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Botswana cancels US$30 tourist levy
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Botswana cancels US$30 tourist levy

Staff Reporter - Dec 08, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - Fearing a backlash from tourism industry stakeholders, the government of Botswana has cancelled the introduction of a US$30 tax on tourists that…

De Beers throws lifeline to Botswana women
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De Beers throws lifeline to Botswana women

Editor Southern Times - Nov 17, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - De Beers would invest 8 million Pula to support women micro-entrepreneurs in select villages in Botswana, the giant diamond producer has announced. The…

Economists ring warning bells over Bots’ declining export revenue
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Economists ring warning bells over Bots’ declining export revenue

Editor Southern Times - Nov 10, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - A US$1.3 billion (about 13.2 billion Pula) decline in Botswana export revenue during the first six months of 2017 is extremely worrying,…

Bots continues to be ‘dumping site’ for Japan used cars
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Bots continues to be ‘dumping site’ for Japan used cars

Editor Southern Times - Oct 27, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone- Botswana continues to be a destination for vehicles from Japan, especially second hand cars, Statistics Botswana General Statistician Annah Majelantle has said amid…

Billy Ocean to serenade Bots revelers
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Billy Ocean to serenade Bots revelers

Editor Southern Times - Oct 20, 2017

By Bakang Mhaladi Gaborone – Legendary rhythm and blues singer, Billy Ocean will make his first trip to Botswana at the ripe age of 67 to headline…

Botswana wants priority to buy big diamonds finds
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Botswana wants priority to buy big diamonds finds

Editor Southern Times - Sep 25, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone-Botswana is working on amending some of its laws that would give government first priority to buy big diamonds mined in the country.   …

Botswana fast-tracks efforts to benefit from AGOA
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Botswana fast-tracks efforts to benefit from AGOA

Editor Southern Times - Sep 04, 2017

By Mpho Tebele GABORONE - Botswana has finalised its Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) National Response Strategy and a date for the launch is yet to…

Botswana calls China’s bluff over the Dalai Lama
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Botswana calls China’s bluff over the Dalai Lama

Staff Reporter - Jul 31, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - The Government of Botswana this week reacted sharply to a warning issued by the Chinese government that it should not host exiled Tibetan…

Jacobina’s plan to expand her creative bee designs business
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Jacobina’s plan to expand her creative bee designs business

Staff Reporter - Jul 28, 2017

By Melba Kaure WINDHOEK – Namibian bead maker Jacobina Mwale plans to expand her creative bee designs business to other neighbouring countries. Mwale is currently working on…

Botswana secures Italian sponsorship for renewable energy
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Botswana secures Italian sponsorship for renewable energy

Staff Reporter - Jul 17, 2017

By Mpho Tebele GABORONE – Botswana has secured a 23 million Pula sponsorship from the Italian government in an effort to boost the country’s renewable energy sector.…

Implications of the Dalai Lama visit on Botswana-China relations
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Implications of the Dalai Lama visit on Botswana-China relations

Staff Reporter - Jul 10, 2017

By Retlaw Matorwa Prior to the 2010 World Cup, efforts to host the Da Lai Lama on South African soil threatened Beijing and Pretoria relations. Acceding to…

Bots witnesses first ever gas-powered electricity
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Bots witnesses first ever gas-powered electricity

Staff Reporter - Jul 03, 2017

By Mpho Tebele GABORONE – Australian firm Tlou Energy Limited has started generating electricity from coal bed methane (CBM), a first for Botswana where power has traditionally…

Botswana forges ahead with arms race despite outcry
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Botswana forges ahead with arms race despite outcry

Staff Reporter - Jun 26, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - President Ian Khama this week said that Botswana is going ahead with procurement of Gripen fighter jets dismissing calls to halt multi…

Exiled Eritrean players train with Bots club
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Exiled Eritrean players train with Bots club

Staff Reporter - Jun 09, 2017

By Bakang Mhaladi GABORONE – Three exiled Eritrean players, who refused to board the plane back home after their national team’s match against Botswana in 2015, have…

Curtain falls on Gino’s illustrious career
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Curtain falls on Gino’s illustrious career

Staff Reporter - Jun 02, 2017

By Bakang Mhaladi GABORONE – Mogogi ‘Gino’ Gabonamong, arguably Botswana best defensive midfielder, has called it a day after an illustrious 19 year career which took him…

Mr Ibu comes to Botswana
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Mr Ibu comes to Botswana

Staff Reporter - May 26, 2017

By Mpho Tebele GABORONE – Nigeria’s comedy heavyweight John Okafor will be in Gaborone on 26 August to perform at the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week…

Botswana wants electric fence along Zim border
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Botswana wants electric fence along Zim border

Staff Reporter - May 22, 2017

By Bakang Mhaladi Gaborone - A lawmaker from the governing Botswana Democratic Party, Samson Guma-Moyo, has called for the erection of an electric fence along the country's…

Botswana hit by worldwide cyber attack
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Botswana hit by worldwide cyber attack

Staff Reporter - May 22, 2017

By  Mpho Tebele Gaborone - A computer virus by the name WannaCry that has hit over 150 countries since last Friday has invaded Botswana, leading to a shutdown…

Confidential mining contracts blight Botswana’s success story: World Bank
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Confidential mining contracts blight Botswana’s success story: World Bank

Staff Reporter - May 22, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone – The World Bank has called on Botswana to make details of its large mining contracts with mining companies public to improve transparency…

Is Bots starting to witness diamond beneficiation?
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Is Bots starting to witness diamond beneficiation?

Staff Reporter - May 15, 2017

Mpho Tebele GABORONE – In a sign that diamond beneficiation may be becoming a reality in Botswana, De Beers spent billions in Botswana last year. This is…