Saturday, 30 May 2020 at Matsieng Air Strip Rasesa

WesBank Botswana International Air Show

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30 May 2020

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The Botswana Airshow to be held at Matsieng Aerodrome (FBMA) in Botswana on 30 May 2020 is not only about having a tremendous day of fun and excitement for aviation enthusiasts all over Southern Africa.

All the proceeds, after accounting for all costs of presenting the event, is donated to local charities and worthy social institutions.

The organisers of Botswana Airshow would like to express its gratitude to the many sponsors, benefactors, participants and the visiting public which all contribute towards making the Botswana Airshow a success for eight consecutive years and we are all looking forward to welcoming everybody on 30 May at Matsieng Aerodrome for Botswana Airshow 2020.

Let us all make a special effort to have great fun and excitement while knowing that proceeds go for very worthy charitable causes.

100 Years of Flying in Botswana

By Jonathan Laverick

This year marks 100 years of powered flight in Botswana and Palapye airfield celebrates being one of the oldest aerodromes in the world. Coincidentally, the first aeroplane to land there was a South African Air Force DH-9 and this service also records its centenary this year. This series of articles will look how the Bechuanaland Protectorate came to contribute to one of the great early long distance flights, from London to Cape Town.

When the guns fell silent at eleven o’clock on November the eleventh, 1918, bringing to a close the Great War, one would have thought there would have been a period of rest and reflection as the victors collected their thoughts. One would have been wrong. Just over three weeks after the armistice came into effect a telegram arrived in Mafeking on the 28th, the seat of British power in Bechuanaland, announcing that a flight to Cape Town was being planned and that preparations should start immediately in order to support such a venture. 

For more on this feat, read:

  1. 100 Years of Flying in Botswana (Part 1)
  2. The Race is On (Part 2)
  3. Arrival, 100 Years of Flight in Botswana (Part 3)
  4. False Dawn and New Beginnings (Part 4)

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Lady Khama Charitable Trust
The Lady Khama Charitable Trust was created in memory of Lady Ruth Khama, the late widow of the late Sir Seretse Khama , the Founding President of Botswana.

The purpose of the Trust is to support charitable organisations that focus on helping the less fortunate with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. The Trust allocates its funds to dedicated projects in Botswana proposed by charitable organisations that can demonstrate good governance and financial discipline in their support of disadvantaged, in particular women and children in need.

The Lady Khama Charitable Trust's purpose is to help improve the lives of vulnerable women and children in Botswana. The Trust aims to achieve this by initiating, establishing, supplementing and promoting charitable and educational activities in Botswana and by raising and investing funds to support this mission.
Motswedi Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Persons
Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation

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Important Notice

Following the declaration of the COVID-19 virus outbreak as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation as well as measures imposed by Government to curb the spreading of this dreaded virus, the Matsieng Flying Club Trust regrets to advise that it was resolved to cancel the WesBank Botswana International Airshow 2020 scheduled for 30 May 2020.

Any inconvenience following our decision is highly regretted and you can be assured that it was not taken lightly. The resolution was however taken to be in the best interest after taking all prevailing factors into account.

We trust however that the situation may improve in future to resume this established event.