Thursday, July 18, 2024

Is Gaborone City Still Going Round in Circles?

I literally grew up in this city and I have become part of its history and as well as a first account witness to the tremendous transformation this place has gone through. My arrival in Gaborone was in 1974 when I was hospitalized at Princes Marina Hospital for chickenpox as an eight-year-old boy.

That was my first interaction with the electric bulb. I could barely sleep as the lights were kept on all night in the wards. It was a very short stint with urban life and I was really not at peace with going back to my home village of Gabane.

The following year I came to make history as I became a part of the student population that opened Ithuteng Primary School. This was no ordinary school as the head of our school was the wife to Peter Mmusi who was then the Minister of Home Affairs. She was occasionally dropped at school in a black Mercedes and in actual fact, this became the first Mercedes I laid my hands on from the outside.

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