Botswana news serves to provide local news emanating from the country. While the southern African country seems one of the most stable countries in Africa, it still has some interesting news.
The country has a small population of barely two million people, with a majority residing in the capital of the country.
Botswana news is provided by mostly the media in the country. The country has a little but well-functioning media system which is monitored and controlled by the government. However, the constitution of the country allows for freedom of speech as well as freedom of the press, which are to a high extent respected by the government.
Electronic media, print, and online media are the major news sources of the country.
Botswana government through the Botswana Press Agency (BOPA), exercises some control over the electronic media of the country. Through the agency, the government censors majority of the contents of almost all the radio and television broadcasts in the country.
Radio Botswana, Radio Botswana 2, and Botswana Television (BTV) are the government-owned electronic media the country boasts of. Yarona FM and Gabz FM on the other hand, are the two private radio stations in the country, and they only broadcast in five of the country’s 10 largest towns. Garborone Broadcasting Company (GBC) is another TV station in the country; however, it places more emphasis on international programmes.
Print media in the country is dominated by Newspapers and magazines. The country has very few newspapers and they do not enjoy much patronage in the country.
Among Botswana newspapers are The Botswana Gazette, and Dikgang Tsa Gompieno, which is also known as Daily News. The paper is published by the government in English and Setswana languages. Another paper is the Mmegi (The reporter), which publishes in English language.
Dikgang Tsa Gompieno and Mmegi are the two daily newspapers in the country. While the former is owned by the government, Mmegi is an independent newspaper.
There are, however, other newspapers in the country including Botswana Guardian and The Voice Botswana.
To compliment the government owned Dikgang Tsa Gompieno Botswana newspaper, the government also publishes a magazine, Kutwalno. The magazine is a bilingual monthly publication.
The growth of internet access in Botswana has made the country a fertile land for the growth of online media. While in 2006 the percentage of internet users in the country was placed at 6% of the entire population, it grew to 11.5% in 2012 and 15% in 2013. By 2015, the usage had grown to 28.4%, covering over 620 thousand of the population.
This has made online media sources in the country to operate actively, coupled with the fact that there is limited or no government control. Most newspapers in the country have online new sites to add up to other news sites in the country.
There are various online news sites that cover events in the country. Among these is the Voice, or the Voice Botswana. The site is an online version for the print copy of the same newspaper. Other online news sources in Botswana are Mmegi, Daily News, Ibotswana, Midweek Sun and Weekend Post.
One major point of Botswana news is the politics in the country. Another important focus of the news is the economy of the country as well as the University of Botswana.
The University of Botswana is one of the few higher institutions in the small southern African country. The university began with the University of Basutoland (Lesotho), Bechuanaland (Botswana) and Swaziland (UBBS) in 1964.
One of the drives behind UBBS was to provide the southern African sub-continent an alternative university system apart from that provided by the Apartheid controlled South Africa.
UBBS became University of Botswana and Swaziland in 1975 when Lesotho pulled away from the union. The newly formed university did not however last long as the two countries divided the university into two in the early 1980s. This gave birth to the University of Botswana.
The University of Botswana is the largest and the main university of the country. The university offers programmes in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. UB has a population of over 15 thousand students in both levels.
There are seven faculties in the university’s four campuses. These faculties are Business, Education, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Health Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies. Two campuses of the university are in the capital of the country, Gaborone, while the remaining two are in Francistown and Maun.