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First Sun Insurance and Doctors’ Union Sign Agreement

Agreement entails special schemes for members of BDU A first-of-its-kind working partnership between the Botswana Doctor’ Union (BDU) and First Sun Alliance (FSA), an insurance broker, has been formulated in which members of BDU will benefit from financial advice offered by FSA. “First Sun Alliance Insurance Brokers is delighted and wish to express heartfelt gratitude…

Diamond Production Declines by 12 Percent in Q1 2021

Only production of soda ash went up at the beginning of this year GAZETTE REPORTER The country’s diamond production decreased by 12.1 percent during the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter of the previous year, The Botswana Gazette can reveal. According to Statistics Botswana in their index of the physical volume of…

BERA Gives Shumba The Thumbs Up For Tati Solar Project

 Shumba in late stages of Phase 1 Sits on 4.5bn tons of thermal coal GAZETTE REPORTER Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA) has granted Shumba Energy permission to construct a 100MW solar project in Tati near Francistown, The BW&R has established. Listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) and the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM), Shumba…

Sechaba Loses P604m Within a Year

Share price deteriorates Current ban on alcohol may worsen things GAZETTE REPORTER Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited has lost P604 million in value in the space of a year, this publication has established. According to the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) market updates, Sechaba’s market capitalization currently stands at P1.836 billion compared to P2.44 billion in May…

4 Listings on the Cards for BSE

KATLEGO RAKOLA Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) expects to make at least four listings before the end of this year, two of which are expected in a month. The bourse is steadily gaining momentum from the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen very little activity being recorded since the beginning of the year.…

CCA Gives BancABC, Access Bank Merger The Thumps Up

Says the acquisition of BancABC by Access Bank will not affect competition in Botswana Holds that the merger will not result in job losses GAZETTE REPORTER Africa’s leading bank by customer base, Access Bank will soon have clients in Botswana after acquiring BancABC Botswana from ABC Holdings Limited (ABCH), thanks to approval of the merger…

De Beers Remains Upbeat

As strong demand for rough diamonds persists Says demand for diamond jewellery in the key consumer markets of the US and China continues to be positive GAZETTE REPORTER Leading diamond mining company De Beers remains encouraged by the condition of the rough diamond market as they move to the second half of 2021, this publication…

Seed Co Expects Higher Profits

Seed Co International Limited (SCIL) Group therefore expects that the Group’s profit before tax from continuing operations for the full year period ended 31 March 2021 will be approximately 40 percent to 50 percent (between US$4.2 million and US$5.2 million) better than the profit before tax from continuing operations amounting to US$10.4 million for the…

Local Pensions Fund Assets Increased Amid COVID-19

GAZETTE REPORTER Over the last year pension funds’ assets grew by 12.9 percent from P93.1 billion in the last quarter of 2019 to P105.2 billion in the last quarter of 2020 (P106.1 billion in February 2021), a Financial Stability Report (FSR) of May 2021 released by the Financial Stability Council shows. The FSR is prepared…

Lifestyle News

Mascom Live Sessions breaks into the new normal

Popular music festival transitions to virtual format Country’s best vocalists, Han C and Dato Seiko, headline first gig Mascom Live Sessions will not feature foreign artists GOSEGO MOTSUMI After the coronavirus introduced music enthusiasts and gig goers to a world void of live music performances that have become the norm over the past 17 months,…

Can Yoga help with your Back Pain?

Grandchildren massaging their grandparents with their feet gives more than a hint A it can Have you accepted that persistent dull ache at the small of your back yet? Or could it be that you’ve found the perfect pain killers to keep the pain at bay? A good number of adults, more women than men,…

136 Avenue a cosmic hit at Awil Graduation

The absurdist play allowed a small audience to gently return to live theatre The live performance explored themes that are related to absurdist ideas GOSEGO MOTSUMI Awil College’s Class of 2021 proved that they are about to take the industry by storm after performing their play titled “136 Avenue” to the delight of the small…

Mrs Botswana top finalists discuss intimacy with Dr Gure

Contestant to be reduced to 14 end of this month Organisers dismiss allegations of favouritism GOSEGO MOTSUMI As a beauty pageant that prides itself in women empowerment and building healthy marriages and families, the ongoing Mrs Botswana last week engaged its top 30 finalists on issues of intimacy. The engagement session was part of festivities…

