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President Ramaphosa Arrives in Botswana for the 7th Sacu Summit of Heads of State and Government

All Africa - Botswana - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 3:53pm
[Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa has, today, Thursday, 30 June 2022, arrived in the Republic of Botswana on a Working Visit to attend the 7th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit of Heads of State and Government.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa Arrives in Botswana for the 7th Sace Summit of Heads of State and Government

All Africa - Botswana - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 2:48pm
[Govt of SA] President Ramaphosa arrives in Botswana for the 7th SACE Summit of Heads of State and Government
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President Ramaphosa in Botswana for SACU Summit

All Africa - Botswana - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 2:19pm
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in the Republic of Botswana on a working visit to attend the 7th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit of Heads of State and Government.
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Botswana to Host High Level Southern African Customs Summit

All Africa - Botswana - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 10:29am
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to attend the seventh annual Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit of Heads of State and Government at Gaborone in Botswana on Thursday.
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Working Visit to Botswana

All Africa - Botswana - Mer, 29/06/2022 - 5:23pm
[Govt of SA] President Ramaphosa to attend the 7th Southern African Customs Union Summit Of Heads of State and Government In Botswana
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Grooving 24 June 2022

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:55pm
Rocking The Mag

Three ladies this Friday will grace Francistown’s new and posh joint, The Mag Steak House.

DJ Missy will rock the crowd, while the place’s newly appointed Brand Ambassador, MC Ms D, will be controlling the proceedings.

There’ll also be a special appearance by Kagiso Sento.

The entrepreneur and influencer has recently been honing her skills at the DJ booth.

It is still not clear if the fashionista will be accompanied by her husband, Vee Mampeezy. Entry fee is P50.

Grooving 24 June 2022

Kuminda Farm

Kuminda Farm Calls

Known as the best kept secret in the bush, Kuminda Farm and Cultural Village in Marobela is without a doubt one of the best places to hang out.

Owned by former Miss Botswana and businesswoman, Lucy Hinchliffe, Kuminda is the home of the annual Zhizha festival and has been a place of interest for students on exchange programmes for a long time now.

This trusted plug for community-based events has a weekly gig dubbed ‘Social Saturdays’ where patrons will be taken on the tour of the lush gardens, walks, hill climbing, worm farming demonstrations, traditional food, Hossana performance and participation.

There’s also a kids place, DJ and bonfire to chase away the winter chills. Tickets are P250 per adult and P150 for kids under the age of 12.

Grooving 24 June 2022

DJ Cue BW

70’s and 80’s Disco Party

The annual 70’s and 80’s Disco Party is in Francistown this Saturday after a successful edition at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

Metcourt will be the place to be as Boogie Sid leads a team of DJs such as Mr O, Cue, Hai Chang, Trax, Jazzy D and Cheng on a nostalgic ride.

Tickets are P250 and the show starts at 6pm.

There’ll be great prizes for the best-dressed.

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Big weekend 24 June 2022

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:50pm
Umhlando invading Palapye

Monate Fela presents the Castle Lite winter sizzler show featuring South African, Umlando group.

The group consists of two music producers, 9umba and Mdoovar and one vocalist Toss.

The show to be held at Ckub Wamzito in Palapye will feature Easy B, Copahead, Wizzy, Kay Boyz, Stenna and MC Swaepa.

Doors open at 2000hrs and P50 gets you in.

Big weekend 24 June 2022

Yung Mullar

Black night party with Young Mullar

For those in Kgalagadi area, Lagoon Lounge in Tsabong will be the place to be tomorrow with Black Night party time taking place.

On the decks will be DJ Yung Mullar from RB2, DJ Lady Kay, Finch and Zyk.

The show kicks off at 1700hrs until morning and entrance is free.

Big weekend 24 June 2022

Sun EL Musician

Sun el Musician and a Da Capo at Afro Tech 2.0

The build up to the main events for Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC ) is gaining momentum with the Afro Tech Fest 2.0 taking place next Thursday.

The line up for the show will have Sun EL Musician who has a good number of followers locally, Da Capo, Tau, Enoo Napa, Hapex Guru, teaz, Da Africa Deep, Raul Bryan, Rudo and Soulman BW.

The Six to Six festival, which will be held at GICC has early bird tickets going for P750 for the Golden Circle, P200 general.

Big weekend 24 June 2022

DA CAPO

 

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Maun to celebrate Thapson

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:45pm
  • Folklore singer to launch new album as he turns 49

Maun will be in party mode this weekend as local folklore singer, Gaoabiwe Thapson holds a joint bash to celebrate his 49th birthday and album launch.

