24-11-2014 - Sunday Standard Commentary
A few months ago a decision was taken that what little is left of the South African rhinos would have to be relocated to Botswana where they have a real chance of surviving possible extinction. The idea, and it is a commendable one, is to save the rhinos from the poaching onslaught that threatens to finish some important wildlife species in that country. It was a great decision that in a very big way...
24-11-2014 - The Watchdog
Early in the week we received news that five more South African politicians have been added to a fast growing list of nationals from that country who are now required to enter Botswana under an increasingly dubious and arbitrary system that requires a visa application. All the five are senior members of an opposition party – the Economic Freedom Front. They join their leader Julius Malema who the Botswana...
24-11-2014 - M. Lesedi Dintwe
Well done to Dr. Margaret Nasha on her single but eventful term as Speaker of the National Assembly. Mma Nasha lost elections to Dumelang Saleshando in the 2004 general elections and was made Specially Elected Member of Parliament by former President Festus Mogae and also given a ministerial portfolio. She was to after the 2009 general elections made Speaker of the National Assembly.
24-11-2014 - Thabo Seleke
The past six years that he has been at the helm of the country’s highest political office, President Ian Khama has been ruling with a firm hand, coming up with bold socio-economic reforms that are geared towards eradicating poverty and ensuring good health for all. Since assuming office, Khama’s leadership style has been very unique, sort of withdrawn and detached from the status quo.
As a result...
24-11-2014 - Tanonoka Joseph Whande
The orgasmic thrill of victory is nowhere near the sobering reality of the loud thudding of defeat. Like the clanking of the closing of a jailhouse door, which has the unmistakable sound of finality to it, elections give a resounding message which, fortunately, may be altered by time yet impatience has caused elections to be manipulated to fit the wishes of someone in authority. At election time,...
24-11-2014 - Laurie Pieters-James
WHAT IS STALKING
The Oxford dictionary defines stalking as “the action of pursuing or approaching (wild animal, enemy) stealthily”. The term stalker in relation to criminal conduct involving the pursuit by one person of another is not defined. According to the SA Law Commission the concept of stalking appears to have evolved and assumed an artificial meaning with harassment of another person as the...
21-11-2014 - Sonny Serite
The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) must be told, without hesitation, that at times you need to accept that you are sick in order for you to react well to medication. Some of us had intended to give the BCP some space and time to heal, introspect and come to their senses after their humiliation at the recent general elections.
That the BCP didn’t take their loss kindly and came out with guns blazing,...
21-11-2014 - Spencer Mogapi
In a very real sense, the Botswana Congress Party is for now breathing with the aid of life support.
Human nature implores us to show them empathy, but more importantly to accord them enough space to grieve in private – so to speak.
Following what happened at the polls the party is for now grappling with a mammoth task of rebuilding from scratch.
For them performance at the polls has not only been...
21-11-2014 - The Linguist Chair
In our haste to translate a word from one language to another, we make translation blunders that usually stay with us for a rather long time until they are disputed or challenged. Today I consider how we have over time translated the word ngaka into English and how we have translated the English word doctor into Setswana as ngaka. It is important to observe that words gain meaning from specific cultural...
21-11-2014 - The Telegraph Commentary
One of the greatest scourges against humanity is gender based violence.
Across the world millions of women are subjected to this kind of violence.
This is not to say men do not suffer the same.
But disproportionately, it is often women who are victims.
Since time memorial, gender based violence has left indelible emotional scars on many people.
Culture and also religion are just a few excuses that...
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