a conclusion that Kgosi Kgafela II has: a) frustrated Government efforts to consult and communicate with Kgatleng community on developmental issues that affect the community; b) abused his powers by ordering Dikgosana in Kgatleng to ignore and frustrate Ministers’ efforts in their bid to hold meetings in Kgatleng District; and c) incited Dikgosana to be insubordinate and refuse to carry-out lawful orders from Ministers. In a democratic set-up where the rule of law has to be respected by everybody, we cannot as Government allow this situation to continue. As a result I have taken a decision to invoke the provisions of Section 15 of the Bogosi Act, Chapter 41:01, in the public interest, to de-recognise Kgosi Kgafela II with immediate effect. Effectively, Kgafela II shall henceforth neither exercise nor perform any powers or official duties relating to tribal administration structures in the Kgatleng District. All Dikgosana in the Kgatleng District are reminded to respect this decision as failure to do so will be a contravention of the law on their part, resulting in similar action being taken against them. __________________ Lebonaamang T. Mokalake Minister of Local Government 28th October 2011
17.01.12
The Acting Permanent Secretary to the President and Secretary of Cabinet, Ms. Botshelo Mathuba, has announced that His Excellency the President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has made the following appointments to Cabinet with effect from the 1st of November 2011: • The Honourable Dikgakgamatso Seretse has been appointed as the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security • The Honourable Edwin Batshu has been appointed as the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs. • The Honourable Peter Siele has been appointed as the Minister of Local Government • The Honourable Lebonamang Mokalake has been appointed as the Minister of Lands and Housing • The Honourable Nonofo Molefi has been appointed as the Minister of Transport and Communication. The Acting Permanent Secretary to the President has further announced the following Appointments and Transfers in the Senior Civil Service with effect from the 1st November 2011: • Mr.Thato Raphaka has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communication, having been transferred from the Ministry of Local Government; • Mrs. Goitsemang Morekisi has been appointed as the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communication, having been transferred from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning; • Mr. Mabua Mabua has been appointed as the Coordinator for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) still in the Ministry of Transport and Communication; • Mr. Boipolelo Khumomatlhare has been promoted to become the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government; • Ms. Halakangwa Mbulai has been appointed Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, ; • Mr. Lisani Mannathoko to has been appointed as the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for Corporate Services, having been transferred from Lands and Housing; and • Mr. Peter Mongwaketse has been appointed as the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture for Sport, having been transferred from the Ministry of Local Government
17.01.12
The Acting Permanent Secretary to the President and Secretary of Cabinet, Ms. Botshelo Mathuba, has announced that His Excellency the President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has made the following appointments to Cabinet with effect from the 1st of November 2011: • The Honourable Dikgakgamatso Seretse has been appointed as the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security • The Honourable Edwin Batshu has been appointed as the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs. • The Honourable Peter Siele has been appointed as the Minister of Local Government • The Honourable Lebonamang Mokalake has been appointed as the Minister of Lands and Housing • The Honourable Nonofo Molefi has been appointed as the Minister of Transport and Communication.
17.01.12
Gaborone, October 21, 2011: The Government of the Republic of Botswana has noted reports of the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Colonel Gaddafi had committed crimes against humanity and other serious violations of fundamental human rights with the intention to suppress the popular uprising by the Libyan people, who for a long time yearned for democratic transformation. Colonel Gaddafi’s demise therefore, marks an end of over forty years of tyranny. The Government of the Republic of Botswana reaffirms its support for peace, stability and democratic dispensation in Libya, as these are the necessary foundation for sustainable development. We therefore call upon the international community to unequivocally support the Libyan people as they go through the difficult path of reconstruction and reconciliation. Contact - Public Relations, Research and Information Department Tel: (267) 3600700 Fax: (267) 3913366 E-Mail: mofaic-admin@lists.gov.bw
17.01.12
The Office of the Ombudsman wishes to inform the public about the untimely death of the Ombudsman Mr. Ofentse Moatlhodi Lepodise who passed away today 18th October 2011 at Bokamoso Private Hospital. Mr. Ofentse Moatlhodi Lepodise, a lawyer by profession was appointed the second Ombudsman for the Republic of Botswana on the 1st of August 2006. Having joined the Office after its inception, he is regarded as one of the pioneers of the Ombudsman institution in Botswana. At the time of his untimely death, Mr. Lepodise was serving his second four-year term of office. Born on the 21st Of September 1959, the late Mr. Lepodise had a resounding passion and drive to see the office of the Ombudsman achieve its continued success and contribution to the maintenance of Administrative Justice, an ethic driven Public Administration and therefore Good Governance. Mr. Lepodise’s career span extended beyond twenty-years in the Public Service. He joined the Office of the Ombudsman on the 1st of September 1998 as a Chief Administrator, was later promoted to the post of Chief Legal Investigator, then Director Management & Legal Services (Executive Director) before being appointed to the highest position of the Ombudsman on the 1st August 2006. Previously Mr. Lepodise served as a Magistrate, rising through the ranks from Magistrate I to rank Chief Magistrate. He started his career as a State Counsel at the Attorney General Chambers in 1984. Mr. Lepodise leaves behind, his wife, three children (two boys and a girl). Funeral arrangements are not yet known. -ENDS- For more information please contact: Fenny E. Letshwiti The Office of Ombudsman Public Relations, TEL: 395 3322., eletshwiti@gov.bw
17.01.12
His Excellency the President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has appointed Mr. Justice Goemekgabo Tebogo-Maruping as the new Judge President of the Industrial Court of Botswana with effect from 1st November, 2011. Justice Tebogo-Maruping’s appointment follows the retirement of Mr. Justice Elijah Legwaila from the Industrial Court with effect from 31st October, 2011.
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