Analysis

MP appeals for legal help to get back land earmarked for the poor

27 Aug 2018

With his parliamentary platform having failed to bring help he had hoped for, the Gaborone North MP, Haskins Nkaigwa, is now appealing to lawyers in private practice to help restore land originally earmarked for a large-scale, low-cost housing project to its rightful owners.

Botswana under siege as former President Dr Khama plays hardball with incumbent President Masisi!

27 Aug 2018

In 2006 this patriot ran an essay in Mmegi titled ‘Botswana under Siege’, (Mmegi, 10th March 2006) which attracted a heavy-handed yet clumsy, un-presidential and laughable rebuttal from the Office of the President (OP).

More transparency needed on BCL - AP

27 Aug 2018

A recent announcement by Hon Eric Molale, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, purports to convey the decision by Government, to resume operations of the BCL.

Done and dusted: The Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Commission

27 Aug 2018

Mahatma Ghandi once said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.

Even in exile, Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela Kgafela II, must be having the last laugh at Tshetlha ya Dikgwa, who is now in a confused and desperate state. A spoilt megalomaniac who just can’t let go and can’t live without power.

Strong economic growth a prerequisite for poverty reduction, improved quality of life

23 Aug 2018

According to Department for International Development (DFID) policy paper on “Building Jobs and Prosperity in Developing Countries”, growth can generate virtuous circles of prosperity and opportunity. Strong growth and employment opportunities improve incentives for parents to invest in their children’s education by sending them to school.

Agriculture holds potential to reduce economic dependence on Government

23 Aug 2018

The thinking among our economists, too often is to run to make calls for diversification of economy away from minerals.

There is nothing wrong with that. But such calls, when they are not accompanied by related calls to reduce excessive dependence on Government do not mean much.

Minerals, especially diamonds have for Botswana been both a boon and a burden.

A Muddy, Mucky and Murky political terrain to 2019

23 Aug 2018

Never before has the road to a General Election been as muddy, mucky and murky as one leading to 2019.

What a rich language Setswana is!

23 Aug 2018

We still need to dig the roots of the Setswana language some more. We know that maize has its roots in the Americas and came into Africa by Portuguese traders in the 1500s to the 1600s through Mozambique into South Africa. Linguistic evidence demonstrates that maize is not indigenous to Africa. All this is reflected in the name for maize in many African languages.

Future Bangwato kgosikgolo is no fan of Black Lives Matter

20 Aug 2018

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.

Combustion and other problems stall refurbishment at Morupule A

20 Aug 2018

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.

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