Botswana 5th on Africa Ease of Doing Business 2018 (World Bank)

Botswana sits on 5th place, Mauritius ranks first in ease of doing business list.
A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. The rankings are determined by sorting the aggregate distance to frontier scores on 10 topics, each consisting of several indicators, giving equal weight to each topic. The rankings for all economies are benchmarked to June 2017.
1 Mauritius (25)
2 Rwanda (41)
3 Morocco (69)
4 Kenya (80)
5 Botswana (81)
6 South Africa (82)
7 Zambia (85)
8 Tunisia (88)
9 Seychelles (95)
10 Lesotho (104)
11 Namibia (106)
12 Malawi (110)
13 Ghana (120)
14 Uganda (122)
15 Egypt (128)
16 Tanzania (137)
17 Mozambique (138)
18 Côte d’Ivoire (139)
19 Senegal (140)
20 Mali (143)
21 Niger (144)
22 Nigeria (145)
23 Gambia (146)
24 Burkina Faso (148)
25 Mauritania (150)
26 Benin (151)
27 Guinea (153)
28 Djibouti (154)
29 Togo (156)
30 Comoros (158)
31 Zimbabwe (159)
32 Sierra Leone (160)
33 Ethiopia (161)
34 Madagascar (162)
35 Cameroon (163)
36 Burundi (164)
37 Algeria (166)
38 Gabon (167)
39 São Tomé and Príncipe (169)
40 Sudan (170)
41 Liberia (172)
42 Equatorial Guinea (173)
43 Angola (175)
44 Guinea-Bissau (176)
45 CONGO (179)
46 Chad (180)
47 DRC (182)
48 CAR (184)
49 Libya (185)
50 South Sudan (187)
51 Eritrea (189)
52 Somalia (190)

Gem declares $18.3m in payments to Lesotho, Botswana governments

Gem Diamonds paid just over $18.3-million to the governments of Lesothoand Botswana for extractive activities completed in the financial year ended December 31, 2017. Mining Weekly reports.

Of this amount, about $18.1-million was paid to the government of Lesotho, with the balance of $230 000 paid to the Botswana government.

The payment to Lesotho included taxes of about $229 000 and $17.8-million in royalties.

The $230 000 payment to Botswana comprised only royalties.

Burnt bricks banned in Malawi

In its effort to attain environmental sustainability ahead of the year 2020, government has with immediate effect banned the use of fire cured bricks in all construction projects . Malawi 24 reports

This follows the gazzetting of the Use of Sustainable Construction Materials Regulations of 2018.

According to an announcement by the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC), these regulations have been put in place to help in promoting the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly construction materials in the country’s construction industry.

NCIC says the regulations require that every public or commercial project be executed using approved, energy efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly construction materials and technologies in all the phases of the project as appropriate.

“As such the use of traditionally fire cured bricks in the execution of such projects is prohibited,” says NCIC.

With the coming of these regulations, consultants have been advised to ensure that they design and specify, sustainable construction methods and materials for their clients.

The regulations also require city, town and district councils to approve only such projects that specify and utilize construction materials that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

The council further states that failure to comply with any provision of these regulations shall constitute an offence and culprits will be dealt with accordingly.


The Deputy Director Criminal Investigations Branch, has called on police officers to commit to healthy living lifestyles that will help them keep fit.

He made the plea when giving a keynote address at the official opening of Sierra Cup tournament at the Special Support Group (SSG) grounds over the weekend. Mr Keeditse said physical training is one way that officers could use to keep their bodies fit and encouraged them to continue investing in their health through sports like playing sports like football.

He went on to say that playing football will not only help them gain physical and mental fitness but the opportunity to interact with each other and the community they serve.

Mr Keeditse further encouraged the officers to utilise the health services provided at the tournament to screen for non-communicable diseases such as respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes. He said early diagnosis of these ailments could help with timely treatment.
The teams taking part in the five weeks tournament were seven from SSG, one from Telecommunications Branch (TTB) and Police Headquarters.

Sierra Cup is an annual self-sponsored tournament initiated by SSG management and geared towards among others inspiring commitment, personal growth & healthy living through physical training.

Uganda President commission the 51-kilometer Kampala- Entebbe Expressway

Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni commissioned the 51-kilometer Kampala- Entebbe Expressway, the country’s first that  will act as a bypass for through-traffic that wishes to avoid the current Kampala–Entebbe road.

It will also serve as a distributor of traffic to/from the Kampala CBD, Entebbe International Airport and Entebbe Town.

The four lane carriage express highway will also link with the proposed Kampala Southern bypass project which will contribute to dispersion of traffic to the areas south of the Kampala Central Business District.

The highway consists of a 1.5km Nambigirwa bridge which is the longest in bridge in East Africa.

Kampala- Entebbe Expressway was built with a loan Chinese development partners, and constructed by China Communications Construction Company Ltd