In-Depth

27 Jul 2017

The mystery backer behind Botswana’s decision to ban export of donkey products was a South African based NGO, The National Council (NSPCA) through Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs), Writes Mpho Keleboge.

23 Jul 2017

Appearing before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, the Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) found himself tongue-tied when asked about the Service’s recent acquisition of sjamboks - whips made of tapered hard rubber that inflict painful welts. The context was police brutality and there is never a shortage of examples to illustrate it.

23 Jul 2017

Abueng Mambisana is at her work desk promptly a little before the 7am starting time. On most mornings, the beaming face would belie the previous night’s lack of sleep. This has been a way of life for some years now – a little price to pay to attain bigger goals.

18 Jul 2017

In a Botswana with underdeveloped oversight institutions, Sir Ketumile Masire could easily have become filthy rich. Had the late former president been a Mobuto Sese Seko or a Teodoro Obiang, the money from the world richest diamond mine in Jwaneng would probably have made him the richest African.

14 Jul 2017

The High-Level Ministerial Workshop and a Regional Investors’ Conference on Regional Energy Projects to be held on 12-13 July will review the list of priority regional energy projects, assess the preparation of these projects, and discuss capacity building measures to strengthen skills within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to package bankable projects.

09 Jul 2017

If you were to ask Abel Modungwa what type of graduate he wants to see emerge from Botswana’s education and training system, the answer would be along the lines of, a globally competitive individual with a set of skills that can either land them a good job anywhere in the world, or be used to self-employ.

The new emphasis is on what one can do.

02 Jul 2017

The past fortnight has been a challenging one for the nation with first, the news your admission into the hospital and, next, your passing on.  I was consoled by the fact that, instead of mourning, Batswana turned this period into a celebration of your life.  Not surprising, speaker after speaker, from all political sides has had nothing but kind words for you; especially with respect to elevat

02 Jul 2017

Any assertion that Lyndon Mothusi was living large prior to May 2008 would certainly be untrue. He was living larger.

25 Jun 2017

In emailed response to Sunday Standard questions, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Gaeimelwe Goitsemang, describes relations between Botswana and China as “excellent.” The reality though is that that superlative belongs in a different time period and administration because there is ample evidence that relations between the countries are g

25 Jun 2017

One of the very first people to stop by Jane Mokone’s bed minutes after she gave birth to her second son was Harriet Snowy Rampa. Outside work, Rampa was very well acquainted with the mother and her husband, recently-arrived South African refugees who operated a grocery store in Molepolole.