Archive for January 23rd, 2008

source: Mmegi


Unconfirmed reports that Eskom’s chief executive officer, Jacob Maroga has included Botswana among the countries the South African power utility is to terminate supplies to, appear to have surprised the Botswana authorities. The Eskom chief is reported in yesterday’s Citizen newspaper to have said: “Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe will now no longer be fed from South Africa’s grid.

Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland face partial cuts”. Botswana imports 75 per cent of its electricity primarily from South Africa. And Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Eskom recently renewed the supply agreement. When contacted yesterday, the Botswana Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, expressed doubts that Eskom’s chief executive could have been reported accurately. “I will be surprised if there could be such insinuations as the two utilities have binding agreements. We would expect our counterparts to contact us should there be any changes to those agreements.” Adelaide Alidi of the Botswana Power Corporation public relations department concurred that: “the South African media reports have incorrectly interpreted the Eskom CEO’s communication. Eskom have confirmed directly to BPC that this has been a misquote”.

“Both Eskom and BPC are members of the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). The working relationship between Eskom and BPC is [continue reading]

source: BOPA
22 January, 2008

GABORONE – It is only a matter of time before soccer enthusiasts get to watch live the ongoing AFCON games in the national television.

The games started yesterday, and football lovers had no kind words for the national broadcaster for failing to show the games.

But Btv officials have since assured the nation that they have since secured rights to broadcast the games at a tune of P2.2 million.

Only red tape stands on their way. The process has to go through government tendering system.

The broadcasters spokesperson, Mrs Neoyame Setsile-Shirima, said [continue reading]

Mogae`s first bye-bye

source: Mmegi


MMADINARE: With no more than two months and one week left to the end of his term, President Festus Mogae yesterday used Mmadinare to launch his countrywide tour to bid the nation farewell.

People – mainly of the BaBirwa and BaTswapong ethnic stock – came from neighbouring Selebi-Phikwe, Sefhophe and others to hear and see Mogae address them for the last time as President at the Mmadinare Kgotla. A variety of gifts, which included household items, were presented to Mogae. But what left the President at a loss for words was the gift of two horses – one male, the other female – as a token of appreciation of his leadership and symbol of fertility, used in SeTswana to convey goodwill and prosperity. But also by this gift, BaBirwa could well have been telling Mogae that he should take up livestock farming in his retirement.

After being showered with praise and good wishes, the President said he was grateful to Batswana because his achievements have proceeded from their immense and unwavering support. “My race ends here and I have simply come here to bid you farewell as well as thank you for affording me the opportunity to lead the country,” he said. The time had come to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

22 January 2008
Posted to the web 22 January 2008

Charlotte Mathews

SA’s main gold and platinum mines had secured enough power to keep their expansion projects moving for the next two or three years, they said this week, but beyond 2010 they could not be certain of their electricity supplies.

Gold Fields, Harmony Gold Mining and Simmer & Jack are extending existing operations or reopening mines where the electricity infrastructure is already in place, so they are not shelving any announced capital projects.

“There is, however, concern that Eskom is unable to provide quotations for the increased capacity required from 2010 until they finalise their policy on allocating new capacity in this period of shortage,” a Gold Fields spokesman said.

A Simmer & Jack spokeswoman said its projects at Buffelsfontein, Hartbeestfontein and Ezulwini were in areas that historically had been very large consumers of electricity.

“Despite this, Eskom gives no [continue reading]

SAA to sort out baggage woes


22 January 2008

South African Airways (SAA) is set to improve baggage handling services to its customers through a new partnership with cargo and airport ground handling company Swissport International

From 1 February, Swissport will handle SAA’s airport ramp handling requirements in South Africa, the national carrier announced this week.

“We are delighted that Swissport has agreed to handle SA Airways,” SAA general operations manager Chris Smyth said in statement. “Between Airports Company South Africa, Swissport and SAA, we will work hard to remedy some of the baggage-related difficulties which have affected our customers.

“Ultimately, we are confident that Swissport will succeed in providing a reliable and [continue reading]