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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 695

December 4, 2018 4:00 AM Orange Launches Data Centre

The Centre would be inclusive of equipment space, office space, and two redundant energy centres with the completion date anticipated to be end of 2019. Located at the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH), the state-of-the-art centre will become a central point of connectivity for national and international networking, and provide world-class data services 134

November 25, 2018 2:00 PM Gov’t could drop Morupule B P8bn expansion

Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security minister, Eric Molale has written to finance minister, Kenneth Matambo asking for final advice on whether to proceed or drop the project. The expansion involves the addition of two 150MW to the existing 600MW Morupule B. In 2015, the government named two Asian mega-corps – Marubeni from Japan and Posco 110

November 12, 2018 4:00 AM Alindo Engineering faces blacklisting over P78m-worth of projects

In the last three years, the company has been given jobs to the tune of P78 million and only one of the four projects the company was awarded is near completion. Members of Parliament had called for action to be taken against the owner of the company, Albert Mbayi, who is the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) member that challenged for deputy treasurer 137

October 22, 2018 4:00 AM Will there be a "Masisi Doctrine" in Foreign Policy?

Moreover, a President must preside over a highly specialised and sprawling bureaucracy. When it comes to policy, the presidency has three major areas to preside over: economic policy, domestic policy and foreign affairs. These are all competing policy spheres. But the demands of the office require that presidents strike a balance between all three substantive 120

September 28, 2018 2:00 PM BFA unveils new P4m artificial turf

The construction of the ground was done through the FIFA Forward Development Programme and at a cost of cost $390,996 (around P4 million). Through its partnership with the Slovakia Football Association (SFA), the BFA also built an ablution block for P426,000. BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti said the two facilities will come in handy for the association’s 107

August 4, 2018 4:00 AM BFA struggling to pay salaries

The future of some of the 32 employees hangs in the balance, and BFA chief executive officer, Mfolo Mfolo admitted they are struggling. “We are struggling to pay salaries,” Mfolo said yesterday. The dire financial situation at the association, which was said to be P6 million in the red in 2016, has forced the BFA to implement a restructuring exercise 99

July 24, 2018 4:00 AM New Home For Mathako Man’s Family Of 15

The organisers of Born and Raised Festival in conjunction with Bodulo Jwa Morena Apolistic Church handed over a home to him on Saturday. Gaotlhomolwe Taratiso could not hide his smile after so many years of suffering living in abject overty. When he officially accepted the house, Taratiso said it was God’s will that Bodulo Jwa Morena Apolistic Church 100

July 23, 2018 4:00 AM Goodhope sub-district council buys Fong Kong vehicles

Critics of the Fong Kong tag have sneered at the idea, saying the step was a drawback as culture all along has been to procure brand new vehicles from genuine car dealerships, Goodhope sub-district council’s chief executive officer, Robert Rabasimane admitted his sub-district had acquired the six vehicles from Mogoditshane, but hailed them as good secondhand 87

June 25, 2018 3:00 PM Arting Health For Impact Hosts Street Art Family Fun Day

The event included a Family Fun Day with music and entertainment, child-friendly art and activities as well as information stalls set up by AHIP partners. These gave the public a chance to appreciate art, health and youth development initiatives in the country. The installation was a three-part public art mural, where some of the renowned local artists 176