Brian Benza

Botswana says 15 more cases of Omicron variant detected in country

Nov 28 2021

GABORONE Botswana's health minister Edwin Dikoloti said on Sunday the country had detected 15 more cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, adding to the four confirmed cases it declared on Friday.

Botswana delivers first iron ore exports to China

Oct 26 2021

GABORONE Botswana's first iron ore mine, Ikongwe, has started production and delivered its maiden exports to China, a company official told Reuters on Tuesday, as the Southern African country makes headway in efforts to diversify its economy away from diamonds.

UPDATE 1-Botswana lifts 2021 economic growth forecast to 9.7%

Aug 30 2021

GABORONE, Aug 30 Botswana now expects economic growth of 9.7% in 2021, compared with the 8.8% forecast in February, helped by higher diamond sales and a recent rebasing of GDP accounts, Finance Minister Peggy Serame told Reuters on Monday.

Botswana’s Minergy Coal revives LSE listing plans

Aug 27 2021

GABORONE, Botswana Botswana’s only privately-owned coal miner Minergy Limited has revived plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to reduce debt and increase output amid a global commodities boom, its chief executive officer said on Friday.

Botswana central bank sees inflation breaching target range

Apr 29 2021

GABORONE Botswana's central bank sees annual inflation breaching the upper cap of its 3-6% target in the second quarter of this year, driven by recent tax increases and coronavirus-related supply side constraints, its governor said on Thursday.

Botswana's state-owned coal miner aims to boost output by 35%

Apr 28 2021

GABORONE, Botswana Botswana's state-owned Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) plans to boost production by over a third as the country seeks to cut its dependence on imported power, a company official said on Wednesday.

Botswana investigates 11 new elephant deaths

Jan 29 2021

GABORONE Botswana is investigating the deaths of 11 elephants at one of its game reserves, months after hundreds of elephants died from ingesting toxic microorganisms.

De Beers-owned Debswana to close diamond mine on weak demand - union leader

Nov 06 2020

GABORONE, Botswana Debswana Mining Company, equally owned by De Beers and the Botswana government, will close a diamond mine in the country as weak demand and trading disruption from the pandemic make the mining of lower value diamonds unviable, a union leader told Reuters on Friday.

Botswana says toxins in water killed hundreds of elephants

Sep 21 2020

GABORONE Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists. | Video

Botswana sees risk of no De Beers sales deal by end-2020

Aug 26 2020

GABORONE, Botswana Botswana's government said there is a risk it will be unable to renew a 10-year sales agreement with De Beers before the end of December, when the current one expires, as the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed negotiations. | Video

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