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ABSA Botswana record p395 million profit

The Voice BW - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 8:30am

ABSA Bank Botswana has a P395 million profit before tax in the released interim half year results, a 36 percent increase compared to the June 2021 results, signaling a great recovery, which positions the bank favorably and allows future growth and absorption of potential shocks.

The profitability of Absa has been driven by an 8 percent increase in net interest income, 72 percent reduction in credit losses, 42 percent increase in trading income and a further 7 percent increase in net fee and commission income while loans and advances to customers noted a strong growth with an increase of P15.6 billion from P14.8 billion noted therefore showing a growth of 5 percent as compared to the previous period.

This has resulted in a total of P103 million declared in dividend for the shareholders.

Speaking at the presentation of interim half year results for period ending June 2022, ABSA Bank Botswana Managing Director Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane said the solid performance has been made possible by the support of their customers and commitment of employees and guidance from the board.

“Our financial results are solid and not only showcase our success in executing our strategy but our purpose of bringing possibilities to life. We have navigated the challenging operating environment and achieved a strong set of results as evidenced by our growth in profitability,” she said. With regards to revenue, ABSA Bank stands at a total of P881 million, indicating an 11 percent growth while operating costs reached P473 million .

ABSA Botswana record p395 million profit

ABSA BANK BOTSWANA FINANCE DIRECTOR: Cynthia Morapedi

“Our revenue is commendable given the challenged and disrupted economic and trading economic environment we had to navigate in 2022.We have seen a sprout on the cost of funding curve which speaks to the challenges of our trading environment,” said ABSA Bank Botswana Finance Director Cynthia Morapedi.

Morapedi further said their customers’ deposits showed muted performance mostly due to the challenging economic conditions prevailing.
“Client penetrative and acquisition strategies continue to be pivotal to our business strategy as we find new and innovative ways to support customers during this difficult times,” she said.

The bank hopes to build on the current results to improve further in the second half of 2022 despite projected hih inflation set to average 12.7 percent.

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Grandpa, 81, hangs himself

The Voice BW - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 6:14pm

Residents of Moshupa village were awakened by the sad news of an old age pensioner who was found hanging on the rafters last Thursday morning.

The 81-year-old man from Methuso ward was reportedly found by his grandson, aged 20, with an electric cable tied around his neck.

The young man who stayed with the elderly man is said to have left home on Wednesday morning and later after he arrived he retired to bed without checking the whereabouts of his grandfather.

The following morning (Thursday) when he went to the grandfather’s bedroom, he was shocked to find the horrific incident.

When confirming the dreadful incident, Moshupa Police Station Commander, Superintendent David Ramoseki, said they were still investigating what could have led the man to end his life.

“We don’t know what really caused the man to commit suicide, according to the report from the family, he was mentally fit and he had never raised any complain to them, there was no suicide note left,” explained the police officer.

Though he did not have the records of suicide cases, the police boss revealed that the cases are infrequent in his policing area, further advising people not to find ending their life as solution and rather seek counselling.

The elderly man’s body is still awaiting postmortem at Thamaga Primary Hospital mortuary.

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Partners Host Inaugural Women's African Military Professional Legal Network Event in Botswana

All Africa - Botswana - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 9:38am
[Africom] Gabarone, Botswana -- This inaugural event, held Aug. 6, 2022, was part of the larger sixth African Military Law Forum that took place Aug. 8-10, co-sponsored with the North Carolina National Guard and the Botswana Defence Force
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GRooving in the Ghetto Fri 23 September 2022

The Voice BW - Ven, 23/09/2022 - 2:05pm
Jazzing in Palapye

Prolific guitarist and award winning South African musician, Selaelo Selota will perform at the Annual Jazz and Tour slated for 1st October at Majestic Five Hotel in Palapye.

The Limpopo born Selota released his first album Painted faces in 2000 and went on to release five more albums in a career spanning two decades.

He’ll share the stage with local heavy weights Ndingo Johwa, Shanti Lo, Thabang Garogwe, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Nono Siile and Punah Gabasiane.

