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SEZA mandate aligned to key development strategies

The mandate of the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) is aligned with key development strategies like Vision 2036, National Development Plan (NDP), Local Economic Development strategy and the Transformation Agenda.

Speaking in an interview this week, Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lonely Mogara said that the Authority was formulated with the national planning framework in mind so as to avoid duplication, ensure integration and facilitate easier implementation.

SEZA is mandated with establishing, developing, managing and regulating a portfolio of Special Economic Zones (SEZs). “When developing SEZs, we also considered the dominant economic activities in the target areas and their comparative advantages like availability of natural resources and infrastructure,” said Mogara.

The end result, he said, was the development of eight SEZs as themed, modern and smart cities modelled around the concept of live, work and play. These eight SEZs are: Lobatse, Gaborone – Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA), Gaborone – Fairgrounds, Palapye, Selebi Phikwe, Tuli Block, Francistown and Pandamatenga.

“Francistown is a mining and logistics SEZ that specializes in freight, distribution of mining supplies, aviation and engineering,” said Mogara.

Tuli Block has been zoned as an Agropolis City that specializes in horticulture production, water management and food processing. Similarly, Pandamatenga will focus on cereal production and agro-processing.

Palapye on the other hand has been designated an oil and gas city specialising in coal beneficiation, oil-to-liquid, coal bed methane gas and renewable energy. Selebi Phikwe is a base metal beneficiation SEZ that also has huge opportunities for agro-processing, iron and steel production, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, garments and textiles industries.

Lobatse is a meat and leather city; while key activities at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) will include diamond beneficiation, manufacturing and logistics. Fairgrounds is a Fintech SEZ that specializes in international finance and technology.

SEZA intends to attract investment to these SEZs by removing barriers to trade and facilitating easier access to land and other services. END

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BOCRA Hosts Virtual Workshop on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

3rd June 2021

On 26 – 29 May 2021, BOCRA, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and United Nations University, hosted a virtual workshop on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Bringing together Statistics Botswana, Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control, the objective of the workshop was to equip Botswana with tools to record incoming electrical and electronic goods to better estimate the quantities of electronic waste that will be produced when these products reach their end-of-life cycle and become e-waste. Botswana, currently, does not have a legislation to address to the issue of e-waste.

Further notes

E-waste is a health and environmental hazard as products containing toxic additives or hazardous substances are mostly dumped or incinerated rather than being collected for treatment and re-use of recoverable substances. This is especially so among most of the developing countries.

E-waste includes discarded household or business items that have electrical and electronic circuitry components with a power or battery supply such as mobile phones, computers, printers, televisions irons, refrigerators, kettles etc.

The Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 report estimates that 53.6 million metric (Mt) tonnes was generated in 2019, making e-waste the fastest growing domestic waste stream. The report also indicates that only 17.4 percent of the 2019 e-waste was collected and recycled.

The ITU estimates that e-waste quantities have been rising rapidly in the past 5 years due to several factor such as rapid growth of the digital society, higher consumer demand for digital devices, short life cycles and few options for repair.

According to the ITU, e-waste is a challenge and an opportunity. The ITU calls on member states to develop legislations and strong partnerships with industry and businesses to protect human health and the environment from the consequences of inadequate handling of our discarded devices.

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Modipane brickmaker gets boost from PPC Botswana

20th May 2021
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Modipane based brickmaking company Katlego Bricks received a brand new stock brick machine and mentorship from leading cement producer PPC Botswana this past Wednesday.

“Community development is important because it provides the foundation a society builds off of to improve the lives of its citizens. It creates strong, diverse communities that can attract and keep talent, start and grow businesses, and overcome issues that arise. Katlego Bricks has been a loyal PPC Cement consumer in the Mmodipane area.

What is more impressive is that this brick yard is led and managed by a lady who understands the craft of brick making so much,” said PPC Botswana Head of Business Unit Tuelo Bolthole.

The arrival of the new brick-making machine is expected to increase productivity at the Modipane based Katlego Bricks which has been using 25 cement bags in a day and will be expected to use at least 40 bags in a day due to the new machine.

During the brick-making machine handover, Katlego Bricks and Modipane residents were also equipped with highly advanced brickmaking skills by PPC Botswana experts. Through this highly advanced mentorship, the trainees are also expected to start producing high-quality and competitive bricks.

“We have brought highly skilled experts that will be drilling you with the latest skills of molding bricks, these are experts that have worked on some of the best projects in Botswana. Remember PPC Botswana cement has also been used to build some of the iconic structures we have in Botswana such as the iTowers, Dikgatlhong dam, and the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Francistown. I am giving these examples to show that PPC Botswana does quality work and after this workshop, all the brickmakers involved will be producing high-quality work too,” Botlhole said.

Katlego bricks founder Patricia Katlego Mokgwa was in a jovial mood after receiving the brickmaking machine. She believes that the mentorship and machine will improve the business operations and will improve productivity in her business.

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BOCRA donates COVID19 essentials to Primary schools in Kweneng District

26th April 2021

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) through its Corporate Social Investment initiative has donated over Five Thousand Eight Hundred (5800) washable, reversible 3-ply face masks and related COVID-19 essentials to Motswakhumo Junior Secondary School in Lentsweletau, Kopong Junior Secondary School and Letsholo Primary schools in Kopong, in the Kweneng district. The respective schools received two (2) face masks for each pupil, teacher and the rest of the staff; 25 litres of sanitiser and dispensers, all at an estimated cost of One Hundred and Eighty Nine Thousand Pula (P189,000).

Ms Tsaone Ruth Thebe, BOCRA Board Chairperson, officiated at each of the handover sessions held at the respective schools. Representing the Mmopane/Lentsweletau Constituency Office was Mr Masego Thantshane, Administration officer. Mr Puso Gaotlhobogwe, District Commissioner (Molaodi) also graced the three occasions.

BOCRA recognises its role as a corporate citizen and believes that the COVID19 pandemic calls for responsive and relevant inputs to the immediate needs of the community.

In receiving the PPEs, school authorities expressed gratitude to BOCRA, noting the dire need for PPEs in their schools. They all echoed that the gesture would go a long way in filing the gaps.

-ENDS  –

For more information, please contact:

Mr Aaron Nyelesi

Director, Broadcasting and Corporate Communications

nyelesi@bocra.org.bw

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