Nation of copycats

Are we a nation of copy cats or what? It all started in the early 90’s when ‘room dividers’ became fashionable. Boy oh boy, did that thing spread like a veld fire or what? I grew up in an era where very few homesteads (in villages) had television sets and if you had one at home you would be the envy of the neighborhood children.

For those with televisions at home, the black and white little boxes would usually enjoy a prime spot on top of tables, even the television (shop) box itself and for the more creative ones, a makeshift TV stand made of bricks and covered with a piece of table cloth was the choice for many. 

Enter room dividers, all hell broke loose! Suddenly people flocked to furniture shops.  In my hood alone, furniture shop trucks became a daily sight where furniture delivery trucks made numerous deliveries daily. Some good also came out of the room divider revolution as all of a sudden, even the most unpleasant neighbour on the street became a very loving and friendly person overnight. People opened doors to neighbors, cups of teas were shared and for some, suddenly the heat became unbearable and they would leave their doors wide open throughout the day. 

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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