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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

Botswana govt says no guarantee on De Beers sales deal by end-2020

Aug 25 2020

GABORONE, Botswana The Botswana government said there was no guarantee that it would be able to renew a new 10-year sales agreement with De Beers before the end of December, when the current one expires, as the coronavirus pandemic has delayed negotiations.

Botswana says natural toxin could be behind elephant deaths

Jul 31 2020

GABORONE Preliminary tests to explain the reason for hundreds of mysterious elephant deaths in Botswana point to a naturally occurring toxin as a probable cause, a senior wildlife official told Reuters. | Video

Botswana central bank seeks law to preserve shrinking sovereign wealth fund

Jul 14 2020

Gaborone, BOTSWANA July 14 The Bank of Botswana will seek legislation to limit access to its sovereign wealth fund, a central bank official said on Tuesday, as it seeks to stem a steady fall in the fund's reserves often tapped to meet budget deficits.

Botswana finds more dead elephants, says test results due this week

Jul 09 2020

SERONGA, Botswana Botswana wildlife officials investigating hundreds of unexplained elephant deaths have verified six more carcasses and say it is still not clear what is killing the animals, around two months after the first bodies were spotted.

Botswana top vet defends investigations into unexplained elephant deaths

Jul 03 2020

GABORONE Botswana's top wildlife vet on Friday dismissed accusations from some conservationists that the government had not moved quickly enough to investigate the unexplained deaths of least 275 elephants. | Video

Botswana investigates 154 elephant deaths, rules out poaching

Jun 15 2020

GABORONE Botswana is investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 154 elephants over two months in the northwest of the country, a wildlife official said on Monday, although poaching or poisoning have been ruled out.

Coronavirus drives De Beers to shift diamond viewings from Botswana

May 28 2020

GABORONE Global diamond giant, De Beers is working with Botswana's government to temporarily move viewings to places closer to international diamond centres, with sales still recorded in the country, to try to restart trading hit by coronavirus travel restrictions.

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