Botswana: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 6:57 am
Several African telecoms companies are planning to list on stock markets across the continent this year as technology and internet firms gain sufficient scale for public offers. African telecoms operator from Egypt to South Africa have announce their intentions to list on the local bourses as the sector continue to register rapid growth as more people get connected to mobile phones and the internet across the continent.
Dana Sanchez, 1:37 pm
Apparel and footwear — but especially footwear — are among the U.S. industries that benefited most from the African Growth and Opportunity Act. But if you think only U.S. or global brands are looking to set up shop in Ethiopian factories, you’d be wrong. Kenyan footwear designer Emo Rugene is moving his shoe brand, Afroshoes, to Ethiopia. To start production, he needs more funding so he’s doing a Kickstarter campaign. Here are 10 top sourcing destinations in Africa for apparel companies.
Dana Sanchez, 6:34 pm
South Africa’s tourism industry has seen its ups and downs, and right now, it’s up, thanks in part to Chinese tourists. Tourist arrivals from China were up 93 percent in January. A fairly horrible year in 2015, SA tourism was hurt by Ebola fears over an outbreak thousands of miles away and changes in the country’s visa regulations. Tourism contributed more than agriculture to SA’s GDP in 2014.
Staff, 12:02 am
A growing number of sub-Saharan African artists are realizing the importance of technology — social media, apps, websites and online platforms — focused on promoting and archiving African contemporary art. Smartphones, tablets and even satellite TV have also played a role, showing artists that despite the lack of artistic infrastructure across the region, there are still ways to reach out and get the attention of art managers, critics, collectors and gallerists around the world.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:23 am AFKI Original
The African national teams are currently involved in Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying with matches to decide the teams that will progress to the next round of the qualification campaign to take part in the Nations Cup in early 2017. There are many fixtures taking place, with some of Africa’s best national teams involved in the campaign in an effort to earn their ticket to Gabon and a chance to be champions of Africa.
Lillian Mutiso, 6:30 am AFKI Original
The use of Bitcoin, a form of cryptocurrency that is not controlled by any central authority, is quickly growing across Africa, especially in money transfer services where Africans living abroad are always looking for cheaper ways to send money back home for investment and other needs. While there has been some resistance against the use of Bitcoin in countries like Kenya and in Nigeria, platforms dealing in the digital currency are on the rise across the continent as more people and businesses accept it.
Joe Kennedy, 7:00 pm
After a long day on safari, there’s nothing better than a few hours at a spa to wind down and relax. We think it’s pretty good idea before you head out on safari, too. While most hotels and lodges around Botswana tend to focus on the safari experience first and foremost, there are several establishments that put more effort into pampering the guests. Here are our picks for the best spa camps and resorts in Botswana.
Lillian Mutiso, 3:37 am AFKI Original
In Africa, several families have immense influence in a country’s political power. These influential families directly or indirectly play huge roles in determining who gets elected to the big political seats, who is nominated to a key post and even who is in or out of the president’s inner circle. Some of these families have also made inroads into the economic sectors in their countries and across the continent, with numerous big investments.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:17 am AFKI Original
Tech startups are all the rage these days, and Africa is not missing the boat in this regard, providing the tech sector with an abundance of great businesses geared at taking on challenges and finding innovative solutions to help people overcome these challenges. We decided to take a closer look at 8 things you probably didn’t know about funding for African tech startups.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:32 am AFKI Original
In recent years, many African economies on the continent have come under increased pressure as from a commodities price route that has characterized the last two years. An economic slowdown in China, the continent’s top trade partner, has fueled the fall in prices further. Africa’s leading economies including Nigeria, South Africa and Angola have all witnesses slowing growth. The Finance Ministers of these countries are tasked with the key role of turning the fortunes around and ensuring the gains made over the last decade of boom are not wiped out.
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