A study by Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, and headed by geneticist Vanessa Hayes, pinpoints the Okavango region in northern Botswana as the origin of modern humans. Other scientists express skepticism at this, particularly at the study's primary evidence coming from mitochondrial DNA.
A adj=on - m wide asteroid named 2018 LA was estimated (before impact) to have an 82% chance of having impacted Earth today, with several corroborating reports from Botswana. An OFM media report from near Klerksdorp, North West province, South Africa, describes "'a light' falling from the sky" at 18:49 (UTC+02:00) Saturday night.
San bushmen in Botswana lose a court case in which they requested the re-opening of their traditional Kalahari waterhole from which the government forced them out when diamonds were discovered there in the 1980s.