The Elephants of the Khama Dynasty

10 Jun 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Entering the main hall of the museum in Mafikeng the provincial capital of the North West in South Africa, you would be ushered in by the largest elephant tusks one can ever wish to see.  These were donated as a gift by Khama III of the Bangwato, an influential tribal grouping in Botswana.

Batswana, beware of political parties that are founded by dissidents and fugitives!

07 Jun 2019

Once upon a time, a German town was invaded by infectious rats that caused panic and anxiety within the community. In the ensuing panic, a Good Samaritan in colourful attire or clown costume [pied in ancient lingo] offered to rid the town of these rats for a reasonable fee that was not specified.

European epistemology and an African philosophy of education

07 Jun 2019

On the 21st October 1949, Robert Sobukwe delivered a powerful and riveting speech at the Fort Hare University completers’ social which was spoken about for a long time in and outside the university in which he addressed topical issues of the day. Sobukwe made that speech seven decades ago but it is still as relevant today as it was when he delivered it.

What is China’s Role in the Elephant Wars?

07 Jun 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Issues surrounding the lifting of game hunting and particularly that of elephants have an international effect on us. It seems elephants are top on the list of the hunted game. But the lifting of the ban affects all other large game such as buffalo, zebra and giraffe.

The BDP, the UDC and the AP; an arduous fight for the crown begins!

26 May 2019

In a very curious way, the outcome of 2019 General elections is busy shaping up.

There has been talk of a hung parliament and talk of a possible UDC take over.

But, for now everything is still out in the air and if anyone says they know what will happen they will be lying.

Based on paper, the Alliance for Progressives would win an outright victory.

American politics ‘are such a damn mess’

26 May 2019

The political spectacle that started with Donald Trump’s unexpected attainment of the presidency of the United States two and half years ago continues to steamroll the country, breaking hearts and careers and, at the same time, writing and introducing new bare-knuckle politicking never seen or practised in America.

“Lehura La Bangwato”: The Political hit man’s agenda

26 May 2019

Since last year – 2018, Botswana has witnessed rising impunity and lawlessness within the political arena which led to social media going into overdrive. Clearly what is happening in Botswana is very unfortunate, so many mind-boggling and bizarre things are happening within the country which demand a pause and reflection as the nation traverses the crossroads.

Elephant Wars

26 May 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The Government of Botswana has taken an active and controversial decision to lift the ban on elephant hunting. The ban was put in place about five years ago by the Minister of Tourism with the blessing of the then President Ian Khama.

A call on Bakgatla to salute Masisi

26 May 2019

By Kwapeng Modikwe

Given the magnitude of grand corruption in Botswana, President Dr Masisi must seek international assistance from the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative!

20 May 2019

Over the years, Batswana have been left flustered and bewildered by the train of newspaper reports about high levels of corruption in the economy. Surprisingly, incidences of corruption run parallel to government efforts to combat the same implying that corruption threatens to destroy the Botswana economy, sooner than later.