Radio Botswana presenter T.H.A.B.O. will be the MC of the night. Standard tickets are P350, VIP P1500, and a bed and breakfast VIP package for two people at P5000.

GRooving in the Ghetto Fri 23 September 2022

Amaroto

Amaroto at Luna Garden

The South African duo of Reece Madlisa and Zuma are expected to deliver a hot Amaroto set at Luna Garden in Maun this Friday.

The Amapiano group are fresh from winning their first South African Music Award for their ‘Amaroto’ EP.

The two, regarded as the best in their country have an amazing chemistry on stage.

They’ll be supported by DJs Easy B, Distilled, Quan, Skint, Hood, Zaze, Dice and Cue.

Tickets are available at Base Lounge for P100.

GRooving in the Ghetto Fri 23 September 2022

Spring Fest

Ghetto Spring Fest

Legendary Disk Jockey, Vinny Da Vinci will headline the Ghetto Spring Festival alongside Khoisan at Riverside Deck in Molapo Estate this Friday.

The day will kick off with a pool party at 2pm until 7pm as a number of DJs take turns to warm up the audience.

Some of the main acts include C-RU, Que-Rap, DJ SK (SA), Colastraw, Bunz, Gouveia, Chilow, KUD, Dreazy, Missy, Howard, Maftown and many others.

MCs for the night are MisDee and Alpha. Tickets are on sale P100, P150 (double), P120 at the gate, P250 (VIP).

Cooler boxes are free before 9pm.

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Big weekend 23 September 2022

The Voice BW - Ven, 23/09/2022 - 2:00pm
Kabza De Small and Daliwonga headline all white party

The Piano Hub and Dark Knights will this Saturday host a massive All White festival at Royal Aria.

The show dubbed, Platinum Experience will have a number of South Africa heavyweights like Kabza De Small, Daliwonga, Njelic, Sha Sha, PH Felo Le Tee, Mhaw Keys and Toss.

Also in the line up will be FME DJs, Teaz, K-1, Hapex Guru, LE Spooner DJ, Romeo, DJ Bunny and Quest.

MCs for the night will be Hey Nyena and T.H.A.B.O. Tickets are going for P250 general, P350, Gold Ticket and P2500 Platinum.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Big weekend 23 September 2022

MAFIKIZOLO

Leteisi on fleek back

Royal Aria will once again host the Leteisi on Fleek festival billed for next week Staurday.

Like the past shows, the event will be headlined by Mafikizolo, Jaziel Brothers, Dato Seiko, Amantle Brown, Double Up, Azana Ntando, Ancestral Ritual and Dikakapa..

On the decks will be Lexx, 4DD, Macx Wa Bana, Quest , Cody, Frostbite, German Dollar and Pexx De DJ.

Kefus Leo and Alpha will be MCs. Tickets are selling for P275 single, P500 Double, P800 for a group of four, Golden circle going for P400, P700 and P1200 while VIP is P650 single, P1800 double and P4000 for four.

Big weekend 23 September 2022

QUEEN HURRIKANE

Queen Hurrikane drops Mamela album

Jennifer Tsheole aka Queen Hurrikane has finally dropped her first album.

The House and R&B artist made her name in 2019 with her single called Sthandwa Same and this time she has released a six track album called, Mamela. “My songs talk about love because I am a loving person ,” She told Big Weekend.

In the album she has songs such as Mamela, Hamba Nawe, Motshware, Huncho, Lorato la bo mme and Sthandwa Same.

The album was produced and recorded by Mollo Records and is being sold at P60 (hard copies).

RATINGS: 7.5/10

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More dirt exposed at troubled Bluthorn

The Voice BW - Ven, 23/09/2022 - 12:21pm

WATCH: Former Chief Financial Officer at Bluthorn Group of Companies, Shirley Kamodi, has revealed that the company lost hundreds of millions worth of investors’ funds because the management ignored her warnings.

