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12.10.18
JAMATAKA RECEIVES CLEAN SOLAR ENERGY- Access to sustainable and regular electricity supply is crucial to uplifting rural areas’ socio-economic situations. Officiating at launch of the solar energy project in Jamataka on Tuesday, British High Commissioner, Ms Katy Ransome, said modern technologies of providing clean energy will come handy when comfronting climate change challenges.
Ms Ransome said over a 12 months period, project partners collaborated to develop a new clean technology providing electricity and hot water supported by a new energy Fintech service.
27.09.18
FOREIGN POLICY PREMISED ON DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW President Mokgweetsi Masisi says Botswana’s foreign policy is premised on democratic principles, the rule of law and non-violence. President Masisi was speaking with US senior fellows for Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations as well as former American ambassador to Botswana Ms Michelle Gavin on the sidelines of the UN general assembly on September 24.
27.09.18
LOSS OF PASSPORTS ALARMING - MINISTER MAKGATO The rate at which Botswana passports are being lost is alarming and calls for stiffer measures, says Ms Dorcus Makgato. Ms Makgato, who is minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, said some passports were lost while others were sold by owners. Addressing a full session of the Central District Council on September 24, Ms Makgato said it had been discovered that some holders of Botswana passports were implicated in criminal activities abroad. Countries such as the United Kingdom, upon realising that Botswana passports were used by criminals, were contemplating imposing visa requirements on Batswana. The minister said the passport issue had the potential to affect relations between Botswana and other countries and threatened the country’s security. Ms Makgato said some passports were simply not cared for by their owners to the extent that children wrote on them and liquids were spilled on them. This, she said, compelled government to introduce stiffer measures which ultimately impacted negatively on Batswana. Loss of Botswana passport attracts 12 months ban from acquiring a new one and where the minister determines that the passport was lost or destroyed through negligence or that there is a possibility of fraud, a P1 000 fee would be levied on the applicant. Saying the penalties were justified, Ms Makgato said the fees were lower than production costs. She said the ministry would only consider relaxing the penalties upon realisation that Batswana had come to a level where they cared for their passports. On other issues, the minister appealed to the public to collect their national identity cards. She said about 30 000 Omang cards remained uncollected at the ministry’s offices which negated the hard work put into clearing the backlog. Efforts have been made though short message services (SMS) to inform owners of the readiness of their cards for collection yet the response was still worrisome, the minister said. Ms Makgato said that her ministry had put concerted efforts to clear the approximately 200 000 Omang backlog by among others purchasing more equipment, engaging services of intern officers as well as extending office hours. The minister also apprised councillors on the interventions meant to enhance and expedite service delivery at her ministry. Among them she mentioned the scrapping of requirements for people, especially women, to be required to take off their headgear of cultural or religious importance, in order to take a photograph for Omang and passport. She said the ministry had moved from producing 1 500 to 3 000 cards per day. BOPA
27.09.18
CELEBRATE BOTSWANA PEACE, STABILITY Batswana have been urged to celebrate the peace and stability reigning in the country. Giving a keynote address at the Democratic Symposium in Gaborone on September 25, former Liberian president Professor Amos Sawyer said Botswana was a model of good governance in Africa therefore Batswana had much to celebrate. He said peace and stability were entrenched in the Botswana culture and society adding that the country had distinguished itself as a voice of truth.
