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September 14, 2018 10:30 AM Hurricane Florence: Life-threatening storm lashes US coast

The hurricane is moving towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph (150 km/h). It lost power as it approached North and South Carolina, but officials warn it could still kill "a lot of people" amid risks of "catastrophic" flooding. The governor of North Carolina, where Florence is expected to make landfall later on Friday local time, said surviving 134

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 160

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 148

August 25, 2018 4:00 AM What are they smoking, asks defiant boxing VP

A decision was made this week to fire Thipe, who has been on suspension from the executive committee since March. The committee endorsed the disciplinary committee decision, which found Thipe guilty of bringing the association into disrepute. However, Thipe told Mmegi Sport yesterday that he does not accept the ruling as the committee did not have the power 152

August 20, 2018 4:00 AM Gov’t clips SA airline’s wings

CemAir, a mid-tier airline based out of Johannesburg, operated Air Botswana’s Gaborone-Cape Town route on a wet lease between February 2017 and January 2018, when the South African airline was grounded after failing a technical inspection by that country’s civil aviation authorities. A wet lease refers to an arrangement where one airline uses another’s 117

August 20, 2018 4:00 AM Gov’t seeks record P1.5bn in borrowings

Each quarter, the Bank of Botswana (BoB) holds auctions of bonds and six-month treasury bills on behalf of government under the P15 billion note issuance programme which dates back to February 2011. The auctions are limited to commercial banks, who hold exclusive bidding rights. While the funds raised at the auctions are generally used for government 123

August 19, 2018 4:00 AM Clap n Tap gospel fest billed for Francistown

The lineup for the event includes amongst others Lejwe La Motheo Gospel Choir from South Africa (SA), Batlang Morena Gospel Choir (Francistown), Letloa La Baitshephi Gospel Choir (Francistown), and Babiditsweng Ke Lentswe Gospel Choir (Gaborone). Mashumba Mashumba, who is a sole proprietor under Lighthouse Theatre Promotion, recently told the media that their 172

August 18, 2018 4:00 AM Rollers without Kovazovic for sink or swim CAF tie

Rollers tackle KCCA at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium tomorrow knowing acutely aware that any other result, besides a win, will mark the end of their interest in the competition. However, they will have to do it without head coach, Kavazovic who has reportedly travelled to his home country on personal matters. “Our head coach, Nikola Kavazovic has to attend 128

August 15, 2018 12:23 PM Murder accused feigning Jesus-like powers denied bail

But lo and behold, a Tonota man accused of killing his girlfriend surprised court on Wednesday when he claimed that he was praying for her to resurrect after he killed her. The revelations shocked people when Gobitsa Kesupile, 35, who is accused of killing Malebogo Rankhudu in Tonota on either August 12 and 13, 2018 made his initial appearance in court 159

August 14, 2018 4:00 AM BDP Sack Casual Workers By WhatsApp

“Dumelang batho. Ne kere ke le itsese gore gompieno ga le te tirong because tiro e fedile. Le tla bolelelwa tiro e le teng gore le bowe. But go simolola gompieno ga gona sepe. Ke gore go hedile tota. Hedi hedi hedi, bye,” a supervisor told the employees via a voice note on their WhatsApp group. casual workers’ phones might have been off and their supervisor 134