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THEY STOLE OUR LAND

THEY STOLE OUR LAND

Jul. 25 | TWO MONTHS LATER: Dry dam cum excavation site NOW THEY STEAL WATER FROM FARMERS  When will we ever learn…? When they came into our tribal farming land, I raised concern. I wrote about the high electric fences which were springing everywhere in...

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

Jul. 25 | At the confluence of two flooded rivers, when the mighty waters converge into one, there is an explosion of water that threatens to sweep all that lies in its path away. It is an image that came to mind as I thought about this week’s story from the...

RIP NADINE GORDIMER

RIP NADINE GORDIMER

Jul. 25 | On 13 July 2014, South African writer, Nobel Laureate,  and political activist, Nadine Gordimer died in her sleep at her home in Johannesburg. She was 90 years old. She started writing out of loneliness. Gordimer’s mother took her out of school when...

ASK GASE 25.07.2014

ASK GASE 25.07.2014

Jul. 25 | WHO SHOULD I CHOOSE? THE LAYABOUT OR THE SERIOUS PROFESSIONAL? DEAR GASE I have two men showing interest in me and I am confused about who between them to choose. There’s the layabout who says he loves me. He takes me out on dates (which I end...

OLD NEWS REVISITED

OLD NEWS REVISITED

Jul. 18 | SHOCKER: Brazil 1 -7 Germany You know something I don’t. You know who won this year’s World Cup. I’m writing this column on Thursday the 10th of July and all I know is that Germany and Argentina won their semi-final matches so one of those teams...

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WRITING MARKETS FOR NEW AND UNPUBLISHED WRITERS

WRITING MARKETS FOR NEW AND UNPUBLISHED WRITERS

Jul. 11 | Whether you are an unpublished short story writer, poet, freelance journalist, or creative nonfiction writer it can be difficult to get that first publishing break.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...