Botswana loses millions of Pula to piracy and use of counterfeit goods. According to Business Software Alliance piracy study of 2009 Botswana lost over US$ 11 million to the economy due to piracy.
As a way of fighting piracy in Botswana, Botswana Criminal Justice Association (BOCRIJA) in conjunction with Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry and local artists and other stakeholders will hold a march on August 4 to sensitise the public on the copyright laws.
The march will start at Gaborone Secondary School grounds and move around the city, ending at the same venue where other activities are planned.
“The objective links with Companies and Intellectual Property Authority’s (CIPA) objective which seeks to educate and sensitise the public about anti-piracy,” said BOCRIJA chairperson Vincent Mafuta.
He said the sensitisation will be taken to other parts of the country, especially major villages to ensure that their message is not only centred in Gaborone.
On their organisation, Mafuta said it was founded in 2013 and registered with the registrar of societies in 2015 and is a member of Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (BOCONGO) with the aim of mobilising the community and stakeholders to reduce escalating criminal behaviors and injustices in all sectors.