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Senior UN peacekeeping official meets SADC Executive Secretary

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While in Africa, United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix met Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi with...

Botswana exits SAMIM as Rwanda grows troop numbers

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The withdrawal of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) contingent to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) last week is the...

SANDF hosting Military Skills Competition 2023

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The South African Army Armour Formation will be hosting the Military Skills Competition 2023 in Potchefstroom, with international military participants from Angola, Botswana, Germany,...

SADC communication exercise ends

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A two-week southern Africa regional military communications exercise wrapped up in Botswana with the conclusion it would be of value to the Southern African...

SADC exercise will boost regional standby force

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Ten of 16 Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries are presently part of a “communication exercise” – COMMEX - to boost the building...

Botswana, Namibia launch Hanganee II joint exercise

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Namibia and Botswana have kicked off the joint military exercise Hanganee II, which is being held in Namibia. The exercise, under the theme Enhancing Joint...

African nations developing air transport sharing mechanism

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African nations are looking at developing an Air Transport Sharing Mechanism to improve the African Union’s airlift capability, and a conference to this effect...

SADC “fairly stable and peaceful” – executive secretary

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Elias Mogosi, the top official of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), told a senior European foreign affairs specialist the region is “fairly stable...

Africom chief concludes southern African visit

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US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, has wrapped up a multi-country trip to the Southern Africa region, where he visited civilian...

SA soldiers nab Botswana stock thieves

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South African soldiers apprehended two stock thieves after being asked to assist by Botswana police in the form of that country’s special support group...

SADC log depot for Botswana

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Another step on a seemingly endless road to a Southern African Development Community (SADC) logistics depot for its standby force this week saw Botswana...

Botswana soldier dead in Mozambique accident

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A Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldier, recently deployed to Mozambique as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) assistance force, has died in...

Botswana officially deploys troops to Mozambique

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has officially deployed troops to Mozambique to take part in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission there. Botswana’s President...

UAVs to the rescue for Botswana’s pregnant population

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, are providing lifesaving care to women in remote parts of Botswana, who face the possibility of...

Third and final Enstrom 480B handed over to Botswana Police

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Safomar Aviation has handed over the third and final Enstrom 480B helicopter to the Botswana Police Service Air Support Branch. The first aircraft, BPS-11, was...

Second group of Botswana police pilots training on Enstrom 480B

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The second group of pilots from the Botswana Police Service Air Support Branch have arrived in South Africa for their second Enstrom 480B Helicopter...

Botswana Defence Force AS350 crashes

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Air Wing has lost an AS350B Ecureuil (Squirrel) helicopter in a crash during an anti-poaching mission. According to BDF spokesperson...

Safeguarding Botswana’s living treasures

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Botswana is taking a comprehensive approach to safeguard one of its most valuable resources — its wildlife. Botswana’s commitment to its diverse and majestic wildlife...

ISS: Migrant smugglers are profiting from travel restrictions

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Travel and movement restrictions do not deter people from fleeing conflict, violence and dangerous and inhumane conditions – they merely drive more people to...

ISS: Motsepe saga continues to bedevil Botswana-SA relations

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One of the many mysteries about the Bridgette Motsepe affair is why President Mokgweetsi Masisi is pursuing it so relentlessly despite the harm it...

Botswana police to receive Enstrom 480Bs in August

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The Botswana Police Service will be receiving its three new Enstrom 480B helicopters in August, after their delivery was delayed by two months due...

Botswana Defence Force hardware delivered via Namibia

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Images that have emerged on social media allegedly showing Chinese military vehicles arriving in Cape Town are in fact of Botswana Defence Force (BDF)...

Cigarette trafficker arrested at border post

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A 31-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrates’ Court on charges of smuggling counterfeit cigarettes. The suspect was arrested on Friday by...

Elephant hunts auctioned in Botswana

Botswana auctioned six licences to hunt 60 elephants, the first in the southern African country since President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on...

