Saturday, June 22, 2024

Motswana heads regional water body for first time in history

For the first time ever, the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) is headed by a Motswana. ORASECOM is responsible for managing the waters of the transboundary Orange-Senqu River basin which are shared by Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa. Last Thursday, Comfort Molosiwa, a veteran Motswana hydrogeologist, started a five-year contract as ORASECOM’s new Executive Secretary at the water body’s office in South Africa’s Gauteng Province.

The Orange-Senqu River basin covers an area of 1 000 000 km², 7.9 percent (79 000 km²) of it falling within Botswana as the Molopo River. The 2 300 km long River originates in Lesotho, where it is called the Senqu – Orange is the name given to it by Dutch explorer Robert Jacob Gordon in honour of the Dutch ruling family, the House of Orange.

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