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UB wants P703 million budget revised

The Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Alfred Madigele, on September 11, 2017 met the University of Botswana management where he was briefed on a number of issues pertaining to the status of the university and the challenges it was facing.

The Minister was accompanied by the Assistant Minister, Mr Fidelis Molao and the Permanent Secretary, Dr Theophilus Mooko. Dr Madigele said he was happy to have met with the Management of the University especially that there had not been a formal meeting since the Ministry was reconstituted about 10 months ago. The minister briefed the meeting about the mandate of the ministry part of which he said was to coordinate the policy on education as well as research, science and technology in addition to overseeing eight parastatal organisations including the University of Botswana.

Dr Madigele emphasised the need for collaboration, co-creation and co-consuming among the institutions in his Ministry. He also called for speedy implementation of suggestions from the Ministry retreats to draw their strategic plans. He noted the ministry was concerned about duplication of programmes across institutions of higher learning. As such, the ministry has embarked on a rationalisation of institutions and the plan was to subsume teacher training colleges under the Faculty of Education at the University of Botswana. He said it was the Ministry’s desire for UB to realise its vision to be the leading centre of academic excellence not only in Africa but beyond.

The minister also enjoined the University of Botswana to come up with a programme to assist around 7000 unemployed teachers most of whom were diploma certificate holders. Dr Madigele also took advantage of the meeting to advise training institutions to align their training programmes with industry and the country’s economic needs. In line with this, the minister said the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was in the process of finalising a plan that would guide training in the country.

Meanwhile, during presentations the UB Management raised concerns on a number of challenges key amongst them lack of enough funding to run certain programmes as well as to buy new equipment, maintain infrastructure and recruit international students. Another challenge was that UB was losing critical staff to other institutions such as the Botswana International University of Technology which has a better remuneration package.

The Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, appealed to the minister to consider revising the budget in that with the current ceiling of P703 million the university was hamstrung to maintain equipment nor train staff because of operational costs which were way above the funds allocated. Professor Moahi said the idea was, however, not to make the university entirely dependent on government since they were working on a plan so that 50 percent of the funds come from government, 25 per cent from tuition and the rest from a third income stream they would put in place.

She said ultimately the aim was to come up with initiatives part of which were to formulate an entrepreneurship strategy that would help the university identify ways and means to generate income. In the process of reviewing strategic plan key among the initiatives was to ensure the university had multiple financial streams.

In addition, Professor Moahi said there was need to review some of the University’s internal processes and structures to help it serve its key stakeholders efficiently. She said UB has a niche in graduate studies hence the need to promote research and internationalisation of the university. Meanwhile, despite all the challenges the university was facing, there has been a number of achievements – especially infrastructural development and information and communication technology – which place it among the best institutions in Africa.

The minister was informed that every lecture room was equipped with the latest technology and lecturers no longer use chalk. The university also has skilled and offers quality programmes and its infrastructure is of global standards with almost 75 per cent of the infrastructure development plan which was developed between 2008 and 2009 having been completed in terms of the Gaborone campus. The university management congratulated the Department of Tertiary Education Financing for issuing sponsorship letters on time.

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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.

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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.”

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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.



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