The Botswana government has introduced the National Development Plan whereby it says it will make sure that most jobs are occupied by locals instead of foreigners. The government has already said that 80 percent of the country’s teaching jobs should be in the hands of locals, a move that will affect Zimbabweans who have significant numbers at private schools.
The country has tightened immigration regulations in an effort to block the influx of foreigners into the country while foreign workers that are already in Botswana are expected to be gradually pruned from some of the jobs designated for local people. Indications are that foreigners in the education sectors will be negatively affected by this move as the country says the bulk of teaching jobs should be reserved for Batswana.
Several Zimbabwean teachers, including Sithembeni Moyo and Andreas Ndlovu, said they are now living in fear of losing their jobs as the government is moving fast to remove foreigners from most teaching jobs.
When she was interviewed by VOA, Moyo said,
We have been informed that we may not be able to retain our jobs when we try to renew our contracts. The future looks bleak for teachers and other Zimbabweans working here.
Ndlovu then added that they have to start looking for jobs in other countries as Botswana appears to be dumping them,
It’s very tough … There is nothing we can do because we are foreigners. We have to start looking for jobs in other countries because it’s not possible to go back home where there are no jobs.
Efforts to contact Botswana government officials for more details on this new program were fruitless.