The fun takes place at the tourist town’s Nhabe Musuem, where the visually impaired artist will perform alongside the legendary Stiger Sola.

Thapson, a two-time BOMU Award winner boasting 25 years in the industry, said it would be an honour to share the stage with the great guitarist.

“I am really glad that Stiger will be there to give me support on my special day. It will also be my daughter’s 15th birthday, so, I will be celebrating more blessings, including album launch and my success at last week’s regional Art festival in Gumare.”

Thapson won the folklore category at the regional competition ahead of the national’s, scheduled to take place in Gaborone over the President Holidays mid July.

“I am excited because this is assurance that people do appreciate my contribution in the development of arts in our region and in this country,” stated Thapson, who is to launch his six-track Gospel album, ‘Modimo ke Mowa’.

The birthday bash is the idea of Moeti Headman of Records, Kgosi Cosmos Lelathego.

“Thampson recently formed a society for artists living with disability and this moved Kgosi Lelathego so much that he requested we celebrate him while he is still alive,” explained the organising committee’s secretary, Dineo Michael.

Established earlier this year, ‘Re a dira Society’ was set-up to bring disabled Ngamiland artists under one roof so they can share ideas and find ways to penetrate the market. This is not just limited to music but also covers leather works, dress making, painting and other arty-related works.

Clearly touched by this, Kgosi Lelathego noted, “For Thapson, music is about touching and changing other people’s lives for the better; that is why I have allowed them to use my office once a week for their meetings. All people living with disabilities are eligible to be part of the society!”

Entrance to Saturday’s event comes with a P30 gate charge, while VIP seat are available for P50.

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Chillin’out

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:40pm
DIS agent goes under covers

Shaya is sending a strong warning to a certain member of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) for his bad behaviour.

The creep, who was employed by the spy agency through the help of a suspended boss, has been seeking sexual favours from ladies earmarked for employment by his employer.

Although the man, who has been going around boasting that he is the next Director General, does not have the power to employ, he tells the unsuspecting ladies the job is theirs if they jump into bed with him for a quickie.

Shaya knows you as a married man; please stop this habit and stick to your family before you get exposed.

Chillin'out

Government vehicles

Abuse of govt vehicles

Although government is making efforts to cut down on expenses, it seems some high-flying govt officials have not got the memo.

Shaya has spotted several work vehicles belonging to Ministers picking their kids up from private schools around Gaborone.

It is time our senior members of the community started leading by example by paying for some things out of their own pocket instead of sponging off government funds – after all, you get paid enough!

Chillin'out

SORRY SIGHT: Soldiers and guns at football

Sorry sight

The beautiful game took a hideous turn on Saturday, with all hell breaking loose at the Old Francistown Stadium during the play-off second leg.

Violence erupted in the main stand after the opening goal, as supporters of Angels Eleven and Mochudi Centre Chiefs hurled rocks and beer bottles at each other from close range, with woman and children in the firing line.

Miraculously no one was seriously hurt by this shameful act of hooliganism.

In the end, gun-wielding soldiers were called in to ensure there was no more trouble and the game carried on after an hour break.

It’s sad to see the army having to intervene at a football match, made Shaya feel like I was watching a match in a war-torn country and not peace-loving Botswana!

Chillin'out

Peggy’s attire

Peggy’s fashion faux pas

We know our Minister of Finance, Peggy Serame to be someone with a fine taste in fashion and an impeccable dress sense.

However, during the Botswana Democratic Party’s Women’s Wing Congress in Kanye, Serame lost it, getting her wardrobe very wrong.

One had to look closely to make sure the outfit was not what you were first thinking.

Chillin'out

Masisi’s special mic

Shaya has noticed that the President, Mokgweetsi Masisi no longer shares the microphone with the public or other speakers when addressing events.

His team of security brings a personal microphone specifically for HE.

Information from his entourage is that the President nearly got poisoned one time.

Sources say those who wanted him dead use the microphone so that he can inhale the poison and now his security are not taking any chances – sounds like something out of a spy novel!

Chillin'out

Maele’s call

Shaya will be spying on you to see when the call finally comes in and where it comes from.

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The return of Ayanda

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:35pm
  • MyStar finalist to drop jazz album

Born into a musical family 30 years ago, Francistowner, Ayanda ‘Xoligigz’ Letsholo had already made up her mind about being a professional musician at the age of 10.

