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Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang start for Arsenal as Eriksen recalled for Spurs

first_img3latest arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialThe Danish star has started on the bench for two of Tottenham’s first three Premier League games this season.Tottenham have also welcomed Dele Alli back to their squad.The England international has missed 25 games due to a series of hamstring issues, but is fit to play after returning to training this week. PEPE, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will start together for the first time in Arsenal’s clash against Spurs.Tottenham have recalled Christian Eriksen to the starting XI after he was dropped to the bench for last weekend’s shock defeat to Newcastle.3 Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been named in the starting XICredit: Getty – ContributorSince Pepe’s £72million summer arrival from Lyon, he has not started a game alongside Aubameyang and Lacazette.He made his full debut in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend after Lacazette was dropped to the bench with a knock.Unai Emery admitted earlier this week that he was aware of the pleas from fans to start the trio together.And with all three players fit, he has selected them to lead the line against Mauricio Pochettino’s struggling side.Fans were delighted, but disappointed to see Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil stuck on the sidelines.One Twitter user said: “YES! Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe all start together. But Ceballos should be starting as well.”Another added: “We finally play Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe together… but decide to start no creative midfielders.”For Spurs, Pochettino has decided to put his faith back into Christian Eriksen despite ongoing speculation surrounding his future.🚨 #NorthLondonDerby team news 🚨➡️ @LacazetteAlex, @LTorreira34, @seadk6#ARSTOT— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 1, 2019 3last_img read more

Spurs target ‘cut-price’ move for ex-Chelsea star Ake if Bournemouth go down

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly plotting a summer transfer swoop for Bournemouth’s ex-Chelsea defender Nathan Ake.The 24-year-old centre-back is currently involved in a relegation battle with the struggling Cherries.1 Tottenham are plotting a summer swoop for Bournemouth’s Nathan AkeCredit: Getty ImagesAnd Football Insider claim Jose Mourinho is ready to pounce for the Dutch international should the South Coast club fail to beat the drop.Ake would provide an ideal replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who is expected to leave when his contract expires next summer.And Spurs believe they could land him for a cut-price fee if Bournemouth go down.The defender also counts as a homegrown player having left Feyenoord for Chelsea at 16.Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge after Ake moved to West London from his homeland.However, he has spoken previously of his frustration at being demoted to the reserves under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.After loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth he eventually made the move to the South Coast permanent in 2017 for £20m. LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerBut Spurs would likely face some serious competition to secure his signature.Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is believed to be a huge fan of the star and was linked with a move for him last month.The Blues reportedly also have a £40m buy-back option on Ake, which could put them in pole position ahead of their rivals.Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and Englandlast_img read more

Bandits rob 2 Corentyne businesses

first_imgBandits on Thursday morning robbed two Corentyne, Berbice businesses. Moments after one of the robberies, a pregnant woman went into labour and delivered her baby due to the shock of the incident.The Comfort Inn Hotel which was broken intoAt about 00:15h, five armed and masked men broke into Comfort Inn situated at Lot 9 John’s Port Mourant. The men entered the building by breaking a window in one of the hotel’s vacant rooms.From there, the men made their way to the lower flat where proprietor Bibi Salina Ally and her daughter Fanesha Hassan along with an infant were asleep.According to Ally, she heard footsteps in the upper flat of the building and soon after she noticed a torchlight. Her pregnant daughter who was in the bed with her contacted the Whim Police Station but before she could tell them their location, the phone was taken away from her by one of the bandits.Injured security guard, Alexander Sears“After that they come and say shut your mouth, and say that they want everything; gold and money or else they gon chop off we neck. They get cutlass and they get crowbar; all of them,” Ally related.However, Hassan begged the bandits not to kill them. Ally recalled trying to be as nice as possible to the intruders who were demanding valuables.“I show them where everything was and they take it and say they want more. They strip us of the gold we had on and then say they want the key for the shop and I go and open the shop and one of them go in and start emptying the shop.”It was later found out that before the men entered the building, the 78-year-old security guard, Alexander Sears, was beaten and gagged.According to Sears, he had moved from his post to use the washroom when he was confronted by three masked men; two with cutlasses and one with a crowbar.“I had a scuffle with them and then one of them lashed me with the crowbar and another lash me in me face with the cutlass and I fall down and couldn’t do anything.”The hole the bandits made to enter Gabar’s Halall Chicken OutletTwo of the men stayed with the security guard while one joined his other two accomplices as they entered the building.Ally noted that one of the bandits attempted to lash her in the head with a crowbar but she blocked it. In addition, Hassan said she was traumatised as one of the bandits stood over her with a cutlass.She noted that she was unable to recognise any of the intruders. She was later rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she delivered her baby.The bandits took away US$180, $50,000 local currency and about $200,000 worth in jewellery.Meanwhile, a few buildings away in the village of Clifton, bandits broke into Gabar’s Halall Chicken Outlet. According to Doodnauth Takpersaud, at about 01:15h, he was attacked.The bandits reportedly cut a hole in the fence to the chicken pen to gain entry. Money, livestock and beverages were removed.According to Takpersaud, he was at his home when he heard strange sounds emanating from the chicken pen which is a part of the poultry business. As he looked towards the business, the lights were turned off.“I couldn’t see anything but I was sure that someone was in there because the way the fouls hollering. So I waited for a while; about 15 minutes and then I put on a bright light I have in front here. With the light on I could see clearly at the shop. Then I go and make a check,” he explained.According to the businessman, as he was approaching, he saw a Police patrol vehicle which stopped in front of his business place and enquired what was going on.Together with the Police, they searched the area but did not see anyone. Nevertheless, Takpersaud is aware of who the perpetrators are. He claims they are the same persons who have been monitoring him for the past few days.When contacted, Deputy Commander Superintendent Wayne DeHart said the Police are investigating both incidents.last_img read more

