Japan is known as one of the most developed countries, and one of its economic pillars is the car manufacturing industry. Most of the people are in in old age, or the youthful population wants to own a car one day in their life though some don’t take it as a priority. It's more expensive to buy a brand new car from the showroom with 0 mileage. The only alternative to acquiring a car is by purchasing a second-hand car either locally or importing.
Most of the Asian car manufacturing countries are banking on the fact that African countries are not in a position to build their cars. Therefore they export most of their used cars to African countries at a lower price. Gaborone in Botswana has provided an ideal market to the Japan second-hand cars.
According to Anna Majelantle, a senior statistician in Botswana, 86.7% of the second-hand cars in the Botswana market are from Japan, Singapore coming second with 5% and South Africa third with 3.5%. Majelantle said that South Africa is leading in the export of new cars by 85.4% with Japan trailing at 2.2%, Pakistan comes last with 1.65 of the new vehicles bought in Botswana. For the rebuilt vehicles, Botswana had a 50% of the rebuilt while Japan had 41.7% of the total rebuilt vehicles South Africa and Germany had a combined total of 4.2% of the total rebuild.
Most of the citizens in Botswana own second-hand cars from Japan since they go at affordable prices. As the saying goes “cheap is expensive,” these cars have brought more harm to Botswana. Emissions from second-hand cars are a significant source of air pollution. Much of traffic conditions have been experienced in Botswana significant roads in the past weeks.
Does it mean that the government has closed its eyes towards the whole mess that is brought up by these cars? The answer is NO. The vehicles have greatly benefitted the Batswana since they are affordable. The transport authority has to work on expanding the roads and have the right traffic rules. The vehicles have assisted many jobless citizens in securing jobs especially in the transport sector. The government, therefore, finds it very hard to do away with something that boosts the economy.