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Air Botswana launches new cargo equipment

The Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenelo Mabeo launched and commissioned Air Botswana’s new cargo and ground handling equipment as well as Puma Energy’s Jet Fuellers on Friday. Air Botswana acquired the new cargo and ground handling equipment to the tune of P30 million. The new equipment will see the cargo operations enhanced and effi cient.

The National Airline, Air Botswana has been urged to up its game as corruption and other issues continue to circulate in the media.

This warning was issued out by the Minister of Transport and Communications Tshenelo Mabeo during the official launch and commissioning of Air Botswana’s new cargo and ground handling equipment and Puma Energy’s Jet Fuellers.

“As government we are seeing all the reports circulating in the media, we will not sit and watch. We will take action because we cannot afford to see the airline go down as we have invested a lot of money into it,” said Mabeu.

Air Botswana has acquired new cargo and ground handling equipment to the tune of P30 million. The new equipment will see the cargo operations enhanced and efficient. There is a high loader which is suitable for the lower and upper deck of an aircraft and has capacity to load and offload 15 tones. There are also eight electrical baggage tractors which are used to tow baggage wagons and pallet container dollies.

The equipment also includes three Ground power units which can supply ground power to any aircraft on the ground. Two small and large aircraft push back trucks which are capable of pushing any size aircraft.

From the passengers perspective there are three mobile passenger steps which are meant to assist passengers to board and disembark aircraft. There are also two ramp buses that will transport passengers between airport terminal and apron. The two buses have capacity to carry 110 passengers.

Mabeu said the new ground handling equipment will help Air Botswana to provide better customer service to the flying public.

“The airline is preparing itself to become the ground handler for new airlines that will be flying into SSKIA,” he said.

Mabeu said that they saw it fit to resource the airline by providing ground handling equipment and plans are underway to refleet Air Botswana.

“We are convinced this will help Air Botswana stay competitive and relevant as well,” he said. Mabeu added that the relocation of DTC presents a chance to AB to capture new world markets as international diamond dealer’s travel in and out of Botswana.

Currently Air Botswana flying efficiency has been at 85%.

  Puma energy has also acquired two fuellers with capacities of 65 000 litres and 20 000 liters. The move is expected to enhance operational efficiency at the SSKIA depot.

“The acquisition of the two fuellers will enable Puma energy to fuel larger aircrafts within scheduled turnaround time. This development addresses the issue of time,” said Mpugwa Mahube the General manager at Puma.

The jet fueller replaces the tractor bowsers with brand new fuel trucks. The new jet fuellers acquired from France cost P5milliom.

“We are currently engaging CAAB on the upgrade of the same facility at Francistown international airport,” said Mahube.

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Jewellery manufacturing plant to create over 100 jobs

30th January 2023

The state of the art jewellery manufacturing plant that has been set up by international diamond and cutting company, KGK Diamonds Botswana will create over 100 jobs, of which 89 percent will be localized.

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Investors inject capital into Tsodilo Resources Company

25th January 2023

Local diamond and metal exploration company Tsodilo Resources Limited has negotiated a non-brokered private placement of 2,200, 914 units of the company at a price per unit of 0.20 US Dollars, which will provide gross proceeds to the company in the amount of C$440, 188. 20.

According to a statement from the group, proceeds from the private placement will be used for the betterment of the Xaudum iron formation project in Botswana and general corporate purposes.

The statement says every unit of the company will consist of a common share in the capital of the company and one Common Share purchase warrant of the company.

Each warrant will enable a holder to make a single purchase for the period of 24 months at an amount of $0.20. As per regularity requirements, the group indicates that the common shares and warrants will be subject to a four month plus a day hold period from date of closure.

Tsodilo is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements. This is for the reason that the fair market value of the private placement, insofar as it involves the director, is not more than 25% of the company’s market capitalization.

Tsodilo Resources Limited is an international diamond and metals exploration company engaged in the search for economic diamond and metal deposits at its Bosoto Limited and Gcwihaba Resources projects in Botswana.  The company has a 100% stake in Bosoto which holds the BK16 kimberlite project in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF) in Botswana.

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Global CEOs Back Plan to Unlock $3.4 Trillion Potential of Africa Free Trade Area

23rd January 2023

African heads of state and global CEOs at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting backed the launch of the first of its kind report on how public-private partnerships can support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

AfCFTA: A New Era for Global Business and Investment in Africa outlines high-potential sectors, initiatives to support business and investment, operational tools to facilitate the AfCFTA, and illustrative examples from successful businesses in Africa to guide businesses in entering and expanding in this area.

The report aims to provide a pathway for global businesses and investors to understand the biggest trends, opportunities and strategies to successfully invest and achieve high returns in Africa, developing local, sub-regional and continental value chains and accelerating industrialization, all of which go hand in hand with the success of the AfCFTA.

The AfCFTA is the largest free trade area in the world, by area and number of participating countries. Once fully implemented, it will be the fifth-largest economy in the world, with the potential to have a combined GDP of more than $3.4 trillion. Conceived in 2018, it now has 54 national economies in Africa, could attract billions in foreign investment, and boost overseas exports by a third, double intra-continental trade, raise incomes by 8% and lift 50 million people out of poverty.

To ease the pain of transition to its new single market, Africa has learned from trade liberalization in North America and Europe. “Our wide range of partners and experience can help anticipate and mitigate potential disruptions in business and production dynamics,” said Børge Brende, President, and World Economic Forum. “The Forum’s initiatives will help to ease physical, capital and digital flows in Africa through stakeholder collaboration, private-public collaboration and information-sharing.”

Given the continent’s historically low foreign direct investment relative to other regions, the report highlights the sense of excitement as the AfCFTA lowers or removes barriers to trade and competitiveness. “The promising gains from an integrated African market should be a signal to investors around the world that the continent is ripe for business creation, integration and expansion,” said Chido Munyati, Head of Regional Agenda, Africa, World Economic Forum.

The report focuses on four key sectors that have a combined worth of $130 billion and represent high-potential opportunities for companies looking to invest in Africa: automotive; agriculture and agroprocessing; pharmaceuticals; and transport and logistics.

“Macro trends in the four key sectors and across Africa’s growth potential reveal tremendous opportunities for business expansion as population, income and connectivity are on the rise,” said Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General, AfCFTA Secretariat.

“These projections reveal an unprecedented opportunity for local and global businesses to invest in African countries and play a vital role in the development of crucial local and regional value chains on the continent,” said Landry Signé, Executive Director and Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Co-Chair, World Economic Forum Regional Action Group for Africa.

The Forum is actively working towards implementing trade and investment tools through initiatives, such as Friends of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, to align with the negotiation process of the AfCFTA. It identifies areas where public-private collaboration can help reduce barriers and facilitate investment from international firms.

About the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023 convenes the world’s foremost leaders under the theme, Cooperation in a Fragmented World. It calls on world leaders to address immediate economic, energy and food crises while laying the groundwork for a more sustainable, resilient world. For further information,

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