Archive for the ‘Palapye’ Category

source: BOPA
10 February, 2010

SEROWE – A project aimed at constructing an airport between Serowe and Palapye has been put on hold until further notice.

In response to a BOPA questionnaire, the Public Affairs Manager of the Botswana Civil Aviation Authority, Mr Dan Peke said invitations for tenders to pursue the environmental impact and archeological impact assessments in relation to the project were rescinded due to financial constraints.

An advert had been placed in the Botswana Guardian newspaper dated December 18, 2009 stating that the tender No: CAAB 01/09-10(1), consultancy services for environmental impact assessment and mitigation plan for the proposed Serowe airport project, which was published in the Botswana Gazette, the Guardian and Echo Newspapers of the period 13 to18 August 2009 and closed on September 2009 at 1000 hrs, had been cancelled.

The airport was due to be established 20km from Serowe on the way to Palapye near the [continue reading]


source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 09:36

Drives economic diversification, job creation

The Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) has secured start-up capital for 108 entrepreneurs worth P84 million. During the 2008/2009 financial year, LEA received 3 761 applications for its products and services through its 13 branches and approved 2 652.
According to LEA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tebogo Trevor Matome, the “Authority has made good progress towards its goal of building an entrepreneurial culture in Botswana, empowering the citizenry, creating employment opportunities for Batswana and continuing the drive for economic diversification.”

LEA has formulated a niche strategy that focuses the Authority’s efforts and interventions on selected target areas of the economy to help in the diversification drive. These areas are manufacturing, services, tourism and agriculture.
In its 2009 Annual Report, LEA states that its focus for the period under review was the agriculture sector with special emphasis on the horticulture and diary sub-sectors. “LEA identified a potential for SMMEs to utilise the 2800 hectares Leupane Ranch for commercial pastoral production (dairy, small stock, poultry and feedlot) in the Palapye/Serowe region. This is motivated by the current situation of the inability of the nation to meet its milk and milk by products needs, and uncoordinated production of other sub-sectors, especially poultry industry which is [continue reading]

source: BOPA
15 December, 2009

PALAPYE – The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)s Vice Chancellor, Professor Kweku Bentil says recruitment of the teaching staff is a challenge to the university.

Professor Bentil said this at a press conference in Palapye last week.

Some of the challenges we face include the recruitment of lecturers and also of being behind the schedule in terms of the construction of the first phase of the campus.

Prof. Bentil indicated that recruiting professors was not a simple task due to the fact that there were no social amenities, schools and good hospitals in Palapye as the village was still developing.

Furthermore, he noted that BIUST would be encompassing the process of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Construction of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) is finally underway in Palapye.

The first phase of the development project, with an initial cost of P429 829 million is expected to be completed in the next 18 months.

Structures will include the administration and academic block, laboratories, library and auditorium, food court, multi purpose hall and 70 staff houses.

In a media briefing at the site this week, BIUST Vice Chancellor, Professor Kweku Bentil said the second phase of the project would be conducted through the Public Private Partnership.

He revealed that out of the eight consortiums which have [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Tlotlang Rahube
13.12.2009 7:35:06 P

The much anticipated Botswana International University of Science and Technology is scheduled to become a reality with its first intake in 2011.

The University is constructed on a 2500 hectares which the founding Vice Chancellor, Kweku Bentil, said the owners of the land were compensated.

BIUST Communications and Public Affairs director, Shakes Kebaswele, in his welcome remarks said they have undergone challenges, which turned out to be stepping stones to progress.
He said that people should not be mistaken that the university is for Palapye residents only.

“Every Motswana is entitled to it and should take pride in promoting it as a national university,” he said.

Kebaswele said the press briefing was meant to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Baboki Kayawe
Staff Writer

A lucky Standard Chartered Bank customer, Gadifele Shashane, became an instant millionaire after winning the bank’s Millionaire Maker final draw held in Gaborone last Friday.

The Millionaire Maker account was launched in October last year, its key features being that it was a fully transactional account. Customers were required to maintain a minimum average balance of P1, 000 per quarter. More deposits meant more chances; every additional balance of P1, 000 per quarter earned clients additional chances of winning the P1 million.

Speaking at the bank headquarters after scooping the prize money , Shashane, of Palapye, said her recipe for becoming a millionaire was just based on pumping more deposits into her Millionaire Maker account. Moreover, she said she [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 November, 2009

PALAPYE – The Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) affiliates in Palapye have heard that workplaces can also be registered as training providers.

This was revealed by BOTAs workplace support specialist, Mr Moremedi Kooneilwe during a one-day Vocational Training Fund seminar in Palapye recently.

Mr Kooneilwe informed the affiliates that for a workplace to be recognised as a training provider, it has to be registered first and the modules used in training to be accredited with BOTA.

