To get a feel for Botswana go to Australia!

High Commission building,Canberra
High Commission building,Canberra

Rre Magang in his recent, very interesting lecture at University of Botswana pointed out a number of peculiarities in what might be termed, our state of affairs. Because he has opened this particular door it may be that others will now take their opportunity and spell out their own concerns.

One of mine is the state of our architecture which really means of course the architecture of Gaborone, Francistown and now Palapye. Much of this being dominated, for most people, by the dreary, unimaginative design of so many of its shopping malls. But wait before leaping to too many conclusions. There is one award winning building which has been gaining all sorts of plaudits since it was opened by Minister Skelamani in 2009.

The design concept of this particular building was to present architecture of a timeless contemporary character, so says the blurb, which also incorporates elements of traditional forms and crafts.

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