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Gov’t Stats Show That Economy Is Improving

Real GDP increased by 36% in the second quarter of 2021 GAZETTE REPORTER Botswana’s real GDP increased by 36 percent in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a deep contraction of 26.0 percent in the same quarter of 2020, Statistics Botswana has revealed. According to the report signed by Statistician General, Dr Burton Mguni,…

Acquisition of BancABC By Access Bank Is FDI – Serame

Says Botswana will benefit from synergies of Access Bank’s technological infrastructure and corporate and SME capabilities GAZETTE REPORTER Aition of BancABC Botswana by Access Bank constitutes foreign direct investment (FDI) for which Botswana is grateful, especially given the impact of COVID-19 on the domestic economy, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Peggy Serame, has…

Diamond Miner Points To Potential For New Diamond Discoveries

BOD owns two prospecting licences in the Kalahari Has been active in discovery of large stones GAZETTE REPORTER BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds PLC (BOD) believes there is the potential for significant new diamond discoveries in the Kalahari Desert, the company’s Managing Director (MD), James Campbell, has said. BOD is a diamond exploration and project development company…

COVID-19 Blamed for Decline in Botswana-SA Trade

Four commercial border posts documented 9,8 billion pieces of goods in 2019 but 6,5 billion pieces of goods in 2020 GAZETTE REPORTER The decline of inter-trade between South Africa and Botswana in 2020 was mainly due to restrictive measures imposed by the two countries in efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, a…

Cresta Not Spared By COVID-19 Headwinds

Records a loss before tax of P34.1 million in H1 2021 GAZETTE REPORTER Results for Cresta Marakanelo Limited for the six months that ended 30 June 2021 show that headwinds occasioned by COVID-19 chapped business at Botswana’s leading hotel group considerably. During the six months to June 2021, the government continued to implement a raft…

Internet Subscriptions Grow

Total subscriptions up by 6.7% in Q1 2021 BOCRA attributes growth to COVID-19 GAZETTE REPORTER The latest Information and Communication Stats Brief Q2 2021 shows that Internet subscriptions grew by 6.7 percent in the second quarter of 2021, a publication of Statistics Botswana has reported. Mobile Internet subscriptions and Internet subscriptions also recorded increases of…

Botswana’s Security Environment is Changing – G4S

Alarm business down G4S aims to “remain agile” GAZETTE REPORTER Leading security firm G4S Botswana is currently investing in infrastructure and solutions to deal with the significantly changing security environment in Botswana, this publication has established. According to G4S Chairperson Gaone Macholo and Managing Director Mothusi Molokomme, the country is seeing a sharp increase in…

Letshego Leads The Pack In Equity Turnover

But ETFs decline from P98.7m in 2020 to P70.9m year to date But bonds traded up from P834.2m to P1.7bn GAZETTE REPORTER The Botswana Stock Exchange’s key revenue stream of exchange traded funds (ETFs) have realised a decline in turnover thus far in 2021, amounting to P70.9 million compared to P98.7 million generated during the…

Why South Africa Should Resist Us Pressure To Extend Copyright Term

Paul Heald University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The current term of copyright in South Africa is life-of-the-author plus 50 years. But the US is pressuring South Africa to extend the term to life-plus-70. Since the US is a net exporter of copyrighted media like songs, books, and movies, US copyrights earn billions in revenue yearly. The US wants to prolong this…

Lifestyle News

Local celebrities endorse Tobacco Control Bill

Berry Heart says she regrets lighting up in the presence of non-smokers Secondhand smoke increases risk of stroke by 20% to 30% Local celebrities Keotshepile “Berry Heart” Motseonageng and media personality Loungo Andre Pitse have joined the bandwagon of activists who endorse the Tobacco Control Bill that has recently passed committee stages of Parliament and…

“Climate Change in Botswana” screened at New Capitol Cinemas

GOSEGO MOTSUMI In a bid to stimulate public interest in social issues through visual media, rapper and filmmaker Game ‘Zeus’ Bantsi’s Do-It-Yourself Entertainment recently screened a film on climate change at New Capitol Cinemas at Riverwalk. Titled “Climate Change in Botswana,” the docu-series reel seeks to unravel the state of climate change in Botswana by…

Minister Philda Kereng bags award

Award recognises her veritable excellence in tourism recovery The Minister of the Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism, Philda Kereng, received an award at the East African Community Regional Tourism Expo held in Arusha, Tanzania on 9 October 2021. The award recognises the minister for demonstrating excellence in tourism recovery strategies through development and implementation…

Meet Itumeleng Motswetla, the visual artist behind “Mandela in Botswana” postage stamps

