Like most countries, Botswana traders can easily start trading Forex, this is because it is the most accessible market of all the financial markets, along with being the most liquid yet most volatile markets.
Forex can be traded in a number of ways, this is made easy because there are a significant number of currency pairs that can be traded, and trading can occur 24/5 as the Forex market never closes due to the different time zones in which trading occurs.
There is, however, a weekend gap that traders need to be aware of and traders need to ensure that open positions are closed by the time the trading day concludes on Friday, to avoid being subjected to overnight or swap fees.
Due to the great volume that is being traded on a daily basis, Botswana traders can enjoy the liquidity and lowered transaction costs as result of the sheer traffic the Forex market experiences, with trades being executed at high speeds.
Beginner Botswanan traders need to ensure that they accumulate enough knowledge of the Forex Market and Forex trading before they attempt to trade using a live account by making use of guidelines, tutorials, and other comprehensive educational materials and tools.
Before registering a live account with a Forex broker, it is imperative for Botswana traders to verify the exchange rate along with the deposit, withdrawal and account base currencies supported.
Note that all currency conversions performed in this article have been done between the US Dollar and the Botswana Pula at the current exchange rate on the day and at the time that this article was written.
The Best Forex Brokers recommended for Botswana Traders
IC Markets is an Australian and Seychelles-based ECN broker which is well-regulated and authorized through the reputable ASIC and offers competitive trading conditions to a variety of traders residing in numerous countries around the globe.
When opening an account, Botswana traders can expect a minimum deposit of 2,340.96 BWP, which provides access to numerous tradable financial instruments, leverage of 1:500, variable spreads, and low commissions charged on trades.
RoboForex is a Belize-based market maker and STP broker under strict regulation from IFSC in providing online trading services and access to numerous financial instruments such as Forex, commodities, cryptocurrency, shares, and several others.
In opening an account with this broker, Botswana traders can expect minimum required deposits starting from 117.05 BWP, which provides them with access to leverage of up to 1:1000, variable spreads, average commission charges and reliable trading platforms.
XM is a reputable ECN and STP broker which is strictly regulated by ASIC, CySEC, and IFSC, with its services widespread across the globe in over 196 countries to over 2.5 million clients in offering the trade of Forex, commodities, metals, indices, and more.
When registering a live account, Botswana traders can expect minimum deposits of 58.52 BWP, spreads which are tight and variable, ultra-low commission charges on trades, leverage of up to 1:880 and access to the best trading platforms.
Exness is a globally-recognized broker with two main offices located in the Seychelles, it is also recognised as a Cyprus-based broker, with regulation and authorization through CySEC, FCA, and SFSA.
The minimum required deposit to open an account with Exness is 11.70 BWP and in opening a live trading account, Botswana traders have access to a variety of tradable financial instruments such as Forex and various CFDs, amongst others.
Exness also supports the use of MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5, leverage of up to 1:1000, tight spreads and no hidden commission charges on trades.
Alpari is a STP and ECN broker which is based in Mauritius and holds regulation and authorization from FSC and FSA in facilitating the online trading of Forex, Cryptocurrency, metals, and CFDs.
When opening a live trading account with Alpari, Botswana traders can expect deposits from as little as from 58.52 BWP, which will give access to leverage of up to 1:1000, variable spreads, and exceptionally low commission charges.
Alpari also supports the use of MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 through which trading activities can be conducted.
Admiral Markets is a STP and ECN broker with offices in Australia, U.K, Cyprus, and Estonia with respective authorization and regulation through ASIC, FCA, EFSA, and CySEC in offering the trade of Forex, commodities, cryptocurrency, stocks, and more.
When opening an account with Admiral Markets, Botswana traders will be subjected to a minimum deposit of 2,340.96 BWP, which will allow them to take advantage of leverage of up to 1:500 with low commissions charged on trades, and tight, variable spreads.
LiteForex is a STP and ECN Forex and CFD broker which is headquartered in the Marshall Islands, and is strictly regulated through CySEC in offering its online trading services which allows traders access to trade Forex and various CFDs on various instruments.
The minimum deposit required when opening a live trading account is 585.24 BWP and this provides Botswana traders with leverage of up to 1:500, variable and tight spreads, and access to reputable trading platforms.
BDSwiss is a multi-regulated and award-winning broker which is based in Cyprus, Mauritius, and Seychelles with respective regulation through CySEC, FSC, and NFA.
The minimum required deposit of 2,340.96 BWP is quite average when compared to brokers who offer similar trading conditions and in opening a live account, Botswana traders have access to a variety of tradable instruments, including Forex.
