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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.

09 Sep 2006

Botswana’s opposition parties stand a better chance of winning elections through the current first past the post system as opposed to proportional representation Writes OLIVER MODISE

Do you want a clear view of Botswana’s politics? Get a St Louis lager.

02 Sep 2006

The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has become a bully pulpit and the man in charge, Serwalo Tumelo, never has to worry about running out of enemies.

02 Sep 2006

oshua Galeforolwe and Serwalo Tumelo, former classmates from Swaneng Hill School in Serowe and now the two big hands behind PEEPA, have nurtured seething resentment. What started off as a dispute over the way forward for Botswana’s privatisation has now snowballed into a live and let die battle for survival.

26 Aug 2006

Undoubtedly one of the country‘s foremost publicity strategists and the past master of spin, it will be interesting to see how Jacob Sesinyi will dig Debswana out of its current public relations nightmare, touched off by revelations that the company has been using secret cameras, planted in toilets, to spy on its employees at Orapa.

26 Aug 2006

There is no line between justice and injustice in Botswana's Customary Courts, and the poor are having the worst of it.

The young lady sitting on the other side of the table sported a tag that said “Court Clerk.” I had been warned that she was a mean woman, given to prickishness, but when we finally shook hands and exchanged “hellos”, she was courteous to a fault.

23 Aug 2006

In the rush to address the problem of skills shortage, Botswana is importing what the Indian media has branded “graduates from institutions of fake educational certificates”

Morula Morula, a reporter with the Botswana Guardian newspaper, likes to regale friends with the story of a job hunting expatriate, fresh from India, who turned up at a local secondary school.

23 Aug 2006

The battle for the BNF presidency will be lost and won at the party back room and not on the pages of local newspapers. Smart money bets that Moupo will emerge stronger with a tighter stranglehold on the party.

“Moupo quits”

“Moupo sinks deeper”

“It’s only a matter of time”

14 Aug 2006

Making sense of Botswana National Front leader, Otsweletse Moupo, is like putting together pieces of a jig-saw puzzle scattered by a careless hand- Writes SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER.

When the looming battle for the Botswana National Front (BNF) presidency is finally lost and won, it will be interesting to see which Otsweletse Moupo emerges from the dust.

14 Aug 2006

Asked to clear his desk and leave the Botswana National Front high office, Otsweletse Moupo still has a fighting chance, but the vultures are circling.

Friday morning Sunday Standard deputy editor, Spencer Mogapi, received a phone call from Botswana National Front (BNF) President Otsweletse Moupo's long time bosom buddy.

05 Jul 2006

Even without any formal training in art, a local painter is gaining international recognition, writes MODIRWA KEKWALETSWE

23 Jun 2006

Key thinkers behind the planned trans-frontier conservation area that involves Botswana, South Africa and
Zimbabwe are optimistic about its success, writes MESH MOETI

23 Jun 2006

OUTSA MOKONE was in Japan last week and he saw diamonds, diamonds
but no diamonds from the world’s biggest producer- Botswana.

23 Jun 2006

From the safe distance of more than ten years, Nat Serache, former Unkomto we Sizwe freedom fighter who cheated death when his Gaborone hideout was bombed by apartheid commandoes and now South African envoy in Botswana, recalls his years in the shadows – writes MERAPELO LETEBELE

15 Jun 2006

An HIV positive soldier speaks to MERAPELO LETEBELE about the challenges and
dangers of going into the open about your status in a secretive institution like the army.

15 Jun 2006

The late Kgosi Mmusi, who died this week, aged 92, played a leading role in the affairs of his morafe and country for over seven decades, an eventful career that bridged the era of Tshekedi Khama with that of Festus Mogae.

05 Jun 2006

Gobe Matenge has straddled Botswana’s civil service, boardrooms, and political landscape for close to 60 years. MESH MOETI meets an octogenarian whose advice continues to be highly sought-after even in retirement

05 Jun 2006

SUNDAY STANDARD takes you behind how President Festus Mogae expertly steered negotiations with De Beers, changing the course of the debate over his legacy.

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