President Mbumba attends late Geingob's memorial service in Botswana


President Nangolo Mbumba says the decision by Botswana's government to hold a memorial service for the late President Hage Geingob is a demonstration of historical ties between the two countries.

President Mbumba is leading the Namibian delegation, comprising a number of government officials, to the memorial service to be held in Botswana's capital, Gaborone, on Wednesday.

The Head of State will also pay a courtesy call on President Mokgweetsi Masisi after the memorial service.

BWPA unhappy with UK's Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill


The Botswana Wildlife Producers Association (BWPA) has expressed discontent with the United Kingdom's Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill. 

The bill tabled in the UK's Parliament in 2022 seeks to prohibit the import of hunting trophies into the UK.

Speaking at a media briefing in Gaborone today, the Chairperson of BWPA, Leonard Matenje, says the proposed bill will have a negative impact on communities dependent on the income from hunting management in Africa.

Botswana's Minister of Mineral Resources pays courtesy call to President Dr. Mbumba


Botswana's Minister of Mineral Resources and Green Technology, Lefoko Moagi, paid a courtesy call on President Nangolo Mbumba at State House.

Moagi, who is also a special envoy of President Mokgweetsi Masisi, is in Namibia for consultations with the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

The consultations follow decisions by the G7 to introduce import restrictions on non-industrial diamonds, mined, processed, or produced in Russia, by January this year.

Three boys from Botswana wander into Namibia


Three minor boys from Mbarakarungu Village in Botswana's Chobe District, bordering Namibia's Zambezi Region, strayed into the Kweha cattle post in Linyanti Area while playing on Friday.

The children, aged five, six, and eleven, moved into Namibia without realising that they had crossed the border.

The Chobe River, which forms the border, is dry.

Relatives from the village tracked the children on Saturday, locating them at a cattle post on the Namibian side, where they were accommodated by cattle herders and farmers.

Namibia Assumes Chairmanship of MOU in Sport with Botswana


Namibia has officially taken over the rotating chairmanship of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in sport with Botswana for the next two years.

The handover ceremony took place in Gaborone, Botswana earlier this week, marking the beginning of Namibia's leadership in this cooperative agreement.

The MOU, signed in 2021, serves as a collaboration framework between the national sport commissions of Namibia and Botswana, focusing on sport development.

Zambezi Police Investigate Poaching of Elephants


Police in the Zambezi Region apprehended a 37-year-old man found in possession of 24 elephant tusks during a joint operation with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism last night.

The tusks are alleged to have come from Botswana, where the elephants were poached, and entered Namibia through the Batubaja Area in Linyanti Constituency.

All 24 tusks were found loaded into a vehicle with an expired disc licence driven by a suspect who was allegedly called to provide transport after the car in which they were transported initially ran out of fuel.

Children say no to abuse


Some children from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have expressed their views on Children’s Day and their rights by saying abuse, access to clean water, drug addiction, and feelings of neglect are their biggest concerns.

South African singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka, has made a passionate appeal for the protection of children during the march to raise awareness of the sub-regional celebrations of World Children's Day taking place tomorrow in Walvis Bay.

Namibia, Botswana sign MoU


The Communications Regulatory Authorities of Namibia (CRAN) and that of Botswana signed a memorandum of understanding at Swakopmund on Thursday.

The MoU will allow the countries' authorities to collaborate on matters related to cybersecurity, data protection, and roaming data, among others.

The ministers of information of the two sister countries started working on this collaboration about three months ago when ICT Minister Dr. Peya Mushelenga visited Botswana.

Namibia, Botswana agree to reduce roaming charges


Namibia and Botswana have agreed to reduce roaming charges between the two nations by February of next year.

During a joint media briefing, Botswana's Minister of Communication, Knowledge, and Technology, Thulagano Segokgo, announced that regulatory bodies in both countries will direct operators to enact this decision.

This reciprocal visit follows Namibian Minister of Information and Communication Technology Dr. Peya Mushelenga's visit to Botswana earlier this year, which emphasised the commitment to strengthen existing bilateral ties.