Following Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s show at the Botswana Craft a fortnight, I have come across an article or two that sing praises for the once popular Princess of Africa. Granted, it must have been nostalgic for some of the revellers to attend her show; some possibly for the first time.
In South Africa, the country’s deputy President David Mabuza seems to be in the hot seat given the land reform that the neighbouring country has recently initiated. The same cannot be said about his Botswana counterpart – Slumber Tsogwane.
While there are indications that the country’s Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMMEs) gets an increasing attention given their role of fostering economic growth, the sector is still faced with a host of problems which lead to their failure rate remaining high.
Through most of the last several years, there has been one near certainty in Botswana whenever key national economic indicators stats are shared. It was this – Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) eludes Botswana. Throughout the same years, the country continued to wobble in attracting Foreign Direct Investment despite is international good ratings.
This commentary will certainly make us look or sound like economic doom-Sayers. But atleast the reality on the ground will save us from that label. The reality is that the popular Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) that former President Ian Khama first announced in September 2015 and later launched in Machaneng village in February 2016 failed in almost all aspects.
The national power utility company - Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) is currently fighting a losing battle against criminals who are vandalizing its infrastructure. The situation is bleeding the corporation millions of pula and further affecting its services to customers.
A registered in decline on consumption of some of the products and services offered by local companies from various sectors have been attributed to reduced government spending over the past year.
Young farmers across the globe have taken up the challenge of continuing their family agribusiness. To be successful, this generation also applies clever strategies to counter misconceptions, generate society’s trust and stay connected.
The headline inflation was steady in July at 3.1 percent, same rate as the previous month. The low inflation environment is seen as side effects of subdued domestic demand.
MALWELWE: Members of the Letlhabile Development Trust in Malwelwe village, who earlier this year spent a week training at National Food Technology Research Center (NFTRC) in Kanye remain idle as there is no plot of land where the group can show case what they learnt.
The team has been trained on food handling, processing and marketing.
Botswana’s wholly owned diamond trading company, Okavango Diamond Company, has reported a 16 percent drop in diamond sales in the first half of the year, signalling that the company will likely record another drop in sales as the diamond industry descends to seasonal slowdown.
As more property developments continues to emerge particularly at the Central Business District (CBD) of the capital Gaborone and in other urban and peri-urban centres like Francistown and Palapye local property outfits are now considering development of mixed use outlets.
The announcement of the 2017/2018 Botswana Premier League season awards winners has caused uproar as people question the integrity of the nomination system.
Following the low key announcement of the winners, there are already murmurs of disapproval as some football followers opine the BPL the awards may have been staged just to save face ahead of the start of the new season.
Some disgruntled teachers awaiting their sports assignments allowance monies have found comical relief in the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) failed attempt to pay them from the boot of BISA President Joshua Gaotlhobogwe’s car.
Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s last minute payment of referees has averted the league from facing another boycott from the whistle men during the league’s opening matches.
Netball injuries are more common than you might expect. The sport has often been described as a game reliant on rapid acceleration to "break free" from an opponent, and sudden and rapid changes in direction in combination with leaps to receive a pass.
Local 400m sprinter Baboloki Thebe is allegedly on the brink of relocating to Ivory Coast where he will train under the watchful eye of Ivorian high performance coach Anthony Koffi.
Sunday Standard has established that Thebe is expected to move base when the athletics season comes to an end this coming November in order to prepare for the new season ahead.
With Ian Khama, having near announced that he is abdicating the Bangwato bogosi in favour of his younger brother, Tshekedi, someone who has all along been a private citizen no longer is.
A project that has defied a series of ever-changing completion dates announced by a president, two ministers and the Botswana Power Corporation remains stubbornly so.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been wondering if all that I get from my rich faith can make a difference by lightening my burdens, enlightening my views, lighting my path and dimming my sadness.
The weight I feel on both my mind and shoulders is unnecessary yet it is an essential reminder to me that, somehow, fortune always seems to prefer bad guys.