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December 10, 2018 4:00 AM Meanwhile, in the North…

Following the first rains in the north, farmers under the Tonota, Tutume and Masunga (TOTUMA) arable and commercial Farmers Association are optimistic of a productive season regardless of the poor rainfall forecast by the Meteorological Services Department. The recent rainfall was widespread in TOTUMA, Francistown as well as surrounding villages. In some villages 197

November 19, 2018 11:52 AM Another day, another Zebras defeat

David Bright's charges scored their first goal in 362minutes of football, when they found the net in the third minute, but the hosts rallied back to secure the win, which guaranteed them progress to a first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals appearance. While Mauritania celebrated wildly at the end of the match, there were long faces on the Botswana bench 157

November 9, 2018 7:50 AM Credit uptake drops among businesses

Bank of Botswana data released this week shows that while restrained, credit growth among resident businesses had been marginally rising from the beginning of the year, with total commercial bank loans outstanding to the sector reaching an annual peak of P28.8 billion in June. just under 40% of total loans outstanding to commercial banks, compared to 60.2% for households 120

October 26, 2018 2:00 PM Loyal Francistown fans stick with Zebras

The recent Francistown crowd was achieved despite the Zebras poor run, which had seen the team fail to win or score in three matches. The Independence Day match against the Brave Warriors of Namibia, attracted less than 5,000 despite the free entry. In contrast, the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso at the Francistown Sports Complex 182

October 17, 2018 10:03 AM Khama snubs Masisi at Serowe kgotla

The office of the former president has confirmed that Khama will not attend the President’s meeting. Khama’s private secretary, Mabedi Letsholo said on the phone, “The former HE will be having some private engagements on that day [Thursday] and will not be present at the [President Masisi’s] meeting”. Interestingly, this may be taken as a snub towards 188

October 14, 2018 4:00 AM Mapetla on comeback trail

Now the award winner is on the verge of a return to the stage with a 14-track album to be released in November. Having taken a six-year leave from the industry after releasing his last album in 2012, Mapetla says he expects his sixth album to be bigger as he looks to reclaim the king of Kwaito crown. Born Thabo Ntirang, Mapetla feels he has recharged 184

October 8, 2018 1:21 PM Zebras refuse to train over allowances

The national team went into camp last night as it prepares for crucial back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso. Sources said the players had demanded to be paid, and wanted to meet BFA officials before training. "They wanted outstanding allowances from the recent Zimbabwe and Namibia games. They sought a meeting with the BFA, where 138

September 29, 2018 4:00 AM BFA cranks up pressure on ‘broke’ clubs

Most of the 16 BPL clubs are knee-deep in debt, resulting in the majority failing to regularly pay staff. However all the clubs were recently given the all clear by the First Instance Body (FIB), which is responsible for licencing clubs, to take part in the BTC Premiership. Just weeks into the new season, a number of clubs are already approaching various 151

September 25, 2018 4:00 AM Molepolole’s Afritec Branch Opens Opportunities

This brings the number of Afritec branches across the country to 32, in addition to the kiosks across Furnmart stores countrywide. The branch’s opening comes at a time when the microlender increased its loan ceiling from P350,000 to P400,000. According to CEO Christo Kloppers, Afritec today boasts of 20,000 revolving clients, mostly government employees 175

September 21, 2018 4:00 AM Gov't to chase Chase to court

On Wednesday, Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) deputy director Churchill Collyer, revealed that government has taken the matter to the Attorney General to look into a possible breach of Chase’s contract with government. He was responding to questions during a tour by local and international media of various sites where Chase recently 167