For you to be recognised as training providers in the workplace, you have to meet the set criteria required for the training providers. I would also like to inform you that you can have your supervisors as trainers. It is not about having a degree but the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The American embassy in Gaborone is contributing $44,000 for the renovation of a colonial church at Old Palapye, present day Malaka.

The aim is to restore the church built in 1890s to its original state. The director of National Monuments and Art Gallery, Gaogakwe Phorano told a press conference yesterday that the renovated church, formerly of the London Missionary Society (LMS) will be used as a place of worship by the village and museum for Old Palapye, the former Bangwato capital. The US embassy and the department of Museums and Monuments will unveil the $44,000 donation at Malaka, on Thursday. Phorano said they will be empowering the people of Malaka to form a community trust through which the heritage site will be [continue reading]

source: BOPA
30 October, 2009

PALAPYE – Chinese companies engaged in two government projects are accused of obtaining water from Bonwakatlhako Dam near Palapye without seeking permission from the committee overseeing the use of the dam.

China Civil and China Jiangxi Corporation are involved in the construction of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and the new Palapye Police Station respectively. The Bonwakatlhako Dam chairperson, Mr Seabe Phuthego said in a interview that the two companies have been collecting water from the dam without permission.

We dont know why these companies are doing this to us. What they are doing is not proper and is bad. Mr Phuthego further pointed out that drawing water from the dam in this manner would lead to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 September, 2009

PALAPYE – The newly built P10.7 million Palapye Fire station has received two fire engines from Fire Raiders Botswana.

Receiving the engines during a handing over ceremony in Palapye on Tuesday, the Central District Council (CDC) chairperson, Mr Lesego Raditanka said the engines and fire station were another milestone in the development of the district.

The Palapye Fire Station and its modern facilities, such as the fire engines, which we are receiving today is a milestone of development to our district.

He indicated that the decision to build the fire station was taken in 2006 after realising an increase in infrastructure development and population growth in the district.

Mr Raditanka also revealed that in the past five years several properties in the central district were gutted by fire including Lotsane Senior Secondary School dormitories, Mahalapye Magistrate Court, multi-million Pula Spar shopping complex in [continue reading]

14/09/2009 12:18:58

Geotechnical construction work is underway in Botswana in a major project expected to boost the country’s economy.

Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) is hoping to establish a glass manufacturing plant in Palapye, with preparatory work having begun in July.

The plant aims to take advantage of Botswana’s impressive amount of raw materials, which will result in the manufacture of glass such as silica and soda ash.

BDC principal public affairs officer Boitshwarelo Lebang said the initiative represented a “good investment opportunity”.

“The decision to venture into float glass manufacturing is in line with government’s strategy of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Siki Motshwari Johannes

PALAPYE: Despite suffering a few initial setbacks, the construction of Botswana’s second university is on track, the site manager Chen Yu Qiang has said.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) (BIUST) was done in May this year. Chen said the project experienced a serous shortage of Chinese foremen, which delayed things by three months. Chinese Civil Construction, the company in charge of the project, had planned to engage the services of 45 Chinese foremen but so far only 16 have been recruited. Chen said if they are unable to get all the 45 Chinese foremen, they will resort to hiring locals.

However, the site manager was confident that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

PALAPYE: Botswana Congress Party(BCP) has vowed to retain Morupule ward,

BCP said at a rally on Sunday that it has the right candidate to win the ward again in the coming general elections after the incumbent councillor, Maina Kgopo retired due to ill-health. The party is fielding Jordan Makhura who was launched at the Sunday rally.Addressing scores of party followers who thronged the ‘Low Cost’ Freedom Square, Makhura said he has theright credentials to represent the ward. The BCP man has served the Botswana Police Service Special Support Group (SSG) as a communications manager. In a message meant for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

PALAPYE: Joseph ‘Bashi’ Gampone, a well-known businessman from Serowe has thrown his weight behind the Botswana Congress Party (BCP).

The businessman owns Jago Investments , a successful micro-lending company. Recently, he was the guest speaker at the launch of Dineo Tumotumo, the BCP council aspirant for Lotsane ward. Upon arrival at the rally party bigwigs James Olesitse, Maina Kgopo and Comfort Molosiwa accorded the flamboyant Gampone a royal welcome as he alighted from his Range Rover.

Though it was his political debut, Gampone spoke like a seasoned politician. He took a swipe at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The town of Palapye has got a new recording studio called Ruff Riddims thanks to the efforts of 28-year-old producer, Moemedi Ramogapi.

According to Ramogapi, Ruff Riddims aims to discover and develop new talent in Botswana and market it to the world through, among other things, the Internet.

“I am working very hard to develop my label locally and internationally and the Internet is the cheapest and fastest way to get my artists and label exposed to the world. People are looking for African music and I am trying hard to tap into that market.

” It is not easy to get things happening through the Internet which is [continue reading]