Sunday, July 12

ABOUT BOTSWANA

  Botswana is a landlocked country in the Southern African region. It shares borders with the following countries: Namibia (west and northwest); Zambia (north); Zimbabwe (northeast) and South Africa (east and south). Botswana lies between 20 and 30 degrees east of Greenwich, and between latitudes 18 and 27 degrees south of the Equator. More than half of the country lies within the tropical zone, north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Roughly the size of Kenya or France, Botswana has a land area of about 581730 square kilometres.
Country Name:  Botswana City: Gaborone Population: 2,330,687 Independence date: 30 September 1966 Head of State: His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi Keabetswe Eric Masisi Currency: Pula (BWP) Land size: 581730 km2 Main exports: Diamonds and Beef World Heritage Sites: Okavango Delta and Tsodilo Hills  

Basic Information


Coat of Arms 

Interpretation

Three wavy blue bands in the centre representing Botswana’s reliance on water. Three cog-wheels in mesh representing Industry. At the base a bull’s head symbolising the cattle industry. Two Zebras, one supporting an Elephant’s tusk, representing the natural fauna of the country. A head of sorghum representing Agriculture. The motto “Pula” means “let there be rain”.


National Flag

The national flag has five horizontal stripes having colour from top to bottom as follows. The blue colour represents rain and water, a rare commodity in Botswana. The black and white represents the racial composition of the nation. 

National Anthem 

Sfatshe la rona

1. Fatshe leno la rona, Ke mpho ya Modimo,
Ke boswa jwa borraetsho;
A le nne ka kagiso.

(chorus)

Tsogang, tsogang! banna, tsogang!
Emang, basadi, emang, tlhagafalang!
Re kopaneleng go direla
Lefatshe la rona.

2. Ina lentle la tumo
La chaba ya Botswana,
Ka kutlwano le kagisano,
E bopagantswe mmogo.

Our land ( english)

Blessed be this noble land, Gift to us from God’s strong hand, Heritage our fathers left to us, May it always be at peace

(Chorus)

Awake, awake! O men, awake! And women close behind them stand! Together we’ll work and serve, This land, this happy land

Work of beauty and of fame, The name Botswana to us came, Through our unity and harmony, We’ll remain at peace as one