27.09.18
BOTSWANA MALI SIGNS FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT The Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Honourable Dr Unity Dow with her Malian counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Kamissa Camara, during the signing ceremony of the General Framework Agreement between Botswana and Mali, on 25 September 2018, on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly, in New York  
27.09.18
OPERATING TIMES FOR LIQUOR OUTLETS DURING INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAYS The General Public and Liquor Traders are hereby informed that the official trading hours as stipulated in the Second Schedule of the Liquor Regulations 2008, Regulation 8 of the Liquor Regulations, 2008 read together with Regulation 25 (2) of the Trade Regulations including exemptions to Liquor Wholesalers and Retailers during Independence Day holidays will be as follows: 1. A Bar, Club Liquor and Liquor Depot authorises the sale and consumption of liquor on the licensed premises between 1200 hours to 2300 hours from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 2. A Bottle Store Licensee is authorised for the sale of liquor for consumption off the premises between 1000 hours and 1900 hours from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 3. Wholesale Liquor and Distributor Liquor Licensees are authorised for the sale of liquor between 0800 hours and 1700 hours on from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 4. A Discotheque/Night Club Licensee is authorised for the sale and consumption of liquor on licensed premises between 1900 hours and 0200 hours from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 5. No Liquor shall be served in restaurants except between 1200 hours and 1430 hours and between 1830 hours and 2230 hours on a daily basis. Further, a restaurant licensee may serve liquor in an unsealed container, to a person who takes a meal in the licensed premises, for consumption on the premises. 6. A Temporary Liquor Licence for festivals and other public activities authorises the sale of liquor between 1400 hours and 0000 hours on from Saturday to Tuesday. 7. A Temporary Liquor Licence for picnics authorises the sale of liquor between 1200 hours to 1900 hours from Saturday to Tuesday. 8. A Temporary Liquor Licence for trade fairs authorises the sale of liquor between 1200 hours to 1800 hours from Saturday to Tuesday. 9. Temporary liquor licence will be issued for Sundays and Public Holidays. 10. Furthermore, the Traditional Beer Regulations, 2011 authorises sale of declared traditional beer (Khadi, Setopoti, Mokuru, Nkumbi and Ila) at residential premises between 1200 hours and 1900 hours from Saturday to Tuesday. 11. All liquor business operators and/Managers are therefore, advised to observe and comply with the provisions of the Liquor Act and its Regulations as stated above. 12. The consumers are also advised that excessive alcohol consumption has negative impact on their health and therefore should avoid overindulgence of intoxicating liquor.
27.09.18
‘OPEN DIALOGUE BOLSTERS DEMOCRACY’

Government is committed to ensuring that different stakeholders in society participate in the open dialogue in order to strengthen accountable governance and bolster the country’s democratic system.

This was said by Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Nonofo Molefhi when welcoming guests to the Democracy Symposium reception held at the University of Botswana in Gaborone on September 25.
27.09.18
MINISTERS CONSULT LEADERS ON HUNTING BAN North West District councillors have been informed that killing of elephants is violation of protocols that the country has signed. Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Mr Thapelo Olopeng, said this when responding to a suggestion raised during a consultative meeting with councillors. He explained that Botswana was part of the global village, therefore, it should abide by the signed protocols. Mr Olopeng, who was with minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr Patrick Ralotsia and other officials were on a mission to solicit ideas on reviewing of the hunting ban. He appreciated that the number of elephants in the country had increased significantly. Consequently, elephants have reached areas where they were never seen before including Kweneng region and Phakalane in Gaborone. The minister, however, stressed the need to come up with a proper management tool that would promote wildlife conservation. Most of the councillors called on the government to lift hunting ban in order to manage wildlife-human conflict in the district while a few suggested culling and killing of species with high population as management tool. They questioned what had informed the government to impose a hunting ban arguing that wildlife had impoverished the communities adding that the district had experienced an increase in elephant and predator population in some areas. They said the animals, particularly elephants, were coming from all angles and roaming around destroying the buffalo fence, causing a serious damage in homesteads, ploughing fields and also causing deaths. They said the elephants had also denied communities an opportunity to benefit from available government programmes citing ISPAAD, LIMID and rearing of cattle. The political leaders suggested that if hunting ban was lifted, it had to be controlled and managed in a sustainable and professional manner. One of ways they said, it could be controlled through quota to the concerned parties such as the community and the community based organizations. Councillors also suggested that government could play a role to manage interested parties and ensure Batswana are given priority on issuance of licenses so that they benefit economically. They said out of all operations in the Okavango Delta, a few of locals were benefiting and called for review of some policies which they said disadvantage the locals from venturing into tourism activities. Political leaders also stated that experts should advice the government on the carrying capacity especially on elephant population in Ngamiland. The government was also advised to look into empowering Problem Animal Control unit and maintains buffer fences to separate wildlife from the communities. Earlier on, Mr Olopeng informed them that scientific evidence had indicated that in 2012, the population of elephants was 20565 and in 2014 it was estimated around 200 000 while to date they were estimated around 150 000. BOPA
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