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Botswana: Councillors Endorse Budget With Reservations  AllAfrica.com

Kweneng District councillors have approved the 2019/2020 proposed recurrent budget albeit with reservations.

AllAfrica.com
Botswana leader denies wrongdoing in poll campaign funding scandal  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 13.02.2019 at 15h21 by APA News. Share. Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday rubbished allegations that he benefited from ...

Journalducameroun.com - English
Botswana joins call for end to Zimbabwe sanctions  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 13.02.2019 at 09h21 by APA News. Share. Botswana has joined the chorus for an immediate end to economic sanctions imposed by the West on ...

Journalducameroun.com - English
Hearts of Oak's kit sponsor Umbro agree deal with Botswana FA  Ghanasoccernet.com

Hearts of Oak's kit sponsor Umbro have announced a five-year partnership with the Botswana Football Association. Umbro will be the exclusive global technical ...

Ghanasoccernet.com
EU boosts Botswana's cyber resilience for development project with technical support - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

GABORONE, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Botswana's transport and communications minister, Dorcas Makgato, on Tuesday said the technical support toward the ...

Xinhua
Botswana: 5 Die in Seabelo Buses Crash  AllAfrica.com

Five people died in a road accident along the A1 Road near Tropic of Capricorn this morning.

AllAfrica.com
As U.S. marks Black History Month, Botswana offers a valuable lesson about racial harmony  USA TODAY

This southern African nation has a history of racial harmony, along with a thriving democracy and economy. Here's why.

USA TODAY
Botswana forecasts slower economic growth for 2019  africanews

Botswana's economy is expected to expand at a slower pace in 2019 compared with last year.

africanews
Royal Moscow tour returns to Botswana  Mmegi Online

OP Advertising in association with Russian cultural impresario, Edouard Miasnikov, announced the 2019 tour of the Royal Moscow Ballet to Southern Africa ...

Mmegi Online
Masisi-Khama feud: Botswana's elephant in the room  The East African

A few days before April's Fools Day last year, Botswana President Ian Khama, spoke glowingly about his choice of successor, his then deputy Mokgweetsi ...

The East African
Mobile internet usage balloons in Botswana  IOL

The data revealed that a total of 1 658 784 internet subscriptions were recorded during the second quarter of 2018, which is up by 5.4 percent.

IOL
Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana's coal reserves  Creamer Media's Engineering News

State-owned Transnet and Botswana Railways have resuscitated discussions on the construction of a proposed heavy-haul railway line that will link the two ...

Creamer Media's Engineering News
Botswana: Japanese Conduct Coaching Clinics  AllAfrica.com

A delegation from Japan's Chuko University is in the country to conduct softball coaching clinics.

AllAfrica.com
Botswana: I'm Not a Celebrity Spy Chief - Magosi  AllAfrica - Top Africa News

There has been a serious concern from some sections of the society that the Director General of Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Peter ...

AllAfrica - Top Africa News
Kopore finds two copper-nickel anomalies in Botswana  The West Australian

Africa focussed explorer Kopore Metals has identified two new copper-nickel soil anomalies in Botswana that are close some of the largest copper projects ...

The West Australian
Basil Read subsidiary to sell out of Majwe Mining JV in Botswana  International Mining

Engineering firm's Botswana mining subsidiary sells stake in joint venture to partners as it looks to focus on other projects outside of country's biggest diamond ...

International Mining
DTCB pumps P300,000 into Botswana Deaf Games  Mmegi Online

Speaking at the sponsorship launch in Gaborone this morning, the Botswana Deaf Sports Federation (BDSF), president Shirley Keoagile expressed her ...

Mmegi Online
The Monitor :: Business Botswana Gives Budget Speech Thumbs Up  Mmegi Online

According to the organisation, in a challenging revenue environment, spending increases are modest and as a result the budget entails a manageable deficit.

Mmegi Online
Botswana arrests ex-spy boss | News | Africa  Mail and Guardian

Kgosi is Khama's close ally. One of Masisi's first acts as president was to fire him as intelligence boss. Comments. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to LinkedIn ...

Mail and Guardian
Botswana: Data Accuracy a Must  AllAfrica.com

Data generated by international organisations must be compared to that originating at national level for accuracy, says President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi.

AllAfrica.com
Botswana SMEs struggle to penetrate export markets  Mmegi Online

This is as a result of promoters' poor quality of their products, lack of entrepreneurial skills, lack of finance and inconsistency in production. For the past decades, ...

