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Moagi endorses termination of P15 billion Debswana deal

Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology & Energy Security, Lefoko Moagi last week told parliament that Majwe-minings contract termination Debswana Diamond Company was a step towards achieving Citizen Economic Empowerment (CEE).

Debswana, a 50-50 joint-venture between Government of Botswana and De Beers announced termination the multi-billion pula Majwe Mining Cut 9 contract with effective from the 4th January 2021. By the time of termination, the contract had run for 18 months since April 2019 and the initial contract duration was nine years being from 2019-2027 worth P15.7 billion.

President Mokgweetsi Masisis administration has previously disclosed that the government is formulating a law on citizen economic empowerment to support the existing Citizen Economic Empowerment (CEE) policy. The President last year told parliament that when parliament convenes later this year (August sitting), the executive arm of the government will unveil the proposed law to be approved by parliament.

Masisi conceded that the countrys economy was not in the hands of indigenous citizens and promised sweeping changes if his party is returned to power. When responding to 2021/2022 Budget speech, Minister Lefoko assured the legislature that no jobs will be lost as the projects will be done by the locals.

It does not make sense to take P3.5 billion to other countries. Those funds should be circulating in our economy right here in Botswana and create more jobs for Batswana, he told the 12th parliament of Botswana. Those machines belong to Debswana, everything belongs to the mine. Batswana who are qualified, will continue using those machines here. No Motswana deserves to lose a job like that.

Lefoko said they will evoke section 12 of Mines and Minerals Act to ensure that everything is done in Botswana and also ensuing that they will implement them as long as they are safe, efficient and also affordable.

Debswana Diamond Company Group Head of Corporate Affairs, Rachel Mothibatsela said in a media statement that in accordance with the termination for convenience requirements of the contract, a 90-day notice period shall run from the date of termination.

She assured safety of workers throughout the transition period and beyond. Debswana and Majwe Mining will work together to ensure a smooth and efficient transition. Debswana is committed to ensuring that the mining operations are not adversely impacted by this transition, said Mothibatsela.

She further indicated that the Cut 9 operation still requires labour in its execution and added that Debswana will manage and operate the Cut 9 project with some of the key services and resources, such as labour, being provided by contractors and service providers to Jwaneng Mine.

Mothibatsela said that the Cut 9 operation will transition to an owner-mining operation, with some of the key services and resources, such as labour, being provided by contractors or service providers to Jwaneng Mine. She said in this regard, Debswana remains committed to its Citizen Economic Empowerment Policy (CEEP).

Majwe is a joint venture between Australian Mining company- Thiess (70 per cent) and long-term local partner Bothakga Burrow Botswana (30 per cent)- which was expected to provide full scope mining services over nine years, including drill and on-bench services, mine planning, equipment maintenance, load and haul, and mining operations.



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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