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Botswana Stock Exchange Listed oil company, Engen Botswana announced its commitment to contribute to improving the country’s food security in Botswana through its agriculture-focused promotions.

Launching its sixth win a tractor promotion, Engen Managing Director, Chimweta Monga said they have decided to differentiate themselves from the rest by giving away prizes that would serve as a catalyst to the economic wellbeing of Batswana.

“Winners of tractors also generate income through hiring to other farmers. This process contributes to improving food security and income generation in Botswana and advancing the government policy of citizens economic empowerment,” said Monga. The competition will run from May to August 2018. The company will give away four Massey Ferguson Tractors, four ploughs, four disk harrows and four planters. Over the past years, Engen has given away a 20-hectare farm with a borehole and farming implements, which included a tractor, plough, disk harrrow and a planter.

Monga said they have decided to discontinue the farmers dream win a farm competition due to the inherent complexities on land title transfer. In the past six years, Engen has given away a total of 22 tractors, 22 ploughs, 22 disk harrows and 22 planters and will increase to 26 by the end of the competition in August.

The Engen Farmers dream promotion was first launched in 2013 as Engen’s contribution to the social and financial security of the farming community and in recognition of the sector as a potential contributor to the country’s economic diversification efforts. “We are committed to proactively assisting the government to promote food security at household and national levels in line with ISPAAD and other initiatives that are geared towards supporting and developing the agriculture sector,” said Monga.

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Minister Thapelo Olopeng

Botswana Stock Exchange’s annual finance and investment competition for secondary school students has been applauded by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng.

The initiative, a capital market awareness tool that has been running for the past seven years, is increasing financial literacy and a culture of investment among young people. The initiative will see the country raise future billionaires through the stock markets. “It is a breath of fresh air to have tertiary students who are financially literate, who can manage their finances,” said the minister.

He urged students to invest even the smallest allowances they earn and have a hassle-free life after university. “Investing on the stock exchange is not only preserved for the rich, but for anyone with a bank account,” said Olopeng.

The minister said the secondary schools finance and investment competition is participation of the private sector in bridging the knowledge divide.Olopeng said the private sector participation augments his ministry’s efforts of providing and building knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of the policy on tertiary education, research, science and technology to transform the economy from a resource based to a knowledge based.

“In this connection, we will continue to empower our students in order for them to lead better and successful lives which can propel them into the innovation ecosystem,” said Olopeng. BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the Senior Secondary Schools Finance and Investment Competition, first established in 2013 aims to sensitise and educate the student community about capital markets, with the strategic aim to increase financial literacy and promote a culture of investing at a young age.

The competition is open to all senior secondary schools across the country, including private and public senior secondary schools.

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Orapa Mine, part of Debswana

Botswana is not using diamonds to kill elephants as alleged by some conservationists after the southern African country announced plans to lift a ban on elephant hunting to address growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a government official has said.

Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale told a mining conference in Gaborone on Monday that the activists were tarnishing the image of Botswana. “That’s hogwash because we as Botswana are [good] conservationists and it is us who worked hard to make sure these elephants [are] brought to the numbers that we do have now,” he said.

“When conflicts arise, it is through consultation, [that we] find out how we can best manage our resources. The people have spoken and we are going to be managing the elephants in the best way that we can.

“We are not culling, we have re-introduced the trophy hunting and if you take 400 elephants per annum for trophy hunting against the 3-5% annual growth rate of the elephant herd that we have…[we are] just barely scratching on the surface.”

Botswana has about 130 000 elephants, the world’s largest population.Molale said Botswana will remain focused on things that are beneficial to the country and will not be distracted by issues spread by people that are not even privy to how things are done in the country.

“We have, however, invited them to come and learn more about what we are doing so they can better understand those important aspects of flora and fauna…”The conflict between humans and elephants had gone up since the ban was introduced in 2014.

Tourism is the second source of foreign income in Botswana after diamonds and conservationists fear that the former will be affected is the government cull elephant.
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