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21 Jul 2019

Being old-school and pragmatic about problem-solving, the late president Sir Quett Ketumile Joni Masire would never have been hoodwinked into walking barefoot over a bed of red-hot embers by any new-age motivational speaker.

15 Jul 2019

With “almost everybody” on the list of people whom an upcoming law requires to declare their assets and liabilities, some voices are questioning the exclusion of private-sector journalists.

15 Jul 2019

KITSO KEMOENG’s face to face with  the man who during his days played football like Piano the way Dollar Brand would do his piano

07 Jul 2019

The man who trashed reportage about plans to assassinate President Mokgweetsi Masisi has himself a track record of personally making similar claims that he wants the public to take seriously.

07 Jul 2019

As it tries to rally its troops, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is also facing the difficulty of telling friend from foe, largely on account of an unusual situation that it has never ever had to deal with before.

01 Jul 2019

BY MPHO KUHLMANN

To Selibe Phikwe West Member of Parliament and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Chief Whip Dithapelo Koorapetse and scores of trolls who share his morbid sense of humour, former journalist, Tirelo Ditshipi is nothing but the butt of an amusing black joke.

01 Jul 2019

BY MPHO KUHLMANN

Former journalist Tirelo Ditshipi spent most of her adult life writing news. Last week she was the news, and “reading so much filth about me on social media” has turned her world on its head.

24 Jun 2019

BY MPHO KUHLMANN

A martyr of conscience: That seems like some heavy words to describe a hedonic persona that lived life to the hilt. The phrase however perfectly answers the riddle that is Thuso Letlhoma as he stands at a life and death cross-roads and has to make a decision for or against his conscience.

19 Jun 2019

BY CALISTUS BOSALETSWE

10 Jun 2019

This is a trick question: what does former president Ian Khama see when he looks in the mirror? The answer is not a light-skinned, newly-minted pseudo-comrade with an Afro-hair but a dark-hued, much younger man with a buzz cut.

10 Jun 2019

BY MPHO KUHLMANN

07 Jun 2019

As speculation continues to swirl about whether or not former president Ian Khama will launch the candidacy of the Botswana National Front’s candidate in Boteti West, Sam Digwa, a senior party official in the constituency has come out to make the most definitive statement yet.

26 May 2019

BY MPHO KUHLMANN

In Botswana’s lexical vogue-o-meter, the spiritual phrase “I receive” is up there jostling for the pride of place alongside political slogans like “Moono” and “A e Jeke.”

26 May 2019

BY TLOTLO LEMMENYANE

In Botswana, “Howzit” which is slang for “how is life?” is so important it comes even before enquiries about the health of children. What would your answer be?

20 May 2019

As the battle for executive power between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and former President General Ian Khama escalates, the latter’s campaign has been cast in tribal terms. As the son of Founding President and abdicated Bangwato tribal leader, Sir Seretse Khama, Gen. Khama was installed as Paramount Chief in 1979 at a ceremony that the young Masisi says he attended.

13 May 2019

During a stop-over in South Africa on his way to India to meet the Dalai Lama, President Ian Khama told SABC television that his VIP protection had been withdrawn by the Botswana government to protest his controversial trip. Shortly thereafter, pictures of Khama accompanied by Botswana VIP Protection Officers in India appeared online.

08 May 2019

Whether he was a consummate democrat or not, Botswana’s founding president, Sir Seretse Khama, made a good first impression on people who constitute a significant voter block as well as on an equally significant number of their descendants.

08 May 2019

“No, no! is how the Umbrella for Democratic Change spokesman, Moeti Mohwasa, responds to a question on whether his party would be amenable to an electoral deal that immunises former President Ian Khama against prosecution for alleged corruption.

29 Apr 2019

BY TLOTLO LEMMENYANE

Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa’s first name means “make great efforts to achieve or obtain something”. And he is to the manner born.

The telecommunications magnate first came to Botswana in 1998 as a broke 37 year old ball of fire. His pair of shoes had seen better days, with the soles almost departing from the uppers.

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