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HIV/AIDS fight goes digital

The Voice BW - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 9:28am

WATCH: New HIV infections have gone down and Botswana has achieved the UNAIDS 95/95 target. However, in a bid to further intensify the fight and guard against complacency, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has launched a digital platform to fight the scourge until there are no infections at all.

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Magistrate Resheng sues State over her transfer

The Voice BW - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 12:30pm

WATCH: A Senior Magistrate who was assaulted by an accused person at Molepolole Magistrates Court early this year is suing the Chief Justice, Attorney General and Chief Registrar of the High Court over her transfer to Mahalapye, saying her life is in danger.

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Dirty old man

The Voice BW - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 10:45am

Unable to control his libido despite his old age, an 80-year-old pensioner of Sedie ward in Maun has pleaded guilty of raping his 12-year-old step daughter on three different occasions.

According to the court papers the first incident happened in July 2019 when the accused, who cannot be named for the protection of the victim’s identity, allegedly dragged the child into his bedroom and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her upon her arrival from school.

The old man only stopped when his wife also arrived and he ordered the girl not to tell her what had transpired.

The second incident is alleged to have happened between May and June 2020 when he sexually molested the child again and only stopped when her friend came over to the house looking for her.

Meanwhile, the last incident is said to have happened on 17 October, 2020 when the old man instructed the young girl to bring her school shirt over to his house.

Upon arrival the pensioner followed her into the house and uttered the words “ ke batla go robala le wena” which translates to “ I want to sleep with you”.

The old man reportedly undressed the girl and had sexual intercourse despite her threatening to report to her mother.

Whilst in the act, the old man’s brother and nephew came and knocked on the door and when no one answered they peeped through the window and saw him raping the child.

It is said that when he finally opened the door, the old man denied knowing the whereabouts of the girl when they asked him.

Whilst there the young girl came out covering her naked body with a blanket.

They informed the girl’s sister who then reported the incident to the police.

The old man pleaded guilty to all three counts and will be coming for facts presentation on October 4th.

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Cellphone smuggling rampant in prisons

The Voice BW - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 9:53am

WATCH: While the Department of Prisons and Rehabilitation continues to struggle with smuggling of dangerous objects, drugs and others, cellphones are said to be in abundance inside the prison facilities despite being prohibited.

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WUC owed P1.03 billion

The Voice BW - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 9:10am

Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) is owed P1.03 billion, with domestic use responsible for P800 million of the debt.

When addressing members of the media on Tuesday, the Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Gaselemogwe Senai, admitted that most of the high bills could have been caused by the excessive estimation they did after failing to get access to water meters inside some homes.

Senai said that after a difficult and volatile year for Botswana and the global economy, characterised by soaring inflation, increasing fuel prices, higher interest rates, declining liquidity, and the remnants of the COVID-19, the corporation realized revenue growth of 14% (2021:-1%). “Various strategies such as improved billing efficiency, digitization and clearing of a backlog on new connections were effected during the financial year culminating in a double-digit revenue growth and a recorded revenue of over P2 billion in a long time.”

He said that the Corporation’s Operating Expenses increased by a marginal 1% owing to strict adherence to the credit policy and the introduction of digital payment platforms in the form of third-party channels through banks and the recently launched kiosk.

He added that WUC reported a loss before tax of P204 million, a 20% improvement in comparison to the previous year.

He said that a growth of 33% in the statement of financial position was realised during the year due to additions to the fixed assets and increased capital work in projects funded largely by Government grants.

“The Corporations’ financial position remained stable despite the debt that has engulfed the business and the operating financial loss. The overall Customer Debt stood at P1.031billion at year end against P1.203 at end of March 2021, translating to a reduction of P 172million over twelve months.”

Senai said that aged debt remains a concern, something which they are resolving through intensified debt analysis. “This is supported by steadfast debt collection methods. In the year under review, our major revenue contributor, at 58 percent of total revenue, was Government. Our meter reading efficiency remains on target of over 90 percent. We are working towards ultimately impacting positively on debt, revenue and profitability as these are necessary for service expansion,” he noted.

