The country Botswana is home to diverse people, cultures and various fauna and flora and lies south of the African continent. Although the country is predominantly made up of the Kalahari Desert, it offers visitors and those looking to make it their permanent home, the liberty to enjoy not only a beautiful country, but also excellent education, health care and business opportunities. Its neighbouring countries sharing boarders are South Africa on the south and southeast, Namibia on the west and north, Zimbabwe on the northeast and Zambia joining the north.
Botswana was a country run by mainly 2 tribes, the Tswana and Ndebele tribes who also mainly inhabited the country. However, in the year 1885 it was declared a British protectorate by Royal Decree. Later the Dutch Boer settlers occupied the former Transvaal which resulted in growing tensions between opposing British and Dutch rulers which gave rise to segregation and war within the region. The leaders of Botswana requested independence from British rule but it was denied. After several years of fighting and continued struggle for liberation from foreign rulers, in 1966 Botswana became an independent country.
Today the country’s constitution serves to protect the rights of its people. Despite former tensions with neighbouring countries, Botswana now shares good relations with South Africa, Zimbabwe and several other countries, including the U.S who helped the country establish a proper defence force known as BDF.
The country was able to restore itself from being one of the poorest countries in the world, into a middle-income country. It also had the good fortune to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world (per capita). Some of the country’s major industries include mining as the country is rich in natural recourses as well as construction.
Just as the economy of the country gained stability and growth, the education system is also rated as one of Africa’s best with a strong increase in the literacy rate of adults in the country having grown from 69% in 1991 to 83% in 2008.
The government of Botswana allows expat children to receive education at government schools, but the country also has several international schooling and higher education facilities. Some rural areas however, are not as advanced as the country’s major cities with infrastructure and schools.
As mentioned within this article, leading industries includes mining and construction. The country also specialises in several sectors which include tourism, telecommunications, education, IT and more. Languages spoken in the country is English as well as Setswana, so living and getting by with the locals is not a difficult task.
The country has strong health care improvements that offer government and private health care facilities to locals and foreigners alike. However, as with most developing African countries, some major medical procedures are not possible and thus a transfer to neighbouring South Africa could be undertaken. It is encouraged that foreigners have adequate medical insurance to cover costs incurred.
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