Botswana/bɒtˈswɑːnə/, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana:Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as Batswana (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition of stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections.
Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred metres long.
A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, now boasting a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa. Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth-largest in Africa) gives the country a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tlou Energy signed a 10MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) ... The first phase will be a 10MW power project with electricity to be sold to Botswana Power Corporation ... Without sufficient internally produced power, neighbouring countries effectively control Botswana's energy security.
Botswana's domestic power currently comes 100% from coal, and recurring breakdowns at one of its main power stations have left the country reliant on imports from South Africa and Mozambique, as well as diesel generators, to cover shortfalls.
Twelve years after its establishment in the country’s eastern gasfields, Tlou Energy executives this morning signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) ... “We know the funds Botswana is spending in importing power and if that money could be ...
GABORONE, Botswana — On June 11, 2019, Botswana moved toward being a state that no longer held some of its citizens (and, by extension, visitors) as criminals if they identified within the LGBTQ spectrum ...There are some key things to understand about what the High Court did for people in Botswana.
Morupule B troubles lead to an increase in power importation ...Botswana imported 47.8 percent of electricity distributed locally during the second quarter of 2021. The bulk of this came from the South African power utility, Eskom which contributed 57.8 percent of the total power that Botswana imported.
At independence, a dark cloud hovered over Botswana... It did not make sense to think of any future for a small poor country geographically enveloped by powerful and hostile regimes diametrically opposed to principles Botswana cherished ... The non alignment policy earned Botswana friends and sympathy across the two rival super powers.
It may sound awkward to talk about Botswana’s 55-year sovereignty without mentioning the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ... Fifty-five years later, the BDP remains the party in State power ... In 1966, Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa ... But upon attaining independence, Botswana rapidly came off age.
Without support from world superpowers, the scenario is serving to boost the capacity of African regional powers ... At that time, Rwanda had also sent troops to the region with the same objective, which indicates that there is a kind of “military race” to help Mozambique – and, consequently, demonstrate power at the regional level.