Mbongeni Mguni is a journalist with 16 years experience in business, economy and financial reporting, with 14 years of these spent at the level of senior reporter and above. I have worked and been published in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana with the last having been my home since 2004. I won the Botswana Business Reporter of the Year Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and specialise in capital and debt markets, macro-economy and its various sub-sectors, mining, energy and tourism, medium and micro enterprises as well as rural economy, trade, agriculture and climate change. My emerging interests is in data journalism which is shape reportage of these and other issues, such as climate change, in my part of the world. My reportage carries a bias towards research, analysis and long-form, although I regularly do short-form hard news and public relations copy. I am based in Gaborone, Botswana and am able to travel throughout the region at short notice.
The dying moments of Lesotho’s former commander: The long-awaited and hotly disputed investigation by retired local judge, Mpaphi Phumaphi into the death of former Lesotho army chief, Maaparankoe Mahao, was released this week. This is a report on the shots that were heard around the region
The search for the next Jwaneng: In its heydays, De Beers had highly trained experts on the ground in more than 20 countries across the globe, spending US$100 million annually searching for diamonds. Today, the search has been narrowed down to just three. We report on the hunt for the next Jwaneng beneath the desert sands in southern Botswana
The plan to outfox Lesedi la Rona ‘saboteurs’: In June, before the eyes of the whole world, Lucara Diamond Corp’s 1,109-carat Lesedi la Rona, the largest diamond recovered in a century and Botswana’s pride, failed to sell at auction. The failure, it has since been revealed, was the result of industry sabotage. With fresh viewings set for September, Lucara President, William Lamb speaks on the plan to outfox the hounds
Botswana calm as scramble for El Nino funds heats up: Donors have thus far released just $535 million of the $2.9 billion SADC states have asked for to cope with the effects of last season’s El Nino crisis. None of the funding has been towards Botswana, which is looking for $66 million, and yet panic bells are not being pressed. We find out why
How to move out of SA’s shadow: South Africa’s massive economy with its strong industrialisation and large population, casts a shadow across the region in the race to attract Foreign Direct Investment. There are ways around the challenge however. The experts from the world’s largest FDI research institute provide the answers