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this site, reported by Dov
Gutterman, 8 Mar 1999
Coat of Arms were
adopted on 25
The shape of the shield is rather strange, as it is a shape used in East
Africa and not by the Tswana tribes. The cog wheels symbolise mining and industry in the country. The
waves symbolise the (few) rivers in the country, and the importance of water.
The bull's head symbolises the importance of cattle herding for the economy of
The supporters are two zebra (Equus zebra), which are common among the
wildlife in Botswana.
The supporters hold an elephant's tusk, as a symbol for the former ivory trade,
and a ear of sorghum, the main local crop.
The motto Pula means 'rain',
indicating the importance of rain for the country.
Source: Ralf Hartemink's
Jarig Bakker, 24 Jan 2002
Both the currency and
national motto of Botswana
are Pula which means 'rain'.
To a Motswana, pula means more than just the wet stuff which falls out
the sky: it stands for luck, life and prosperity. In Mmabatho, in
the former South African Homeland of Bophuthatswana, one of the most impressive pieces of architecture is the
water tower in the symbolic shape of two hands holding aloft a bowl. Probably
not really surprising imagery for such a dry region.
Stuart A.Notholt, 3 November