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SEZA guns for job creation

By removing barriers to trade, restrictive policies and excessive bureaucracy, the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) hopes to attract top shelf investors...

WEEKLY CARTOON

THE SUNDAY STANDARD SAYS...

Playing politics with Covid-19 does not show patriotism much less statesmanship

The Covid-19 Presidential Task Force must have all eyes on the ball. Any distraction could prove catastrophic. That is...

You think Covid-19 is bad for Botswana; climate change will be far worse!

Across the world Covid-19 has unsettled countries and rattled those in leadership as they grow unease and anxious – totally confused on...

Covid-induced high food prices stoking more anxiety

Since around February when it became apparent that the country would go on a lockdown, food prices have been on an upward...

BUSINESS

Silver linings amid Covid-19 pandemic

Interest rates are at an all time low, but domestic businesses have found access to credit a bit tight, even forcing some...

De Beers rough diamonds demand under short-term pressure

Diamond giant De Beers group says demand for rough gems remain under short-term pressure as travel restrictions in southern Africa remain in...

CEDA defaulter’s 18 years legal battle with the agency comes to an end

Isabel Holdings a company owned by Geoffrey Maygilip has lost a case at the Court of Appeal (CoA) for failure to repay...

BMC abattoirs to operate as separate entities – Dikoloti

Government is re-structuring the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) chain of abattoirs to improve their efficiency and economic viability as well as to...

BTCL holds back on dividends amid Covid-19

Due to uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) board has recommended, out of financial prudence, that...

BBS Limited allays investor uncertainties amid suspension of bond

The Botswana Building Society Limited (BBSL) has allayed investor fears calling for calm following its suspension of its bond BBS005 on the...

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,...

Liaise with Business Botswana-Unionist

Aspiring entrepreneurs were this past Monday advised to liaise with Business Botswana in order to learn about labor laws as to prevent legal battles...

ANALYSIS

Skelemani’s schoolboy-like gaffes turn Saleshando into an overnight hero

Running the current parliament was never going to be easy for Phandu Skelemani, who was unexpectedly chosen as Speaker of the National...

Botswana’s Post COVID-19 Industrialization (Part 3)

Our country’s economy is under threat. The threat is not from COVID-19 as one would assume. This pandemic only serves as a...

Moruleng youth give Ramaphosa ultimatum to deal with Kgafela II

This week, my cell phone was inundated with calls and messages indicating that a war of words about the bogosi situation in...

‘In politics stupidity is not a handicap’ – Napoleon Bonaparte

When former Member of Parliament Honourable Gilson Saleshando tabled a motion calling for the live broadcast of parliamentary proceedings, many of his...

Leadership bar is set so low in Botswana hence poor service delivery

Recognising that there are serious issues that impact on people aspiring to ascend to leadership positions, some tools have been developed to...

SPORTS

War of attrition looms large as battle for BFA control intensifies

On the 22nd of this month, delegates from the Botswana Football Association (BFA) structures will congregate at Cresta Thapama Hotel in Francistown...

Amrouche appointed Technical Director at no cost

Zebras national team gaffer Adel Amrouche has survived a pay cut that was imminent since the disruption of the novel Covid-19 pandemic...

Sebego, Malesu score against BFA

Botswana Football Association (BFA) Elections Appeal Board this past Thursday overturned the Elections Committee decision and cleared Tebogo Sebego and Ookeditse Malesu...

Uphill battle awaits Modongo … as clubs retract signatures

Former Botswana Amateur Fencing Society (BAFS) president Gaolatwe Modongo’s forlorn bid to return to the helm of the local fencing society is...

Rollers’ Shah and Goboiwang to discuss divorce settlement

The seven year running power struggle between Township Rollers’ financier Jagdish Shah and his estranged partner Somerset Gobuiwang is far from over,...

BFA Electoral Board Under Scrutiny

Skeletons are tumbling out of the Lekidi closet as the fallout from the Botswana Football Association (BFA) electoral board vetting system takes...

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TODAY'S MOTIVATION by Teezaarh Seduke

"This morning I came and sat on benches where students relax before or after their flight lessons. I looked at this infrastructure, that did not exist 5 years ago. I remembered the tough journey my undeterred team, determined students, maturing CAAB and I have endured to materialise what had never existed in our country.

Then a word struck me... PIONEER... You see, despite the challenges that have certainly been publically exaggerated, I have come to appreciate that someone had to be FIRST to facilitate the process by which young Batswana could learn to fly, in OUR country.

Someone had to take risks that were NOT possible to calculate as no data, processes or procedures existed.

Someone had to PIONEER the process of setting up and operating a Commercial Flight Training School.

The challenges of PIONEERING a process are incomparable to those experienced by people who simply follow the path you've created. It may have been IAS - Aviation Academy for me, but for you it could be that you are the first entrepreneur in the family.

Your family and friends will attack your self-belief, at the sight of your challenges. Then some will start to emulate what you have overcome and they'll brag about knowing what they're doing rather than admit that they learnt from your actions, whether those were right or wrong. The rest.... well, they'll continue to criticize and demean you, despite being terrified to walk a similar path to SUCCESS.

I personally take refuge in remembering that someone has to believe in themselves ENOUGH, to take on the draining challenges of being a PIONEER. At the very least, a PIONEER'S gift to society is the prove that "It's POSSIBLE".

Be a PIONEER, in your own right and don't back down to those who don't believe in themselves ENOUGH 👊😎"
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We have realized that the country is experiencing an increasing number that our country cannot cope with

We have registered 3 deaths due to Covid 19 to date

10 people in our Presidential task force have tested positive
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LIFESTYLE

The demise of shotgun marriages

There are a number of personal reasons why people rush into marriage when they’re pregnant. When an unmarried couple gets pregnant, questions...

Botswana’s abortion Lady Justice is a feminist

To conceive a child, it certainly takes two to tango. Surprisingly, although it is almost a cultural article of faith that after...

Jazz folks, where to post Covid-19?

Let us not kid ourselves! Pandemics come and go! At some point COVID-19 will just be a blurb in the history of...

How tradition has turned Botswana into a society of puppets on parents’ strings

‘Study hard and become a doctor’. This is almost every parent’s words of encouragement to their children growing up. Although it means...

Is stepparenting harder for mothers than fathers?

Parenting has no blueprint and comes with constant worries and requires an endless supply of patience.  Being a stepmother can come with...

IN-DEPTH

BOFEPUSU puts MPs on notice about media law

As parliament knuckles down to the hard work of repealing the draconian Media Practitioners Act, the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions...

“Cross the floor, seek a new mandate” – Batswana have spoken

The motion ordering elected representatives to relinquish their seats when crossing party floors was first presented in Parliament, 07th August, 1998, by...

Funeral speeches an acultural, oftentimes ugly spectacle

It should be easy to blame the politicians who used the opportunity to speak at the funeral of Priscilla Moswaane, who was...

COVID or No: Why Africa Will Continue to Pivot Towards Beijing

At this most particular juncture, as the world races to meet and match the force majeure that is severe acute respiratory syndrome...

CEDA’s new guidelines ignored specific advice from BIDPA

Some two years ago, a premier, government owned and funded think tank published research findings that say that where self-employment is concerned,...

Government not interested in working with Elephants Without Borders

You need to understand what happened in 2018 to decode a set of three questions and answers that the Ministry of Environment,...

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