In-Depth

21 May 2017

Spar Supermarket has been named as the third party in the matrimonial disharmony that has taken the Molapo Crossing shopping mall and its anchor tenant before the Lobatse High Court.

21 May 2017

At this point it is a well-known fact that the Government of Botswana supports the death penalty. In fact, President Ian Khama mentioned the government’s intention to retain the death penalty during his most recent diplomatic briefing. It is not only the ruling party that supports the death penalty either. There are also opposition members who support it.

14 May 2017

Since independence Botswana has executed 49 people. The most recent person to be hung was Patrick Gabaakanye in 2016. While Botswana is not the only SADC country that still has the death penalty on its books, it is the only member that continues to carry out executions.

07 May 2017

The Chief Executive Officer at Botswana power Corporation insists that what is ongoing at the state owned energy company is reorganization.

He takes thinly veiled offence at media’s continual reference to the process as restructuring.

Early on in our interview, Stefan Schwarzfischer embarks on a long frolic to explain the difference between restructuring and reorganization.

07 May 2017

In terms of the Liquor Act that was introduced in 2008, an establishment that sells alcohol is not allowed to trade less than 500 metres away from a major road or a school. Armed with this knowledge, Luc Vandecasteele, the Managing Director of Sphinx Associates, the company that owns Molapo Crossing in Gaborone, queried why two such establishments had been given trading licences.

02 May 2017

Tjako Mpulubusi puts the date at “just before the birth of Khama III”, President Ian Khama’s great grandfather. According to Mpulubusi, who is the former Director of the National Museum and Art Gallery, the Bangwato used not to have a fixed physical habitation.

24 Apr 2017

For the umpteenth time, Botswana has been ranked Africa’s best country in a global survey of mining companies.

24 Apr 2017

If you have left linguistic fingerprints and publicised your thoughts all over your workplace, it is certainly not a good idea to have controversial writing published anonymously in the press.

17 Apr 2017

They crowded around us – Joel Konopo, Ntibinyane Ntibinyane and Kaombona Kanani – staring with open hatred. Some covered their faces with balaclavas. Others took cover under a huge truck in a nearby thicket, weapons at the ready, poised to squeeze the trigger. Those who hemmed us in took turns in interrogating us and demanding our identity documents. 

17 Apr 2017

The government, notably the Office of the President, hogs the airwaves (and editorial space in the case of one newspaper) very well and in this way retains full control over the message that is filtered out to citizens.