Botswana - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Botswana


Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'The carcasses were animals that had fallen down while walking...right on their sternum which is very unusual,' says conservation biologist Keith Lindsay

Botswana president sworn in promising to fight graft

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:39 PM

President Mokgweetsi Masisi does not mention his predecessor and former ally Ian Khama in his speech

Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana and leader of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), adresses supporters during an election campaign rally in Mokgweetsi Masisi's home village in Moshupa, on October 22, 2019. - Botswana will have their general elections on October 23, 2019. (Photo by Monirul Bhuiyan / AFP)

Humanity's homeland found in ancient Botswana

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:34 AM

While it has long been known anatomically modern humans originated in Africa, scientists have until now been unable to pinpoint the precise location of our species' birthplace

Botswana's President Masisi wins hotly contested election

Oct 25, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) The main opposition protests the outcome, saying the ballot has been 'massively rigged'

ELECTED. Mokgweetsi Masisi, the president of Botswana and the leader of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) voting at the Mosielele Primary School polling station in his home village Moshupa, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP

Polls open in Botswana's hotly contested election

Oct 23, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Around 931,000 of the country's 2.2 million people are registered to vote in the parliamentary and local elections

BOTSWANA'S ELECTIONS. Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana and leader of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), adresses supporters during an election campaign rally in Moshupa, on October 22, 2019. Photo by Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP

Climate change 'race against time', Prince Harry says in Botswana

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:43 AM

'There’s an emergency. It’s a race against time and one which we are losing,' the prince says

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex helps local schoolchildren to plant trees at the Chobe Tree Reserve in Chobe district, in the Northern Botswana on September 26, 2019. MONIRUL BHUIYAN / AFP

Botswana High Court decriminalizes homosexuality

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:38 PM

In a courtroom packed with activists, the judge emphasizes the current laws oppressed a minority of the population

Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:48 AM

An unnamed applicant is challenging two sections of the code that threaten offenders with a jail sentence of up to 7 years

Southern African leaders meet as region faces food crisis

Aug 16, 2015 - 11:24 AM

According to World Food Programme spokesman David Orr Zimbabwe and Malawi are facing their worst food security crisis in a decade

Botswana conference heightens alarm over illegal wildlife trade

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:04 AM

The event comes up with few new ideas on how the tackle the damage wrought by illegal traffickers on species ranging from elephants and tigers to sea turtles and pangolins

CONTRABAND. Confiscated smuggled African elephant tusks hidden in a carry-on suitcase displayed during a press conference at Customs Department in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 August 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Botswana president re-elected despite opposition challenge

Oct 26, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Botswana President Ian Khama wins his second term after securing a majority vote for his party at the polls

African, Asian nations vow crackdown on illegal ivory trade

Dec 04, 2013 - 7:31 AM

Among those who agreed to the measures were key elephant nations such as Gabon Kenya Niger and Zambia transit countries Vietnam Philippines and Malaysia and ivory destination states including China and Thailand

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

Africa risks losing 20% of elephants in 10 years

Dec 03, 2013 - 10:10 AM

An estimated 22 000 elephants were illegally killed across the continent last year as poaching reached unacceptably elevated levels

ALONE. An African elephant is pictured on November 17, 2012 at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. AFP/Martin Bureau

Botswana president clawed by cheetah

Apr 29, 2013 - 9:11 PM

Botswana s President Ian Khama 60 was not admitted to hospital but did receive treatment

Botswanan President Ian Khama. File photo from Ian Khama's Facebook page.

Kenya's Rudisha sets 800m world record

Aug 10, 2012 - 12:18 PM

Kenya s David Rudisha sets the record for the 800m run while Botswana s Nijel Amos won his country its first ever Olympic medal in athletics

Botswana makes new pitch for circumcision in AIDS fight

May 16, 2012 - 12:51 PM

Three years ago Botswana launched a campaign to convince 460 000 men to cut off their foreskins; Now the government has enlisted the help of top musicians and launched a new series of advertisements touting safe male circumcision as a lifeline to combat AIDS

Filipinas rule the board room: PH 2nd in world for females in top posts

Mar 10, 2012 - 8:24 AM

The Philippines came in 2nd only to Russia in a ranking of countries with women in senior management positions