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Private tertiary institutions should not be allowed to become money laundering schemes

07 Dec 2015

We should perhaps state it upfront that we believe there is space and indeed role for private institutions in Botswana’s education system.

If well run, in fact private tertiary institutions could augment and indeed provide education that compares if not that is better than that provided by the state.

"Forget Society; privatise the football clubs"

07 Dec 2015

By the time you read this article, Township Rollers supporters would have been coerced into making a decision they themselves do not know or understand. The word they use there is investor! Look, Orlando Pirates last had elections in 1992.

 

Political correctness lulls us into a false sense of security

07 Dec 2015

Sometime this year, a Member of Parliament in Botswanachose‘wrong’ terminology in reference to the Bushman, the San, Basarwa, First People of the Kgalagadi, etc.

Political correctness seems to be the “in thing” worldwide yet this has negative effects on those people who want to be recognized in some other way.

Let’s just accept, ours is a stupid Government

02 Dec 2015

Sit down! I consulted the dictionary and it defines stupid as “lacking intelligence or common sense”. It can also mean “tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes”.  Stupid was the only word that, in my view, could best describe the decision by our Government to reward bad behavior. Yep! Our Government has yet again done the unthinkable.

Gov’t should implement Public Service Charter accountability provisions

02 Dec 2015

This is not the first time that we have been compelled to run a commentary on why government is failing to comply with the various components of its own Public Service Charter (PSC), especially the provision on accountability. We have done it before.

The insanity of the ESP

02 Dec 2015

That we are in a crisis as a nation is clear for all to see. The talk lately, anywhere you go, relates to the health of our economy. It is not only about the economy! Governance has taken a decidedly different turn. We are now in a mist of confusion in all facets of life in our country.

We are Batswana; they call us Batswanan

02 Dec 2015

The year was 1999. I had just enrolled into the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics on Walton Street at the University of Oxford as a graduate student reading Comparative Linguistics and Philology.

ESP: False hopes that will be badly disappointed

29 Nov 2015

Every conversation in every pub, in every church and in every bus always leads to the Economic Stimulus Package.

It is a sign of the times that a phrase that barely a month ago many of our people had never heard of has all of sudden become part of our national mainstream lexicon.

Everything is being put on a halt as we await the arrival of the Economic Stimulus Package.

Mr MokgweetsiMasisi is not fit to be either Vice President or President of the Republic of Botswana!

29 Nov 2015

In 2014 at about this time, the Badge of Courage ran an essay lamenting on His Honour Vice President Masisi’s self-inflicted political deflation. It remarked that when he was appointed Minister of State, Vice President Masisi came with so much hope and promise. That his demeanour was way above reproach and his contributions in Parliament were relevant, reasonable and most of all inspiring.

Developmental disparities between east and west of Botswana should concern us all

29 Nov 2015

When it comes to economic development, as a country, Botswana is literally divided into two.

 

There is the East – which runs along the pre-independence railway line. This is a much more developed belt, right from the south all the way to the north.

 

Then there is the West, the bulk of which is made of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

 

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