In addition, BDSwiss supports the use of MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5, and traders can enjoy access to leverage of up to 1:400, tight and variable spreads, and extremely low commissions charged on trades.
These brokers cater for a variety of traders despite their varying levels of skill, knowledge, and experience along with catering for millions of traders around the world who reside in various countries.
These brokers cater for Botswana traders with comprehensive and attractive trading conditions that meet the needs of traders whether they are beginners, or experts. Trading fees are transparent and not exuberant.
In addition to this, these brokers use only reputable, well-known, and user-friendly trading platforms including, but not limited to, MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5, which are two of the most popular trading platforms in the trading community.
In the coming months prices will go up and inflation will shoot sharply above the target of 3 percent to 6 percent towards the third quarter of 2021, the Bank of Botswana on the other hand will continue to withhold its knife on the Bank Rate. This is according to a forecast made by Kgori Capital in its recent Market Watch Segment.
Statistics from Statistics Botswana show that the recent 1.8 percent increase in the September inflation, from 1 percent in August, was a reflection of the upward adjustment in public transport fares (Transport (from -6.9 to -3.9 percent) in September 2020, which is estimated to have increased inflation by approximately 0.64 percentage points.
Local anti-trust body, Competition and Consumer Authority (CCA), this month received back to back acquisition proposals from South African clothing retailers to wipe out their former rivals, Edcon, from Botswana malls.
Last week BusinessPost was in possession of Merger Notice No 23 of 2020 whereby a South African clothing retailer owner, Retailability Proprietary Limited, through Oclin Proprietary Limited, proposed to acquire parts of the Edgars business conducted by Edcon in Botswana (through Edcon Botswana), as a going concern, consisting of certain assets and identified liabilities.
South African government’s Business Rescue Practitioners earlier this year announced that Retailability will buy Edgars, after the latter filed for a business rescue plan in April after it failed to pay suppliers. This move will see Retailability add Edgars to its portfolio consisting of brands such as; Legit, Beaver Canoe and Style.
Retailability landed on Botswana shores 18 years ago with its flamboyant urban fashion Style which had 17 stores. Style, having almost the same target market as Edgars as it offers men’s and ladies’ contemporary and formal fashion, gave the 91 year old legendary clothing retailer a run for its money, and has won the battle as its parent company has taken over Edgars.
Retailability brands are synonymous with Botswana shopping centres and there are currently five (5) Beaver Canoe stores, 10 Style stores and seven (7) Legit stores across this country. The Beaver Canoe stores sell clothing apparel for men and boys only. The Legit stores have a fashion store format which focuses on the retailing of clothing, footwear, accessories, colour cosmetics and cellular products.
Retailability operates in over 460 stores across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Eswatini. Many observers suggest that because of the deal with Retailability to swallow Edcon, most Edgars stores in Botswana will change their name and be branded Style. A sad tale for religious consumers of the Edgars trademark who got used to love their favourite brand for years.
According to CCA’s Merger Notice No 23 of 2020, Retailability is controlled by Clifford Raymond Lines (through a company which functions solely as a holding company of his interests in Retailability) and Metier Investment and Advisory Services Proprietary Limited (“Metier”). Metier is a private equity enterprise with investments in a number of industries spanning from healthcare, hospitality, FMCGs and telecommunications.
Retailability directors are mostly South Africans; Clifford Raymond Lines, Mark Richard Friday and Norman Victor Drieselmann. Only Nasreen Essack, who was appointed February this year, is a Motswana. He comes after Brian Thuto Tsima left on the same date. Retailability 100 percent owns Oclin Proprietary Limited, the company it is acquiring Edgars with, by a capacity of 3000 shares.
The target business, Edgars, offer textiles, cosmetics and cellular products. Edcon has a Motswana director, Charles Mzwandile Vikisi, a South African, Shane Van Niekerk and Zimbabwean Jethro Kamutsi.
“The Target Business comprises of two (2) Edgars franchise brands and private label stores across Botswana. These stores target middle to upper income customers and are home to a range of private label brands such as Free2BU, Charter Club and Stone Harbour, and a wide range of market label brands (such as Levi’s and Guess) for clothing, footwear and cosmetics.
In addition, the Target Business operates iconic Edgars Home and Edgars Beauty stores as store-in-store formats rounding out the department store offering in Botswana,” said CCA. Foshini also lines up to take Jet Botswana from Edcon.
The Foschini Group (TFG) released a statement confirming its latest intentions to acquire Edcon assets or Jet for a cash purchase consideration of R480 million. This was after the business rescue practitioners offered TFG to buy Jet by that amount.
