Okavango sabotage - Showdown in the Delta

The Angolan highlands are the source of the Okavango delta PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
The Angolan highlands are the source of the Okavango delta PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The future of the country’s top tourism revenue spot and eco-diversity hub, the Okavango Delta, could be at risk as studies suggest countries upstream of the World Heritage Site are diverting the rivers that feed the Delta, cutting its inflows and eroding its tourism value.

The Okavango River basin, stretching from the Angolan highlands through Namibia and on to Botswana is facing an unprecedented disaster, with some environmental analysts already warning that the Okavango Delta is dying.

Reports from the tourism heartland indicate that Angola, where the rivers feeding the Delta originate, is possibly diverting waters for mega-scale agricultural projects, as citizens there have complained that their nation “simply watches” rivers flow by to create millions of pula for Botswana via the Delta tourists.

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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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