Gifted with a velvet voice, the mother-of-one was introduced to music by her mum at the tender age of five.

That’s what you get when your grandfather is regarded as the first Motswana to form a band.

Manguni ‘Blackie’ Nleya formed Vuku Zenzele based in Bluetown, Francistown in 1964, with the group widely considered the country’s first music band.

Better still, it’s a given that music will be your calling when your own mother, Chebu Letsholo, is a member of Losagaripa and the founding member of Mogwana Traditional Troupe.

“I was with Mogwana for 20 years after joining at the age of five,” she revealed in an exclusive interview with Voice Entertainment.

In 2012, Ayanda competed in the MyStar music show, finishing second behind the eventual winner Sharon, while the charismatic, Motswafere came third.

Following a gruelling season on the talent show, the singer decided to take a breather while still figuring out what to do with her talent.

“After three years away from the scene I joined my uncle Clement Jackson’s band in 2016. He groomed me for three years and in 2019 I decided to go solo,” she said.

Letsholo, who is currently the resident karaoke singer at Francistown’s newest joint, The Mag Steak House formed The Cream Band last year.

“I really want to record. In the next three weeks I’ll be in the studio recording my jazz album,” she said.

The jazz artist says she wants to change people’s mindset to understand that jazz music is not a Sunday genre, but music you can listen to on any day of the week.

“One thing that I want to do in Francistown is to occupy the live band space. We’ve to create our own market in the city and let people know that we have bands that can play live,” added Letsholo.

The songstress further said with support from fellow artists, Francistown’s music scene can be salvaged and brought back to former glories.

“There’s a lot of talent in villages and rural areas we need to support these people and give our audiences variety,” Letsholo told Voice Entertainment, adding that while her band is only a year old, they are ready for bookings and will be going on tour as soon as the album is out.

The Cream Band is made up of Ayanda as the lead singer, Shadrek (keys), Gofa (lead guitar), Monty (bass) and T.H (drums).

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A night of praise and worship

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:30pm

Gaborone West (G/West) Industrial Church Auditorium will be the place to be on Friday as Abundance City International host an event dubbed ‘Another level night of praise and worship explosion’.

Speaking with Voice Entertainment on Tuesday, Abundance City International Public Relations Officer (PRO) Rebaone Gola gave a brief background of his organisation and the upcoming event.

 

“Abundance City International is a church based in G/West Industrial under the tutelage of Prophet Thuso Molefhe. The vision of the church is to raise a generation that makes a difference and provide a platform for youth to be groomed into responsible self reliant citizens. The Friday event is an inaugural show, which will be a fund raiser for the church building project and the plan is to make it an annual event. This first edition will give an idea on how to move forward in the coming years.”

A night of praise and worship

Abundance City International Public Relations Officer (PRO): Rebaone Gola

Quizzed about who will be entertaining worshippers on the day, Gola said; “The show will be graced by local gospel acts and Praise &Worship teams from local churches such as Ezra Neethings, Shinkie, Boitshepo, Ma-Hazel, Sesame, Wanano, Neo Segotoong and ACI Praise & Worship Team just to mention a few.”

Gola further said excitement is building amongst gospel music fans as the show draws closer.

“We are receiving a positive response already, especially from the gospel music lovers. We are expecting most Christians and gospel lovers who have been looking for a chance to entertain themselves without compromising their religion and their spiritual principles,” said Gola, adding the night will feature performances from other genres like poetry, dance and comedy to give it an added spark.

Tickets are available at P200 from these numbers: 77584115 or 71714861.

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A beautiful dream

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:25pm
  • The rise of eleven angels

From the dusty streets of Aerodrome in Francistown, Eleven Angels Football Club has risen like a phoenix to reach the apex of Botswana football.

At the helm of this beautiful story is 31-year-old Seemo ‘De Rossi’ Mpatane.

Fresh from sitting his final examinations at Francistown Senior Secondary School (FSSS) in 2010, the soccer-mad youth grouped together like-minded boys to form a team.

Within five years of registration, Mpatane’s troops had soared through the ranks of local football, gaining promotion to the First Division and playing some spectacular stuff in the process.

On Saturday, the fairytale reached a new high.

In front of a raucous crowd at the old Francistown Stadium, Angels humbled Mochudi Centre Chiefs, thumping the four-time BPL champions 5-0 to win promotion to the Premier League.

Fresh from this incredible triumph, Mpatane speaks to KABELO DIPHOLO

Congratulations on your sensational promotion to the Premier League – has it sunk in yet?