Indigenous Affairs Minister confident of young player’s abilities

first_imgIn light of the Indigenous Heritage month activities, various persons of Amerindian heritage are being celebrated and recognized for their diligent work. One such person is Chess’ very own Nellisha Johnson who is gearing up to compete at the highest international level.Johnson is flanked by her parents and coach (L-R) Glen Johnson, Carmelita Johnson, Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, Coach Rai SharmaThe 17 year old, who is one of Guyana’s Female chess champions on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe. Accompanied by her parents, Johnson had the opportunity to interact with the Minister about her plans and goals ahead of the staging of the World Chess Olympiad later this month.Minister Garrido-Lowe had nothing but high praises for Johnson and her achievements stating, “We are proud of you and the Ministry will continue to support you and other indigenous athletes so that everyone can excel at what they do.”The teenager’s parents, Glen and Carmelita, who are said to have always been a strong pillar of support to their daughter also expressed confidence in her abilities.“This will be a good learning experience for her and I am happy that she has taken up the game because I never to be honest expected her to meet this far but now I have lots of expectations. I am also very grateful to the Ministry for supporting her and I know she will make Guyana proud,” her father proudly stated.Meanwhile, Johnson who hails from Orealla Village, Region 6 admitted that she is aware of the high level of competition that lies before her, however, she has her mind set of competing to the best of her abilities.“I know it’s going to be a challenge because is really good players there but I will have to focus on my game and not really on the player, the focus has to be there. I would also want to come back with my ratings points improved and I will represent Guyana to the best of my ability,” Johnson said.Nellisha who had a feel of international competition at the 7th Junior CARIFTA Championships in Suriname during March of this year, was the only female Guyanese player to receive World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings this year, which was an impressive starting score of 1123.Coupled with her stellar local performances she has been awarded a place on Guyana’s team to the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. She will be a part of a ten member team (consisting of 5 males and 5 females) who will represent Guyana from September 23 to October 6.Aside from Chess, the young woman has seen success at the 2018 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations as a Hinterland Scholarship Student who attended St. Joseph’s High School.last_img read more

