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January 14, 2019 4:00 AM Higher SACU receipts help trim 2018/19 deficit

Last February, Finance Minister, Kenneth Matambo projected a deficit of P3.6 billion, revising this in September to P4.6 billion, mainly due to revenues being diverted to Debswana mega-projects. Government, as a shareholder in Debswana, has funding obligations to the diamond miner’s upcoming projects, which include Cut 9 at Jwaneng and Cut 3 in Orapa 1270

January 13, 2019 4:00 AM Trouble brewing for BOMU interim committee

Members, mostly artistes have threatened to sue the current committee for what they term maladministration and abuse of office. The committee has been at the helm since August 2018. Its chairperson, Taolo Moshaga was appointed last year after the council of arbitration nullified the election of the then committee and ordered its dissolution following 1149

December 17, 2018 4:00 AM Lake Ngami communities finally find their black gold

Innocent Magole, UNDP Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Project coordinator picks up the charcoal from the kiln that has just been opened and shows it to the media before saying, “This is it. This is why we call it black gold”. The charcoal, which is black with some silver lustre, is providing a silver lining to the communities around the Lake Ngami 930

December 6, 2018 11:53 AM Debswana assists Basarwa reversion to indigenous knowledge

The Basarwa of Buhu displayed passion and commitment at the ongoing weeklong educational workshop organised by Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) in Letlhakane on Wednesday. OLDM has partnered with Ghanzi Craft Trust. The workshop looks to impart knowledge of using community-based natural resources, quality control, standards and packaging amongst 191

December 4, 2018 2:05 PM FA Cup prize money not enticing

The deal is worth P4.2 million per season and the tournament would be known as the Orange FA Cup. While there was relief across, there has been disappointment over the prize money, as winners take home P700,000, which is less than what both the league and Top 8 competition offers. Speaking at the sponsorship launch, Orange Botswana chief executive officer 210

December 4, 2018 4:00 AM Council To Impound Roaming Livestock

When addressing the media recently, council chairperson, Mpho Morolong said they were starting to implement the by-law Act because residents of Mochudi and other villages were complaining about livestock that roamed the village streets. “Kgatleng has land where people can take their livestock to. Within 22 Kgatleng villages, the council will collect 174

December 4, 2018 4:00 AM Ministers Dismiss Land Audit Motion

The Minister for Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Kefentse Mzwinila and his Botswana Democratic Party colleague and MP for Serowe South, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi have said the land audit is unnecessary. When debating Rantuana’s motion calling for land audit, both Mzwinila and Venson-Moitoi said the motion is redundant because the Land Administration 162

December 4, 2018 4:00 AM Rantuana Calls For Land Audit

Ramotswa MP, Samuel Rantuana had brought a motion seeking Parliament to request government to carry out land audit as the current Land Administration Procedures Capacity and System (LAPCAS) is not addressing the issue of long waiting lists of plot allocation. When presenting his motion, Rantuana said access to land in Botswana remains a contentious issue 166

November 26, 2018 2:00 PM Rangers End Winless Streak

Rangers got in the game rooted at the bottom of the log, but showed character to overcome second-placed Peril in a game where three goals scored were ‘gifts’ from both goalkeepers while the other two were from the spot kicks. It was the home side who had the first attempt at goal. Letsile Montsho tried from a tight angle as early as the third minute 159

November 20, 2018 4:00 AM TK Unhappy With Plastic Bag Ban U-turn

Briefing the media last week, the minister said the decision for the postponement was taken in his absence. “The plastic ban was supposed to be effective the beginning of November and unfortunately I learned about the uplifting of the ban while I was out of the country and I do not know the reasons behind that,” he said. According to the minister, they initially 175