Friday 17 November 2017
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with Jean David Mihamle.
(AFP (eng) 07/26/17)
Beijing issued a warning to Botswana Wednesday over its plans to host the Dalai Lama next month, asking the African nation to respect China's "core interests". The Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, is due to speak at the three-day "Mind and Life Dialogue" conference in Botswana's capital Gaborone, which begins August 17. China's officially atheist ruling Communist party views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous "separatist" campaigning for Tibetan independence and consistently condemns foreign governments who welcome him. The Dalai Lama, in turn, says he is seeking more autonomy for Tibet rather than outright independence. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang called for Botswana to "earnestly respect"
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China's core interests. The Dalai Lama, reviled by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, on Aug. 17-19 and will also meet Botswana's president. China is a major investor in Botswana's economy. China has already "clearly" expressed its point of view about the Dalai Lama's visit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing. "Issues relating to Tibet concern China's sovereignty and territory integrity. We demand the relevant country earnestly respect China's core interests and make the correct political decision...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(Weekend Post 07/21/17)
First it was the South-China Sea controversy and now it is the impending visit by the Dalai Lama to Botswana, and China is not amused. The Asian giant is telling Botswana to block the Dalai Lama’s visit. Relations between Botswana and China have taken yet another knock as China disapproves of Botswana’s decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Botswana and give talk as a guest at a three day conference entitled “Botho/Ubuntu: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama Spirituality, Science and Humanity”, scheduled for 17-19 August 2017. Chinese officials at the time of the controversy surrounding the South China Sea had adopted a diplomatic approach to Botswana’s criticism of their country. The diplomatic relations between Gaborone and Beijing...
(Mining.com 07/21/17)
Botswana Diamonds MD, James Campbell, has injected his passion and commitment into the company since joining the company as MD in December 2016. The MD of Botswana Diamonds, James Campbell, is the former MD of African Diamonds and CEO of Rockwell Diamonds has devoted his working career to the exploration and development of kimberlites in Africa. This includes a deal which could see the company uncover a new commercial kimberlite mine in South Africa, writes Laura Cornish. The right man for the job Campbell, a mining and exploration geologist by profession, is a respected leader in the diamond industry, with over 30-years’ experience of working with exploration, development and production companies. He spent over 20 years with De Beers, culminating...
(Botswana Guardian 07/21/17)
The long-standing 42-year relationship between Botswana and China is on the brink of collapse as the former is now willing to extend “normal courtesies” reserved for visiting dignitaries during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Botswana. Beijing is talking tough and is in an uncompromising mood regarding Tibetan’s exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s planned visit to Botswana, saying whoever allows the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit then that country is closing relations with China. Addressing visiting journalists and academics from Botswana last week in Beijing, Songtian Lin, Director General of the Department of African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said he was very worried about the deteriorating relations between Botswana and China. “I have a lot of worries,” he...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(APA 07/20/17)
Botswana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pelonomi Venson Moitoi will be among top officials to preside over a review of applications by Comoros and Burundi to join the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a statement from her ministry stated on Wednesday. Img : Botswana to scrutinize Burundi bid to join SADC “The 19th meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ is expected to deliberate, among others on issues on the consolidation of democracy in the region and the request from the Union of Comoros and the Republic of Burundi to join SAC,” the statement read in part. It says the outcome of the 19th MCO will form part of reports to be considered by the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread and protracted period of policy easing. This will provide a boost to growth," said John Ashbourne, Africa analyst at Capital Economics. Ghana, which agreed a three-year fiscal discipline deal with the International Monetary Fund in exchange for aid in 2015,...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30 million mobile-banking customers, giving them “a very sizeable platform on the continent,” he said. Vodacom’s purchase of the Safaricom stake from U.K. parent company Vodafone Group Plc gives the South African company access to the fast-growing M-Pesa platform, which processed...
(Mining.com 07/18/17)
Shares in London-listed Botswana Diamonds (LON:BOD) climbed Monday to close 9.6% higher at 1.89p after it announced it had been granted a prospecting licence over an additional 1,000 hectares at its Vutomi joint venture in South Africa. Geophysics studies undertaken in the area, which is immediately east of and contiguous to the company’s Frischgewaagt project, indicate that the kimberlite dyke/pipe system being studied extended into the adjacent property, the firm said. The combined area of the two properties covers over 2,700 hectares, Botswana Diamonds said.
