Analysis

Khama still finds it hard to say ‘His Excellency President Masisi’

11 Nov 2018

Some seven months after leaving office, former president Ian Khama still seems to have trouble waking up and smelling the early-morning Mosukujane tea harvested from Moshupa hills.

Police’s media parades of criminal suspects target society’s poor

11 Nov 2018

If you are poor and unlucky enough to have been caught with barely dried biltong from a stolen cow, chances are you will be appearing on Btv news within 24 hours with still unconsumed evidence spread out at your feet. If you were part of a gang, you will be lined up in a column and your humiliation shown from all camera angles.

Putting the position of vice president into an honest perspective

11 Nov 2018

In Botswana it is not inevitable that a vice president will have a significant say in the policy direction of government.

Unless a vice president ultimate rises to become a president, there is enough evidence in Botswana to show that every time epochal history is written of any presidency, a vice president of that epoch never goes beyond being anything other than a footnote.

China should help Botswana achieve food security

11 Nov 2018

By Richard Moleofe

There was just one item I was looking for in the president’s speech on the State of the Nation Address, that is the issue of food security. That was the only single item I was searching for throughout the address. To many’s dismay the president has dedicated very little attention to the issue of food production.

Caught in the frenzy of excitable journalism

11 Nov 2018

Check your facts. Read your story aloud. Pass it to a fellow colleague for feedback. If you ever sat in a journalism class, these instructions are too familiar. Or if you got introduced to report writing in your foundational English classes, there is no how you would not be taught to look out for these cardinal rules.

Refugees are caused by world’s inequalities

11 Nov 2018

Smoke still emits from the smoldering ashes of the elections held in America last Tuesday. There is still a long way to go before the results emerge and be officially certified.

America’s political casualties, like the regrettable and frequent batches of traffic fatalities on Zimbabwe’s roads, abound.

Advocate Pilane is now the sniper at the window

09 Nov 2018

President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Duma Boko has been the helmsman of the party for several years now, but a sizeable number of people are still searching and trying to figure out the ideology and doctrine that guides his haphazard decision-making on internal affairs.

Conservationist on the frontline to reduce human-wildlife conflict

09 Nov 2018

By Arnold Letsholo

In Botswana Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is growing to become a grave threat to the survival of many endangered species. This all emanates from the competition between rural communities and wild animals over natural resources.

Bogadi is not given to thank the bride’s family

09 Nov 2018

I write this column to clarify the misconception that seems to prevail more in the younger generation than the older one – the misconception is that bogadi is given to thank the bride’s family for raising their daughter. This is a weird supposition because nowhere in bogadi discussions or negotiations do you have anybody mentioning that they are delivering bogadi to thank the bride’s family.

Is current leadership displaying inspiring values for the youth as future leaders?

09 Nov 2018

BY ADAM PHETLHE

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