Gaborone – Opposition groups have reportedly come together to form a coalition to challenge President Ian Khama’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 2019 elections. The BDP has been in power since 1966.
According to eNCA, four parties – the Botswana National Front, the Botswana Movement for Democracy, the Botswana Congress Party, and the Botswana People’s Party – came together as “a response to a plea by the people for the opposition to stop splitting votes and work together”.
The BDP’s popularity has reportedly been sinking since the 2014 elections due to a “sluggish economic growth and high youth unemployment”, the report said. “With only one opposition party in place now, I believe that the BDP will have to work very hard in the coming years to preserve or better its supremacy at the 2019 elections,” political analyst Anthony Morima was quoted as saying. Khama won a second term in 2014 after his party secured a parliamentary majority at the polls.
The BDP garnered at least 29 of the 57 parliamentary seats. The party, however, faced a challenge in urban areas, where opposition parties made inroads since the formation in 2010 of a breakaway party, the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD)read more ...
The Economic Freedom Front says it will lay criminal charges against former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu at this morning at Johannesburg Central Hospital.
The party called Mahlangu a “killer” for being driving force to move patients from Life Esidimeni homes to unregistered NGOs. The NGOs were found to have been unsafe‚ crowded‚ without sufficient heating and without skilled staff. At least 94 people died from hunger‚ dehydration and diseases unrelated to mental health.
Mahlangu’s decision was described as “reckless” by health ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.
Mahlangu’s resignation was announced on Wednesday by the Gauteng Premier.
The EFF says it will lay charges against anyone else implicated in the killing of the patients.
The ANC Youth League has also indicated it wishes to lay charges of murder against the former health MEC.
Jack Bloom of the Democratic Alliance said: “It took 141 days for Mahlangu to resign following the first disclosure of deaths in reply to my question in the Gauteng Legislature on 13 September last year.”
Bloom continued: “Premier (David) Makhura has failed badly in this matter and needs to keep his promises to ensure that action is taken against all those implicated‚ including criminal charges.”
The DA’s health spokesman said Mahlangu’s replacement‚ Dr Gwen Ramokgopa‚ was a poor MEC when she was in charge.
“I am not impressed with the return of Dr Gwen Ramokgopa as MEC of the Gauteng Health Department‚” said Bloom. “She was mediocre in this position previously and does not have the drive to fix this deeply dysfunctional department.”read more ...
One of Namibia’s leading stock brokerages, Simonis Storm Securities (SSS), expects domestic economic growth for 2016 to be 2.5 percent, down from the 5.3 percent in 2015
The main drivers of this reduced growth include a struggling Fiscus and slower private sector credit extension (PSCE), which have led to significantly slower construction activity.
Construction has been the main private sector driver of the economy over the last three years.
At the same time the looming water crisis has severely affected the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. SSS expects expect 2.8 percent GDP growth for 2017, mainly on the expectation of a strong mining sector in 2017.He noted that sectors that are expected to continue to perform poorly are fishing, due to scarce resources and regulatory challenges, and construction, due to indebtedness and lower government spending
Interest rates are anticipated to rise during the course of 2017 and SSS expects the Bank of Namibia to hike the benchmark repo rate at least twice in 2017 by a total of 0.50 percent.
This is on the back of at least one rate hike in South Africa and the United States.
Eight companies will share over E6 million as they have won tenders for the supply of and delivery of schools furniture for selected primary schools
The procuring entity is the Ministry of Education and Training.
The companies that stand better chances to be awarded the contracts are Afritool, Tech Tool, Glad Tidings Investment, Mdzabuko Investments, J&D Agencies Wholesale, Army Investments, Marithas Investments and Montigny Investments. Schools to be supplied with the furniture are in all the country’s districts – Hhohho, Lubombo, Manzini and Shiselweni.
The eight companies outsmarted fourteen others which were vying for the same tender. Noteworthy, 12 companies were eliminated under the preliminary and technical evaluation.
These were CITI Group, Intrepid, Dups Properties, Lesco Engineering, ZMCB, Babylon Investment, Boab Investment, J&D Agencies, Ithuba Investment and Cordial Investment.
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This is illustrated by the number of licences granted by the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority (SERA) to interested companies
Soon after confirming that it has granted Canham Mining a power generation licence, SERA’s Chief Executive Officer Vusi Mkhumane has confirmed granting another IPP a 25 year power generation licence.
T-Colle Proprietary Limited applied for the licence in 2013. Over the years, the regulator was going through an intensive analysis of the application.
“T-Cole is the latest IPP to be granted a power generation licence after we completed our assessments and got board approval,” Mkhumane said.
The granting of T-Cole brings the number of licenced IPPs to seven. The other licenced companies are SGL Power, Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC), Ubombo Sugar Limited (USL), Canham Mining, Middle Lusutfu Hydro Power, and Wundersight.Mkhumane said before a company could be licenced, it has to clearly indicate that it has an agreement with the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) on the tariff it will charge when selling the power, it must have a sound business plan
He said it should have received funding commitments from reputable financiers, should have completed an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and should have contracts with reputable companies where it would source fuel or basic raw material.
After being granted a generation licence, Mkhumane said licensees are expected to provide quarterly progress reports.
The CEO said the progress report allows them to understand if the project would be implemented. He said it also informs them about the challenges being faced by the prospective investor so that they can be assisted where possible.