Archive for October 22nd, 2010

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

The government and the World Bank will soon engage consultants for the development of a coal roadmap, a strategic document on how the country will manage and derive optimum benefits from the estimated 212 billion tonnes of coal.

Experts believe further studies using more superior technology will soon advance estimated coal resources towards 300 billion tonnes.

Yesterday, the Director of Mines, Kgomotso Abi, said the government and the World Bank were currently preparing terms of reference to be used to retain a consultancy for the development of the roadmap.

“We are finalising the terms of reference, following which we will engage a [continue reading]

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source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 12:16

The Transport group index registered an increase of 1.6 percent, from 129.6 to 131.6 between the two periods. Accroding to Acting Government statistician, M. P Kerekang this was largely due to an increase in the constituent section indices of Transport Services and Purchase of Vehicles which rose by 5.9 and 2.5 percent respectively.

The rise in Transport Services section index was mainly due to an increase in Minibus and Taxis Fares by 9.4 percent while long distance Bus (bitumen road) increased from 16.86 thebe to 18.55 thebe per kilometre, which effected on 1st September 2010. The increase in Purchase of Vehicles section index was attributed to the general increase in the prices of vehicles.

On other indicators, Kerekang said the September 2010 national Consumer Price Index was 139.4, registering an increase of 0.6 percent on the August index of 138.7. The urban villages’ index was 138.7 in September, recording an increase of 0.8 percent from 137.6 in August. The cities and towns’ index went up by 0.6 percent, moving from [continue reading]