Botswana clams up on ivory sale details

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff writer

Botswana will be among four African countries that will be selling ivory this week.The auction opens almost 10 years after it was closed in southern Africa in 1999.

Other countries that will dispose of their stockpiles are Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. They will auction more than 100 tons of ivory to buyers from Asian countries, China and Japan.

According to BBC news, the 1999 auction raised about US $5m for conservation and community projects. Botswana will sell 44 tons of her stockpile, says BBC.

With the involvement of Chinese buyers, the article says, a total bounty of $30m or P210m is said to be possible this time around.

Namibia was expected to [continue reading]



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