Botswana mining industry adopts new model for sustainability practices

Botswana mining industry adopts new model for sustainability practices

The mines in Botswana will be the first in Africa to adopt a Canadian model of sustainability that requires members to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community. The Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM) initiative looks at six core areas – including greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity conservation and community…

Botswana: Khama State of Nation address will go on as planned

An annoyed Government of Botswana assured citizens Tuesday that President Ian Khama will, in fact, deliver a State of the Nation address in upcoming weeks. The announcement became necessary after the Mmegi newspaper in Gaborone ran a front-page story that said there would be no State of the Nation speech forthcoming,…

Botswana holds firm on ivory trade ban at CITES

Bostwana held firmly Monday to its decision to support an ivory trade ban, a move that stood in sharp contrast to that taken by the European Union and those of surprised neighboring African countries gathered at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg. “Although Botswana has previously supported limited trade, we recognize…

Botswana faces first countrywide drought since 1984

Botswana is currently going through a major drought caused by below-average rainfall creating reduced grazing conditions for farmers, the acting Agriculture Minister Patrick Ralotsia said earlier this year. Ian Khama, Botswana’s president, recently declared a countrywide drought for the first time since 1984. “This year is evolving to be a…