Business & Finance

DCI lost 0.92 percent year to date

The Domestic Companies Index (DCI) lost 0.05 percent during the week ending April 30, 2020. As indicated by Stockbrokers Botswana weekly report, the index closed at 7 425.83 points from 7 429.89 points of the previous week. For the year-to-date, the index lost 0.92 percent. A total of   5 123 865 securities valued at P18 905 946 were traded during the […]

Medical/Health Care

Africa’s coronavirus safety nets cannot cover all

Many African countries moved rapidly to curb the initial spread of coronavirus, but they have been slower to cushion their citizens from its economic impact. Taking advantage of the lag before cases appeared on the continent, the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention began ramping up their testing capacity in February, and by March many countries […]


Amnesty Publishes Report on Egyptian Media Clampdown

Sunday is World Press Freedom Day and a global human rights group has marked the observance by publishing an overview of Egypt’s assault on journalists and other media workers.  Amnesty International said in its report that “This clampdown on media not only violates journalists’ right to freedom of expression, but also the general public’s access to independent information . . . Guaranteeing freedom of expression and access […]


Explainer: why COVID-19 provides a lesson for Africa to fund social assistance

African countries have responded swiftly to the threat of COVID-19 by implementing various measures to contain its spread. Most of the continent is in lockdown or under curfew, or a combination of both. Unfortunately, these measures have resulted in the loss of livelihoods for many people, particularly in the informal sector. An estimated 85.5% of workers across […]


Ethiopian Survivors of Migrant Container Truck Tragedy Repatriated

GENEVA – The International Organization for Migration reports it has helped repatriate 11 Ethiopians who escaped death after having been locked in the container of a smuggler’s truck.  They and dozens of other migrants who did not survive were discovered after the truck crossed the Malawi-Mozambique border in March.   The operation was coordinated by […]

Medical/Health Care

Hundreds Rush for Popular Cleric’s Herbal COVID ‘Cure’ in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Cameroonians have been flooding into the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Douala, where Archbishop Samuel Kleda claims he has found an herbal cure for COVID-19. The popularity of the archbishop’s alleged cure has prompted some authorities to try to make the treatment more widely available, even though medical experts have urged extreme caution […]