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This years Pitso features deliberations on Biofuels: Delivering Renewables & Sustanable Energy in Botswana. International speakers and biofuels experts include those from India and Thailand focusing on the Jatropha research. The Pitso held at Phakalane Hotel from 15 to 16 November, 2016 will delve on extraction of biodiesel from the Jatropha plant, featuring research presentations by students from the University of Botswana.
The Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security will hold a press briefing on 11 October 2016 from 0900hrs at Fairgrounds Holdings Pavillion Hall. The Government of Botswana as the sole shareholder of BCL LIMITED (BCL) has decided to place BCL under Provisional Liquidation. This briefing will therefore discuss this issue in detail. The Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Honorable Advocate Sadique Kebonang, together with Ministry’s Senior Officials will address members of the media. Thank you
Stall numbers 47 and 48 inside the Boipuso hall were home to the department of Corporate Services at the just ended Consumer Fair from 22 to 28 August, 2016. The Diamond Hub, department of Mines, department of Energy, the Botswana Geoscience institute with the department of Water Affairs as well as Botswana Oil also exhibited at this years’ Consumer Fair. As it is a forum for interaction and networking between exhibitors and visitors, a combination of visitors and exhibitors visited the MMEWR stalls and learn’t more about the dire consequences of river sand mining, the diamond value chain, the vast granite rock resource in Botswana and the security of supply in the petroleum sector.
The second in a series of three workshops called for by his Excellency Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama the President of the Republic of Botswana in his capacity as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will be held on 20th June 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana with a focus on the energy and water crisis in the region. The high level workshop to be held under the theme: "Accelerating energy delivery and access to water resources in the SADC region – A collective approach" will be attended by Ministers and Senior Officials from the Ministries responsible for Energy and Water in the SADC Member States; representatives of national energy and water regulators and utilities; international cooperating partners, SADC energy and water thematic group members, academic research and training institutions; development finance institutions and independent power producers. The objective of the workshop is to facilitate exchange of ideas and forge practical and sustainable solutions towards the energy and waters crisis in the region with a view to map out a strategic direction and agree on a way forward. The first workshop on Food Security and Poverty Eradication was held in Gaborone, Botswana on 16th May 2016. The third workshop on Illegal Trade in Wild Life will be held on 8th July 2016.
It is with great sadness that last night just after 9pm, I was informed of a fatal accident involving personnel transport underground at the BCL mine carrying ten (10) employees who were on their regular night shift at the South East Extension. Of the ten, four (4) fatalities have been confirmed while six (6) are critical. I would further like to assure the nation that, my Ministry has initiated investigations on the accident to get to the root cause and will contract an independent safety auditor to look into the safety at BCL May the Souls of the departed Rest in Peace and we also wish those hospitalized a speedy recovery. May I further request that we afford the families of the affected employees the support and privacy during this difficult time. Hon O.K Mokaila Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources
Honourable Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr. Onkokame Kitso Mokaila travelled to Angola to meet with his counterpart, Honourable Jose Maria Bothelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum at Luanda from 19 to 20 May 2016. The Ministers reviewed the current state of the bilateral cooperation in the sector and mandated their Senior Officials to develop a Plan of Action for their activities, and the Inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding (IGMOU) so as to guide the engagement between their Ministries and any related documents which should be considered and finalized by end of August 2016. The Officials were also mandated to broaden the scope of the Inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding to include the entire energy portfolio. The Ministers also resolved to conduct exploratory visits in order to consolidate the areas of cooperation, especially in exploration, refining, procurement and distribution of petroleum products. They mandated the two National Oil Companies, Sonangol and Botswana Oil Limited (BOL) to identify as well as pursue initiatives related to the stated cooperation areas. The Senior Officials were also encouraged to pursue the possibility of Botswana procuring crude from Angola taking into account the existing international procedures within the petroleum trade sector. In conclusion the parties noted the good spirit under which the discussions were held and resolved to continue with future discussions on the matter and expressed the need to conduct a meeting at a date to be announced to consider and approve the Plan of Action and sign the stated IGMOU mentioned above. The trip also highlighted the historical ties that exist between the two states and they committed to ensuring that the relations are further nurtured in order to benefit their populace.
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