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We are quite pleased and proud to be able to produce the momentous volume 50 of the Botswana Notes and Records (BNR) which is the country’s longest surviving indigenous journal. As the title of this introductory piece indicates, the production of the volume serves two purposes. Firstly, the volume celebrates the journal’s golden jubilee. Since its inception in 1968 when the first volume appeared it has continuously published one volume yearly without failure. Even during the very challenging times when its mother body, The Botswana Society, teetered on the brink of collapse at the turn of the new millennium owing to dire financial straits, the BNR, kept appearing.