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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

January 11, 2019 2:00 PM Branch off to promising start at Dakar Rally

Branch completed the 798km between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa on Wednesday, in a time of 04:53:57 hours, finishing just 00:46:15 hours behind leader, Xavier de Soultrait of France. This was the longest distant thus far as Branch finished as the leading African at the race with South African, Kenneth Gilbert completing the stage three on 28th position 629

January 8, 2019 12:29 PM Branch pumped up after bright Dakar Rally start

Peru rather than before when the terrain ran though Argentina and Bolivia. The race will end on January 17th. He finished the 331km between Lima to Pisco in 1:16:02 hours. The 32-year-old is making his debut in the competition, becoming the second Motswana to take part in race after Vincent Crosbie achieved the feat in 2017. "Day one done and dusted 552

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 541

December 11, 2018 3:43 PM Botswana grabs first gold

It has been a difficult start for Botswana, who were fifth on the medals table before the end of day on Tuesday, but there was good news when the men's volleyball team beat Namibia 3-1 to grab gold. The team qualified for the final after beating South Africa 3-1 on Monday. Volleyball coach, Odirile Sibanda told Mmegi Sport that the win was an indication 146

December 10, 2018 4:00 AM Meanwhile, in the North…

Following the first rains in the north, farmers under the Tonota, Tutume and Masunga (TOTUMA) arable and commercial Farmers Association are optimistic of a productive season regardless of the poor rainfall forecast by the Meteorological Services Department. The recent rainfall was widespread in TOTUMA, Francistown as well as surrounding villages. In some villages 157

December 6, 2018 12:29 PM IEC announces supplementary voter registration

According to a Savingram from the organisation dated December 5, 2018, the supplementary voter registration will commence on December 17, 2018 till March 31, 2019. It further urged all chief election officers, principal elections officers and principal registration officers to start necessary preparations to undertake the scheduled supplementary voter 148

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 160

December 3, 2018 2:00 PM Galaxy Walks Past Sluggish Highlanders

“My players are fatigued, we have not had a decent rest, the cup games and the trip here was too much for the boys. The result was far much better than the exhibition,” he said. Galaxy made their intention clear from the onset. They controlled possession and had the ball to themselves at least eight minutes of the opening 10 minutes. The hosts played 117

December 2, 2018 4:00 AM Lesenepole’s Sekgarapeng fest on

The annual event that takes place in Lesenepole on December 24, has proven a success since its inception back in 2012. According to the event coordinator, Gofa Motsamai, the idea came about after he realised that people from his village lacked entertainment during the festive season. He said once the bars in the area closed, people travelled to nearby 116