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RPC Data, Newgen in strategic alliance

RPC Data Limited (RPC), Botswana’s leading IT solutions provider and consulting powerhouse announced a partnership with Newgen Software Technologies Limited (Newgen) that will leverage significant strategic alignment and synergy to deliver Enterprise Records & Document Management (ERDMS) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions at highly competitive prices to the Botswana market.

This partnership will enhance RPC’s position in the enterprise software industry while expanding Newgen’s footprint in the African Region.

Enterprises from Large / Public Sector Enterprises to Small-To-Medium Enterprises have witnessed an exponential growth in content presented in ever more complex forms including paper-based, e-mail, web, images, and sound. Enterprises are having to manage more content as business processes continue to become more complex due to globalization, increased regulation, increasingly complex partner relationships, increased competition, and significant technology flux.

Effective management of this content has become a strategic imperative – but a source of competitive advantage.

“Newgen products are sophisticated enterprise solutions and yet extremely affordable. The idea is not to bring just another document management system into the market, but to introduce effective solutions that automate key business processes in organizations and that has been the key differentiator between Newgen products and other ERDMS products.” said Mr. Komal Rao, Managing Director, RPC Data.

He further added, “RPC’s exceptional understanding of the market and business domain will allow enterprises to capture maximum value of Newgen’s products.”

Mr. Manojit Majumdar, Vice President – Newgen Software, said, “The relationship with RPC represents a powerful opportunity for Newgen to significantly expand our footprint in the Botswana region, a vibrant and very important market, and extend it to other parts of the SADC region. RPC has clearly demonstrated its ability to apply its considerable market and business acumen not only to enter, but to lead major market segments. We’re excited to partner with RPC as we focus our combined energies serving a broader range of customers with industry-leading ECM and BPM solutions.”


RPC Data Limited (RPC) is an ICT company focused on providing business-to-business technology and consultancy services addressing the needs of the large enterprise, public sector enterprise, and the small-to-medium enterprise which has just entered the 25th year of operation in Botswana. RPC has earned a reputation of delivering complex, sustainable, and successful solutions through business-domain and technical expertise spanning cross-industry and cross-border.

Founded in 1989, RPC has used its strong project management expertise, partnership-like relationship approach, and innovation to implement and support ICT systems. The company’s major clients include Ministry of Finance – Botswana, Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS), Botswana Examination Council (BEC), Government of Uganda, Government of Kenya, and ZESCO – Zambia. Recent wins by RPC include the enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations at ZESCO and KenolKobil – Kenya, and a SAP implementation for MVA Fund.


Newgen Software Technologies Limited is a leading global provider of Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Content management (ECM), Customer Communication Management (CCM) and Adaptive Case Management (ACM), with a global footprint of 1300+ installations in over 58 countries with large, mission-critical solutions deployed at the world’s leading Banks, Insurance firms, BPO’s, Healthcare Organizations, Government, Telecom Companies & Shared Service Centers.

RPC’s key value proposition stems from leveraging our expertise and experience to transcend products and deliver solutions through a matured service delivery framework comprising of IT Services including Project Management, Strategic IT Planning, Software Development, Systems Implementation, Systems Integration, and Training. RPC has also developed its own stack of products like RPMS a complete Pensions Management Suite, ITAS an integrated Tax Administration System and SIMS a comprehensive Student Information Management System.

With a staff complement of forty personnel including many highly-qualified citizens, RPC’s has and continues to optimize all available resources, directing them towards adding maximum value to our partner-like customers and showcasing the highly-skilled expertise Botswana has to offer to the region.

To this extent, RPC recently invested in an international internship program that takes interns from Department of National Internship Programme (DNIP) to programs outside the country conducted by its well-developed business partner network. In this way RPC contributes significantly to the nation’s Vision 2016 aspirations.

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Matsheka seeks raise bond program ceiling to P30 billion

14th September 2020
Dr Matsheka

This week Minister of Finance & Economic Development, Dr Thapelo Matsheka approached parliament seeking lawmakers approval of Government’s intention to increase bond program ceiling from the current P15 Billion to P30 billion.

“I stand to request this honorable house to authorize increase in bond issuance program from the current P15 billion to P30 billion,” Dr Matsheka said. He explained that due to the halt in economic growth occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic government had to revisit options for funding the national budget, particularly for the second half of the National Development Plan (NDP) 11.

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Lucara sits clutching onto its gigantic stones with bear claws in a dark pit

14th September 2020
Lesedi La Rona

Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) has this week revealed a gloomy picture of diamond mining newcomer, Lucara, with its stock devaluated and its entire business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A BSE survey for a period between 1st January to 31st August 2020 — recording the second half of the year, the third quarter of the year and five months of coronavirus in Botswana — shows that the Domestic Company Index (DCI) depreciated by 5.9 percent.

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Botswana Diamonds issues 50 000 000 shares to raise capital

14th September 2020

Botswana Diamond PLC, a diamond exploration company trading on both London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday unlocked value from its shares to raise capital for its ongoing exploration works in Botswana and South Africa.

A statement from the company this week reveals that the placing was with existing and new investors to raise £300,000 via the issue of 50,000,000 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.6p per Placing Share.

Each Placing Share, according to Botswana Diamond Executives has one warrant attached with the right to subscribe for one new ordinary share at 0.6p per new ordinary share for a period of two years from, 7th September 2020, being the date of the Placing Warrants issue.

In a statement Chairman of Botswana Diamonds, John Teeling explained that the funds raised will be used to fund ongoing exploration activities during the current year in Botswana and South Africa, and to provide additional working capital for the Company.

The company is currently drilling kimberlite M8 on the Marsfontein licence in South Africa and has generated further kimberlite targets which will be drilled on the adjacent Thorny River concession.

In Botswana, the funds will be focused on commercializing the KX36 project following the recent acquisition of Sekaka Diamonds from Petra Diamonds. This will include finalizing a work programme to upgrade the grades and diamond value of the kimberlite pipe as well as investigating innovative mining options.

Drilling is planned for the adjacent Sunland Minerals property and following further assessment of the comprehensive Sekaka database more drilling targets are likely. “This is a very active and exciting time for Botswana Diamonds. We are drilling the very promising M8 kimberlite at Marsfontein and further drilling is likely on targets identified on the adjacent Thorny River ground,” he said.

The company Board Chair further noted, “We have a number of active projects. The recently acquired KX36 diamond resource in the Kalahari offers great potential. While awaiting final approvals from the Botswana authorities some of the funds raised will be used to detail the works we will do to refine grade, size distribution and value per carat.”

In addition BOD said the Placing Shares will rank pari passu with the Company’s existing ordinary shares. Application will be made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is expected that such admission will become effective on or around 23 September 2020.

Last month Botswana Diamond announced that it has entered into agreement with global miner Petra Diamonds to acquire the latter’s exploration assets in Botswana. Key to these assets, housed under Sekaka Diamonds, 100 % subsidiary of Petra is the KX36 Diamond discovery, a high grade ore Kimberlite pipe located in the CKGR, considered Botswana’s next diamond glory after the magnificent Orapa and prolific Jwaneng Mines.

The acquisition entailed two adjacent Prospecting Licences and a diamond processing plant. Sekaka has been Petra’s exploration vehicle in Botswana for year and holds three Prospecting Licenses in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Kalahari) PL169/2019, PL058/2007 and PL224/2007, which includes the high grade KX36 kimberlite pipe.

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