Spectre of relevance haunts SADC

In a series of editorials published last year, we condemned SADC for its paralysis in dealing with the various economic, developmental and political challenges facing the region.

We noted that the organisation had departed from the nobility of its yesteryear national liberation and anti-apartheid objectives and had instead become obsessed with non-critical back-patting and high-fiving among its political elites. Meanwhile the progression of economic, developmental and human aspirations lie unsatisfied, while several leaders continue to molest their citizens either through violence, the denial of democracy or the befoulment of the economy. Starting on Monday, technocrats began meeting in Gaborone ahead of the SADC Council of Ministers meeting set for this weekend.

Next Monday, heads of state of the member countries arrive for a summit at which the host, President Ian Khama will take over the chairmanship.

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Our queen: Bring home the crown

Well-wishers gathered at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport to bid our queen farewell and wish her success as she joins other beauties from around the globe for the coveted crown. Competing in such events is nerve-wracking, and one needs to be fully prepared to stand a chance of making it as a finalist.It is not just about physical fitness; mental state matters too. Unfortunately, sometimes our queens end up facing such fierce...

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