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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.