On a hot scorching day Mbaramba, a 37-year-old father of three who lives near Chobe National Park stepped on his last cigarette butt. He stood looking into the sky with expectation that rain clouds would gather. The unescapable stench of decomposed carcasses of his cattle tortured his nostrils.
There is no doubt that the potential of our African continent is enormous. For Africa, this has been the same old song and the same old chorus sung to the same old tune. Whether this potential will translate to a radical new paradigm of economic vitality and realism is am mystery that cannot be reasoned away.
On an ill-starred day in 2013, a female bakery worker in Mogoditshane was summoned to the manager’s office for what turned to be the most bizarre “and-any-other-duties” assignment. The young woman – who could well have been a vegetarian, watched in horror as the manager undid the zip of his trousers and unsheathe an ingloriously expectant member.
A 2015 policy paper compiled by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) identifies several obstacles to the integration of media support into international electoral assistance programmes.
“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don’t even look for them anymore. They have been crushed by the present.” (Pope Francis, 1 October 2013)
At the climate change workshop which was recently held in Gaborone, Senior Programme Officer- Energy at the SADC Secretariat, Moses Ntlamelle explained that, “Access to electricity is only 42 per cent in SADC. The Region is facing a shortfall of electricity supply due to delayed projects and the utilities had to resort to load shedding programmes.
With as much hype as was generated about the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) initial public offer (IPO), the entire Gaborone International Convention Centre was literally packed to the rafters at the company’s first IPO grand assembly (Pitso) in December 2014. Seganeleng Matale recoiled with horror at the spectacle.
The nation was rightly horrified when news of Mogoditshane MP, George Kgoroba, throwing a water-filled bottle at Gaborone South MP and Deputy Speaker, Kagiso Molatlhegi, spilled outside parliament. Those in and outside parliament agree on the impropriety of the MP’s brazen act of violence.
In the course of studying Botswana’s beef value chain, it struck three European consultants as odd that the Botswana Meat Commission uses the ECCO brand for selling both meat for human consumption and pet food.
Contrary to spirited rebuttal of a Sunday Standard story about the Botswana Railways Board of Directors seeking to eject the parastatal’s Chief Executive Officer, Dominic Ntwaagae, a very good source has not only confirmed such development but also revealed some more explosive details.
In a light moment at the tail-end of oral argument in a case in which Gaborone attorney, Tebogo Sebego, was challenging a decision made against him by the Law Society of Botswana (LSB), the court discussion turned to the date of judgement. It was a three-way conversation between Justice Dr.
That Botswana has the potential of becoming Africa’s mining centre because of its mineral rich wealth is undisputed. Botswana has numerous and vast deposits of diamonds, coal, potash and uranium available for exploitation. By all accounts, the opportunities for mines to expand are large.
Ofentse Serurubele who is an albinism expert leads a 60 member association formed to advocate for people with albinism in Botswana. Despite her poor health, she attended the ‘Action on Albinism in Africa’ summit which was held in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania from the 16th -19thJune. She also attended another conference last year.
When Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi secretly counts his opponents in the contest for the African Union chair, she probably begins with President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
Venson – Moitoi last week stopped short of telling cynical journalists in Johannesburg that President Khama’s attitude to the AU does not reflect Batswana’s sentiments.
When i recently met Taolo Lucas for a candid interview at the University of Botswana, it became immediately clear through our conversation that it is too early to write him off from politics. Although many people have denounced and declaimed and often linked him to the ruling BDP, Lucas remains unshakable in his resolve.
In its newsletter of April to June 2016, International IDEA secretary general Yves Leterme laments the negative influence of money in political processes for the past 15 years. Essentially he regards the phenomenon as a major threat to democracy.
From the first page of the judgement, it was clear where the axe will fall and thus it came as no surprise when Justice Dr. Zein Kebonang reversed a tender award to Zambezi Motors in favour of Varsha Enterprises.
Instead of agonising and chastising Arone, BCP should take a leaf out of Botswana National Front’s (BNF) intrigue following the unexpected departure of Barolong constituency Member of Parliament James Mathokgwane who ditched politics for a more lucrative executive post at the Selibe-Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU).
The voice on the other end of the line goes from contrite to upbeat in the same breath. De Beers Head of Corporate Affairs Pat Dambe is on the phone apologising for a series of failed interview appointments and suddenly she starts waxing lyrical about “the Botswana story.” For the next 45 second or so, she is gushing like an oil well.
In an unusual three-way legal fight, Varsha Enterprises, a company offloaded from a bidding process, has gone to the Gaborone High Court seeking an order to reverse a decision that favours Zambezi Motors, its competitor. This being a big-money tender, Varsha has also cited the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) which awards tenders of this nature.