Archive for May 2nd, 2007

source: BOPA
02 May, 2007

GABORONE – Retail pump prices for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin have increased due to high prices for crude oil in the international markets.

A statement from the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, indicates that the price hike which took place Tuesday would saw unleaded and leaded replacement petrol grades increase by 25 thebe per litre while diesel went up by 20 thebe per litre and illuminating paraffin by 27 thebe per litre.

The price adjustments include adjustments (increases) of the following elements: road delivery cost increased from 6.0 to 8.8 thebe per litre, oil industry margin (profit) increased from 28.3 to 30.0 thebe per litre and the dealer margin increased from 31.1 to 33.2 thebe per litre.

The release also notes that this increase follows the last price adjustment (decrease) effected on March 1, 2007.

It says prices for the period under review (February-March 2007) have been fluctuating between US$60.00 per barrel to US$69.00 per barrel.

This has resulted in a negative effect on the local petroleum products prices.

Government would continue to monitor the development of the petroleum products prices in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 30, 2007
Posted to the web May 1, 2007

By Martin Nyirenda

Cash Build has set the stage to penetrate the local market ahead of plans to expand its business activities in Botswana with five more stores earmarked to open in the next two years.

Speaking in an interview with Monitor, Serowe Cash Build Manager, Nkotso Pheto, said that the chain store has unveiled ambitious plans to take its business services up to Kasane and Orapa, among other places.

He said that five more stores are earmarked to be opened at an estimated cost of P15m per outfit, adding that Cash Build is busy improving its business operations to meet the needs of the market.

Pheto pointed out that Cash Build has also stepped up its drive to develop its human resource capacity base so that the employees are empowered with tools to enable them adhere to customer satisfaction principles. He noted that a reasonable amount of money was directed to equip Cash Build staff with [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 30, 2007
Posted to the web May 1, 2007

In a bid to be competitive in the market, Mascom Botswana, a local mobile telecommunications provider, has introduced a new theme and marketing campaign. .

The new theme “Closer to you”, although not replacing “In touch with your life”, would maintain all the aspects of the brand, such as the logo and brand colours, the company says in a statement.

However, to revamp the look, feel and appeal of communication, certain aspects have changed, the statement adds.

According to Mascom Chief Marketing Officer (CEO) Dzene Makhwade-Seboni, ‘Closer to You’ is a campaign that emphasises the fact that Mascom is closely engaged with Batswana and their culture.

“The Closer to you campaign keeps Mascom’s devotion to its [continue reading]

 source: Engineeringnews

By: Nelendhre Moodley
Published: 30 Apr 07 – 17:10
The Botswana government, which in December identified South African Airlink (Airlink) as its strategic equity partner in the proposed privatisation of State-owned carrier Air Botswana, on Monday reported that negotiations would be “concluded within a short period of time”.

Air Botswana has been facing growing operational problems owing to its ageing aircraft fleet.

Early indications showed that refleeting would require a massive investment amounting to hundreds of millions of Pula and, as a result, the government decided upon a strategic alliance.

The Botswana government indicated that, of the eight companies that initially expressed interest, Airlink was found to be the most suitable bidder.

In response to concern that Airlink’s proposal was based on a different model of privatisation than had been originally anticipated, the Botswana government reassured that it was taking the necessary steps to protect the country’s interests.

This comes after concern over the Airlink proposal, which would involve [continue reading]