Republic of Botswana
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Tswana or Batswana people are the principal inhabitants of the country formerly known as Bechuanaland. The territory was declared a British protectorate in 1895. Britain ruled through her High Commissioner in South Africa until the post was abolished in 1964. Frequent suggestions for the addition of Bechuanaland and the other two High Commission Territories to South Africa were rejected, the Africans being strongly against the idea. Economically, however, the country was very closely tied to that of South Africa and has remained so.


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Further Reading

  1. Central Statistics Office. Statistical Bulletin (Quarterly).Google Scholar
  2. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Botswana Handbook.—Kutlwano (Monthly).Google Scholar
  3. Colclough, C. and McCarthy, S., The Political Economy of Botswana. OUP, 1980Google Scholar
  4. Harvey, C. (ed.) Papers on the Economy of Botswana. London and Nairobi, 1981Google Scholar
  5. Molomo, M. G. and Mokopakgosi, B. (eds.) Multi-Party Democracy in Botswana. Harare, 1991Google Scholar
  6. Parson, J., Botswana: Liberal Democracy and Labour Resen’e in Southern Africa Aldershot, 1984Google Scholar
  7. Perrings, C., Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Case of Botswana London, 1995Google Scholar
  8. Wiseman, Joh., Botswana [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1992Google Scholar
  9. National statistical office: Central Statistics Office, Private Bag 0024, Gaborone. Website:

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