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Botswana Shines At Berlin Trade Show

President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama says Botswana's performance at ITB Berlin 2017, the world's largest trade show, made him proud to be a Motswana. Speaking at a luncheon President Khama hosted at the State House on March 19 for the team that traveled to Germany, Berlin, President Khama indicated that Botswana was well put on the world map. "I want to give special recognition to the artistes for an awesome job done and also say that our artistes' performances are forever improving," he said, adding that Botswana's ambassadors in different countries were always raving about the artistes they engaged at their various functions. He said Botswana's artistes were proving to be "up there with the very best and no country in Africa beats Botswana in terms of the standard of quality exhibited by our artistes."

He indicated that after he saw the opening ceremony by Botswana in Germany, he was keen to show his appreciation hence he arranged for the luncheon. President Khama further said it had been reported that over 4 000 people from all over the world attended the opening ceremony and witnessed the spectacle put up by Botswana. "I spoke to many people after the show and one particular gentleman told me that he had been attending the ITB Berlin event for the past 10 years and in those 10 years he has never seen anything like what Botswana did. He said it was the best performance he had ever seen and it gave him goose bumps," he said.

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The new face of farming: youth making agribusiness ‘cool’

Run a quick Google search on African women making it in business, and you will rarely find a young woman engaged in rural farming. But Mavis Nduchwa has challenged norms by founding and successfully managing a commercial animal feed farm in Botswana. Thirty-three-year-old Nduchwa, who was born on a farm in rural Francistown in eastern Botswana, near the border with Zimbabwe, developed an interest in agriculture at an early age. However, as she grew older, the allure of city life drove her to earn a degree in real estate and hospitality management. She later worked as a journalist. But given the high cost of agricultural inputs strangling her farming community, Nduchwa sensed that affordable, locally produced animal feed as a substitute for the expensive imported kind, could boost the agribusiness sector. She quit her job in the hospitality industry and teamed up with her husband Brighton Chabana to found Chabana Farms in 2011.

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WUC Urges Water Conservation, Harvesting

The Gaborone Dam has collected a few million more litres of water in the last few days, registering 22.2 per cent of water as at January 18 as compared to last year this time around which was about 1.7 per cent. This supply is enough to last for nine months without inflow to areas in the greater Gaborone. Water Utilities Corporations, communications manager, Ms Matida Mmipi said in an interview that even as the country continues to receive impressive rains, the amount is insignificant considering the demand of water in greater Gaborone area that comprises Gaborone, Lobatse, Mogoditshane cluster, Tlokweng cluster, Ramotswa cluster and Mochudi.

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Inspirational African Women: Neo Marti

Bua.Space (BUA) is an online platform in Botswana that allows customers to give feedback to various businesses throughout the country. The platform is free for individual users, but companies that wish to register and communicate with consumers are required to purchase ‘response bundles’.  The site encourages constructive feedback and has various measures in place to prevent abuse (from both sides of the interaction).

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