Connect with us
Advertisement

Masisi, Tsogwane blamed for BDP factions

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Members of Parliament have asked party President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and his Vice President also party chairman, Slumber Tsogwane to desist from favoritism as it will fuel the ongoing raging inferno of divisions within the party, WeekendPost has been told. 

In a no blows barred party meeting to close the year this week, backbenchers took the war to Tsogwane and gave him an ultimatum to stop favoritism lest divisions balloon into something severe. One thing they made clear is that should “apparent bias” continue, they will form their own faction which will prioritise their needs.

The meeting according to sources was characterized by complaints from party members. Tsogwane is said to have given the MPs audience “as he wants a better shaped party next year and the members did not disappoint”. An issue which dominated from the floor was alleged nepotism by Masisi and Tsogwane, sources say. The members say the two (Masisi and Tsogwane) are travelling around doing star rallies at their allies’ constituencies while leaving out other members. “Divide and rule will exacerbate the already visible divisions,” Tsogwane was told this week.

For now the party has staged five star rallies in constituencies other members say are pro Masisi. “There has been these kind of rallies in Chobe, Maun East, Ngami, Okavango, Tonota and other constituencies while others are ignored despite making calls for the same arrangement. So MPs believe that the leadership is prioritizing their cronies while sidelining others,” shared an informant within the party. It is said the decision to stage those rallies was taken looking at the contributions made at party meetings and parliamentary sessions.

Konstantinos Markous (Maun East), Bagalatia Arone (Okavango), Machana Shamukuni (Chobe) are believed to be close to the current regime and also ‘yes sir men’. Thato Kwerepe (Ngami) is also hinted to be a ‘yes sir man’ who is also handled with kids’ glove. He is said to have requested the same rally in an effort to erase Jacob Nkate from the scene. “He is afraid Nkate can still come back and having rallies with the leadership is the only way to legitimize him to electorates,” added another source.

The angry MPs argue that this arrangement is the breeding space for factions like ‘imagined New Jerusalem’ as they feel abandoned. “It should be clear we belong together, if not, we can also stage our parallel rallies because this is not right. We should be left to have our faction that will be clear with its mandate and it should not be deemed as indiscipline,” added another source on Wednesday.

The disgruntled legislators are already mobilizing to have a patron that could be in a position to launch them since only new ministers are getting that privilege. As of now, the name of former president Lt Gen Dr Ian Khama has been on the lips of many but others do not agree.
“Of course he can be, but others want someone like Kedikilwe (Ponatshego) but then he lacks charisma possessed by Khama so it is yet to be decided. Mind you it can only be concluded if the status quo continues.”

MASISI REBUFFS BDP RETREAT 

Calls for a retreat are said to have been dealt a blow after President Masisi decided that those with issues should rather see him individually.  Tsogwane was tasked with finding a date that will be accommodative to all MPs and the President who has a very busy schedule.
The retreat was expected to be held early next year to tackle burning issues with primary elections set to dominate proceedings. But as things stand the President will only meet MPs individually. “A number of members including Vincent Seretse and Biggie Butale are irate as to how the whole primary elections were conducted and it has been agreed that this should be dealt with at a retreat with all the sub-committees present,” revealed a source.

LOTTY, NCHI DIVIDE BDP

It has also cropped at the party gathering that the MPs are at pains with new members getting priority over the long serving members. It is said Lotty Manyapedza and Kentse Nchi Rammidi have been travelling around with the leadership addressing rallies and briefing regions about the party status with Masisi. “What do they know about BDP? They have just defected from the opposition. They should take a back bench,” one MP told this publication.

This, MPs say, is strategic positioning by the new members to be given some posts after elections next year. “We know they want to be rewarded at the end of the day especially when it comes to nominations or specially elected positions,” another MP briefly said. Party Chairman Tsogwane however is said to have pleaded with the democrats to accommodate new members. “We should show them that they are welcome in the party and it should not be interpreted otherwise. Let us be united and be welcoming to whoever joins the party,” he asked the MPs who were taking none of it, according to insiders.

Already there are reports that Rammidi may contest for the position of party secretary general, something which irks some BDP insiders. Next year is a busy schedule for the ruling party as there are a number of activities on the calendar – with the party congress and general elections are the highlights.

Continue Reading

News

MMG acquires Khoemacau in a transaction valued at P23Bn

9th April 2024

MMG Limited, the Hong Kong-based mining company specializing in base metals, has successfully concluded the acquisition of Khoemacau Copper Mine, a state-of-the-art, world-class copper asset nestled in the northwest of Botswana.

On Monday, MMG announced that the acquisition of Khoemacau Mine in Botswana was finalized on 22nd March 2024. “This acquisition enriches the company’s portfolio with a top-tier, transformative growth project and signifies a monumental milestone in the Company’s journey,” MMG communicated in an official statement published on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Upon completion of the acquisition, MMG remitted to the Sellers an Aggregate Consideration of approximately US$1,734,657,000 (over P23 billion), a sum subject to potential adjustments post-Completion.

In addition to the Aggregate Consideration, MMG, in accordance with the Agreement, advanced an aggregate amount of approximately US$348,580,000 (over P4.5 billion) as the Aggregate Debt Settlement Amount, to settle certain debt balances of the Target Group (Cuprous Capital/Khoemacau).

On November 21, 2023, Khoemacau announced that the shareholders of its parent company [Cuprous Capital] had agreed to sell 100% of their interests to MMG Limited.

