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Title:The historical and politico-cultural significance of Botswana's pula currency
Author:Makgala, C.J.ISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Volume:22
Issue:1
Pages:41-55
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:currencies
History, Archaeology
Botswana--History
Money--Botswana--History
Abstract:In 1976 Botswana adopted its own pula (rain) currency and parted ways with the South African rand in an atmosphere of jubilation as the event was of major historical, political, economic and cultural significance. Even though history and culture suffer serious marginalization in the Botswana government development agenda and public psyche, in December 2005, when President Festus Mogae 'casually' suggested changing the name of the pula currency, he was severely criticized in some quarters in the name of history, culture and national pride. In the present overview of the monetary history of Botswana, the author navigates these contradictions from a historical, cultural and political perspective, as well as explaining the political context within which the debates on currency in Botswana were couched. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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