Creative industry urged to develop policy on sexual harrassment

Department of Gender Affairs offers its support GOSEGO MOTSUMI While there is growing evidence that sexual harassment among women creatives is prevalent, effective prevention requires action to convey the message that sexual harassment is never acceptable. To specifically address Gender Based Violence (GBV), the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs has adopted The National…

Banana Emoji introduces its first capsule winter 2021 collection

Multi-disciplinary consultancy, Banana Emoji, is introducing its first exclusive capsule collection for Winter 2021. This is an all black and gender-fluid street style clothing line consisting of sweaters and hoodies inspired by the everyday hustle and grind of African creatives. “This is an untitled collection that focuses on essentials for a contemporary winter wardrobe with…

Meet Dr Nthobelang, one of the youngest Batswana with a doctorate

Aware that young people with university qualifications are roaming the streets jobless and frustrated, Dr Lone Nthobelang argues that education is the basis of a knowledge-based economy and therefore more Africans should pursue it in order to devise homegrown solutions to the continent’s problems. Staff Writer GOSEGO MOTSUMI just met him At just 30 years…

Yarona FM set to produce new voices for radio

Cream of the crop identified in nationwide search There are more women than men this time around Youthful radio station Yarona FM is currently running its 2021 The Top 20 Presenter for 2021 and is searching for finalists selected from 42 participants who joined the competition early this year. The finalists are automatically enrolled for…

Sports News

PREMIER LEAGUE BIG 3 PREPARES FOR LIFE WITHOUT FANS

GAZETTE REPORTER Following the recent decision by government to lift the ban on competitive sports, Botswana football’s so called big three clubs, Township Rollers, Gaborone United and Extension Gunners, have started preparations for life without fans in stadiums. Although the Botswana Football League confirmed that premier league football will commence this year, there is no…

Freeman Earns Olympics Qualification Through OST/ B “TIME”

Gazette Reporter Botswana Swimming sensation James Freeman is the latest individual local athlete to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics slated for Japan later this month. This comes after Freeman found himself amongst invited athletes who have achieved an Olympic Selection Time (OST) also referred to “B” time after they failed to clock Olympic Qualifying…

Major Changes As Ngele’s Club Re-brands

Club named changed from TTM to Marumo Gallants FC Club linked with former Real Madrid assistant coach with Kerr’s position unknown BONGANI MALUNGA Mogakolodi Ngele’s club has undergone a re-branding process to finally formalize a change in direction of operations under owner Dr Abram Sello. Formerly known as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), the club has…

Botswana’s Olympics bound boxers undergo Zambian punch training ahead of Games

GAZETTE REPORTER The Botswana Olympics Boxing Team got a massive boost from Zambia in their quest to fully readies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics following the resumption of sports activities in the country a fortnight ago. The Zambian Olympics boxing team arrived in Gaborone last week Friday for 2 weeks long intensive training ahead of…

Orapa United on the transformation path

Club has signed a five year deal with Umbro, club website also launched BONGANI MALUNGA Orapa United are on the cusp of fulling transitioning into a full fledged private entity to align with the Botswana Football League’s Club Licensing Regulation criteria which was recently adopted. The BFL’s club licensing criteria also encourages clubs to move…

Amrouche, BFA set to part ways

No contract renewal for Amrouche BONGANI MALUNGA The Botswana Football Association has announced that they will not renew Zebras head coach Adel Amrouche’s contract when it elapses in October. BFA released an official statement this past week stating that an amicable split was agreed when both parties were discussing the inevitable end of his contract.…

No Set Date For League Return

BONGANI MALUNGA The Botswana Football League (BFL) has revealed that there is no set date for the return of local league football as they are close to concluding talks with the potential sponsor. Speaking at a recent press conference, BFL Chief Executive Officer Solomon Ramochotlhwane explained that they have not decided on the return date…

BTTA Prepares For A Massive Tourney After A Long Hiatus

Gazette Reporter Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) has not wasted any time in finding its feet back into the competitions setting following the reopening of sports activities in the country last week. BTTA has already organised a preliminary tournament dubbed “Top 16” that will serve as a qualifier to the highly anticipated grand finale slated…