The journey to unravel the supply chain of the ‘Grab and sell’ business began in the dusty location of White City (Gaborone) notoriously known as Harare to those who purchase stolen gadgets at ridiculously cheap prices. The road led to a tuck-shop with colorful candy, biscuits and chips operated by an old lady known only as Rhoda as a front for a thriving cellular phone black market.
The good news is that there are no longer imbeciles and idiots in Botswana. They have been replaced by people with disabilities, thanks to political correctness.
Popular fast food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken has posted a huge bill board with a play on what is probably Botswana’s most popular coquettish oxymoron: “Stop It, I like It”
If you are in your teens and own a Smartphone chances are you have a mental disorder.
Masa Square Hotel recognises that the hotel industry uses and loses a vast amount of linen each year, especially when occupancies are high.
Clash of SADC’s Finest Spinners
Local traditional dance troupe Morogo wa Ngwana left for Seoul, South Korea recently to perform at the Cheonan World Dance festival international competition that features countries such as China, Brazil, Turkey and Botswana to name a few.
Events management, advertising and lifestyle company Richman has partnered with popular South African actor and influencer Sthembiso Khoza popularly known as ‘Shaka’ in Connie and Shona Ferguson’s DStv premium telenovela ‘The Queen’ for the first ever film, TV, visual and performing arts capacity building symposium on October 5.
In Botswana it is easier to have a back street abortion than to be treated for flu at Princes Marina Hospital.
For P800 and a click of the mouse, Batswana women who wish to terminate unwanted pregnancies can have their wishes fulfilled in a few hours while flue patients are still queing on the line to see a doctor – Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.
Divorce is becoming increasingly common; the burden of shame, failure, and blame continues to haunt divorcees and women are suffering the worst of it.
Muti is a four letter word. Most Batswana consider the M word faux pas and will not mention in urbane company unless they are disparaging someone for believing in the power of black magic.
The cocktail of lust and love is a drug that gives a massive kick. Nothing compares to the feeling of new found infatuation, the euphoria that comes with wanting and being wanted, the ripple of excitement when you get a text from a loved one. The euphoria however wears off with time creating room for an attractive “other” to lure you away and challenge the sanctity of your relationship.
Romantics believe money can’t buy love, but Botswana official statistics suggests it sure can help a marriage — at least to a point.
The perceived positive relationship between a stable family income and marital bliss is no secret. This may help explain why many married couples untie the knot whenever the country’s economy takes a knock.
One of the biggest honours you can confer on a Motswana woman is to address her by prefixing Mma (mother) to the name of her first child.
It is a story slowly but surely growing more and more common. A guy goes out with friends for some good time out. A bit of gallivanting, if I may call it that. They get to a club. Gets a drink. Spots a beautiful young lady at the other end of the counter. She makes eye contact, and the usual ‘bring your sexy ass over here’ kind of smile that follows. He walks over. Introduces himself.
When Gaborone tricenarians and quadragenarians talk about the good old days the subject will invariably turn to hanging outside Kings Restaurants, Fat Albert’s, uncle Boyce’s or feasting on the delicious pop Inn fish and chips.
In one generation, all these family businesses which gave Gaborone its character have been run out of town by Choppies, Spar, KFC and Nandos.
A growing trend could easily be obscure looking shoes, clothes or food but Batswana seem to have different ideas on trends considering the current one which involves gruesomely killing and raping women across all generations. One cannot swing a cat in this country without hitting a woman, girl or child who is being violated physically, sexually or otherwise.
Preparations for the fifth annual Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) are well underway. All artists and venues have been booked, the organisers say.
Dance for Change Trust recently hosted a multicultural dance production at Botho University Hall. The production, titled ‘Trilochana’, included the talents of the Mogwana traditional dance group, singer Tebogo Matsebi, and an Indian Classical Dancer, Nayana Iyer.
Tsodilo village will on the 1ST September be a hive of activity as it will be hosting the first ever heritage challenge walk themed “Walk for Rural Development”.
Speaking recently UNDP Sustainable Land Management (SLM) coordinator Innocent Magole said the walk, which is planned to be an annual event, will be in two categories of 15 kilometers and 31 kilometers.