Although government has been the major contributor to the corporations revenue together with councils, government institutions consumed only 1.8 % while Domestic Customer Category consumed 94% but contributing 27% only.

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No sex for old bones

The Voice BW - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 8:00am

Elderly pastor, 82, leaves wife after 12 sexless years

At a time in their lives when most men’s sexual escapades are limited to memories of the distant past, a frustrated 82-year-old pastor has walked out on his young wife after 12 sexless years of marriage.

Although Nonofo Galebotse insists he still loves his wife of 24 years, the Maun-based man of God says he could no longer stand the lack of action in the bedroom and thus had no choice but to leave the matrimonial home back in March.

The religious leader, a pastor at Head Mountain church in the tourist town’s Boyei ward, appeared before Maun Customary Court this week, summoned by his wife, Kebotsemang Letsholo, 52, desperate to know if their marriage was ruined beyond repair.

In response, Galebotse told both court and his estranged missus that he did not want a divorce but had left for his own peace of mind.

“Since 2009, we never had peace. We were always quarrelling to an extent that we did not touch each other. We did not share blankets. For the past 12 years, that is how we lived,” grumbled the old man.

Later, when The Voice caught up with him to expand on what he meant, Galebotse confirmed he was referring to his conjugal rights.

The hard-up elder revealed his troubles started out of the blue back in 2009, when he caught his stepson having an affair.

SHAKE ON IT: Galebotse and Letsholo after an emotional day in court

“On that day, my wife and I had gone to the cattlepost where we found our married son with a girlfriend. As his parents, we scolded him for his actions,” Galebotse told court.

“After that, I went out only to return a little while later and found my wife in a changed mood. She did not want to talk to me; all she said was that she wanted to go back to Maun right at that moment! But, as it was already late, I asked her that we sleep and I’d drive her back the next morning,” continued the well-spoken pastor, adding sleep did little to improve his wife’s foul mood.

“When we arrived back in Maun, she immediately went out. I later learnt that her son had told her that even though I was seemingly disapproving of his behaviour, I was also a double timer and actually having an affair with one of the women in our neighbourhood,” said Galebotse, shaking his head angrily at the memory.

Letsholo then confronted the said ‘small house’, with a heated verbal exchange eventually leading to the police station.

In an attempt to restore the peace, Galebotse says he was left with no choice but to beg for forgiveness, admitting to an affair he insists never happened.

Despite this, Letsholo remained unforgiving and their once warm union, which was made official in a customary celebration after a three-month courtship back in 1998, turned frosty.

According to Galebotse, relations have remained cool ever since.

Although he endured it for over a decade, the old man said he finally snapped last April when his wife reported him to the police for sjamboking their youngest son after he disobeyed him.

“There was a spirit of anger around the house and I did not feel safe, hence I left,” explained Galebotse, adding before he left, Letsholo called a family meeting in which she told his children to take him with them.

“She said I was abusive and likened me to a roaming lion. She said even our neighbours cannot visit us because of my bad attitude. I am a respected church leader and this hurt me deeply, I cried for a long time when I was alone.”

While he continues to visit during the day, occasionally staying the night – the last sleepover occurring in June – Galebotse says he has no intention of moving back in with his wife.

“We have three plots which I developed. But because I put them under my wife’s names, I have to leave, find another plot which will be in my name and that is when I will take my wife to stay with me. Monna o a nyala ga a nyalwe,” he concluded defiantly.

Presiding over the matter, Kgosi Kebatho Kesekile gently advised the elder that he cannot walk in and out of his matrimony as he wishes.

For her part, an emotional Letsholo said she still loved her husband and wanted him back home.

At the end of the case, the two shook hands, hugged and agreed to work together in an attempt to salvage what is left of their marriage… a long overdue visit to the bedroom might be a good place to start!

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Volleyball star soars after broken finger

The Voice BW - Mar, 20/09/2022 - 4:49pm

Back in May, local volleyball export to Rwanda, Gaoleseletse Gasekgonwe broke her finger, a nasty injury that would cause both physical and emotional pain.