PSG would demand over £60million for wantaway striker Cavani, claims Laurens

first_imgManchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal would have to fork out over £60million for reported target Edinson Cavani, according to talkSPORT’s French football expert Julien Laurens.The forward is thought to be unhappy with his role at current club Paris Saint-German, where he is often forced to play out of position and play second fiddle to star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and is keen on a move away from the French champions.Cavani sealed a £55million switch to PSG last summer following his emphatic goalscoring form at Italian side Napoli, and helped Laurent Blanc’s side win a second successive Ligue 1 title in his debut season.But despite the team’s success, the 27-year-old has gone largely under the radar since his arrival and again he failed to impress during Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.Recently emerged rumours have suggested the Premier League is the wantaway striker’s preferred destination.And while Laurens reveals the likes of United and Chelsea have already held talks with the agent, he admits any team would have to pay over the odds for the out-of-form frontman.“Cavani isn’t happy about his situation at PSG,” Laurens told Kick Off.“He wants to play in his preferred position, but it’s pretty clear that at PSG Ibrahimovic will always be first-choice central player.“He doesn’t want to be stuck on the wing anymore, so his brother – who is also his agent – has been knocking on doors in the Premier League.“He has spoken to Chelsea and Manchester United, who they first talked to back in January, but if PSG were to sell him they probably wouldn’t sell for less than €70million [around £62million].“If a team would be happy to pay that money then I think Cavani would be ready to talk, but such a high figure may put a lot of teams off.”last_img read more

Calm Ambani under no pressure at Wazito

first_img“There is no pressure whatsoever because if you look at how we have been progressing, there has been improvement game by game. We started the season with so many new players and it takes time to get a good understanding between the players,” Ambani told Capital Sport.Ambani is confident the side will find its footing as the season progresses and has warned anyone writing them off just yet.They take their hunt for a second win of the season to Machakos on Saturday where they take on Kakamega Homboyz in a 2pm kick off.“It will be a very tough game because Homeboyz have been getting good results and are also a good outfit. We are prepared for a tough game and everyone is looking forward to fight for the three points more so because we are playing at home,” Ambani noted.Wazito FC striker Joe Waithira kicks the ball during a training session at the GEMS Cambridge School. PHOTO/Wazito FC/TwitterAhead of the tie, Wazito have been boosted with the return to fitness of strikers Amos Asembeka and Joe Waithira a welcome boost especially to boost their attack line that has averaged one goal per game.Meanwhile, in the late kickoff, on-form AFC Leopards will take on Western Stima seeking to keep their winning formula running.Leopards sit second in the standings with 10 points off five games, just two short of bitter rivals Gor Mahia who have played a game less.Leopards have bounced back from their opening day 1-0 loss to Homeboyz to pick up wins against Wazito and Chemelil Sugar.They come up against a Stima side that is yet to taste defeat this season having won two and drawn three of their opening five games of the campaign.Ties between these two sides have been close. Over the last 20 meetings, AFC have won seven of them, Stima have won eight while the remaining five ended in draws.Last season, AFC picked four points off the powermen, winning the first leg in Machakos 2-1 while the return tie in Kisumu ended in a barren draw.Elsewhere, 14th placed Nzoia Sugar play host to Sofapaka at the Sudi Stadium in Bingoma seeking their second win of the season. Their only victory this season was a 2-0 success away to newly promoted Kisumu All Stars.Sofapaka players celebrate Peter Lwassa’s early goal for Sofapaka during their Kenyan Premier League match against Bandari at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on October 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka are coming into the tie with a confidence boost after their financial status was improved with betting firm Betika announcing an improved sponsorship package.Batoto ba Mungu who have had a chequered start to the season won their last match 2-1 against Bandari before the international break and are looking to keep the momentum flowing.“It was very good for us to win that game especially in terms of getting points and also to boost the morale of the players. We know that it will be a tough game against Nzoia because they have a very structured way of play with good speed on the wings, but our focus is on getting the three points,” tactician Divaldo Alves stated.Sofapaka have seven points from five games and the coach has made it clear that his ambition is to ensure the team remains within striking range of the top sides.KPL Saturday fixtures: Tusker FC v Sony Sugar (10am), Wazito v Homeboyz (2pm), AFC Leopards v Western Stima (4pm) – Kenyatta Stadium Machakos, Bandari v Chemelil Sugar  – Mbaraki, Kisumu All Stars v Mathare United – Moi Stadium Kisumu, Nzoia Sugar v Sofapaka – Sudi Stadium Bungoma, Ulinzi Stars v KCB – Afraha Stadium Nakuru, Zoo Kericho v Posta Rangers  – Kericho Green Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wazito FC head coach Boniface Ambani on the bench during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Wazito FC/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Wazito FC head coach Fred Ambani says he is under no pressure at the club despite earning only one win in their first five games of the season, this coming after massive investment and huge expectations.Wazito who gained promotion back to top tier this season have won once, drawn thrice and lost once in their opening five games of the campaign to sit 12th in the standings with six points.last_img read more

