A familiar uncertainty sets over the economy

Hard times: The economy suffered its deepest contraction since Independence in 2020 when COVID-19 hit PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Hard times: The economy suffered its deepest contraction since Independence in 2020 when COVID-19 hit PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Debswana, the country’s main economic actor, is on track to break a six-year record in sales, while government reserves and the budget are also shaking off the COVID-19 slump. However, as has so often happened in recent years, dark clouds are gathering on the horizon, notes Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI

To use American slang, the economy, which includes business activity, employment creation and the collective aspirations of Batswana, cannot seem to “catch a break”.

The boom economy which stretched from the late 1990s to the late 2000s with diamond and copper production reaching historic peaks, government surpluses rising to similar highs, while poverty and unemployment fell, seems a distant, wistful memory of consistency that policymakers and citizens desperately long for today.

Editor's Comment
Khama should desist from dirty campaigns

However, as a newspaper, we want to raise few disquiets for the umpteenth time with Khama, of course, and remind him that the country that he is robustly de-campaigning is now feeling the pain of his harm. Batswana need Khama to use his conservationist credentials to good use and benefit a country that is working so hard to achieve the high-income status by diversifying its economy away from diamond reliance.Khama has played his part unobstructed...

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