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Festivals future bleak as Bots cracks whip on unruly revellers
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Festivals future bleak as Bots cracks whip on unruly revellers

Editor Southern Times - Sep 29, 2017

Gaborone – Plans by Botswana to ban music festivals in the wake of the death of a university student has divided government and the legal fraternity amid…

Bots’ DJ SK found dead  . . . days before presidential award
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Bots’ DJ SK found dead . . . days before presidential award

Editor Southern Times - Sep 15, 2017

Bakang Mhaladi Gaborone - Botswana’s arts industry is mourning following the death of jazz promoter, Soares Katumbela, who died in an apparent suicide last Thursday.    Katumbela’s…

Bots new coal mine hangs in the balance
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Bots new coal mine hangs in the balance

Staff Reporter - Jul 31, 2017

By Mpho Tebele GABORONE - The construction of a new coal mine in Botswana hangs in the balance as famers who hold surface rights in the proposed…

China livid about Botswana stance on Dalai Lama
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China livid about Botswana stance on Dalai Lama

Staff Reporter - Jul 24, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone-Botswana and China are headed for a diplomatic showdown with Beijing warning Gaborone not to allow the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama,…

Khama blast media, opposition over fighter jets
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Khama blast media, opposition over fighter jets

Staff Reporter - Jul 17, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone- President Ian Khama has accused opposition parties and the media of being unpatriotic by opposing the planned purchase of Gripen military fighter jets that…

Botswana dumps Dalai Lama
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Botswana dumps Dalai Lama

Staff Reporter - Jul 17, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - In what is seen as fearing a backlash from China, Botswana has distanced itself from the planned visit by exiled Tibet spiritual…

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…

Dalai Lama visit to test China-Africa relations
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Dalai Lama visit to test China-Africa relations

Staff Reporter - Jun 12, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - In what is expected to stoke diplomatic tension between Botswana and China, President Ian Khama will officiate at an event where the…

Botswana central bank calls for an open economy
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Botswana central bank calls for an open economy

Staff Reporter - May 29, 2017

By Mpho Tebele GABORONE – The Bank of Botswana (BoB) has called on the government to pursue what it calls an open economy as part of its effort…

Bots ex-presidents may find employment after retirement
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Bots ex-presidents may find employment after retirement

Staff Reporter - Apr 24, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone - Botswana’s former heads of state may find employment anywhere they choose. This follows a bill passed by Parliament amending the pensions and…

Botswana, SA ruling parties exchange notes on political challenges
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Botswana, SA ruling parties exchange notes on political challenges

Staff Reporter - Apr 18, 2017

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone- Ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa held a meeting last week in an effort to…

Khama’s succession conundrum
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Khama’s succession conundrum

Staff Reporter - Mar 20, 2017

By Mpho Tebele GABORONE- For the first time in history, President Ian Khama’s ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is poised to have the Vice President, who should…

Botswana’s paroled prisoners back in jail
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Botswana’s paroled prisoners back in jail

Staff Reporter - Nov 21, 2016

By Bakang Mhaladi GABORONE- SOME of the 500 inmates released through President Ian Khama’s benevolent gesture just before the Botswana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations are back in the…

Zuma, Khama mull drought summit
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Zuma, Khama mull drought summit

Staff Reporter - Nov 21, 2016

By Mpho Tebele  GABORONE- BOTSWANA President Ian Khama and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, have agreed that there is need to consider convening an extra-ordinary SADC summit…

Botswana toasts 50 years of freedom
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Botswana toasts 50 years of freedom

Staff Reporter - Oct 02, 2016

By Bakang Mhaladi GABORONE-BOTSWANA is setting the stage for its biggest party yet – its 50th Independence celebrations on September 30. President Ian Khama’s government has set a…

Poverty, power deficit hold back SADC region
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Poverty, power deficit hold back SADC region

Staff Reporter - Aug 31, 2016

Address by the outgoing SADC Chairperson President Ian Khama of Botswana at the official opening of the 36th Ordinary Summit of Heads and Government in Lozitha, Swaziland.…

SADC sets $2.9 billion budget for food aid
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SADC sets $2.9 billion budget for food aid

Staff Reporter - Aug 30, 2016

By Magreth Nunuhe MBABANE-COUNTRIES in Southern Africa must raise US$2.9 billion to cover the humanitarian needs of about 40 million people, according to the Southern African Development…

A new financing model for the AU: will it work?
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A new financing model for the AU: will it work?

Staff Reporter - Jul 29, 2016

By Liesl Louw-Vaudran THERE were many losers at the recently concluded 27th African Union (AU) summit in Kigali. The three candidates for the post of AU Commission (AUC)…

Nam, Bots solidify relations … Join forces to tackle the nagging water crisis
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Nam, Bots solidify relations … Join forces to tackle the nagging water crisis

Staff Reporter - Jul 18, 2016

By The Southern Times Writer Botswana and Namibia have established a joint taskforce, whose main assignment is to draw up terms of reference on how the two…

President Khama welcomes President Geingob
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President Khama welcomes President Geingob

Staff Reporter - Jul 14, 2016

Your Excellency, I am very pleased to welcome you and your entire delegation to Botswana. While this happens to be your inaugural state visit, your historical ties…