To be honest it hasn’t sunk in as yet, just feels like a beautiful dream.

It seemed as if the whole of Francistown were rooting for you, did you get that feeling?

F/town and the entire north of Botswana was behind us; we felt the love and it gave us courage.

You also received overwhelming support from Tafic fans. What did you make of that?

We are very happy with the support we received, and not just from Tafic but from all the Francistown teams that wished us well.

I also wish Tafic well in their coming promotional match.

Briefly take us through Angels’ incredible 12-year story?

The team started as a development side early 2010 then got registered in 2013 with money collected through sponsored forms.

We triumphed in the third division in our first ever season with players like Gofaone Mabaya, Fortunate Thulare and Danger Tlhalefang.

We spent four seasons in the second division, and we finally got promoted to First Division North in 2018.

And now we’ve just been promoted to BPL at our third attempt.

A beautiful story sealed with a dramatic end to the season on Saturday.

A beautiful dream

CLOSE OBSERVER: Mpatane pulling the strings from the side-line

Going into the game in front of such a huge crowd, how did you keep your young players calm?

It was a difficult one because the boys were anxious and I must say the 45 minute break following the chaos helped us because we spoke to the boys in the dressing room to calm them down.

What did you say to your players in the changing room during the break and were you worried the ref would call the game off?

We were able to focus and go back to our tactics and fixed the early hiccups in the opening 20 minutes.

We were, however, ready for any decision that would’ve been taken following the stoppage.

Do you have the required qualifications to coach in the BPL?

I don’t, but this off-season we will work very hard so that I get the required B licence.

The club has started working in that regard.

We don’t have a break at the office, we want to be financially ready for the commencement of the league, hopefully around August.

Is your ambition in football limited to Angels or do you see yourself one day moving on? For example, Township Rollers currently don’t have a coach – if they called you up tomorrow and offered you the job, together with a lucrative salary, would you take it?

In football you never know what might happen, Angels is my baby but to answer your question I’m not limited to them.

I’ll be willing to explore other opportunities.

Your young stars are sure to attract attention from some of the bigger clubs, are you confident of keeping your squad intact?

It’s normal in football.

I expect some of the big clubs to come for our talented players, and whether they decide to stay or leave is their choice.

I, however, don’t fear losing players.

We’ll promote players from our academy and recruit more talented players from the streets.

How do you juggle being team owner and coach?

I don’t work alone.

The team has a committee led by a Chairperson and his Vice.

I only focus on the technical aspect of the team and ensuring that we deliver on the pitch.

How are you going to deal with the financial pressures that come with playing in the Premier League?

Like I’ve already mentioned, we’ve an active Executive Committee that’s looking at all these things.

We know what to expect and the committee is working very hard to ensure that we don’t go into the Premier League as a charity case.

For a relatively new team, Angels have an impressive support base, how did this happen?

It is not surprising at all.

We play an attacking and attractive brand of football.

This is exactly what people pay to see at the stadium, and so far it has worked quite well for us.

Where do you get your inspiration when it comes to tactics/football philosophy?

My biggest influence has been Brazilian coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira.

I fell in love with him when he was South Africa’s head coach.

I saw a change in Bafana Bafana’s approach and style, and I thought to myself that’s what I wanted to bring to a team.

A beautiful dream

PROMOTED: Mpatane and his younger bro with their medals

Your younger brother, Bakang, is the captain – have you ever had to sub him when he’s not playing well? Must make for awkward conversations at home!

My brother has played for all the junior national teams.

He’s been in football structures way before Elevens Angeles became what they are today.

He knows what is expected of him and respects my decisions as a coach.

How come you don’t play yourself?

I used to play football.

In fact, when I finished at Francistown Senior School I still had intentions of pursuing football as a player.

However, I formed a team which grew quickly. This team took most of my time, so I had to decide whether I should continue playing or focus on developing the team.

It wasn’t a difficult decision.

Realistically, how far do you believe Eleven Angels can go?

We believe in ourselves.

Since we started playing in all the football divisions, nobody has ever given us a chance.

No one gave us a chance when we went for the First Division promotional play-offs, but we won all our matches.

We were not given a chance against Mochudi Centre Chiefs, but we still won.

We are carried by our belief, and nothing will change in the premier league.

We’ll tell the boys to go out and express themselves, and enjoy the moment.

Let’s get personal, tell us a bit about yourself away from football? What do you do for fun?

I’m a fulltime coach.

Football is my life.

