Science’s role in natural resource decisions

18 Oct 2018

Botswana recently hosted the Consortium of African Funds for Environment (CAFÉ) general assembly in Kasane whose objective is to provide a sustainable source of financing to the different national park systems across Africa. The consortium attracted participants from Africa and South America.

The fate of a journalist shouldn’t be a bargaining chip between state actors

18 Oct 2018

The point, of course, isn’t that Trump should desist from intermingling with foreign leaders, no matter how repugnant. But Trump not only unreservedly compliments, supports and cosy up with such leaders, but he rejects using the political influence of the U.S to stress the importance the country places, or should place, on human rights issues.

Government should honestly clarify official position on Alcohol Levy

18 Oct 2018

The last time we heard of it, the official position of Government regarding the Alcohol Levy was that there will be a nationwide consultation to determine whether to keep it, reduce it or anything.

The ball was on the public court, so said the Government.

This is a similar position as adopted towards Hunting Ban.

And we took them at their word.

Landau’s translation headaches

18 Oct 2018

My comments for today are restricted to Paul Landau’s Chapter three of Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948 entitled Translations (Missionaries and the invention of Christianity) where he explores the struggles faced by missionaries in attempting to translate the biblical text into Setswana.

Drastic Increase of Fuel Price to Hit the Poor   

18 Oct 2018

The Botswana National Front (BNF) is concerned by the latest drastic increase of fuel as announced by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. The increase is a direct effect of the recent corruption allegations involving top government officials, including cabinet Ministers and the Office of the President.

50+ executions, 50+ excuses

18 Oct 2018

Not many people will sympathise with a person on a death row, perhaps understandably so, considering that in most cases such a person would have committed gruesome acts on other persons. It is this assumption, on the backdrop of a surge of support for capital punishment, that makes speaking for the rights of death row inmates almost unthinkable.

For how long do we intend to remain a “Hand to Mouth” Nation...?

15 Oct 2018

Until recent years, Botswana has been exceptional among the African nations in so many ways. The country has perhaps merited the most admiration globally for its unique ability to direct revenue from minerals towards development and economic advancement during its early years of independence, or rather soon after discovery of minerals more especially diamonds.

Will the real Masisi please stand up?

14 Oct 2018

It will be interesting to see which Mokgweetsi Masisi steps down at the end of his Presidential term: The founding father of a truly democratic Botswana or just another stuffed suit who watched as history overtook him.

Masisi’s open society should be backed by action; or there will be revolt

14 Oct 2018

A few days before Independence Day celebrations we attended a National Democracy Symposium organized by the Office of the President and also the University of Botswana.

Cabinet ministers, senior government officials and also non government officials attended.

Vice president Slumber Tsogwane, who was acting president at the time officiated.

Gov’t should be more transparent on true costs of financing its debt

14 Oct 2018

There is need for reform on how government manages and reports on its debt; both local and international.

Given Africa’s booming indebtedness, it is important for Botswana to embrace reforms that would once again see the country escape a trap that has  previously been the source of so much misery for other African countries.