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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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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