Opinions

Global Health in Public Policy: Finding the Right Frame

23 Aug 2015

It is very important to note that contrary to many believes and perceptions that exists one of health promotion’s major contributions has been its discursive challenge to biomedical and even behavioural models of health and illness. The concept of social determinants of health is now widely accepted by health authorities in many parts of the world.

Somebody inside the BDP should have the balls to tell Khama to go

19 Aug 2015

Following a comprehensive loss in a by-election over the weekend, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party is in a state of disorientation.

 

The party is sliding into a comatose. Already it is numb following a series of defeats – five by-elections on a row since after the October General Elections last year.

 

The BDP finds itself in an altogether new territory.

Botswana needs to fix dilapidated roads, not build new ones

19 Aug 2015

Anyone living in Gaborone can see that traffic congestion is a growing problem. Transport within Gaborone is a major issue and whether you are on the road or public transport, neither seems to be improving. Due to globalisation, traffic congestion has become a major source of frustration for road users in Botswana and is likely to worsen over time as towns become busier.

 

Current water and power cuts are symptoms of our corrupt system!

19 Aug 2015

In my last instalment, I made a promise to desist from dwelling on negative issues, which have come to characterise modern day Botswana. I took this well-defined position on a realisation that focusing more on negatives was never going to help the situation that has come to define the lived experience of many of our people. That pronouncement was also self serving.

The Kgosi Chronicles Part One: defining the problem

19 Aug 2015

This column amongst many, that deals with the matter of bogosi in Botswana. In these columns I will attempt to contribute to the broader ongoing debate on the position of bogosi in the modern democratic dispensation. I would attempt to grapple with the question of whether the kgosi deserves greater powers than he already has.

BTV is its own biggest enemy!

20 Aug 2015

Early last week, the Umbrella for Democratic Change announced that their candidate in a by-election in Goodhope/Mabule constituency would not participate in a debate that was hosted by Botswana Television.

UDC deputy leader, Ndaba Gaolathe catalogued a series of his party grievances against BTV.

 

The US must not extradite lion killer to Zimbabwe

16 Aug 2015

The world, as we experience it on a daily basis, is a very unforgiving place yet it contains all the comforts that life requires for life to exist but at a cost almost equal to life itself.

 

People around the world have now become much more involved in issues pertaining to the environment, wild life, climate change and animal welfare than before.

 

“BDP evil intentions on workers – a case of Trade Disputes Act”

16 Aug 2015

The Trade Disputes Act (TDA) was formulated some years ago to promote good labour relations between employers and employees. It was meant to help resolve industrial disputes amicably and provides procedures in resolving the disputes.

Absence of political campaign funding has become a source of massive money laundering

16 Aug 2015

What is happening in the Barolong by-election is once again putting to the fore the long held lie that there is no state funding of political party funding in Botswana.

The ruling party candidate, Eric Molale is being financed by the state – directly and indirectly.

Power outages have become a metaphor for a generally sick nation

09 Aug 2015

The power outages currently engulfing the nation reach far beyond the sickening tragedy that is Morupule “B”.

 

Looked at a deeper context, the outages are a splendid metaphor for a sick nation; a nation groping in the dark when it comes to establishing a directional campus for its moral values.

 

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