Life is strange – strange indeed. Professor Desmond Cole is dead. I received the news on Monday August 6th, 2018 from a friend about his passing. A short one line note about his death appears on the University of the Witwatersrand alumni page. No he didn’t die recently. He died quietly on May 25th, 2018 away from the public eye and pomp.
I have a fervent recollection of the euphoria that beat at the chest of the country when UDC was conceived, the real ‘Peoples Project’ – a vehicle that carried the aspirations and interests of Batswana, a cornucopia of plenty.
The process of creation of the value of products and its realisation are separated both temporally and spatially. The former occurs during the production process while the latter is subsequently accomplished during the sale of the products in the market. In reality the law of supply and demand only affects the prices of the products in the market, in so far as it determines their fluctuation
It still gets to me. Yes, it still shocks me terribly that there are still intelligent people in our society who think it is a badge of honour not to know their language, or perhaps to feign ignorance of their tongue. The past few weeks have been most interesting and revealing. Perhaps I had thought wrong that we have moved forward.
On Friday the Court of Appeal rightfully sanctioned the appointment of Peter Collins as Statutory Manager of Capital Management Botswana (CMB).
For the sake of those who might not be familiar with it, CMB is an asset management firm that has been battling out with the Non Banking Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) in courts of law over control of millions of Pulas.
At the Molepolole kgotla, the first stop of President Festus Mogae’s national farewell tour in 2007, a speaker from the floor told the outgoing president that his legacy would, in part, be defined by how his successor, Vice President Ian Khama, ruled for the next 10 years.
A Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) study that considers both entrepreneur and firm characteristics in reviewing the literature on small and medium enterprises’ access to credit has found Botswana’s financial institutions differ with much of the world in a way that most would approve.