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Imported electricity rises in 2014 Q4

Data released by Statistics Botswana (SB) this week revealed that importation of electricity increased by 35.9 percent to 510,100 Mega Watt Hour (MWH) between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the same quarter of 2013.


“The increase in importation of electricity is attributed to the need to complement electricity generated locally, especially during the month of October 2014 as electricity generation locally was very low. As a result the country was forced to import more in order to meet the demand,” said SB.


According to Statistics Botswana, physical volume of electricity generation stood at 663.0 during the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to 567.1 during the same quarter in 2013, indicating an increase of 16.9 percent physical volume of electricity generation for the third and fourth quarters of 2014.


The decline has been attributed to failure of power generators at Morupule B power plants as recorded during the months of October and December 2014. Last year, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila announced that all four units at the 600MW Morupule B power plant had broken down forcing the country to rely on imports for 100 percent of its electricity needs.

The facility, which was built by China National Electric Equipment Corp. and cost 11 billion pula ($1.2 billion), has been beset with delays and machine failures.


SB noted that in order to equipoise the electricity shortages, Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) increased output of the emergency power generators located at Orapa and Matshelagabedi to feed into the national power grid, even though this did not completely meet the demand.  


The Orapa and Matshelagabedi plants were designed to generate a total of 160MW from a diesel consumption rate of 292, 000 litres and 50,000 litres respectively for a maximum of eight hours a day.


While electricity generation fell in the last quarter of the year, Statistics Botswana figures show that on an annual basis Botswana produced more than 50 percent of distributed power in 2014 for the first time due to the contribution from Morupule B.


In 2014, electricity generated locally contributed 59.2 percent of the distributed electricity during the year 2014 as compared to 48.0 percent during 2013. “This notable increase is attributable to on-going developments at Morupule power plant, which has also subsequently led to reduced imports of electricity in 2014,” reads the report.


Mokaila said plans are underway to extend the import agreement with South Africa’s Eskom, which ends in December this year. Under the Eskom agreement, BPC can import 100MW on a firm basis, which can be increased by an additional 200MW, when available.


BPC also has other import agreement with power utilities in Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia. In an attempt to supplement local generation for the forth-coming winter season, BPC is also expanding generation capacity of its recently acquired Matshelagabedi power station to 105 MW from 70MW by May 2015.


According to the report Electricity Generation Index increased by 16.9 percent from 567.1 recorded during the fourth quarter in 2013 to 663.0 recorded during the same quarter of 2014.


On a yearly basis, Botswana imported 1.6 million MWH from 1.8 million MWH in 2013.

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Food prices continue to rise, but at a slower rate

28th November 2022

Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Still doing business the old way?

18th November 2022

It’s time to get business done better with MTN Business Botswana’s ICT Solutions.

Running a digital businessMTN Business Solutions Botswana, popularly known as MTN Business is an Internet Service Provider. We are a subsidiary of MTN Group Limited, a multinational telecommunications Group headquartered in South Africa, which operates in 19 markets across Africa and the Middle East.

More and more, clients are looking for ways to keep their staff productive in a dynamically changing business environment. Whether your people are working from home, the office or abroad, there is a growing recognition that digitising your operations can offer unprecedented commercial value in flexibility, productivity and growth. This new, digital reality means that it is more important than ever to stay agile – if there is anything that can slow a business down, it is being burdened by othatld technology.

Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.

A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.

Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
MTN’s evolution

For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.

As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
Ultimately, clients need partners like MTN Business that will invest in infrastructure, deliver the services they require, have market credibility, are financially sound and have a long-term commitment to their market presence.

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BIE to vitalize the Dignity of Engineers

9th November 2022

Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in  which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.

The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.

Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.

“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.

He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.

Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.

“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.

He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.

He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc

“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran

Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.

“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.

Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that  the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.

“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.

He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.

“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams

He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .

Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution  said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.

“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.

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