• Khoisan Tribe in Court Over Ancestral Land

    The Kalahari Khoisan tribe is taking Botswana's government to court to reaffirm a previous ruling that granted the tribe legal rights to its ancestral land.

    According to international advocacy group, Survival International, Botswana's government has been denying the Khoisan right to return to their land despite a landmark decision in 2006 that reversed the eviction of around 1 000 tribesmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).

    Botswana is arguing that the verdict only applies to the 186 individuals named in the original case, requiring others to obtain permits that grant access to the territory for up to one month.

    To read the article titled, “Kalahari bushmen tribe to challenge Botswana government in court again over land dispute,” click here.

    The Huffington Post
  • Gay Festival to Create Awareness - NGO

    On a Valentine week, the University of Botswana is this week running a film festival, ‘Batho BaLorato Film Festival’ on the thorny issue of same sex relationships.

    The organisers, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), a NGO, says the film festival does not seek to promote homosexuality, but rather seeks to create awareness and promote botho, respect, tolerance, compassion and appreciation between human beings.

    From 12-15 February 2013, members of the public are invited to the University of Botswana to watch same sex films involving lesbians, gay, transgender and bisexuals.

    To read the article titled, “UB stages gay film festival,” click here.

    Mmegi Online
  • Three Khoisan Children Arrested in Botswana

    According to a non-governmental organisation, Survival International, three Khoisan children have been arrested by paramilitary police in Botswana.

    The children, who were arrested for being in possession of antelope meat in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, have since been released, but further reports of harassment and intimidation have surfaced, and there have been a growing number of Khoisan arrests.

    One Khoisan told Survival International, "The Bushmen are being hunted and their rights are being denied because of tourism... Police are given guns to go out and hunt and arrest Bushmen gathering bush food. The Bushmen of the CKGR cannot eat, cannot drink. How will they survive without food?"

    To read the article titled, “Botswana's president under pressure over attacks on Bushmen,” click here.

  • Renewable Energy Expo in Botswana

    A renewable energy expo to be held in May aims to showcase initiatives and technologies by leading companies and organisations on sustainable energy solutions for today and the future to benefit Botswana and other countries in Southern Africa.

    Hosted under the theme ‘Increasing Energy Capacity with Sustainable renewable sources’, the event will raise awareness and educate the public about renewable energy sources and climate change in Botswana and the world as well as create a platform for businesses, government and non-governmental organisations to showcase renewable energy solutions and climate change initiatives and technologies.

    Participants will also have an opportunity to stay abreast of developments and highlight issues affecting the energy industry and further highlight technologies, strategies and policies covering the wind, solar, biofuel, hydrocarbon, geothermal, ocean/tidal/wave, agriculture, environment, finance and hydrogen in Botswana.

    To read the article titled, “Renewable Energy Expo to raise awareness,” click here.

    Mmegi Online
  • Report: Men Continue to Dominate Botswana

    According to the latest report, 2012 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer, men continue to dominate Botswana's economic sphere.

    The report, which is an annual tracking of regional performance against the targets of the SADC Protocol On Gender and Development set for 2015, women and men are still operating in business sectors that are traditionally determined by gender roles.

    The report notes that the National Development Bank (NDB) in Botswana is one of the main parastatal banks that help women grow and expand their business ventures. However, it further states that more men gain access to loans from the NDB than women, at 30 percent and 10 percent respectively.

    To read the article titled, “Men continue to dominate Botswana,” click here.

    Mmegi Online
  • HP, NGOs, Partner to Fight Malaria

    HP has partnered with NGOs - Positive Innovation for the Next Generation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative - to digitise malaria surveillance in Botswana in 2011.

    By distributing smartphones to healthcare workers, the company built a real-time system to monitor outbreaks.

    During the year-long pilot, cases reported to the country’s Ministry of Health in time to stop an outbreak soared from 20 percent of total diagnoses to 93 percent, and response time was minimised.

    To read the article titled, “How HP harnesses technology and partners with NGOs to beat disease,” click here.

    Fast Company
  • Botswana Leads in Mobile Phone Density

    The World Bank says Botswana has one of the world's highest mobile phone density rates, beating industrialised giants like the United States of America, United Kingdom and Germany.

    Its latest Information and Communications for Development 2012 Report, the bank assessed mobile phone uptake in 152 countries and their use in promoting development particularly in agriculture, health, financial services, and government.

    It says in 2011, Botswana had approximately 144 mobile phone subscriptions per 100 people, putting it in an elite worldwide group characterised by higher than average mobile phone uptake.

    To read the article titled, “Botswana leads In global mobile phone density,” click here.

    Mmegi Online
  • Botswana’s ‘Freedom of Press’ Ranking Improves

    Botswana's 'Freedom of the Press' ranking has gone up, according to the French NGO, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), which places the country at 42, 20 places up from the country’s 2010 ranking.

    In its 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index, which ranks Namibia at 20th, the RWB has declared the Southern African nation, the only African state whose press operates in a ‘good situation’.

    The organisation states media independence can only be maintained in strong democracies and that democracy needs media freedom.

    To read the article titled, “Botswana's 'Freedom of Press' ranking up,” click here.

    Mmegi Online
  • Call for Botswana to Legalise Prostitution

    Former Botswana President and head of that country’s National AIDS Council, Festus Mogae, has called on the country to legalise prostitution to make it easier to help sex workers prevent the disease.

    Mogae, points out that, "Decriminalising sex work does not mean encouraging it, but it would rather pave way for policies that protect those who have been forced into the trade."

    He argues that prostitute will be unable to report men who forcibly put them at risk of contracting the virus, and in turn men who seek their services will no longer abuse them as might be the situation now.

    To read the article titled, “Legalise prostitution, Mogae says,” click here.

  • Botswana to Attend COP17

    Botswana will be among the countries that will be represented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Durban, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

    Botswana’s director of metereological services, Phetolo Phage, points out that in efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, the country has also held a couple of awareness programmes to encourage, among other things, tree planting, discouraging deforestation, highlighting the significance of rain water harvesting, and the use of recycled water.

    “We want Botswana to be represented in a big way; we will cooperate with everybody, including NGOs,” explains Phage.

    To read the article titled, “Botswana to attend Durban climate change conference,” click here.

    The Botswana Gazette
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