Forget about the noisy armchair conservationists who are threatening to boycott Botswana’s tourism and diamonds. It is in their nature to always declare their whiteness. Their incoherent nose is part of their usual declaration about whose words should matter most in the sphere of public policy around the globe.
There is a common phrase at the government enclave – “System e down” (The computer system is not operational or is offline).
This is a popular, yet not so sweet response usually uttered by front desk officers at government departments and some state-owned agencies when giving feedback to customers, mostly members of the public
With the economy literally down on its knees characterized by massive job losses on the back of the closure of a number of mining houses especially in the northern part of the country, beneficiation and down-stream processing should be brought back to top economic diversification agenda.
What Duma Boko and Ian Khama are doing is wrong. Theologically speaking what they are doing is evil to say the least. Boko and Khama are not ordinary citizens, they are leaders, whatever they say or do people listen.
Entering the main hall of the museum in Mafikeng the provincial capital of the North West in South Africa, you would be ushered in by the largest elephant tusks one can ever wish to see. These were donated as a gift by Khama III of the Bangwato, an influential tribal grouping in Botswana.
Once upon a time, a German town was invaded by infectious rats that caused panic and anxiety within the community. In the ensuing panic, a Good Samaritan in colourful attire or clown costume [pied in ancient lingo] offered to rid the town of these rats for a reasonable fee that was not specified.
On the 21st October 1949, Robert Sobukwe delivered a powerful and riveting speech at the Fort Hare University completers’ social which was spoken about for a long time in and outside the university in which he addressed topical issues of the day. Sobukwe made that speech seven decades ago but it is still as relevant today as it was when he delivered it.