ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) 2006 annual report.Company ProfileAbsa Bank of Botswana Limited formerly (Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited) is an established financial services group; providing solutions in the retail, commercial and corporate sector in Botswana. The group has a national footprint, with 34 branches and 75 ATMs located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Its personal banking products and services range from savings and fixed deposits to graduate loans, funeral cover and smart phone banking services. Its business banking division provides the standard solutions for commercial and corporate transactions, investments and loans, as well as an array of specialised financial solutions such as treasury services, foreign exchange and currency repo, risk management and trade finance products. Absa Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited.
Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) 2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.
RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) 2014 annual report.Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) 2019 abridged results.Company ProfileChobe Holdings Limited owns and operates eleven eco-tourism lodges and camps on leased land in Northern Botswana and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia through its subsidiaries. The holding company operates under two well-known hospitality brands; Desert & Delta Safaris and Ker & Downey Botswana. The eco-tourism group has a combined capacity of 314 beds, and provides added services for its guests such as transfers and private safari tours and game viewing. Safari Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chobe Holdings Limited which provides an air charter service to transport guests to and from its safari camps and lodges. The company also has interests in agricultural operations, property rental and a reservation service.
A different sport in another lifetime: Karmichael Hunt playing league for Australia Credit: Action Images/Reuters A former NRL superstar and tri-code athlete will make his Super Rugby debut on Friday with the eyes of the rugby world on him. New team-mate: James O’Connor is also at the Queensland RedsHunt impressed in a recent trial playing five-eighth against the Crusaders, leading Queensland to a 28-0 half-time lead. Hunt will be ready. A strong defender and explosive ball-runner who can both score and create tries, the convert will be an asset at No 10. Already he is being tipped for international honours later this year. “That’s definitely a goal,” Hunt admits. “But it’s not at the forefront of my mind. The football that I play at the Reds is going to determine if I’m going to be there at the end of the year so that’s my primary focus and my only focus to be honest. It’s a long way away.”A Wallaby backline featuring Hunt and Folau would be an awesome sight indeed. The two backs have been team-mates in rugby league before, to devastating affect, and this year’s World Cup could seem them reunite once more. “It’d be nice to play with him again,” Hunt says. “We had some time together in Origin and time at the Broncos for the last couple of years that he was there. We’re definitely familiar with each other; we’ve had some battles on the AFL field as well. If that would the case at the end of the year, that would be great.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Forget Israel Folau, Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams. The latest rugby league convert to catch the eye is Karmichael Hunt, better known as ‘K’. On Friday Hunt will attempt to conquer his third sport after stints in the NRL and Aussie Rules. The man, who’s been dubbed by some as the greatest all-round footballer Australia has ever produced, is no rugby novice either. He was a schoolboy star in Queensland’s GPS competition, winning the state’s award as the best high school player, before joining NRL side the Brisbane Broncos. He then played 15 games for Biarritz in a short spell in 2009-2010, helping them to the Heineken Cup final and scoring the only try in their two-point loss. Now five years later he is back in rugby, this time with the Queensland Reds, and is keen to conquer another code once again.Going from rugby league to rugby union to AFL, and then back to rugby union, is not for the faint-hearted but Hunt is not one to walk away from a challenge. “I am enjoying it,” he says. “I’m familiar with the game. My body’s enjoying the downed load of kilometres as well, the training hasn’t been as long or as intense as you get with an AFL pre-season. It’s been nice.”Like Folau, Hunt originally made his name in the NRL. The full-back scored 53 tries in 125 games for the Broncos over six seasons, and then earned selection for Australia and Queensland three years after his debut. Born in