(Botswana Daily News 07/18/17)
Government has renamed the University of Botswana (UB) Teaching Hospital after the late former second president, Sir Ketumile Masire who passed away last month. The state of the art facility located at the UB main campus will now be called Sir Ketumile Masire University Hospital. “This is in recognition of Sir Ketumile’s immense and immeasurable contribution to Botswana’s development as the head of state from 1980 to 1998, and in recognition of his role as the UB Chancellor from 1980 to 1998. He was reappointed Chancellor from 2008 until his passing in June 2017,” deputy permanent secretary responsible for information and communication services, Dr Jeff Ramsay explained in a statement. Construction of the 450-bed university hospital started in 2010 and...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as he packed up leftovers at a training event for people who work with refugees, where he had served a menu which included traditional African dishes. "I talk to my family frequently, ask them their needs, and help...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced by some countries as the reason they could not sign or ratify the agreement. However their adoption represented a milestone in the negotiation, as it removed the last obstacle to signing and ratifying the agreement," Mangeni said. The tripartite free...
(APA 07/14/17)
National beef exporter, Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) performed exceptionally well during the 2017 audit of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety, APA learnt on Thursday. The audit is a standard benchmarked against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). A statement from the BRC on Thursday said BMC’s Francistown Abattoir in northern Botswana maintained a “BRC Grade AA” certification, which it first achieved in 2016. According to the statement BMC’s Lobatse Abattoir in the southern part of the country, which achieved “BRC Grade A” in 2016, this time around has improved its grading to “BRC Grade AA”. “This achievement by BMC abattoirs, ensures access of Botswana Beef to the most lucrative and reputable global markets – envisioned...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/14/17)
China warned Botswana on Friday against hosting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is due to visit there next month, saying it hoped Botswana could make the "correct" decision about the trip. The Dalai Lama is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, on Aug. 17-19 and will also meet Botswana's president. China is a major investor in Botswana's economy. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that the Dalai Lama wears the cloak of religion to engage in anti-China, separatist activities and China opposes any foreign official meeting him in any form. "We hope the relevant country can clearly recognize the essence of who the Dalai Lama is,...
(Xinhuanet 07/14/17)
Botswana's transport minister on Thursday quelled fears about safety on aircraft flying in the country's skies following a recent accident that claimed the life of a trainee pilot. A female trainee pilot lost her life Monday afternoon when an aircraft she was operating got involved in a fatal accident at Lentsweletau village, some 40km south of the capital, Gaborone in the southern part of Botswana. "I would like to assure all that they are safe to travel within Botswana and should not hesitate to do so. Botswana skies are safe," Minister of Transport and Communications Kitso Mokaila told Xinhua in a telephone interview. The Sling II aircraft, registered A2-USC, belongs to International Aviation Solutions - an Aviation Academy based in...
(Lusaka Times 07/14/17)
Botswana’s leading supermarket, Choppies, plans to expand its operations in Zambia by opening nine more outlets with Chipata branch to be unveiled this month-end. Group chief executive officer Ramachandran Ottapathu said Zambia’s favourable investment climate has allowed the retail chain store to rapidly broaden its business prospects to other potential markets outside Lusaka. Mr Ottapathu said, when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to Botswana Brigadier General Patrick Tembo, that Chipata will be the latest investment destination with a store to be opened this month. This is contained in a statement issued by Zambia’s first secretary to Botswana Kasabo Kalussa. In 2014, Choppies started its operation in Zambia with one store in Lusaka’s Kanyama Township and to-date...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
A Chinese man alleged to be involved in Botswana's illegal donkey skin trade has been arrested after being found with 500 animals suffering in dire conditions, police said Thursday. The animals were so cruelly treated by the 24-year-old suspect that they had to be culled. Botswana last month moved to crack down on the booming trade in donkey skins that has been fuelled by demand from China. Many thousands of donkeys in African countries have been slaughtered in recent years and their skins, meat and hooves sold to China for use in traditional medicine. The skins and hooves are boiled to make gelatin, which is used to treat health problems ranging from sexual dysfunction to anaemia and is also valued...

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