The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) currently enjoys a strong lead in the 2019 election race and is poised for a landslide victory on October 23rd – a survey report publshished this week by Afrobarometer has revealed.The report released on Friday which is the result of the first ever scientific survey poll on the possible outcome of the 2019 general election states that, “In a hypothetic
BY MPHO KELEBOGE
The Central District is torn between the Botswana Patriotic Front and the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) over Khama’s apparent political two timing. The revered Paramount Chief of Bangwato whose sway extends throughout the Central district has been talking talking from both sides of his mouth creating confusion among his supporters in the BPF and the UDC. The former president h
The planned US$800 million (P8.6 billion) expansion of Morupule B has suffered a crippling blow after the Japanese government its financial support.
Gaborone Bonnginton South parliamentary candidate Ndaba Gaolathe sighed with relief last month after an objector Tshenolo Palai who had taken him to court for breach of the Electoral Act agreed to drop the case.The pair enterered into an out of court settlement which was made an order of the court byGaborone High Court Justice Gabriel Komboni.
BY ORATILE OTSETSWE
Botswana has turned into a major centre of global sex trafficking ring that extends to countries as far flung as Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania, a new report has revealed. According to the latest report by the United States’ Department of States, this has resulted in Botswana Government spending more money than it has done before in addressing the scourge. “The government reported spending 3.69
After a tumultuous session that had to be suspended, the Full Council of the Gaborone City Council will reconvene tomorrow to finish off business it couldn’t on September 27 when it descended into chaos.
BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
The testimonies of two key witnesses who were subpoenaed to give evidence in support of a former employee of the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) proved fatal to her case.This prompted the Industrial Court Judge I. Bahuma to question why their evidence was neither rebutted nor impeached.
Former President Ian Khama’s close associate Shadrack ‘Shaduf’ Baaitse’s company Prevailing Securities has been placed under judicial management. The security company was part of Baaitse’s companies which were raided by security agents earlier this year.
BY CALISTUS BOSALETSWE
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has dispatched ballot papers to a number of countries in the diaspora to enable citizens to cast their votes.Malaysia is the only country where Botswana dispatched ballot papers despite that there is no embassy in that country to help those in the diaspora to elect the parliamentary candidates.
BY VICTOR BAATWENG
BY PATIENCE RADISOENG
Traditionally known for its “love” for horticultural products, the Botswana Marketing Board (BAMB) has made a little shift and is now ready to assist livestock farmers.
The change in direction was visible this week at the board launched its mobile veterinary clinic dubbed – BushVET.
BY KABELO SEITSHIRO
BY CEDRIC SWANKA
Singapore is now the world’s most competitive economy after beating the United States in an annual survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The same survey ranks Botswana 91st out of a total 141 countries assessed globally. But what exactly is competitiveness?
BY VICTOR BAATWENG
The countdown to the national elections continues. The set date of October 23 is fast approaching and reality is about to sink for hundreds unlucky politicians who are vying for public office. The sad reality will however sink for 2 million plus Batswana immediately after the elections.
BY VICTOR BAATWENG
The latest World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report reflects a relatively muted performance by Botswana and the Sub Saharan region but provides a useful starting point to assess priorities.
Unemployment is heartless and gruesome. Its ripple effects are devastating. It robs one of their self esteem and pride. The uncompromising effects of unemployment include adverse financial hardship and poverty, debt, homelessness, family tensions and breakdown, boredom, alienation, shame and stigma, increased social isolation, crime, erosion of confidence and even ill-health among others.
The country's mining sector has taken a knock in the second quarter of the year as the diamond industry caught a hiccup, and the country's sole gold mine continues to struggle, this is according to Statistics Botswana's index of the physical volume of mining production for the second quarter of the year.
Locally produced electricity continues to improve as the troubled Morupule B stabilised, contributing positively to power generation and lower power imports, Statistics Botswana data released on Friday shows.