Botswana: Latest News
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.
Dana Sanchez, 12:03 am
Ethiopian has served Newark in the past but suspended service in 2004 in order to serve Washington Dulles International Airport instead. Ethiopian said it would resume service to the New York metropolitan area. The service will allow passengers to connect between Newark and many cities throughout Africa, according to Ethiopian Airlines. Newark will become Ethiopian’s 93rd international gateway and its fourth gateway in North America. Ethiopian says it has had average annual growth of 25 percent the past seven years.
Staff, 12:01 am
Once completed, it’s hoped the SKA will find answers to some of mankind’s biggest mysteries, like is there life on other planets, and what happened before creation. There’ll be 3,000 giant satellite dishes pointed at space, with 70 percent of them in South Africa. The rest will be in eight other African countries and Australia. By June, 21 of the 64 Meerkat test dishes are expected to be operating .
Bridget Williamson, 6:00 pm
AFKTravel recently launched a series called #InLoveWithAfrica, which comprises a series of “love letters” to various African destinations, written by travel writers who are passionate about the continent. In this installment, Bridget Williamson dives deep into Botswana’s Okavango Delta. “The Okavango Delta will suck you in to its raw splendour, colossalness, truly wild wildlife, and adrenaline-pumping unpredictability.”
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