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Botswana voted best governed country in Africa

September 24, 2015 | Author: Thebe Botswana | Gaborone

 

Botswana’s President Ian Khama has received yet another thumbs up after his country was ranked the top African nation in this year’s Legatum Prosperity Index. The diamond-rich nation, under the leadership of Mr Khama, fared well in the Governance and Personal Freedom categories, which encompasses freedom of speech, religion, national tolerance for immigrants and ethnic and racial minorities. Botswana also scored well in Entrepreneurship and Opportunity sub-indices.

This comes a few months after the African leadership index ranked the Botswana leader Africa’s best head of state together with Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam. The Legatum Index is an annual assessment of global wealth and well-being, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct categories: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship and Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety and Security; and Social Capital. Biasness Botswana’s opposition parties have, once again, come out guns blazing accusing rating agencies of misleading people.

Namibia, 51 in the world, were ranked second in the continent with South Africa (53) taking third place while Ghana (55) and Tunisia (58) were fourth and fifth respectively.

Botswana is placed behind Mauritius (21), but is ahead of Namibia (46), Zambia (48) and Lesotho (49), South Africa (121) and Zimbabwe (149). Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia remain the world’s least peaceful countries.

Opposition leader, Mr Dumelang Saleshando of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) argued that the ratings are primarily drawn from the Gross Domestic Product and inflation levels, something he feels may be misguiding. “They turn a blind eye on the fact that these do not always translate into a better economy, health and education system, good governance and employment,” the BCP president said. Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) spokesman, Mr Moeti Mohwasa also accused the rating agencies of bias towards their own interests. Programme Director for the Legatum Prosperity Index, Mr Nathan Gamester, said the latest report gives reason for cautious optimism in Africa. “The potential for development and growth across the world’s most dynamic continent is enormous. Good governance and a supportive business environment remain crucial for building a prosperous country.

As such, our hope is that growing prosperity across the region will empower the people of Africa to demand more from their governments and institutions, enabling them to progress yet further on the path to prosperity.” The annual index is reviewed by a panel of scholars and academics representing a range of disciplines.


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Taylor Swift in Botswana!

September 10, 2015 | Author: Thebe Botswana | Gaborone

We as Batswana already know that we have the most beautiful country in the world. Now the rest of the world knows that too, thanks to global superstar Taylor Swift!

Parts of Taylor Swift's latest music video Wildest Dreams were filmed in northeastern Botswana. 

The gorgeous aerial views that Taylor and Scott Eastwood fly over in their two-seater plane were shot in the Kalahari Desert, at San Camp. In the video, Taylor Swift is seen walking across the crust of our beautiful Makgadikgadi salt pans.

"The production was initially cloaked in secrecy and we didn’t know who it was for, which was frustrating at first,” said James Stenner, co-founder of Barclay Stenner Safari Co. “We were blown away when we heard it was for none other than a global superstar, Taylor Swift! It wasn’t like a normal safari at all."

The production involved a tiger moth aircraft flown from South Africa, as well as helicopters, and state of the art filming equipment that presented some interesting logistical challenges. Especially so when filming six locations in four days, and covering over 1500 kilometres in the process.

 

And the great thing is, all proceeds from the video will go toward the African Parks Foundation of America. 

Enjoy the video.

 


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Why Botswana is such a great country!

September 10, 2015 | Author: Thebe Botswana | Gaborone

Here is a little lesson on Botswana! Have a look and see why we are such a great country!

In this educational video he explains why Botswana is so great, from the diamond mines to our international relationships and how the Okavango works! Enjoy the video and let us know what you think!

 

More great info about Botswana below the video!

 

 

Want more facts on Botswana?

We compiled a list for you:

  1. Botswana is the best country for comparing meerkats. No other country has so many of them.
  2. The coat of arms of Botswana is based on a shield supported by two zebras.
  3. One zebra is also holding an elephant's tusk, the other a stalk of millet.
  4. According to a report in 2007 there are more African elephants in Botswana than anywhere else.
  5. The number of elephants in Botswana was given as 133,829, with Tanzania in second place on 108,816 elephants.
  6. In the !Xoo language of Botswana and Namibia, spoken by about 4,000 people, there are 112 distinct sounds (there are about 40 in English).
  7. The ! at the start of !Xoo represents one of the five basic click sounds in the language.
  8. Botswana won its first Olympic medal at London 2012 when Nijel Amos won silver in the 800 metres. Amantle Montsho won the women’s 400 metres at the 2011 world championships.
  9. Botswana is the world’s third-biggest diamond producer, behind Russia and Canada.


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