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September 12, 2017 5:31 AM A big difference between Asian and African elephants is diet

New research has shown that there are significant differences between the Asian and the African forest elephant – and it isn’t just about size and the shape of their ears. It is about what they eat and how they affect forest ecosystems. See video here. As megaherbivores and the largest of our land animals, elephants have a significant impact on their 12

September 7, 2017 1:52 PM Southern Africa beats target for new power generating capacity

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Southern African countries have exceeded their 2016 power generation targets by 11 percent, South African Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said on Thursday. The South African Power Pool (SAPP), a regional industry collaboration linking up national grids which was created in 1995, commissioned 4,180 megawatts of new generating 1

September 7, 2017 1:52 PM September 7th, 2017Southern African Power Pool member states exceed generation capacity

The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) member states exceeded their generation capacity targets for 2016 by 11%. The SAPP member states commissioned 4 180MW of new generating capacity from new projects and rehabilitation of old power plants compared to a targeted 3 757MW last year. These included projects in Angola 780 MW; Malawi 10 MW; Mozambique 175 MW; Namibia 5

August 28, 2017 4:00 AM Dispatch from the Delta: You can’t be proud of what you don’t know

Phew! My third transect of the Okavango Delta with mekoro is in the bag. I am writing this from the banks of the Thamalakane River in Maun. Although I am technically out of the Okavango Delta, there are still some wild sounds here. I hear the sounds of swamp boubous, that charming signature duet of the black coloured barberts, and earlier I heard the grand 4

August 21, 2017 4:00 AM Morupule B aftertaste sours China’s new push into African energy (Pt I)

In recent weeks, the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), the state-owned electricity utility, has been at the centre of activity in the procurement sector, with the release of two eagerly awaited Requests for Expressions of Interest (REOI). The first, an REOI for the establishment of a joint Venture with the BPC towards a 100-megawatt solar power facility 5

August 15, 2017 9:00 AM What We Know So Far About Sierra Leone’s Deadly Mudslide

Just a year after emerging from a devastating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone has been devastated by another catastrophe. Thousands have lost their homes and digging for survivors and bodies resumed at first light on Tuesday morning, as one of the world’s poorest countries seeks to come to terms with its worst natural disaster in living memory. A hillside 7

August 12, 2017 4:41 PM Speaking Things Into Existence: Conor McGregor is Ready to Shock The World

LAS VEGAS – John Kavanagh has a Mayweather-McGregor story. It’s not one that those assembled at the UFC Performance Center to hear McGregor wax fight philosophy on Friday know yet. In fact, McGregor’s longtime coach retreats away from the media scrum of more than 120 reporters to the back of the gym to tell it properly. There, he sits on a ring apron 6

August 12, 2017 7:44 AM Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'

The Dalai Lama has cancelled a trip next week to Botswana because of "exhaustion" after Beijing expressed anger at the African country for allowing the visit. The 82-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, was to speak at a three day conference in Botswana's capital Gaborone, which begins on August 17. An official statement released 5

August 9, 2017 4:02 PM Facts about our sun and moon that you’re embarrassed to admit you don’t know

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know by now that the sun and the moon will be the stars of the Great American Eclipse of 2017. It happens Aug. 21, when the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, and, depending on where you are in the United States and a few other countries, the moon can be seen completely, or partially, blocking the sun. But how much do you really 4

August 9, 2017 6:00 AM Patagotitan mayorum: New study describes the biggest dinosaur ever

A study proclaims a newly named species the heavyweight champion of all dinosaurs, making the scary Tyrannosaurus rex look like a munchkin. At 76 tons (69 metric tons), the plant-eating behemoth was as heavy as a space shuttle. The dinosaur's fossils were found in southern Argentina in 2012. Researchers who examined and dated them said the long-necked 7