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Consumer’s Voice –11thApril 2014

Consumer’s Voice –11thApril 2014

Apr. 11 | Dear Consumer’s Voice #1 I joined a “business” they call World Ventures with P3,600. I was made to join by a lady called Sheila who stays in Palapye and are still recruiting more people to date. After two months without benefiting...

Brain Gain Without Strain

Brain Gain Without Strain

Apr. 11 | RELAXED: but on the move No pain, no gain. I grew up with that slogan and it seemed to work pretty well when I was a kid. When I aged a bit, however, the pain sometimes lead to injuries instead of gain, so after several long recovery periods I...

NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY TJ DEMA

NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY TJ DEMA

Apr. 11 | TJ Dema is one of the best poets writing today. Not one of the best poets writing in Botswana. One of the best poets writing today, full stop.  And finally she has a book out so we can take our time and ruminate with her words the way good poetry...

ASK GASE 11.04.14

ASK GASE 11.04.14

Apr. 11 | HE DOESN’T WANT TO PUT A RING ON IT DEAR GASE, I’ve been living with my partner for nearly four years and he has been separated from his wife during that time. We are both working and have a child together. Generally our relationship is fine except...

ASK GASE 04.03.2014

ASK GASE 04.03.2014

Apr. 4 | SHOULD I ASK MY BOYFRIEND FOR MONEY? DEAR GASE, I have been in a relationship with a guy for 10 months now. We both live in Francistown and I am a student at one of the secondary schools here. From my upbringing I was not taught to depend on a guy to...

SUBSTANCES ON THE RISE: CRACK COCAINE

SUBSTANCES ON THE RISE: CRACK COCAINE

Apr. 4 | During month of April 2014 we will be looking at substances that are on the rise in Botswana. One of the substances on the rise is “crack cocaine”.  “Crack” is the name given to cocaine that has been processed and transformed into a more...

Consumer’s Voice –4th April 2014

Consumer’s Voice –4th April 2014

Apr. 4 | Dear Consumer’s Voice #1 Please Consumer Watchdog can you find out if this is a scam for me? I haven’t responded yet. I received an email from the Financial Intelligence Centre of the Republic of South Africa. The email says I have won 430,000 dollars...

17TH TIME OF THE WRITER

17TH TIME OF THE WRITER

Apr. 4 | I was honoured to be invited to participate in the 17th Time of the Writer Festival in Durban from the 17th – 22nd of March. The Festival is run by the folks at the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu- Natal. They also run a poetry...

State of Mind

State of Mind

Apr. 4 |   Many people these days seem to be so busy they don’t have time to think. I’m very glad that I do not fall into that category, although I suppose it is possible I sometimes think too much. Anyway, one of the things I think about is happiness...

JOSIE, A NEW NOVEL BY LEGODILE SEGANABENG

JOSIE, A NEW NOVEL BY LEGODILE SEGANABENG

Mar. 28 | Most people know Legodile Seganabeng as his alter-ego, the poet DreddX.  He is the chairperson of the very successful Maun-based Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry Movement which holds the annual Maun International Poetry Festival. He is a jack-of-many trades...

Consumer’s Voice –28thMarch 2014

Consumer’s Voice –28thMarch 2014

Mar. 28 | Dear Consumer’s Voice #1 I kindly request you to assist me with the business of old coal irons. I met people who call themselves agents of a company which buys that item at price of P10,000 each. When I came with those irons, they told me that they...

Full Time Work

Full Time Work

Mar. 28 | ATTENTION: difficult, but necessary and rewarding Sunday is Mothers Day so this week I’m going to talk about raising children. That’s right, I want to write about parenting in a business column, and I don’t even intend to concentrate on working...

Why is everybody suddenly so angry?

Why is everybody suddenly so angry?

Mar. 28 | Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor 161 AD to 180 AD) once stated “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” This is what I ask myself in this week’s column when confronted with angry parents whose own bad behaviour...

ASK GASE 28.03.2014

ASK GASE 28.03.2014

Mar. 28 | NO MONEY OR HELP IN RAISING THE KIDS DEAR GASE, My problem is that I have two children with the same man, but he does not help with the upbringing of the children. The reason he gives is that he is unemployed, yet I know he is involved in a small income-generating...

Consumer’s Voice – 21st March 2014

Consumer’s Voice – 21st March 2014

Mar. 21 | Dear Consumer’s Voice #1 I got a car using a car loan. I got retrenched and I approached the bank about my financial position and they advised me to return the car. Five years later they told me that there was a shortfall when they sold the car and...

MISCONCEPTIONS OF NEW WRITERS

MISCONCEPTIONS OF NEW WRITERS

Mar. 21 | It’s All Write I’ve been lucky enough to have been chosen to be a mentor for a writer in the Pan-African Writivism programme. One thing I learned long ago when in another life I was a science teacher, is the best way to truly understand a subject...

Drop Dead Money

Drop Dead Money

Mar. 21 | Have you ever wanted to tell your boss to get stuffed? I suspect many of us get that urge on a regular basis but we usually don’t follow through – even when we are sure it’s justified – because we don’t want to get fired. We need money...

COUPLES HIV COUNSELLING/TESTING AND RECOVERY (CHCT)

COUPLES HIV COUNSELLING/TESTING AND RECOVERY (CHCT)

Mar. 21 | In continuing to recognise March as Month of Youth Against AIDS (MYAA), this week BOSASNet looks at the importance of counselling amongst couples while in recovery from substance abuse or dependency. Often couples come to BOSASNet for support for substance...

ASK GASE 21.03.2014

ASK GASE 21.03.2014

Mar. 21 | I’M SO HURT THAT I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR MY MAN DEAR GASE, I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 11 years and he treats me and my children very well. And even though I work, he still provides for most things. Then a few months ago I found out...

BATSWANA WRITERS LIKE TO COMPLAIN

BATSWANA WRITERS LIKE TO COMPLAIN

Mar. 14 | I’ve sat in numerous gatherings of writers in this country, most recently with the group that gathered at UB.  The discussion always goes a certain way, the order might differ, but the content remains the same. First complaint- the publishers in Botswana...