The female condom remains unpopular

Although it is significantly less popular than a regular condom, if used correctly, it is 95 percent effective when it comes to preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy. The male condom is 98 percent. So why doesn’t anyone really use them? This was a huge debate at the recent HIV/AIDS workshop hosted by PEPFAR Botswana. While several men argued that the female condom came because of feminists who thought it was going to work, women at the gathering showed little or no interest to speak about it.

14th August 2017

‘Pay us Mma Maphorisa!’ – Motshegwa

14th August 2017

The government is playing hide and seek with members of Botswana Federation of Public, Private Sector Unions (BOFEPPUSU) regarding payment of salary increment arrears from last year. When government made salary increment last year and this year, it decided to exclude BOFEPPUSU because at that time they were still members of the now defunct Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC).

BDP to face mass defections if a new political party is formed

14th August 2017

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is likely to be rocked by mass defections arising from excitement and leadership preference if a new political party that is rumoured to be in the offing can become a reality, says political analyst Ndulamo Morima. Morima explained that due to excitement, those who have been harbouring intentions to defect from BDP but not willing to join the opposition under BMD will most likely do so.

Motshegwa dismisses BDP’s public servants engagement

14th August 2017

The Secretary of Botswana Federation Public, Private Sector Unions (BOFEPPUSU), Ketlhalefile Motshegwa is skeptical about the efforts by Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to work with public sector unions. Since the infamous 2011 public sector strike, government and unions have been in a love-hate relationship. This has led to government amending the Public Service Act, Trade Dispute Act and Employment Act to tame unions and their leaders. Addressing a media conference this week, Motshegwa said for BDP to achieve its intentions it must first remove some powerful people in the civil service and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Eric Molale.

Gaborone Mayor pops up the question

9th August 2017

When Gaborone Mayor Kagiso Thutlwe advertised his birthday party, ‘The Mayor’s Birthday Bash’ that was held last Saturday at My Kind of Place, Riverwalk, not many people knew what was on his mind. Perhaps, other than his famous Colgate smile as social media users call it, many were just looking for a night of dance and drinks with him. Those closest to him say he is generally bubbly and a great company. But the mayor stunned people when he at some point went down on his knees proposing marriage to Botho Pearl Dipatane. In a video circulating on his Facebook page, he is heard asking the lucky woman whose life is about to change, “Please, I’m only asking you, will you marry me?” to the applause of the attendants, chanting YES!


8th August 2017

t has become scary to walk around the streets of Kanye when it gets dark, all because of a group of angry and rebellious youth commonly known as Matsetsenkane or Menang. They are a group of over 20 young boys and girls ranging between the ages of 16 and 19, some doing Form 1 and 2 in junior school while majority are those that failed Junior Cambridge. Matsetsenkane have also planted their groups almost in every ward in Kanye.

Country tour raises cervical cancer awareness

8th August 2017

Founded in 2013 by Ms. Ouma Rammidi, OCCT is a successful growing annual bicycle journey whose route traverses selected under-served poor and remote villages in Botswana. Every year, OCCT cycles to villages and settlements in Botswana. Since inception, OCCT has cycled over 10 000km, reached over 600 communities, changing and making direct contact with over one 100 000 lives.

Tax condemns human trafficking

8th August 2017

SADC Executive Secretary this week joined other world leaders in sensitising the world populace on the importance of rebuking, resisting and condemning human trafficking on the day of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Worldwide information circulating on Trafficking in persons indicates that it is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. It is stated that every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.

BMD claimants spoiling for day in court

8th August 2017

The Secretary General of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), Gilbert Mangole has warned the rival faction led by Ndaba Gaolathe that they will meet in court to solve their differences. Last Thursday, Gaolathe faction through their attorneys, Collins Chilisa wrote to Mangole’s faction requesting them to hold another congress failing which they will go to court.

Pilane demands Motswaledi death report

8th August 2017

The President of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), Advocate Sydney Pilane this week broke silence about the much anticipated investigation report of former leader, the late Gomolelmo Motswaledi. The newly-elected leader was voted at the party’s controversial elective congress in Bobonong last month. “I do not know anything about that report. I do not know who instituted an investigation. I do not know who conducted an investigation.

Gaolathe’s BMD faction remembers Motswaledi

8th August 2017

The rivalry between the faction led by Ndaba Gaolathe at the troubled Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is far from over. In a new development the faction has organised an event over the weekend to remember their late leader, Gomolemo Motswaledi in Mogoditshane.

Adv. Keetshabe is 5th citizen Attorney General

8th August 2017

Promoter of good governance, democracy and the rule of law, Advocate Abraham Merryweather Keetshabe started work on Monday as the fifth Attorney General of the country. This follows the retirement of Athalia Molokomme last year. The first Motswana to hold the AG office was Moleleki Didwell Mokama, then Phandu Skelemani, Ian Kirby followed by the only woman, Molokomme.

How Mogae, Merafhe enjoyed a night of Geisha and Karaoke

8th August 2017

I thank you very much Ambassador Onishi for your kind words of congratulations. I also wish to kindly request you to convey my deep felt appreciation to His Majesty the Emperor and the Government of Japan for this special award. It means a lot to my wife and I. It has been seven years since we left Japan, but we still have very fond memories of our stay in your beautiful country.

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