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Morupule B
Morupule B

Darkness envelops the whole village. The sky is clothed in a jet-black blanket as dark as the vast coal deposits that lie beneath the brown earth. Only the glitter of the stars is visible in the dark of the night. The irony is sadly baffling. It is a tale of rags in the midst of riches, emaciation in a sea of abundance and poverty with plenty.

This is Palapye, Botswana’s hub of energy generation, set in some of the richest coalfields of the southern African region.  It is here where the highly contested 600 megawatt (MW) Morupule Power Station B is housed.

Duncan Modise’s* business operations are situated in this central Botswana town. He runs a butchery, bar and restaurant. The entrepreneur is losing an arm and a leg due to perennial power outages, a harsh irony as his enterprises sit on the huge coal belt.

Editor's Comment
Tighten the law on drug dealers

Our youth are perishing; their once hopeful bright future is going down the drain; all because of illicit drugs.It is very easy to blame the addict, but it is not as simple as that! Drug dealing is a very lucrative business for some shameless people amongst our society and as such they have come up with tight strategies on how to push their business.Drug addiction is bad, and while the individual on drugs sometimes might have been the one who...

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