Archive for the ‘Palapye’ Category

source: Mmegi
Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Botswana’s future looks so bright that the country could return the goodwill of South Africa – which currently supplies 80 percent of Botswana’s power – by exporting electricity to that country and others in the southern African region.

Officially launching Morupule Colliery Expansion Project on Fiday, Vice President Mompati Merafhe said the success of the project would transform Botswana’s economy from one heavily reliant on the goodwill of neighbouring countries for energy to one self-sufficient in power generation.

“Our country will be better-placed to one day return the goodwill by exporting surplus electricity to the neighbouring states,” Merafhe said.

“This should be our driving factor as we set in motion a process of expanding our coal mining and processing initiatives at [continue reading]

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source: Mmegi
Onalenna Modikwa
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: The General Manager of Morupule Colliery, Albert Milton, says Botswana’s coal is among the best in the southern African region and presents huge opportunities for future export opportunities.

Speaking at the launch of the mine’s expansion project on Thursday, Milton said he hopes the country will be in a position to supply neighbouring countries with electricity once the expanded mine is fully operational.

Morupule Colliery has enough coal for both domestic and export demands. The colliery is expanding from mining one million tons to three million tons per annum in a project that will cost P1.5 billion. Milton said the resource would give Botswana an opportunity to diversify its economy.

Morupule Colliery boasts “an excellent safety performance” of no lost time injury since 2008, a rare phenomenon in the mining industry. The colliery supplies [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Palapye nominated councillor Pako Dick has been arrested for driving without a licence and causing malicious damage to a police vehicle.

Palapye Police Station Commander Superintendent Kenneth Masole confirmed the incident.

‘I can confirm that we have arrested a nominated councillor for driving without a licence and causing malicious damage to government property,” he said.

Superintendent Masole would not give details on the incident but indicated that if found guilty Dick could face not less than three years in prison for damage to government property and a P500 fine for driving without a licence.Palapye Sub Council Chairman Onneetse Ramogapi in an interview expressed regret about the incident and said councillors are leaders and public figures whose conduct should be exemplary. “A slight mistake that a councillor makes erases all the good he has been doing in the face of the public and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

In a move that will briefly give the state full ownership of the country’s sole coal mine and associated works, the government is on the verge of acquiring De Beers’ interest in Morupule Colliery.

The Government intends to bring in a strategic partner to replace De Beers in a process calculated to ensure that Botswana has more control over the prized national asset whose supplies are key to the crucial 600-megawatt Morupule B project.

Presently, the government indirectly owns 50 percent of Morupule Colliery Limited (MCL), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Debswana, the diamond mining giant in which the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The construction of Morupule B Power Station, a glass manufacturing factory, a coal wash plant at Morupule, the presence of a regional BURS office, in addition to being the site of Botswana’s ambitious University of Science and Technology, are just some of many indicators that MP Goya and others point out to make the case for Palapye being shorn of its village status, writes ONALENNA MODIKWA

PALAPYE: Within a short space of time, Palapye has experienced a high level of construction activities that have contributed immensely to its economic and population growth as well as improve its prospects of graduating from its village status.

The village has also developed more into a hospitality hub, as evidenced by the mushrooming of lodges to meet the accommodation needs of those in transit. There is ongoing construction of two big lodges situated along the Palapye-Mahalapye Road and opposite the neighbourhood of Khurumela. One of the lodges is reportedly a part of the Mogoditshane-based Big Five Lodge while the other belongs to a home-grown Palapye businessperson.

Currently available conference facilities are no longer able to host national conferences that are increasingly coming to Palapye for its [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Palapye Development Trust is yet to make public the findings of investigations into the alleged mismanagement of funds that has been haunting the Trust for over five years now.

Chairman Dithapelo Tshotlego however revealed that the Trust coordinator has been suspended. While he confirmed that investigations into alleged mismanagement of funds are complete he would not reveal the findings, and said they are still consulting their legal advisors on the issue. Those implicated said Tshotlego, would face a disciplinary hearing.

The Trust is also under pressure to pay back the P12 million it received from the now dissolved Citizen Entrepreneur Assistance Equity Fund (CEMAEF). CEMAEF came into the picture around 2007 when [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Though the Central District Council (CDC) experienced a milestone in its quest to deliver services to the people, it is encountering challenges associated with decentralisation.
Shortage of resources, which had been haunting the district even before decentralisation was introduced, is being felt in the new administrative authorities including Palapye.

Chairman of the Palapye Administrative Authority councillor Onneetse Ramogapi indicated that they have experienced a serious shortage of resources, which has hindered their drive to meet people’s expectations.

