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The African Chieftain Tour That Saved Botswana | Flashback


As an enthusiastic ally of the British, Khama III, chief of the Bangwato people and a committed Christian, didn’t think twice when Cecil Rhodes asked for assistance in defeating Khama’s sworn enemies, the Amandebele.

It was only after the successful campaign, when Rhodes branded Khama a coward in his own kgotla (court) for not wiping out the Amandebele, that Khama realized “he was next, and Rhodes wasn’t like the other Brits,” says Neil Parsons, author of King Khama, Emperor Joe and the Great White Queen.

Two years later, in 1895, Khama and two other Botswana dikgosi (chiefs) upset Rhodes’ imperial game plan by deploying an improbable tactic: a PR tour of Britain.

Thanks in no small part to the efforts of the three chiefs, Bechuanaland was spared…

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Botswana Diamonds grabs rights for ‘high potential’ S. African prospect


Shares in London-listed Botswana Diamonds (LON:BOD) received a fresh shot in the arm on Wednesday after the miner said it had been granted rights to explore a piece of land close to the Venetia mine, operated by De Beers, which delivers around 40% of South Africa’s annual diamond production.

The miner believes past explorers “systematically under-estimated” the grade and diamond quality of the 2.5-hectare Mooikloof kimberlite pipe concession, which is also adjacent to another mine — Oaks —, which was also owned and operated by De Beers. That’s why it plans to re-evaluate the prospect.

The Mooikloof concession is close to the Venetia mine, operated by De Beers, which delivers around 40% of South Africa’s annual diamond production.

“We are pleased to finally be…

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Mining Journal – Botswana Diamonds Progresses South African Exploration Projects


The licence for the 2.5 hectare kimberlite pipe concession was said to be an “important development” for the company, as it was last prospected in 1986 and Botswana Diamonds suspects its kimberlite pipe size, grade and diamond quality may have been underestimated in the past.

The licence is adjacent to De Beers’ Oaks mine, which had a grade of 53 carats per hundred tonnes, and is also expected to have the same general geology as the nearby Venetia mine.





“We will deploy state-of-the-art exploration techniques to reassess the Mooikloof kimberlite, and maybe open another by-passed kimberlite pipe development,” the company said.

At the 1.2-2.2 million tonnes Thorny River deposit, Botswana Diamonds is evaluating its options…

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Security camera captures meteorite as it crashes into Botswana


  • Security camera footage obtained by radio station OFM appears to show a meteorite impact just north of the South African border on Saturday night.
  • Though still unconfirmed, astronomers believe it could show the impact of an asteroid detected shortly before the flash.
  • A near Earth object observation program discovered the object a little over eight hours before the flash on the video.

Central South African radio station OFM on Sunday published what it said was footage obtained from a farmer in Ottosdal in North West, showing what could be a meteorite impact on Saturday night.

Members of a neighbourhood watch received reports of a bright light before receiving the CCTV footage from Barend Swanepoel and Wikus van Zyl from a farm near Klerksdorp.

Various South African eyewitnesses…

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SA and Botswana scoop African Union SADC regional sport awards


South African and Botswana athletes scooped top honours at the 3rd African Union (AU) Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni on Saturday night. 

Botswana’s 400m sprinter Karabo Sibanda was the night’s biggest winner. The 19-year-old raced past South Africa’s Luvo Manyongo and Zimbabwe’s Samson Muripo to win the sportsperson of the year award. He also took the junior sportsman of the year gong. Although Sibanda could not attend the RASA night because he was competing in Europe, his coach Mogomotsi Otsetswe was on hand to accept the award on his behalf.

“I’m so thrilled. This is the greatest achievement so far for him. Being among the best in the region means a lot to me. He’s an obedient athlete and always willing to learn. He gives his all and he’s…

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Botswana president does something popular African leaders rarely do: quit


He is the English-born son of a king, a fighter pilot, a teetotaling bachelor — and all that made him an unorthodox African president.

But Ian Khama stands out most for his final act as president of Botswana: stepping down.

At his home village of Serowe Tuesday, residents begged him to stay on another 50 years — usually the cue in Africa that a constitutional change is about to be muscled through Parliament so a leader can rule for life.

But Khama, 65, insisted on leaving office Saturday. His departure, which followed a decade of stable and largely uncontroversial rule, underscored a message he has oft repeated: Africa needs democracy.

Botswana, a nation of 2.2 million people, is the longest-running multiparty democracy on a continent whose leaders often cling to power into their 80s or 90s…

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