Brian Benza

Botswana says toxins in water killed hundreds of elephants

21 Sep 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

26 Aug 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

25 Aug 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

31 Jul 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

14 Jul 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

09 Jul 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

04 Jul 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

15 Jun 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

28 May 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.

Botswana's Masisi retains presidency as BDP wins election

25 Oct 2019

GABORONE Mokgweetsi Masisi was declared president of Botswana on Friday, retaining his position and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party's long dominance of power despite a strong opposition challenge in this week's election.

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