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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.

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.

Lest we forget, here is what is at stake – what everybody is playing for!

07 Oct 2018

For Botswana it was a magical era – repeated year after, non-stop, until one day Ian Khama arrived on scene.

The year was 2008.

Khama’s arrival brought a long running golden age to an abrupt end.

To be fair to him, he was not all to blame. But he played an oversized big part in it all.

Where will the money come from? Alternative mechanisms to HIV donor

07 Oct 2018

Former President Ian Khama, noted in his speech at the commemoration of the World HIV/AIDS Day in Moshupa 2011, that Botswana was experiencing financial shocks as a result of having had to shift her policy agenda and focus more on trying to achieve zero levels of HIV and AIDS.

Thanks God Batswana have been saved from another instalment of bloody rhetoric!!

07 Oct 2018

Perhaps alarmed by the unusually highly charged rhetoric and brash language of Mr Donald Trump, Michael Wolff, the author of ‘Fire and Fury: inside the Trump White House’, questioned the president’s mental state.

So when are we gaining Independence....economic one?

02 Oct 2018

The Independence week is once again upon us. This is a period where politicians – more especially those of the ruling party often overstate their achievements and make Batswana believe that even though they are landless, moneyless and jobless, they are much better off than they were in 1966.

If the DIS want more power they must be prepared to give some power away

02 Oct 2018

The Directorate of Intelligence Services was created to be one of the institutions defending our freedoms and our democracy – a force for good.

Yet it ended up as unabashed threat, not just to those freedoms but to our very existence.

True to the fears of those who were violently against its creation, the DIS ended up being an immensely disruptive and divisive monster.

Thank you for the speech, Mr Khama

02 Oct 2018

After sidelining media outlets from their home countries in farvor of CNN, CBS, BBC, Bloomberg and other American and international media outlets during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, African presidents,except for one or two, and their large entourages are back on home soil where they are now available to local media.

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