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Masisi commissions multi-million pula Masama water project

On Friday this week, President Mokgweetsi Masisi commissioned the significant water infrastructure, the Masama-Mmashia 100km Transmission Pipeline and Associated Works from Masama Wellfields to Mmamashia Water Treatment Plant.

When speaking at the commissioning of this landmark project, Masisi said the project was done to reduce water shortage across the country and bring Botswana towards the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for all nations to Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Access to water and sanitation is fundamental to uphold human dignity, President Masisi said, adding that it is in this regard that Botswana has committed its national Vision 2036 to ensure water efficiency and security in Botswana.

The 100km Masama-Mmamashia pipeline project was prioritised under the emergency projects following water shortages in the Greater Gaborone. As you may be aware, the water shortage extended to the constituencies of Mochudi East, Mochudi West, Tlokweng, Moshupa-Manyana, Thamaga Kumakwane, Ramotswa, Lobatse, Kanye, Mmathethe-Molapowabojang, Goodhope-Mabule, Mogoditshane-Mmopane as well as Lentsweletau-Mmopane.

These areas have experienced a daily deficit of 49 million litres of water resulting in water restrictions and water rationing. Additionally, the water challenges experienced by the Gaborone Dam as well as Molatedi Dam in the Republic of South Africa compounded the shortage, motivating the need to deliver this project expeditiously, Masisi said.

The Masama pipeline conveys a maximum of 64 million litres per day of water to Mmamashia Water Treatment Plan to various places within the Greater Gaborone. It will also augment water to the recently commissioned North-South Carrier-Kanye Connection and the water supply planned for Molepolole when the upcoming Gamononyane-Molepolole pipeline is completed.

Masisi appreciated the completion of the Masama-Mmamashia water project, saying it is a significant step in the right direction. This is even more crucial during this time of COVID-19 in which hygiene is the primary defence against the disease and water is key in saving the lives of our people. As Botswana positions to diversify its economy and attract foreign direct investment, Masisi stressed that the availability and access to basic utilities such as water and electricity could not be overemphasised.

In addition to meeting the daily demands of our people, this water pipeline will be key to ensuring economic growth in various sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, transport, energy, information and communications technology amongst others.


The project works started twelve months ago. The President is happy that the project was completed within time, budget, and of the right quality. He said, starting its Defects Notification Period for another twelve months until 7th September 2022, where the Contractor is liable for any defects that might arise during the period.

The Masama Wellfields were identified as part of a strategic plan to optimise water security through a conjunctive water supply scheme to meet the water demands for Greater Gaborone, which caters for an estimated population of about seven hundred thousand people. The Masama-Mmamashia, 100km Pipeline, is part of the National Development Plan (NDP) 11 projects and will address water deficits within the currently water-stressed areas of Gaborone and satellite villages. It was our intention as government to start and finish this project earlier.

However, the initial request for project funding was not approved by the 11th Parliament. Masisi commended Khato Civils/South Zambezi Evolution Joint Venture for the job well done, saying that more than seven hundred Batswana, both skilled and unskilled, were employed during the construction of this multi-million pula water project.


Local tennis team upbeat ahead of Billie Jean King cup

29th May 2023

With almost two weeks until the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup, which will be staged in Kenya from June 12-17, 2023, the Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) ladies’ team coach, Ernest Seleke, is optimistic about reaching greater heights.

Billie Jean King Cup, or the BJK Cup, is a premier international team competition in women’s tennis, launched as the Federation Cup to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The BJK Cup is the world’s largest annual women’s international team sports competition in terms of the number of nations that compete.

The finals will feature 12 teams (Botswana, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Seychelles, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo) competing in the four round-robin groups of three. The four group winners will qualify for the semifinals, and the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup will be crowned after the completion of the knockout phase.

Closer to home, the BW Tennis team is comprised of Thato Madikwe, Leungo Monnayoo, Chelsea Chakanyuka, and Kelebogile Monnayoo. However, according to Seleke, they have not assembled the team yet as some of the players are still engaged.

“At the moment, we are depending on the players and their respective coaches in terms of training. However, I will meet up with Botswana-based players in the coming week, while the United States of America (USA) based player Madikwe will probably meet us in Kenya. Furthermore, Ekua Youri and Naledi Raguin, who are based in Spain and France respectively, will not be joining us as they will be writing their examinations,” said Seleke.

Seleke further highlighted the significance of this competition and how competitive it is. “It is a massive platform for our players to showcase their talent in tennis, and it is very competitive as countries target to get promoted to the world categories where they get to face big nations such as Spain, France, USA, and Italy. Though we are going to this tournament as underdogs because it is our second time participating, I’m confident that the girls will put in a good showing and emerge with results despite the odds,” highlighted Seleke.

