Botswana: Latest News

  • Mo Ibrahim Tells African Leaders ‘No Prize For You, Get A Life’

    Mo Ibrahim Tells African Leaders By Dana Sanchez, 7:46 pm

    Goodluck Jonathan seems to have met the criteria for the Mo Ibrahim $5 million prize. He was democratically elected, served a constitutionally mandated term, and “demonstrated exceptional leadership,” according to a local media outlet. Ibrahim had some tough words for African leaders. “Excellence is excellence,” he said. He criticized leaders who crack down on gays instead of focusing on issues, like Kenyatta in Kenya, where gay sex is a crime. “Don’t tell people whom they should love,” he said.

  • Marriott Expands Into Botswana, Rebrands Protea Hotels

    Marriott rebrands Protea hotels By Dana Sanchez, 6:28 pm

    U.S. hotel firm Marriott, which bought South African hotel chain Protea in 2014, wants to reposition Protea from being a strong regional player to a globally recognized brand with international appeal by leveraging the power of its name, the parent company said. The Protea brand name may be changing, but among South African youth, it has been voted the coolest hotel brand six years in a row

  • 8 Of The Largest Diamonds Ever Found In Africa

    largest diamonds ever found in Africa By Julia Austin, 12:21 pm AFKI Original

    Four of the world’s 20 largest diamonds have been found at Lesotho’s Letseng mine — at 10,000 feet, the world’s highest-elevation diamond mine. In 2008, miners of Lesotho Gem Diamonds found a white 500-carat diamond in Letseng. It had very few inclusions, a rare color and was valued at $12 million before being cut up. Africa has more top diamond-producing countries than any other continent, and it’s the site of some mind-blowingly huge gemstones.

  • South Africa To Double Tax-Free Wine Exports To EU In Asymmetrical Deal

    South Africa to double tax-free wine exports to EU By Dana Sanchez, 9:22 am

    Under the trade agreement, the E.U. will guarantee Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Swaziland 100 percent free access and South Africa 98.7 percent. SACU member countries do not have to respond with the same level of market openness. Instead, they can keep tariffs on products sensitive to international competition. The E.U. has never agreed before to such a degree of asymmetry in any free trade agreement. Other development-oriented free trade agreements could soon follow in West and East Africa.

  • EU And SADC Sign EPA Deal To Safeguard Agriculture Sector

    US Land O' Lakes Co-Op Makes First Commercial Investment In Africa By Staff, 5:08 am

    Southern African Development Community (SADC) and European Union (EU) signed the operationalisation of phase one of the two parties’ Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Kasane town in north-eastern Botswana on June 10. There have been concerns that the conclusion of negotiations, which lasted for almost a decade, could result in EU’s advanced industries crowding out the infant industries in the region, especially those in the agricultural sector.

  • 10 African Countries With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

    By Lillian Mutiso, 5:49 am AFKI Original

    Africa has one of the highest levels of unemployment in the world. Since 2000, more than 27,000 Africans have died while trying to illegally enter Europe via the sea. The search for jobs and an escape from high levels of poverty across the continent is a major motivation. Though unemployment in some African nations reportedly remains higher than 25 percent, general numbers are improving, and many believe that emerging economies in Africa are set to expand rapidly in the coming years.

  • 8 Top Diamond Producing Countries In Africa

    top diamond producing countries in Africa By Julia Austin, 9:04 am AFKI Original

    The Angolan diamond industry barely existed during the 1975-2002 civil war, but Angola caught up. The industry is on track to be worth $7.5 billion by 2018. Angola is trying to attract international investment. The CEO of the government-owned diamond company Endiama says 90 percent of Angola’s diamonds have yet to be discovered. Diamonds are a vital source of foreign exchange for cash-strapped African countries.

  • Nonstop Flights From Miami To Cape Town On The Table

    Nonstop flights from Miami to Cape By Dana Sanchez, 6:14 pm

    There’s a strong case for nonstop flights between Cape Town and Miami, according to South African and U.S. business stakeholders. The U.S. is the No. 1 foreign direct investor in the Western Cape province, its third largest tourism source market, and the fifth largest buyer of Western Cape products. Miami is the fourth largest U.S. market with over 1.9 million residents and pent up demand for direct flights to Cape Town, said Abigail Ellary, director of Enterprise Florida.

  • KFC Liquidation In Botswana Will Not Affect South Africa

    By Kevin Mwanza, 5:03 am

    US-based global fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) will shut down all its 12 outlets in Botswana this week bringing to an end a two-decades operation in the Southern African nation. VPB Propco, franchisee for KFC Botswana, said it had been trying to the sell the restaurant chain for the past year without success and the only option left was to shutter its 12 stores by the end of this week, cutting 400 jobs

  • KFC Exits Botswana After Two Decades. Could More Follow?

    KFC By Staff, 5:07 am

    International fast food outlet, Kentucky Fried Chicken, has closed its franchise in Botswana rendering over 400 employees jobless. This was contained in a statement that was issued on Friday by VPB Propco, the franchise of KFC in Botswana, which announced that it would cease operating by next week. The statement said: “Such a step is always for us, a final resort, and during the course of the last 12 months, we worked tirelessly to seek an alternative.

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