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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...

China’s worsening economy leaves Africa in a lurch

Two years ago, China made undertakings to finance Africa by up to $65 billion.Many of the projects were part of the much-vaunted...

BUSINESS

Botswana emerges from lockdown limping

Botswana this week lifted the nearly two month-long lockdown as the country limps to a difficult road ahead. The easing of some...

Consumer inflation shifts gears, picked up pace in April

A steep rise in electricity charges and disruption to food supplies helped push up consumer prices, with the monthly change in prices...

Botswana makes one step towards citizen economic empowerment

Purification and bottling of water, meat processing, packaging, fresh produce,  funeral parlours and importation of pre-owned cars are just some of the...

Citizen economic empowerment should be the business of every Motswana, not just Gov’t…

This week the Minister responsible for Trade and Investment Peggy Serame published the amended Industrial Development and Trade Acts. It is a...

The cooling property market…

There are fears that the local housing market is struggling as the sector continues to weaken, characterised by falling demand for high...

Explorer pursues world class mineral deposits in Botswana

Exploration company Kavango Resources, which believes that Botswana’s belly is hiding some world class mineral deposits, has announced the next stages in...

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

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...

If No Evidence, Then What? :  Is Complementary Medicine a Panacea for Covid-19 Response?

Researchers say at least 4 308 055 cases have been confirmed worldwide, while at least 293 514 people have died. The figures...

Sex scandals in Botswana politics: When leaders become predators!

A few years back, a councillor of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) was accused of molesting and impregnating an underage learner....

The president should welcome dissonance inside his inner circle

When the leader of the UDC (Umbrella for Democratic Change) Duma Boko spoke of the “pony haired” that control Botswana’s economy, many...

SPORTS

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...

Sports lands a helping hand

As the novel coronavirus continues to cause havoc, a growing number of sport teams and clubs have donated to the community in...

Touch Not Any Banned Substances – Athletes Warned

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Vice - President Moses Moruisi has warned local athletes to stay away from performance enhancing substances during the...

LIFESTYLE

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 defence of BPC for its choice of advert spokesperson

“I ring lockdown virus mo ngwanehng …”, says a South African comedian in a language similar to Setswana – which, in proper form,...

Self sabotage – is social media hurting people’s careers?

A few months ago, a De Beers Botswana and Diamond Trading Company Botswana recruitment process was plunged into a controversy by a...

IN-DEPTH

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,...

Botswana’s response to Covid-19 economic impact: the opportunity to do more

The Botswana Government’s response to Covid-19 has been satisfactory, including the proactive national lockdown and economic stimulus plan launch. The P5Bn package...

Trust, science, and openness will be central to the new normal

As we come to the end of the first month under lockdown in our efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic there is...

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