This year’s joint graduation is a milestone in the history of Botswana, not only because the guest speaker was a former student and lecturer of the University of Botswana, but also because the address was a pacesetter.
Media reports and public comments on undocumented and illegal immigrants carried in the local press over the past few weeks have made interesting reading. Of particular interest is the fierce debate on the social tensions brought about by the influx of illegal migrants from neighbouring Zimbabwe. The debates have evoked both sympathy and xenophobia.
A local advocacy group called First People of Kalahari (FPK) is circulating an e-mail message to the media making comments about a report by the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
In his article published in the Sunday Standard for the week 17 – 23 September 2006, Blazer Ntshiamisang, remarks that in the third world, unions are industrial relations backup and wage increase campaigners.
The duties of directors and government feature prominently in company law. These duties go along with the directors’ liability and breaches of such duties.
Authentic education engenders transformative self-awareness and increases human capacity to identify and assertively respond to existential challenges. Meaningfully educated people have impeccable moral courage, and are the unadulterated conscience - the moral voice of society. They passionately create propitious conditions for their own empowerment and that of posterity.
It is time to read the Botswana newspapers when I become reticent and numb for a while in defeat. The words prick my heart with great strength and send to my brain the conspicuous reality that the evil has found another lease of life. The opposition has done it again not through losing elections this time; but by refusing to prepare to win.
Ian Khama – Barring a tragedy of epic proportions, Ian Khama is set to assume the presidency immediately upon Festus Mogae’s retirement.
Mogae has more than once said that he favours the present arrangement of automatic succession.
Peter M. Sebina was Bamangwato Tribal Secretary and personal secretary to Tshekedi Khama for over 25 years.
He played an illustrious role in the establishment of Bamangwato College (Moeng). Having studied and worked at Fort Hare University College, South Africa, he was acquainted to the likes of Professor Z.K. Matthews, Dr. Bokwe, Dr. Xuma, Mr. B. C. Thema and Dr. S. M. Molema.
(Serowe, Bechuanaland Protectorate,17th April 1961)
In the affairs of men evolution and progress are essential and adoption to changing conditions is necessary to ensure survival. English government has, in the course of history, changed from rule by King or Queen, assisted by a few great lords, to be representatives of the people.
The Botswana Democratic Party and the poor have one thing in common, they are both alienated from that which belongs to them.
As we celebrate 40 years of independence, it is appropriate that we take a closer look at these and see whether independence has been kind to them.
It is now official.
The negotiations by the motley crew of opposition political parties which have been dragging on in one form or other for close to two years now have come to an unceremonious collapse.
I know that many people have criticised and went to the extent of insulting the Botswana Football Association over the National Appeals Board’s decision to withdraw Township Rollers from reaching this year’s lucrative Coca-Cola Cup.
I want to look, once again, at PEEPA. I suppose I could be indicted for overkill, paranoia even, or worse still, intellectual narcissism. But do I plead guilty? I think not; at least, not presently. For we have now come full circle in this, the last of my three articles on parastatals. I thought it only proper to complete my trilogy on public bodies and the problem of relationships.
Our leaders have passionately deployed the state propaganda machinery to nefariously peddle the myth that Botswana is fully independent, and its citizens have equally benefited from self-rule. Usually, the ruling apparatus strategically uses independence celebrations to legitimise the hegemonic influence of our exploitative oligarchy, the progenitors of democracy for the few!
Botswana’s mining houses, especially the two leading ones, Debswana and BCL, should find ways to nurture and work hand in hand with their in-house trade unions.
It is in their interest to do so.
As we write this piece, BCL management and the union are involved in a protracted and debilitating industrial relations dispute.
I write this article to express disappointment about the shenanigans of those who have, so far, failed to tell the truth on a subject where, judging from recent events, speculation and misconception progressively have the upper hand.
Recently, there has been a spate of articles in the local newspapers on the CKGR relocation issue. Although the views expressed therein offer nothing new to the debate, the Ministry feels obliged to comment at this stage, to set the record straight, so that the public is given a balanced view.
As a party of change, the BCP is supposed to be a responsible, conscientious, introspective and sensitive organisation, and conduct its business with unusual care. It should not be flunkey. Its strategic actions should be unquestionably plausible, valid and morally upright.
Just next month, Botswana will celebrate 40 years of independence! Congratulations, Botswana!
In countries like Zimbabwe, only Robert Mugabe can afford to celebrate independence anniversaries. Mugabe is the only free person in that country.