It covers all residents aged 65 and older, and is funded completely by the government.The majority of students not completing the secondary level are boys who must herd cattle and girls who become pregnant.A variety of mainline denominations are represented, but many Batswana Christians are affiliated with independent churches.In all cases, a valid rabies vaccination certificate and a certificate no older than 2 weeks from a veterinarian stating that the animal is in good health should also accompany the pet.Approximately 4,300,000 people live in the eastern rim of the country along the railroad corridor connecting Zimbabwe with South Africa.The government stresses primary health care with emphasis on disease prevention and healthy living.
There are also a number of South African and US franchises in Botswana, including fast food, supermarkets and department stores.The blue stripes are separated from the black by thin white stripes.However, Khama II, chief of the Ngwato (the largest Tswana nation), curbed the depredations of the Ndebele and established a fairly unified state.The country was first inhabited by nomadic Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, and later by Bantus.Botswana also enjoys duty-free access to the European Community for most of its products (source of 15% of foreign direct investment).
The capital, Gaborone, has a population of about 135,000 and is located in the southeast of the country, almost on the border with South Africa.The other 5 smaller political parties that contested did not win any seat but in total won about 5% of the popular vote.More than half the population is at least nominally Christian.The Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) and the National Development Bank (NDB) offer specialized development assistance.The main rail line from Cape Town to Bulawayo runs through Botswana for about 400 miles, serving the main towns in the eastern part of the country.
Secondary school students attend classes from 7:10 am or 7:15 am until 12:30 or 1 pm, depending on the individual schools.While younger people should be deferential to their elders, and women to men, these patterns are sustained more strongly in villages than in the urban areas.Tswana chiefs Bathoen Khama III and Sebele, accompanied by sympathetic missionaries, sailed to England to meet with Colonial Minister Joseph Chamberlain.History San (Bushmen) were the aboriginal inhabitants of what is now Botswana, but they constitute only a small portion of the population today.In the elections of 26 October 1974, the ruling BDP raised its total of elective seats to 27, while the BNF won 2 seats, the BPP 2, and the BIP 1.
Botswana has historically favored free market policies and encourages foreign investment, although a monopoly in the diamond industry discourages smaller mining ventures.Chiefs of the eight principal ethnic groups are ex-officio members of the House with additional members representing other smaller tribes.In November 1995, amidst worsening economic conditions and civil unrest, the government announced constitutional reforms, which limited the president to two terms, although a stipulation was added that the rule would not apply to the sitting president.The principal crops for domestic use are sorghum, corn, and millet.The eastern third of the country, with more rainfall and fertile soils, is home to most of the population.These were the United Action Party led by Ephraim Lepetu Setshwaelo, the Independence Freedom Party (IFP) led by Motsamai Mpho, and the Botswana Progressive Union (BPU) led by D. K. Kwele.Executive authority is vested in the district commissioner appointed by the central government.Indeed this sector has seen slow growth since 2000 following the closure of the Hyundai vehicle-assembly plant and the emphasis on manufacturing as the main source of future growth has been questioned.Approximately 33% of married women (ages 15 to 49) were using contraception.
Though promising, industrial development is limited by a small domestic market, weak infrastructure, import dependence, and small skilled labor force.The constitution of Botswana ensures a free press and free speech, and the government is said to highly respect these rights.However, Amoco has studied the possibility of extracting methane from coal beds.To accomplish this, unified secondary schools for Forms I to V will be built in the remotest areas, and larger senior secondary schools will be constructed in the urban areas.It was encouraging foreign direct investment in non-mining sectors of the economy, including light manufacturing, tourism, financial services, and pharmaceuticals.
Bring moderately-heavy, washable clothing such as sweaters, shawls, lined raincoats, and light parkas.Rainfall varies from less than 9 in. (23 cm) per year in the southwest to about 25 in. (64 cm) in the north.Therefore, in 1886 Britain established a protectorate over Bechuanaland.The Department of Curriculum Development plans, develops, and evaluates school curricula for primary and for junior and senior secondary schools.Average growth in this sector during the 1990s was 3.8%, and it was seen in the early 2000s as having the most growth potential in the country.Botswana Extension College was founded in 1973 as part of the Ministry of Education.Medical Rescue International provides ambulance transfers (by land and air) by qualified paramedic staff.Jwaneng, the richest diamond mine in Africa, treated 8.9 million tons of ore and recovered 12.8 million carats in 2003.
Mogae has confirmed that he plans to run for another presidential term, which has helped maintain unity within the BDP.The sunny weather allows tennis enthusiasts to get plenty of practice at the American court, or the Notwane or Gaborone Club courts.Light aircraft are available to take travelers into this wilderness area, though charters are expensive and so are the camps set up in the bush to accommodate those on safari.All those receiving first and second class in their final senior secondary examinations are eligible to be admitted.It pays a flat-rate monthly pension, which is adjusted periodically according to the cost of living.The AIDS epidemic causes higher death and infant mortality rates, and lowers life expectancy.If the pet is to transit South Africa, a South African transit permit is required.
A National Library branch, health center and a meteorological station are found in Mahalapye.Students entering high priority areas receive aid priorities over those in areas deemed less essential.The short wave site has four 100 kilowatt short wave transmitters for long distance broadcasting.The construction of dams and the drilling of boreholes to tap underground water are continuing government programs.