‘David and Goliath’ reach a gentleman’s agreement

Combining forces: Presidents Masisi and Ramaphosa with their respective trade ministers at last week’s meeting 
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Combining forces: Presidents Masisi and Ramaphosa with their respective trade ministers at last week’s meeting PIC: BITC FACEBOOK

From decades of living in the economic shadow of South Africa, Trade Minister, Mmusi Kgafela says an agreement has been reached to not compete but cooperate towards industrialisation. His counterpart, Ebrahim Patel, says the bigger prize is working together to replace the trillions Africa spends on imports. Staff Writers, MBONGENI MGUNI and PAULINE DIKUELO report

The matter of South Africa’s economic dominance of Botswana and other Southern African Customs Union (SACU) member states has boiled under the surface of various meetings between the regional neighbours over the decades.

COVID-19 sharply brought the debate to the fore.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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