In the disruptive, rul e s -breaking arc of Khama’s statecraft, his conduct the past few weeks has marked a new milestone. He has gone where none of his predecessors has ever gone, flouted the most deeply held traditions and shredded all the customary standards in Botswana of how an ex-president should behave.
Time and fate have not been very kind to Laone who looks every day of her 30 years and more. The last born in a family of five with a mother who worked as a nurse and a father who was a school teacher she dreamed of a future behind behind a white picket fence with a husband and two to three children with a car in the garage.
On the street sprawling below the brightly lit windows of Gaborone West Town Houses, the tall street lamps cartoon the horde of female night prowlers into stocky dark shadows. Scantily dressed in the freezing winter night, these young women are like scavengers looking for their next prey.
Aware of the primary challenge Botswana stood to face in the future as a mineral dependent economy, former President Festus Mogae in August 2005 established the Business and Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) as a advisory body to government in achieving its objective of accelerating economic diversification and sustainable growth, and in the process reduce Botswana’s dependence on mining, as the
Heroin, Cocaine and cannabis are some of Europe’s most commonly used drugs, with approximately 3.7 million adults (aged 15–64) estimated to have used it in the last year.
At the Molepolole kgotla, the first stop of President Festus Mogae’s national farewell tour in 2007, a speaker from the floor told the outgoing president that his legacy would, in part, be defined by how his successor, Vice President Ian Khama, ruled for the next 10 years.
A Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) study that considers both entrepreneur and firm characteristics in reviewing the literature on small and medium enterprises’ access to credit has found Botswana’s financial institutions differ with much of the world in a way that most would approve.
UDC’s major contracting partners, Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) have just emerged out of their conferences determined to kick out Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) out of the opposition umbrella coalition dubbed the ‘peoples project’.
The head of the Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) secretariat, Keoopetse Paphane, dramatically lost her job with all its trappings on Thursday night during an extraordinary general conference that was purposefully designed to achieve such outcome.
When former President Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama was elected into office in 2008, only a few people questioned whether he would put the values of the country before his interests. Perhaps the reason why a lot of people gave him the benefit of the doubt was because no one predicted what would be coming in the next 8 years of his presidency.
As multitudes gathered in Molepolole yesterday to bury GUS, the observation was inescapable that he was many things to many people and a somewhat complex personality in the political tapestry of this country.
In the myriad of legendary stories, Keith Richards, lead guitarist of the iconic rock and roll band the Rolling Stones fell of a tree while goofing about on holiday in Fiji. A portion of the world that listens to the sort of music played by the group held its collective breath in anxiety, and fear. His injuries were deemed serious and in some reports he was in
The statistics are quite astounding. For one poisoned elephant carcass, five hundred vultures perish. For years now, Birdlife Botswana, an NGO that deals with protection of birds in order to prevent any extinction of bird species in the wild has been using different means to sensitise the government and other stakeholders on the issue.
Instead of enjoying watching the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup, the folks at my rural village of Moroka in the North East District over the weekend bombarded me with the difficult yet interesting questions of whether after more than 50 years of independence Botswana has done enough in terms of citizen economic empowerment, especially indigenous citizen economic empowerment.
Name African Presidents who are trying to grow their tourism sector and chances are more than half have Keith Vincent’s business card.
Botswana’s obesity crisis appears more unstoppable than ever. According to Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, Botswana is struggling with an obesity problem and the trend has been progressively increasing in both children and adults.
Memories of my first World Cup are from Phikwe and revolve around a small black and white television set owned by a local mentor called Tom who allowed his favourite boys in the neighborhood to come over and watch. Viewing games as a guest was solemn business. No noise making, kids pranks or even cheering of the teams on the pitch.
The laws criminalising same sex relationships continue to haunt the Lesbian Gays Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) community in Botswana. LEGABIBO, an organisation which advocates for the rights of the LGBTI fears that laws that criminalise same sex relationships is whipping up public hysteria against the marginalised LGBTI community.
On the face of it, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Botswana Democratic Party Secretary General, Mpho Balopi, revealing a private arrangement between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor, Lieutenant General Ian Khama, but there really is.
It’s one of the recurring topics in which there is consensus amongst employers – the job unpreparedness of many new graduates who enter the job market. So how real and/or widespread is it?