For fun, if I’m not coaching my team, I watch football, either on television or at various grounds around the city.

Young, successful and handsome, you must be spoilt for your choice of the ladies?

Not really. I’m focused on football and my career as a coach.

If I didn’t focus, my team and I would have never reached this milestone.

And finally, Thank God It’s Friday, what are your plans for the weekend?

It has been a hectic season.

We’ve achieved what we set out to do at the beginning of the season.

The boys deserve a break, well deserved too.

So this weekend I’m taking a break, I just want to relax.

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Safety first

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:20pm
  • Meet Morupule’s safety-conscious Superman

For the last 12 years and counting, keeping the workers of Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) safe has been the responsibility of Gontsemang Ntshiamisang.

It is a role he has performed with relish and incredible success.

In this interview, the Safety Health Environment (SHE) Manager, reflects on his time at the mine and how it has become one of the safest in the country.

What does your role as Safety Health Environment (SHE) Manager involve?

To provide guidance and assurance regarding the Safety, Health & Environment program at Morupule Coal Mine in accordance with set governance protocols, standards and legislation.

Most importantly, I am responsible for the development and management of sustainability polices for the business; ensuring safe operational management, risk management and compliance to legal systems are in place and functioning.

You have been with MCM for 12 years now, what are your reflections on that time?

The pinnacles include coming when the business was aspiring to be certified with international standards for environmental management and occupational health and safety and contributing to the realisation of this intent.

Morupule Coal Mine is currently a leader in the mining industry, boasting ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management standard and the ISO 45001:2018 standards.

These are not only marketing assurance standards but highlight a degree of compliance towards the safety of the workforce in a mine, which is fiery.

To this effect, the mine also meets environmental standards without compromise.

Take us through you journey before joining MCM?

I learnt my trade in the mining industry.

I have SHE experience that started at Botash, later joined Debswana, moved to the nickel industry and later went back to Debswana by joining Morupule Coal Mine, when it was still a Debswana owned entity.

You will realise that all these organisations subscribe to high levels of SHE Compliance.

During my journey, I moved from learner official through the ranks, to middle management and to Executive leadership.

Quite the journey, so what do you regard as the highlight?

Morupule is the pride of my career.

I came and contributed to the company’s dream for certification with International Standards Organisation.

We achieved this. Morupule Coal Mine became the first Botswana organisation to be certified ISO 45001, making it an industry leader and benchmark platform.

In addition, the mine boasts a reputable safety record of working for more than 20 years without a fatal accident.

In 2014, MCM scooped the Botswana Chamber of Mines lowest Injury Frequency Rate of 0.08, a record many Mining businesses can only dream of attaining.

What would you say has been the lowest point?

The lowest point was in 2019 when the Mine recorded one significant audit finding which upheld the standards for certificates (ISO 14001 & ISO 45001), for 90 days when we had to come up with corrective action.

This occurred during a re-certification audit.

We worked tirelessly to correct the item before the stipulated 90 days, leading to the release of our cherished new certificates.

This was a low highlight of how things can go wrong.

I understand you are responsible for the Game Park project, kindly elaborate on the initiative’s objective.

The Game Park was established in 2004, with the solo aim of showing how mining could co-exist with biodiversity.

It was recently expanded to 3, 500 hectares from a previous 1, 500 hectares.

The Game Park continues to undergo significant development in line with the planned opening to the public scheduled for Q4 of 2022.

Plans are therefore at an advanced stage for infrastructure development in the form of picnic areas, toilet facilities, walking trails and procurement of an electric park vehicle to enhance the park’s leisure and recreational appeal.

The mine conducted an aerial animal census in 2021, which highlighted that the animal population was close to exceeding the carrying capacity of the game park.

As part of managing the numbers, 104 animal species are to be donated to government through the Masimo Wildlife Restocking Initiative.

The translocation of the animals is scheduled to commence during this winter period.

To improve the park’s biodiversity, the mine will also introduce a snake park and bring in three giraffes before it is officially opened to the public.

The park will also provide an opportunity for schools in the local community to use it for educational purposes and for Botswana at large to utilize it as a tourist destination.

There is also room for vegetation studies and animal genetic studies by research institutions.

Currently the park hosts a unique eagle-breading site along the Morupule River. There is so much to be unveiled!

What would you say are the most pressing safety issues you face in mining?

In life, we have all heard the words, ‘Leave your comfort zone, never your safety zone’.

The risks in a mining environment are such that there is no room for comfort, and we never get used to risk.

