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11 Nov 2006

>Otsweletse Moupo talks to OUTSA MOKONE and SPENCER MOGAPI about how he nearly stepped down as BNF president, the trauma of losing sleep, watching his blood pressure fly off the handle and life after the failed coup attempt

The cheerlessly furnished office displays none of the usual photographs of politicians shaking hands with famous people.

06 Nov 2006

British NGO Survival International is still looking for a knockout punch in its battles against Botswana’s economy and diamond industry. So far, SI has only registered a single and celebrated victory since it chose to use Botswana’s embattled peoples of the Kgalagadi as pawns in what is seen as a huge fundraising gimmick.

06 Nov 2006

For years, David Magang, Botswana’s pioneering champion of diamond beneficiation has known the torment of being associated with a campaign lampooned as ridiculous. The former Minister of Minerals speaks to Outsa Mokone and Spencer Mogapi about De Beers’ behind the scene intrigues.

30 Oct 2006

Customary court presiding officers, government officers and the rest of Batswana may not agree on much, but their joint operating ethos too often boils down to an attitude of: “Zimbabwean immigrants are a problem and something needs to be done about them” – Writes SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER

Kgosimotse Sebele probably didn’t give it much thought.

30 Oct 2006

Commissioner of Police, Edwin Batshu must deal with everything from the growing crime rate, to the growing pile of iddle police badges – which can sometimes seem just as urgent -Writes SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER

Sitting in his office at the heart of the Government Enclave on a Friday morning, Edwin Batshu is taking stock of the Botswana Police Service.

23 Oct 2006

A few months ago Tlokweng police officers found themselves saddled with a very difficult case. Two villagers walked into the charge office and filed a complaint that they had been assaulted by a Botswana Defence Force (BDF) patrol team.

23 Oct 2006

Mahommed Khan, the BNF Deputy Secretary General and an ardent Moupo loyalist could have been referring to Otsweletse Moupo when he said the more problems swell for the Botswana National Front the more popular the party grew.

14 Oct 2006

It does not rain but pours for our beleaguered opposition. We are now being treated to a circus show. It was reported that BCP President Gil Saleshando warned his BNF counterpart, Dr Cathleen Letshabo, not to attend the meeting between opposition party Presidents scheduled for this Sunday.

14 Oct 2006

A number of Botswana lecturers, medical doctors and researchers have joined forces to try and force Botswana to cut down on beer drinking. But given the strong business and political interests that back the multi-million-pula industry, is this a battle they can win? – Asks OLIVER MODISE

14 Oct 2006

The shifting sands of political change are burying yesterday’s strong contenders for the vice presidency under Ian Khama’s administration and turning up new surprises – Writes SPENCER MOGAPI

10 Oct 2006

IT'S DECEMBER 3, 2002, a pivotal moment in the Survival International campaign to malign Botswana diamonds as “conflict diamonds.” It's the first day of the Diamond Conference in Gaborone and temperatures are rising.

10 Oct 2006

Sheila Khama makes no secret that her diary has a lot of entries that say, “date with journalists.” Beaming at a spread of journalists seated around a conference table nicely dressed up into a dining table, the De Beers Botswana Managing Director is bubbling with come hither wisecracks like “my door is always open.”

04 Oct 2006

The first thing that strikes you about Lobatse Mental Hospital is how difficult it is to see inside from outside. That is the point.

A group of nurses from the hospital this week helped Sunday Standard piece together a grim catalogue of sexual abuse, violence, drug abuse, loan sharking, rape and high HIV/AIDS infections behind the concrete curtain.

04 Oct 2006

When Mascom Managing Director Jose Pereira drives around town these days, staring him in the face is a billboard touting Orange Botswana products.

In an attempt to increase market share, the billboards sporting national team players mock the competition, boasting that Orange Botswana “has no hidden costs.”

03 Oct 2006

Theme: National unity and Self Reliance - 30th September, 2006

I greet you all my Fellow Citizens.

Forty years ago, we took charge of our destiny as an independent and sovereign nation. It is a source of pride to us all that we have, throughout those 40 years, sustained our cherished values of freedom and democracy.

03 Oct 2006

It’s a dichotomy as Botswana celebrates its 40th anniversary of independence from Britain this long weekend. It boasts one of the world’s highest growth rates, but is saddled with high unemployment and poverty.

Luxury 4X4 vehicles ply the roads alongside weather-beaten taxis in the capital Gaborone, where fashionable mansions neighbour crude shacks.

25 Sep 2006

As Botswana opposition parties join the chorus of dissent against the relocation of Basarwa from the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve, President Festus Mogae finds himself marching to the beat of an unpopular drummer – Writes SPENCER MOGAPI

23 Sep 2006

Botswana's privatization process will be lost and won in the privatization of Air Botswana which will pave the way for the privatization of other state owned enterprises, but so far things are not looking up.

16 Sep 2006

Problems plaguing the privatization of Air Botswana indicate that privatization has become the first casualty in the running battle between PEEPA Chief Executive Officer, Joshua Galeforolwe, and his board – Writes SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER

09 Sep 2006

Gordon Bennet must have spent many nights burning the midnight oil. The crack lawyer representing Basarwa in their case against eviction from the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve this week lugged a bag heavy with 400 pages of his summation into the Lobatse High Court.