Two Donegal men jailed for their part in cross-border drug trafficking

first_imgTwo Donegal men were part of a four-man cross-border drugs gang who were jailed in the North today.All were handed prison sentences today at Craigavon Crown Court after pleading guilty to a number of drugs offences. Ramelton man Desmond “Dessie’ Enfield (34), Kieran Austin (61) from Lurgan and Darren Donnelly (33) of Sixmilecross, Omagh, all previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B controlled drugs, while Seamus Boyce (38) of Letterkenny, previously pleaded guilty to possession of Class B controlled drugs and conspiracy to supply Class B controlled drugs.Today they were given the following sentences:• Desmond Enfield – 24 months imprisonment – 12 months to be served in prison and 12 months on licence, as well as a Forfeiture Order issued for a Audi vehicle;• Seamus Boyce – 16 months imprisonment – 8 months to be served in prison and 8 months on licence, as well as a Forfeiture Order for a Ford vehicle;• Kieran Austin – 16 months imprisonment – 8 months to be served in prison and 8 months on licence;• Darren Donnelly – 12 months imprisonment – 6 months to be served in prison and 6 months on licence.Today’s sentencing brings to a close a proactive joint investigation between the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit and An Garda Siochana, into the importation and supply of controlled drugs.Desmond EnfieldDetective Inspector Tom McClure, of PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit, said: “On April 22, 2016 officers searched three vehicles in a layby at Derrymacash Road, Lurgan. In one of the vehicles, officers uncovered herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of £300,000 in 15 vacuum packed plastic bags in the back of one of the vehicles.“The three male occupants – Desmond Enfield, Seamus Boyce and Kieran Austin – were arrested at the scene as they were caught in the act of supplying £300k of herbal cannabis.“Further enquiries by the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit resulted in significant evidence which proved the involvement of HGV driver Darren Donnelly in this drugs ganga. All four have now been sentenced for their role in the supply of controlled drugs by an organised crime gang operating in Derry/Londonderry and County Donegal areas.“I would particularly like to acknowledge the assistance provided by our partners in An Garda Siochana who worked closely with us in this cross-border proactive investigation. This organised crime gang were supplying large quantities of controlled drugs into the Derry/Londonderry and Donegal areas which had the potential to cause significant harm.“We will continue in our efforts to make Northern Ireland a safer place to live and work by proactively investigating and arresting people involved in serious criminality. The supply of controlled drugs by gangs is the cause of significant harm in our communities. Those who involve themselves in such criminality should expect to end up in a prison cell.“There is no place in our society for these individuals who are only interested in making money for their own personal gain at the expense of others. They do not care that their actions could end up killing people. Drugs not only affect the person taking them, their families and the community also suffer.“I would ask anyone who has any information about the use or supply of illegal drugs to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”Two Donegal men jailed for their part in cross-border drug trafficking was last modified: March 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Russia v Egypt: Preview, team news and radio commentary

first_img ‘THEY FAILED’ German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit Salah picked up a shoulder injury during the Champions League final last month in Kiev, but returns to the starting line-up for this crunch clash.When is Russia v Egypt?This match will take place on Tuesday, 19th of June.It will kick off at 7pm UK time.The game will be played at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT. The Russian team before they beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 2 Who are the key players?Alan Dzagoez will now miss the remainder of the group stage because of a hamstring injury he picked up during Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, meaning Aleksandr Golovin becomes ever more pivotal for the host nation. He starred in their opening day win over Saudi Arabia, scoring one goal and creating two other goals, and all of their attacking play is likely to go through the CSKA Moscow playmaker.For Egypt could it be anyone but Mohamed Salah? The Liverpool star has scored for fun last season and was named PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year for his brilliant campaign. Opposition defenders are terrified of his pace and ability to get in shooting positions. The only concern is whether he will be 100 per cent fit, having missed the defeat to Uruguay due to the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.What is the team news?Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevic, Cheryshev, Gazinskii, Zobnin, Golovin, Zhirkov, Samedov, DzyubaEgypt: Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Hegazi, Fathi, Abdelshafy, Tarek Hamed, Elneny, Abdalla, Trezeguet, Marwan, Salah 2 UNITED center_img Latest World Cup News Hosts Russia will take on Egypt in the second round of Group A fixtures after thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game of the World Cup.Egypt are coming into the match on the back of a disappointing loss to Uruguay, which saw Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah left on the bench. 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true Liverpool ace Mo Salah is expected to play tomorrow’s match talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada last_img read more

