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Normalise checking your blood pressure

Blood pressure measurement takes into account the amount of blood passing through a person’s blood vessels and the amount of resistance the blood meets while the heart is pumping. As explained by Healthline.com, high blood pressure or hypertension...

Michelle Phetlhe

Spice up your porridge

To date, sorghum is a principle source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. It is also a versatile cereal that is easily digestible by children. Farming is a birth right in Botswana, pastoral and arable, with the latter being more common across...

Thulaganyo Jankey

January – A season of sadness after madness

It is a season of detoxing and flushing out the toxins from the body. Don’t be fooled though if you hear this. It is not that people have suddenly become health conscious. It is a financial dictate. The bank balance has gone to Pitsville and the...

Gaone Monau

My late father’s abusive language has stuck with me

My grades at school were mostly c+ or lower regardless of how much I studied. My now deceased father was particularly hard on me, whenever he was drunk it would get worse. He would angrily shout at me and repeatedly tell me how I was wasting his...

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Customer Service Advocates

It is no secret that customer service in our country leaves a lot to be desired! Many of the people who have had to ask for service from somewhere have at least one story to tell if not many, and the situation is not getting better.If anything things...

Mqondisi Dube

A normal BFA is abnormal

It’s nothing out of the usual. A highly volatile and political atmosphere permeates the walls of Lekidi Centre with unerring regularity. It’s a place where angels fear to tread, with any attempt to go against the tide leaving reputations in...

Lesego Nswahu Nchunga

A 2022 COVID Resolution

In West Africa, Omicron has only recently started peaking. To date, only 52% of the population of the global South are fully vaccinated, and in few countries the booster shot has now been introduced, and people are invited to get theirs.I find...

Tshwarelo Hosia

Making schools count

Yet the business of teaching should go forward because education by its very nature cannot stop. And to their credit, teachers do cover for new recruits not yet in post. The new academic season traditionally kicks off with the joy and pride of...

Kevin Mokento

Are we raising little devils?

All people whose marbles are intact would unflinchingly speak favourably of the phenomenal benefits of the Internet. Alongside the benefits are many downsides, which parents must pay attention to.Though somewhat hard to swallow, the truth is, the...

Lesego Nswahu Nchunga

Palatable patriarchy 1 – Introduction

I hate that patriarchy teaches women self-preservation at the expense of everyone and everything else. This self-preservation often results in the softening of our tongues to explain away systems and situations which are, by themselves, protective of...

Michelle Phetlhe

Lasagne VS Lanyanza

I have never made pasta from scratch, but it is definitely one of the things on my ‘must try’ in the kitchen list. One of my steps towards making my own pasta was making a Lasagne (BW social media now religiously calls it lanyanza after a TV show...

Thulaganyo Jankey

Customer Disservice: Consumer Watchcat Perspective

There are other victims we hardly ever talk about. Radio Botswana (RB) never talks about them. RB 2 never does either. Not even their elder sibling BTV. There are no rights group formed specifically for this to fight the victims’ cause. There are...

Gaone Monau

Lets Talk About It

Dear Gaone• Please keep my identity anonymous. I am 22-year-old female currently getting married and kinda have mixed emotions. I am overjoyed and scared at the same time. Overjoyed that I have found lifetime companion but scared that things may...

Tshwarelo Hosia

Child rearing: A community affair

Almost all parents look forward to that day when the school would step in to contribute its fair share in the raising of their little precious ones. All parents desire the best schools on offer and given a choice no parent would pick a school that...

Kevin Mokento

The nearer the latrine the tastier the food

This has been evident in the last few years, particularly in the last couple of years when the whole world suffered from the harsh and unignorable effects of COVID-19. In light of unproven scares about Deltacron and projections of increased...

Tshwarelo Hosia

Making schools count

Some have fulfilled their dreams while others have been frustrated. Both parents and government are seeking answers especially from underachieving schools. All learners, thanks to automatic progression, are assured of a free passage to the next...

Kevin Mokento

What a horrible year!

Unemployment continued to rise amidst an environment characterised by the collapse of businesses, many at SME level. Despite all efforts expended in the sourcing of vaccines by African governments, developed countries continued to selfishly hoard...

Ashley Thaba

Good Bye

You can still purchase that book for P100. Contact details below. Countless people expressed interest and desire to understand God’s plan for their life and how to discern His will. Soon, I was invited to begin a weekly column here in The Monitor...

Gaone Monau

Of compatibility & love relationships 5

In the said book men are referred to as Martians whilst women are referred to as Venusians. In my humble view, the views asserted in Gray’s book hold true for quite a number of males and females, hence they are worth sharing. When a Martian gets...

Jeff Ramsay

Guns in Botswana (2)

Possession of guns, accompanied by the rapid adoption of new military and hunting tactics for their use, played a significant role in the reformation of local polities during the mid-19th century. The military and consequent political significance of...

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Turkey ambassador in Botswana, Buyukkarakas

Turkey doles out scholarships

Every year, Turkish government offers scholarships to thousands of students all over the world to continue their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Turkish universities over a variety of academic programmes. Applications to the Turkish scholarships for the next academic year has recently opened and will be accepted until 20 Feb 2022.

Thapelo Matsheka out PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Masisi takes nemesis head on

Former Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development Thapelo Matsheka has been dropped from cabinet, apparently after a bitter fallout with his principal, President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

kgafela II PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

'Masisi never attempted to bring Kgafela home'

While President Mokgweetsi Masisi vowed during the 2019 elections campaign that he would not rest until Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Kgosi, Kgafela II is back home, it has been claimed that no efforts have been made in that regard.

Mpho Balopi PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Challenging moment for Balopi

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary-general (SG), Mpho Balopi reportedly intends to contest for the position of chairperson in the party, and it is clear that victory for him will be a huge personal triumph.

The lap of luxury: Previous wealth reports indicated that the Okavango Delta is one of the favourite addresses for the world’s richest PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

Richest 1% in Botswana earn 20 times the national average

A new global report released by the World Inequality Lab this week estimates that the richest one percent of people in the country earned more than 20 times the average income of the rest of Batswana in 2021, underlining the gap between classes in the country. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

Still sealed. State House 4. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Khama accuses DIS of defying court order

Former president Ian Khama has accused the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) of defying a court order that was issued granting him access to his State House 4.

Another minor drowns

Another minor drowns

Few days after five minors had drowned in Mosupe River in Moshupa, another five-year-old child drowned in Extension 11, in Gaborone.

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More resources needed to fight crime

The Fight Crime Gaborone Facebook page is always filled with sad complaints of hard working Batswana who were robbed at knife point at some traffic lights or at their home gates when trying to get inside.These thugs have no mercy; they do not just threaten victims, they are always ready to use knives, and sadly, they damage car windows. While this happens at different traffic lights, there are those where such incidents happen more frequently...

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