Archive for March 20th, 2007

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

March 19, 2007
Posted to the web March 19, 2007

With the recent signing of the supply agreement in South Africa, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has become part of the Eastern African Submarine Systems (EASSy) consortium. The signing ceremony was hosted by South Africa’s Telkom, which also joined the consortium.

In addition to BTC and the Telkom South Africa/Vodacom Group, other members of the consortium are Neotel, British Telecom (BTCGNS), Telecom Mozambique, Uganda Telecommunications Limited, MTN International, Zambia Telecoms, TelOne Zimbabwe, Telkom Kenya, Telcom Malagasy, Saudi Telecom, Ethiopia Telecom, Dalkom Somalia, Mauritius Telecom, Comores Telecom, Zanzibar Telecom, Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation Limited, Sudan Telecommunications and Djibouti Telecoms.

EASSy is a submarine cable system linking Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa to global submarine networks.

It is said that the cable is due to be ready for commercial service towards the end of 2008.

However, between now and then, there is still a lot of groundwork to be done to ensure that the project becomes a reality, the realisation of which will enable Botswana to entrench herself as an ICT hub in the region.

Officials say that the project was initiated four years ago [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

March 19, 2007
Posted to the web March 19, 2007

Stryker Motlaloso

The Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) is poised to introduce a new housing purchase scheme to tap into the low-income market, Lands and Housing Minister Ramadeluka Seretse has said.

He asserted that the market is not currently attractive to financial institutions and the new scheme will for the first time target home buyers aged between 18-45 years. The scheme is open to all citizens.

Presenting budget estimates for his ministry this week, Seretse said the BHC intends to introduce a new instalment scheme after the termination of the suspended Tenant Purchase Scheme.

Figures he presented on housing show that the BHC has completed a total of 638 houses – Gaborone (379), Kasane (62), Palapye (53) Maun (24) and 120 in Tlokweng. Seretse said the target for this financial year is to build 700 houses. “Housing construction is presently ongoing in Gaborone (213), Maun (75) Palapye (71) Selebi-Phikwe (80) and Ga-Phatswa (166),” said Seretse.

Meanwhile, BHC Communications Manager Mookodi Seisa explained [continuer reading]