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26 Mar 2007

So, what is it like being the country?s number one soldier? If you believe the man in question, except for the insignia he wears on his epaulette, there has not been much of a change from what he has been doing since April 1, 1998, when he was appointed number two to Lieutenant General Matshwenyego Fisher, the immediate past commander of the Botswana Defence Force.

26 Mar 2007

Dressed up mannequins and huge wall paintings sound like must have artifacts for a clothing boutique rather than features of a university campus.

18 Mar 2007

FOR one brief moment Thursday afternoon, Mompati Nwako became the face of the next best thing in the Botswana citizen economic empowerment drive.

18 Mar 2007

FRANCISTOWN: There is seething anger among victims of crime over what they perceive to be a law that elevates the liberties and rights of hardened criminals at the expense of the safety of the larger community.

11 Mar 2007

Once upon a time ? it now feels like a generation ago, the Debswana Diamond Company was an employer of choice ? a crown jewel in Botswana?s fast growing economy and a darling of the media.
Every Motswana child grew up hoping and aiming to work for the company.

It was the highest paying and most fulfilling company in the land; apparently.

11 Mar 2007

FRANCISTOWN: There are two things about Sylvia Muzila. You either like her, or hate her.
Her colleagues and the multitudes that throng her office daily searching for a shoulder to lean on are in the first category.

04 Mar 2007

He is meticulous in cleaning the day?s catch. Then he seizes each fish by the gills, and hangs it up by the head on a long piece of wire. The fish is reasonably big, but the fisherman insists that it is not his best catch.

04 Mar 2007

Inside the crowded bus, a young vendor who carries an assortment of fast foods yells out his wares while shoving the smelly stuff at passengers.
It is a ritual he carries out from bus to bus.
He is part of an army of traders who stand around the shelters at the Gaborone Bus rank waiting to serve long-distance bus passengers.

25 Feb 2007

Nothing could have prepared Dr Harvey Friedman for what he saw at the Princess Marina Hospital. Patients, all bones, skin and goggle eyes sprawled crammed on the floor. ?Every day, there?s something else that runs out ? an antibiotic or another drug or an IV solution,? he remembers.

18 Feb 2007

FRANCISTOWN: Adorned in military and police outfit, multinational criminal gangs consisting of local and illegal immigrants are on the rampage, unleashing terror in various areas of the city, such as Monarch, Pelotelele, Phase V and Phase VI.

18 Feb 2007

It all had the features of a pre-rehearsed stage performance.From the moment he was allowed the parliament floor to make a contribution on Wednesday afternoon up until he was sacked the following day, Member of Parliament for Lobatse, Nehemiah Modubule exhibited a rare determination and fast wit seldom displayed inside the parliamentary halls.

18 Feb 2007

When I finished reading Duma Boko’s letter to the Attorney General dated January 8, I felt that it was so powerful, so overwhelming that I would not have been surprised if the Attorney General wrote back and said, “OK let all Basarwa return to the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR).”

11 Feb 2007

When a verdict was reached in what has gone down in history as Botswana’s longest running and most expensive court case, two men felt vindicated.

11 Feb 2007

Wednesday morning. I am fighting fit, or at least so I think. I am raring to go, decked out in complete military gear: green overalls, a matching hat and military boots straight from the Botswana Defence Force standard issue office. The iron will to make it to the battlefield and back to base, however, comes from my conviction that Batswana woman can make it in the army.

11 Feb 2007

Andrew Sanderson likes to regale friends with stories of his near death experiences. In a favorite bit, he would unbutton his shirt; roll back his trousers and shirt sleeves revealing a roadmap of bullet scars here and knife scars there.

05 Feb 2007

Harry Oppenheimer, his son Nicky and two other De Beers’ former chairpersons are gazing down at Sheila Khama and me.

Up there, enjoying the pride of place among the famous faces on the walls of the spacious conference room is a framed broadsheet double spread Sunday Standard advertorial of last year’s agreement between De Beers and the Botswana government.

05 Feb 2007

gold diggers retreated they left behind a
mature town that refused to die. Almost a
century later, new gold and copper/nickel
deposits have been found in the vicinity of a
town fondly known to historians as “the old
lady of Botswana”.

05 Feb 2007

Harry Oppenheimer, his son Nicky and two other De Beers’ former chairpersons are gazing down at Sheila Khama and me.

05 Feb 2007

It was founded on gold, and when the gold diggers retreated they left behind a mature town that refused to die. Almost a century later, new gold and copper/nickel deposits have been found in the vicinity of a town fondly known to historians as “the old lady of Botswana”.

05 Feb 2007

Perhaps the only things more disconcerting than seeing a fly infested illegal dump site in Phakalane is seeing more than one fly infested illegal dump sites in Phakalane.
And yet, last Thursday afternoon, there were dozens of buzzing heaps popping up from an expanse of yellowing grass.

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