Things can be good now but go bad in the next hour.

This means no level of relaxation can be attained by yesterday’s record.

Each day requires us to reinforce standards, learn from other’s wrongs, and our own mistakes.

In a nutshell, in safety we never arrive.

It is one of those major journeys of unending excellence.

We work to improve every day.

What does this ‘work’ involve?

We have interactive audits, inspections and safety improvement initiatives with employees on a regular basis to help maintain focus and vigilance.

This verification of the safety focus program is done through observation of good safety practices.

Supervisors and managers complete the observations daily and document them.

They engage in conversation about safety and ensure each employee has the skills, knowledge and training to perform his or her job safely.

On a personal note, what keeps you busy away from work?

I have a family that requires my attention.

I also have a small business.

I am a book author (producer and publisher).

I have written three Christian books and four road safety books for school children.

I am also a Pastor and founding President of a Pentecostal Ministry, called House of Glory Ministries based in Francistown.

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Marvellous Maggie

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:15pm
  • Pensioner bakes her way out of poverty

After years stuck in the same tired routine, eeking out a modest living selling fruit and veg on the streets of Francistown, Margaret Maphosa realised she wanted more from life.

“Tomatoes were always out of stock, even in those days,” remembers the 67-year-old with a toothy grin.

Desperate for something fulfilling and financially rewarding, the Ramokgwebana native got the life-changing spark she craved in 2015, stumbling upon a ‘Nyeletso Lehuma’ advert in the Daily News.

The ad invited those living in ‘abject poverty’ – i.e. earning less than P300 a month – to contact Francistown City Council with viable business ideas they would like to try.

Even though she was nearing the age of retirement and had no previous experience with baking, the mother-of-six ventured down to council’s Civic Centre headquarters to enquire about opening a bakery.

“I explained what I wanted to do; they gave me some forms to fill. It was a quick and easy process. They then came to asses my place in Monarch, Area 2, and saw I fit the criteria and the house would be suitable for a bakery,” continues Maphosa.

She was then enrolled for three weeks training at Pick n Pay, thrust into a classroom-like environment for the first time in close to 50 years.

“I was starting from scratch. I knew nothing about baking but I was like a young child hungry to learn and listened carefully to the trainer’s instructions. It was scary but exciting!”

On completing the course, council gave Maphosa P15, 000 to start-up her business, with the bulk of the cash going towards an oven, two tables for preparing bread and 10 bags of flour.

She was also allocated a local primary school to supply.

Marvellous Maggie

AT YOUR SERVICE: The baker with some of her products

And thus, from such humble beginnings, Maggie’s Bakery was born.

“This bakery has changed my life. My youngest two children are at school in Gaborone; I help them pay for rent and transport thanks to this business, which I was never in a position to do before,” says the old lady, struggling to find the right words to express exactly how happy this makes her.

“I am so grateful to the Council for this opportunity, it has honestly transformed my fortunes,” she adds, noting she was recently able to build a ‘two-and-a-half’ back home with her bakery profits.

As well as bread, she specialises in magwinya, scones, mapakiwa – “With no oil,” she points out proudly – and a variety of muffins.

Maggie’s Bakery, which still operates out of Maphosa’s home, continues to meet all of Monarch Primary school’s doughy needs and also caters for church events, while people regularly pop into the premise to buy bread.

Having started out solo, to keep up with the demand, Maphosa now has an assistant, passing on her expertise to a young woman in the neighbourhood.

“I taught her how to bake; she helps me – I’m not as young as I used to be!” she chuckles.

However, although 70 is on the horizon, determined to make the most of this golden chapter in her life, Maphosa shows no signs of slowing down.

Marvellous Maggie

STAR ATTRACTION: Maphosa attends to students at her stall

Exhibiting at the Northern Trade Fair as part of the City of Francistown Council’s Home Economics division, the brilliant baker described the experience as eye-opening.

“It has taught me the importance of marketing my company and packaging my products professionally,’ she reflects, the interview coming to an end as Maphosa’s small stall becomes overrun with interested school students.

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FastJet to run Maun flights

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:10pm

Low-cost airline, Fastjet Zimbabwe, plan to begin direct international flights between Maun and Victoria Falls by the end of the month.

According to the airline’s communications officer, Nunurai Ndawana, the route, which takes roughly 55 minutes, will be launched on Thursday 30 June, with a 50-seater aircraft landing in Maun.

“The new route is scheduled to operate four times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday,” revealed Ndawana, adding the plane was specifically picked for its versatility, comfort and ‘generous’ leg room.

