'The time has come for Botswana to realise its own potential'

The election season in Botswana is underway and political parties are launching their election manifestos.

The country heads to the polls in October and the Alliance for Progressives (AP) has launched its manifesto.

RELATED: Politics come undone in Botswana, usually a beacon of stability

The launch signals the beginning of the party’s electioneering ahead of people going to the polls.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh chats to AP leader Ndaba Gaolathe to unpack his party's plans for the country.

We believe that Botswana and South Africa have a common history and the borders that separate us are very artificial. During the struggle days of South Africa, a lot of your leading politicians lived and lived out their dreams in Botswana. Our economies are intertwined, we share languages and we share cultures.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

He says the AP has a vision of a Botswana that is a paragon of nation-building and prosperity on the African continent.

A Botswana that builds a robust and diversified economy that generates jobs and high-paying jobs for ordinary people. A Botswana that brings out the best of itself and the best from its people.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

Gaolathe adds that even though Botswana has done relatively well since its independence, a lot more needs to be done.

RELATED: Ian Khama thought successor Masisi would be a puppet, says commentator

We emanate from a generation that believes that we must not compare ourselves with Africa, we must compare ourselves with absolutely the best on the globe.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

He says the AP's vision is for Botswana to realise its potential and do better as a people.

The time has come for Botswana to realise its potential. We need to realise that Botswana has deteriorated in ways that the international community is not aware of.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

Gaolathe says it is important to note that Botswana Democratic Party has been in power since independence and people are hungry for change.

This has been the first time in the history of Botswana that ordinary people on the ground are uncertain as to who will win the next election. That uncertainty alone is major.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

Listen below to the full interview:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
KiSwahili in schools? But not at expense of indigenous languages says expert

KiSwahili in schools? But not at expense of indigenous languages says expert

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh facilitates a discussion on the basic education department's announcement to have the language as a medium.

'I feel enormous gratitude' - Justice Edwin Cameron

'I feel enormous gratitude' - Justice Edwin Cameron

The Justice joined Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh in studio on Thursday to recount his 25-year journey in the judiciary.

Do companies help women balance work and family demands...and still get ahead?

Do companies help women balance work and family demands...and still get ahead?

HC executive Edith Leeuta says many companies strive for good practice in the workplace but still need to change their mindset.

Section27 fights for 'claim for grief' in Michael Komape pit toilet death case

Section27 fights for 'claim for grief' in Michael Komape pit toilet death case

Section 27 communication officer Zukiswa Pikoli explains why the Michael Komape case is going to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Politics come undone in Botswana, usually a beacon of stability

Politics come undone in Botswana, usually a beacon of stability

Ronak Gopaldas, Africa analyst at Signal Risk, discusses what’s making business headlines in the rest of the Continent.

 Ian Khama thought successor Masisi would be a puppet, says commentator

Ian Khama thought successor Masisi would be a puppet, says commentator

Africa Report Southern Africa editor Crystal Orderson weighs in on reasons behind the former leader's exit from his old party.

Popular articles
How to get deals done faster

How to get deals done faster

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Pavlo Phitidis, founder of Aurik Business Accelerator.

Blueberry production – and employment - skyrockets to all-time high

Blueberry production – and employment - skyrockets to all-time high

In 2014, 1000 people had blueberry jobs. By 2023 it could be 26 000. Bruce Whitfield interviews the industry's Sean Tager.

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Only when consumer journalist Wendy Knowler chased Standard Bank did they admit wrongdoing that cost a client R41 000.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

[WATCH] Father and daughter dance-off changes tune when she starts twerking

[WATCH] Father and daughter dance-off changes tune when she starts twerking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.