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Scientists in South Africa were the first to sound the alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the variant is from southern Africa, rather it’s an indication of the region’s robust surveillance system. “We just rang the bell, which made everyone realize that in fact it may have …

Botswana, the only African country outside South Africa to have reported cases of Omicron, said on Sunday it had detected 19 infections of the new variant of Covid, including the first four reported last week. “To date, we have registered a total of 19 variant cases,” Health Minister Edwin Dikoloti said at a press conference …

Fears are growing that a new strain of highly infectious coronavirus is making its way into Europe, as the world closes the shutters to contain the new Omicron variant. New suspected cases have emerged in Germany and the Czech Republic, while Dutch authorities quarantined 61 South African passengers who tested positive for Covid-19. South Africa …

The High Court of Botswana this week handed down a damning judgment against PwC and auditor Rudi Binedell over delays in releasing group audit results that have severely affected the price of Choppies stock. The judge slammed Binedell who turned out to have delayed the Choppies Enterprises audit report because a job offered to him …

A team of French archaeologists and academics is in Botswana for a joint excavation mission with their Botswana counterparts in the Qchwihaba, Koanaka and Aha caves in the Okavango Delta region in the northwest of the country, reports Xinhua. The excavation mission, led by Laurent Bruxelles, geo-archaeologist and researcher at the French National Center for …

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana Football Association (BFA) Director of Regions and Competitions, James Phuthego Setete, will be leaving the association at the end of the month. Setete will leave with the financial director of the Thabiso Kebotsamang association following the non-renewal of their employment contracts. “It is true that his (Setete’s) contract was not renewed as such, …

Bulgarian authorities have added 14 member states of the European Union and the Schengen area to the red list of countries which have been deeply affected by the coronavirus in recent weeks. This means that travelers from these regions to Bulgaria now face additional entry restrictions. The decision was announced by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry …

The chickens returned to roost just four years after President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s misguided decision to disarm the anti-poaching unit. The poachers have won the battle as the Botswana government recognizes its defeat in its relentless fight against rhino poachers who have killed at least 100 animals in the past three years. The Department of Wildlife …

On November 12, the European Commission, which is in a way the executive branch of the European Union (EU), officially approved the sale of the migratory locust as food. This is only the second insect to see approval for food use. It won’t be the last. The migratory locust is a grasshopper, like all locusts; …

Image: UNLV mineralogist Oliver Tschauner and his colleagues discovered a new mineral that was transported to the Earth’s surface in a diamond (pictured here). seen Following Credit: Aaron Celestian, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History UNLV geochemists have discovered a new mineral on the Earth’s surface. There’s just one catch: it shouldn’t be here. …