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Trade unions are rendering themselves irrelevant

The two biggest stories of the last two weeks have been a decision by Government to suspend sports in government schools. And...

BoB should provide clarity on how it intends to cushion the economy in case of Virus attack

Botswana’s economy, like the rest of the world finds itself facing the worst crisis since the global crisis that started in 2008.

Authorities should be more honest transparent in preparing people on eventuality of Coronavirus

It is now months since the world became aware of a deadly disease called coronavirus. Coronavirus has during that...

BUSINESS

Here is the chronicle of Choppies’s troubles with auditors

Botswana’s top budget grocer, Choppies, has for the first time chronicled its strained relationship with local audit firms, which led to not...

Choppies chops Ram’s salary but…

Choppies’ maverick chief executive officer (CEO) Ramachandran Ottapathu is getting a huge pay cut, seen as part of the deal to stay...

Diamond beneficiation still viable

Botswana, home to some of the world’s most known diamond mines, remains one of the key players in the diamond industry, but...

Stanchart profit on a surge

The country’s oldest commercial lender Standard Chartered Bank Botswana has nearly quadrupled its profit, staging a strong comeback that will take a...

Public transport operators still await Gov’t “brief” on Coronavirus

As the deadly COVID – 19 coronavirus continues to spread its pernicious tentacles across the globe including at neighbouring countries, largely in...

Botswana car market is weakening

The country’s used car market which has enjoyed significant growth over the last decade appears to be slowing down, with rate expected...

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...

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...

Balopi “shocked” by UDC petition allegations

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General Mpho Balopi has dismissed as outrageous allegations contained in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) election petitions. The contents...

ANALYSIS

Masisi, Khama & coronavirus

President Mokgweetsi Masisi should be careful not to make his predecessor Ian Khama a hero, or even a martyr. He does not...

BDF Should Ask China for Help with Anti-Poaching

The recent death of a BDF soldier has actually disrupted my sequenced Botswana military history write-ups. The death of this Special Forces...

A Parliament of damn slackers and fraudsters signals another era of mediocrity!

If there is one lesson we learnt from the 11th Parliament of the Republic of Botswana is that Members of Parliament are at...

Zimbabwe’s false dawn; how the military ran the people’s dreams aground

A little over three years ago the world woke up to the hoarse voice of a military general in Zimbabwe effectively telling...

Boy Wives and Female Husbands: Should Botswana be Worried?

I must first start by stating that, I am heterosexual, I look at women. I don’t look at other Men. I am...

SPORTS

Coronavirus suffocates football

If the Botswana Premier League (BPL) expected the 2019/20 league to be a struggle, then things may just turn ugly.

Demystifying coronavirus on athletes

For some Batswana, coronavirus (Covid-19) appears like a crisis occurring in other continents. It is not an African problem they would like...

Rakgare invites business to sports party

The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC), Tumiso Rakgare has reiterated government’s stance that the corporate sectors must seriously...

BFA dribbles past dejected committee

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” so goes one legal maxim. For the suspended First Division North league committee, this maxim bears more...

Rollers, GU cautioned over coronavirus

In the brink of the Covid 19 scourge that halted almost all sporting activities across the country, the Botswana Football Association (BFA)...

Suspension of School Sports unfortunate but necessary evil

For a decade now, the payment of teachers’ allowances for extracurricular activities has been a thorn in the hell of school sports....

LIFESTYLE

Rocking Marital Bliss

Ashley and Jimmy Thaba fling wide open their closet, trading their skeletons for the peace and stability of Batswana marriages. It is...

COVID 19 Virus Hits Jazz, Hard

The initial announcement of the Corona Virus in 2019 got the It Has to Be Jazz® team thinking of the worst case scenario....

Mombo Camp – To heaven and back

My wake-up call was a powerful roar of a male lion that seemed to be thundering right on my door step. 

Taking to kids about the dreaded C subject

Talking to our children about Coronavirus is one of those dreaded by “necessary evils”, like talking about the birds and the bees....

Obakeng – I drum what i like

You know these artists who play and right at the end of the show you call out their names, more in a...

IN-DEPTH

DCEC investigating conflict-of-interest allegations against Court of Appeal judge

Good sources tell Sunday Standard that having earlier rejected a request to investigate Justice Lakhvinder Singh Walia of the Court of Appeal...

A once reputable Gabane school trying to get back up on its feet

Decades after the fact, James Sentongo-Lukwago recalls two incidents, one at a riverside nightclub in Mahalapye and the other at a Tlokweng...

Botswana economically vulnerable as global recession fears mount

In what has now come to be known in the international community as the Coronavirus Economy, Batswana are expected to join other...

An industry reels in shock as African Alliance takes BPOPF head-on

When Botswana Public Officers Pensions Fund took a drastic step in 2019 to immediately cancel the mandates it had offered to asset...

Restoring Botswana’s economic Sparkle 

What does Botswana do for its second act? Once the model African economy, Botswana boasted the world’s fastest growth rate for three...

The P10m from tenders reserved for citizens won’t trickle down to most needy citizens

On paper (literally), the February 28 order issued by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Thapelo Matsheka, seems a good...

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