Mmegi Online
See wildebeest, zebras and elephants on Botswana wildlife safari  Los Angeles Times

Join a retired Santa Ana Zoo director on a 10-day safari in Botswana, known for its elephants, cape buffalo and antelope. The tour begins and ends in ...

Los Angeles Times
This is how (in)secure South Africa's border with Botswana is  News24

Gaping holes in fences separating SA from Botswana and inadequate patrols are facilitating stock theft, drug smuggling and other misdeeds. A huge gap in the ...

News24
International drug syndicates targeting Botswana schools – Police  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 12.02.2019 at 08h21 by APA News. Share. International drug dealers are targeting school children in Botswana as the use of illicit drugs spirals ...

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The Monitor :: Caruso's Movement To Grow Botswana Arts  Mmegi Online

Caruso says he doesn't want people to struggle like he did. “Over the years I have faced challenges, so I had to come up with an idea that can help people like ...

Mmegi Online
Be warned: blue-light hijackers prowl SA-Botswana border  TimesLIVE

The European Union has warned Botswana residents of a hijacking syndicate ambushing motorists near the SA border by posing as law enforcement officers.

TimesLIVE
Botswana civil service unions sucked into ruling party feud  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 08.02.2019 at 12h21 by APA News. Share. The internal feud over control of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has escalated to the ...

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Botswana keen for corridor to link to South Africa's coal fields  Creamer Media's Engineering News

Botswana's Minister of Transport and Communications, Dorcas Makgato, has revived the need for a new heavy haul railway linking Botswana's Mmamabula ...

Creamer Media's Engineering News
Former Botswana intelligence head arrested on corruption charges  Citizen

Former Botswana director-general of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Isaac Kgosi has been arrested and is facing charges related to corruption, ...

Citizen
SA's comedian David Kau comes to Botswana  Mmegi Online

Event coordinator, Fish Pabalinga said Kau has decided to start his comedy tour in Botswana as part of his 20th year anniversary celebration in the comedy ...

Mmegi Online
Botswana among countries proposed for Dakar race  Mmegi Online

According to reports, race organisers are mulling over the idea of bringing the rally back to Africa, with the southern part of the continent being preferred ...

Mmegi Online
Serowe is not Botswana  The Voice Online

In a democracy every adult citizen of sound mind is eligible to be elected president of the country. It was pursuant to this principle that the first, third and fourth ...

The Voice Online
5 People Killed As Zim-bound Bus Crashes In Seabelo, Botswana  pindula.co.zw

Reports from Botswana indicate that 5 people lost their lives in a Seabelo bus accident that occurred along the A1 Road near Tropic of Capricorn around 6am on ...

pindula.co.zw
Botswana Diamonds raises cash to fund 2019 exploration  Mining Review

Botswana Diamonds has undertaken a share placing with existing and new investors to raise £370 000 to fund its 2019 explortion activities.

Mining Review
Botswana International Set For Stars Move  Soccer Laduma

Township Rollers have confirmed that defender Simisani Mathumo is set to complete a move to Free State Stars.

Soccer Laduma
Human-wildlife conflict issues in Botswana  vet times

In March 2018 I was able to travel to Botswana with the University of Glasgow veterinary final-year elective to learn about wildlife conservation, livestock farming ...

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Botswana: Ex-spy chief arrested, threatens to topple Gov't  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 16.01.2019 at 12h21 by APA News. Share. Former Botswana Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Isaac Kgosi was ...

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The Monitor :: Boom Shaka Return To Botswana In March  Mmegi Online

Considered by many as the pioneers of Kwaito music genre, the South African group will perform alongside fellow South African Kabelo 'Bouga Luv' Mabalane ...

Mmegi Online
The Monitor :: Eager Kagame Botswana Visit 'Imminent'  Mmegi Online

Kagame has been adjudged the '2018 African of the Year' at the eighth All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA). Masisi, together with First Lady Neo Masisi ...

Mmegi Online
Metal Tiger sets out exploration plans for Botswana joint venture  Proactive Investors UK

Metal Tiger PLC (LON:MTR) has said that the feasibility study for the T3 Copper project in Botswana remains on track for completion in the first quarter of this ...

Proactive Investors UK
Botswana fans give acclaimed muso Dan Tshanda hero's sendoff  SowetanLIVE Sunday World

Hundreds of his fans from all over southern Africa poured into Soweto to bid farewell to musical legend Dan Tshanda at his funeral on Friday. The internationally ...

