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19 Apr 2018

There is a lot of optimism in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The optimism is a result of the new directions that those two countries are taking following changes in leadership of the two countries.

Recent political leadership changes in South Africa and Zimbabwe have been events of immense importance as to warrant economic revival.

And the mood is clearly changing.

19 Apr 2018

On April 4, 2018, Dr Nevah Tshabang, a member of the Botswana Congress Party and a Chemistry lecturer at the University of Botswana took to Facebook with the following post:

16 Apr 2018

Hardly a week after taking office, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been on a rollercoaster schedule visiting countries across Southern Africa.
Looking at his itinerary as depicted by ministers and officials accompanying him, the underlying tone of his trips is strengthening economic ties.

16 Apr 2018

In the last 10 years alone, Southern African countries have seen changes in leadership, a departure from the perennial continent-wide practice of aged, long-ruling presidents dying in office and bequeathing their nations to their sons, relative or hand-picked successor.

15 Apr 2018

Those who know me closely used to warn me: “Kana Monna Thabo, o tla nyelela. Ba tla go tsenya monoso ba go  phampamolla like Kalafatis. A waitse tota!!.”

That did not stop there.

12 Apr 2018

A few years ago there was talk that diamond mines owned by Debswana Diamond Company were approaching the end of their lifespan.

Initially estimates put that at 2020 before revising to 2030 and ultimately to 2050.

In a normal society, these estimates should have sent shivers across the nation.

12 Apr 2018

Botswana has a new president, so does South Africa and Zimbabwe. All the three presidents of the region are from the ruling party. All the three’s ascendance to power has been met with supreme delight, hope, and characterized as a chance for national and party renewal. There is much expected from President Masisi.

12 Apr 2018

Following recent media reports and posts on the social media, the Botswana National Front would like correct and put into proper perspective certain statements which create certain innuendos. It is highly regrettable that what has incited this confusion are "leaks" or a "leak" suggestively coming from the central committee members.

12 Apr 2018

The inauguration of the fifth president of this republic was immediately followed by the shaping or reshaping of both the political and administrative leaders of the executive arm of government. A vice president was selected and endorsed by the majority in parliament, which was later followed by the appointment of cabinet on the same day.

08 Apr 2018

Almost without exception, Mokgweetsi Masisi’s cabinet appointments have been hailed as a breath of fresh air. It is a bit of an embellishment.

The truth is that in a broad way he was only moving and shifting old furniture around.

08 Apr 2018

On 1st April 2008 former President Dr Khama delivered his inauguration speech that was weaved around inspiring rhetoric and head-girl toned threats against those not up to the task in terms of delivering services and development to the nation.

08 Apr 2018

There is a serious disconnect between perception and reality in so far as the outside world perceives the economic status of Botswana as a country and Batswana as a people.

In the minds of many outsiders, Botswana is this wealthy country that has long been declared upper middle income by the United Nations.

08 Apr 2018

Throughout history religion has been used by nations and individuals as a political tool.  This includes all world religions.  North Africa was invaded and conquered by the Arabs in the name of Islam.  Palestinians were removed from their land in the name of Judaism.  African kingdoms, African culture, African religions, African civilization all were destroyed in the name of Christianity.  Afri

08 Apr 2018

Africa needs an evolution, not a revolution! Especially that the continent is sitting at the confluence of the transitioning global zeitgeist.

03 Apr 2018

Ruling from the grave is an enduring African curse.

Once out of power, African leaders always give in to the temptation to stay relevant.

Some go further by even trying to share power with their successors or even overshadow their successors.

Ian Khama has in the past blamed former Presidents Sir Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae of doing just that.

03 Apr 2018

One Professor from Mmadikolo recently asked me, so Thabo, now that Tshetlha will be stepping down, what would you say it is his legacy?  what is that you will miss about him?.

I looked at the Professor and responded, "honestly NOTHING Prof, absolutely nothing."

03 Apr 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the latest proof, if any such proof was still needed that Africa is a failed continent.

When a fresh faced Joseph Kabila became president of that country almost 20 years ago, it was not clear to us outsiders just what gave him the mandate to take over from his father who had just been assassinated.

03 Apr 2018

So, President Ian Khama steps down to make room for another leader to run with the baton.

That is the way things should be.

But “automatic succession” is a system of transition that many Batswana detest, citing a lack of popular national input into the choice of a successor, a choice limited to one political party and its followers.

03 Apr 2018

Ian Khama joined government in 1998 as Vice President of Botswana and was given responsibility for overseeing all ministries to ensure efficient implementation and delivery of government projects; a first of its kind and which he failed dismally.

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