It was a proud moment for me and the people around me, says the artist Her motive is to produce masterpiece after masterpiece GOSEGO MOTSUMI Driven by passion, visual artist Itumeleng Motswetla’s creative skills take centre stage in the latest set of Botswana Post’s stamps titled “Mandela in Botswana.” Now in circulation, the stamps highlight…

DJ Lamiez’s first gig in BW to empower women artists

Music festival to have all-female lineup GOSEGO MOTSUMI The first gig in Botswana by South Africa’s most sought-after music artist, DJ Lamiez Holworthy, will have an all-female lineup, Time Out has established. Styled “Biker Shorts and Sneakers,” the festival is organised by Exzozo Entertainment and is slated for 17 October at Notwane Lifestyle Club in…

Down to Sensational 16: Miss Botswana makes the big Chop

GOSEGO MOTSUMI Miss Botswana is a step closer to unearthing and crowning the new reigning queen after announcement of the Top 16 finalists vying for the coveted crown at a well organised and glamorous Miss Botswana Fashion Show in Gaborone over the weekend. This followed weeks of intense workshops on public speaking, character building, monetising…

US-based Motswana Artist sells Painting for a whopping P8m

The art installation addresses themes of feminism, gendered division of labour and the place of women in the nation state The eight-chapter project ‘Democratic Intuition’ (2013–2019) is one of Mokgosi’s longest-running series Bakwena of Thapong: “This is inspirational and it goes to prove that there is a future in the creative industries” GOSEGO MOTSUMI New…

Makhadzi ruffles a few feathers as headliner

Promoter Seagile says he is merely responding to popular demand GOSEGO MOTSUMI Merely a few days after the re-opening of the performance industry, promoters have angered some local artists by headlining with a foreign act. One particular show that has exasperated Batswana artists is “The People’s Festival” that will headline Limpopo dance musician Makhadzi at…

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Table Tennis Stars Venture into Small Businesses After Winning Big

Gazette Reporter Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) stars, Tshepiso Rebatenne and Bakang Maloka are keen on investment and business after winning big at the recent BTTA Independence Grand Finale tournament sponsored by Phoenix Assurance. The duo dominated the women and men’s singles draw that had over 30 players taking part in each category to emerge…

BNOC Elective AGM Postponed Again

Gazette Reporter Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) has postponed its highly anticipated elective general assembly that was schedule for October 16th in Gaborone due to administration issues that did not sit well with affiliates. The assembly that was initially scheduled for September 2021 when the 4-year term of the current leadership elapses is now set…

ZAKHEM ELECTED BFA CHAIRMAN

His new post might require him to build a cordial relationship with BFA president MacLean Letshwiti, who he recently criticized Zakhem welcomes Letshwiti reunion for the good of local football BONGANI MALUNGA Gaborone United director Nicholas Zakhem has been elected as the new Botswana Football League (BFL) chairman following a Special Meeting of Shareholders. Zakhem…

Local Volleyball Star lands Lucrative Deal in Israel

No sooner had Sikuku arrived than he emerged Most Valuable Player in a tournament Says he aims to gain the necessary experience to help the national team back home “I want to play alongside the best in the” universe Gazette Reporter Botswana men’s volleyball national team player, Igobe Sikuku, has traced his way back to…

Ngele, Ditlhokwe share the spoils

Crucial points dropped by Ditlhokwe’s Supersport United Ngele’s Chippa need to clear the laggard section of the log BONGANI MALUNGA Botswana’s DStv Premiership duo, Mogakolodi Ngele and Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, played to a goalless draw as their clubs Chippa United and Supersport United locked horns over weekend. Ditlhokwe was in the starting lineup for Supersport while…

BFL CHAIRMAN RESIGNS

Gilika appointed as his interim replacement League to start on 22 October BONGANI MALUNGA The Chairman of Botswana Football League, Aryl Ralebala, resigned from this week,” Gazette Sport has established. According to an official statement, Ralebala is to be replaced by Njabulo Gilika as interim chairman. Ralebala’s resignation comes when the BFL is on the…

KGASWANE REJOINS GU

Director Zakhem calls Kgaswane “another big signing” Club recently tied Thatayaone Kgamanyane to a new deal BONGANI MALUNGA Mpho Kgaswane has officially returned to Gaborone United following spells in South Africa and Europe in recent years, Gazette Sports has established. GU announced the player’s return on Monday this week after he has put pen to…

Galaxy aim to break Simba code

Botswana champs to face last season’s CAF Champions League quarter-finalists Guaranteed cash prize of P6.14m should spur them on to the group stages BONGANI MALUNGA Local champions Jwaneng Galaxy survived a late surge from CAF Champions League preliminary round opponents DFC 8eme to advance to the first round. Galaxy won the first leg 2-0 in…