Archive for February 8th, 2008
07 February, 2008
GABORONE – Negotiations for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between BPC and Eskom are still ongoing.
The deal will enable Eskom to purchase some of the electricity that will be produced from Mmabula, a company that is involved in the project, CIC Energy, says.
It was responding to reports that the South African power utility had threatened to pull out of the negotiations. The company states that Mmamabula Energy Project is the most advanced independent power producer that can meet the urgent demand for new baseload capacity in Southern Africa.
The quantity of power and rates at which it will be purchased constitute key elements of the PPAs, it says. Eskom is expected to purchase the majority of the 2 100 to 2 460 MW generated in the first phase of the project, while BPCs portion will be sufficient to meet the power consumption needs of Botswana, not already supplied by Morupule.
Eskoms CEO was recently quoted in the media threatening to pull out of [continue reading]
07 February, 2008
GABORONE – The unplanned power outages and consequent short falls that hit the country recently will not affect power tariffs.
Botswana Power Corporation(BPC) CEO Mr Jacob Raleru said though the demand for power far exceeded the supply, tariffs would not be increased.
He said the load shedding would not result in the increase in tariffs, adding that the increment would be the decision of the government not BPC.
Meanwhile Mr Raleru said people whose property or machinery would be damaged by rampant power outages would not be compensated.
He said people should understand that [continue reading]
8 February 2008
The launch of the R450-million Next Generation Network (NGN) gives South African state institutions and government departments access to a faster communications network with the ability to run voice, video and data services at lower cost.
The network, developed by the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), landline operator Neotel and Business Connexion, replaces the Government Common Core Network (GCCN), which was used since 2003.
The project started in May 2007, and the migration of government departments was concluded in January.
“Sita previously announced that since the GCCN’s implementation, capacity requirements on the network had grown by 150% year-on-year, but there had been no major bandwidth upgrades to support the increase,” Neotel said in a statement on Tuesday.
Sita CEO Llewellyn Jones said that with the NGN in place, “we can now provide government departments with better response times and a higher quality network that has the ability to run voice, video and data services.”
With the deployment of the NGN, Sita can now utilise the network’s additional capacity to [continue reading]
Lobatse Tile Limited (LTL) has doubled production of ceramic tiles in an effort to reduce Botswana’s need for the importation of similar products.
This follows the injection of P108m into the company for expansion and modernisation by the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) last June.
The BDC decided to increase its investment in the company because of overwhelming demand for its product in the SADC region. LTL is a 100 percent BDC subsidiary that manufactures Italian ceramic floor tiles for both the local and export market. Its General Manager Elio Russo, who was in the company of the Chief Financial Officer Gil Cabarrubia for the Mmegi interview, said the new production line is expected to be in commercial operation within the next six months and that the plant is expected to create an additional 90 jobs. LTL currently has 122 employees.
It is anticipated that once the plant expansion is completed, the company will be able to employ more than 210 people and [continue reading]
7 February 2008
The Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investment Company (Rompco) – consisting of Sasol, iGas and Compania Mozambicana de Gasoduto – have announced the construction of a R1.1-billion gas compression station to increase the delivery of natural gas delivery from Mozambique to South Africa by 20%, by the end of 2009.
In a statement on Tuesday, Sasol said construction of the gas compression station, to be based at Komatipoort in South Africa, would increase gas delivery capacity from the current 120-million gigajoules a year to about 147-million gigajoules a year.
The pipeline is designed to eventually have the capacity to transport 240-million gigajoules of gas a year
“Two gas-turbine driven compressor units and ancillary equipment will be used at Komatipoort to increase gas flow rates in ROMPCO’s 865-km long trans-border pipeline that transports the natural gas from the Pande and Temane gasfield in Mozambique to Sasol’s operations at Secunda and Sasolburg in South Africa,” Sasol said.
The pipeline forms part of [continue reading]
ROBELELA: Botswana’s economic boom has resulted in increased demand for water, says Ponatshego Kedikilwe, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.
Speaking during a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the P1.2 billion Dikgatlhong Dam in Robelela near Serule on Friday, Kedikilwe said demand for domestic water supply and industrial development is rising at a high rate. Unprecedented mining activity in and around Francistown and the proposed Mmamabula Energy Project were threatening to create an unprecedented imbalance between water supply and demand. Kedikilwe said Botswana’s 2004 Millennium Development Goals report had identified water scarcity as one of the issues likely to present constraints to development. But his ministry was doing all it could to cope with the situation.
“To this effect, there are a number of initiatives aimed at improving water supply for the country’s current needs as well as sustaining it for future generations,” the Minister said. He said for Government to continue to develop more water resources at prohibitive costs depended on the state of [continue reading]
author/source:Cape Times (SA)
Johannesburg – Zimbabwe’s war veterans threatened to beat up former finance minister Simba Makoni after he announced his candidacy for presidential elections next month. Makoni was expelled yesterday from Zanu PF, which said he was acting on orders from Britain and the United States. War veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba immediately branded Makoni a “traitor” and asked his colleagues to beat up Makoni should he ever be seen near the ruling party’s headquarters. Chinotimba led the beatings and killings of white farmers during the farm invasions which began in 2000. He styled himself as the “commander of farm invasions”.
Meanwhile, several Zimbabwean civic leaders have descended on Johannesburg to rally Zimbabweans in South Africa to go home to register for the general elections next month. The leaders from such respected civic groups as [continue reading]
Southern African News Features (Harare)
7 February 2008
Posted to the web 7 February 2008
The African Union has accelerated plans for unification through the establishment of a high-level group of heads of state and government, under the leadership of President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania, who is the new AU chairperson.
The high-level group, made up of Kikwete and President John Kufuor of Ghana as the outgoing AU chairperson, includes 10 other leaders, two from each of the five regions of Africa.
This group was established at the 10th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the end of January.
The high-level group is mandated to study the issues that have hampered progress towards unification, identified by a ministerial committee that presented its report to the Assembly. The new higher level committee is expected to present recommendations on a union government to their colleagues at the next AU Assembly, set for Cairo in July.
The areas of divergence recall the original debates at the founding Summit of [continue reading]