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National Arms of Botswana

Coat of arms (crest) of National Arms of Botswana

Official blazon

Argent three barrulets wavy in fesse Botswana blue between in chief three Botswana blue cogwheels, one above engaged with two below and in base a brown bull's head caboshed proper, and for the supporters on either side a zebra the dexter supporting a white elephant's tusk the sinister a green stalk of sorghum and brown sorghum head with white grains proper. Motto "Pula" in black on a Botswana blue half tone scroll. The reverse side of the scroll is red.


The above arms were adopted on January 25, 1966.

The shape of the shield is rather strange, as it is a shape used by many tribes in the eastern part of Africa (Kenya, Tanzania), and also in the eastern part of South Africa but not by the Tswana tribes in Botswana. The cog wheels symbolise mining and industry in the country. The waves symbolise the (few) rivers in the country, and the importance of water. The bull's head symbolises the importance of cattle herding for the economy of the country.

The supporters are two zebra (Equus zebra), which are common among the wildlife in Botswana. The supporters hold an elephant's tusk, as a symbol for the former ivory trade, and an ear of sorghum (millet, Sorghum bicolour), the main local crop.

The motto Pula means Rain, indicating the importance of rain (and water) for the country. It is also used as a normal greeting in the country.

Coat of arms (crest) of National Arms of Botswana

The arms on a coin

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