Botswana pays off Norilsk Nickel to settle dispute

Botswana has finally paid Norilsk Nickel an undisclosed amount of money in an out of court settlement. Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, announced last week the settlement of its dispute with the Government of Botswana and…

‘UDC won’t turn Khama into enemy if he falls out with a future President Boko’

If the former president develops an antagonistic relationship with Boko, some would see that as a continuation of what he did with Masisi Down the road there lies a future in which President Mokgweetsi Masisi is out of office and in terms of the current constitution of the opposition, has…

BTU demands answers over contracts of temporary teachers

Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) is demanding answers from government following indications that a sizeable number of temporary teachers’ contracts will not be renewed next year. This is despite the Minister of Basic Education Fidelis Molao announcing before Parliament this year that government will renew contracts of temporary teachers. BTU President…

GPH acquires high-tech cancer treatment equipment

As cases of cancer increase in the country, Gaborone Private Hospital GPH has acquired and installed state-of-the-art cancer equipment to improve treatment of the disease. So far GPH is the only hospital in the country treating cancer. GPH spokesperson Ndaboka Kgosi confirmed that the hospital has acquired state-of-the-art medical equipment…

Stuck in ‘ineffective’ extractives and public sector driven growth model

The traditional Botswana growth model which has involved diamond revenues channeled through government, with subsequent high investment in infrastructure, health and education has served the country well, delivering sustained, high growth over many decades. The World Bank’s Botswana: Systematic Country Diagnostic Report 2015 acknowledges that the country’s traditional growth model…

UN rights body warns Botswana against intrusive surveillance

The United Nations Human Rights Committee on Friday released its findings on Botswana urging caution over increasing state surveillance which it says violates citizens’ privacy rights. Botswana is one of the state parties that were reviewed during the Committee’s last session recently. In its report dated 11 November 2021, the…

Tobacco control bill to boost illicit cigarette trade

The tobacco industry is reportedly bracing for a hike in cigarette prices, which is expected to effect once Botswana starts implementing the Tobacco Control Bill 2021. The bill was pushed through earlier this year despite protestations about lack of consultation from the business community and opposition Members of Parliament (MPs).…

Thrills on the field of play … Spills of Covid-19 on the stands

Sport may have returned after a very long absence, but the lessons from the suspension of sport due to Covid-19 have seemingly not been learnt. If anything, the two Orange FA Cup semifinal matches played over the weekend at the Royal Area Stadium have shown that no one, from Botswana…