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Lesego Nswahu Nchunga
  • A Reflection on the Nation in A State of Emergency – The Othered

    The State of Emergency was extended to six (6) months by a Special Parliamentary Meeting on 9 April 2020 through section 17 of the Constitution which limits to six (6) months, the maximum period for which such a declaration can be approved. The...

  • A Reflection on the Nation in A State of Emergency – The Othered

    Parliament had to be re-convened to amend the Electoral Act, in order to allow the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to update the voters’ role and allow more potential voters to register for the elections. This State of Emergency was...

  • A Reflection on the Nation in A State of Emergency – An observer’s perspective

    By end of April 2020, the numbers had risen to 22 with one fatality and two local transmissions, the rest being imported. This prompted government to put measures in place to contain the virus.These measures, the SoE and nationwide lockdown came into...

  • A Reflection on The Nation in a State of Emergency – What is the State of Emergency?

    This declaration was decreed in exercise of the powers vested in the president by section 17(1) of the Constitution of Botswana. The S.O.E. followed the recognition and declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic, on 11 March 2020 by...

  • The danger of the wrong story

    I grew up in a time where normal was go tlhaba mainane around the evening fire at my grandmother’s masimo. The stories were always in Setswana. With the benefit of hindsight, I see how stories are the ways we keep things alive. They are the ways we...

  • Climate Change - One Small Step At A Time

    What is global warming? It is said that over the past few decades, there has been increased atmospheric carbon dioxide, produced by the continued use of fuels which is formed from the remains of living organisms. These fuels are known as “fossil...

  • Notes On Grieving In A Pandemic -Are We Mastering Grief?

    We often think of the period when we are living through a pandemic, that a new normal is being created for us to step into and live differently ever after. The truth though, is that the new normal we are often anticipating is not without context, and...

  • An Ozi Teddy-Esque Revolution From A Dying Generation-But Who Is Listening Anyway?

    Listening to Ozi F Teddy’s song Freedom of Speech, and I no longer think, “the kids are gonna be ok.” He’s right. We are struggling. In the last five weeks, at least 10 people I know personally, have passed away, under the age of 45 years. We...

  • Dear Parent Unable To Breastfeed Your Baby For Whatever Reason

    You know what's best for you! No matter what the world comes up with to marginalise you and to invalidate your efforts to merely stay alive for your baby, know that you are important, you and your baby’s experiences are valid, and you and your...

  • The third wave and a vaccine equity plan

    The Delta variant however, has a whole different script. It is killing the young people. Initially, we were told to wash our hands and not touch our faces. Now, even when we wear masks, sanitise, and socially distance, the virus continues to be a...

  • STREET CHILDREN IN GANTSI

    Others offered to push trolleys in exchange for money, and others still were just hanging out, biding their time, it seemed. I know that any area is as safe as the safety of it’s most vulnerable. If the most vulnerable population in any community...

  • Street Children in Gantsi

    Some asked for money from the shoppers. Others offered to push trolleys in exchange for money, and others still were just hanging out, bidding their time, it seemed. I know that any area is as safe as the safety of it’s most vulnerable. If the...

  • The Importance Of State Planning And Wills

    The pandemic has terrified the living day lights out of many of us. I believe a great majority of the world’s population have, in the last year, experienced anxiety unlike any other we have ever grown to know. We have starred death in the eye,...

  • Botswana needs a sexual offences act

    But we are to make it relevant for the present context, and actually applicable in the present day. We should not have laws about which we say, “well, it has not been applied in many years, so it is outdated and there is therefore no reason to...

  • The Status Of Widows

    The narrative is not unlike what we have come to learn and accept as normal in our society. In the film, after the death of Neria’s husband, Neria’s brother-in-law takes over the deceased’s estate as well as the children. Some film...

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