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Towards A Military History Of Botswana
Monday, April 12, 2021
Over the years this series has often covered instances of martial conflict from Botswana’s past.
Bakgatla Bagammanaana (Part 11)
Monday, March 29, 2021
In our last episode the young Bangwaketse Kgosi Bathoen II had suffered a setback in October 1932 when he led a mophato into Moshupa in a vain attempt to impose his own o...
Bakgatla Bagammanaana (Part 10)
Monday, March 22, 2021
In our last episode it was observed that, at an August 27, 1930 kgotla meeting in Kanye, the new British Resident Commissioner, Charles Rey, ordered that Kgosi Gobuamang&...
Bakgatla Bagammanaana (Part 9)
Monday, March 15, 2021
In our last episode it was observed that notwithstanding the 1904 bogwera controversy, prior to the 1928 installation of Bangwaketse Kgosi Bathoen II, there had not been ...
Bakgatla Bagammanaana (Part 8)
Monday, March 08, 2021
In our last episode it, was observed that after he had moved his people back to Moshupa from Kgabodukwe, the Bakgatla bagaMmanaana Kgosi Pilane attempted to adopt a non-a...
Bakgatla Bagammanaana (Part 7)
Monday, March 01, 2021
In the aftermath of the Battle of Dimawe and subsequent Boer withdrawal from Botswana the BagaMmanaana joined the Bakwena in falling back to Dithubaruba.
The Bakgatla Baga Mmanaana (Part 6)
Monday, February 22, 2021
In our previous episode we saw that despite their initial success in breaking through the Bangwaketse and Bakgatla bagaMmanaana lines, the August 30, 1852 Battle at Dimaw...
The Bakgatla Baga Mmanaana (Part 5)
Monday, February 15, 2021
In our previous episode the Bakwena Kgosi Sechele had rejected the Boer Commandant Pieter Scholtz’s demand that he surrender the Bakgatla bagMmanaana Kgosi Mosielel...
The Bakgatla Ba Ga Mmanaana
Monday, February 08, 2021
In the days that immediately followed their August 17, 1852 massacre at Maanwane, Commandant-General Scholtz’s commando skirmished with Mosielele’s retreating...
The Bakgatla Baga Mmanaana (Part 3)
Monday, February 01, 2021
We left off in 1852 with the peace and independence of the Bakgatla bagaMmanaana under Kgosi Mosielele, along with that neighbouring merafe, under threat by the Transvaal...
The Bakgatla Baga Mmanaana (Part 2)
Monday, January 25, 2021
We left off with Bakgatla bagaMmanaana under Kgosi Mosielele having enjoyed relative peace and prosperity during the 1840s, in part due to their village’s proximity...
The Bakgatla Baga Mmanaana
Monday, January 18, 2021
The Bakgatla branch of Batswana are generally divided into five subgroups. Among these the principle dikgosi and greater numbers of the Bakgatla-ba-Mmakau, Bakgatla-ba-Mo...
Monday, January 11, 2021
As we begin a new year still in the shadow of the SARS-CoV-2 or “Covid-19” virus we can hope and pray that emerging vaccines will ultimately deliver better ti...
Ratshosa’s Account Of The Christmas Season Return Of Three Kings From Britain
Monday, December 21, 2020
This week we take a break from our “Blackman’s War” series to share an English translation of Ratshosa aMostswetla account, published in the February 18...
The Blackman’s War (3)
Monday, December 14, 2020
We left off on October 24, 1899, with the British officials and police under Deputy Commissioner William Surmon abandoning Gaborone Camp and Station in the face of the ad...
The Blackman’s War (II)
Monday, December 07, 2020
We left off on October 18, 1899 with the British Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Plumer having arrived from Fort Tuli with reinforcements to join Kgosi Khama’s already vi...
The Blackman’s War
Monday, November 30, 2020
Last week we observed that by October of 1899 the Dikgosi of the Bechuanaland Protectorate had been directly instructed by the then British High Commissioner Sir (later L...
The Red Horse
Monday, November 23, 2020
Last week we observed that as the ecology of the Bechuanaland Protectorate slowly recovered from the 1890s devastation of rinderpest, drought and locust infestation, as w...
Pathogens & The Protectorate (4)
Monday, November 16, 2020
We left off in 1897-98 when, in the aftermath of the rinderpest epidemic that had destroyed over 90% of the Bechuanaland Protectorate’s livestock, along with much o...
Pathogens &The Protectorate (III)
Monday, November 09, 2020
We left off with the March 1896 arrival of rinderpest or bolwane having begun to devastate Botswana’s cattle population.
“Pathogens, Pauperisation And The Protectorate” (Part 2)
Monday, November 02, 2020
We left off last week by observing that by the time of Kgosi Sechele’s death in 1892 there were already environmental indicators of a coming crisis with drought and...
“Pathogens, Pauperisation And The Protectorate”
Monday, October 26, 2020
COVID-19 is certainly not the first virus to shake Botswana society. In addition to HIV/AIDS, our country has been rocked by other invasive pathogens, both viral and bact...
The Kalahari Holocaust
Monday, October 19, 2020
“I, the great general of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Hereros.
Monday, October 12, 2020
From 1923, Frederick Maharero (1875-1950) established himself in Mahalapye as the exiled Ovaherero paramount whose influence over the next quarter century extended into N...
Was Covid 1889 Botswana's First Viral Pandemic?
Monday, October 05, 2020
Spread by the then modern transport infrastructure of railways and steam ships, the 1889 ‘Russian’ or ‘Asiatic Flu’ is regarded as the first world...
COVID-19 Movement Permits Pit MPs Against One Another
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Phandu Skelemani was o...
COVID-19 scorpion contracts in limbo
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Eric...
Boarding students barred from going home
Some students who are in boarding schools will not be allowe...
COVID-19 disturbs courts' schedules again
FRANCISTOWN: Government’s recent ban on travel between...
Govt imposes Easter Holiday interzonal lockdown
The (coronavirus) COVID-19 Task Force has today announced an...
UNICEF Facilitates Covax Procurement
After a year of disruptions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19...
EU Ambassador Applauds Botswana
Ambassador of the European Union (EU), Jan Sadek has applaud...
Three Inmates Die From Covid-19
Three inmates and two Botswana Prison Service officers have ...
Nation Needs Clarity On Covid-19 – Keorapetse
Member of Parliament (MP) for Selebi-Phikwe West, Dithapelo ...
Jabs start this week
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