It is very early Monday morning as I write this piece and in a few hours’ time, the 3rd meeting of the 2nd session of the 11th Parliament (don’t worry it confuses all of us), will kick off and members of parliament are expected to approve a bill that seeks to increase the number of Specially Elected Members of Parliament (SEMP) from the current 4 to 6.
Setswana has borrowed extensively from Afrikaans and English. Much of Setswana’s contact with Afrikaans is as a result of Batswana working in the mines, fields, shops and houses of Afrikaners in South Africa. It was inevitable that since Afrikaans was the language of power and privilege during the Afrikaner and English rule in South Africa, Setswana would borrow extensively from Afrikaans.
I know very well that I risk to be accused of being insensitive for asking this brutally honest question but some questions need to be posed if we are to set things into proper perspective. First of all let me put it out there that I just hope the media is being malicious and untruthful in their reports about the health situation of Member of Parliament for Goodhope/Mabule Kgosi Lotlaamoreng.
Over the weekend I took time to read local and international newspapers. Yes, as an old fashioned type I still prefer papers over electronic platforms. A disturbing pattern emerged from local and global stories. We are a world in a mess! In Europe, our former colonial masters have placed themselves between this world and the next.
For those who follow world politics, what has been playing out in Britain would once again be proof enough, if any proof was ever needed that Africa is many light years behind societies of the developed world. A century is a conservative estimate of how far behind we are lagging. It will possibly be much longer before we catch up – if at all.