Red Bluff Joint Union High School District board to meet Wednesday

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff Joint Union High School District will hold its first meeting of the new calendar year Wednesday at the district board room. The board will discuss and vote on several items, including the consideration of moving the track to a different location due in part to recent wind damage caused to the track, according to Wednesday’s agenda. Wind caused a portion of the track’s surface to peel up.The agenda reads that the board has two options to consider: One is to repair …last_img read more

Botswana launches brand strategy

first_imgThe logo that forms part of Botswana’s brand strategy.(Image: BITC) Botswana’s minister of trade and industry, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, said the brand will help create a new national identity.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Letsebe Sejoe, acting chief executive of the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, wants to make South Africa a primary trade partner.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Rita RamaOffice administrator+27 11 884 8959Shamin ChibbaBotswana is positioning itself to be the next big economic powerhouse in Africa. This was the sentiment expressed at the launch of the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre’s brand strategy at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 21 May.According to the high commissioner of Botswana to South Africa, Kenny Kapinga, the country is on an upward journey to economic prosperity. “We are well rated in credit worthiness, integrity and ease of business. It is a stable democracy and it has a good environment to do business.”He said it was one of the top 12 safest countries in the world and was first on the Global Peace Index in the sub-Saharan region.Botswana’s minister of trade and industry, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, said the new brand strategy came from a need to forge a unified national identity. “When I first became minister I decided it was important to deal with issues of fragmentation in investment and promotion.”Her department had great ideas of attracting investment but no way of co-ordinating them. It was important, she added, to have a common definition of what Botswana was. “We felt it was necessary to come up with a national brand.”The acting chief executive of the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, Letsebe Sejoe, said Botswana aimed to make South Africa a major business partner because it was the economic heart of Africa. “The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is in the league of leading exchanges in the world. It is also an exporter of foreign direct investment. So it is very difficult to have an investment strategy without involving South Africa.”He offered another reason for Botswana’s need to engage with its neighbour: the two countries were connected by the Tswana population they shared. There are more Tswana people in South Africa – approximately eight million – than there are in Botswana, which has about two million inhabitants. Botswana eye-catching for investorsBotswana’s lenient trade policies have made the diamond rich country an attractive place for South Africans to do business. Sejoe said there were no foreign exchange controls and a double tax avoidance treaty between the two countries was still in existence. “We are providing South Africa with a resource to connect with any sector they wish.”He said the country would fast track residence permits for foreign businesspeople, though he admitted that relaxed migration laws could bring unwanted immigrants. “We would have to keep all the good guys in and keep the bad guys out. The way we can do that is by screening individuals and checking if they have technical experience and skills which can add value to our economy.”He hinted at the introduction of a points-based system, which major Commonwealth countries used to screen investors and individuals. They would be allocated a specific number of points depending on their level of experience, skills, education and language proficiency.Sejoe acknowledged that Botswana needed an influx of technically skilled people for its economy to progress. “We are slowly opening up. You cannot have economic growth without importing technical skills.” Apart from attracting outside investors, Sejoe said Botswana was looking to develop its foreign export market, particularly with beef products and minerals. Ekurhuleni, potential trade hubChris van Biljon, the chief executive of Ekurhuleni Business Initiative, said Ekurhuleni wanted to engage with Botswana in the sectors of industry and tourism. With the establishment of Africa’s first aerotropolis in the municipality, Van Biljon said the city could become an important hub for trade between South Africa and Botswana.An aerotropolis is an urban area in which the layout, infrastructure and economy is built around an airport. In Ekurhuleni’s case, OR Tambo International Airport will form the hub of the airport city, which will comprise aviation businesses and related enterprises. Economically strong, politically stableMakgato-Malesu said Botswana’s economic strength came from it political stability. The Botswana government has some of the lowest levels of corruption in the world. “We are committed to progress and integrity.”She saw the country’s resources as a blessing, which the people had managed well enough to turn into an economic advantage. On a recent trip to a first world country, which she refused to name, Makgato-Malesu was questioned as to how Botswana happened to have a better credit rating than that country. “I had to explain that it did not matter where you came from but how well you managed your resources.”last_img read more