Preparation for Discontinuation of Cheques in Botswana

The Bank of Botswana and the Bankers’ Association of Botswana hereby remind the public that as per the previous public notice(s), the Botswana Automated Clearing House (BACH) will cease to accept cheques for clearing as at December 31, 2023. Accordingly, the use of cheques as a means of payment in Botswana will be discontinued by December 31, 2023.

The public is hereby notified that in preparation for the planned cheque discontinuation, all persons in possession of unpaid cheques must have presented them for payment by December 31, 2023. This is to allow for the orderly cessation of the use of cheques.

On a related matter, the public is informed that all banks will stop accepting applications for new cheque books on July 1, 2023.

Members of the public are, therefore, implored to contact their banks to apply for alternative payment methods to avoid any inconvenience when cheques are discontinued on December 31, 2023.

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