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Botswana Celebrate her progress
12/10/16
Botswana Celebrate her progress Deserving an applause for the outstanding progress is the Republic of Botswana for having fought tirelessly to gain independence despite the many reasonable solid reasons which were laid by the whites before former leaders of this nation which could have easily been major setbacks to the determined three Chiefs.

Botswana Celebrate her progress

Deserving an applause for the outstanding progress is the Republic of Botswana for having fought tirelessly to gain independence despite the many reasonable solid reasons which were laid by the whites before former leaders of this nation which could have easily been major setbacks to the detemined three Chiefs.

Given the nation’s subsequent progress, many may not be aware of just how daunting the economic, political and social challenges Batswana faced back then were like. Botswana was listed as one of the world’s ten least developed countries due to lack of basic infrastructure, as well as tangible wealth. Illiteracy was widespread, while less than seventy people in the territory then possessed any form of post-secondary school qualification.

This was revealed before the nation His Excellency the President Lt Gen Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama during the 2016 independence celebrations last week. He said that most outside experts were of the view that Botswana would remain dependent on the handouts of others. “Surrounded as the country was, by hostile white minority rule regimes, many dismissed Botswana’s potential to survive, much less prosper as a non-racial democracy” he stated. All this was made overlooking some of the country’s potential which included natural resources, and the fact that the society was already rich in its values of unity, Democracy and self-help.

To Botswana’s advantage, having overlooked those important aspects lead to Botswana now celebrating 50 years of independence on September 30 this year. To show the steps of development during this year’s celebrations different ministries and private companies showcased their gradual developments timeline over the years through the float procession. Through all the five decades even the use of different vehicles showed a story of the different improvements ranging from the infrastructure to services offered.

In his pwerfully inspired message to Batswana who thronged the stadium, the President advised them to celebrate all the progress made over the past fifty years and continue to work together in the next fifty years to build a society that delivers a dignified life for all. The journey continues...

His Excellency also acknowledged and thanked his predecessors, former Presidents, Sir Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae for their service to the nation. He urged the nation to strive for even more self-reliance, and to also remain at peace with ourselves and with neighbours for everlasting stability.

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