Find Printing and Publishing expertise in Botswana
Some international publishers, for example Nasou Via Afrika (through its subsidiary Collegium), Macmillan and Pearson, are represented in Botswana. There is a small local publishing scene – publishing mainly academic and literary works – that includes Mmegi Publishing House, the University of Botswana and the Botswana Society. The Botswana Publishing Industries Association is the publishing industry body. According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13, Botswana is ranked 45th out of 144 for its intellectual property protection, with a score of 4.1. It is ranked higher than its neighbouring countries with Lesotho ranking 104th in the GCR with a score of 3.0, and Zimbabwe ranking 94th out of 144 scoring 3.1 for its intellectual property protection.
The official language of Botswana is English; however around 4.4 million people speak Tswana, or Setswana as it is also known. The language is also recognised nationally in Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The literacy rate in Botswana is 94% for males under 24 and 97% for females under 24 (2005-10). Despite this, the secondary school net enrolment ratio is 56% for males and 64% for females (2007-10) therefore establishing a solid market for educational publishers in particular.
There are two main educational institutions in Botswana: the University of Botswana and the Botswana College of Agriculture. The University of Botswana has a student population of 15,000 making it viable for a publishing market.
The country is hosted the 50th Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2013, the world’s leading children’s publishing and multimedia products event. The fair accommodated around 1200 exhibitors from 66 countries and 5000 international professional trade representatives in a bid to develop new business opportunities in the publishing industry, as well as enjoy the best in children’s educational materials.
Printing companies include Associated Printers, Botswana Printing and Publishing Company and Gaborone Printing Works, all based in Gaborone. Most books are imported from South Africa and most of the textbooks used in schools and colleges in Botswana are published in South Africa, the USA or the UK. The Dikgang Publishing Company is responsible for the publications of Mmegi and The Monitor, the country’s leading newspapers. Mmegi today has won numerous awards for the stories it has covered across all sectors of society.