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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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Engen profit goes up

Koobonye Ramokopelwa

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Engen Botswana, the only listed petroleum company is expecting better results for the six months to June 2018 as a result of favourable trading environment. For the six months period to June 2017, the company made a profit of P55,2 million.

Engen, which supplies petroleum products to retail and institutional clients said, compared to the same period in 2017, profits will be higher on the backdrop of rising international crude oil prices. According to available data, oil prices jumped by 20 percent in the first six months of the year to close at $73 per barrel. Yesterday (Tuesday), oil prices were hovering at $77 per barrel.

The firm, like its peers has also been bolstered by government decision to hike petroleum prices in May. Petrol went up by 23 thebe, 45 thebe for diesel and 38 thebe for paraffin, all per litre. Eric Molale, the minister responsible for petroleum products in the country did not rule out any price increase in the foreseeable future on the backdrop of rising international oil prices.

Local users of petroleum products are not even saved by the fact that the National Petroleum Fund-which cushions customers against increasing oil prices, is fast running dry due to alleged misappropriation by those tasked with maintaining it (the Fund).

Meanwhile, Engen which is headed by Chimweta Moonga has told its shareholders that results will be out before this month ends. “Therefore shareholders are advised to exercise caution when trading in the group securities until such time as a detailed announcement is made,” said a statement from the BSE listed firm.

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Graduates urged to be innovative

Keikantse Lesemela

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Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) President, Verily Molatedi has urged graduates to look beyond job seeking and come up with creative and innovative ways to create employment and contribute to economic development.

This Monday, over 400 students graduated from Imperial School of Business and Science (ISBS) from different fields including business management, Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), finance and banking, human resource management, tourism and hospitality management and advertising. The ceremony was the first batch of students who completed degree programmes in ISBS.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony, Molatedi said the 21st century is awash with many opportunities and challenges but it is only the optimistic that can rise above and turn challenges into opportunities. “I therefore urge all graduates to acknowledge and take advantage of the government efforts in providing facilities beyond tertiary education and contribute towards economic diversification. To this end some of you may have to be entrepreneurs,” said Molatedi.

Molatedi explained that with over 10 000 graduates annually produced in tertiary institutions, graduates must continually build their skills and think innovatively and create their own brands as this will increase their chances of employability globally.

“Employability is about making sure that you diversify your skills, get knowledge for the industry. It is the key to realizing our economic diversification agenda, and hinges on your availability to be enablers in the country’s present and future economy,” said Molatedi.

Imperial School of Business and Science Director, Nidheesh Sharma said graduates have unique professional identity and a set of values and beliefs that will allow them to continue their quest for lifelong learning and distinguish themselves in their chosen paths as the faculties offered are globally recognized.

“Previously we have had many students completing certificates and diploma programmes but this is the first batch to have completed degree programmes. Graduating annually, young professionals were imparted with the knowledge and skills that are required by the regional and global job market,” said Sharma.

Sharma highlighted that ISBS started in 2003 as a BOTA registered institute and in 2011 it registered with Tertiary Education Council (TEC) and started offering Diploma and Advanced Diploma Programmes. “In 2013, the school re-branded from its old name to current name, ISBS. In 2015, ISBS was awarded best upcoming Institution by HRDC and in 2018 HRDC put us in the top three of Private Colleges,” he said.

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