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Pilane is lucky because of Boko
When the future of Pilane was looking bleak under the BMD, it was Boko who came to his rescue as UDC President by making a ruling that saw everybody else run away from the BMD to leave him as the party president. Within the UDC again, everybody wants Pilane out, and again Boko says Pilane is going nowhere. Even recently when Saleshando was attacking Pilane it was Boko again who came in defence of Pilane.[Cyril Moshomane]

Only unity can help effect change
I still maintain my stance that as AP, we need BCP, BNF, BPP and all Batswana to effect regime change. The entire opposition fraternity needs all Opposition Parties in Unity. Hela motho yo o leferetho o mongwehela ka monwana yo go lebegang go sena yo o mmatlang mo opposition. Ee, gona le batho ba ba neng ba mo rata thata bogolo thata nako e a neng a thuba BMD ka dimpsya, yet today ga ba sa tho ba mmatla. Ma BNF, Ma BCP le Ma AP ba kgaoganngwa ke motho yo hela, mme balatedi ba di party tse ka bontsi ga ba batle Rre yo. UNITY and only UNITY can give us the new Botswana. [Thapelo Moswaana]

Francistown South Constituency Dynamics!
In 2014, MP Wynter Mmolotsi managed to retain the constituency under the UDC ticket but let me highlight to you the reasons behind his win. MP Mmolotsi did not win because he was a UDC member. This is because prior to the election BMD in Francistown South was very weak with only few card carrying members in the constituency. Immediately after BMD was formed it was then swallowed by UDC. In fact, in Francistown South, it should be noted that BNF does not even exist or rather to make it sound polite, it has only a few members to cause any significant impact on the election results.

The BCP which by then deliberately refused to join the UDC gained only 1400 votes in isolation. Wynter Mmolotsi won by close to 6000 votes in that constituency. The questions that remains in our mind then should be on who exactly voted MP Wynter? They are those people who vote along political party lines and those who care less about political affiliation but rather vote individuals based on their strength (performance). It is for this reason that AP should enlarge their territory and seek votes even from those non-aligned individuals, and even approach the BDP members to lure votes from them in the upcoming elections. [Venture Sekelly]

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Ladies, go ahead and spoil your kings

Yvonne Mooka



FEBRUARY is the month of love and the hopeless romantics must be looking forward to nothing but love, romance and a little chocolate indulgence and all the good things.

On Valentine’s Day, observed on February 14 each year, lovers spoil each other and express just how much they love and appreciate their better half. Often times, as women we are the ones that get pampered. It’s as if the day belongs to us. Let me challenge my sisters to put their men first this Valentine’s. There is so much pressure on our men to make us happy. Why not spoil him this year? I will assist you with a few ideas.

Simplicity goes a long way with men. Women like diamonds, and sparkles, but men like kindness and thoughtfulness. When out with your friends and his coke and cup come, open it up for him and pour his drink, put some napkins next to him, add the sugar to his tea. The man’s sole job is to take care of you in life, why not take care of them in whatever way you can?  The most important thing a woman can be to a man, is that bright ray of sunshine in his life. After a long’s day work, men want to come home, or meet someone smiling with a positive attitude to lift his spirits.

He most definitely doesn’t want to meet a nag. Spoil your man and make him feel adored and be the smile in his life. The moment he sees you he puts that work worry behind him for a few hours and focuses on you. That way both of you gain out of the relationship, as opposed to coming home to a heated argument and sleeping mad at each other. You will just wake up more frustrated and the awful cycle will begin.

Men love soccer, basketball, or whatever sport seems to be trending nowadays. A super easy way to spoil your man is to pay attention to his favourite player and team, because that way you can personalise something meaningful to him. Opt for his favorite player’s jersey, instead of a perfume or a regular shirt, and print his name and lucky number on it. Just like we like jewellery, they like jerseys. When two people meet, there is a period in which he meets your friends, you meet his friends and the little acquaintances begin.

Why don’t you exert the extra effort and spoil your man by building a relationship with his close friends? Before you came along, these people were very important to him, and if they are important to him, they should be extremely important to you. Men love to see that their women care and appreciate. If he is picking on weight, go to the gym together. Be his motivation. Use words of affirmation to show him you’re his girl. Speak about progress and results.

Tell him you are thankful for the way he executes his fatherly duties, his providing for you, his efforts to make you happy and assure him of your support. Be his number one cheerleader.
Facebook/Instagram: Yvonne Tshepang Mooka

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It’s a shame: Death has been commercialised

Matshediso Fologang



This past weekend there were five funerals in the village part that I live.

Men, women and youth thronged the homesteads and the graveyard where funeral rites were conducted. As I sat amongst men old and young, I could not help but recall the phobia that I had of death and all the funeral rites that followed. Through the ceremonies I watched the mannerisms and the accompanying conduct of everybody around. I recalled how revered these ceremonies were in my youthful days. The adult men sitting near me expressed concern over the current generation’s funerals and associated rituals.

In the days when I was brought up certain things that are done were unheard of. The way people behaved was far different from that of the current generation. In the early days death (loso) was observed and conducted with much order and respect. The rituals associated with the burial ceremony were conducted with awe. These days things have changed. This time it would be unfair to blame the young people for the change in our practices. When I grew up then there were no mortuaries and funerals were done immediately. The ceremony was simple and conducted with less costs. Those of the family who were outside the village would always find the funeral done and completed.

In the current era funerals have to be carried out after all the relatives and the entire extended have been informed. As they wait for the arrival of far-off relatives, there is a feeding and catering to the entire village. This is an extra burden on the family. In the days past, whatever catering and food preparations if any, were minimal and cheap. Whatever was prepared for the people was given to the deceased family. The whole village shared the processes leading to the burial.

Death was a communal activity. This time things have changed. The funeral preparations and associated ceremonies have become very costly. The costs associated with death are far exhorbitant than those incurred by our parents. As families wait for a week or so before the actual burial it means they alone have to bear the burden. What has changed is the expense relating to the coffins and the use of marquees.

The families have begun a culture of hiring all the other things that were not known as I grew up. Death has been commercialized. As the families want to do what the “Jones” do next door, people have been lured by insurance companies and mortuary operators to join schemes that will provide for all the necessities for a well-funded funeral. This has the tendency to stretch people’s budgets. There are no longer simple funeral ceremonies.

What is even worse is that these modern funerals have also in a way become fashion shows. People come to the funerals dressed to kill and therefore unlike in the past many come there to show off their “labels” and the latest gadgets. The attendant burial activities at the graveyard are now a thing for the less privileged. The fashion mongers just look on from a distance while their heads are dipped into their phones. Yet these guys are the first to disregard protocol at feeding points once the burial has been concluded. Shame on us!

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