Editorials

Forward looking SONA gives Masisi political high ground

09 Nov 2018

On Monday President Mokgweetsi Masisi used his maiden state of the Nation Address to claim a political high ground that has up to now eluded him.

He used the speech to set a broad economic strategy for his presidency.

He made big and bold announcements, like setting an Investment Board that he will chair.

Gov’t treatment of Trade Unions is regressive and counterproductive

01 Nov 2018

There is a court case that is ongoing pitting Botswana government and some public sector trade Unions, chiefly BOFEPUSO and BOPEU.

This follows a government decision to derecognize the unions on allegations of non-compliance with the Public Service Act of 2013.

One of Botswana’s biggest companies, Choppies Limited is facing an existential crisis. Choppies has been a victim of own success

28 Oct 2018

For over two months now Choppies has failed to release its financials.

A behemoth by Botswana standards, it was always clear that Choppies had feet of clay.

It was a one man show – with the CEO running the chain store by a hand set – from suppliers all the way down to the cleaner.

Government should honestly clarify official position on Alcohol Levy

18 Oct 2018

The last time we heard of it, the official position of Government regarding the Alcohol Levy was that there will be a nationwide consultation to determine whether to keep it, reduce it or anything.

The ball was on the public court, so said the Government.

This is a similar position as adopted towards Hunting Ban.

And we took them at their word.

Gov’t should be more transparent on true costs of financing its debt

14 Oct 2018

There is need for reform on how government manages and reports on its debt; both local and international.

Given Africa’s booming indebtedness, it is important for Botswana to embrace reforms that would once again see the country escape a trap that has  previously been the source of so much misery for other African countries.

An unstuck BTO should be audited to ensure corporate governance

07 Oct 2018

There are pressing and disturbing events happening at Botswana Tourism organization.

While there will be less consensus on many of these events, it is our hope that at least such consensus can be found on the fact that BTO has lost direction.

Masisi’s diplomatic blitz abroad should restore Botswana’s conventional foreign policy

27 Sep 2018

It is now just over six months since Mokgweetsi Masisi ascended the highest office, and already he has visited about a dozen countries, many of them in southern Africa that are also SADC members.

Has BDC forsaken its founding principles?

23 Sep 2018

There is a deep irony and even paradox about what Botswana Development Corporation was established for and what the state owned company has been doing lately.

BDC was established by Botswana Government in 1970 as its premier investment vehicle.

The company has a genuine and fair claim to being one of Botswana’s earliest and indeed enduring blue chips.

Has BDC forsaken its founding principles?

17 Sep 2018

There is a deep irony and even paradox about what Botswana Development Corporation was established for and what the state owned company has been doing lately.

BDC was established by Botswana Government in 1970 as its premier investment vehicle.

The company has a genuine and fair claim to being one of Botswana’s earliest and indeed enduring blue chips.

Marketing Botswana’s coal abroad comes with reputational risks – but there are not many options

10 Sep 2018

Botswana has close to 300 billion tonnes of known coal reserves underground.

The actual figures are probably much higher. It is thus befitting that on his recent trip to China, President Mokgweetsi Masisi chose coal as one of his key selling points.

Choosing coal as an integral component of our sales pitches has come rather too late and half-heartedly.

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