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The Batswana, a term also used to denote all citizens of Botswana, refers to the country’s major ethnic group (the “Tswana” in South Africa), which came into the area from South Africa during the Zulu wars of the early 1800s. Prior to European contact, the Batswana lived as herders and farmers under tribal rule.

 

Botswana Gains Independence:

 

In June 1964, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana. The seat of government was moved from Mafikeng, in South Africa, to newly established Gaborone in 1965. The 1965 constitution led to the first general elections and to independence in September 1966. Seretse Khama, a leader in the independence movement and the legitimate claimant to traditional rule of the Bamangwato, was elected as the first president, re-elected twice, and died in office in 1980.

 

Continued Democracy in Botswana:

 

The 30th September 2016 came to be the 50 years golden jubilee and everyone celebrated with pride as a united nation.

African Bush Camps Foundation in partnership with the Chobe Enclave Communities and the Khwai Community, worked well this year to bring people together to celebrate, enjoy and at the same time positively and proactively affect their surroundings.

 

 

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Chobe Enclave

 

In Chobe the Soccer title went to the Ferry wanderers and Panda came in 2nd position after an enthralling match.

 

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In the woman’s football 1st position went to Chobe United and Vision sporting club.

 

Khwai Village

 

A small village of approximately 400 BaBukakhwe or River Bushmen located just outside Moremi Game Reserve in Northern Botswana. The people of Khwai are currently developing an eco-tourism and sustainable development program to conserve the area’s unique environment.

The Babukakhwae are a section of the Basarwa, bushmen . Most of the people in Khwai are Babukakhwae but some are Bayei as well. Bukakhwaedam is the ancestral language of this village, but Setswana speaking as well. Basarwa groups have been living in Botswana for at least 22,000 years but it is not known when the Babukakhwae identity coalesced and when they became attached to the Khwai floodplain. The elders of Khwai remember leading more traditional lifestyles of hunting and gathering up until the 1960s when they were encouraged to settle into villages. The villagers originally settled into what is now a part of Moremi Game Reserve but were forcibly removed by the Government of Botswana.

Through African Bush Camps Foundation, we support the community in a number of projects, and for the Botswana 50 years of Independence we supported the community of Khwai with a sports tournament which was a resounding success.

Position 1 in the Soccer went to Khwai football club. Getting a prize of full kits gold medals and a trophy.

Position 2 went to the Swallows with prize of Half Kit and Silver for the team.

The women of the community competed in Netball matches and 1st place went to the Green Stars getting a full kit, a trophy and medals. Position 2 went to Khwai netball club.

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This annual event has gone from strength to strength and we look forward to what next year brings with the wonderful communities of Botswana!

 

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