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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Minister calls for shoot to kill policy in Botswana

Botswana Rhino
The Deputy Speaker of the Botswana Parliament, Pono Moatlhodi, has called for the immediate introduction of a shoot to kill policy to tackle poachers targeting rhino and elephants in the country. His call for a new tougher stance against the poachers comes just days after Mozambique declared that the Limpopo National Park lost its last 15 rhino to the poachers.

With the rising demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory from China and Vietnam there is the real fear that the loss of rhino from the Limpopo National Park could just be the first in a line of national parks that will lose their populations.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Botswana no longer accepts Emergency Travel Documents for routine visits

11 Apr 2013

The Department of Home Affairs wishes to advise South Africans wishing to travel to Botswana, that the government of Botswana has notified governments that it no longer accept emergency travel documents for routine visits to their country.


In a diplomatic note to governments including the South African government, the Botswana government said “the Republic of Botswana wishes to communicate a notice from the Immigration Department informing that travellers using emergency travel documents will not be admitted to the Republic of Botswana for routine visits. Only those travelling under circumstances of emergency will be admitted under the authority of an emergency travel document.”

The use of emergency travel documents will be limited only to emergency situations, which must be supported by documentary proof, which will enable Botswana authorities to allow such visitors to their country.

The Department of Home Affairs calls upon South Africans wishing to travel to Botswana to make the necessary arrangements to acquire travel documents that will enable them to enter Botswana without any hindrance.

Issued by: Department of Home Affairs (South Africa)
11 Apr 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Solar Energy - A Sun-Powered Communications Revolution in Botswana


Most of the off-grid cell towers that service remote communities are powered by diesel generators, which can be expensive, unreliable, and dirty to run. But a different approach is powering these base stations with wind and solar power, and then developing 'micropower' or community power grids, which can then offer extended access to clean, reliable, and cheap electricity... Visit treehugger.com for more info.

Air Botswana ditches Cape Town – Maun route

Going Your Way - Sometimes ;-)
Air Botswana (BP) has dropped its 4x weekly Cape Town - Maun route effective 31 March, just 10 months after its début. The route originally launched with daily flights back in June 2012 and predominantly catered for the leisure market.

The route currently operates with an Avro RJ85.
"We will now look to develop our Cape Town – Gaborone route, which is already performing well and possibly attracts a better leisure/business mix,” said Airport Services Manager: Johannesburg, Nada Phoosolo. – Source [TIR]
According to the airline, from 1 April, passengers between the two cities will instead be routed via Johannesburg under an agreement with BA Comair.

Airlink, however, is still operating daily scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Maun with its fleet of ten Embraer ERJ 135 regional jets – each configured with 37 economy seats.

Airlink's JHB - Maun daily flights operate as follows:
  • Departs JHB 11:45, arrives Maun 13:15
  • Return flights depart Maun 14:00, arrive JHB 15:40
Source [flyairlink.com]

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