This week we continue our historical examination of Chobe District, which over the centuries has served as a crossroads linking the wealth of central and southern Africa across the Chobe and Zambezi rivers.

In our last instalment we had noted that the venerable Makololo monarch Sebetwane reached out to Dikgosi Letsholathebe, Sechele, and Sekgoma to request that the road to his kingdom be opened to the Europeans in return for access to the hunting grounds in Chobe.

As a result in 1851 Livingstone, once more joined by Oswell and Fleming, arrived at Linyandi just weeks before the great Mokololo's death on July 7. Thereafter, the trio explored the region north of the Zambezi River. While Livingstone remained behind at Sesheke, Oswell, apparently accompanied by Fleming, proceeded from the confluence of the river they labelled Chobe eastward along the Zambezi, only turning back after spotting the spray of Mosi-oa-Thunya or Victoria Falls. This was just over four years before their supposed discovery by Livingstone in November 1855.

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Masisi should avoid diplomatic tensions

Mokgweetsi Masisi’s recent spats regarding the supposed involvement of Eswatini and South Africa in accommodating former president Ian Khama have sparked concerns about the potential ramifications on diplomatic relations. While transparency is valued, it must be accompanied by strategic communication to mitigate unintended consequences.President Masisi’s comments during a diplomatic heads meeting have drawn attention to the delicate balance...

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