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Opportunities and chances lost: a tête–à–tête with President Khama

30 Aug 2015

President Khama, I salute you, Your Excellency! 

I hope this message of mine finds you in good spirits, seeing as I do that you just landed the SADC Chairmanship.

Congratulations!

Why did we change a system that was working for us?

09 Sep 2015

In my past instalments, I deliberately avoided dealing with current pressing water and electricity crisis with the hope that those in charge of our republic will come out and provide light on what is slowly but surely a disaster waiting to happen. I have been wrong.

Ghanzi District hard hit by Tuberculosis

02 Sep 2015

The Ghanzi district has been identified as the hardest hit by the non communicable disease, tuberculosis, an official from the District Health Management team in Ghanzi Unaswi Segole said. 

Council, residents to blame for indiscriminate dumping of waste

02 Sep 2015

The illegal and haphazard dumping of waste has become a common sight in Gaborone. This is a depressing reality which retards progress and all the various ways people can work toward making their environment cleaner.

The Kgosi Chronicles Part Two: We don’t need Ntlo ya Dikgosi

02 Sep 2015

There are two things that we are agreed upon; two things that have gained national universal agreement: first we want to choose our leaders and second, we don’t want anybody to rule us forever. This is because as our constitution states “Botswana is a sovereign Republic” and not a monarchy.

Dikgosi are basically saying “voetsek ” to BDP

26 Aug 2015

Some three years ago, July 2012 to be precise, I sat down with Kgosi Maruje III Masunga for an interview that was published in the Sunday Standard.  I asked him to explain the role, the relevance and the importance of a Kgosi in the society. He described a Kgosi as someone who should instil the spirit of oneness amongst his subjects.

How do you name a place Ragoleajewa or Tonkieasotega?

26 Aug 2015

I have so far written a couple of columns on the subject of names and many have wondered if there is a formal study of names in academia. And the answer is yes. The study of names is known as Onomastics. The word, like many others, is of Greek etymology. It is traced to the Greek word onomastikos meaning of naming. The study of names is also known as onomatology, the study of names.

Zero marks to the judiciary

23 Aug 2015

Over the past decade it has been absolutely necessary for this  column to defend and take sides with the judiciary.

 

During that time, we deemed irrefutable that the judiciary had to be cushioned against the encroaching politicization and sometimes not so subtle attacks from the executive.

 

Why do people speak all manner of good things and grieve when a bad person dies?

23 Aug 2015

A several century-long standard practice and rule of thumb is that, of the dead say nothing unless it is kind or do not speak ill of the dead. As a result, obituaries are sugar-coated to present the dead as latter-day nobilities or world famous rain makers whose death somewhat marks the end of a better world.

Global Health in Public Policy: Finding the Right Frame

23 Aug 2015

It is very important to note that contrary to many believes and perceptions that exists one of health promotion’s major contributions has been its discursive challenge to biomedical and even behavioural models of health and illness. The concept of social determinants of health is now widely accepted by health authorities in many parts of the world.

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