GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
Botswana is targeting to connect the
remaining 20 percent of rural households to electricity
by 2020, according to Botswana’s energy minister.
the Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and
Energy Security, made the announcement Saturday after
touring Morupule B power plant at Palapye, some 280 km
north of the capital, Gaborone.
rural electrification currently stands at 80 percent.
revealed that extensive works are currently ongoing to
meet the southern African country’s target of
electrifying the remaining 20 percent of rural homes in
three years’ time.
Kebonang, the government has initiated a public-private
partnership program to boost energy production in the
energy production capacity will be augmented by
renewable initiatives that the government is putting in
place with the help of the yet to be disclosed private
players,” Kebonang told reporters.
also setting her sights on gas reserves, extracted from
coal beds to play an important role in the country’s
energy security, Anthony Gilby, the chief executive
officer and managing director of Tlou Energy recently
told an Africa Independents Forum in London.
Gilby, Botswana has a “very attractive power market” and
that the country’s coal bed methane (CBM) reserves could
also be used to help the residents, industries and
businesses access electricity.
independently certified gas reserves in place and Gilby
believes that the first gas-to-power plant could be
online “potentially by 2019” -developments that will
boost the country’s quest in electrifying close to the
remaining 145 000 households in rural Botswana.
figures from Statistics Botswana also clearly shows that
electricity generation increased by 11.1 percent while
power imports dropped by 32 percent in last quarter of
volume of electricity generated during that period stood
at 783,141 megawatt-hour (MWH), which represents an
increase of 77,940 MWH as compared to 705,201 MWH
generated during the same period of the previous year.
The bulk of
domestic electricity production is generated by the
Morupule coal-fired station with more than half of
Botswana’s power requirements being imported from South
Africa and Zambia.
President Ketumile Masire laid to rest
GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
Multitudes of mourners paid
their last respect on Thursday to former Botswana
President Ketumile Masire who passed away last week.
mourners, including current and former presidents, as
well as members of diplomatic missions, converged in the
village of Kanye, 80 km south west of Botswana’s capital
the funeral, former South African President Thabo Mbeki
said Botswana has lost a great leader who helped shape
the political and economic landscape of the southern
part, current Botswana President Ian Khama said he
remembered the late Masire for his passion to working
selflessly to the nation and its people.
President Robert Mugabe said the Southern Africa
Development Community (SADC) region has lost a leader
who was an asset in many ways. He said the late Masire
commanded respect without ever demanding it and his
generosity of spirit was so much a part of his
He said the
people of Zimbabwe will forever remember the sterling
role Masire played in the liberation struggle of the
funeral, a message of condolence from Chinese President
Xi Jinping was read to the crowd. In the message, he
described the late Masire as a prominent leader of
Botswana and Africa, and an old friend of the Chinese
“He had done
a great amount of work in promoting friendship and
cooperation between our countries and made an important
contribution to the development of China’s relations
with Botswana and Africa in general,” read part of the
Xi extends condolences
over death of former Botswana president
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
Chinese President Xi Jinping has
conveyed condolences to his Botswana counterpart Ian
Khama over the death of former President Quett Ketumile
In a message
dated June 23, Xi mourned Masire’s death and extended
sincere sympathy to the family of the former president.
As an old
friend of the Chinese people, Masire has made
significant contributions to China-Botswana friendship
and cooperation as well as to the development of
China-Botswana and China-Africa relations, which will be
remembered forever by the Chinese people, Xi said.
president also voiced hope for steady progress in
China-Botswana friendly cooperative relations so as to
deliver more tangible benefits to the two countries and
at 91 on June 22 at the Bokamoso Private Hospital in the
capital where he has been hospitalized in intensive care
to Botswana for loss of Ketumile Masire
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi on
Saturday used his position to represent the Mozambican
nation to express condolences to Botswana for its loss
of the former president, Ketumile Masire.
message the president highlights the contribution Masire
made to the African continent, the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) and particularly to
that Masire was a true friend to Mozambique in his
contribution to strengthen bilateral cooperation,
friendship between the people of both nations, which
cannot go unnoticed.
a fundamental support to Mozambique in tortuous moments
when we were building the trajectory of the country,”
reads the presidency message.
that there were times that Mozambicans themselves
doubted if they should continue the fight, but the late
former president Masire always gave a helping hand to
support the country.
“In the name
of the Mozambican people and my own, I would like to
send through you your Excellency, to the people of
Botswana and the mourning family our condolences, “the
on to say that the loss is irreparable not only for the
mourning family and the Botswana people but also for the
SADC community, the African people and all those that
message Nyusi also mentioned the readiness of Masire to
help resolving the recent political conflict that
Mozambique had suffered in the last couple of years.
president Masire dies at 91
GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
Botswana is mourning the death of its
second President Sir Ketumile Masire who died in
hospital late Thursday night.
president has been hospitalized in intensive care unit
since last Friday.
released by the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation, a
foundation he co-founded and his family, on Friday
morning confirmed that the former statesman passed away
late Thursday at the Bokamoso Private Hospital in the
capital where he has been hospitalized.
Ketumile Johny Masire in 1925, he lead Botswana since
1980 following the death of founding president Sir
Seretse Khama until his retirement in 1998.
He led the
country in what many described as a difficult period in
the southern Africa region where most of Botswana’s
neighbors were going through their liberation struggles.
managed to maintain Botswana as one of Africa’s shining
example of peace and democratic rule.
retirement, Masire has been involved in several missions
in the region including chairing the committee that
investigated the 1994 Rwandan genocide as well as
coordinating the 1998 Congolese dialogue.