Opinions

Something needs to be done to restore relevance of Independence Day

09 Aug 2018

The world over, Independence Day celebrations mean much to citizens.

This does not only apply to countries that had to wage a war for independence, but even for those countries that peacefully got their independence.

The same cannot be said about Botswana.

This was not always like this.

Professor D.T. Cole (1922 - 2018)

09 Aug 2018

Life is strange – strange indeed. Professor Desmond Cole is dead. I received the news on Monday August 6th, 2018 from a friend about his passing. A short one line note about his death appears on the University of the Witwatersrand alumni page. No he didn’t die recently. He died quietly on May 25th, 2018 away from the public eye and pomp.

Khama’s desperate cry for help

05 Aug 2018

This past week, former president Ian Khama has been busy speaking on both sides of his mouth.

It is a carefully calculated ploy to get it both ways. He is playing victim.

For example he calls himself a private citizen. Yet he sees nothing wrong crying for access to state aircraft and helicopters.

This is a man who has access to millions of pula in state resources.

THE DAY THE ANOINTING WAS REMOVED

05 Aug 2018

I have a fervent recollection of the euphoria that beat at the chest of the country when UDC was conceived, the real ‘Peoples Project’ – a vehicle that carried the aspirations and interests of Batswana, a cornucopia of plenty.

On the Bi-Centenary of Karl Marx’s birth (Part II)

05 Aug 2018

The process of creation of the value of products and its realisation are separated both temporally and spatially.  The former occurs during the production process while the latter is subsequently accomplished during the sale of the products in the market.  In reality the law of supply and demand only affects the prices of the products in the market, in so far as it determines their fluctuation

No honour in not knowing your language

03 Aug 2018

It still gets to me. Yes, it still shocks me terribly that there are still intelligent people in our society who think it is a badge of honour not to know their language, or perhaps to feign ignorance of their tongue. The past few weeks have been most interesting and revealing. Perhaps I had thought wrong that we have moved forward.

BMC crisis is much more than just commercial, it is political

03 Aug 2018

Just last week, Botswana Government announced that they have given Botswana Meat Commission just over P100 million to pay farmers.

We want to profusely thank Government for this gesture.

In the same vein it would be remiss or even irresponsible if we did not immediately highlight just how inadequate the money is.

Cabinet revolt against Masisi is a pushback against his crusade to fight corruption

30 Jul 2018

Introducing the Declaration of Assets Law has become a source of immense pride for President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Apparently no guest leaves the president’s office without being treated to a long lecture on the impending law.

Any ex that is troublesome and cannot let go of the past ought to be banished for the sake of the new order!

30 Jul 2018

For decades, Botswana has been heralded as a beacon of democracy in the African continent that is synonymous with the ideology of savage despotism. Consequent to this laudatory caption, Botswana has been, wittingly or unwittingly, promoting democracy as the best form of government. This is in spite that democracy imposes some difficult demands on society that seeks to abide by its norms.

Masiresque Masisi

26 Jul 2018

Quett Masire was born on July 23, 1925. If he were alive he would have turned 93 years of age on Monday. President Mokgweetsi Masisi was born in July too, July 21, 1961 to be exact. He turned 57 last Saturday. Though both presidents were born on the same month, if you believe in the stars, their birthdays make Masisi a Cancer and Masire a Leo.

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