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28 Aug 2017

The upside is that the new Tribal Land Act will make land in rural areas more valuable than it currently is. That upside will be a downside for the government which will have to pay much more than it currently does in order to acquire land for infrastructural development projects.

28 Aug 2017

In a Botswana so badly evolved that it now provides its fair share of bad news from Africa, a regional Amnesty International conference in Pretoria has just heard deeply disturbing news: that the practice of hunting down, slaughtering albinos and harvesting their body parts for muti may also be occurring in the country.

21 Aug 2017

With a bill that both adjusts their salaries by 4 per cent, aligns salaries with the salary structure of the public service and adjusts their constituency allowance by 40 per cent, MPs will now be paid the same as directors. This elevation puts MPs in the E1 salary scale. Going back two years, MPs have been happily hopscotching from one 1 scale to the next.

21 Aug 2017

MPs had a lot to complain about when contributing to a bill that will see their pay packages skyrocket to a new high. Being the longest-serving MP, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane, holds the position of “Father of the House” and he likes to think that his length of service has been educational.

13 Aug 2017

While Francistown South MP, Wynter Mmolotsi, may have raised a very valid point about compliance with the law, the broader context of the issue he raised lacks a solid foundation in rationality.

Mmolotsi asked the Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Edwin Batshu, to explain the citizenship of the Deputy Treasurer of the Botswana Democratic Party, Natwarl Jagdish.

10 Aug 2017

Francistown High Court including the Court of Appeal have since intervened and ordered the government to respect the rights of asylum seekers and transport them to Dukwi Refugee Camp before being repatriated to their countries of choice.  The asylum seekers whose asylum applications were declined by government claim to have been exposed to appalling and dehumanizing living conditions at the cen

06 Aug 2017

On account of being African Alliance employees, Don Gaetsaloe as CEO and Moarabi Mariri as Senior Sales Executive were also members of the company’s Sentlhaga Pension Fund (SPF) to which they made a monthly contribution of 9 percent from their salaries.

06 Aug 2017

In its latest misadventure into international politics, the Botswana government has pivoted away from the Dalai Lama to the political crisis in Venezuela.

Last Thursday, the government issued a press statement in which it noted its “grave concern” about political developments in Venezuela, particularly the recent arrests of opposition members.

30 Jul 2017

When he took the oath of office in 2016, Gaborone Bonnington South MP, Ndaba Gaolathe, made history that has not been publicly remarked upon: he is the first and only financial economist in the history of the Botswana parliament.

30 Jul 2017

The Selebi Phikwe West MP, Dithapelo Keorapetse, has sought to explain the controversy over the Dalai Lama visit in terms of how it would affect the lives of ordinary people.

27 Jul 2017

The mystery backer behind Botswana’s decision to ban export of donkey products was a South African based NGO, The National Council (NSPCA) through Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs), Writes Mpho Keleboge.

23 Jul 2017

Appearing before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, the Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) found himself tongue-tied when asked about the Service’s recent acquisition of sjamboks - whips made of tapered hard rubber that inflict painful welts. The context was police brutality and there is never a shortage of examples to illustrate it.

23 Jul 2017

Abueng Mambisana is at her work desk promptly a little before the 7am starting time. On most mornings, the beaming face would belie the previous night’s lack of sleep. This has been a way of life for some years now – a little price to pay to attain bigger goals.

18 Jul 2017

In a Botswana with underdeveloped oversight institutions, Sir Ketumile Masire could easily have become filthy rich. Had the late former president been a Mobuto Sese Seko or a Teodoro Obiang, the money from the world richest diamond mine in Jwaneng would probably have made him the richest African.

14 Jul 2017

The High-Level Ministerial Workshop and a Regional Investors’ Conference on Regional Energy Projects to be held on 12-13 July will review the list of priority regional energy projects, assess the preparation of these projects, and discuss capacity building measures to strengthen skills within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to package bankable projects.

09 Jul 2017

If you were to ask Abel Modungwa what type of graduate he wants to see emerge from Botswana’s education and training system, the answer would be along the lines of, a globally competitive individual with a set of skills that can either land them a good job anywhere in the world, or be used to self-employ.

The new emphasis is on what one can do.

02 Jul 2017

The past fortnight has been a challenging one for the nation with first, the news your admission into the hospital and, next, your passing on.  I was consoled by the fact that, instead of mourning, Batswana turned this period into a celebration of your life.  Not surprising, speaker after speaker, from all political sides has had nothing but kind words for you; especially with respect to elevat

02 Jul 2017

Any assertion that Lyndon Mothusi was living large prior to May 2008 would certainly be untrue. He was living larger.

25 Jun 2017

In emailed response to Sunday Standard questions, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Gaeimelwe Goitsemang, describes relations between Botswana and China as “excellent.” The reality though is that that superlative belongs in a different time period and administration because there is ample evidence that relations between the countries are g

25 Jun 2017

One of the very first people to stop by Jane Mokone’s bed minutes after she gave birth to her second son was Harriet Snowy Rampa. Outside work, Rampa was very well acquainted with the mother and her husband, recently-arrived South African refugees who operated a grocery store in Molepolole.

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