Bigger vision or nightmare

Hopeful investors during a field tour of the area that would later become Boseto Mine
Hopeful investors during a field tour of the area that would later become Boseto Mine

When the Australian mining company came to the three villages in the heart of Ngamiland, in the north west location of Botswana, it seemed at first like some kind of salvation from the heavens.

For years, residents of Botlhatlogo, Sehithwa and Toteng, were among the poorest in Botswana; in 2014, according to the government-run Statistics Botswana, found that 46.2% of the district’s residents lived in abject poverty.

But the 2010 advent of a first ever copper mine in their midst raised hopes that perhaps things would turn out for the better. But that hope has all but fizzled out.

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Wearing of masks behind closed doors has been mandatory following the government’s August decision that the public was freed from masking in outdoor spaces.According to a press statement from the ministry, all other remaining COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing in schools and requirements for vaccination or PCR tests at ports of entry have also been relaxed.Statistics still show that hundreds still die daily due to the pandemic around...

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