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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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