The damaged digit kept the 36-year-old sidelined for three months, forcing her to miss the Africa Women’s Interclub Championships in Tunisia.

Although missing out on the continent’s top club competition came as a cruel blow to Gasekgonwe, she did not let it break her spirit, doubling her efforts in the gym.

“Being injured is depressing. Since the ordeal in Tunisia, it’s been difficult because I knew if I was part of the team we were going to finish in a better position at the Club championship. So I didn’t stop training. I was working on my legs at the gym until I got recovered. I felt our loss twice as hard and I become a wounded lion because even my girls were now getting used to losing which was not good for our brand and morale!” she tells Voice Sport from her Central African base.

Gasekgonwe’s hard work paid off in spectacular style, the explosive athlete returning from her long lay-off last month to lead her club, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) to victory in the Gisaka Tournament.

In the final, RRA gained revenge over their arch rivals, Armee Patriotique Rwanda (APR), beating their nemesis 3-1 to seal the title.

Volleyball star soars after broken finger

SUPERSTAR: Gaoleseletse Gasekgonwe

“This year they defeated us twice at the quarter-finals of Africa Club Championships and in another domestic cup in Rwanda, so it was important that we stop this dominance,” notes the long-legged sportswomen, who made her name locally with Mag-Stimela and has been a national team regular for over 16 years.

The moment was all the more sweeter for Gasekgonwe, whose individual brilliance not only guided RRA to the title but saw her rewarded with the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Best Attacker accolades.

For the woman known as ‘Lizzy’ in volleyball circles, her Gisaka heroics mark the latest high in a sporting history littered with personal glory.

Her Rwandan adventure began in 2020, when she joined University of Tourism Technology and Business Studies (UTB) Volleyball Club, one of the biggest teams in the land.

Volleyball star soars after broken finger

DOMINANT: Gaoleseletse Gasekgonwe

It didn’t take the Botswana star long to make her make in a foreign land, winning the league and three domestic cups win her first season.

Gasekgonwe’s winning streak continued when she signed for RRA last November, with the Gisaka success adding to first place finishes in the Kayumba Memorial Tournament and Liberation Cup.

With Rwanda’s national league due to start this weekend, the hard hitting volleyballer is confident more gold lies on the horizon.

“My aim and goal is to win it even though it is not easy but I want it wholeheartedly. Right now I have intensified my workouts and training hours for me to get to my normal performance even though my finger is not yet fully recovered. As a team we agreed to work more than before and for them seeing me back in court is a motivation,” she concluded hungrily.

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Karatekas’ battle cry to BNSC

The Voice BW - Mar, 20/09/2022 - 4:35pm

Local karatekas have let out a huge ‘KIAI’, a universal karate cry, in the direction of the country’s sport governing body Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC).

This follows the Council’s failure to sponsor Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) national team for the 10th Commonwealth Karate Championships in Birmingham on September 7th and 8th.

Karatekas' battle cry to BNSC

CRYING OUT: Action from Birmingham

In a no holds barred communique from BOKA Secretary General Bose Caiphus, the SG has accused the Council of not according them the respect they deserve.

“Karate should be taken as seriously as other sports codes, such as athletics. Our team has won and continues to win more medals than any other sports code competing at an international level,” fired Caiphus.

BNSC had earlier this year informed BOKA that it did not have any funds to disburse for them to participate in international tournaments unless athletes raised funds themselves.

“When we asked for funding from BNSC we were bluntly told that there was no money, and that athletes should fund themselves if they want to participate in international tournaments,” cried Caiphus.

Despite getting no financial assistance from government BOKA still managed to send a strong team of 15 athletes, who hoisted the blue, black and white flag high, extending the nation’s winning streak at the Commonwealth Games by winning nine medals and finishing eighth overall out of 16 competitors who represented the 54 nations.

The team’s medal haul included two gold, one silver, and six bronze medals.

Kagiso Mophuting won gold in the under-21 male kata category, while the senior female trio of Amantle Sekano, Lesego Masimola, and Lethabo Leburu’s won a second gold for team BW. Mbise Takobona finished second in the 75kg senior male category.