Auckland to parents of Samoan and Cook Islands heritage, Hunt moved to Australia at the age of 11. Eligible to represent both New Zealand and Australia, he chose the green and gold path and made 11 appearances for the Kangaroos and 10 for Queensland in State of Origin.From NRL to the Wallabies: Israel Folau against EnglandHunt made his big-money switch to AFL in 2010 but looks back fondly at his time in France: “It was probably more of a holiday than anything. The nine months or so I was there we played some pretty good football. It was definitely an eye-opener, French rugby, from the perspective of how things are run and how things are played. We made a Heineken Cup final but obviously went down to Toulouse in Paris but it was a great experience. I guess to see the passion from the Biarritz township, just going back having lost, the numbers that turned in the streets for our parade was an eye-opener for me to just know how much rugby meant to them.”Hunt’s four-year stint in Aussies Rules received mixed reviews but he has no regrets about leaving that code. “It was everything that I wanted, it was everything that I expected,” the 28-year old says. “Now I’m at the next stage of my career where I’ve come back to a game that I’m familiar with. With the Queensland Reds, it’s good to be home. We want some success, obviously they had a down year last year.” The Reds endured a dire 2014 Super Rugby campaign, managing just five wins and finishing third from the bottom. But this year they’ve recruited strongly, Hunt one of a number of high-profile additions including Wallaby James O’Connor, All Black Adam Thomson and Japanese international Hendrik Tui. With Hunt and O’Connor joining a backline that already includes Wallabies Quade Cooper, Lachlan Turner, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Ben Tapuai, Anthony Fainga’a and Will Genia, excitement is growing in the Reds ranks.“We want to win,” Hunt declares. “But it’s a long road ahead. Thirteenth last year was not acceptable by anyone’s standards at the Reds. We’ve recruited well this year; we’ve got some fresh faces in the group. We’re trying to expand our game plan moving forward. We want to win games and play finals at the end of the year, but we’re under no illusions how hard that’s going to be.”The Reds have already hit a snag with the loss Cooper with a fractured collarbone until the end of April. That has led to questions over who will take over the five-eighth role in his absence, with the contenders including O’Connor, rookie Duncan Paia’aua and one Karmichael Neil Matthew Hunt. The Reds vice-captain has been training mostly at full-back in pre-season but has been called up to wear handle the No 10 jumper for their opener. “I played full-back at school, I played a bit of 10, I played centre,” Hunt admits. “In my time in France I played 10 and 13. So I’m pretty accustomed to most roles in the backline.”
The hard-hitting Pau centre talks Fiji, family and the future Get to know Fiji’s Jale VatubuaHe may not be the most recognisable name in the Fiji team but with his powerful work in defence and strong runs, Jale Vatubua is a central figure for the islanders. Here’s his story…I’m the youngest of eight. We’re split down the middle – four boys and four girls. I lost my dad when I was young, about nine, and my brother, William, mentored me. He’s ten years older and was my rugby coach, my athletics coach – I threw javelin and shot put – and my music teacher. He is now a professional singer in Australia.It’s in the blood of every young boy in Fiji to play rugby. You turn on the TV and sevens is on every day, or there’s a 15s game. I first played when I was five years old at primary school. My two main heroes were Stephen Larkham and Brian O’Driscoll. I’d imitate Larkham – I’d wear headgear and have my elbow strapped!When I was 17 I moved to New Zealand on a scholarship. I was spotted playing ten in the national U19s quarter-finals and I kicked a 57m goal. There had been offers every year from when I was about 14 to go to South Africa, but my mum wouldn’t let me. I was her baby and she didn’t want to send me to the other side of the world.This time I said she couldn’t hold onto me forever and this was my chance of repaying everything she’d done for me. I’d seen what she went through being a single mum and raising eight children.It was a massive culture shock. Even getting used to the weather in New Zealand. I went to St Peter’s School in Cambridge, near Hamilton, and it was co-ed, whereas I’d always been to boys’ schools. So it was an eye-opener.Skip and a jump: Jale Vatubua in action for Pau in the Top 14( Getty Images)In New Zealand I moved to centre. They thought I was too lanky at that time to be a ten but if I put on a few kg I’d make a good 12. When I was in Year 13, I played for Waikato U20. Having to train and do my schoolwork was hard, but I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. I then moved to Sydney to play for the Southern Districts Rebels in the Shute Shield.Pau signed me off the back of YouTube clips from Southern Districts’ Grand Final! They messaged me, asked if I wanted to play for them and I was there in five days for the 2012-13 season.It was an opportunity to do what I love and look after my mum back in Fiji. It was hard at first, not knowing the language, and after a couple of years we changed coach. Simon Mannix came up to me and some Kiwi boys and said, “You’ve been here years and don’t speak a word of French. Pull your socks up or you’re gone.” That flicked the switch and I got the language in a few months. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Fiji Centre point: Jale Vatubua plays in midfield for Pau and Fiji (Getty Images) The main strength of my game is bringing energy. Both in defence and attack. I try to make my actions speak louder than words, even though I talk a lot on the field! I want to do stuff to help the team and get everyone going – a huge hit or a line break. I try to motivate with my actions.Physical: Jale Vatubua is tackled by Uruguay centre Juan Manuel Cat at Japan 2019 (Getty Images)It shocks me that people have said I’m the Fijian Sonny Bill Williams. He’s a guy I’ve watched on TV, a superstar. I don’t think I play like that, but if people do it’s great. I hope it doesn’t offend him!Playing for Fiji means the world. As a little kid growing up, I was always watching Fiji reps out in the white jersey and wishing one day I could wear it. To have the chance to do it is a privilege and means a lot to me and my family.I call Leone Nakarawa the Human Octopus! He hates it. But he can spark everything and he plays like he has eight hands.My son is my biggest fan. Jale Junior is two and all he talks about is his dad and rugby. My partner, Arianna, said that when they were packing to come to Fiji this summer, the first thing he put in his carry-on luggage was his kicking tee! I have a ten-month-old daughter, Valentina, as well. I love spending time with the little ones.My goal every day is to put a smile on someone else’s face. I like socialising and meeting new people. In downtime, I’ll also play cards, play the guitar, maybe sing.All my tattoos have different meanings. For my religion, where I come from, my siblings, my love for nature and the sea. I used to be scared of water but got my scuba-diving licence in New Zealand. I love to see what is under the water. This article originally appeared in the October issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Melanie May | 4 May 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 152 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: CASE higher education Research / statistics Investment and costsTotal investment in alumni relations in 2014-15 was £39 million while total investment in fundraising was 2.5 times more at £93 million. Total fundraising costs increased by 10.5% along with alumni relations costs by 7%, highlighting continued investment in development and advancement operations across the UK Higher Education sector. Staff costs accounted for 71% of total fundraising costs and 67% of alumni relations costs. All costs include the costs of operational and administrative staff.Division of incomeSince 2013, the Ross-CASE Survey has used Latent Class Analysis methodology to identify groups of similar institutions. It has consistently found five clusters of reporting institutions with similar characteristics, called Elite, Established, Moderate, Emerging and Fragile.The majority of the money goes to these established and elite institutions, with established institutes accounting for over 30 per cent of philanthropic income and number of donors in 2014-15 while Oxbridge accounts for 44 per cent of philanthropic income and 32 per cent of total donors. The remaining three clusters account for just over 20 per cent of philanthropic income and 31 per cent of donors.Universities interested in participating in the next survey should contact the CASE Europe team for more information. 151 total views, 1 views today Ross-CASE survey reveals 2014-15 rise in university philanthropic income Income to higher education establishments showed a healthy increase in 2014-15, according to the 2016 Ross-CASE annual survey of charitable giving to universities.Giving to Excellence: Generating Philanthropic Support for UK Higher Education covers 1st August 2014 – 31st July 2015 and uses cash income and new funds secured as the two main measures of reporting philanthropic income.It reveals that income overall came fairly equally from individuals and organisations, with by far the greatest proportion of income from the latter coming from trusts and foundations.IncomeNew funds increased by 8 per cent from 2013-14, reaching £860.9 million in 2014-15. 