Two die in truck collision on Trans Kalahari Highway

Two truck drivers died and one other was injured in a multiple truck collision on the Trans Kalahari Highway in Botswana on Friday.

The Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCs), says five trucks have been involved in the road crash, caused by poor visibility as a result of a veld fire.

The TKCs confirm that two of the trucks are Namibian registered, while the other two are registered in Botswana.

Africa's transport sector urged to redouble intra-trade efforts

The South African Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, says Africa's transport sector needs to redouble its intra-trade efforts to optimise the Trans Kalahari Corridor.

She was speaking at the Trans-Kalahari Corridor ministerial council meeting in Windhoek.

Chikunga revealed that trading among African nations stands at less than 16% in comparison with trading between Africa and the European region, which is over 75%.

Trans Kalahari Railway Line project to continue

Namibia and Botswana's Joint Ministerial Committee on Transport has agreed to continue with the progression of the Trans Kalahari Railway Line project.

Construction is set to start in January 2025.

During the discussion, the two governments reached an agreement to have an expression of interest from the public to participate in the project for a pre-qualification stage between this year and February next year.

The two countries also agreed to seek funders and resources for the project to carry out a feasibility study and construct it.

Namibia, Botswana advocate for harmonisation of roaming charges

Namibia and Botswana are advocating for the swift harmonisation of roaming charges to facilitate smooth connectivity while abroad.

Acknowledging the crucial role that uninterrupted connectivity plays in today's interconnected world, the two countries have collaboratively proposed expediting the harmonisation of roaming charges to guarantee that citizens can experience seamless connectivity while travelling internationally.

Media freedom a key to informed nations

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, emphasises media freedom as crucial for public information dissemination.

Dr. Mushelenga remarked this during a government media benchmark exercise between Namibia and Botswana, held in Gaborone.

Commencing his three-day working visit, the minister and his delegation embarked on a tour of the Mass Media Complex in Gaborone, a prominent institution housing BTV, Print, and Radio Services.

Namibian descendants to gain recognition in Botswana

Communities of Namibian descent living in Botswana are likely to be recognized by that country's government and could occupy influential positions, including in the House of Traditional Chiefs.

That is if the recommendations by Botswana's Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Review of the Constitution are passed without countervailing views.

The proposed recommendations are yet to be debated in Botswana's Parliament. nbc News's Blanche Goreses spoke to a former member of the Presidential Commission, Dikarabo Ramadubu.

SMEs in Africa put up a display at US-Africa Business Summit in Botswana

The products from the small and medium enterprise industries in Africa stole the show at the just-ended US-Africa Business Summit in Botswana's Tlokweng village.

The nbc News team toured some exhibition stands from Namibia, Botswana, and other African countries at the Royal Aria Convention Centre.

Displaying products at large gatherings such as the US-Africa Business Summit is usually a bit of a gamble when it comes to exhibitors getting a return on their investments instantly.

US-Africa Summit officially opens in Botswana

Over the years, Africa has positioned itself to move away from aid and grant dependence and become a business hub and a significant player in the global economy.

However, the continent accounts for only about 2% of the global economy, and this is what the US-Africa Summit is seeking to address.

The US-Africa Summit officially opened in Tlokweng village, outside Gaborone, with more than 1,300 delegates from the public and private sectors from both the US and African countries.

Botswana President visits Namibia

Botswana's President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, made a brief one-day visit to Namibia just to touch base with President Hage Geingob on a number of bilateral issues between the two countries.

Apart from attending to serious matters affecting both Namibians and the Batswana in their official capacities, Presidents Geingob and Masisi enjoy a solid personal friendship characterised by respect and good neighbourliness.

SACU member states to benefit from reduced trade costs

Accredited traders in Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, and South Africa will now benefit from reduced trade costs and simplified import-export procedures.

This positive development is the result of a mutual recognition arrangement signed by the five member states of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

Through the agreement, the Commissioners General of Revenue Authorities in the five countries agreed to recognise one another's authorised economic operators (AEO).