When Friends and relatives wish them compliments of the new season, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Baledzi Gaolathe, and his assistant, Duncan Mlazie, will sigh with relief that a cruel year is finally behind them.
A number of leaks from the Public Accounts Committee have revealed that some MPs’ private doubts are closer to the media’s dark portrait of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning : a complicated ministry, part deceitful and part incompetent, with ministers who sleep on the job ÔÇô Story on page 6
Notes from the Sunday Standard 2006 X files
We reveal for the first time unpublished notes on the Sunday Standard investigations into boiler room operations in Botswana. It was a Watergate ÔÇôstyle investigation straight out of “All the President’s men”
A Sunday Standard reporter and driver in a white Toyota Conquest Tizzy driving down the hustle and bustle of Rustenburg to a rendezvous with an unknown source from the underground world. Story on page 5
Eat, drink and be merry?
Back then he would drink himself into a stupor. He was a dead end alcoholic until he picked himself up and led a campaign against drunkenness MESH MOETI present the portrait of Jim MacDonald, addiction specialist, and co-founder of the Botswana Alcohol/AIDS project ÔÇô a reminder against irresponsible drinking during the festive season ÔÇôStory on Page 7
New Year’s resolution: Throw away your computer and cellular – phone
If it is privacy you want, then your new year’s resolution should be to throw away you cell phone and computer. Picture this: You have just tested positive to HIV, you wish to confide in a friend through an e-mail of phone and your secret ends up as gossip in the corridors of local police stations.