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Botswana's economy to return to growth this year: cenbank
30 May 2016 - Botswana's economy will return to growth this year after contracting in 2015 as water and electricity supply stabilise, the central bank said on Monday. (more)

Diamond the size of a tennis ball could sell for over $70 million
4 May 2016 - It's a rock for the ages. A 3-billion-year-old diamond the size of a tennis ball -- the largest discovered in over a century -- could sell for more than $70 million, auctioneer Sotheby's said Wednesday. The 'Lesedi la Rona' diamond was unearthed last November in Botswana. The auctioneer said the rough gemstone 'of exceptional transparency' could yield the largest top-quality diamond ever cut and polished. David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby's jewelry division, called the discovery 'the find of a lifetime' and the auction unprecedented, because no rough diamond of this size has ever been auctioned. (more)

Lesedi la Rona among largest diamonds ever found
4 May 2016 - The 1,109-carat Lesedi la Rona diamond, to be sold by Sotheby's in London on June 29, is one of the biggest gem-quality diamonds ever discovered. Discovered in Botswana in 2015, it joins an elite list of hefty rocks: (more)

World's biggest diamond to be auctioned in London
4 May 2016 - 'Lesedi la Rona,' the largest gem-quality rough diamond discovered in more than 100 years, will be auctioned in London next month and is expected to sell for $70 million, international auction house Sotheby's said on Wednesday, 4 May. Unearthed in Botswana in November 2015 by Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond Corp., the gigantic gem is about the size of a tennis ball and is believed to be between 2.5 billion to more than three billion years old. The Lesedi La Rona's color and transparency are typical of a rare and coveted subgroup called Type IIa diamonds, according to a study by the Gemological Institute of America. (more)

Largest diamond in over century found in Botswana
19 November 2015 - A 1,111 carat 'high quality diamond' has been discovered at a mine in Botswana, said to be the biggest find in more than a century, according to the mine company. The gem, only second in size to the Cullinan diamond which was unearthered in South Africa in 1905, was mined by Lucara Diamond Corp. (more)

Massive diamond found in Botswana
19 November 2015 - A small Canadian diamond company has found what it says is the world's second-biggest gem quality diamond ever recovered, and the largest in more than a century, at its mine in Botswana. Lucara Diamond Corp said on Wednesday the 1,111 carat stone was found at its Karowe mine in north-central Botswana, one of the world's most prolific diamond-producing areas. (more)

Botswana seeks bids to build solar plants for mines
7 July 2015 - Botswana's government launched a bidding process on Tuesday to construct solar power plants near its huge Jwaneng diamond mine and for the nation's northwest, where copper assets are being developed. Studies have identified Jwaneng as the most suitable place for a solar power plant in the country because of its abundant sunshine. (more)

Botswana invites bids for 100 MW solar power project
9 June 2015 - Botswana invited bids for the construction of a 100 megawatt (MW) solar powered plant on Tuesday as the world's top diamond producer seeks to become energy self sufficient within five years. (more)

Botswana sees slower 2015 growth but outlook still upbeat: finmin
2 February 2015 - Botswana expects slightly lower economic growth in 2015 compared to the previous year, but the domestic outlook remains positive despite an uncertain global environment, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said on 2 February. (more)

Botswana: UN expert calls for renewed 'nation-building' to celebrate rich diversity
28 November 2014 - Following an official visit to Botswana, the UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has called on the country to embark on a second phase of nation-building that reflects, builds on, and celebrates its cultural diversity, stressing that issues relating to the recognition of communities as tribes must be addressed. (more)


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Botswana: First people in the nation learn Transcendental Meditation
17 March 2009 - Botswana has taken a step toward national invincibility with the first people in the nation learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme, and interest in the technique growing. (more)


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Botswana court denies Kalahari Bushmen water rights
21 July 2010 - A court in Botswana ruled Wednesday that indigenous dwellers in one of the driest parts of the world will not be allowed to drill wells for water. The Botswana High Court said the Bushmen people were not entitled to use a well already established on their traditional land in the Kalahari Game Reserve or excavate a new one. 'In the last ten years, Botswana has become one of the harshest places in the world for indigenous peoples. If Bushmen are to be denied water on their lands when it is freely provided it for tourists, animals, and diamond mines, then foreigners should be asked if they really want to support this regime with their visits and jewelry shopping,' said Survival International director Stephen Corry in a statement. The Bushmen said the government first sealed a well used by them in in 2002 to drive them off their land to make way for tourism and mining. (more)

Botswana gives Bushmen tough conditions
15 December 2006 - Botswana's government Thursday accepted a court order to allow the Bushmen, the nation's last hunter-gatherers, to live on their ancestral lands. But at the same time, officials imposed tough conditions likely to prevent most or all from returning. (more)

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