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African Leaders must learn from Mandela.

African Leaders must learn from Mandela.

Dec. 20 | AS ACCOLADES streamed from leaders worldwide, I wondered what African leaders drew from the legend that was Tata Madiba Nelson Mandela. Despite whatever flaws Tata Mandela may have, he remains the true embodiment of humility, peace, love, inspiration...

BOTSWANA NEEDS YOU

BOTSWANA NEEDS YOU

Nov. 29 | LEADERS OF THE OPPOSITION Put Botswana first, for once A FEW minutes after the last Ghetto was posted on facebook, it was seen by 13 600 people. But only eight (8) commented and one posted that he or she was afraid to comment. Come the 2014 elections...

I GIVE UP!

I GIVE UP!

Nov. 23 | My Country is crumbling around me. I am confused. Never before has Botswana been in this state. If it continues like this, the only comfort we get is that in 2018 power will change hands. Because Batswana are discontent. I appeal to ‘opposition’...

IT’S THEIR TIME

IT’S THEIR TIME

Nov. 15 | For a very long time Batswana treated politics like football. They were lured to vote with food hampers and in some cases cartons of Shake Shake. Now they ask. “What are you going to do for us…” And the difference then and now is the...

THE LAST CALL

THE LAST CALL

May. 31 | Mr-Solomon-Tute WE ARE LIKE A PEBBLE OF SAND I ANSWERED his call, in the middle of a meeting and whispered… I will call you back, I am in a meeting. After that meeting, another deadline and commitment arose. And I never made that call. I never...

UNDER SIEGE

UNDER SIEGE

May. 24 | PRESIDENT: Seretse Khama Ian Khama NO POWER, NO WATER TODAY IS my birthday. Never in these over five decades have i seen so much despondency in this country. Just when I thought Botswana was entering the era of civilisation, it seems the country has glided...

LET THEM TALK

LET THEM TALK

Nov. 2 | Ruffling feathers is good for democracy EXPOSE: The litigator is vocal about releasing the results of an investigation on corrupt practices in high places For a very long time Batswana mastered the art to suffer in silence. For ages they adopted apathy...

NOT AMUSED

NOT AMUSED

Oct. 15 | PRESIDENTIAL AWARD: I used this opportunity for a comment for a story. I travelled to Japan to beg for the candid 2010 interview with you. You didn’t even know that I had requested for that interview for over a year! I am not amused by the chaotic...

CRYING SHAME

CRYING SHAME

Sep. 2 | TOGETHER AT THE TOP: President Mugabe in a comfort zone I had the most traumatic trip to Zimbabwe recently, where the high level of corruption in that country shocked me. It is pathetic. I hate to talk about other countries as we have our own similar...

OUR TAX

OUR TAX

Jul. 6 | How supriced I was to see a five star place when I was looking for a typical Botswa­na hospital. The friendly nurses, signs of where srvices were evenan outdoor resting and eating place left me in shock. TAX WELL SPENT: Scottish Livingstone Hospital...

VERY UPSET

VERY UPSET

Apr. 30 |  Alternative governance a dream  How can ‘opposition’ hang their linen in public  BDP laughing all the way to an election Victory My hopes for an alternative government are dashed. We thought in our lifetime we would see an alternative government....

NO MONEY, NO HOPE

NO MONEY, NO HOPE

Apr. 10 |   What a life! I have resorted to walk with my eyes down if I happen to visit a mall. I don’t want to see the desolation that is prevalent in peoples faces. The sombre and sad expressions leave my blood cold.What is it that has befallen a once...

WE LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES

WE LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES

Mar. 30 | It is so surreal. Unity Dow Everything is happening so fast. We embrace the gift of life  but most of all to be part of these interesting times. To say that the news that Unity Dow has joined the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) came as a shock...

AT THE DEEP END

AT THE DEEP END

Mar. 2 | How easy it is to analyse the general political climate in Africa. Our African politics are a case of a one shoe size fits all. The mudslinging, promises which are never fulfilled, and general lying to the electorate seems to be the norm in African politics....

LIFE BEGINS AT 50

LIFE BEGINS AT 50

Dec. 23 | Children are our future Ten years ago when I filled my tub with foamy water, I absolutely  had no regard to water wastage. Let alone the thought that someone, somewhere, didn’t have water to drink. When at around 05h00, I was weary after working at...

WHO BUILT THIS?

WHO BUILT THIS?

Dec. 16 | President Khama with students in Japan Who else? The Chinese. ON WEDNESDAY, we went to Electrical Distribution, who have opened an exclusive lights shop in Broadhurst Industrial. While in the shop, we were cautioned, “Be careful, you will slip… It...

WHO’S FOOLING WHO?

WHO’S FOOLING WHO?

Dec. 9 | Matome and Nchindo in court Matome is just a scapegoat WE HAVE written this before and we repeat it again — for as long as Botswana continues to catch Big Fish, let them go and appease herself with sardines, we are well on an advanced journey to hell. Poor...

NO TO SHEBEENS

NO TO SHEBEENS

Nov. 25 | ON TRACK: Minister Makgathu-Malesu I GIVE MINISTER of Trade, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, a big thumbs up for endorsing the ban on home based shebeens. Kgosikgolo Kgafela Kgafela took a radical step when he banned home brewed concoctions to be sold in Kgatleng...

OUR POLITICS, A JOKE

OUR POLITICS, A JOKE

Nov. 18 | Ntuane's supporters How can someone not be opposition enough? Batswana need leaders not dummies! Even before the dust has settled, the newly formed Umbrella is causing more controversy than South Africa’s motor mouth, Julius Malema. The recent...

YOU ARE FIRED

YOU ARE FIRED

Nov. 4 | Kgosi Kgafela I thought a chief was born… not elected, but I was wrong! I am taken aback by the recent “de-recognition” of Kgosi-Kgolo Kgafela II of Bakgatla-ba-ga-Kgafela.  After a glance at the Chieftainship Act, I was appalled that our Chiefs...