There is a general trend in the country to label any one who questions Botswana’s development model and subjects the nature of the state to criticism.
“Halt Air Botswana privatization.” “PEEPA in fresh row over BTC privatization” blah! Blah! Blah!. The country’s printing presses are rolling out depressing headlines, and a smiling citizen is as rare as a feel good story.
I just don’t know what to say. I thought the past few weeks were bad with all the rape allegations. It seems things are set to get worse. In this world, we just cannot win. I mean the poor. The ambition of every poor person is to escape poverty. They want to eat whatever they choose as many times as they wish. They want to drink anytime they want.
This article is intended to help anyone who is an entrepreneur and wants to expand their business in a joint venture (JV) to understand and cope with some of its advantages and disadvantages.
There is no better illustration of a lack of depth and seriousness in the discourse of our public debates than recent stealth attempts to put pressure on Vice President Ian Khama to get married before his assumption of the State Presidency.
There are talks about talks again. Maybe these are the talks. But talks about what?
I have an acutely vested interest in the talks between representatives of Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe, and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change that are currently under way in South Africa.
I want the talks to succeed.
Last week in The Sunday Standard, Mmino Polelo launched a diatribe against me for my reflections on the threat to the welfare state posed by a new narrative (Mmegi Monitor: 28/05/06).
It has always been a well-known fact to the BPC executives that Botswana remained acutely vulnerable when it came to energy requirements.
Almost all of the country’s energy requirements were met by imports from other regional countries.
It’s tough out there! Things are not easy nowadays. I guess we are all worried. But instead of just sitting there mopping, we must do something about the changing landscape. In the past, we thought these were just isolated incidents. Evidently, that is not the case. It has become more of a norm than the exception. Our problem is that we only sit up when the news appears in the media.
It is not entirely surprising that Botswana’s privatization exercise seems to be wimping out at the very first hurdle.
That was always inevitable.
It is a result of an absence of an overarching law that would regulate the process.
After the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime cleared the former Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Charles Tibone, and others from allegations of corruption emanating from the Rural Electrification Project to be implemented by ELTEL Networks, Mr.
Recently, as I was perusing through press statements made by Botswana’s politicians on the subjects of the economy and education, I was struck by an opinion piece in which the Honourable Botsalo Ntuane laments the fall of what he terms former President Masire’s welfare state.
It is now official.
Alexander McCall Smith’s world famous No 1 Ladies Detective Agency will shoot in Botswana shortly.
It is encouraging to see that a lot of young talented Batswana are positioning themselves to participate in the movie in one way or another.
The movie shooting in Botswana provides a life time opportunity.
I am unable to sleep. I am dead worried. There is nothing like national pride. People find every reason to take pride in their countries. No one wants to be embarrassed by their country. And, if there is something every citizen must do, it is to help their country be the best. It is like family. Every parent competes with the next. They brag about how clever their kids are.
There is a new lobby in our midst bent on influencing the country towards abandoning its time tested social welfare policy and adopting hard rightwing economic philosophies.
These are the same economic principles preached for decades by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and forcibly rammed down the throats of many African economies with untold human misery.
I find the recent argument that certain people be retired particularly at the age of 45 years, confounding. It also seems to me, that it is an individual exhibiting a certain type of character who is asked to go to the lands on account of their age. However, the fact that a 45-year old is young need not be belaboured.
In vesting executive powers in the president, Section 47(1) states quite clearly that such vesting is subject to the provisions of the constitution.
Section 47(2), likewise, contains the words “unless it is otherwise provided”.
Ignoring these qualifications on the vesting of executive power and its exercise can lead to untenable conclusions.