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BDP divided, UDC+ cashes in

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) activists in Palapye are blaming the party bye-election loss in Boikago-Madiba ward to internal fighting and lack of financial support from the head office.

But more telling in their assessment is the extent of divisions within the ruling, which they partly apportion to Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi’s propensity to use former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) activists in all mobilisations and campaigns, sidelining well known party loyalists in the area.

Vice President Masisi’s recruitment drive made inroads into the BCP, bringing along recognised names like Lotty Manyapedza and Majadibodu, both have been headlining most of the BDP campaign rallies and activations ahead of bye-elections. This has not gone down well with some BDP loyalists, “we are offended by the latest developments where the VP’s activations are led by people who are still learning the party, ahead of those who understands it better, this has cost us in Boikago-Madiba. We must correct this anomaly,” said a BDP councillor who preferred anonymity.

The BCP deputy campaign manager for the Boikago-Madiba, Onneetse Ramogapi was elated at his party victory. He pointed out that the battle was not for Boikago-Madiba ward but for the Palapye constituency as parties prepare for the 2019 general election. Ramogapi indicated that the BDP’s decision to deploy former BCP cadres in the campaign worked in their favour because some BDP diehards in the area felt undermined by the decision to deploy former opposition activists for campaigns.

Ramogapi was deployed deliberately as an effort to counter them.  Ramogapi was frequently mentioned at BDP rallies during the campaigns. Ramogapi is BDP’s former strategist and former sub council chairman of Palapye administrative authority. When he left the BDP last year, Ramogapi announced that he has defected with over 300 members, this week he claimed that 30 of them voted in the Boikago-Madiba ward bye-election.

Quizzed on the elections outcome, Ramogapi, a soft spoken politician and also businessman said, Botswana is known internationally for conducting free and fair elections but now things are changing as evidenced by the “hasty” amendment of the Electoral Act and the introduction of the Electronic Voting Machines as well as cancellation of supplementary voter registration.


With the BDP Youth Congress expected in a week’s time, some party activists are convinced that it is the time to start shaping the party’s future leadership. They are certain that 2019 will present the strongest opposition challenge to the BDP rule. “We should allow party members to select leaders who they believe will continue the BDP rule,” said another councillor who appeared frustrated by the loss, which put squarely on the use of former BCP cadres for the campaigns, “long time party members did not participate in this bye-election,” he stressed.   

Some BDP members are adamant that Nonofo Molefhi should come out in the open and raise his hand because they believe he is credible enough to be party chairman come July this year. Weekend Post has been informed several delegations have met Molefhi to push him further, and there is yet another delegation that may visit him from the central district to assure him of support ahead of the BDP central committee elections in July. Bye-elections are expected to continue to expose BDP divisions which some party members want resolved soon before the 2019 elections.

Some BDP members are afraid that the divisions are giving the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) ammunition to dislodge the BDP in several of its strongholds.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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