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WUC Urges Water Conservation, Harvesting

The Gaborone Dam has collected a few million more litres of water in the last few days, registering 22.2 per cent of water as at January 18 as compared to last year this time around which was about 1.7 per cent. This supply is enough to last for nine months without inflow to areas in the greater Gaborone. Water Utilities Corporations, communications manager, Ms Matida Mmipi said in an interview that even as the country continues to receive impressive rains, the amount is insignificant considering the demand of water in greater Gaborone area that comprises Gaborone, Lobatse, Mogoditshane cluster, Tlokweng cluster, Ramotswa cluster and Mochudi.

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Inspirational African Women: Neo Marti

Bua.Space (BUA) is an online platform in Botswana that allows customers to give feedback to various businesses throughout the country. The platform is free for individual users, but companies that wish to register and communicate with consumers are required to purchase ‘response bundles’.  The site encourages constructive feedback and has various measures in place to prevent abuse (from both sides of the interaction).

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Botswana: Debswana, Majwe Mining Extend Deal

Gaborone — Debswana Diamond Company and Majwe Mining Joint Venture have signed a two-year contract extension to cover the period 2017 and 2018. The Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Advocate Sadique Kebonang said this in response to a question from MP for Jwaneng/Mabutsane, Mr Shawn Ntlhaile in Parliament last week. He said the first Debswana Diamond Company and Majwe Mining Joint Venture contract started in 2011 and was initially scheduled to be completed at the end of this year.

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Ostrich Farming Lucrative Investment

Botswana is covered with sandy soil, has a hot climate and such environmental conditions contribute to the country having the largest wild ostrich population in the world. Government upon realising this nature's gift established an ostrich farm, the Dibete Ostrich Multiplication Unit (DOMU) in 2006 and started its operation in 2008. In an interview recently, department of animal production scientific officer, Mr Tapologo Ditshupo, said objective of the farm was to produce ostrich chicks and sell to farmers to establish their own farms. However, he said the idea was not fully utilised by Batswana as they occassionaly bought birds and eggs for their consumption but the initiative could be a lucrative business investment.

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