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THE ALTAR OF SELF SACRIFICE

THE ALTAR OF SELF SACRIFICE

Jul. 18 | Whilst the passion killing of a married woman makes the front page of this week’s issue, another kind of married woman’s sacrifice is the subject I would like to touch on here. The idea of offering anything from a cow to a chicken as a sacrifice to...

WRITING MARKETS FOR NEW AND UNPUBLISHED WRITERS

WRITING MARKETS FOR NEW AND UNPUBLISHED WRITERS

Jul. 11 | Whether you are an unpublished short story writer, poet, freelance journalist, or creative nonfiction writer it can be difficult to get that first publishing break. Despite that, agents, publishers and editors want to know about your publishing history...

ASK GASE 11.07.2014

ASK GASE 11.07.2014

Jul. 11 | CAN’T COPE WITH HUSBAND’S DEATH AND CRUEL IN-LAWS DEAR GASE, Recently, my husband died suddenly. He was only 45, leaving me with two children, aged four and 17 months. It was such a shock and I’m struggling with my grief as well as having problems...

ALMOST A WIFE

ALMOST A WIFE

Jul. 11 | Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. As early as chapter two of Genesis, God sets down HIS simple instruction on marriage. And man has been dealing with the complications ever...

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS KILLING CREATIVITY

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS KILLING CREATIVITY

Jul. 4 | I remember when our daughter was at senior school, we went for parents’ day to collect her report and the English teacher was concerned. He sat us down and told us that our daughter was struggling because (wait for it…) – she thought too much. I...

ASK GASE 04.07.2014

ASK GASE 04.07.2014

Jul. 4 | DATING OLDER MEN WHEN YOU ARE IN YOUR 40′S Dear Gase I’ve been divorced now for 6 years, and have enjoyed dating in my late 40s. Recently I met one man (also divorced) who is really special, and I’ve fallen totally in love with him. Thabo...

WHEN ELEPHANTS COLLIDE

WHEN ELEPHANTS COLLIDE

Jul. 4 | ‘When two elephants fight, the grass suffers,’ is an African truism I have seen played out in many situations at the kgotla. The proverb goes on to say, ‘When the same two elephants make love, the grass also suffers,’ andyou will see the truth...

ASK GASE 27.06.2014

ASK GASE 27.06.2014

Jun. 27 | IS THIS LOVE OR JUST A WASTE OF TIME? DEAR GASE, I am a young lady aged 28 and started dating when I was 17, but have had nothing but bad luck with guys ever since. My first boyfriend (the father of my 8-year-old boy) cheated on me continuously and was...

NEW WINE AND OLD SKINS

NEW WINE AND OLD SKINS

Jun. 27 | Back in the day, sitting around the fire, listening to stories(mainane),the elders had their own form of social media long before the facebook revolution took over. The occasionwas both a spiritual exercise and an impartation of social skills, which would...

Bad Behaviour

Bad Behaviour

Jun. 20 | GRIEF: it’s part of the game As a man sits down at the World Cup Final he notices the seat next to him is empty. “Who would ever miss the World Cup final?” he asks the man two seats away. “That was my wife’s seat,” the man replies. “We have...

WHY WRITE?

WHY WRITE?

Jun. 20 | People who are blindly naïve, or very new to the writing business say things like, I want to write a bestseller and earn a pile of money and get rich. I try not to laugh. I feel sad more than anything, writing can give you so much more if you’re committed...

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM ARROWS IN THE HAND OF THE WARRIOR

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM ARROWS IN THE HAND OF THE WARRIOR

Jun. 20 | Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Psalm 127:3 One does not need the Bible to tell anyone who has experienced the joys of parenthood,...

Jun. 20 | Dear Consumer’s Voice #1 Hello, I am looking for an online university, and I wanted to ask if a degree from the Academy of Arts University and Atlantic International University are accepted in Botswana? The Academy of Arts University appears to be...

ASK GASE 20.06.2014

ASK GASE 20.06.2014

Jun. 20 | HE’S SUDDENLY CHANGED BUT WON’T TELL ME WHAT’S UP DEAR GASE, I am 37 and my boyfriend is 28 – we have been dating for a year. We are working in the same department but different locations – he is in F/Town and I am in Gaborone. I met...

ELECTIONS

ELECTIONS

Jun. 20 | BMD:GomolemoMotswaledi General elections are preceded by voter registration. Just this year alone there has already been three voter registration exercises. Questions have been asked about the Botswana Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) rollout...

WE NEED TO FREE OUR IMAGINATIONS

WE NEED TO FREE OUR IMAGINATIONS

Jun. 14 | Below is the short speech I gave at the opening of the 17th Time of the Writer in Durban on the theme of the festival- “freeing the imagination” inspired by Binyavanga Wainaina’s inspirational videos. I thought now with the state of the arts unravelling...

ASK GASE 13.06.2014

ASK GASE 13.06.2014

Jun. 14 | SHE IGNORES MY TEXTS AND DOES NOT ANSWER MY CALLS DEAR GASE, Just recently my girlfriend started behaving in a strange manner. She does not answer my phone calls especially when she has gone to spend the weekend at her home village, but refuses to give...

IS MY SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECTING MY CHILDREN?

IS MY SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECTING MY CHILDREN?

Jun. 14 | It is well known that a parent with a drug or alcohol problem can have a negative effect on their family members. This week we are specifically looking at mothers who use substances and how it affects their children. Substance abuse by mothers impacts...

The SWORD OF FREEDOM AND WISDOM OF SOLOMON

The SWORD OF FREEDOM AND WISDOM OF SOLOMON

Jun. 13 | AFTER A SHORT BREAK DUE TO ILLNESSS WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE RETURN BY POPULAR DEMAND OF THE MA MOSOJANE COLUMN It has been my duty as a court president to find a ‘happy medium’ between the two Freedom could be described as a double-edged sword...

World Cup Worries

World Cup Worries

Jun. 13 | GONE-TO-GROUND: but it wasn’t a dive Winning is everything. I’m sure this is not a new idea for most of you. Personally, I don’t believe it is true, but the same can’t be said for most the football experts who have been analysing the World Cup...