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Shumba lists on bse main board

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Shumba Energy Limited, a Botswana-based energy development company, has been approved by the Botswana Stock Exchange to migrate its listing from the Venture Capital Market Board to the Main Board of the local bourse effective 30th October 2017. Shumba is focussed on exploitation of energy fuel resources for transformation into base-load power supply and for industrial thermal energy generation.

The Company has made considerable progress and since its establishment has expanded from exploration to a revenue-generating development company, with mineral ownership rights to 4.5 billion tonnes of thermal coal. Managing Director of Shumba, Mashale Phumaphi commented that, “Shumba remains committed to providing coal and energy to Botswana and its neighbours in the SADC region.

The Company’s move to the Main Board takes place at an advantageous time with Shumba having cemented itself as a major industry player while continuing to reach its development objectives and moving to revenue generation.” Chairman of Shumba, Alan M. Clegg added, “This migration represents execution of the second phase of the restructure of the Company’s public investment platform following its de-listing from the SEM (Stock Exchange of Mauritius) removing the negative arbitrage investors experienced.

“Our goal is to present the company to a broader and deeper investment audience and remove all impediments to improving its visibility as we work toward our goal improving the stock liquidity and tradability in shareholders’ interest. The migration on the BSE will establish a stronger platform for potential future fund raisings of development capital to achieve the Company’s growth plans as well as enhancing the investment profile of the Company.”Shumba is an energy development company listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE: SHUMBA).

Shumba has over the last seven years progressed from establishment as a coal exploration company to an energy fuels and base load power generation development-company and currently owns the rights to over 4.5 billion tonnes of thermal coal resources which are amenable to exploitation for use in a number of energy transformation processes. As a leading energy sector player, Shumba’s mission is to contribute to reducing the deficit and satisfy the growing energy demand in the SADC region that has resulted in chronic power outages for industries and domestic consumers alike.

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BSE upgrades online investor access

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A recent BSE opening bell function.

Botswana Stock Exchange Limited (BSEL) will this year introduce a new clearing and settlement system, as part of efforts to improve operations of the bourse.

Speaking at the seventh opening bell ceremony, Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the development will help improve liquidity and risk management. In addition, the new settlement system replaces the 2008 system while fast tracking introduction of security borrowing and lending, management settlement guarantee fund, as well as identifiers for companies and instrument.

BSEL has already awarded a contract to a Swedish company to implement the system which is also expected to digitalize Initial Public Offering (IPO), allow electronic voting for listed companies during annual general meetings (AGM) for absent shareholders.

The project, which is expected to take eight months once the two parties sign the deal, is part of efforts to have more online investors access for BSEL. Tsheole also revealed that BSEL website will undergo a revamp this year, allowing it to be more analytic, live feed shares, as they trade.“The tender is already out for the website and mobile application. It is a project that we had hoped to implement last year but because of logistic problems, we could not do it,” said Tsheole.

BSEL further plans to introduce two data display screens at CBD and at the stock exchange.“These will assist with information sharing and keep the market updated,” said Tsheole. Meanwhile, BSEL will not change its Automated Trading System (ATS) until 2022, according to Tsheole.“The system supports our strategy to grow the market and increase the average daily turnover levels to 18.0million per day by 2021,” said Tsheole.

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BSE complies with reporting guidelines

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Botswana Stock Exchange Limited (BSEL) has become the 5th bourse in Africa to comply and publish Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting guidelines.

The development comes a year after BSEL became a partner exchange of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative.“The BSE made a commitment to publish guidance on ESG Reporting. This commitment has been fulfilled.“

We are the 42nd among the 81 SSE Partner Exchanges globally and the 5th in Africa to do this,” said Kgotla Segwe, Market Development Specialist at Botswana Stock Exchange Limited.
Other stock exchanges that have complied with the SSE initiative on the continent are from South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt.

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