The government, notably the Office of the President, hogs the airwaves (and editorial space in the case of one newspaper) very well and in this way retains full control over the message that is filtered out to citizens.
In his politically active days, President Festus Mogae did a terrific job of hustling the falsehood that Botswana’s democracy was rooted in cultural protocols that find their most eloquent expression at the kgotla, the traditional meeting place which also serves as the customary court.
In their visual, verbal and aural manifestation, the letters D, I and S - occurring in that precise order - are guaranteed to send a below-zero chill down the spine of many, if not most, people in today’s Botswana.
The best-case election scenario that the opposition is evidently planning for is one in which it forces the government to abandon its plans to use electronic voting machines (EVMs). In such scenario, the choice of who becomes the next government is left - not to casually-dressed Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) operatives with special iPhones stationed within signal range of EVMs.
Who wears the pants in Ledumang classrooms? The school head teacher Baopedi Othusitse insists that the school dress code assigns skirts for girls and pants for boys.
Life has been mighty kind to President Ian Khama. As the son of the founding president, he grew up in the lap of luxury and was one of the principal occupants at the State House. He would join the army, becoming both deputy commander and the youngest brigadier in the world.
“Highly elitist and authoritarian democracy” is not how Botswana is typically described but that is because there is nothing typical about the country’s depiction in “Botswana at 50: Democratic Deficit, Elite Corruption and Poverty in the Midst of Plenty” published in the latest edition of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies.
Southern Africa will soon convene a special conference to present its multi-billion-dollar energy infrastructure development plan to potential funders.
SADC Council of Ministers chairperson, Prince Hlangusemphi says the investors’ conference is one of the issues approved by the Council which met ahead of a SADC Extraordinary Summit in Mbabane.
Despite its rising profile in many parts of the world, and periodic efforts to raise public awareness in southern Africa, the region remains a fertile ground for traffickers who prey on the vulnerabilities created by a number of factors.
When Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) women converged in Maun for their elective congress yesterday (Saturday) the weekend was supposed to be all about Sisiboy.
Neither the Casino Act nor the Gaming and Gambling Policy require casino operators to undertake an environmental impact assessment (EIA) but when Moonlite Casino at Gaborone Hotel sought to relocate to the i-Towers Complex in the new CBD, that was one of the requirements that the Casino Control Board (CCB) asked it to meet.
Worried that there may be factual basis to a slew of corruption and maladministration allegations being made by the Botswana Railways Amalgamated Workers Union (BRAWU), then (February 2011) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mabua Mabua, wasted no time in constituting an investigating committee.
You would have wanted to be a little fly on the wall in the period of time that the former Botswana Railways Chief Executive Officer, Dominic Ntwaagae, was handing over to the incoming Acting CEO, Stephen Makuke.
It has been over a fortnight since floods devastated much of the communities in Gaborone and surrounding areas.
Although the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which was signed between the EU and the ‘SADC EPA Group’ has been hailed as a step in the right direction, the more significant impacts of the EPA, however, are likely to be felt outside the EU-SADC relationship.
Barrelfuls of ink and pixels have been spilled on the controversial picture depicting President Ian Khama but not enough of those raw materials have formed words and images that portray bigger-picture elements.
When a strike erupted at the University of Botswana last month over unpaid allowances last, a student is alleged to have burnt the national flag. At this point, no solid evidence to back up such allegation has been produced but President Ian Khama has spoken out against the flag-burning in very strong terms.
The African Union adopted the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) as the framework for transformative education and training system in Africa. The strategy has so much relevance than ever to the development of Botswana.
Sometime in 1995 at Gabane Community Junior Secondary School, a Science teacher paid an unexpected visit to a class which was out of control. As expected, upon entering the classroom, there was a deafening silence from students behind the commotion.
For over 120 years, Standard Chartered Bank has been a part of Botswana’s political economy.
The bank’ tagline, “Here for Good” is perhaps the most enduring testimony of the titan’s dedication and longevity in the country.