Archive for February 14th, 2008

source: BOPA
14 February, 2008

LOBATSE – Botswana has an estimated 212 billion tonnes of coal.

Acting director of the Department of Geological Surveys, Mr Tiyapo Ngwisanyi said the estimate takes into account all the known coalfields, including Pandamatenga, the Karoo Sub-Basin of Botswana, Mmamabula and Morupule.

It also include estimates derived from exploration data for coal from other areas such as Kweneng Lephepe-Botlhapatlou coalfields from which companies did a lot of work but did not state the resources and Moijabana area.

Others include Orapa-Makgadikgadi, Central Kalahari, Gemsbok and Tuli Karoo Sub-Basins, where thick coal seams have been intercepted during drilling for diamonds and other minerals.

These basins cover extensive areas and coal interceptions continue to be reported.

Mr Ngwisanyi said in an interview that more than 3.3 billion tonnes are measured reserves.

Botswana has mainly thermal coal, which has a relatively high ash and sulphur content. As a result, efforts will be made to clean it in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

13 February 2008
Posted to the web 14 February 2008

Francistown

MultiChoice Africa, the leading pay-TV operator in Africa this week made one of the biggest single contributions to Africa’s digital future.

The company, which has established a world-class reputation for innovative offerings and pioneering technology, has now launched its record-breaking new product simply termed DStv EasyView.

With a super-affordable annual subscription fee of just P180 a year (that’s about P15 a month folks); DStv EasyView debuted in several markets simultaneously.

Speaking during a media breakfast get together on Tuesday morning, Multichoice-Botswana Publicity and Public Relations Executive, Tshepo Maphanyane said the newly launched product will offer viewers unprecedented mass market access to multi-channel, pay-TV services.

“It’s the first product of its kind ever introduced on the continent.”

She added that the bouquet is [continue reading]

source: BOPA
14 February, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – Francistown City Council is undertaking infrastructure development in the city to give it a new face.

Briefing President Festus Mogae during a kgotla meeting in Francistown last week, Mr Billy said the city was undertaking the provision of infrastructure service at Gerald Estate, in the southern part of Block Five and Six locations as well as industrial area.

The servicing of local centres in the northern part of Block Five and Six and the provision of infrastructure in Monarch were ongoing, he said.

Mr Billy said the two projects entailed the provision of the 44 kms of sewers, 41kms of sewer networks and 40 kms of roads in Monarch.

He noted that the upgrading of Gerald Estate would include 103 km of sewer reticulation, 133 km of water reticulation and 94 km of roads.

The council has further provided about 450km of street lighting in the city.

The total number of plots to be serviced throughout Gerald Estate infrastructure projects is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

RYDER GABATHUSE
STAFF WRITER

FRANCISTOWN: The shift of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Palapye constituency and the regional committees to the Professor Sheila Tlou lobby group has sparked controversy.

This played itself out last Saturday when a party youth, Gregory Kealotswe engaged in a war of words with the Palapye constituency chairman, Ransford Nkomo.

Even the BDP Letswapo regional chairman, Onneetse Ramogapi has not escaped the wrath of party members who accuse him of bias in his judgements.

Questioned about what sparked the row between him and Nkomo, Kealotswe responded: “I was angered by the constituency chairman, Nkomo. He had attacked me when I was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

RYDER GABATHUSE
STAFF WRITER

FRANCISTOWN: A Gaborone-based attorney, Segaetsho Garekwe said yesterday that he was in the dark about why the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has ordered a re-run for the Palapye parliamentary by-election. Garekwe, the returning officer for the last December 22 primaries in Palapye, is yet to be informed about the party’s recent decision.

“Honestly, I am in the dark and I am not complaining as I hope that I will be duly briefed as a stakeholder,” he told Mmegi yesterday. He said that although he considered himself a stakeholder, he only knew about the central committee decision through media reports. It was his conviction never to attack the party and its leadership by demanding explanations.

He recently watched BDP secretary general, Jacob Nkate on television briefing the Palapye constituency about the February 16 re-run.

He had hoped that the committee would [continue reading]

Government buys 18 ranches

source: BOPA
13 February, 2008

MASUNGA – Government has recently spent more than P23. 7 million to purchase individually owned ranches in the North East District for Tati Land Board to allocate them to the community.

The Tati Land Board Secretary, Mr Benjamin Monthe, said the government had spent a lot of money buying the ranches and it was upon the North East community to use them effectively with much care for their own benefit.

Mr Monthe said five ranches were purchased in 2005 to the tune of P4.4 million and 13 others in 2007 costing P19.2 million.

He said the land board did a preliminary consultation with residents of the North East District on what they believed would be best uses for the ranches. In most of the meetings, people wanted to use the farms for grazing purposes as most farmers were worried about shortage of grazing land.

He explained that the land board also consulted the Ministry of Agriculture for advice on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

13 February 2008
Posted to the web 13 February 2008

Mariam Isa
Johannesburg

MANUFACTURING slowed in December and mining output also fell, official data showed yesterday, fanning concern the economy’s two main power consumers will suffer from electricity constraints this year.

At the same time, the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) warned that power shortages may trim the pace of economic growth to 3,4% this year, from 5% over each of the past four years.

The effect of power outages on mining production – which has fallen for two years in a row – would to a large extent determine the severity of SA’s economic slowdown this year, the BER said.

The bureau predicts that output from the sector – hardest hit by a 10% mandatory cutback in power use – will subside by either 1,7% or 4,8% this year, depending on how quickly it rebounds from a 20% contraction in the first quarter of the year.

“The list of negative growth factors has increased significantly following unprecedented mining shutdowns in January,” BER economist Hugo Pienaar said. He was referring to a five-day shutdown last month after Eskom was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

WANETSHA MOSINYI
STAFF WRITER

Buoyed by the announcement of more coal resources at its Mmamantswe coal project, Aviva Corporation’s shares gained significantly on the BSE this past week.

Aviva, which is also listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), this week opened at P5.00 per share after closing the week at P3.56 per share. This was a gain of P1.44. The company listed on the local bourse last November with 78 million shares trading.

The Australian integrated energy company last week made it clear it will be placing a big focus on its Mmamantswe coal project.

It disclosed that it has an initial resource of 1.287 billion tonnes of coal at the Mmamantswe coal project.

This is more than double the target it proposed seeking when granted the prospecting licence in April last year. The project is located in the vicinage of Artesia, 70 kilometres north-east of Gaborone near the border with South Africa Aviva’s chief executive, Lindsay Reed, said the initial resource estimate highlighted the potential of the project where Aviva has been [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 February, 2008

TSHABONG – Foot and Mouth disease continues to be a biggest threat to the Botswana Meat Commission businesses, says BMC executive officer Dr Motshudi Raborokgwe.

Speaking during farmers meeting in Tshabong, Dr Raborokgwe said the out break of the disease in Bobirwa and Ngamiland districts had affected BMC a great deal.

In addition, he told the meeting that last year BMC managed to kill 171 217 cattle compared to 137 336 cattle killed in 2006.

Farmers also heard that improvement of the national breed and infrastructure such as electricity, roads and telephones in the production areas could help increase the number of cattle sent to the BMC.

He however, expressed hope that they would receive a good number of cattle this year. For his part, BMC general marketing manager, Mr Sonny Molapisi advised cattle owners to [continue reading]