Thursday 17 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(BBC News Africa 03/05/13)
Botswana exported almost $5 billion in diamonds in 2012 for a 19.5% increase over the previous year, according to figures released by its government, as reported by IDEX. Diamond exports — which make up 63% of the country's total principal goods shipped out — include rough rocks, polished gemstones and goods brought in to be sorted by De Beers. The country's gross exports of rough diamonds climbed to almost $4 billion, a 20% increase for the year, and polished grew to $692.6 million, up 11%. Gross rough imports rose to $2 billion — almost three times as much over the last year — with net rough exports at $1.86 billion. The increases for imports and exports are due in part...
(ComNat-ALPC 03/05/13)
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) has finally opened a lounge after operating for years without one. Although it has been open for the past two weeks, the Pula Lounge was unveiled to the media on Thursday. Speaking at the media briefing, Air Botswana commercial manager Robert Mpabanga said the lounge is named after the country's currency. He said it will be available to Air Botswana's Teemane Club members. Teemane Club is an exclusive Air Botswana programme that offers a range of privileges and personalised services to frequent fliers. He said members of the club have to earn a certain number of points to gain access to the lounge. The levels start with the Blue Card and progress to the...
(Allafrica 03/05/13)
Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the weekend to explore the possibility of getting water from Lesotho. The MoU was signed by ministers responsible for water in Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. Speaking during the signing ceremony in Gaborone, the South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa said that the collaboration was an effort to assist Botswana with water for socio-economic development. Botswana and the two countries are member states of the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) and can benefit from the utilisation of the river. The three countries have signed a SADC protocol, which provides a forum for consultation and coordination between the states to promote integrated water resources management and development. "We share rivers...
(BBC News Africa 03/01/13)
FROM BEHIND THE wheel of an air-conditioned car on the Great North Road bisecting northern Zambia it is easy to argue that Africa can be wealthy and well-governed. The country’s road system is so good that many visitors hire a car and drive themselves. The police are benign and rest stops are plentiful. The same goes for much of southern Africa. Lines of tarmac unspool in all directions across fertile savannahs and open deserts. Most roads have been financed with what is found below them: a wealth of minerals and metals. Ever since the arrival of Cecil Rhodes more than a century ago, local miners have generated immense wealth and inspired successive eras of Afro-optimism. From colonial railways to modern...
(ComNat-ALPC 02/28/13)
Former Botswana President Ketumile Masire is expected to appear before the parliamentary special committee to explain the ownership of the besieged Botswana Meat Commission (BMC). The committee is investigating maladministration which almost led to the insolvency of the national abattoir recently and the general decline of the beef industry in the country. The investigations entered the third week and Sir Ketumile, who was part of the first parliament which formed BMC, is to explain whether government owns it or not. This comes after last week’s revelations by a former BMC board member, Mr Philip Fischer, that government only directs the abattoir on matters of public interest and cannot claim profits from it. “As a statutory corporation without share capital, the...
( 02/25/13)
The Archbishop of York is paying a visit to the Diocese of Botswana this weekend. Dr John Sentamu was invited to visit the diocese by the Bishop of Botswana, the Right Reverend Trevor Mwamba. The Archbishop will preach at the diocese's 40th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service taking place on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Gaborone. A large stained glass will be dedicated by the Archbishop in the Lady Chapel in honour of the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop will also read out a letter of greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. Dr Sentamu said: “I am looking forward to visiting the Diocese of Botswana and to join them in their celebrations of their 40th...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/13)
Lekwalo Leta Mosienyane is regarded amongst his peers as a foundational figure of architecture and urban design in Botswana.He is the founder and director of Mosienyane & Partners International (MPI), an architecture firm and urban design consultancy with offices in Gaborone, Johannesburg and Cape Town. His major urban design works include the Phakalane Township & Golf Estate, Melrose Arch in Johannesburg and the Delf Symphony Development in Cape Town. As an architect, he has produced noteworthy buildings such as the Botswana National Assembly, the Debswana Diamond Park in Gaborone, the Institute of Health Sciences in Molepolole and the Nelson Mandela Museum in Xunu, Eastern Cape. "When you ask me which of the projects I've done gives me the most pride,...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/13)
BOTSWANA police last week arrested and deported 23 illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe in the mining town of Selibe Phikwe. Two of them claimed to be refugees fleeing alleged persecution back home. Botshabelo Police Station commander Superintendent Reuben Mphoeng was quoted as saying police had conducted a raid and arrested Zimbabweans who did not have any identification papers. “We conducted the operation together with other law enforcing agencies — being the Department of Immigration, Botswana Defence Force, Selebi-Phikwe Town Council By-Law officers and the Department of Labour,” he said. He said five Batswana nationals were also arrested and fined for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, Selibe Phikwe Police Station commander Superintendent Victor Nlebesi has expressed concern over the increase in...

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