CCA is currently mulling on a proposed merger by TFG to take over Jet operations in Botswana. Merger Notice No 21 of 2020 from TFG came a few days before the Retailability proposal. In this merger TFG, acting through Foschini Botswana, want to take over “parts” of the Jet business conducted by Edcon through Jet Supermarkets Botswana.
TFG will be willing to add Jet to its portfolio of 30 retail brands that trade in clothing, footwear, jewellery, sportswear, homeware, cell phones, and technology products from value to upper market segments throughout more than 4085 outlets in 32 countries on five continents. TFG will also get Jet’s distribution centre located in Durban and certain stores in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini. Also part of this fat deal is that the company is looking to also acquire JET Club and all existing JET stock of no less than R800 million.
Johannesburg listed TGF owns Foschini Retail Group which owns the local operations called Foschini Botswana, the acquiring enterprise according to CCA merger notice. “TFG is not controlled by any enterprise/s and for completeness, the three largest shareholders of TFG holding shares greater than 5% as at 27th March 2020 are: Government Employees Pension Fund (16.2%) Public Investment Corporation (13.2%); Old Mutual Limited (6.7%); and Investec Asset Management (6.3%). The remaining issued share capital in TFG is widely held,” said the merger notice.
Only Abdool Rahim Khan is a Motswana in the Foschini Botswana directorship, the rest; Ganeswari Shani Naidoo, Anthony Edward Thunström and Gustav Jansen (alternate director) are South Africans.
According to the CCA merger, the Jet Business is Edcon’s discount department store division, selling clothing, footwear, homeware and some cosmetics as well as cellular products and targets lower-to-middle income consumers throughout Botswana. The Jet Business does not directly or indirectly control any enterprises, says the notice. CCA seeks any stakeholder views for or against the proposed merger, which may be sent within 10 days from date of this publication to the following address.
Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority BOCRA signed a memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Ministries of Transport and Communications (MTC), Basic Education (MoBE) as well as Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).
The MoA seeks to continue the collaboration that dates back to 2016 when the three parties first agreed to work together in a project aimed at computerizing and providing broadband Internet to primary schools in remote and underserved areas of Botswana.
The project benefitted 68 primary schools and 9 secondary schools through the construction of Local Area Network (LAN) in each primary school, provision of 5 Mbps dedicated broadband Internet to each Primary School and provision of Wi-Fi enabled tablets, laptops and related peripherals such as printers and copiers.
Further, the project will see the augmentation of computers in 9 Junior Secondary Schools with 30 laptops per identified school and employment of Information Technology (IT) officers at each primary school.
When speaking at the signing ceremony in Gaborone, Chief Executive of BOCRA and Chairperson of Universal Access and Service Fund (UASF) Board of Trustees Martin Mokgware said the project’s ultimate goal is to facilitate pupils in schools and host villages to be able to play a meaningful role in the digital economy.
Mokgware indicated that this necessitates upgrading of existing Telecommunications infrastructure to high capacity broadband that will support delivery of education, accessibility to the quality Internet and usage of ICTs.
The Fund began its inaugural programme by sponsoring the provision of WiFi hotspots in public areas around the country as its first project. Following the successful implementation of public WiFi hotspots, the Fund identified Kgalagadi, Ghanzi and Mabutsane areas for mobile network upgrades, schools computerization and internet provision.
Conscious that the project would not be possible without buy-in and support from MoBE, MTC and MLGRD, the Fund facilitated the signing of the first MoU between the three parties in 2016 for implementation of the project.
BOCRA Chief Executive said the signing of this agreement is aimed at benefitting the Kweneng District, adding that they have already assessed the area and have determined that they will be covering 62 underserved villages and 119 schools, 91 of which are primary schools.
“This is a project for which the partner Ministries need to re-commit for its success. Lessons from the previous schools’ computerization and internet connectivity project require that we increase our involvement and resources dedicated to the project for it to be successful. It is my belief as the project coordinator, that we will not do things the way we did them during the first project, for if we do, then we will not have learnt anything,” he said at the signing ceremony.
The purpose of learning is so that there can be continuous improvement to minimize the length of time and amount of resources utilized, he said expressing confidence that their partners will step up to the plate and ensure they play their part in the implementation of the project and that it will progress smoothly having already tread along a similar path.
UASF’s role lies mainly in funding and project management. According to Mokgware, once the project is completed, the work to integrate ICTs into the classroom begins in earnest. Therefore, he said, the project will not succeed without full cooperation and oversight of partners.
“MoBE will put in place the necessary content and ensure that the curriculum is available to all. MLGRD will provide, among others, the enabling environment by ensuring readiness of the school’s infrastructure and necessary security.”