By Ian Taylor, Gladys Mokhawa
It has been stated that diamonds are Botswana’s ally, yet with the
rise of the ‘conflict diamonds’ factor in overseas politics, spurred on in
the major via non-governmental corporations, Botswana has felt compelled
to cross at the offensive to cajole the diamond-buying public that its
diamonds are ‘clean’ and legit. This ‘Diamonds for Development’
project has in contemporary months been one of many major planks of Botswana’s
foreign coverage. despite the fact that, a parallel NGO crusade round the factor of the
San Bushmen has emerged that, in response to perceptions linking diamonds
to the elimination of the San from their houses, threatens Gaborone’s image
as a manufacturer of ‘clean’ diamonds.1 this text makes an attempt to provide an explanation for the
dynamics in the back of those matters presently bedevilling Botswana’s
relations with the skin world.
African Affairs (2003), 102, 261–283.
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Not Forever: Botswana, Conflict Diamonds and the Bushmen by Ian Taylor, Gladys Mokhawa