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THE SUNDAY STANDARD SAYS...

Fact-checking Botswana government response to EU blacklisting

It is now common cause that Botswana has received a letter from the European Union giving the country a heads-up that they...

Covid-19 should not become a cover for further delays in long promised constitutional reforms

President Mokgweetsi Masisi won last year’s election against the backdrop of promises of Constitutional reforms that he made on the campaign trail.

Africa, and Botswana in particular should not be caught in the West Vs China cat fight

Long before covid-19 pandemic, the United States and China were already engaged in an ugly trade war. But by...

BUSINESS

Once again “Thank You” CIPA for OBRS

It has been just over a year now since the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) launched the Online Business Registration System also...

Botswana Bankers joins the “Diversification Chorus”

Several years before the now popular pandemic – Covid-19, it became clear that fierce competitions from world markets were amongst other things...

Earliest trade data does not look good for Botswana

Botswana ended the first quarter of the year with a gaping deficit, signalling a difficult economic recovery road ahead as more data...

Foreign Exchange Reserves take a dip

Botswana’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen in another sign of the country’s deteriorating financial position and its vulnerability to external shocks which...

De Beers on Covid-19 impact

The De Beers Group has confirmed that the global impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions on the movement of both people...

Covid-19 delayed projects will be reassessed – Segokgo

The Botswana Government is expected to soon meet up with companies that were awarded multibillion public works tenders to reassess amongst other...

MOST READ TODAY

News blackout on civil service strike

The ongoing public servants' strike in Botswana has seen that country's state-owned media cover only one side of the story. Yup, you guessed it,...

DCEC, DIS losing spy wars

When South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa delayed in congratulating his Botswana counterpart, President Mokgweetsi Masisi on his election victory, conspiracy theorists went into overdrive. Curiously,...

Botswana broke and living beyond its means

Botswana’s fifth President Mokgweetsi Masisi has his job cut out as he inherits a country that is broke and living beyond its...

A 19-month-old baby boy urgently needs liver transplant

Thato Tsheko, a baby boy of only nineteen months, urgently needs a liver transplant. Thato was born with a liver condition called biliary atresia,...

Is Khama privy to Boko and Moti’s plan to take over Botswana and Zimbabwe?

Self-exiled Zimbabwean G40 kingpin Professor Jonathan Moyo and MDC-ALLIANCE leader Nelson Chamisa are banking on former President Lt Gen Ian Khama’s supporters in the Botswana...

ANALYSIS

Don’t underestimate intensity of public anger seething underneath

President Mokgweetsi Masisi should do everything to maintain a non-partisan public trust.He won the General Elections last year on the basis of...

BDF Retired Soldiers Could Provide Answers to Food Security

The nation has never been in this kind of situation before and we hope it will not come back in our lifetime....

Audit clears Mochudi’s Leobo Committee of wrong-doing

Psychologists who contributed to the formulation of theories of mass communication say people tend to avoid messages that contradict their strongly held...

Masisi/Balopi slow dance spells fire for the BDP

For Mpho Balopi, the incumbent Secretary General of the Botswana Democratic Party, the year 2020 was supposed to be a year of...

Save Botswana Military History (SOS)

Over the past months I have been going through this country’s military history on this paper starting with the participation of the...

SPORTS

No political will to grow women football?

‘Where there is a will, there is a way,’ so goes an English proverb. Unfortunately for Botswana women football, this proverb does...

Football league needs P36 million to restart

As the dark cloud of the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to hover over the sporting fraternity, resumption of the leagues may prove...

Referees can whistle for COVID-19 bail out – Rakgare

As the Minister of Sports Tumiso Rakgare unpacked his ‘COVID 19 Relief Fund’ for football, one interested group was keeping a keen...

Double Whammy for Women Football

Sports Minister Tumiso Rakgare last week served women football a double dose of heartbreak. The minister did not only omit women football from...

BFA tread carefully ahead of resuming play

Botswana Football Association (BFA) will take all precautionary measures as it mulls resumption of the football leagues amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This...

COVID-19 and sports: Masitaoka shows the way

Botswana Premier league teams can learn a thing or two from some First Division clubs when it comes to the welfare of their players.  There are...

LIFESTYLE

The work spouse phenomenon – are they purely platonic?

The bane of most happy marriages and romantic relationships in Botswana is that “work colleague” who is always on the other end...

Exclusive use of Setswana during televised COVID-19 updates angers some

With as much false information as there is both online and offline about COVID-19, Btv updates have become one of the main sources of...

Botswana chocking behind the face mask

Listening to Orapeleng Phuswane-Katse, clinical physician with the Ministry of Health describe how something as seeming trivial as wearing a mask has...

A Woman’s Worth In Jazz

Let us not make a mistake of thinking that jazz is separate from the personal lives of women in jazz. It is...

The myth of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and Botswana’s embrace of it

Having been displaced by “COVID-19”, “extreme social distancing” and “lockdown”, “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is a term you haven’t heard in a while....

IN-DEPTH

The natives are coming for their share

There is something in the air, and it smells so much like a version of the Arab Spring. As with most popular...

How the mighty pen thumbed Khama’s virulent sword (Part 1)

“The United States is deeply concerned by the arrest of newspaper editor Outsa Mokone by the Government of Botswana on charges of...

Why a regional security summit can’t be held via Skype

If there was a credible reason for President Mokgweetsi Masisi to attend the inauguration of his Namibian counterpart, one would have been...

The truth about police officers’ P10 million ‘donation’ to the COVID-19 Relief Fund

If COVID-19 philanthropy ever needs a motto and based on what donors are doing, anything else other than “giving with one hand,...

A witness to a church gone astray

From his vantage position, Miki Hardy can speak with authority about what seems to be wrong with the church today, and how...

Bon appétit, we are in power!

In a review of Michela Wong’s book “It’s Our Turn to Eat”, which chronicles corruption networks in Kenya under President Mwai Kibaki,...

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