Botswana

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INFORMATION

Capital: Gabarone

Government: Parliamentary Republic

Current President: Mokgweetsi Masisi

Economy:

  • Botswana has enjoyed one of the fastest growth rates per capita income in the world since independence.
  • Since 1980’s, the country has been the world’s largest producer of gem-quality diamonds.  As such, diamond mining will continue to be the mainstay of Botswana’s economy, with known current reserves sufficient for at least the next 20 years.

Population: 2,249,104 (2018)

Land Size: 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Tswana (or Setswana): 79%
  • Kalanga: 11%
  • Basarwa: 3%
  • Other, including Kgalagadi and white: 7%
Religions:

  • Christian: 71.6%
  • Badimo(indigenous African religion): 6%
  • Other: 1.4%
  • Unspecified: 0.4%
  • None: 20.6%

Language(s):

  • Setswana: 78.2%
  • Kalanga: 7.9%
  • Sekgalagadi: 2.8%
  • English (official): 2.1%
  • Other: 8.6%
  • Unspecified: 0.4%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Oct 18, 2019: Candidates Promise Increased Citizen Participation - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The four candidates vying for the presidency in next week's general elections have admitted that Batswana were, to varying degrees, not in control of the country's economy.
  • Fri - Oct 18, 2019: Murder Suspect Appear Before Molepolole Magistrate Court - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Moleolole -A Mankgodi man, suspected to have killed a 42-year-old Tutume man on Saturday night at Jacaranda Bar in Mmankgodi, was Tuesday arraigned before Molepolole Principal Magistrate Kefilwe Resheng on a single count of murder.
  • Fri - Oct 18, 2019: We Will Accept Results - Presidential Candidates - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -As Botswana heads to the polls next Wednesday, the four presidential candidates have assured the nation that they will accept the outcome of the elections.
  • Fri - Oct 18, 2019: Dr Moeti Convenes the African Advisory Committee On Health Research and Development - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [WHO] Gaborone, Botswana - 15 October 2019: The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, convened a two-day meeting of the African Advisory Committee on Health Research and Development where she welcomed new members and thanked those who served in the previous committee for accepting to join the committee. She requested a moment of silence in remembrance of the late Professor Bongani Mayosi who chaired the previous committee.
  • Fri - Oct 18, 2019: Kenewendo Launches Smart Green Botswana Makeathon - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Mr Bogolo Kenewendo, on Tuesday launched the first ever "smart green" Botswana Makeathon at the University of Botswana.