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Pandora Papers: What is Ram ‘hiding’ in British Virgin Islands?

By definition, there is nothing wrong with owning an offshore company. However, it becomes rather fascinating when those who do deny it, especially when the entities in question are domiciled in places that attract certain types who present perturbations to the international finance system. As NTIBINYANE NTIBINYANE of INK Centre for Investigative Journalism reports, an international probe points at Ram of Choppies fame as one such person


VP Tsogwane accused of ‘quarry mine grab

Vice President Slumber Tsogwane, who is also the Member of Parliament for Boteti West, is embroiled in a controversy over the ownership of a quarry mine in the village of Xhumo, Julia Masima reports.


How Masisi is mismanaging the pandemic

Botswana lacks leadership and policy direction to stop the spread of Coronavirus, argues Joel Konopo


DIAMONDS AND DOLLARS: The obscure transactions of the sparkling industry

Extensive financial transactions between De Beers sightholder Julius Klein Group, its subsidiary Julius Klein Botswana and De Beers Global Sightholders Sales (Botswana) give a rare and fascinating glimpse into the diamond industry’s flow of capital, documents obtained by BuzzFeed and shared with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and INK Centre for Investigative Journalism reveal.


Botswana is landlocked, but is still exporting shark fins

Botswana has no coastline, yet it is still exporting shark fins worth P17 million (R24 million) to neighbouring countries, including South Africa, according to the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UN’s Comtrade database.


President Masisi and the illusion of change

Botswana security agents on Thursday afternoon detained two journalists from the Weekend Post newspaper who are accused of taking pictures of an unmarked building allegedly belonging to the Directorate on Intelligence Services (DIS).


Masisi’s questionable business dealings

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has business interest in at least 10 companies with several highly connected businessmen of Indian origin, including controversial businessman and Choppies Chief Executive Officer, Ramachandran “Ram” Ottapathu, according to details gleaned from the Companies and Intellectual Properties Authority.


Botswana declares state of emergency, goes on lockdown

Kago Komane

Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, placing the country on lockdown for 28 days from April 2.


Botswana is failing its children, activists say

By Kago Komane

Activists fear Botswana is increasingly becoming a haven for paedophiles and the sexual grooming of children because the government is failing to implement its own laws on the protection of the young. Their legal rights are minimal and the judicial system is failing to protect them.


As Covid-19 is spreading rapidly across the world: Botswana looks unprepared

Botswana’s decentralized authority, poor health care and skimpy safety-net will all make the coronavirus response harder to deal with. The uncertainty is high, according to health officials. KAGO KOMANE reports.