In an interview with Voice Sport Leburu expressed delight with her achievement, and at her teammates’ performance.

“I’m pleased with my performance and that of my teammates. It feels great to have won a gold medal despite the challenges we faced from the very beginning of our preparations. The tournament was very tough and competitive so having brought home a medal let alone a gold medal brings me honor and pride,” she said.

Ofentse Bakwadi, one of the top karatekas in the nation had a bad start, finishing 13th in the senior male kata category and missing out on a podium finish.

Karatekas' battle cry to BNSC

BRONZE BEAUTIES: Bakwadi and his team-mates

The veteran would however redeem himself by winning bronze in team kata category alongside Boemo Ranosimong and Mophuting.

Caiphus who travelled with the team sang praises for the team for winning medals despite the early hiccups to their preparations.

“This year we performed a little below par compared to 2018 were we dominated all the team categories winning gold,” he said.

He further said some of the team’s best athletes were too preoccupied by finding sponsorship for the trip and had very little time to prepare for the actual games.

“We didn’t have a proper camp as most of our athletes were busy running around trying to source funds for the trip to Birmingham and, some of our best performing athletes were left behind due to lack of funds,” said Caiphus.

“However despite this sabotage, we’ll continue to perform and excel,” said the fiery BOKA SG.

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Freedom from Fibroids

The Voice BW - Mar, 20/09/2022 - 4:22pm
Rre Otsile Molefe’s herbal remedies for women’s reproductive health

“My grandfather was born in 1914. He told me that when he was a young boy, a group of aliens – white people dressed in black and white – arrived in Mochudi. He said the purpose of their visit was to baptise the chief and convert him to Christianity; the chief had 2 wives, he couldn’t keep both as Christianity regarded polygamy a sin. Gramps said he was deeply grieved by the dramatic turn of events, especially the effect the change would have on the kgosi’s second home. In his observation, he concluded that this change had brought sadness into the village. He learnt to read and write. He was there when the Bible was first imposed on his people – Bakgatla. However, while he appreciated certain biblical teachings for their similarity to sacred indigenous beliefs and practices, he reckoned that did not mean one had to abandon one’s belief system, one’s very identity. He was a traditional doctor,” explains Dr Otsile Molefe, the 41-year-old traditional doctor and herbalist whose indigenous medicinal and spiritual therapies have gained him a huge following locally and across the border in South Africa.

Freedom from Fibroids

SOUGHT-AFTER: Molefe

Dozens of amazing testimonials shared by women about the medicine man’s herbs piqued Voice Woman’s curiosity.

Thus yours truly hastened to arrange for an interview, which he gladly agreed to, promptly.

I arrive at his very beautiful residence, located in the leafy suburb of Broadhurst and resolve to rid myself of stereotypes, PRONTO!

For one thing, I’d expected to meet an eccentric, unkempt old man in a stinky, dingy hideout and clad in animal hide. Boy, was I wrong!

After we exchange pleasantries, I’m quick to declare my faith as a Christian, but also explicitly state that I’m a curious and proud African who is eager for indigenous knowledge.

He reminds me that indeed he is an old man… “How?” I ask.

“When you tell me about your personal struggles with Christianity as an African – the conflict within – I remember my grandfather, who died at the ripe old age of 99; he lived through the negative effects of colonialism. His father before him, who was also a traditional doctor, imparted this knowledge I possess today, hence I consider myself an old man. I acquired a depth of knowledge and information from centuries ago. There’s no better time than the present for it to be revisited. We, Africans, are brained washed. Example; women are facing a new challenge, fibroids (noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years). Ask your mum; she’ll tell you she’s clueless about fibroids. Older women, our mothers’ generation, do not know fibroids! Why? What causes them?” he asks rhetorically, as I recall my own mother once did express the same 9 years back.

Freedom from Fibroids

FERTILITY REMEDY: Mositsana

Renowned for his forthright nature as well as his integrity, the Mochudi native has helped countless women (and men) battling a plethora of reproductive health issues, fibroids among them.