MMG is a global resources company that mines, explores, and develops copper and other base metals projects on four continents. The company is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, and has a significant shareholder, China Minmetals Corporation, which is China’s largest metals and minerals group owned by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

On December 22, 2023, Khoemacau Copper Mining (Pty) Ltd received the approval from the Minister of Minerals and Energy of Botswana regarding the transfer of a controlling interest in the Project Licenses and Prospecting Licenses associated with the Khoemacau Copper Mine, a result of the Acquisition.

 

The Botswana Competition & Consumer Authority (CCA) on January 29, 2024, notified the market that it had given its approval for the takeover of Khoemacau Copper Mining by MMG Limited.

On January 29, 2024, the CCA issued a merger decision to the market, stating that after conducting all necessary assessments, it was ready to proceed.

The Competition Authority affirmed that the structure of the relevant market would not significantly change upon implementation of the proposed merger as the proposed transaction is not likely to result in a substantial lessening of competition, nor endanger the continuity of service in the market of mining of copper and silver ores and the production, and sale or supply of copper concentrate in Botswana.

Furthermore, the CCA stated that the proposed merger would not have any negative impact on public interest matters in Botswana as per the provisions of section 52(2) of the Competition Act 2018.

Earlier this month, Minister of Minerals & Energy, Lefoko Maxwell Moagi, informed parliament that his Ministry was endorsing the Khoemacau acquisition by MMG Limited. He noted that not only was the company acquiring the existing operation but also committing to an expansion program that would cost over $700 million to double production, create more jobs for Batswana, and increase taxes and royalties paid to the Government.

Continue Reading

News

Bullish CA Sales saw revenue rise to R11.3 billion in 2023

9th April 2024

Despite the global economic landscape being fraught with challenges, CA Sales Holdings Limited (CA&S), a powerhouse distributor of fast-moving consumer goods across Africa, remains steadfast in its bullish sentiment. This Botswana and Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company, with its extensive operations spanning Botswana, South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, is primed to deliver exceptional financial performance in 2024.

The company’s portfolio of services is diverse and comprehensive, encompassing everything from warehousing and distribution to retail execution, advisory, retail support, training, technology, and data solutions. It’s a one-stop-shop for all things retail, providing a seamless and efficient service to its vast clientele.

The recent financial results released by the local bourse have painted a picture of a thriving company. CA&S has seen a substantial increase in revenues, rising from R9.48 billion in 2022 to a robust R11.3 billion in 2023. The company’s profits have also seen a significant uptick, growing from R1.42 billion to R1.72 billion within the same period. The company attributes these impressive results to the successful implementation and execution of its growth strategy. “Revenue growth was driven by organic growth, acquisitions, expansion into new regions as well as the on-boarding of new clients to the group’s portfolio. As a result, gross profit increased by 21.1% to R1.72 billion (2022: R1.42 billion). The positive top line growth together with the gain on bargain purchase, contributed to the increase of 40.7% in operating profit for the group to R747.31 million (2022: R531.07 million)”

The financial health of the company is further evidenced by the increase in total assets, which have risen by 26.0% to R5.2 billion. This growth is attributed to the increase in fixed and intangible assets, bolstered by business combinations and increased working capital due to the surge in revenue. The company’s strong cash flow generation from operations has also contributed to a healthy increase in cash resources from R735.8 million to R1 062.0 million at the end of December 2023.

As part of its expansion strategy, CA&S has made significant acquisitions. The company has acquired 100% of the share capital of T&C Properties Namibia (Pty) Ltd and Taeuber and Corssen (Pty) Ltd, collectively known as the T&C Group, for R65.0 million. The T&C Group is a Namibian-based distribution and retail execution business. This acquisition has broadened the group’s footprint in Namibia. In addition, CA&S has acquired all the operations of MarketMax (Pty) Ltd, a sales and merchandising business, for R11.5 million. “Contracts acquired are with clients who retail their brands in the pharmaceutical channel. This acquisition is in line with the group’s channel broadening strategy.” The company has also increased its shareholding in Smithshine Enterprises (Pty) Ltd to 100%, in exchange for CA&S shares, to the value of R3.8 million.

The company has expressed its intention to continue its expansion of services for new and existing clients and to continue offering bespoke solutions to brand owners across the region. “A focus will be on channel broadening across existing businesses within existing geographies. Where feasible, the group will also grow its client and customer networks and make value-adding acquisitions.”

CA&S appears to be ready to deliver another strong financial performance, despite the challenging global economic landscape. The company’s management believes that CA&S remains steadfast in its resilience and strategic positioning. They emphasize that with a robust balance sheet, a widespread geographical footprint across Africa, as well as a portfolio marked by diversification, CA&S is well-positioned to deliver favorable results in 2024. “CA&S’ growth strategy of expanding its services to existing and new clients, channel broadening, expansion into new geographies, coupled with value adding acquisitions, will help ensure the group remains firmly on course to attain its growth aspirations.”

Continue Reading

News

BDF SERVICE MEMBER DIES IN MOZAMBIQUE

27th March 2024

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) says one of its service members deployed in Cabo – Delgado Province in the Republic of Mozambique due to a short illness.

The member passed away on this morning.

The deceased Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) was deployed as part of the BDF’s Contingent 5 under SAMIM Forces in the Cabo Delgado Province for peace support operations in the Republic of Mozambique.

The next of kin have been informed.

 

 

Continue Reading