SowetanLIVE Sunday World
As funding dries up for coal projects, Botswana opens first privately owned coal mine  CNBCAfrica.com

GABORONE, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Botswana's first privately owned coal mine will produce its first saleable coal in March, the chief executive of the company ...

CNBCAfrica.com
7 die in Botswana accident – Nehanda Radio  Nehanda Radio

By Whinsley Masara. Seven Zimbabweans died in Botswana after the wheel of an overloaded and speeding Toyota Hilux truck they were travelling in came off ...

Nehanda Radio
Botswana, SA await softball toss  Mmegi Online

The two sides are through to the world championships following last week's qualifiers in Pretoria. Botswana is assured of a tough draw after their second place ...

Mmegi Online
Zambian Cross-Border Trader Dies in Botswana after Short Illness  Zambia Reports

A Zambian businesswoman Grace Kabuku has died in Botswana after a sudden illness. The late Grace, a cross border trader from Lusaka died at a Gaborone ...

Zambia Reports
Masisi-Khama feud: Botswana's elephant in the room  nation.co.ke

Under in the rain in the capital Gaborone on April 1, Mr Masisi was sworn-in, continuing a tradition that has attracted envy from peers, in a continent known for ...

nation.co.ke
Botswana to construct heavy haul railway that will link with South Africa  Construction Review

The government of Botswana is set to construct a new heavy haul railway that will link the country area with South Africa's Lephalale coalfields.

Construction Review
Tlou Energy highlights "excellent progress" at Botswana coal bed methane project  Proactive Investors UK

Tlou Energy Ltd (LON:TLOU) - Drilling operations are setting up what, subject to results, can become the basis of an important gas to power project.

Proactive Investors UK
Botswana tennis star rated the best in Africa  Mmegi Online

Seetso, who developed the love for tennis at a tender age, is only 13 but already ranked number one in Africa. “I had to work hard to be where I am right now.

Mmegi Online
Maitengwe border post road in deplorable state  Bulawayo24 News

The road that leads to Maitengwe Border post in Plumtree is in a sorry state despite the border being an economic hub for the town, Parliament has heard.

Bulawayo24 News
Giyani Submits Environmental Plan for Botswana Project  Investing News Network

Giyani Metals has announced the completion of the environmental management plan (EMP) for its Lobatse manganese prospect located in Botswana.

Investing News Network
UPDATE 1-EU adds Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria to dirty-money blacklist  CNBC

STRASBOURG, Feb 13- The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations that pose a threat ...

CNBC
Football - A powerful global tool for change  The Patriot On Sunday

Football means different things to many people, but it always means something. The sport transcends barriers of race, social status and religion.

The Patriot On Sunday
Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD) Declined -3.7% on Feb 12  D Minute

Shares of Botswana Diamonds plc (LON:BOD) last traded at 0.65, representing a move of -3.7%, or -0.025 per share, on volume of 999050 shares.

D Minute
Namibians in Dukwe need integration – Mushelenga  New Era Live

WINDHOEK - Retired commissioner for refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga, has called for the integration of ...

New Era Live
The Monitor :: Botswana Mourns Reverend Boniface Setlalekgosi  Mmegi Online

Bishop Setlalekgosi who retired in 2009, died at Gaborone Private Hospital on January 25, 2018 at 4:30pm. Setlalekgosi was appointed Bishop in 1981, and ...

Mmegi Online
Botswana Diamonds Plc (BOD.L) Shares Spotted Above Chikou Line  MTL News

Taking a look at recent stock price action on shares of Botswana Diamonds Plc (BOD.L), we have noted that shares are now trading on top of the Chikou line.

MTL News
Poorest countries in Africa set to wipe out neglected diseases while richest fall behind  The Telegraph

Some of the poorest countries in Africa are set to wipe out the most common diseases of poverty within the next few years. A review of 49 African countries' ...

The Telegraph
Sheikh Hamdan's hologram speech wows WGS audience  Khaleej Times

Sheikh Hamdan's unique delivery became a talking point among the thousands of visitors.

Khaleej Times
Four southern African nations petition to lift the international ivory trade ban  Global Voices

As the world prepares for the 18th annual Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and their Conference ...

Global Voices
Arrears to banks near P6bn  Mmegi Online

The November total for all outstanding arrears is the highest in several years, according to the latest figures from the Bank of Botswana. nettepet. According to ...

