Archive for December 24th, 2008

source: BOPA
23 December, 2008

PALAPYE: – The repaired fourth Morupule Power Station transformer is expected to lead to the improvement in the power generation capacity of the power station.

Morupule Power Station Production Manager, Mr Mphee Ratshee said in an interview that the transformer which ceased operation last year was sent to South Africa for repair, is now back to Morupule.

Mr Ratshee indicated that the return of the repaired transformer would increase the number of the power station’s transformers to five. He indicated that after the transformer became dysfunctional last year they decided to buy a replacement transformer from Tati-Nickel.

“After the fourth transformer ceased operation last year we then decided to buy a transformer from Tati-Nickel and we have been using the Tati-Nickel one as a replacement to the dysfunctional one.” He added the dysfunction of the repaired transformer was a blessing in disguise as it helped them to find an alternative, which is bearing fruits.

“You should remember that the rehabilitation or repair of the transformer took four months and if we did not find an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

2008 was an eventful year that was characterised by events and failures that altered the economy of this country. New words such as load shedding, credit crunch and sightholders dominated business pages. Mmegi Staff Writer WANETSHA MOSINYI looks at some of these

* BPC plunges the country into darkness
The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) this year plunged the country into darkness with their now infamous ‘load shedding’.

The power shortages had a ripple effect on the economy as production at mines, factories and business came to a halt. Botswana imports 75 percent of its power needs from the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP), most of it from Eskom.

If it were according to South Africa’s largest trade union, COSATU, and other pressure groups, Eskom would have stopped supplying Botswana long ago. We agree with you PHK, “we were caught napping” on this one.

*Russians ‘steal’ Activox?
“The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources regrets the suspension of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
22 December 2008

Dakar — The world’s most clinically advanced malaria vaccine trials have given new hope in the fight against the disease, which in sub-Saharan Africa kills a child every 30 seconds.

Malaria experts recently meeting in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou say promising vaccine research aside, governments in West Africa must step up existing measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

Results published on 11 December in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the vaccine candidate RTS,S/AS (made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals), provides both infants and young children with significant protection against malaria.

“We are closer than ever before to developing a malaria vaccine,” said Christian Loucq, director of PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), the organisation coordinating the global effort.

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership says malaria is the leading cause of death of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

It has been a hectic year at the Ministry of Education. Students have died abroad, and the minister has not escaped allegations of indescretion, and failure to recognise conflict of interest in his private and political dealings. From Mmegi’s education desk,

The Ministry of Education started the year on a low note when senior students at Moeding College gave the new students sleepless nights on their arrival. They were accused of shaving the pubic hair of other students, burning their wigs and forcing their victims to inhale the smoke.

All Form Fives were suspended and instructed to return to school with their parents. They were required to anonymously write down the names of those they witnessed bullying the new students.

Twenty-two Francistown Senior Secondary School students were last week sent home after [continue reading]