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26 Aug 2006

Deputy Government Printer, who is Botswana’s longest serving expatriate in the Ministry of Communications Science and Technology, will not have his contract renewed when it expires next year.

26 Aug 2006

Jack, a council refuse collector, says he has found a lot of nasty surprises from his heaps of rubbish: Soiled toilet papers, used condoms and bloody clothes but the worst on his gross-o-meter is used sanitary pads.

26 Aug 2006

Lance Brodgen, Air Botswana CEO, earns almost twine the amount that was earned by his citizen predecessor, Willie Mokgatle.

Explaining the P340 035.24 difference between Brodgen’s net pay and Mokgatle’s to parliament this week, Works and Transport Minister, Lesego Motsumi, said this was “mainly due to the difference in recruitment arrangements.”

26 Aug 2006

Dispute escalates into three way regional hostility with Zambia retaliating against Zimbabwe and Botswana caught in the crossfire.

26 Aug 2006

Thousands of poor Batswana are believed to be languishing in prison for crimes they did not commit – Sunday Standard can reveal.

26 Aug 2006

Debswana senior management are grappling for damage control measures following revelations that management at the world’s leading diamond miner planted secret surveillance cameras in one of the toilets used by employees at Orapa mine.

The employees saw the camera and immediately lodged a complaint with management.

The development has created a publicity crisis at the Group.

24 Aug 2006

With negative media publicity piling against the embattled Botswana National Front leader Otsweletse Moupo and his law firm, the party Southern Region has pledged unequivocal support on the side of their leader.

The region joins the Northern Region, the National Women and Youth Wings who have also offered their president unconditional support.

23 Aug 2006

Two women residents of Gaborone were this week arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with idling and disorderly conduct.

23 Aug 2006

A 22 year old cleaner at the Botswana Nurses Association, was this Friday arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with being found in possession of suspected stolen property.

Kgomotso Mokgaka, 22, from Motlhabi Ward in Digawana, was on the 17th/08/2006 arrested and charged after she was found with a Motorola C113 cell phone worth P400.

23 Aug 2006

A 22-year-old mother was this Friday arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, and charged with neglect of her ten month old infant, after it was discovered that she walked away, never to return, leaving her infant child with some other kids.

23 Aug 2006

A 37-year-old woman, from Goora Setsiba Ward in Mmankgodi, was this Friday brought before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, and charged with assault common after she assaulted her colleague.

23 Aug 2006

An 18-year-old Form Five student at Ledumang Senior Secondary School this Friday pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting another student, stealing her money and her Nokia cell phone, worth P400.

23 Aug 2006

Civil society organisations in Southern Africa say failure to tackle the Zimbabwe crisis was delaying key infrastructural and economic development projects in the region.

23 Aug 2006

Botswana youths use condoms more regularly than any of their partners in Africa. This emerged at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto this week. In Africa where condom use between “non regular partners” in the age group 15 to 24 can be as low as 5 percent, Botswana scored an impressive 88 percent.

23 Aug 2006

Indian expatriates, with bogus degree certificates, are attending to patients at government hospitals and teaching students at the University of Botswana (UB) - an aggrieved Indian insider in the organized racket has revealed.

23 Aug 2006

President Festus Mogae was this week forced to recuse himself from a cabinet meeting that decided the appointment of the PEEPA (Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency) Chief Executive.

Mogae's recusal was meant to avoid a possible conflict of interest.

14 Aug 2006

Barclays Bank, the giant retail bank in the country, saw its profit before tax jumping-up 19 percent, in the six months to end of June, driven by the strong performance of treasury especially in the personal banking segment.

14 Aug 2006

With his government faced with an unprecedented barrage of attacks from within its own ranks that almost amount to internal revolt, President Festus Mogae has called on the ruling party parliamentary back benchers to calm down and protect the name of the party.

14 Aug 2006

It has just surfaced that, contrary to public perceptions created by the Office of the President last week, President Festus Mogae has not solicited any backing from opposition political parties over his policy to relocate Basarwa from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and against the London based NGO, Survival International.

14 Aug 2006

Two men who are residents of Old Naledi in Gaborone this Friday left the Urban Customary Court in tears after they were sentenced to five strokes on the bum for vandalizing the Gaborone City Council fence and staying illegally at the dumping site.

The two vagrants had been arrested by members of the Trojan Security Guards, next to Rive Walk in Gaborone.

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