“We were told to go and implement but there was no package with which to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 June, 2010

PALAPYE – The second Palapye Sub Council session commenced this week with councillor for Lerala, Mr Kabo Ketshogile withdrawing a motion of no confidence on the Sub-Council Chairman and his deputy.

In what seemed to be a debate, Mr Ketshogile declined on three accounts to table his motion, saying he will only do so on the date stipulated in the programme.

This resulted in the council adjourning for a few minutes after which it was agreed that the council had the power to switch agenda items when the need arose, hence a conclusion was reached that the motion needed urgency.

When withdrawing the motion, Mr Ketshogile noted that the council was ambushing him by expecting him to table his [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 May, 2010

GABORONE – Until you step inside, Charlies Arms in Palapye looks like any other old building – simple and ordinary.

A lifeless parameter wall, whose only redeeming feature is an inscription Charlies Arms in fancy typescript, notwithstanding, makes for the courtyard.

However, I find myself gazing inquisitively at this uninspiring mass of smothering concrete standing majestically in what used to be Palapyes central business district in the colonial period.

Suddenly I am gripped by an unexplained but riveting feeling of nostalgia. Intrigued, I uncharacteristically make my grand entrance into Charlies Arms and what a pleasant surprise I have. By the way Charlies Arms is a pub housed in the precincts of Palapye Hotel.

My eyes immediately switch into a search mode as I curiously pan my head across the four [continue reading]

source: BOPA
06 April, 2010

PALAPYE – The Palapye library recently started offering computer and Internet services free to the public under the Sesigo project.

The project is a partnership between the government and a business magnate, Bill Gates and his wife.

In an interview, the library officer, Mrs Nonhlanhla Maniki said the eight computers were installed in January this year while the Internet was connected recently.

She noted that they also have a provision for teaching their customers.

Depending on the number of clients per a given time, Mrs Maniki said each customer was given 30 minutes to use the computer after [continue reading]

source: BOPA
12 March, 2010

PALAPYE – The over P500 million glass manufacturing project in Palapye is expected to be in full swing towards the end of 2011.

The project, which is a joint venture between the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) and China, will produce float glass mainly for the construction industry.

Briefing the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe during his visit recently, the Principal Operations Officer for the BDC, Mr Isaac Nthomola said the preparatory work started last April.

This, he said, also entailed the environmental impact assessment, which ensured that they were eligible for a mining licence.

As for raw materials, Mr Nthomola noted that the project would get the silica sand from Mmamabula, coal from Morupule while they are [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 March, 2010

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is planning to mark the Mahalapye/Palapye portion of the A1 highway including the Palapye main road leading to the A1 highway during the 2010/11 financial year. Mr Frank Ramsden, transport and communications minister, told Parliament Thursday that his ministry had planned to mark the roads in the current financial year but the tenders were cancelled due to budgetary constraints.

He was responding to a question Palapye MP, Mr Moiseraele Goya who asked him whether he was aware that the road markings on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Brian Benza
Staff Writer

Palapye : Construction of the 600 mw Morupule B phase 1 power station has begun with the first output expected in January 2012.

Speaking at the official ground breaking ceremony of the power plant on Friday, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe said the project, which he hopes contractor China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) will finish with no time or cost over runs, is a medium term solution to the country power supply-demand mismatch.

Currently, the country which imports 80 percent of its power needs, only has [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 February, 2010

SEROWE – In an effort to diversify the countrys economy, Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) has financed the establishment of a steel pipe factory in Palapye, which is envisaged to create 200 jobs.

Responding to BOPA questionnaire, the corporations principal public affairs officer, Ms Boitshwarelo Lebang said clearing of the ground has commenced which will be followed by the civil engineering works (earthworks) and construction of the building.

All these will be carried out during this month and construction is expected to be completed by July 2010, she said.

Ms Lebang said Palapye was chosen due to its geographical location with access to sufficient electricity and A1 highway for ease of transport as well as access to South Africa through Martins Drift and Zambia/Zimbabwe through Francistown.

She explained that from their market research, studies on past imports and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
16 February, 2010

PALAPYE – Tempers almost flared last Tuesday during a kgotla meeting which was called to enable the Palapye Development Trust (PDT) officials to present their report to the residents in fulfillment of an earlier agreement with the community.

The residents had then refused to accept the report in October last year after the PDTs leadership failed to produce a detailed and audited financial report aimed at facilitating the governments takeover of the Palapye Brigade.

In his address, the PDT board chairperson, Mr Vincent Maje noted that even though he acknowledged the necessity of the brigade takeover, it was crucial that all the necessary steps to this end should be in place.

Mr Maje said despite the fact that after the October meeting the next date of the meeting was not set, the board had to [continue reading]