“Using our Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, we believe this route will facilitate more travel between these two tourism capitals of Zimbabwe and Botswana. This route has for many years been only available by private charter. So, with the introduction of this direct connection, we believe it will be able to spur tourism development and growth in the region,” continued Ndawana, whose company has won the Leading African Low-Cost Carrier World Travel Awards for the last six years on a row.

Currently, promotional prices for a round trip from Maun to Victoria Falls or vice versa will set you back P3, 600 while a single trip stands at P1, 800.

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Protecting your privacy

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:05pm
  • Data Protection Act implementation set for October

Four years after it was passed, the Data Protection Act is finally expected to come into play in October.

Speaking at a cyber security seminar on Monday, Data Protection Commissioner, Kepaletswe Somolekae told guests the Act is meant to regulate the protection of personal data and ensure individuals’ privacy in relation to their personal data is maintained.

Further, it will serve to establish the Information and Data Protection Commission, charged with ensuring the Act’s effective application and compliance.

The Commissioner is empowered to obtain from the data controller, on request made in writing, any information or documentation relating to the processing of personal data, and security safeguards of such processing.

Any person who does not comply with the Commissioner’s request would have committed an offence under the Act, and would be liable to a fine not exceeding P100, 000 or to imprisonment for up to three years, or both.

In terms of application, Somolekae explained The Act shall apply to personal information entered by or for a data controller.

However, she pointed out that the Act has limitations in terms of application and does not apply to the processing of personal data in the course of purely personal or household activities.

The Act would also not apply in the processing of personal data by or on behalf of the State where the processing involves national security, defence or public safety, and where the processing is for the prevention, investigation or proof of offences.

The Data Protection Act would further not apply if the data is for economic or financial interest, including monetary, budgetary and matters relating to tax.

The Act, however, is exempt from application to the processing of personal data by or on behalf of the state, to the extent that adequate security safeguards have been established in specific legislation for the protection of such personal data.

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Pervert

The Voice BW - Mar, 28/06/2022 - 3:03pm
  • BDP councillor in court for defiling two girls

After appearing in court last week for a defilement he allegedly committed last year, Medie/Kweneg Councillor was back at Molepolole Magistrates’ Court on Monday for another defilement charge.

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Councillor, Kweneng Councilor Edward Shanakane, was arrested by the police on Sunday for his second case of child abuse.

This week, he stood in court charged with unlawful carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old girl that he has been apparently sleeping with since December 2020.

In the previous matter,which was registered in court last year October, Councillor Shanakane is also accused of defiling a 16-year-old Form 4 schoolgirl.

The 38-year-old councillor allegedly committed the latest offence while he was on bail for the first offence.

Details of the fresh case have indicated that the girl that was allegedly being abused by the councillor would lie to her mother that she was going for a sleepover at her relatives’ house while in fact she was going to Shanakane’s house.

However, the truth came out when the relatives blew her cover by telling her inquisitive mother that she never spent even a single night with them.

The suspicious mother then extracted the disturbing truth out of her daughter, who revealed that she had been sleeping at the councillor’s house.

Meanwhile, prosecution did not object to councillor Shanakane’s bail application and he was granted his freedom on conditions that he binds himself with the sum of P2 000, provide one surety binding himself with the sum of P1 000, report to Kweneng police post every Friday and not interfere with witnesses, especially the victim.

He will appear for mention on July 11th, 2022 while for the other case he will appear for final case management conference to set trial dates on September 27th, 2022.

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Orapa Game Park a diamond in the wild

The Voice BW - Mer, 22/06/2022 - 2:25pm

Developed from a core conservation area on a degraded cattle grazing zone in 1985, Orapa Game Park in the country’s biggest mining town is proving to be Debswana’s diamond in the wild.

Measuring an impressive 48 964 hectares from the initial 3000 hectares in 1992, the park boasts of an impressive wildlife species that includes zebra, eland, wildebeest, springbok, giraffe, waterbucks, rhinos as well as various bird species.

It has 50km perimeter fencing and a full time conservation officer, employed since 2000.

The park is key to the “Orapa Today Boteti Tomorrow (OTBT)” initiative, which is a programme intended to build a sustainable alternative economy for the Boteti Sub District, in an effort to leave a lasting legacy beyond diamond mining.

The park is open seven days a week and citizens under the age of 12 pay P20 and P40 for those aged above 12.

Non citizens and those under 12 have to part with P45 and P90 respectively.

