Friday 18 August 2017
(Mining Weekly 06/19/13)
Exploration company Minergy Limited has outlined a new coal project in the Mmamabula coalfield in Botswana. Executive director Claude de Bruin, who addressed last week’s Botswana Resource Sector Conference in Gaborone, has announced a maiden Coffey Mining-overseen Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant inferred coal resource of 2.8-billion tons, at the private company’s 100%-owned Masama project. The shallow, flat-lying deposit is said to contain export-quality coal, estimated at 1.2-billion tons, with potential to increase the size of the resource in future exploration programmes. Botswana’s north-south rail, road, electricity and water pipeline corridor traverses Botswana’s Mmamabula, which, with South Africa’s adjacent Waterberg field are said to contain enough coal to justify the expansion of the current rail system to the ports of Richards...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Botswana Daily News 06/19/13)
Recent studies have revealed that 15.5 per cent of Botswana’s land mass is affected by land degradation, says Minister Lands and Housing, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake. Officiating at the commemoration of the day to combat desertification at Mosu on June 17, Mr Mokalake said desertification had a negative impact on the community and might lead to wide spread poverty, hunger and human migration. He said environmental degradation and resource depletion had negative impacts on the rural economy. Therefore, the situation required a critical analysis of environmental problems to be undertaken. “The negative impacts caused by the teeming populations of the livestock and wildlife herds on grazing land and forest resource exacerbated by the continual occurrence of droughts are significant rural development...
(MmegiOnline 06/18/13)
The World Bank has marginally revised its projections for Botswana's economic growth in 2013 from 5.1 percent to five percent. The latest revisions are contained in the Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report published last week and consisting of the World Bank's updates to its economic research and forecasts from the January edition of the report. The World Bank's latest forecast is higher than the 4.1 percent projected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April but lower than the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning's 5.9 percent. It is also higher than both the Bank of Botswana's forecasts for growth of around 3.7 percent this year, as well as the sub-Saharan African forecast average of 4.9 percent. All eyes are...
(MmegiOnline 06/18/13)
A surprise visit by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday did not offer much to Zimbabweans living in Botswana, nor their host government, as he was on a private mission to lay a wreath at the late former First Lady Olebile Masire's grave in Kanye. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe elections will be held on August 14th, 2013. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe jetted into Botswana yesterday to confer his condolences to the family of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, whose wife, Lady Olebile Masire passed away last month.The department of public relations, research and information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed the short visit. Mugabe later laid a wreath in Kanye at the gravesite of Lady Masire also affectionatly known...
( 06/18/13)
Botswana's coal sector is increasingly eyeing Eskom as a potential offtaker of supplies, with reports that sole producer, Morupule Coal Mine, is reaching some form of agreement with the South African utility. At this week's resource sector conference, Shumba Coal managing director Mashale Phumaphi said Eskom was eager to import coal from Botswana. "Eskom is interested in importing coal from Botswana," he said. "They need 60-million tones a year of new coal to come on stream and in the next few years, they will need 120-million tones before 2020".It is however unclear how the exports to South Africa will be treated as that country designated coal as a strategic resource last year. Eskom has fought to secure quality coal supplies...
(Botswana Daily News 06/18/13)
The Ministry of Education and Skills Development, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has rehabilitated the ablution system of two junior secondary schools in Gumare and Sepopa. The Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Vincent Seretse said at a launch ceremony at the Okavango Junior Secondary School in Gumare on June 17. Mr Seretse said the project, which was undertaken under the Adopt-a-school programme, would go a long way in improving sanitation in the Okavango area. ”I appreciate that the initiative involves teachers, students and parents in the learning and practice of hygiene “he said. The assistant minister appreciated USAID's assistance, saying they were investing in the future of the society, teaching profession...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners work towards what they call an AIDS-free generation, which just a decade ago would have been unimaginable. Mother-to-baby transmission has long been a source of concern among governments and organizations working to control the spread of HIV. But more effective anti-retroviral drugs and regimens are now dramatically cutting the chances of an infected mother passing on the disease to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding...
(Botswana Daily News 06/18/13)
Botswana will open a resident diplomatic mission in Berlin, Germany in August. A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stated that Botswana and Germany had maintained cordial relations since establishment of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1974. The release also stated that the presence of a resident German Embassy in Gaborone contributed to the growth of bilateral relations particularly in area of wildlife, geological survey, HIV/AIDS and vocational education. Financial support was also advanced for the major villages water and sanitation project covering Mahalapye, Palapye, Serowe and Tonota from 1986-1994 as well as phase two of the Molepolole and Kanye waterworks. The Rural Industries Promotions Company (RIPCO) and the Rural Industries Innovation...
(MmegiOnline 06/18/13)
Young Batswana have been urged to lobby government to ratify the African Youth Charter (AYC), an African Union-endorsed political and legal document, which gives direction for youth empowerment and development in African states. Botswana is one of six African states that are yet to sign and ratify the charter. Speaking at the official opening of the establishment of the Botswana Chapter of the African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN) yesterday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Aisha Camara-Drammeh said young people are agents of change and should contribute to advocating for government to sign and ratify the document. "A lot of the provisions of the charter are already being implemented in the country hence I urge the government to...
