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26 Mar 2007

Local rumba guitarist, Alfredo Mosimanegape, had an altercation with a certain Chinese storeowner, in Mogoditshane, whom he declares to have found selling his (Alfredo?s) counterfeit DVDs at P25 a-piece.

The DVDs are sold for P45 at wholesale prices and P70 at retail price.

26 Mar 2007

When the movie Sarafina was released in 1992, I became a bit of a zealot. Every household I visited had a copy of the movie. If a census had been taken, I bet we would find Sarafina to have been the most watched movie in Southern Africa for 3 to 5 years after its release.

26 Mar 2007

An Internet filmmaking magazine, Filmmaker South Africa, last Friday reported that the South African-based casting agency, Moonyeenn Lee Associates, rejected 18 hopeful Batswana actresses selected by a local production house, Camel Thorn.

26 Mar 2007

The way we manage our bodies! This is an important area of management we tend to forget in our enthusiasm for the latest business management techniques.

18 Mar 2007

Our discussion was preceded by a picture-perfect throwback meal consisting of a phaletshe (pap cooked with its bran), morogo wa dinawa (greens from bean plant), letlhodi (a variety of beans) and soya chunks. Our hostess, Mrs Moanei, had affectionately welcomed us into her home in Mochudi, dressed in a housecoat, and proceeding to serve us lunch.

11 Mar 2007

Barclays Bank of Botswana, in partnership with Morwa Home Based Care, donated a four roomed house to the Maleswane family in Morwa Village on March 3, 2007.

11 Mar 2007

Standing in the backyard of a home she shares with her boyfriend, Mac, in Phakalane, Hellen playfully hunches her back, and sticks her tongue out. Repeatedly she moans, ?I don?t like being photographed.?

With music from her debut album Black Woman wafting from her living room, her poses for The Sunday Standard?s photographer, however, suggest otherwise.

11 Mar 2007

Just a little over two months in the director?s office at Maitisong, Botswana?s stripped down low budget answer to Broadway, Gao Lemmenyane has to beat

04 Mar 2007

The Department of Culture and Youth is currently hosting a series of workshops to finalise the Draft National Action Plan on Culture. ?In 2001 a policy on culture formulated by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs was approved by Cabinet but policy documents do not come with an implementation plan,?

04 Mar 2007

Terra Incognita ? BW Series, the Vivek Karmokar exhibition, opens at Alliance Francaise this week (see A&E Guide). Terra being a Latin word meaning region, and Incognita meaning unexplored.

25 Feb 2007

To most people, Nkgopalang Tlhomelang may well just look like a busybody in the fast evolving music setup in the country. One of the most outspoken ? and sometimes most controversial ? member of Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) executive committee, Tlhomelang is fearless campaigner. And he has been at it for a while.

25 Feb 2007

On the left, there is a pile of blocks that could easily be rubble, and three characters, strewn across the Maitisong stage, in what I initially perceive to be drug-induced dissipation. A motionless woman lies on her belly on the far right, one male character pours a liquid that seems set on the last male character?s lower back, which is also lying frontal.

25 Feb 2007

After waiting for her for a little more or less than five minutes at PSI, where she is a marketing programme assistant, she walks down the stairs onto the Reception area, papers in hand. After exchanging a few pleasantries, she asks for two minutes and up she goes, where she had come from. It is about ten minutes before she takes the final walk down the stairs, done with the paper-pushing.

25 Feb 2007

If you consider the last question bizarre, how about the ?Dead Russian composer personality test.? They are everywhere. I have not been immune to personality tests myself, and have been diagnosed as a romantic, a questioner, Comfort Colada cocktail, a ?girl next door? and I am supposedly predisposed to sickeningly sweet scented perfumes.

18 Feb 2007

Last Friday evening, Afro pop sensation Ntando's Umtonjani'lo was played again and again, presumably the chosen victory song for the Botswana National Youth Service Award winners. The biennial 2007 Awards got underway shortly after the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Maj. Gen. Moeng Pheto welcomed dignitaries who included Dikgosi, members of both the Diplomatic Corps and Parliament.

18 Feb 2007

Kaombona Kanani, a reporter with Echo newspaper, is not seeing anyone and is not about to start looking. But he knows by the end of this year he would be happily married and live merrily ever after with his bride. Chasing a female life companion is a matter for his folks in Toromoja to spend sleepless nights over.

11 Feb 2007

Loads of Living, a leading deco store which creates a better everyday life for many people, especially the young generation, continues to provide the most elegant, contemporary and modern designs of good quality products.

11 Feb 2007

When Botswana’s caviar and champagne set discuss their latest furniture acquisition, a subject that comes up even before enquiries about the health of children these days, the name Borethe is never far from the tongue.

11 Feb 2007

In Botswana, violence against women is a very relatable issue which includes offences such as rape, domestic violence and defilement of girls under the age of 16 years, incest and femicides.

11 Feb 2007

Billed as Three Tswana Tenors, Setso Kgabung, Boyce Batlang and Tshepiso Gaborone had stood regally under Maitisong’s limelight last September. In bedazzling white suits, the young men made a pleasing debut, singing Nessun Dorma, O Sole Mio and other tenor range staples.

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