The double meaning has also permitted the fiction, widely accepted in outside reporting, that Botswana's success as a multiparty liberal democracy is based on an ethnically homogeneous population, when abundant state resources based upon diamond mining, responsibly and equitably distributed, are the more likely source of stability. Bordering on South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia, it is 224,607 square miles (581,730 square kilometers) in area, about the same size as France.
This fiction may indeed have supported the building of an officially nonethnic, state-oriented society, but has come under sharp challenge in the 1990s, as minority groups request the privileges of official recognition. Two-thirds of the country is comprised of the Kalahari Desert, which is covered with grasses and scrub but has scarce surface water.
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But the word also refers to ethnically "Tswana" people, as distinct from the other ethnic groups present in the country.
This double meaning allows for both the expression of strong civic national sentiments and debate about the dominance of Tswana people and ideology over the broader population.
Bot swana means "place of Tswana" in the dominant national language ( Set swana), and the citizenry are called Bat swana, or Tswana people.Naijaplanet is a free Nigerian dating website with attractive single men and women living in Nigeria and around the world.It's an awesome medium for online communication with interesting people who are open to friendship, flirting, true love, and building a relationship towards marriage.The term Batswana, however, bears a double meaning.In government rhetoric, it refers to all citizens of Botswana.