About

Blogging about life in Botswana, with some ranting about local and international news and some links to other stuff that I finds interesting: bikes, food, energy, sustainability, engineering, cars, DIY…

I’m Michael Knott, a civil engineer originally from Melksham, Wiltshire.  I finished A-levels and went on to study at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire and, after a slightly different industrial placement, decided a career in the United Kingdom probably wasn’t for me.

Immediately after graduation in the year 2000 I moved to Botswana, subsequently accumulating a wife, three children and a menagerie of pets.

Our family seat is just outside Francistown, with a town house on the outskirts of Gaborone.

Although based in Francistown work has taken me to various other places in Botswana such as Maun, Toteng, Gumare, Seronga, Moeng, Serowe and Orapa.  Pretty much all the projects have involved a combination of civil and building engineering construction.  The first seven years were in contracting, followed by six in consulting/project management, a few years in contracting, and for the last three years doing contract administration on a project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Last updated: April 2021

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