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Botswana’s problem is not money. It is the brains

11 Nov 2015

I mean, I just don’t get the logic behind applauding a guy who squashes the money that was earmarked for his children’s school fees on beer and girls and thereafter runs to the bank to collect his savings to fill up for his irresponsible spending.

The difference between setho & botho

11 Nov 2015

This article is motivated by a question recently received from my former boss, Prof Frank Youngman. The question was: “What is the difference between botho and setho?” One way of answering the question is to consult a dictionary.

There is need for more clarification on the future of NACA

11 Nov 2015

In the last two weeks, there have been reports that government intends shutting down the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA).

NACA was established by Government at the height of Botswana’s fight against the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

That was the time when the country faced possible annihilation from the virus.

How did we arrive here?

11 Nov 2015

Confusion seems to be the order of the day lately in Botswana. In radios, for example, the talk is all about go rola kepese or go rwala kepese! A friend of mine wanted to know exactly what the whole noise around go rola kepese/rwala kepesewas all about, and my response was somewhat unhelpful for him.

Blame Africa for the tragedy in Zimbabwe

08 Nov 2015

We all have our own heroes who we admire for reasons different from what inspires our fellow compatriots.

What other people call freedom fighters are known as terrorists in other quarters. Those labelled extremists in other countries are viewed as nationalists by others.

A bird’s eye view of key names that will dominate the race to succession

01 Nov 2015

Differences are already creeping in over whether or not the current Vice President, Mokgweetsi is really the right man to succeed Ian Khama as Head of State.

There is as yet no consensus - not even among the small circle of key figures whose views will ultimately matter most when the succession question is eventually decided.

Loswao, Seswao, chotlho, tshwaiwa: one language, different tongues

28 Oct 2015

Differences in vocabulary are one aspect of dialect diversity which identifies individuals conspicuously. This is especially obvious through what linguists refer to as cultural vocabulary.

Pilane’s desperation is suspect

28 Oct 2015

Honestly I never thought Sidney Pilane’s application for re-admission into the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) would become such a hot potato. I took it very lightly. I had thought it was just going to be a simple matter of welcoming back a prodigal son. In fact, I had hoped Pilane would be received with open arms and jubilation.

The Coming in of Economic Stimulus Programmes…….

28 Oct 2015

The last few days has seen quite a lot of debate and commentary on the new kid on the block, “Economic Stimulus Programmes” following the announcement by the President of the Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) resolve to inject some stimulus into our seemingly ailing economy.

BMD’s Gaolathe should crack the whip and resist being bullied!

25 Oct 2015

There is always a temptation to mistake one’s softness for weakness or timidity.

 

It seems like some key politicians inside the Botswana Movement for Democracy have fallen for this trap in their perception of their leader, Ndaba Gaolathe.

 

The last few months have seen Gaolathe pretty much assuming what has often looked like the responsibility of a firefighter.

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