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) has proposed that the current water pricing policy in Botswana has need of a wholesale reform to comply with the government objectives of sustainability and the pricing of water based on long run marginal cost as outlined in NDP 10. Botswana is one of the water stressed countries in Africa due to its climate topography. In a report titled ‘Water Pricing and Policy in Botswana’ complied by Professor Roman Grynberg and Kedibonye Sekakela, it is argued that there is need to impose a price for ground water for large abstracters like mining companies that reflects its opportunity costs. “There is need to revise the Water Act of 1968 to remove the provisions,...
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
Economic experts have reiterated the need for government to brace itself for tough times ahead, with diamond resources expected to be depleted by 2026, inducing a sharp fall in fiscal revenue. So far, no other resource has been recognized that can match diamond revenue contribution. The diamond industry has been a major contributor to Botswana’s growth, with diamonds constituting nearly 80 percent of the sector’s total exports. Speaking at a resource sector conference on Tuesday, economist Keith Jefferis said this is the time for Botswana to prepare for life after diamonds. “We should be entering a fairly rosy period between 2017-2026 assuming that Debswana increases production levels to 21-22 million carats a year; after Cut 8, there is nothing; there...
(Botswana Daily News 06/17/13)
Aquaculture can contribute to the economy of Selebi Phikwe region and the country as a whole, Vice President, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe has said. He was speaking at an occasion organised by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in conjunction with Guild Combination and Zero World on fish hatchery and farming in Selebi Phikwe. Dr Kedikilwe said if the fish hatchery in Mmadinare operated in full force and more Batswana utilised it by sourcing out fish from the plant to start fish farming projects, the economy of the region and country could be upgraded. He said a fish processing and marketing plant would be established where farmers would supply fish to the factory for processing and packaging. He said the...
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
A Botswana National Front (BNF) youth activist, Poloko Monang, has declared his interest to challenge Duma Boko for the Presidential race ahead of the party’s Congress billed for President holidays in July in Ghanzi. The 30-year-old Monang believes that he has what it takes to take the BNF to its heydays. Asked what prompted him to develop interest in contesting for the lofty position within the party, Monang attributed his interest to compete in the presidential to some of the challenges facing the BNF. Monang also added that his interest was necessitated by the fact that there is no ‘comrade’ who has shown interest to contest for the party presidency. “For quite some time, I have observed that some of...
(Sunday Standard 06/17/13)
A toxic brew of dissatisfaction and suspicion against government’s apparent bias in the distribution of the national development budget is pushing marginalised tribes to mobilise around competition for scarce resources. Prominent Kalanga leaders, among them former Permanent Secretaries, former ambassadors, former Chief Justice and leading businessmen are up in arms complaining that the national budget expenditure is skewed against the North East District. Former Chief Justice Julius Nganunu, Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Botswana Meat Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Martin Mannathoko, Former Permanent secretary Gobe Matenge, former ambassador and Lazare Kaplan Botswana Managing Director Alfred Dube, former ambassador and one of Botswana’s most successful entrepreneurs, Samuel Mpuchane, prominent lawyers and ex-Motor Vehicle Chairman, Tendekani Malebeswa,...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(MmegiOnline 06/14/13)
Botswana's coal sector is increasingly eyeing Eskom as a potential offtaker of supplies, with reports that sole producer, Morupule Coal Mine, is reaching some form of agreement with the South African utility. At this week's resource sector conference, Shumba Coal managing director Mashale Phumaphi said Eskom was eager to import coal from Botswana. "Eskom is interested in importing coal from Botswana," he said. "They need 60-million tones a year of new coal to come on stream and in the next few years, they will need 120-million tones before 2020".It is however unclear how the exports to South Africa will be treated as that country designated coal as a strategic resource last year. Eskom has fought to secure quality coal supplies...
(MmegiOnline 06/14/13)
Australian junior, Mount Burgess has appealed to Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe and filed an appeal with the Ombudsman after the Ministry of Minerals spurned a request to renew the lease on a lucrative zinc and silver project. By the time of the rejection last month, Mount Burgess had spent 14 million Australian Dollars (P115 million) over the years, on various studies and activities on two Ngamiland sites, eventually proving mineralisation of 33 million tonnes of both zinc and silver.Mount Burgess (MTB) originally applied for a renewal of its prospecting licence last March and after several requests for clarification by the ministry, eventually received a notice of rejection last month. In the intervening 14 months, the Australian Securities Exchange-listed company claims...
(MmegiOnline 06/14/13)
Ahead of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) July 5 elective congress in Maun, the ruling party is caught up in fresh factional wars. In particular, political fires have been raging in the BDP ranks in northern constituencies of Francistown South and Tonota South. In Tonota South, Tonota Central ward councillor, Botho Ntirang got a rude awakening last week when the party secretariat unceremoniously albeit unsuccessfully attempted to cancel a rally that he had organised at Manyanda Shopping Complex. The rally was to be addressed by the likes of party elder, Patrick Balopi and Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu. Ntirang and his team unexpectedly received a strongly worded letter from the party's acting executive secretary, Lee Lesetedi, instructing...

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