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Isaac and Associates law firm nets a 10-year landmark

A leading commercial law firm in the Central Administrative District Isaac and Associates celebrated its 10th year anniversary this past weekend in Kasane. The law practice was established by Jost Isaac in 2009 and since its opening, the firm has grown in leaps and bounds offering legal services to its customers, and efficiently doing so.

When speaking at the Anniversary celebrations in Kasane, Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi said the firm has been committed to bringing and developing the Kazungula region. ‘’Isaac has been involved in corporate community initiatives aimed at developing the Kasane region. He used his generosity to donate chairs to schools, photocopying machines and computers to be used by students. This is a noble gesture because as the country, we strive to move from a resource based economy to knowledge based one so these donations came at the right time’’

He further said Isaac understands a biblical expression that a blessing one gets while they still alive, are given and used wisely, adding that they should be shared with those in need such as less privileged, especially those in the Kasane region that is poverty- stricken. ‘’Indeed I am very proud to see Isaac back home here in Kasane. I therefore urge the community to support his business and I can promise that he will deliver a great service to them. He is coming to a different place now and he should have courage to remain still.

That can probably help you grow into a big firm and never leave your office without a professional who can lead the firm. I believe a professional will be able to solve issues in your absence. Learn to charge appropriately and make sure everything stays in place. Keep your two offices under constant surveillance to see where your weak points are’’

Justice Phumaphi indicated that Isaac has walked the path that is highly commendable and appreciated. ‘’It’s a pity that he did not do his internship at my firm, because those who did I taught them money is not everything. One important thing in legal practice is that you should do your homework, be Honest to your clients and that will lead you into the right track. He however expressed disappointment to law firms operating unlawfully, saying they over charge clients, probably because clients can afford to pay so.

For his part, Attorney Isaac noted that his firm offers extensive coverage of Palapye and surrounding areas in terms of legal assistance. The firm deals mostly with the field of expertise in conveyance and notarial work, criminal law, civil litigation and commercial debt collection. ‘’We also offer services in contracts and agreements, labour disputes, land issues, divorces and maintenance, insurance and taxation, sectional title scheme management as well as wills and administration of estates’’ he said

Held under the theme ‘’liberalisation of legal services’’ the event also incorporated the opening of a satellite office in the Kazungula region. ‘’We live in a global world, and as we do so, we have major projects operating in the region that are operated by Korean companies and the reason why I came up with this theme was, you will find out that they will financing these projects, and most legal issues are out there were financers are. As local law firms, we will be just here and big contacts will jump in and sign these projects. These big companies can not only practice here, but they can have an influence over us.

Attorney Isaac said the firm was started from humble beginnings, adding that he identified a niche market, something that worked on his favour. ‘’This dream started while I was still at school. I genuinely believe my poor background motivated me to work extra hard, and it started with just a camera at school, snapping pictures and getting paid for it.

It was a great opportunity at the time and the project became a success. I successfully managed to buy two cars while at University’’ Attorney Isaac holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the university of Botswana, Certificate of proficiency in Short Term Insurance from the Insurance Institute of South Africa and a Certificate in Sectional Title Scheme Management from the University of Cape Town.

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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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