Botswana Holds Interest Rate at Lowest Since at Least 2007

Botswana’s central bank held its key interest rate at the lowest since at least 2007 as subdued demand contributes to a benign inflation outlook.

The Monetary Policy Committee kept the rate at 5 percent, Governor Moses Pelaelo told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Gaborone. It was reduced in October.

Downside risks to the outlook include restrained global activity, protectionist policies and geopolitical pressures, while upside risks include a potential increase in prices for services such as power, he said.

Botswana is a landlocked country of about 2.2 million people that’s roughly the size of Texas. It’s the world’s biggest diamond producer after Russia and has Africa’s highest credit rating at Moody’s Investors Service.

Burnt bricks banned in Malawi

In its effort to attain environmental sustainability ahead of the year 2020, government has with immediate effect banned the use of fire cured bricks in all construction projects . Malawi 24 reports

This follows the gazzetting of the Use of Sustainable Construction Materials Regulations of 2018.

According to an announcement by the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC), these regulations have been put in place to help in promoting the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly construction materials in the country’s construction industry.

NCIC says the regulations require that every public or commercial project be executed using approved, energy efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly construction materials and technologies in all the phases of the project as appropriate.

“As such the use of traditionally fire cured bricks in the execution of such projects is prohibited,” says NCIC.

With the coming of these regulations, consultants have been advised to ensure that they design and specify, sustainable construction methods and materials for their clients.

The regulations also require city, town and district councils to approve only such projects that specify and utilize construction materials that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

The council further states that failure to comply with any provision of these regulations shall constitute an offence and culprits will be dealt with accordingly.

Caster Semenya to challenge ‘discriminatory’ IAAF testosterone rule

Two-time gold medallist and world champion Caster Semenya will head to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport today to challenge new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rules.

In April, the athletics body introduced new “eligibility regulations for female classification” that restricted the testosterone levels of for female athletes in the 400m, hurdles, 800m, 1 500m and combined events. Under the rules, athletes who have a “difference of sexual development” would have to ensure their circulating testosterone level remains under 5nmol/L. Athletes who exceeded the limit would have to alter their bodies by medical means if they wished to compete at international events.

The restrictions would severely impact Semenya in particular, who as things stand would be unable compete in the 800m and 1500m without undergoing medical interventions. In a press statement released on Monday, she described them as “discriminatory, irrational, unjustifiable”.

“I am very upset that I have been pushed into the public spotlight again,” she said. “I don’t like talking about this new rule. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born. It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am. I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast.”

Only 5 African countries can qualify for the World Cup tournament

Africa is home to 54 countries. Yet,

Africa is the world’s second most populated continent; it’s home to 54 countries. Yet, according to football umbrella body FIFA’s rules, only five African countries can qualify for the World Cup tournament which is held every four years.

In the 2018 tournament Africa is represented by Nigeria and Senegal from West Africa, and Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco from North Africa. Countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Cameroon and Burkina Faso — which all feature in the top 60 of FIFA’s ranking of its 206 member states — will be watching the 64 matches in Russia from home.

KEEDITSE CALLS FOR OFFICERS FITNESS AND WELLNESS

The Deputy Director Criminal Investigations Branch, has called on police officers to commit to healthy living lifestyles that will help them keep fit.

He made the plea when giving a keynote address at the official opening of Sierra Cup tournament at the Special Support Group (SSG) grounds over the weekend. Mr Keeditse said physical training is one way that officers could use to keep their bodies fit and encouraged them to continue investing in their health through sports like playing sports like football.

He went on to say that playing football will not only help them gain physical and mental fitness but the opportunity to interact with each other and the community they serve.

Mr Keeditse further encouraged the officers to utilise the health services provided at the tournament to screen for non-communicable diseases such as respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes. He said early diagnosis of these ailments could help with timely treatment.
The teams taking part in the five weeks tournament were seven from SSG, one from Telecommunications Branch (TTB) and Police Headquarters.

Sierra Cup is an annual self-sponsored tournament initiated by SSG management and geared towards among others inspiring commitment, personal growth & healthy living through physical training.