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Of cowboys and corned beef, cattle in Botswana

Cattle is big in Botswana. Owning cattle is still considered a sign of wealth. The immense Kalahari dessert is seen by government and the Tswana, who form the vast majority of the population, as grazing ground for cattle. The indigenous people, the San, also known, condescendingly, as Bushmen, have no say in the matter. If they are lucky, the young men may get a job as cowboy, for a minimal wage. Small wonder a tin of corned beef in Europe costs so little.