Botswana - energy sector overview

Key to Botswana maintaining its successful development path is the energy sector. Botswana's energy demand was about 3660 GWh in 2008 (peak load of 500 MW), which is projected to grow at about 6 percent per annum reaching 5300 GWh by 2017 (peak load of 850 MW) and 6890 GWh by 2026 (peak load of 1130 MW).

The mining sector accounts for about 50 percent of the demand, the commercial sector about 20 percent, and the residential sector about 25 percent.

Between 2004 and 2007, rural access to electricity doubled to 44 percent, though short of the 60 percent target under the National Development Plan.

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Molepolole unrest: Urgent attention on missing person cases

From Jakoba's mysterious disappearance on November 9 to the grim discovery of his remains at Mosinki Lands, a gap in the response mechanisms of the police and village leadership has been laid bare. The community's anger is evident, seen in the attack on Bakang Masole, the man found driving Jakoba's taxi and the main suspect, and the subsequent riot. Residents express discontent, citing a troubling trend of missing persons cases often...

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