The old trading stores

Mochudi Bakgatla store 2010
Mochudi Bakgatla store 2010

Look around Gaborone, and probably Francistown as well, and it will quickly become apparent that our old assumptions about buildings are now hopelessly out of date. In the old days, that is the good old days, of course, we generally knew what was what.

Churches looked like churches, houses looked like houses, and anything with pillars was obviously either the office of the District Commissioner or the house of the Kgosi or of some other eminent personage. Today anything goes and there is little to distinguish one from the other. Everyone and his aunt has a pillared entrance to their home.

Churches look like banks, and great blocks of building could be almost anything from Ministerial offices to the headquarters of a major corporate. The one building type that is still recognisable is the specialist shop which is still so easily identifiable because of its show windows. But specialist shops are a relative newcomer to this country. Prior to Independence, Gaborone had none, and the same was true of Francistown, so far as I can remember.

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CoA brings sanity to DIS/DCEC long-standing feud

This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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