64 per cent of this income came from organisations (including companies, and trusts and foundations) and 36 per cent from individuals (including alumni donors). 191 donors gave gifts/pledges of more than £500,000 in 2014-15.Total cash income received increased by 14 per cent from 2013-14 to £756.7 million in 2014-15. Total cash income from legacies reached £95.6 million in 2014-15 from 980 legacy donors. Individuals and organisations contributed 53 per cent and 47 per cent towards cash income respectively.DonorsThe total number of donors to universities was 232,520, with 98 per cent being individuals and 2 per cent organisations. Alumni donors accounted for 79 per cent of total donors. Total donor numbers showed a slight increase year-on-year (1.6 per cent), which the survey suggests is a shift towards a greater focus on donor value rather than number of donors giving. Advertisement
118 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Online fundraising platform Charity Checkout has raised $1m (£775,193.79) to help it accelerate its growth and extend its services to national charities and corporates.To help it expand, Charity Checkout is planning to increase its headcount to over 40 and will be investing heavily in its platform. The round of investment was led by Octopus Group founders Chris Hulatt and Simon Rogerson and four existing investors.Charity Checkout was founded in 2011 to support local charities, clubs and societies by helping them to optimise their online donation process. The company operates in the UK and also has clients in Ireland, Australia, Canada and USA. Recent developments have included the opening of a new headquarters in London and opened up its services to national charities and established corporations for employee-led fundraising. In addition, as of April 2018, The Big Give will be partnering with Charity Checkout.Chester Mojay-Sinclare, founder and CEO of Charity Checkout, said:“Since 2011, we have helped raise millions online. Along the way we have learnt a lot, in particular it became apparent to us that even the biggest, most successful organisations struggle with optimising their online fundraising. Hence this investment to expand further and bring some serious innovation and creativity to the industry.“CSR Directors and Heads of Fundraising – whether they operate in the charity sector or other industries – face similar challenges. They have become more and more central to the growth of their businesses and socially influential, but the tools at their disposal aren’t keeping up with the size of the task. Things like lack of brand identity on fundraising pages, a poor and fractured fundraising experience, lack of centralisation and heavy admin processes are common themes. And this is where our new Corporate Fundraising platform comes in – the UK’s first white-label fundraising site for enterprises, which we hope will revolutionise the way the UK’s largest companies organise their employee-led fundraising.” 117 total views, 1 views today Advertisement Tagged with: Finance Technology AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Charity Checkout raises over $1m to extend services Melanie May | 23 October 2017 | News
The Big Issue Foundation has partnered with Donr to enable supporters to donate via digital wallet services such as Apple Pay and Google Pay for the first time.Donr is powering The Big Issue Foundation’s online and text donation mechanics as the charity launches its new Spring Appeal, which focuses on the story of former Big Issue Vendor, Bill Webb, and asks supporters to donate via their card, digital wallet service or mobile phone on the online fundraising page hosted by Donr, or via text to Donr’s Text Giving shortcode number, 70085.The Spring Appeal will explain how much work there is for the charity to do, with it supporting over 1,000 Big Issue vendors to try and become financially independent over the past 12 months, just as former vendor Bill Webb (pictured above) – the face of the charity’s Spring Appeal – has done.Rhia Docherty, The Big Issue Foundation’s Individual Giving and Support Services Manager, said:“We’re really excited to be partnering with Donr to launch our Spring Appeal. Donr’s Text Giving service is very effective, affordable and easy to use. This is also the first time we have been able to accept donation’s via digital wallet services like Apple Pay and Google Pay. Donr’s innovative platform will help us to future-proof donations in the digital age.”The news follows the recent launch by The Big Issue Group of Pay It Forward, which turned The Big Issue into the world’s first resellable magazine. Advertisement 327 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 326 total views, 2 views today Big Issue Foundation accepts digital wallet donations for first time through Donr Melanie May | 15 April 2019 | News Tagged with: Digital mobile online fundraising tools