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Wednesday 22 November 2017, 18:39 pm.
Mon 13 Nov 2017, 17:30 pm
How does one security vehicle convoy force another off the road?
Mon 06 Nov 2017, 13:17 pm
Another remarkable last few days. Nowadays there are few which are not remarkable. There was China’s bold decision to eliminate poverty by 2020. Scandinavia did it – that...
Mon 30 Oct 2017, 15:50 pm
Having grumped last week – about the need nowadays to certify just about everything – it is probably not the greatest idea to grump again. Therefore, please note, this is...
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 15:18 pm
The demand (request?) for proof came at us from three different quarters this week – from the Land Board, the bank and Botswana Life. The Land Board, that is our Land Boa...
Mon 16 Oct 2017, 16:38 pm
Gasebalwe Seretse, in a recent Weekend Post article, sought to answer the question of someone who hadn’t a clue as to who was the Princess Marina after whom the Gaborone ...
Mon 09 Oct 2017, 16:54 pm
At first, I imagined that I must have made a mistake. But there it was, the banner headline of the internet Daily News stating ‘Happy 50th birthday’ with the article I so...
Tue 03 Oct 2017, 18:24 pm
Four inter-related news items caught my eye last week. Working chronologically backwards, came Mmegi (September 27) with its report on the attack of Dutch tourists, all i...
Mon 25 Sep 2017, 16:46 pm
Believe that and you will believe anything! Nevertheless, press button 1 if you are male. Press button 2 if you are female and press button 3 if you have been waiting so ...
Mon 18 Sep 2017, 16:25 pm
In the Guardian last week there appeared an article headed, ‘Cry Our Beloved Press Council’ by Sello Motseta who was identified as a member of this same Press Council.
Mon 11 Sep 2017, 16:54 pm
Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, floods, the melting ice caps, the rising sea level, tsunamis, drought, mud slides, unprecedented temperatures and mass migratio...
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 16:52 pm
Last week it was all about confusion. This week for me it’s more about the need for information than anything else, the first concern, the Kazangula Bridge, is one that I...
Mon 21 Aug 2017, 16:31 pm
In a week or so of such extraordinary confusion, it really comes down to taking one’s pick. But let’s start with the Makwala affair where the Sunday Standard (August 13),...
Mon 14 Aug 2017, 16:07 pm
This week’s trick question? What do I have in common with Isaac Makwala? Nothing at all, you would instantly say, as must be obvious. After all, Makwala last week became,...
Mon 07 Aug 2017, 16:53 pm
The ways of the bureaucracy are invariably a cause of wonderment, the latest instance for me being a posted statement from the Kgatleng Land Board which stated that the a...
Mon 31 Jul 2017, 17:06 pm
What an extraordinary mix! The standard fare of the recent past has continued with China, the Dalai Lama, the Directorate of Security Intellgence, the Botswana Democratic...
Mon 24 Jul 2017, 15:59 pm
I turned on Sky News this morning (Friday) and was treated to news about an exhibition at Buckingham Palace in London of some of the gifts that have been presented to the...
Wed 19 Jul 2017, 13:58 pm
That term ‘fake news’ has been used so often recently that many of us may soon become totally adrift and unable to distinguish between the fake and the genuine.
Mon 10 Jul 2017, 16:30 pm
This must be the opportune moment to draw from my archives this remarkable speech by ex-President Masire which he made eight years ago when addressing the UCCSA’s Assembl...
Tue 04 Jul 2017, 17:08 pm
How strange it has been that the country’s second President should have been buried so close to the day that is annually set aside to celebrate the life of the first Pres...
Mon 26 Jun 2017, 15:42 pm
It was the military historian, Corelli Barnett who got me thinking about the role and nature of armies. In his 1974 Penguin, Britain and Her Army, A Military, Political a...
Mon 19 Jun 2017, 17:32 pm
The timing of the remark was quite remarkable. Herman Spitz of the European Union addressing the recent National Education Pitso in Maun noted that ‘beyond teaching stude...
Mon 12 Jun 2017, 16:11 pm
The Business Weekly recently informed us that spending in NDP 11 on defence and security would be increased and spending on development needs, education, health and the l...
Mon 05 Jun 2017, 17:53 pm
The way that really startling news reaches us can often be surprising.
Mon 29 May 2017, 16:25 pm
When being briefed before coming to Mochudi, I was told about a new ‘do it yourself’ secondary school that was being started by Patrick in Serowe. Coming off the mail tra...
Mon 22 May 2017, 16:09 pm
Mmegi’s news report of the inability of the Thamaga Primary Hospital to provide help to those who most desperately needed it must have appalled all who read it.
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