05-05-2013 - Sunday Standard Commentary
In the face of projected drought and projected food hikes, we want to call those in authority to do all in their power to save Batswana from the jaws of poverty, from which, if allowed to slip through, they actually may never recover.
More specifically, we call on government to take steps towards preparing for what will, no doubt, be the difficult stretch of month ahead before the rainy season comes...
05-05-2013 - Lediretse Molake
As is customary every time the world celebrates Press Freedom Day we get calls for the press to enjoy its freedom in a reasonable manner. One local radio station, Duma fm, played audio clips of various political party leaders expressing their views as regards the press.
On the whole the leaders were not particularly pleased with the work that the press was doing. It seemed to me that the leaders...
05-05-2013 - The Watchdog
The wider public thinks our opposition parties are mad that they cannot set aside petty differences and approach next year’s elections as a cohesive unit.
I am still to meet an ordinary member of the public who fully understands just why we have gone for months without filling an important position such as that of Leader of Opposition.
If this goes on for longer, the world would be forgiven to think...
05-05-2013 - Tanonoka Joseph Whande
South African banks have been releasing very interesting financial figures which indicate the financial advantages Zimbabwe is enjoying due to its citizens who are either economically or politically marooned in South Africa.
The issue of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora being allowed to vote and to participate in electoral proceedings is an underestimated necessity.
At first, Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF government...
28-04-2013 - The Watchdog
It is perhaps a sign of the changing times that even some of the party faithful have now started to talk of a life after Khama.
Reluctantly questions are being asked as to who is likely to fill the big man’s shoes.
This unusual eagerness to engage with a topic which, until recently, was out of bounds is most likely a result of recent interviews the President gave wherein he said he did not have...
28-04-2013 - Kenneth Dipholo
A lot has been said about Letlhakeng West Parliamentary by-election much of which focusing on the lamentations of the opposition, especially the umbrella partners. The gist of the mourning is that the BDP has cheated more than was expected.
This essay shares similar sentiments and proffers a way forward for the opposition.
To start with, readers are reminded that the BDP has a history of waking up...
28-04-2013 - Sunday Standard Commentary
For the past two weeks, public discussion discourses have been abuzz with a statement attributed to President Ian Khama that civil servants will be allowed to dabble in business.
It is not the intension of this commentary to make an opinion on whether that is good or bad.
Rather, we only confine ourselves to the manner the communication has been made, more specifically the confusion that has resulted...
28-04-2013 - Gomolemo Motswaledi
Botswana used to be known as a shining star on a couple of areas of her existence. At the time, some people doubted the sustainability of the glow while a lot, including the world, believed in the future of this state as a success.
Credit now goes to those who had doubt on the sustainability of the glow. We intend to invest effort and resources in developing the energy sector. Our people, the...
25-04-2013 - Sonny Serite
As a nation we really need to get worried. The rate at which our leaders continue to behave like escapees from Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital must get us all worried. It would seem our leaders have been hit by a bout of some contagious bovine mentality. In fact, even cows don’t behave so abnormally.
You just have to listen to what our leaders say and look at what they do and you will get all goose-bumped....
25-04-2013 - The Telegraph Commentary
Although the year has just begun, early signs are that we are headed for a devastating and lengthy drought season. Owing to bad rains, across the country crop yields have proved terribly low.
In other areas nothing has been harvested. Attempts by government to help kick-start the agricultural sector are proving much more difficult than was expected.
All signs are that other than disappointing crop...
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