Archive for March 19th, 2008

source: Mmegi


SEOLWANE: Mobile communication service provider Mascom has extended its coverage to Seolwane where a Base Transceiver Station (BTS) was commissioned at the weekend.

Commissioning the facility last Saturday, Mascom Chief Communications and Public Relations Officer, Meshack Mokone, said the facility offered the people of this Tswapong village abundant business opportunities. In addition to the availability of scratch cards, these opportunities included the creation of direct and indirect employment. The creation of direct employment and income generation had a multiplier effect.

“There are spin-offs arising from the presence of this BTS through the sales of scratch cards in shops here in Seolwane,” Mokone said. “Other avenues include the ‘under-the-tree’ phones.

“The shop owner who sells scratch cards hires a [continue reading]

France invites Mogae

source: BOPA
17 March, 2008

SEROWE – Botswanas record of democracy and good governance has earned President Festus Mogae an invite to France before the end of his presidential term.

The President is therefore expected to take off to one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with veto power on Wednesday for a two-day working visit.

Mr Charles Ntwaagae, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said in an interview that Mr Mogae will have an opportunity to interact with his French counterpart, President Nicolas Sarkozy, as the latter regards Botswana as a role model to many, especially in Africa.

It is a goodwill visit. It will be the first time for the two Presidents to meet since [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

18 March 2008
Posted to the web 18 March 2008


The community outreach arm of the Cardiac Clinic, the Heart Foundation of Botswana, was finally launched to an inspired audience in Gaborone last week.

Prof. Kiran Bhagat launched the foundation, educating participants about the serious dangers associated with heart disease, He observed the need for a Foundation saying it was critical to ensure greater awareness. He said that this was the second Foundation of its kind in Southern Africa and that Botswana should be proud.

Lindsey Jones, the Co-coordinator of the Foundation, then did a presentation on the objectives thereof, which primarily focused on research on heart disease in Botswana, and education, which includes the ever-popular Heart Art Competition.

Jones said that currently no statistics existed in Botswana on the disease that [continue reading]

source: IOL

March 18 2008 at 07:29PM

Eskom wants to raise its tariff by more than 50 percent, the National Electricity Regulator of SA (Nersa) announced on Tuesday.

If granted, the increase will replace the 14,2 percent rise Eskom was allowed by Nersa in December 2007.

That increase is scheduled to come into effect from April 1.

“Eskom has applied for a revision of the price for 2008/9 from 14.2 percent to 53 percent increase [sic] or a 60 percent nominal increase,” Nersa said.

It said Eskom wanted the revision because of what the utility said were its higher primary energy costs, and “accelerated demand side management” costs.

“In the light of the current electricity supply shortage and load shedding in the country, the energy regulator will give urgent attention to Eskom’s application and make its decision after following due process.”

Nto Rikhotso of Eskom’s media desk confirmed earlier that [continue reading]