A civil service strike in Botswana closes many hospitals.
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.
Nepalese authorities state that they are "discussing their response" to Trump's recent comment which referred to their country (among others) as a "shithole". Botswana summoned their U.S. ambassador, asking for clarification and expressed their concerns.
Kenyan police arrest "Daily Nation" senior reporter John Ngirachu who wrote about corruption at the Interior Ministry. Reports alleging outrageous spending by civil servants has raised pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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.