Its sleepy nature was an essential ingredient to the book, but tourist bosses are hoping a film version of <i>The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency</i> will provide a shot in the arm to Botswana's laidback capital. Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella has brought a rare bustle to Gaborone since he and his crew arrived 10 weeks ago.
Botswana has started providing anti-retroviral drugs to soldiers in an effort to mitigate the impact of HIV/Aids on its armed forces. The programme, described as "a key watershed in safeguarding the security of the nation", is expected to target an estimated 5 000 infected soldiers and their dependents.
The Southern African Development Community has been urged to take action on threats to press freedom in the region, particularly in Zimbabwe. A Media Institute of Southern Africa delegation has raised concerns that the mandatory licensing of journalists could be open to abuse by governments.