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Botswana News

Botswana president wins second term in power

Gaborone - Botswana President Ian Khama has won a second term in power after his party secured a parliamentary majority at the polls, an official announced Sunday.

Botswana's ruling party leads in early election results

Gaborone - Early results from Botswana's general elections showed the ruling party in the lead but opposition parties making inroads in the diamond-rich southern African state, according to preliminary figures released by the electoral commission.

Botswana votes as ruling party faces invigorated opposition

- Polls opened Friday in Botswana's general elections where the ruling party faces a stern test against an invigorated opposition in a country known as one of Africa's most stable democracies.

Google Maps Street View: Did they kill a donkey in Botswana?

A Google Maps Street View image is doing the rounds on the Internet, as it appears that the vehicle used by Google may have literally hit a donkey and run.

King apologizes to Spanish people for going hunting during crisis

Madrid - The Spanish King's trip to Botswana was widely criticised as the story emerged when he was flown home for treatment for a fractured hip.

Unique Roadshow Highlights Climate Change in Africa Special

With the UN Climate Summit barely two weeks away, Africa is abuzz with its biggest and most colorful road show ever to highlight the continent’s climate change woes: the ‘Trans African Caravan of Hope.’

Botswana's Central Bank maintains benchmark rate at 9.5 percent

Gaborone - The Bank of Botswana announced that it is leaving its benchmark rate unchanged at 9.5 percent for the fifth straight meeting. The African central bank noted that the inflation rate would drop between three and six percent next year.

Rampaging Elephants Threaten Zimbabwe Farms

Beitbridge - A herd of stray elephants have destroyed fences and crops at the Shashe irrigation scheme close to the borders of Botswana and South Africa in Zimbabwe.

Floods drive thousands from their homes in Mozambique

Thousands of Mozambicans were forced to abandon their houses and flee for higher ground on Wednesday and disaster management workers were put on high alert because of rising flood waters.

Diamond mine approved in Bushmen's ancestral lands Special

The government of Botswana has approved a diamond mine in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, ancestral lands of the Kalahari Bushmen.

Should prostitution be legalised in Botswana?

Some politicians in Botswana called on the southern African country to consider legalising prostitution to fight against HIV. Botswana is said to have a high prevalence of HIV, and equally known for being proactive in the campaign against HIV/Aids.

Kalahari San People launch appeal in bid to regain water rights

The decision of a Botswana Judge to deny the San People their water rights shocked the world in July. The San had applied to regain access to a water bore they had used in the past, going to court when the government refused access.

Cholera spreads to four South African provinces

The South African state-broadcaster SABC-TV reports that two more people have died of cholera at the Knobel Hospital outside Polokwane/Pietersburg in the northerly province of Limpopo, bringing the total number of cholera deaths in South Africa to twelve.

Botswana bushmen win land ruling

Bushmen from the Kalahari desert have won a court case in which they accused Botswana's government of illegally moving them from their land.

Archaeological Find Points to Existence of Human Intelligence 70,000 Years Ago

Modern humans are ritualistic by nature. It is built into the structure of our brain.
 

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Xoroxloo Duxee  Moeti s grandmother  died of dehydration after the Bushmen s water borehole was disa...
Xoroxloo Duxee, Moeti's grandmother, died of dehydration after the Bushmen's water borehole was disabled. © Survival
The Bushmen of the CKGR were largely self-sufficient
before the government evicted them. ©Survival
The Bushmen of the CKGR were largely self-sufficient before the government evicted them. ©Survival
Bushmen children in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve  Botswana
Bushmen children in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
© Survival
Caravan of Hope is a roadshow that aims to draw world leaders  attention to climate change in Africa
Caravan of Hope is a roadshow that aims to draw world leaders' attention to climate change in Africa
Bushman mother and child  Kaudwane  Botswana.
Bushman mother and child, Kaudwane, Botswana.
© Alexandra Bagge/Survival
Big cats  Botswana.
Big cats, Botswana.
Photo courtesy of Beverly and Dereck Joubert
An elephant comes to visit a safari camp in the Okavango Delta  Botswana
An elephant comes to visit a safari camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Video screen capture
The Kalahari Bushmen are going to court over their right to access water. 
© Survival
The Kalahari Bushmen are going to court over their right to access water. © Survival
Survival is calling for a boycott of Botswana diamonds
until the Bushmen are allowed water. © Surv...
Survival is calling for a boycott of Botswana diamonds until the Bushmen are allowed water. © Survival
Demonstrators protest against tourism to Botswana

at FITUR. © Iñaki Luis/Survival
Demonstrators protest against tourism to Botswana at FITUR. © Iñaki Luis/Survival
The ruling means that the Bushmen can finally
use a vital well. ©Survival
The ruling means that the Bushmen can finally use a vital well. ©Survival
Government minister says Bushmen are
 living in the dark ages . © Survival
Government minister says Bushmen are 'living in the dark ages'. © Survival
Four years later  the Botswana government continues
to reject the High Court ruling. © Survival
Four years later, the Botswana government continues to reject the High Court ruling. © Survival
The Bushmen rely on donkeys to bring water into the
reserve. ©Survival
The Bushmen rely on donkeys to bring water into the reserve. ©Survival
Bushman mother and child
© Alexandra Bagge/Survival
Bushman mother and child © Alexandra Bagge/Survival
Survival s petition has so far gathered more than
15 000 signatures. © Survival
Survival's petition has so far gathered more than 15,000 signatures. © Survival
Donkey in Botswana caught on the Google Maps Street View camera.
Donkey in Botswana caught on the Google Maps Street View camera.
Google Maps Street View
The Bushmen will have to wait to hear the result of their court case.
© 2004 Stephen Corry/Surviva...
The Bushmen will have to wait to hear the result of their court case. © 2004 Stephen Corry/Survival
Visitors to Wilderness Safaris  CKGR lodge bathe
in this pool – but the government bans  Bushmen
...
Visitors to Wilderness Safaris' CKGR lodge bathe in this pool – but the government bans Bushmen living nearby from using a water borehole. ©Survival
Maude Barlow s attack comes a week after the UN
declared water a fundamental human right ©IISD
Maude Barlow's attack comes a week after the UN declared water a fundamental human right ©IISD