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Many African governments have laid out such ambitious plans over the past 45 years and have failed, while this is a testing target indeed given that only 22% of Botswanans had access to electricity as recently as 2002.
The big question facing the government is whether to offer concessions to private firms or to set up Botswanan companies with some equity held by foreign investors, perhaps in the form of joint ventures, to enable production.
This new capacity could be coal fired, using Botswanan coal, but coal bed methane is certainly another attractive option, given that it would be more difficult to find an alternative market for the gas than it would be for the solid coal.
The British armed Botswanans to protect against the Germans to the west and the Boers to the south (Parson 1984: 22), but beyond this defense spending, the British did not engage in any kind of nation-building project in Bechuanaland.
The result was massive emigration into South Africa where Botswanans were guaranteed employment in Britain's colonial mining operations.
Many of the Botswanans had little or no formal exposure to modern equipment and were clearly fascinated by the presentation.
The ranch is owned by American's Eric and Oksana' Sparks, a couple with a novel approach to, the traditional Botswanan hunting operation.
The income from diamond mining has allowed the Botswanan government to balance its budget and provide comprehensive social and medical services for the Botswanan people, especially those suffering with AIDS.
In 2001, a World Health Organization study showed that only 33 percent of Botswanan men and 40 percent of women could identify two ways to prevent transmission of the virus.