19-05-2013 - Sunday Standard Commentary
The frequent power cuts that the entire county is now experiencing should, on a general scale, be of no big surprise because, being winter, there is a higher usage of electricity.
There have also been reports that the South African power utility, Eskom, on whom we rely for close to 90 percent of our national needs, has had to carry out repairs on one facility that directly supplies Botswana’s national...
19-05-2013 - Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela II
The Minister of Justice
ATT: Mr Ramadeluka Seretse
I have been away from Botswana for exactly one year to this date since 14th May 2012. In this time period, I have made enormous strides in my work to unite the Bakgatla ba Kgafela tribe in South Africa as well as to bring order through removing Mr Nyalala John Molefe Pilane from the chieftainship seat. I have...
19-05-2013 - Lediretse Molake
I have just completed reading the book, Goodye Bafana, about Nelson Mandela’s time in prison, written by a gentleman who was for most of the time his jailer, James Gregory. It comes out clearly that Nelson Mandela became president whilst he was in prison. The white establishment’s conduct suggested that it had effectively conceded that he was the de facto leader of South Africa whilst he was in prison.
19-05-2013 - Monageng Mogalakwe
The ongoing debates on the land question and poverty in Botswana raise very pertinent issues regarding the trajectory of Botswana’s development. The land petitioners, who have coalesced into a social movement called ‘The Petition To Minister of Lands’ were given a boost by the doomed Parliamentary motion on land audit by Dumelang Saleshando, Member of Parliament for Gaborone Central and...
12-05-2013 - The Watchdog
We have often been referred to as a nation of debtors. It is not difficult to see why.
As it is, its hard to miss the damage that personal debt is doing to the health of our national politics.
The magnitude of debt among politicians, especially counciullors, has become practically unsustainable.
It is a time bomb waiting to explode. Not only does this anomally derail the trajectory of our politics,...
12-05-2013 - Kenneth Dipholo
When I first read the cheetah and President Khama story, I didn’t find it newsworthy.
I, therefore, dismissed those who linked the story to the security of the head of state as pretenders and self-styled patriots of ‘fonkong’ brand. When chief state propagandist Jeff Ramsay explained that they never considered issuing a public statement because the incident was a small issue, I thought that this...
12-05-2013 - Sunday Standard Commentary
For the last five years, entrepreneurs have been consistently advised to brace themselves for the relocation of the De Beers diamond trading arm from London to Gaborone.
Business people were told that the relocation posited many opportunities, not least because the relocation of the business was going to see a Multi-billion dollar business being run from Gaborone.
Among those things mentioned were...
12-05-2013 - Gomolemo Motswaledi
It gives me pleasure to address this 2nd Congress of the Botswana Movement for Democracy, your movement, our movement. The resolutions you have taken over the past two years as well as the posture that their implementation took, allow me to be proud to address you as President of this movement as well as Secretary General of the people’s project, the Umbrella for Democratic Change.
We meet here under...
09-05-2013 - The Telegraph Commentary
These are certainly difficult times for labour union movement in Botswana.
Many members are beginning to ask themselves if it is worth continuing paying membership fees when for the last five years or so, as members they do not have much to show for it, other than misery brought by ever steepening costs of living.
The public sector strike that took place just over two years ago has left many employees...
09-05-2013 - Zoé Titus
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is deeply concerned about the rate at which media freedom and freedom of expression violations are occurring within the southern African region. We are particularly concerned that some of these violations have resulted in the death of journalists and others have resulted in severe body and psychological injuries.
In this regard, our hearts go out to the...
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