Mmegi Online
From selling muffins to mogul forex impresario - Shezi  botswanaunplugged.com

From selling muffins to mogul forex impresario - Shezi Speaking at the weekend seminar held at the GICC that had attracted over 300 aspiring entrepreneurs ...

botswanaunplugged.com
No gemologists yet in local diamond space  Mmegi Online

This follows a question raised by MP Mephato Reatile on Monday asking the minister about how many Batswana gemologists and diamond trading specialists ...

Mmegi Online
Global Anthrax Vaccines Market 2019 Trends & Future Development Status – Agrovet, Bayer Sanidad Animal, Biogénesis-Bago SA, Botswana Vaccine Institute, CAVAC  Honest Version

The study titled Global Anthrax Vaccines Market Research Report 2018 by Fior Markets provides the market size information, in-depth analysis along with ...

Honest Version
Mixed Reactions to first budget speech under Masisi  The Voice Online

The 2019/2020 Budget Speech, the first under President Mokgweetsi Masisi's administration has been met with different reactions by different sections of the ...

The Voice Online
Connie And Shona Ferguson Distribute Over 2000 School Shoes In KZN  iAfrica.com

The journey to distributing school shoes to 20 000 children in need across South Africa is in full swing. The #KrushGoodness project recently saw Connie and ...

iAfrica.com
Lions blamed as hundreds of buffalo drown in Botswana  BBC News

Hundreds of buffaloes have drowned in a river on the border between Botswana and Namibia. Early investigations suggest the herd was being chased by lions ...

BBC News
Scores of Dead Elephants Found in Botswana ‘Poaching Frenzy’  The New York Times

At least 87 corpses were counted during aerial surveys over the past few months, all with their tusks hacked off.

The New York Times
Botswana to co-host US Army Africa conference  Stars and Stripes

VICENZA, Italy — U.S. Army Africa's premier event, a conference of Africa's army chiefs, will be held next year in Botswana, one of the continent's most stable ...

Stars and Stripes
Botswana: losing its sparkle?  New Internationalist

Wame Molefhe profiles Botswana, where prosperity has morphed into corruption and inequality. But will the country's future see it regain the sparkle its ...

New Internationalist
Doubts Mount in Botswana Over Charity’s Claim of Elephant ‘Poaching Frenzy’  The New York Times

Critics say that Elephants Without Borders made exaggerated claims to try to influence the government, which is considering rolling back a hunting ban.

The New York Times
Former Botswana President Feuds with Government over Trump  VOA News

Donald Trump is a contentious topic in Botswana, where the government is uneasy over a former leader's harsh criticism of the American president. The spat pits ...

VOA News
How to grapple with soaring world population? An answer from Botswana  The Guardian

Botswana has one of the fastest falling fertility rates. As global population expands, there are lessons to be learned.

The Guardian
Botswana ready to light coal fires  Financial Mail

It 's been known since the 1960s that Botswana has vast amounts of coal reserves, says explorer and geologist John Astrup. Under the welcome shade of a tree ...

Financial Mail
I'm not a celebrity spy chief – Magosi  The Patriot On Sunday

There has been a serious concern from some sections of the society that the Director General of Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Peter ...

The Patriot On Sunday
Three reasons why Botswana should be on your bucketlist  IOL

Few things can match the tranquility of a boat cruise on the Chobe river.

IOL
President and predecessor feud in proudly stable Botswana  FRANCE 24

Gaborone (Botswana) (AFP). Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has used his first state-of-the-nation address to openly attack his predecessor Ian Khama ...

FRANCE 24
Botswana rejects claims of elephant poaching surge  The Guardian

Botswana has rebutted claims of a surge of elephant poaching by putting carcasses of animals that were allegedly slaughtered for ivory on display – some with ...

The Guardian
Botswana's Zebras struggling to repeat 2012 Afcon success  BBC Sport

Former Botswana striker Dipsy Selolwane, Zebras' coach David Bright and FA president Maclean Letshwiti on how to improve the national team's fortunes.

BBC Sport
First Lady to champion ban on plastics in West Africa  Graphic Online

The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has been selected as 'Co-Champion' of a continental campaign aimed at getting African countries to ban plastic ...

Graphic Online
Confusion over Botswana's elephant population | Independent on Saturday  Independent Online

Botswana's parliament passed a motion considering lifting the ban on elephant trophy hunting, citing an increase in both the elephant population.

Independent Online
Botswana's big men battle it out | News | Africa  Mail and Guardian

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has made sweeping changes to the government. (Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP). Comments. AddThis Sharing Buttons.

