Wednesday 18 October 2017
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - The Botswana government has warned that a heat wave is expected to hit most of the country from Monday until the weekend, with the northern and central parts expected to be hardest affected. Principal meteorologist in the Department of Meteorological Services, Radithupa Radithupa said on Monday that the prevailing extremely high temperatures over the northern half of Botswana are expected to last until Saturday. Radithupa told APA that temperatures of between 38°C and 41°C are expected in the northern and central parts of the country, with a 30 percent chance of thundershowers on Friday. He explained that the extremely high temperatures are due to the persistence of the hot northerly continental air...
(AFP 10/13/17)
APA-Gaborone-(Botswana) - Botswana has become the latest target of international drug syndicates whose activities are threatening a drug abuse crisis in the southern African country, the police said on Friday. Director of crime intelligence in the Botswana Police Service (BPS), Nunu Lesetedi told APA that international drug dealers had descended on the country and were working with locals to distribute their merchandise. Lesetedi said this has prompted the BPS to launch a crackdown on the syndicates and their local partners. He said investigations have shown that the drug dealers are mostly from South Africa ...
(APA 10/11/17)
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - Authorities in Botswana warned on Wednesday that scores of carcasses of dead hippos suspected to have succumbed to an outbreak in neighbouring Namibia are posing a health hazard in areas along the Okavango River after floating into the country through the river. The river, which flows in the northern part of the country, is shared between Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism spokesperson Daniel Moatshe said in an interview that veterinarians have confirmed the cause of death...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers...
(AFP (eng) 10/04/17)
GABARONE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Botswana transgender man has won a 10-year battle to be legally recognized as male in a landmark ruling that could boost minority rights in the conservative nation. Botswana High Court last week ordered the government to change the gender marker on the man’s identity card from female to male to respect his constitutional rights. “This is an immense relief,” the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said in a statement. “I am...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
At least nine stray elephants have been electrocuted after knocking down a power line in Botswana, the country's environment minister has confirmed. In a telephone interview, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Tshekedi Khama said Wednesday the incident occurred on Tuesday night and investigations are ongoing. Khama said the herd is believed to have strayed from the northwestern Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve and into a nearby village of Dukwi while in search for water. "Preliminary investigations into the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(AFP (eng) 09/20/17)
Nine elephants were electrocuted in a freak accident in Botswana after one of them knocked into an electricity pole and the high-voltage power line fell on them, a local official said Tuesday. The herd is believed to have broken out of the northeastern Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve and strayed into a nearby village of Dukwi. Village chief Kelethusitse Mosweu said one of the elephants brought down the electricity pole, which resulted in the transmission cables falling on the entire herd...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Nine elephants were electrocuted in central Botswana in a freak accident near the village of Dukwi. The elephants died after they knocked down overhead power lines while jostling to drink water from a leaking pipe supplying water to villagers, the director of Wildlife and National Parks, Otisitswe Tiroyamodimo, told Reuters. “Investigations are still at a preliminary stage, but what we have discovered so far is that the elephants were helping themselves to water from a damaged supply pipe. The elephants...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(MmegiOnline 09/06/17)
FRANCISTOWN: Financially- troubled TAFIC have come up with a campaign dubbed ‘Building Champions’ aimed at approaching at least 100 companies in a bid to raise P100,000. The club expects companies to contribute at least P1,000, as the team prepares for a return to the top flight league next week. TAFIC’s marketing manager, Rapula Gaotlhobogwe said the club’s dry coffers threaten to disrupt their trumpeted return to the BTC Premiership. He said for this reason, they have come up with the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take...
(MmegiOnline 08/23/17)
The US Ambassador to Botswana, Earl Miller will tomorrow preside over the official opening of the new Botswana office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub. Funded by the USAID, the Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works throughout the region to improve the livelihoods of southern Africans by increasing access to trade and broadening investment. The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub is the fourth generation of USAID projects focused on these goals. The previous version of the Southern Africa Trade Hub made many contributions on behalf of the U.S. Government
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(AFP (eng) 08/12/17)
The Dalai Lama has cancelled a trip next week to Botswana because of "exhaustion" after Beijing expressed anger at the African country for allowing the visit. The 82-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, was to speak at a three day conference in Botswana's capital Gaborone, which begins on August 17. An official statement released late Friday said the Dalai Lama had written to the president of Botswana and the conference organisers, the Mind and Life Institute,...
(Botswana Daily News 08/01/17)
National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) employees have donated benches that sit 70 people to pensioners in Gakutlo. Handing over the benches on Friday during a community outreach programme, acting NACA coordinator Mr Moagi Kenosi said since they have opted to partner with the village in their community projects, they have realised that pensioners did not have a place to sit when they visit the post office for their monthly allowances. As a result, they engaged the department of prisons to...
(MmegiOnline 07/31/17)
The Dalai Lama will visit Botswana next month and meet with President Ian Khama, in a trip that has irked China. The Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, is due to make a public address at the three-day “Mind and Life Dialogue” conference in the Botswana capital Gaborone on August 19. It has been reported that Chinese Embassy officials in Botswana have been “scrambling to stop Botswana from opening its doors to the Dalai Lama.” Beijing has...

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