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: 2,214,858 (2017)

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

  • Thu - Dec 13, 2018: 'Masisi Is Not BDP President' - Jacobs - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [The Patriot] A sequel to the 2008 Gomolemo Motswaledi vs Ian Khama & Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) case is playing out before the High Court in a more dramatic fashion after a Bulela Ditswe loser, Kamal Jacobs, raised questions about the legitimacy of President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
  • Wed - Dec 12, 2018: PSLE Results Improve 1.16 Percent - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [The Patriot] Teacher trade union Botswana Sectors of Educators Union (BOSETU) has hailed teachers for a sterling job that has resulted in an improvement in the 2018 PSLE Examination results. BOSETU Publicity Secretary, Edwin Maitshoko, said the results are a reflection of the hard work, dedication and commitment that teachers always exhibit in carrying out their work amid difficult circumstances under which they toil. "We salute all teachers in this sub - sector for the hard work that they have put in teaching and prep
  • Wed - Dec 12, 2018: BMD Constituencies Divide UDC - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [The Patriot] Members of political parties under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) are said to be growing restless as the leadership procrastinates over making a decision regarding constituencies that were vacated by the expelled Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). At the center of the problem is the fight for the 14 constituencies which were held by the expelled founding member of UDC, Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The fight has pitted Botswana National Front (BNF) and its offshoot Botswana Congress
  • Thu - Dec 6, 2018: Afrocup - Petro Eliminate Orapa of Botswana - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [ANGOP] Luanda -Petro de Luanda defeated Botswana's Orapa United 2-0 in the second leg of the first qualifying round of the African Confederation Cup played in Gaborone.
  • Thu - Dec 6, 2018: Why Is Kgosi Protected? - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [The Patriot] As DPP fails to charge him, again!