Mail and Guardian
BBC World Service - Newsday, An MP in Botswana wants to introduce elephant culling  BBC News

MP Kosta Markus believes there are now too many elephants in Botswana.

BBC News
Toys R US launches store in Botswana  Independent Online

Toys R Us has just opened the doors to a brand new store in Botswana.

Independent Online
Accommodation drama for SA athletes in Botswana  Sport24

Upon arrival in Gaborone for the 2018 Region v Games event, South Africa's athletes were met with some logistical issues.

Sport24
Former Botswana president Khama feuds with government over Trump  News24

Donald Trump is a contentious topic in Botswana, where the government is uneasy over a former leader's harsh criticism of the American president.

News24
Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019  Vogue

Lightning arcs in the distance as our 12-seater Wilderness Safari propeller plane lifts off from the runway at Botswana's Maun International Airport. The pilot ...

Vogue
Botswana’s fantastic beasts and where to find them  Financial Times

Amid the watery labyrinth of the Okavango Delta, a mobile safari offers encounters with nature at its most beautiful and bizarre.

Financial Times
Dozens of elephant carcasses found in Botswana  CNN

Almost 90 elephant carcasses have been found during a survey in northern Botswana, revealing "unprecedented" levels of poaching in the country, the ...

CNN
Falling fertility: lessons learned from Botswana – Science Weekly podcast  The Guardian

Fifty years ago, the average woman in Botswana had seven children. Now she will have fewer than three. Enabling women to control their fertility has had huge ...

The Guardian
Botswana Bans Russians From Taking Multimillion Dollar Mega-Mining Fight To Court  Forbes Now

Forbes Global 2000 giant Nornickel is suing Botswana's government for 'reckless trading'.

Forbes Now
Botswana Diamonds struggling to attract investors as losses mount  The Irish Times

Irish-headquartered explorer hails progress on some fronts but says sector 'out of favour'

The Irish Times
Botswana says China agreed to extend loan, cancel debt  Reuters

China has agreed to extend a loan to Botswana for rail and road infrastructure as well as writing off some debt, Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on ...

Reuters
Why Botswana is no longer a safe haven for elephants  The Conversation - Africa

Earlier this week, global news outlets reported that 90 carcasses of illegally killed elephants had been found around a famous wildlife sanctuary – the Okavango ...

The Conversation - Africa
Pieces of 'Fireball' Meteor Found in Botswana  Space.com

Meteorite hunters have recovered a fragment of a small asteroid that fell to Earth on June 2, burning up in the sky over Botswana just hours after it was detected ...

Space.com
GALLERY: North West, Botswana partnership on the cards  Independent Online

CAPE TOWN – The North West MEC for Tourism, Desbo Mohono has called on all Botswana product owners to partner with North West Tourism and its product ...

Independent Online
WATCH: Botswana govt rubbishes elephant poaching reports  News24

Botswana has rubbished reports that nearly 100 elephants have been killed by poachers in recent weeks, saying the claims were “unsubstantiated and ...

News24
Botswana may put elephants in cross-hairs as it moves to lift hunting ban  Reuters

GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana, home to the world's largest elephant population, may lift a ban on hunting for sport in the face of what the government says is ...

Reuters
See program on Botswana and South Africa at Sierra Club meeting in Redlands  Redlands Daily Facts

Gail and Ladd Seekins will present “Botswana, South Africa and Victoria Falls” when the San Gorgonio Chapter of the Sierra Club meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.

Redlands Daily Facts
After elephant killings, Botswana mulls lifting hunting ban  News24

Botswana has launched a review of a 2014 hunting ban imposed to reverse a decline in elephants and other wildlife.

News24
 

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Botswana ( (listen)), officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Since then, they maintain a tradition of stable representative republic, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and the best perceived corruption ranking in Africa since at least 1998. It is currently Africa's oldest continuous democracy.Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but is, at most, a few hundred metres long.A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the world's fastest-growing economies. The economy is dominated by mining, cattle, and tourism. Botswana boasts a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa. Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth-largest in Africa) gives the country a relatively high standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa.Botswana is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations. The country has been among the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Despite the success in programmes to make treatments available to those infected, and to educate the populace in general about how to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, the number of people with AIDS rose from 290,000 in 2005 to 320,000 in 2013. As of 2014, Botswana has the third-highest prevalence rate for HIV/AIDS, with roughly 20% of the population infected.