The world has become a planet of tourists: and the Chinese are its leaders – why is Botswana going opposite direction?

02 Sep 2018

The last few years have seen a rapid growth in the number of Chinese tourists visiting the world.

A little over 100 million Chinese tourists are known to have travelled from the mainland last year alone.

The evils of cash politics

02 Sep 2018

Money, strictly speaking is not a commodity, but a medium of exchange.  But under capitalism and neo-colonialism money has become not only a commodity but a basic human need!  The fundamental purpose of money being a medium of exchange does not diminish when money is commoditized.  My point is that when someone gives you money, you should know that he or she is not giving you a commodity but is

Masisi’s visit to China exposes Botswana’s recent foreign policy mis-steps

27 Aug 2018

This week President Mokgweetsi Masisi will travel to China, there to meet with one of the world’s most powerful men – the Chinese President, Xi Jinping.

The visit is nothing short of a steep climb.

Just less than year ago, China and Botswana were involved in an ugly diplomatic spat.

Botswana under siege as former President Dr Khama plays hardball with incumbent President Masisi!

27 Aug 2018

In 2006 this patriot ran an essay in Mmegi titled ‘Botswana under Siege’, (Mmegi, 10th March 2006) which attracted a heavy-handed yet clumsy, un-presidential and laughable rebuttal from the Office of the President (OP).

More transparency needed on BCL - AP

27 Aug 2018

A recent announcement by Hon Eric Molale, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, purports to convey the decision by Government, to resume operations of the BCL.

Done and dusted: The Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Commission

27 Aug 2018

Mahatma Ghandi once said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.

Even in exile, Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela Kgafela II, must be having the last laugh at Tshetlha ya Dikgwa, who is now in a confused and desperate state. A spoilt megalomaniac who just can’t let go and can’t live without power.

Agriculture holds potential to reduce economic dependence on Government

23 Aug 2018

The thinking among our economists, too often is to run to make calls for diversification of economy away from minerals.

There is nothing wrong with that. But such calls, when they are not accompanied by related calls to reduce excessive dependence on Government do not mean much.

Minerals, especially diamonds have for Botswana been both a boon and a burden.

A Muddy, Mucky and Murky political terrain to 2019

23 Aug 2018

Never before has the road to a General Election been as muddy, mucky and murky as one leading to 2019.

What a rich language Setswana is!

23 Aug 2018

We still need to dig the roots of the Setswana language some more. We know that maize has its roots in the Americas and came into Africa by Portuguese traders in the 1500s to the 1600s through Mozambique into South Africa. Linguistic evidence demonstrates that maize is not indigenous to Africa. All this is reflected in the name for maize in many African languages.

Where to now, Zimbabwe?

20 Aug 2018

For the last couple of weeks, I have been wondering if all that I get from my rich faith can make a difference by lightening my burdens, enlightening my views, lighting my path and dimming my sadness.

The weight I feel on both my mind and shoulders is unnecessary yet it is an essential reminder to me that, somehow, fortune always seems to prefer bad guys.