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BTC launches Business in a Box

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Botswana Telecommunications Corporation ‘s Business in a Box is a converged voice and data solutions product that includes using one controller for multiple fixed and mobile solutions.

BIB connects with fax phone, tablet, printer and analogue phones among others. Its router is more than just basic as it is an integrated router. The BIB works on three and five-year contracts and its services are activated as per the customer’s request.

Its benefits include saving energy because when many components are powered, by default they use a lot of power and BIB uses just a single unit therefore saving costs on electricity. It also eliminates cabling and saves maintenance and repair costs as having too many components supporting the business can become expensive when maintenance has to be carried out.

Discussing its features, BTC head of Corporate Communications Tiro Kganela explains that  its business bundle includes voice, data and internet. He says it has high internet speed and Value added services, being wireless and integrated Wi-fi access point among others.

“The telecommunications sector continues to offer unprecedented opportunities for economic growth in the market space, and mobile communication services have become an essential part of how economies work and function,” he states.

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BDC offloads Kwalape shares

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Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) this week disclosed it has transferred its 40 percent shareholding and facility interest in Kwalape Tours and Safaris to a citizen-owned company, Dekete Guys Limited.

The transaction was concluded at a hand-over ceremony on the 13th August 2018 at Kwalape Safari Lodge in Kasane. According to BDC, which is a government’s investment unit, the transfer is part of its broad strategy to divest from mature industries and sectors that had demonstrated adequate private sector capacity. The Corporation has approved an offer for its interest in Kwalape, which are the purchasing of both ordinary and preference shareholding and credit facilities.

BDC Managing Director, Bashi Gaetsaloe is thrilled on the latest developments. “We are pleased to see Kwalape having attained a mature business status as evidenced by its ability to self-sustain in a tough and competitive tourism sector. On the back of our robust corporate governance processes, we ensured all checks-and-balances were followed as well as reviewing prospective investors inorder to appoint the right operation to take-up our shareholding,” said Gaetsaloe. “We believe the profile and projections of this investor would sustain the business continuity and open new doors for Kwalape’s growth in the long term. We are confident in Dekete’s vision for the business”.

In 2007, BDC entered into a partnership with the company, subscribing to 40 percent, while the founders remained with a majority 60 percent shareholding. Kwalape, trading as Kwalape Safari Lodge, is located along the Kazungula-Kasane Road, Kasane in the Chobe District, the tourism hub of Botswana. The resort offers an extensive bouquet of tourism activities such as boat cruises on the Chobe river, safaris and game drives in the Chobe National Park and tours of the tourist attractions in the region such as Victoria Falls and Livingstone Memorial through strategic partnerships.

Kwalape was established in 1999. “I believe that partnering with giants such as BDC helps one grow in that they push you to pursue for much bigger and better than what many of us as start-up entrepreneurs could think possible. I appreciate the relationship we have built with BDC over the years and look forward to Kwalape’s next chapter with Dekete Guys,” said Kwalape Tours and Safaris Managing Partner, Milton Khachana.

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Nata Bird Sanctuary- an oasis of calm

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To wake up to a beautiful view is the desire for most people and to have a chance to do this is a dream that can come true at the Nata bird sanctuary.

Located in the north-eastern periphery of the Sowa pan and founded in 1988, it opened for operation in 1993. It was established for the purpose of conservation of wildlife but also to help in the development of business in four villages namely, Nata, Sepako, Maposa and Manxotae.

The sanctuary has been part home to a number of flamingoes that visit it after the rainy season when the water sources are full. However, if there is no water, then the flamingoes don’t honour the pan with their presence. The flamingoes are quite a sight to behold and if one’s lucky, they will gather in large numbers by the pan where they are close enough to touch. But they can sometimes gather where they can be seen but not close enough to be touched.

The sanctuary is also home to some wildebeests but this year, another group of animals found themselves calling it home. These groups of animals are zebras. The water sources in the sanctuary were apparently dry last year as the area did not experience a lot of rainfall but this year it looked magnificent as they were filled to the brim. If one has not been to the ocean, then going to the sanctuary is the perfect opportunity for one to get that experience due to the endless stretch and amount of water.

Although the water enhanced the drop in temperatures at the sanctuary, it magnified its beauty especially the sunset. The golden colour of the sun was reflected on the water together with the white and blue of the clouds in the sky was a painting just waiting to be drawn; that’s how beautiful it was.
Animal admirers and lovers got a chance to explore the sanctuary and view all the animals housed there through a game drive.

Since it is advisable to go for a drive either early morning or late afternoon, towards the evening, a lot of the tourists went in the early evening. But for those who were yet to decide what they wanted to do or experience at the sanctuary, the friendly staff was more than willing to explain everything to them as well as offer a brochure which contained all the information they would need concerning what takes place there.

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