Quizzed about their debut performance at the BJK Cup, he said, “I think our performance was fair considering the fact that we were newbies. We came third in our group after losing to North Macedonia and South Africa. We went on to beat Uganda, then Kenya in the playoffs. Unfortunately, we couldn’t play Burundi due to heavy rainfall and settled for the position 9/10,” he said.

For her part, team representative Leungo Monnayoo said they are working hard as they aim to do well at the tourney. “The preparations for the tourney have long begun because we practice each and every day. We want to do well, hence we need to be motivated. Furthermore, I believe in my team as we have set ourselves a big target of coming home with the trophy,” she said.

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Pep Stores donates sanitary towels to Popagano JSS

26th May 2023

The Guidance and Counseling unit at Popagano Junior Secondary School received a donation of 790 sanitary towels from Pep stores on Thursday.

When presenting the donation, Mareledi Thebeng, the Dinokaneng Area Manager, highlighted their belief in giving back to the community, as their existence depends on the communities they serve. Thebeng pointed out that research indicates one in four girls miss school every day due to the lack of basic necessities like sanitary towels. Therefore, as a company, they strive to assist in alleviating this situation. She expressed hope that this donation would help ensure uninterrupted learning for girls.

Upon receiving the donation on behalf of the students, Charity Sambire, the President of the Student Representative Council, expressed her gratitude. Sambire specifically thanked Pep Store for their generous gift, speaking on behalf of the students, especially the girl child.

She conveyed their sincere appreciation for Pep Store’s compassion and quoted the adage, “Blessed is the hand that gives.” Sambire expressed the students’ hope for Pep Stores’ prosperity, enabling them to continue supporting the students. As a gesture of gratitude, the students pledged to excel academically.

During her speech, Motlalepula Madome, the Senior Teacher in Guidance and Counseling, highlighted that many students at the school come from disadvantaged backgrounds where parents struggle to provide basic necessities. Consequently, some students miss school when they experience menstruation due to this lack.
Madome emphasized the significance of the donation in preventing the girl child from missing lessons and its potential to improve the school’s overall results. She expressed the school’s gratitude and expressed a desire for continued support from Pep Stores.

Popagano Junior Secondary School, situated in the Okavango District, holds the second position academically in the North West region. Despite its location, the school has been dedicated to achieving excellence since 2017

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Botswana misses out critical PAP committee meeting

23rd May 2023

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) committee on gender, family, youth and people with disability in its sitting considered, adopted and recommended to the plenary session the preliminary report on the framework for the model law on gender equality.

According to the last week’s media release from PAP which is sitting with its various committees until June 2nd,  the committee is following up the PAP initiative to draw up a model law on gender equality to enable national governments to harmonize, modernize and standardize their legislations to address local needs is set to be discussed in Plenary.

However, what is concerning is the fact that Botswana which is a member state missed the deliberations. Kgosi Mosadi Seboko who sat in the committee representing Botswana has since been ejected by parliament and this is a huge blow for a nation that is still battling equity and gender balance.

“Although PAP has no legislative powers it makes model laws for member states to adopt. PAP also develops protocols to be ratified by countries. The input of countries at Committee state is extremely critical. It now means the voice of Botswana is missing the discussions leading up to development of protocols or model laws,” said one of Botswana’s representative at PAP Dr. Kesitegile Gobotswang who is attending the current session.

While Botswana is missing, the committee meeting took place on the sidelines of the Sixth PAP second ordinary Session being held under the African Union Theme of the Year for 2023, “The Year of AfCFTA: Accelerating the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area” in Midrand, South Africa and will run up to 2 June 2023. Chairperson of the Committee, Hon Mariam Dao-Gabala expressed satisfaction with preliminary processes undertaken so far towards the formulation of the Model Law,” a release from the PAP website reads.

“The law should be suitable to all countries whatever the predominant culture or religion is. The aim is to give an opportunity to women to participate in the economic, political and social development of the continent. Women are not well positioned and face a lot of obstacles. We are introducing the idea of equity in the Law because we cannot talk about equality without equity,” said Hon Mariam Dao-Gabala in the press statement.

The release has stated that among issues to be covered by the Model Law is the migratory movements of women. The Committee proffered that this has to be addressed at the continental level to ensure that migrant women enjoy all their rights and live with dignity in their destination country. The members of the Gender Committee undertook consultations to consolidate the contributions of the various stakeholders that will be the logical framework format for the Model Law.




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