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...
20-10-2014 - Kenneth Dipholo
On 24th October 2014 Batswana go to the polls presumably to choose their elected representatives. The stage is set and every political formation fancies its chances. Like a woman trapped in fake pregnancy, even those whose losses are guaranteed are nevertheless hopeful.
Many party activists especially those who are expecting some form of rewards if things turn out in their parties’ favour are damn...
20-10-2014 - Martin Dingake
In an attempt to bring an immediate end to the continued rule by Botswana Democratic Party(BDP), ‘a last minute political act’ called “vote polling” has been devised by one Billy Sekgororoane and a group of “like minded” individuals made up of young professionals from the finance sector and retired civil servants. It has been thrusted into the public domain aspart of our national discourse to nurture...
20-10-2014 - Laurie Pieters-James
On Monday the 13th of October the sentencing hearing of paralympian hero Oscar Pistorius commenced. Last month he was convicted on two charges which included the negligent use of a firearm in a public place and cuplable homicide, in that he was ruled to have been grossly negligent in causing the death of Reeva Steenkamp in what is considered by many to be a flawed judgement, and will in all probability...
16-10-2014 - Sonny Serite
Where do I even begin? I had to take a jog to calm my nerves before writing this piece. I am still shocked at Ian Khama’s conduct in Maun last Friday. Though shocked, I am not entirely surprised at what Khama did. The man is desperate. The man is in a really bad space. I have always told people that of all the people in the country, I do not envy Khama because he doesn’t lead a happy life. Don’t be...
16-10-2014 - The Linguist Chair
Forget about McD. Peloetletse, he is a cuddly puppy compared to the BDP man whose speech is characterized by a sudden gush of fury and vitriol. The ANC had its attack pit-bull in the pernicious Malema. The BCP has the vicious Phagenyana Phage. The BDP has the 32-year-old Alec Seametso – a Mongwaketse man from Ntsweng who is its national campaign manager. He came into prominence lately when his pictures...
16-10-2014 - Spencer Mogapi
Just as we were beginning to think we had seen the worst and that the ruling party had reached rock bottom of this electoral campaign events in Maun have conspired to prove us all wrong.
What happened in Maun was bad and distasteful; in every way and at all levels.
It was bad for the country and also bad for our politics.
It was not only bad for the BDP but also for the integrity of the government.
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