Botswana/bɒtˈswɑːnə/, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana:Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as Batswana (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition of stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections.
Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred metres long.
A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, now boasting a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa. Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth-largest in Africa) gives the country a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Most of the impact on production for the year as a whole is a result of the challenges we experienced earlier in the year, particularly with excessive rainfall in southern Africa, the Covid-19-related shutdown in Canada, and power supply disruptions in Botswana,” a De Beers spokesperson commented.
Developing nations such as Botswana can use coal power until 2050, but many of the financiers of major energy projects are in developed countries already turning away coal, leaving China as the primary source of funding ... The winning builder will also have to enter into a Power Purchase Agreement with the Botswana Power Corporation.
While progress is reportedly being made towards energy self-reliance, earlier this year, BotswanaPowerCorporation (BPC) Chairperson, Professor Oboetswe Motsamai told local media that remedial works at Morupule B power plant, which commenced in June 2019, will be completed in 2023.
The court papers read in part, “The crux of this application is whether he President acted lawfully when he issued Government notice No 362 of 2021 issued in terms of the emergency powers act (CAP 22.04) as read with the emergency powers (Covid-19) regulations, 2020 decreeing a wholesale ban on the sale of alcohol in Botswana.
Upcoming energy developer, ShumbaEnergy, has secured approval for a 100MW solar power plant it intends on spending about $80 million (P880 million) in developing in the Tati area ... Shumba Energy expects to enter into an arrangement with the BotswanaPowerCorporation for the use of its network in exporting power into Banners.
“The crux of this application is wether the President acted lawfully when he issued Government notice No 362 of 2021 issued in terms of the EmergencyPowersAct (CAP 22.04) as read with the emergency powers (Covid-19) regulations, 2020 decreeing a wholesale ban on the sale of alcohol in Botswana.
The continental industry grouping noted the floodgates may finally be opening for clean power in Botswana after state-owned electric utility the Botswana PowerCorporation licenced local developer ShumbaEnergy to develop 100 MW of solar as the nation's first independent power producer.
Kwape faces a tough task of facilitating dialogue in the country, Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI observes ... Maseko added ... “Some people even believe because King Mswati is supporting Botswana for SADC executive secretary, the interventions may not have that much will power,” the journalist told Mmegi ... .
The Botswana energy regulator has granted a generation licence for a 100MW solar project to local firm ShumbaEnergy, a company executive said yesterday, making it the first independent power producer to set up a large-scale solar plant in the country ...State-owned Botswana PowerCorporation is currently the sole electricity producer in Botswana.
Botswana does not currently have large scale solar power generation and its 600 MW national energy ...State-owned Botswana PowerCorporation (BPC) is currently the sole electricity producer in Botswana.Reporting by Brian Benza Editing by Promit Mukherjee; Editing by Kirsten Donovan.
CAIRO, July 5 (MENA) - Minister of Emigration Nabila Makram said that "Egypt's Voice in Africa" initiative aims at restoring Egypt's pioneering role in the African continent via maintaining communication with the Egyptian community across the continent and achieving perfect use of the Egyptian soft power.
The whole of Southern Africa was a war zone and if Khama’s heart was not rooted in democracy, he could have exploited the unsettling circumstances of war to usurp power and usher Botswana into a dictatorship ... to hang on to power forever, as was the norm in other countries.
In 2019, the government diverted P2.25 billion of the BotswanaPowerCorporation funds to the project, which seeks to boost the national strategic oil capacity ...Currently, Botswana has been heavily reliant on importing fuel from South Africa, which has proved unsustainable, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.