There had been many awful incidents before, but the most serious one still lay in the future, and when it came, it was the turning point.
When Friends and relatives wish them compliments of the new season, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Baledzi Gaolathe, and his assistant, Duncan Mlazie, will sigh with relief that a cruel year is finally behind them.
OUTSA MOKONE and SPENCER MOGAPI take you inside how Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe is turning Botswana from a reluctant international player into a global mover and shaker
“I was walking a tight rope” Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe says in a commanding voice, deep in pitch, confiding in tone, a voice that fills the spacious room with a nameplate that says “Leader of the House” on the door.
Olifant Mfa is making friends in factory floors and enemies in boardrooms. The gamble is likely to keep him in parliament but may force him out of Cabinet
OUTSA MOKONE and SPENCER MOGAPI see De Beers’s invisible hand in the wheeling and dealing that turned David Magang from Vice President- in-waiting to an April fool laughing stock, splitting the opposition Botswana National Front and changing the course of Botswana’s politics forever.
For years, tourists visiting Robben Island saw nothing wrong with the numbers on the prison cells. The concrete walls, steel bars and the history that came with them were intriguing enough. However, when the famous prison was turned into a tourist attraction several years ago, there was a mistake in the numbering of prison cell 29.
How Heath Minister Sheila Tlou juggles her official speeches with her acting scripts - TEFO BAOLEKI reports
If, God willing, Botswana Television commissions a sequel to horror serial Thokolosi, and “auditions: actors wanted!” posters fight for space in the MPs’ parliamentary bar, blame it on the minister of health, Professor Sheila Tlou.
School yobs have become a symbol of Botswana’s juvenile delinquency, and Education Minister, Jacob Nkate, is rolling up his sleeves – Writes SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER
Botswana journalists, English students and teachers are caught up in the English language’s orthographic warfare between United Kingdom and United States – Writes MESH MOETI
Once the blue-eyed boy of the west, President Festus Mogae is breaking ranks with America and the EU and is shaking hands with China – Writes SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER
>RAMPHOLO MOLEFHE’s crazy bus ride to Selibe-Phikwe gives him a peek into the lives of commuters, miners, revellers and men in uniform
>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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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