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Local fuel transporters want further price reduction



Local fuel transporters want further price reduction

A group of local fuel transporters have written to the Director of Energy requesting that the country’s fuel prices be reduced further.

Last month, Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA) announced fuel adjustments of retail prices for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin.

The eagerly anticipated drop in fuel prices turned out to be a 13 thebe per litre decrease for petrol and 10 thebe for diesel.

The minimal adjustment means the price of petrol in Botswana is now P9.30 whilst diesel trades at P9.40 to the litre.

Paraffin prices meanwhile, were cut by 20 thebe per litre.

However, many felt this was a mere ‘drop in the ocean’ especially with global oil prices trading at an all time low – a scenario experts expect to continue for much of the year.

Numerous countries, including South Africa, reacted by cutting fuel prices by some of the biggest margins in their history.

Local fuel transporters are frustrated that Botswana has not followed suit and feel they are thus at a disadvantage.

Last Monday, Directors of the companies, Seema Tankers, Olspa Logistics, Dynamic Road Services, Crossroads and Sky Bridge Logistics wrote to the Director of Energy requesting that the Department look into the current local prices.

Although Rebaone Seema, Managing Director of Seema Tankers, acknowledges their request is a long shot, he says they remain hopeful the matter will be carefully considered.

Seema told Voice Money the market needs to be stabilised as currently foreign-owned companies are benefitting from the lower fuel prices in their regions.

In their letter, the companies’ Directors urged the Department to consider an aggressive and urgent downward review of petroleum prices.

“End consumers in industrial services, construction services, mining, commercial services have access to markets that have drastically reduced prices and do procure directly from outside, that is from South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique,” reads the letter.

They feel this has created a bypass to the local market which also affects Botswana.

With fuel now cheaper in other countries in the region, Seema and his colleagues say truck drivers opt to capitalize on friendly prices from countries of origin.

It is said that they refuel at the last exit point before entering Botswana but still transit through the country, creating a huge loss to the local market.

This, the local transporters argue, leaves their clients with no choice but to deviate from citizen economic empowerment and source services where transport rates have dropped due to the low operational expenditure on road transport operations of which fuel accounts for between 60 – 70 percent of the costs.

The letter was hand-delivered to the Department of Energy last Monday but at the time of going to press, Seema says they were yet to receive a response.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director in the Department of Energy, Baruti Regoeng told Voice Money he had received a copy of the letter but has not had time to look at it in depth.

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Dr Gure’s anti climax



Dr Gure's anti climax

Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe



Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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