Analysis

When did Fact oppose Truth?

13 Jan 2019

The present generation is groaning in pain as social media have become powerful socialisation agents in grooming our children. The reality of what truth means has never been distorted this much and social media users have pushed the line to shun the truth while embracing fact as if the two are mutually exclusive. What happened to the simple teaching: ‘Don’t tell a lie’?

Masisi’s Serowe kgotla meeting was a sad day for Botswana

06 Jan 2019

Some in the Botswana Democratic Party felt that so soon in his new position and with his relationship with his predecessor, Ian Khama, having acquired industrial-grade toxicity, President Mokgweetsi Masisi should not have addressed a kgotla meeting in Serowe on October 10.

We might not know all of Venson’s true intentions; but they have nothing to do with gender

06 Jan 2019

In announcing that she will be challenging President Mokgweetsi Masisi the Minister of Local Government Pelonomi Venson said out of courtesy she had notified both the president and also the ruling party Secretary General, Mpho Balopi about her ambitions and intentions. Her courtesy however has not gone far enough.

“We are from the brink”

06 Jan 2019

By Richard Moleofe

As a young boy growing in the 1970s, the best entertainment one could look for was from radio. Radio Botswana was the only station in the country. Radio Bantu which later became Radio Setswana was the next alternative at the time.

Business Botswana needs to be a more creative and proactive

06 Jan 2019

In the same way that Government should not be expected to create wealth, it would be wrong for us as a nation to expect  Government to create jobs.

That role, in our view belongs to the private sector.

But for the private sector to be so empowered, it needs to be better organized than is currently the case.

Does the world still have any use for democracy?

06 Jan 2019

Politics is like a never-ending wrestling match in which you are fully aware that one punch or full nelson could end the marathon, yet the combatants alternately seem to inhale extra powers just when it appears that they are knocking on heaven’s door.

Commercial banks and lawyers may be charged in NPF saga

17 Dec 2018

Three of Botswana’s leading commercial banks have been identified to answer allegations of failing to comply with the Financial Intelligence Act and may face a range of fines from P250 thousand to One million pula for each violation as well as compensatory orders for money transferred though their systems.

FG Mogae should take his share of the blame in this whole mess

17 Dec 2018

Ian Khama’s arrival into Botswana’s politics has proved an untidy enterprise – from the beginning to the end.

With hindsight, all the upheavals that Khama is causing today can very easily be traced to the manner with which he joined politics when a special dispensation was created for him.

Right from the beginning, he was treated like a rare species facing extinction.

Gaborone needs security cameras

17 Dec 2018

By Richard Moleofe

Taking rounds around Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone, one would notice the numerous white masts that have come to define the landscape of our streets. These masts are carrying at least three security cameras that this city so desperately needs.

De Beers has to show some generosity at the negotiating table

17 Dec 2018

Botswana Government and the global diamond mining company De Beers are about to enter into their latest round of negotiations.

For the two sides it should neither be an overwhelming or insurmountable task given that many such similar rounds of negotiations have been completed previously.

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