Archive for January 26th, 2010

source: BOPA
25 January, 2010

PALAPYE – The Operations Readiness Manager for Morupule Colliery Limited, Mr Koolatotse Koolatotse has asked for support and cooperation from the Palapye sub district council in relation to the anticipated expansion of the mine.

Briefing the councilors about the project last week, Mr Koolatotse said it was important for the councilors to render their support because the expansion project was going to affect peoples lives in many ways.

He said it was the leaders who could help them address a lot of issues between the mine and the public adding that the project was going to affect the communities and their environment in both positive and negative ways.

He noted that even though they did not have the opportunity to brief the councilors about the expected impact of the project as scheduled last year, they had consulted with the area Member of Parliament, the tribal leaders and farmers through the stakeholders engagement plan.

We had planned to address the councilors in October last year but due to the onset of the elections our plan could not go through, he said.

He said even though the minor works such as the building of the construction camp will be undertaken in March this year, the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana agriculture sector has generally been seen as a weak link for a country that is aiming to achieve economic prosperity and independence, with fingers pointed at the unfavourable climatic and soil conditions in most parts of the country while others have blamed lack of adequate investments into the sector. Statisticians say Botswana imports up to 80 percent of its food requirements, a position that is undesirable. This week Mmegi staff writer BRIAN BENZA interviewed Coordinator of the Agriculture Hub, Neil Fitt, the man who has been charged with the responsibility of turning around the country’s agricultural fortunes and quizzed him on how the hub has performed so far in its 19 months of existence

Mmegi : Maybe we should start by you highlighting on your mandate at the Agriculture Hub?

Fitt : My mandate at the Hub is basically to attain three objectives which are firstly to commercialise, diversify and lastly to create employment in the agriculture sector. That is not just on the farms it is also in the related industries which include food processing or packaging. But our main objective obviously is to [continue reading]