22-10-2014 - Spencer Mogapi
Botswana Congress Party youth say they have a problem with media houses predicting the outcome of the Friday General Elections.
Their gripe, they say, is because media houses making such predictions lack the technical depth to make predictions.
Coming from a political formation this is most bizarre indeed.
Not only because it is an established practice in all democracies all over the world, but also...
22-10-2014 - Bashi Mothusi
The 2014 general elections are here. Batswana will be going to the polls on Friday 24th October 2014 to elect their parliamentary and council representatives. That these elections are going to be the most interesting elections in the history of our republic is not in dispute. The stakes have never been so high. The three political parties which are competing for state power are moving mountains and...
22-10-2014 - Agreement Lathi Jotia
We have reached an hour once more where as a nation we have to defend the principles of democracy. Firstly, we ought to glorify the Almighty God for having jealously guarded against the evil of injustice and the mutilation of democracy, freedom, peace and tranquillity in the past 48 years. God’s mercies upon us have been amazing and our heritage as a nation has been glorious and colourful although...
22-10-2014 - The Telegraph Commentary
Nothing better illustrates the risks surrounding this year’s General Elections than what happened on Saturday during the pre-polling sessions organized for public officers who will be conducting and overseeing elections on the main voting day on Friday 24th.
Compared to what will happen on the main voting day, the pre-poll exercise is a very tiny undertaking in magnitude.
Yet still it provides an...
22-10-2014 - Dan Molalodi
It is only three more days to Election Day and indeed the heat is on, judging from the last campaign rallies by the three main contending parties. The first batch of voters exercised their rights over the weekend when citizens based outside the country and those who will be officiating this coming Friday went to the various polling stations to vote. Whilst there are reports of problems of availability...
22-10-2014 - The Linguist Chair
Today we take lessons in semantics and then apply them to a political speech shared on this column last week. We shall keep matters light and make complex concepts accessible to the reader. I use the term semantics in a linguistical sense to mean a linguistics study of meaning. I don’t use it to mean, meaning dependent on the speaker, as when lay people say: It is a matter of semantics. We start here:...
20-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Commentary
Rightly, a growing number of people are asking questions surrounding Botswana's preparedness in case there was Ebola outbreak. It would seem like while all countries are moving towards sharing more information the same cannot be said about southern Africa, including, unfortunately, Botswana. Experience from elsewhere has shown that the devastation by Ebola is most pervasive when insufficient resources...
20-10-2014 - Gape Motswaledi
I WILL NOT SAY GOODBYE I find genuineness and sense when Danny Gokey sings: ‘I Will Not Say Goodbye’. The chorus of the song goes:
I don’t want to feel better I don’t wanna not remember I will always see your face In the shadows of this haunted place I will laugh I will cry Shake my fists at the sky But I will not say goodbye.
In fact, I don’t want anyone not to remember. I want the memories of...
20-10-2014 - The Watchdog
There is a valid reason for the Botswana Democratic Party to feel uneasy. It has run a shoddy and squalid campaign. And, as it happened in Maun the squalor has now come back to haunt them.
Since joining politics, President Ian Khama has worked hard at portraying himself as being uniquely anti-political. But what has happened in Maun has cast him as a dyed in the wool politician who can break all...
20-10-2014 - Raphael Dingalo
Just yesterday I was reading an interesting clip that conveyed the meaning “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”. For music lovers, this is also one of the music genre by Janet Jackson featuring rapper Q-Tip and folk singer Joni Mitchell. The said snippet I picked reads:
“Why do we often take for granted the very things that deserve our gratitude the most? We do this with both people and...
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