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If you are moving to Botswana......

Discussion in 'Indians in Africa' started by balamotwani, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. sabithapulluri

    sabithapulluri New IL'ite

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    Hi all,

    I'm sabitha and new to this forum.I'ld like to know some more information regarding life at botswana particularly Gabarone.My husband is moving soon to gabarone on onsite and im not accompanying him.So can anyone please help me to give some more information like life at gabarone,food,indians around there,cost of living,necessary things to carry from india and the climatic conditions present.
    Please reply as soon as possible because he is moving on 15th of march.Eagrly waiting for some reply.............

    Thanks in advance
    Sabitha
     
  2. divyaparu83

    divyaparu83 New IL'ite

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    Hi all,

    I read all you have written about Botswana. I had been there for 1.5 years in Gaborone. I started my marital life there and now I have moved on to Bahrain.

    I also had been working as an executive in a partnership firm there. The only MBA in an office full of CAs, ICWAs, Internal Auditors and undergraduates... :thumbsup

    Though most of the articles above were regarding the economy and the wrong side of the country and its minus points, my mind hovers through the sunny days and the most enjoyed days of my life... :whistle

    The people there (Motswana) reflect how you behave to them. If you smile at them, wish them, enquire about them and then assign the job or request for help, they are sure to do anything for you. If you are friendly with them, they are eager to teach you their culture, be friendly with you and be very helpful. This applies to all people, educated or not.:)

    Also even if you follow the ranking hierarchy in offices, out side the office after working hours, all are friends. In most of the offices, you address even the senior most person by their first name; sometimes short names. :wink: You drink(soft if not hot drinks):cheers, dance and socialise with them freely during parties - Indians,locals and other nationalities alike.

    For vegetarian people, you do not have much choices there. Its the same old list of items in Indian restaurants. Also you get a limited selection of vegetables. Other cuisine restaurants and eat out offer vegetarian dishes - mainly sandwiches and finger chips...

    Petrol is not so costly as in India and also S African visa is free for Indians. Most of the people drive to S Africa for long week ends during June and December. Its just 3 hours drive from Gaborone.

    Though you cannot walk freely in Botswana as in India, its a haven for people who are carefree, friendly and of course those who drink. Its mainly people who make your life easy or difficult.

    I miss my days in Botswana....
     
  3. anngeorge

    anngeorge New IL'ite

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    Hi Divya,

    I read your article on Living in Botswana a few min ago. It felt good to hear someone say something nice about the place. I lived in Botswana for 18years until I moved out a few months ago and I miss the place as well as my family who still reside there. I am also Keralite so our paths have probably crossed at the Kerala Samajam programs.

    Take care,
     
  4. MaryJoseph

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    I am Mary and we might be moving to Botswana soon and would love to learn more about this country. We have a 10 year old daughter and would like to know about the schools and the education system there. I would also like to know about the availability of Indian lentils and masalas.

    I know there are a few Indian organisations but could not access the website. We are from Kerala and would like to know about the activities the associations do. Are there any Keralites in this forum?

    Basically I would like to know all about Botswana and the Indian community there.

    Thanks a lot,
    Mary
     
  5. raspt99

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    hi
    i am new to this and dont know exactly how to post enquiries. ok , i have got a job offer in the francistown hospital as a therapist with a yearly salary of 156617 P with 25% gratudity.
    i have few question:
    is francistown safe place for married couple?
    is the salary enough for 2? and can we save something?
     
  6. Dhanmathi

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    Dear friends,

    Am dhanmathi.... had received a proposal from a person working in Botswana, Gaborone.

    He is working as a Retail Operation manager in a Europe based retail group.

    His remuneration is Rs.110000 + P/m (take home). He has 100% mediclaim, Fully furnished house and car allowance.

    Is this money enough for a family to survive in that country in a pretty decent and simple life. Will there be any savings or would you advice the girl also to work there. Are there any employment oppurtunities for a MBA person.

    Please give your views as we are not aware of this city....

    regards
    Dhanmathi
     
  7. botswanasree

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    Dear Bala,Hello.I am new to Botswana.I am very interested in spirituality and philosophy.Wondering if there are any likeminded people in Gaberone.Would like to start a Vivekananda society.I am not a bengali but am sure there might be Bengalis who have similiar interest.Would you be in a position to provide information?
     

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