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Crackdown in Botswana reserve ‘not about Bushmen’

Botswana police say they are targeting poachers, not Bushmen, amid claims of intimidation from a Basarwa settlement in the Kgalagadi Game Reserve.

Bad Khama in Botswana’s ruling party

Botswana President Ian Khama has publicly acknowledged for the first time that his ruling Botswana Democratic Party is at war with itself.

Breakaway party to challenge Botswana’s status quo

Four MPs have broken away from Botswana's ruling party to launch the Botswana Movement for Democracy which could radically change political landscape.

Sexy and stigma-free

Ten beauty contestants dressed in evening gowns and traditional dresses took to the catwalk to celebrate living positively with HIV in Botswana.

Hold your tongue or else

If you don't have something nice to say about the president of Botswana, it's best not to say anything at all, reports <i>Sello Motseta</i>

Alarm raised on ‘state-sponsored’ killings in Botswana

The Law Society of Botswana is calling on President Ian Khama to give his assurance that he does not support torture or extra-judicial killings.

Botswana’s new media law ‘repressive’

Botswana says reporters have nothing to fear from a new media law, but a journalism advocate calls it repressive and the official defence misleading.

Botswana journalists cry foul over media Bill

Journalists in Botswana are up in arms over the draft Media Practitioners Bill. Media bodies say the government seeks to impose itself on the media.

Mma R’s opera and couscous

Sello Motseta reports on the new opera house in Gaborone, a tribute to Alexander McCall Smith's famous Mma Ramotswe.

Botswana confirms first case of XDR-TB

Health authorities on Wednesday reported the first known cases of virtually untreatable tuberculosis in Botswana. The Health Ministry said there were two cases of so-called extremely drug resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB, as well as 100 cases of the slightly more manageable multidrug-resistant TB, or MDR-TB.

Botswana president tries to bargain with Bushmen

Botswana President Festus Mogae has met with a small number of Bushmen in an effort to persuade them not to return to their life of hunting and gathering in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Only about 100 of the 2 000 Bushmen in New Xade attended Thursday's meeting with the president.

Botswana govt gets tough on Bushmen returning home

Botswana's government on Thursday grudgingly accepted a High Court order to allow the country's last hunter-gatherers to live in their ancestral lands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, but attached tough conditions likely to frustrate the return. The court on Wednesday said the Basarwa were wrongly forced off the land.

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