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January 14, 2019 4:00 AM Lucara targets P2bn sales from Karowe

Should the diamond miner hit its target, the revenues would be higher than the 2018 forecast of US$180 million. Lucara has become globally renowned for the discovery of exceptionally large diamonds at its Karowe Mine in Letlhakane, particularly the famous Lesedi la Lone, the second biggest rough diamond ever discovered, dug up in November 2015. Eira Thomas 1298

December 15, 2018 4:00 AM GU or Rollers to miss out on Top 8 feat

The ‘final before final’ means one of the tournament’s two most successful teams would miss out on a chance to lift it for a historic third time. The Blues and the Reds have four titles between them in the seven seasons of the prestigious tournament. GU became the first to win it twice in 2015 before Rollers matched the feat last season. Ahead of this season’s 853

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 23, 2018 11:14 AM Frustrated BOFEPUSU runs to court over DPSM de-recognition

The four trade unions, Botswana Landlords and Local Authorities and Health Workers’ Union, Botswana Sectors of Educators’ Trade Union, Botswana Teachers Union and The National Amalgamated Local Central and Parastatal Workers’ Union who have taken the DPSM to court over de-recognition say as a result they are no longer able to participate in negotiations 173

October 16, 2018 1:14 PM What happened the last time Burkina Faso visited

It is three years since a Jonathan Pitriopa-led Burkina Faso faced then, Peter Butler's charges. Butler was still relatively new, having joined the Zebras in February. The Francistown Sports Complex was hosting it first-ever international match. A then record crowd of over 25,000 fans crammed into the new venue on September 5, and the Zebras responded 157

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

September 21, 2018 2:00 PM Tails-up Ostriches target winless Chiefs

Magosi are on course for an undesired record as they currently sit 13th with only two points from the four games played. They have conceded seven goals while scoring only thrice and have failed to find the net in their last three games. Their three goals came from their league opener against Extension Gunners in a match that finished 3-3. Ahead of the Ostriches 152

September 11, 2018 4:00 AM Masisi Hits Back On Elephant 'Poaching' Frenzy

The global furore sparked by a BBC report into the alleged poaching broke last week while Masisi was in the middle of a landmark mission to China. Researchers claimed 87 elephants were recently killed in the Okavango Delta and blamed the disarmament of rangers. Government responded, insisting that only 53 carcasses had been found and most of these were natural 147

August 29, 2018 5:05 PM Women's Zebras face Banyana in COSAFA Cup

In a draw conducted this morning in Johannesburg, the Zebras were picked in Group A alongside, the hosts, regional powerhouses, Malawi and Madagascar. The draw will bring harsh memories to local football fans, as once again the Zebras will face perennial tormentors, South Africa's Banyana Banyana. The Zebras have never won an official game against their 149