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Water will be top priority for Govt

The Botswana Government, through the Ministry of Mineral, Energy and Water Resources, is reviewing its original designs for the P16 billion pula ($1.6 billion) project, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kgomotso Abi told the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, this week.

Abi said that the Government had resolved, at the level of the Botswana Economic Advisory Council, to prioritise water and electricity, on the Government agenda, for the next two years.

Government has concluded plans to draw a total of 495 million cubic metres of water per annum from the Chobe/Zambezi basin.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) developed a Protocol on Shared Watercourses provides a framework for closer cooperation for prudent, sustainable and coordinated management, protection and utilization of shared watercourses.

The Zambezi River basin states are all members of SADC and have agreed to a Joint Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy (IWRMS) under the Zambezi  Action Plan (ZACPLAN). Amongothers, the strategy aims at establishing the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM). ZAMCOM is responsible for the shared aspects of Operational Water Resources Management.

Botswana submitted a formal request to the Zambezi Member States of its intention  to abstract 495 MCM per annum of water from the Zambezi River at the SADC Ministers of Water Meeting held in Maputo, Mozambique from 6 – 9 July 2009. This has been discussed at various meetings of the ZAMCOM, and no objections were raised by the other member states.

Minister Mokaila met an irate contingent of the business community this week on Wednesday, to explain the status regarding water and power. The meeting which was mobilised by private sector collective body, Business Botswana (formerly BOCCIM) was held at the Pavilion, Fairgrounds Holdings.

Mokaila explained that Bokaa and Molatedi dams were left with at most four months of water supply and soon, the north-south carrier would be the only source of water greater Gaborone area, which covers all the villages and towns from Kgatleng up to Goodhope.

Currently, water sources are providing only 67 million litres of water per day, only about half of the 125 million litres demand in the region.

Masama East and West well fields are said to be four months away and will each feed the NSC with 30 million litres of water each.

Business people took the opportunity to express their misgivings with the water and energy crisis while some proposed to find a way to deal with government in public private partnerships, to exploit opportunities opened up by the situation.

Meanwhile, the central bank warned of “negative impacts” that would be brought by disruptions in electricity and water supply. Mohohlo said the disruptions of power and water are likely to hit the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the long run. She said there is need for regular rebasing of GDP, hence reliable data is essential.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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