Botswana inks deal with Enstrom for three 480B helicopters

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Enstrom Helicopter has confirmed that Botswana has ordered three Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters for its police force, with a delegation from Botswana at the...

Botswana police order three Enstrom 480B helicopters

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The Botswana Police Air Support branch has ordered three new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters from Safomar Aviation and these will join its fleet of...

Botswana election result challenged

Botswana’s main opposition party is challenging the results of 16 parliamentary constituencies won by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in last month’s election,...

Ruling party wins Botswana election

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won the general election securing 29 national assembly seats, representing 51% of the vote, the chief justice announced. ...

Construction to start on SADC Botswana log depot next year

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Construction work on a multi-million dollar Southern African Development Community (SADC) Standby Force regional logistics depot is set to start in May next year. The...

North Carolina National Guard Engineers work on building projects

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More than 170 Army and Air Guardsmen from North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey are training in partnership with their Botswana Defense Force counterparts...

Exercise Upward Minuteman Begins in Botswana

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Approximately 200 personnel from the North Carolina and Alabama National Guards and over 300 Botswana Defence Force service members are participating in exercise Upward...

Botswana lifts ban on big game hunting

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Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, lifted a ban on big game hunting on Wednesday, citing growing conflict between humans and...

A critical fight: anti-poaching with the H125

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In Namibia and Botswana, government agencies are using the Airbus Helicopters H125 to fight the surge in wildlife crimes. The statistics are dire. Less than...

Botswana acquires another C212

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has acquired an additional C212 light transport aircraft, its second in two years. The aircraft was recently seen at Lanseria...

SANDF not part of any alleged Botswana coup

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) “rejects with contempt” allegations of apparent involvement in an allegedly soon-to-be staged coup d’état in neighbouring Botswana. At the...

ISS: Masisi and Khama’s spat rocks the steady Botswana boat

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Will the increasingly ugly and public spat between Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Ian Khama remain just a shoving match? Or could...

Botswana component of SADC Standby Force ready for peace support ops

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) hosted an inspection from a Southern African Development Community (SADC) specialist team to check on readiness for African Standby...

SADC conducts military health exercise

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Another part of preparation for the southern African regional bloc to take command of the African Standby Force (ASF) was recently completed...

Botswana to host ALFS 19

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The Botswana Defence Force will partner with U.S. Army Africa in June 2019 to co-host the seventh African Land Forces Summit (ALFS)...

ISS: Protecting Botswana’s elephants isn’t a numbers game

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In September this year, Elephants Without Borders (EWB) director Dr Mike Chase released a statement about the discovery of 87 elephant carcasses...

Air Botswana takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

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Air Botswana has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of a contract signed in July for...

Protecting Africa’s wildlife with intelligence and passion

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Three rhinos are poached every single day in Africa. More than 1,000 rhinos have died in South Africa annually since 2012. The...

Botswana Defence Force lost an aircraft a year to crashes

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Air Wing has lost nine aircraft and six personnel to air crashes over the past 10 years,...

North Carolina Air National Guard security forces visit Botswana

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Three members of North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing Security Forces travelled to Botswana in late June to work side-by-side...

Botswana, Namibia begin joint military exercise

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Botswana and Namibia are due to begin a joint military exercise today, with a focus on peace support operations. Exercise Tshwaragano II...

Air Botswana orders two ATR 72-600s

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Air Botswana has signed a firm order for two ATR 72-600s from ATR, which will deliver them in the fourth quarter of...

No progress on Gripens for Botswana

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The government of Botswana says no deal has been signed yet for the acquisition of Gripen C/D fighter jets because it does...

Botswana acquires a C-212 light transport

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has acquired a second hand C-212 light transport aircraft to replace one that crashed in 2017. The C-212...

UDS’s Air Shepherd launches new operations in southern Africa

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UAV & Drone Solutions' (UDS) Air Shepherd programme, developed to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching by using drones, has started new...

CF-5 fighter crashes in Botswana

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One of the Botswana Defence Force Air Wing's CF-5 fighter jets has crashed, killing the pilot. The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) said the...