In 2005, his grandfather, a traditional doctor who originated from Moruleng in South Africa, asked him to take over as a healer.

“I haven’t the faintest clue why my grandfather chose to give me this ‘boswa’ (inheritance). Initially, I turned him down, but he told me I was next in line. I asked him what he meant by boswa. I was a typical Gaborone yuppie doing well for myself. One day, I had a dream, a vision; I was walking around my grandmother’s grave during her funeral. When I went past her head, she opened her eyes and admonished me, ‘Naare o dira eng?’ That stern reproach roused me from my sleep. The next day, I went to see my grandfather and all he said was, ‘But I warned you, your time has come’. Thereafter, I began to lose assets. Things began to go south; nothing I did bore fruit. That’s when I relented. He made it very clear that he was not forcing me to become a traditional doctor, but that he wanted me to know certain things so that when he departed this world, I would be able to know how and why they happen. He never said, ‘let me teach you’, instead, ‘let me show you’. Thus, in 2009, I went to live with him,” he explains.

The following year, Molefe senior enrolled his grandson into that year’s initiation ceremony (go rupa); “A rite of passage I missed in the 80s with Mophato-wa-Matuku because my mother had firmly objected. So, I became part of Matlotlakgosi regiment instead. I have been practising since 2011 although preparation began in 2009, and then he sent me away but instructed me not to help anyone before marrying; because there’s a lot of discipline that comes with marriage. That was the prerequisite; in fact, he never taught anyone unless they were willing to tie the knot first.”

Freedom from Fibroids

APTLY NAMED: Moretologa wa kgomo

Without wasting time, the goodly gentleman says there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to healing: “People of varied geographical locations suffer diverse afflictions. For example, someone in a coastal region is affected by a unique set of challenges compared with a desert dweller. Their natural life differs. With that knowledge, passed on from generation to generation, I began to ask myself: ‘what exactly are fibroids? Can anybody explain them to you, in layman’s terms?’ I got to compare the older generation – women who bore 7, 8, 9 or more children – with the modern woman who can delay childbearing up to their late 30s or even after 40 years, some even die before experiencing motherhood. When I ask why, the reason is usually that they are not financially ready. The older generation did not care to be financially ready to have children. In the olden days, a female was considered mature and ready for marriage once they started menstruation. A few years later, they’re married and start a family. They were ‘curing’ the womb, which in our generation is proving a problematic issue.”

Basically, what are fibroids? “Allow me to attempt an explanation: by the time a woman reaches the age of 20/21, her womb begins to signal that it is ready to carry a child, in other words – serve its purpose. It communicates: ‘If you’re not going to put something in here, I’m going to put it myself’. Then it starts to develop growths, by the age of 26 or 27, you start to complain about heavy bleeding then consult a gynecologists’. The gynae will assess, perform an ultrasound and diagnose fibroids. It’s a growth, yes, but what caused it? – A lack of activity: you’re not getting pregnant. Because the womb is not carrying out its innate function, it begins to produce for itself; that is why fibroids exist.”

Indeed hospitals are chock-full of patients awaiting hysterectomy, modern medicine’s sole answer, but Dr Molefe’s medicinal herbs can help, thus he urges Batswana to embrace traditional medicine.

Freedom from Fibroids

IN DEMAND: MIXED HERBS

“The anti-inflammatory properties in natural medicinal plants deal with any unwanted growth, a cyst in your body. It will ‘eat’ it up. After prescribing my herbs, I’ll ask you to go back to your ‘modern’ doctor for a checkup, you’ll be surprised to discover it has shrunk in size. But, it is not a cure. The growth will resurface, so start bearing children. Once you start conceiving, the baby grows and the fibroids disappear. Unfortunately, there are those who opt for surgery, but the fibroids will grow back, again you return to the hospital, and with all their certified knowledge and expertise, they’ll tell you that there’s not much they can do for you, that ultimately they’ll have to remove the womb. But your problems don’t end there, so removing the womb is not a solution. A lot of women who’ve undergone hysterectomy live with a plethora of health conditions. It’s not an uncommon occurrence in this age. People become dependent on pills for the rest of their lives. They end up immuno-compromised and are rendered weak by modern medicine. That is basically what medical science does: it’s for you to subscribe to something! Why is it traditional doctors aren’t regulated like bomachonisa (loan sharks) for example? Because it doesn’t make economic sense; in capitalism, you aren’t supposed to be cured. You aren’t supposed to be healthy. There has to be different industries that benefit from your poor health,” he assets.

