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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 1278

December 18, 2018 1:43 PM HIV 'magic pill' continues despite side effects

When briefing the Parliament last week Friday, the assistant minister of Health and Wellness Biggie Butale said that the concern that Dolutegravier may be causing birth defects involving brain and spine (Neural Tubal Defects-NTD) is not yet confirmed, therefore there are no plans to end the use of the drug. He was answering a question from the Member 900

December 11, 2018 3:43 PM Botswana grabs first gold

It has been a difficult start for Botswana, who were fifth on the medals table before the end of day on Tuesday, but there was good news when the men's volleyball team beat Namibia 3-1 to grab gold. The team qualified for the final after beating South Africa 3-1 on Monday. Volleyball coach, Odirile Sibanda told Mmegi Sport that the win was an indication 188

October 8, 2018 4:00 AM How the alcohol levy nearly killed St Louis

The Ministry of Health and Wellness last year commissioned the Botswana Institute of Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) to study the impact of the alcohol levy. Government officials have slowly revealed titbits from the study as they traverse the country in the ongoing consultations on the levy and trading hours. The full study, made available recently 160

September 11, 2018 2:34 PM Alcohol levy didn't work, made drinkers desperate

The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry commissioned BIDPA to research the issue last year and is now sharing the results, as a nationwide review of the levy and restrictive alcohol trading conditions gather momentum. This morning, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Peggy Serame told members of the Public Accounts Committee that the levy had achieved 159

August 27, 2018 4:00 AM BCM bosses escape imprisonment by a whisker

In his latest legal problem, the attorney representing nine lecturers under the employ of BCM at the Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education (FCTVE) want Siwawa and David Kgoboko, the chairperson of BCM’s Board of Directors, imprisoned for being in contempt of court. BCM, Siwawa and Kgoboko are listed as the first, second and third 134

August 15, 2018 1:12 PM Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim. Initial tests appeared to show that the system was at least 95% accurate. It could provide a low-cost alternative to airport-style security, researchers said. The team behind the research tested 15 types of objects and six types 166

August 7, 2018 4:00 AM Doosan Donate Educational Plan To Underprivileged Child

The company adopted the boy (whose name cannot be mentioned for his protection) back in 2016 and has been taking care of his living expenses. Doosan met him at House of Hope while paying their benevolent call some two years ago. House of Hope is a day care centre for orphans. The young boy is in his final year of preschool at House of Hope and will start 134

April 17, 2018 4:00 AM Lucara Recovers 472 Carat Diamond

The new discovery follows the world’s second largest gem quality diamond found at the same mine two years ago. The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from its Karowe mine, about 500 km north of the capital, Gaborone. The stone is also the sixth largest gem quality diamonds ever mined. According to the Global Mining Observer, Lucara Diamond Company insured 170

April 2, 2018 2:27 PM South Africa: Winnie Mandela dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela Mandela was the former wife of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela. The couple - famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years - were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades. However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically 172