Botswana Stock Exchange-listed energy explorer, Tlou Energy, has agreed to an interim 2mw coalbed methane power purchase agreement with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). This is the first time BPC or government which owns the power utility has agreed to a CBM power supply contract from an independent power producer or any one entity for that matter.
"This interim PPA is now undergoing final regulatory formalities. At the request of BPC the commercial terms of the PPA remain confidential," said Managing Director Tony Gilby. Furthermore, the company noted they are still in discussions with potential project financiers who have been waiting for the announcement of the interim PPA.
In the past the company disclosed they were in talks with Botswana Development Corporation (BDC), a state-owned development financier. This week the company said any financier can aid connection to the national power grid and subsequently bolster revenue.
Two years ago, the company submitted a tender to produce a 10mw CBM power project to government. However they have been given an opportunity to produce 2mw first. All things being equal Tlou Energy will be producing the CBM power from it's Lesedi project, the most made CBM project in Botswana.
Babereki Investments – the owners of the Ramotswa-based Babereki Ka Lorato Funeral Services – on Saturday morning fumigated their premises in preparation to re-open business next week Tuesday. Babereki closed their mortuary late last month after it was discovered that an elderly deceased woman who was placed in the mortuary had died of the Coronavirus. The deceased is the only death related to COVID- 19 that has been registered in the country thus far.
Speaking to BG Online, Babereki Managing Director Wilfred Rasina said they accommodated the deceased at their mortuary after being told she had died of Asthma. “We were only to learn after the burial that the deceased had tested positive for Coronavirus. It was then during that process that we had to close down the actual mortuary, the premises and all the employees had to go for quarantine, they are still being quarantined and all those who got into contact with the deceased.
“So, today as you can see we are fumigating the place so that we can reopen the premises for business. We will skip a day tomorrow and then we will fumigate again on Monday so that we can be able to open for business on Tuesday,” Rasina said. He said it was obvious that the whole process of fumigation as well as loss of business has cost them a lot of money up to P400, 000. Further, he said they are now compelled to engage interim staffers since the full-time employees are on quarantine.
“We are paying for salaries for people who are not here we are also losing our actual daily business because the mortuary is closed, but we understand that there is a pandemic, we are just stating the implications and that businesses should learrn from us”. He said they were merely an example of what can happen to any other enterprise since no business is immune from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 virus has brought some opportunities for local businesses. One such is a chemical cleaning company, Critical Bond Proprietary Limited based in Tlokweng and Kanye villages respectively. On Saturday the company made a kill as it was engaged by Babereki Ka Lorato Funeral Services in Ramotswa to fumigate their closed mortuary following the discovery that they had accommodated a deceased person who had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Both the government and the mortuary personnel got to know that the deceased - a 78-year-old woman - died of the virus days after being buried. Speaking to BG Online, owner of Critical Bond, Phil Kekana confirmed that his company was engaged to fumigate the Babereki Ka Lorato mortuary after the discovery that it had accommodated and handled the body of a deceased person who died of coronavirus.
“The mortuary has been closed and we came to bring the business to normalcy by fumigating the premises. What we did is that we started from the gate then the whole yard, inside the mortuary building including cold storages where bodies are kept, offices and all the vehicles,” he said.
He was satisfied that the mortuary is usable now that they have done a “satisfactory job”. However he promised to do the second cleaning on Monday in order to ensure that they have done a througher job and nothing is left behind.
On Monday they will be using chemicals that are not as strong as those they used on Saturday. “This will clearly ensure that the mortuary is ready for use on Tuesday,” he said.
His advice to the Ramotswa community was that as a cleaning service company they have done all that was needed to be done according to the required standards. “Both the premises and mortuary are ready for use as we have killed every germ existing even if it could have been Coronavirus”.