Archive for April 3rd, 2007

source: BOPA
02 April, 2007

GABORONE – The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) is now set to recruit female officer cadets. Commander of BDF Lt Gen. Tebogo Masire said during a press briefing last Thursday that the army will advertise the posts, beginning today.

We have fifty new vacancies for officer cadets and this being the first batch we have decided to take thirty females for training either June or July in Tanzania, he said. Selection will be done in May.

General Masire said about P1.2 million has been budgeted for training that will last 12 months.

Explaining why Tanzania was chosen over South Africa as a destination place for training, he said the formers model of military was British and therefore similar to that of Botswana, adding that Tanzania also offered cheaper rates.

He warned that the selection of the first batch would be extra-ordinary and that selected candidates would be exposed to tough training.

They need field exposure, he added. From training they will be attached to units that are professional-oriented. This is to give them the opportunity to go [continue reading]

By: Matthew Hill
Published: 2 Apr 07 – 15:50

The Botswana government has called for companies to tender for the provision of consultancy services to conduct a prefeasibility study for the construction of a solar geothermal power plant in the country.

“Solar energy is recognised as the most promising renewable energy source in Botswana,” State-owned Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) said in an advertisement, placed over the weekend.

BPC said that the country had an abundant solar energy resource, which [continue reading]

The Herald (Harare)

April 3, 2007
Posted to the web April 3, 2007


PIONEER Corporation Africa has warned its full-year to December 2006 profits would be significantly higher on 2005 numbers, spurred strongly by contribution from new acquisition, Pioneer Clan Botswana.

It cautioned last year’s figures will be better than the $38,8 million net profit reported in 2005, as the group was to reap huge benefits from its 50 percent stake in the Botswana transport unit.

Without mentioning figures, PCA said this week: “We are pleased to advise that further to our offshore acquisition of a significant shareholding in a Botswana transport company which owns South African subsidiaries in August 2006, the company’s results for 2006 will be above expectations.

“Shareholders are, therefore, advised to exercise caution and to consult their professional advisors in their dealing with Pioneer shares.”

At the morning call-over on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange yesterday, Pioneer traded unchanged at $60 [continue reading]

Business Day (Johannesburg)
April 3, 2007
Posted to the web April 3, 2007

Business Day Correspondent

PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki has taken a swipe at Telkom, accusing the telecommunications firm of “profiteering” due to the exorbitant rates it charges on the undersea fibre optic cable which connects SA to Europe and Asia.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mbeki again expressed grave concern about the high cost of SA’s telecoms, saying a range of interventions were being put in place to reduce phone charges.

This was part of a focus on microeconomic issues, which aimed to create the possibility for higher rates of economic growth.

It has long been acknowledged that SA’s high telecoms costs have put a brake on economic growth, an issue raised by Mbeki in his state of the nation addresses on several occasions. However, government, which still holds a significant stake in Telkom, has been slow to open up the telecoms market, despite Mbeki’s promise to take “bold steps” to liberalise the industry in a bid to bring down prices.

Mbeki said government had been talking to Telkom about the situation. Several interventions [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 2, 2007
Posted to the web April 2, 2007

The statistics for March show that the most important dam in the country, the Gaborone dam that supplies the city and its environs is currently 56.2 percent full and could supply the city for the next 20 months without new flow.

Bokaa Dam is 38.9 percent full and can last the next seven months without new flow.

Nnywane Dam is 41.5 percent full and could supply water for seven months. Letsibogo is 71.7 percent full and can last 16 months without flow while Shashe is at 83.2 percent and can supply for the next 20 months.

In January, the Gaborone Dam, which by last year was over 80 percent full stood at 64.6 percent. Bokaa was 55.5 percent full, Nnywane (56.8), Letsibogo (78.4) and Shashe (92.4).