The father-of-three is alive to the fact that the positive feedback women share on Facebook might irk some businesspeople “because it means my herbs affect their businesses,” he quips, adding, “Surprisingly, I get clients/patients who are referred to me by their doctors, Indian medical professionals. A client would say, ‘I think my doctor has reached a dead end, so he’s referred me to you’… The testimonials keep coming in!”

[PS: We continue next week with men’s health issues, bongaka, dipheko and spiritual matters.]

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Best dressed of the week:Achieng Agutu

The Voice BW - Mar, 20/09/2022 - 4:05pm
The voice on fashion best dressed

Achieng Agutu, is a curvy style blazer whose incredible style always stands out.

She stuns in this white but colourful dress paired with subtle accessories.

I particularly like the balloon sleeves and the sweetheart neckline.

Whether you are going out with friends or a family outing, this is a chic and style induced brunch look.

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The accessories edit: ace it!

The Voice BW - Mar, 20/09/2022 - 4:00pm

Accessories: no decent outfit is complete without them.

Accessories are an essential part of any wardrobe and the backbone of just about any smart casual outfit.

Whether sunglasses, a timepiece or a bag, Accessories are the best building blocks behind a put-together outfit, so it’s crucial to have at least 2 in your arsenal to make your outfit pop.

If you’re hoping to build up your outfits through accessories ladies, I’ve taken the time to narrow down the best options on the market today.

Whether you’re looking for a classic or a trendy accessory you’ll find it all here.

Here are this seasons must get accessories.

 

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Celeb edition with Chris Pounds

The Voice BW - Mar, 20/09/2022 - 3:55pm

When it comes to musicians from Sefhare, the first artist that automatically pops to mind is Charma Gal.

However, the village has another gem in the talented DJ Chris Pounds.

A mainstay in the industry for over 15 years, has regularly captivated crowds in the country’s biggest nightclubs, with party-lovers in Trekkers, Fresh Exclusive, Base Lounge, United Lounge and Lizard Entertainment amongst others enjoying many a memorable night thanks to his electric sets.

How did you become a DJ?

The passion has always been there but it was in 2007/8 when I did my first club gig in Maun, thanks to DJ Big Pun and Tops Masole (MHSRIP).

What type of music do you specialise in?

I am an all rounder, I spin a lot of different genres.

But what defines me is Afro Deep.

When you’re not spinning the decks what do you get up to?

Well I have job that keeps me busy most of the time during the week, so basically I have time with my fans on weekends/holidays.

Where is your favorite holiday destination locally and internationally?

Obviously Maun, that’s a country in Botswana! Beyond borders it would be Mykonos Islands in Greece.

Celeb edition with Chris Pounds

GUNNER FOR LIFE: DJ Chris Pounds

Wow, sounds idyllic! Have you ever been booed off stage?

Should I call it being booed? It happens to almost every artist.

People come with expectations to shows, and you can’t satisfy everyone.

Do you play your set according to a preconceived plan or crowd?

I trust my ears.

Although I have to teach people music as a DJ, I believe in shaking the dancefloor.

What has been your lowest pay check?

These other niggas don’t take DJs serious.

I am even embarrassed. The lowest payment I got was exposure, most DJs can relate!

Charma Gal or Amantle Brown?

Tough one! Two beautiful and talented ladies… Charma is my homie, so allow me to be biased.

Five things people don’t know about you?

1. I am a quiet guy but I laugh a lot

2. I am single

3. I have been in a couple of DJ competitions

4. I got passion for Radio/TV

5. I love soccer

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