The park allows self-drives and there are car charges for tourists at P70 and P150 for citizens and non citizens respectively.

In 2015 the mine teamed up with Birdlife Botswana for three years to study the threatened birds in Orapa Game Park with the aim of contributing to the conservation of bird species in Botswana.

P1.88 million was pumped in the study of a threatened migratory bird species found near Debswana’s mines starting with the lappet-faced vulture.

Orapa Game Park is indeed a perfect family or school getaway to experience life in the wild, albeit within a touching distance of civilisation.

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DIS vs DCEC squabble a national embarrassment- Balule

The Voice BW - Mer, 22/06/2022 - 12:11pm

WATCH: Associate Professor of Law at University of Botswana, Tachilisa Balule, has described the recent public sparring between DIS and DCEC as a crisis and national embarrassment.

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Whose bones are they anyway?

The Voice BW - Mer, 22/06/2022 - 8:00am
  • The mystery deepens on Lobatse missing child
  • “Rrabeisane has told me that three men and two women abducted my son for ritual purposes to improve their businesses. I believe they still haven’t killed him. The Police must release Rabeisane and allow him to help me.”

Almost two months later, the mother of a Lobatse 7- year -old standard one pupil who went missing in March is still hoping that her firstborn child would be found alive.

Not even a DNA test that police say has confirmed that the bones that were recently found on the outskirts of the town could convince the distraught but hopeful mother that the search has ended tragically for her boy.

Distressed but determined to search until she solves the mystery of the missing little boy, the young mother, Kesego Karema walked into The Voice offices on Wednesday night to tell the tragic story of how her son, Tlotso Karema disappeared without a trace and why she was convinced he was still alive.

Tlotso was last seen on Friday, March 18, playing outside her house in Peleng location with other children from the neighborhood.

That morning his mother had prepared him for school and his stepfather had brought him back home from school.

The 27- year -old mother had gone to work that fateful morning as usual only to return around 8 PM to discover that her child had not come back home from the playground. She searched the neighborhood before she gave up and went to report him missing to the police around 11 PM.

“The police told me that they only start looking for a missing person after 48 hours. However, a community search party was launched on the same day but yielded nothing. Police only came to help three days later.

“ On April 13 April we received a text message from an unknown number directing the family to a place along the Kanye/Lobatse road where the sender claimed that he had seen four suspicious-looking people; two men and two women, driving a Honda fit-off loading something. We tried to call the number but it was unreachable,” said the mother.

The following day, police found a cracked human skull and clothes that the little boy was wearing at the same spot and Karema provided a blood sample for a DNA test. A week later she was told the test had proved the bones belonged to her son.

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ILLUSTRATION: Human remains

Karema rejected the DNA test results and asked the police to allow the family does whatever they can to find the missing boy.

The family then invited a dramatic diviner commonly known as “Rrabeisane to search for the child but the police arrested him before he could complete the search and locked him up causing an uprising in Lobatse which culminated in the arrest of 10 more people for rioting.

“ Rrabeisane has told me that three men and two women abducted my son for ritual purposes to improve their businesses. I believe they still haven’t killed him. I don’t know why the police arrested him before he could find the child. The Police must release Rabeisane and allow him to help me,” said the desperate mother, shedding a tear.

Explaining her reasons for rejecting the DNA test results Karema said, “That skull is too big to be my son’s and the teeth are too many to be of a 7- year old child. I also haven’t been given the pathology report. I am also concerned by the desperation of the police to try and force me to sign a death certificate at the Marina parking lot, which I of course refused to sign because I had already told them I didn’t believe that the bones belonged to my son and that I needed more time for private investigations.”

She further noted that the bones looked like they had been there for much longer than two months. “Police said my boy was chewed on by animals but what I find surprising is that the so called animals seem to have neatly undressed him before eating him because his clothes were still intact and without any blood stains.”

Asked why she felt the Police would go out of their way to lie to her she said, “Your guess is as good as mine but there are just too many loopholes in their story to convince me that those bones are my son’s remains.”

She continued, “You know his younger brother always asks me where his brother is, and at first I had no answers. I still dish food for him because I believe one day he will come back to us. Something tells me he is alive and the bones are just a cover-up so that we give up and whoever has kidnapped him would then kill him.”

Nothing less than the positive results of an independent forensic evaluation would convince Karema that the bones indeed belong to her child. “If that would be the case I would accept my fate and mourn my son,” she said

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Near Bagali had not responded to The Voice questionnaire on update on the matter at the time of going to press.

 

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