Botswana: Latest News
Joe Kennedy, 10:06 am
Africa has some of the largest, hottest, highest and most awe-inspiring deserts in the world. The images they conjure are intoxicating, from herds of camels plodding through Saharan dunes, to crazy critters skittering through sands of the Karoo, to the hauntingly desolate rock-scapes of Namibia. And who better to capture the beauty of Africa’s deserts than Instagrammers? These 10 folks headed out to the desert to see it for themselves, and brought back these amazing photos.
Dana Sanchez, 2:38 pm
Connectivity to Cape Town has been increasing over the past few months, with many international and African airlines launching new direct flights there. Emirates already flies to the top South African destination, but plans to add a third daily flight. Direct flights between Cape Town and London, Nairobi and Botswana’s Okavango Delta are planned by airlines, Traveller24 says. Increased business activity between Africa and Asia has helped Emirates become one of the largest airlines operating in Africa. It also helped push the airline’s annual profits up 50% over the previous year, Emirates announced today.
Dana Sanchez, 9:40 am
At a time when few other firms are investing in South African mining, De Beers’ $2 billion investment in its Venetia diamond mine has been described as “stupendous.” The company is betting its investment will pay off as diamonds get harder to find in open pits near the Earth’s surface. Global diamond prices have fluctuated wildly the last 8 years. De Beers in 2015 sold two mines in Canada and Botswana.
Staff, 12:02 am
Without public debate, the environmental impact assessment for mining licences has been finalized. Uranium was first discovered in 1967 in the Karoo, when the state-owned Southern Oil Exploration Company drilled exploration boreholes for oil and found uranium. Karoo uranium is found in at a shallow depth of 5 to 50 meters below the surface and will be excavated in open pits. Why suddenly such large-scale plans to mine a resource that the market hardly needs, just as the market for nuclear power is shrinking?
Kurt Davis Jr., 8:45 am AFKI Original
South African commodities will likely feel more pain in the second half of 2016. Some argue that a potential sale of Barclays Africa is influenced by the significant drop in its value relative to the rand and the subsequent effect on the JSE. Customers in Africa, at the end of the day, all want better access to financial services. Banks must be efficient, competitive and reduce cost to retail customers in mature and immature markets. That would benefit the entire continent, not simply Southern Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 9:10 pm
Several cities in Africa rank among the world’s most expensive, reflecting high living costs and high prices of goods for expats. Luanda (No. 1) remains the most costly city in Africa and the world, followed by N’Djamena (No. 10), Victoria (No. 17), and Libreville (No. 30). Below we’ve ranked 13 cities in Africa with the lowest cost of living. South Africa made it onto this list twice. No. 1 on this list — the city in Africa with the lowest cost of living — ranked No. 206 out of 207 countries, only slightly more expensive than Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Dana Sanchez, 10:54 am
Investment in HIV/AIDS treatment is paying off. From 2000 to 2015, all sub-Saharan African countries saw life expectancy rise. Seven African countries are notable for their health care systems. This provides an upbeat alternative to the gloom of the Africa falling narrative that questions the growth of Africa’s much-hyped rising middle class and charges African leaders with poor governance.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm
Half the world’s countries have wiped out malaria, and aid to fight the disease is decreasing as other threats take center stage. Malaria is still one of the biggest killers in sub-Sahara, especially in under-5-year-olds. Nine out of 10 people who died from it in 2015 came from sub-Sahara. Goodbye Malaria is a public-private partnership started by African entrepreneurs who believe that African creativity can solve one of Africa’s biggest problems. The group raises funds to support on-the-ground malaria elimination in Mozambique.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:31 am AFKI Original
With the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place in Brazil this year, it is interesting to look back at the previous edition of the multi-sport competition to see how African countries performed in terms of their medal hauls. With this in mind, we take a look at the 10 African nations that earned medals during the 2012 Olympics in London.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:52 am
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino has suggested that Africa should receive two more World Cup qualification spots if his plan to expand the flagship competition from 32 to 40 teams is successful. Swiss UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino was elected as the new FIFA president at the end of February, and began working for world football’s governing body with immediate effect.
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