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March 4, 2018 4:00 AM No Hamptons lala-vuka to cost local artists

Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Hamptons CEO Debbie Smith said that the Gaborone City Council (GCC) initial permit that allowed them to perform until 6am would have benefited more local artists who wanted to be part of the event. “The current permit limits us to the current lineup of local artists we have,” she said. She said efforts to resolve 150

March 1, 2018 9:42 AM Karate gets P810,000 for dojo expansion

Speaking during the signing ceremony this morning, Japan Embassy ambassador, Kozo Takeda said the assistance came through the Japanese government’s grant scheme, Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots projects. “The grant assistance is also part of the ‘Sport for tomorrow’, which is an international contribution through sport initiative led by the Japanese 157

March 1, 2018 9:32 AM New GU boss promises swift changes

Nsunge was co-opted into the position recently after the resignation of Rapula Okaile. "From now on, you will be seeing a different GU. Of late we have attracted negative reports. We have some differences within the club which will have to be reconciled and that is what I will start doing," Nsunge said yesterday at a media briefing. He said the club should 164

February 26, 2018 4:00 AM Judiciary under siege in Botswana

The citizenry and civic society must develop interest and actively participate in the affairs of the Republic to ensure that the prevalence of democracy is not eroded, and by active participation, critique and hold elected and non-elected public servants to account, thus strengthening of our democratic institutions. It is incumbent on society therefore 182

February 23, 2018 3:00 PM UDC: From umbrella model to merger

It is for this reason that there are some within the coalition who are willing to bite the bullet and lobby for fundamental change of approach to ensure a lasting solution to the current conflict ridden arrangement. They will be calling for the UDC to take a bold step and deliver a truly united opposition in the form of a merger of all opposition parties 125

February 20, 2018 11:04 AM GU crisis deepens as players continue boycott

The team was plunged into crisis following the resignation of chairperson and financier, Rapula Okaile last week. Already the team was swimming in debt, as the players’ salaries are more than two months in arrears. Coach, Rudolfo Zapata told Mmegi Sport this morning that the training session has been cancelled again as players demand their dues. "Effectively 155

February 16, 2018 3:00 PM I won’t go back until they apologise – Zakhem

Talks over Zakhem’s return have heightened in recent days following the resignation of chairperson, Rapula Okaile this week. Zakhem was at the helm during GU’s purple patch, which saw them win a league title and two Mascom Top 8 titles between 2009 and 2015. However, ownership wrangles began to eat into the team, and Zakhem opted out, which gave birth 127

February 1, 2018 1:02 PM Seretse’s Kgori shares to go to employees

Seretse resigned from the firm late last year after he was charged with money laundering in connection with transactions and dealings with companies unrelated to Kgori Capital. Kgori Capital currently has assets under management of about P1 billion. This morning, Kgori’s new managing director and fellow founder, Alphonse Ndzinge said Seretse was no longer 119

December 25, 2017 4:00 AM GDP numbers sparkle, but household and business struggle

In September, the Ministry of Finance officials revised the 2017 growth estimate to 4.7% from 4.2% projected in February as higher output from the services sectors and the end of a drought eased pressure on major industries. But numbers show that households and business are increasingly playing a lesser role in driving the economy and analysts believe 195

December 11, 2017 4:00 AM Mid-term national budget in surplus

The Botswana Financial Statistics (BFS) report for October reveals that at the end of the half-year period to September 2017, the budget posted a surplus of P107 million. At this point last year, the budget showed a cumulative deficit of P1.7 billion suggesting a healthier fiscal position in the current financial year. Government financial year starts 198