Opinions

17 Sep 2018

There is a deep irony and even paradox about what Botswana Development Corporation was established for and what the state owned company has been doing lately.

BDC was established by Botswana Government in 1970 as its premier investment vehicle.

The company has a genuine and fair claim to being one of Botswana’s earliest and indeed enduring blue chips.

17 Sep 2018

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) opens on 18th September 2018 in New York City, and His Excellency the President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi will feature on the 27th. An eloquent man he is, there is no doubt he will articulate the nation’s priorities and aspirations in the most persuasive approach as to grip the attention of the world body.

17 Sep 2018

I do not know for how long Botswana will continue to stretch its patience with Zimbabwe.

On the interdependent world stage, I do not give a damn about the self-centered and egoistic South Africa but I am humbled by Botswana whose behavior on the same stage has been somewhat consistent in raising eyebrows at home.

17 Sep 2018

He looked at me and said,

“You know Prof, with him; you don’t need to be a rocket scientist, nor a super genius let alone a Sangoma nor a fortune teller to tell us that he was just a spaza”.

You know Prof,

10 Sep 2018

Ian Khama is waging a high intensity war against Botswana’s interests.

In his dream world he claims he sees himself as the most patriotic citizen this country has ever seen, yet latest evidence shows that he has enlisted the backing of foreign interests to help him in his coordinated efforts to upend and ultimately undermine the authority and integrity of the state.

10 Sep 2018

Botswana has close to 300 billion tonnes of known coal reserves underground.

The actual figures are probably much higher. It is thus befitting that on his recent trip to China, President Mokgweetsi Masisi chose coal as one of his key selling points.

Choosing coal as an integral component of our sales pitches has come rather too late and half-heartedly.

02 Sep 2018

The big story of the week has been the high number of cabinet ministers that lost primary elections last weekend.

Somehow a narrative seems to be gaining traction that with so many ministers having lost elections, the country is somehow in a crisis.

02 Sep 2018

The aftermath of Zimbabwe’s elections cost us seven citizens, “allegedly shot by soldiers”, when people were overwhelmed by suspicion and lost patience with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission whose behavior was condemned by none of Africa’s many democracy-loving governments.

02 Sep 2018

The last few years have seen a rapid growth in the number of Chinese tourists visiting the world.

A little over 100 million Chinese tourists are known to have travelled from the mainland last year alone.