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Wednesday, 28 February 2024

Elections 2019: BDF, BPS on high alert


As the 2019 General Elections draw nearer, the country’s security apparatus; the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Botswana Police Service (BPS), have stated that they remain on high alert to maintain public order during the elections.

Political experts and observers anticipate that the impending elections will be very competitive and hotly contested and therefore peculiar and like no other. For the first time in the past 12 elections in the country, the opposition conglomerate Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) presents a clear chance which has been the preserve of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Speaking to Weekend Post via the Director of Protocol and Public Affairs office, Tebo Dikole, the BDF Commander Placid Segokgo, has stated that they remain vigilant to maintain order and ready to assist if they are needed in the execution of excitable lots. “Notwithstanding section 61 of the Electoral Act sub section 1, the BDF Act, 2018 section 33 (1), succinctly states that ‘the Commander may, at the request of the Commissioner of Police, and with the consent of the President, authorise the use of any member or unit of the BDF in support of, or to give assistance to, the BPS in the discharge of their functions under section 6 of the Police Act,’ ” Segokgo pointed out.

He however maintained to this publication that the BDF wishes to state that the maintenance of peace and orderliness during elections is the prerogative of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the BPS. The BDF commander continued: “albeit it is worth noting that the BDF mission is and continues to be, to defend Botswana’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and national interests.”

In a separate interview, Senior Superintendent Near Bagali, BPS's deputy Public Relations Officer, speaking on behalf of the Botswana Police Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe, stated that they will deploy the police across the country for any eventuality that may occur during the exercise of the election process. “The Botswana Police Service, will be taking into account that 2019 is an election year (National General Elections) and therefore provide a conducive environment through the maintenance of law and order,” Makgophe stated.

In a nutshell, he said, just like the past elections, the BPS is prepared for this year's National General Elections and the Police officers will be deployed across the country to carry out their mandate. He stressed that the mandate of the Botswana Police Service is to ensure the safety and security of the people of Botswana, as outlined in the BPS Act, Cap 21:01.  

The Act outlines the mandate of the BPS as follows; “the Service shall be employed throughout Botswana to protect life and property, prevent and detect crime, repress internal disturbances, maintain security and public tranquillity, apprehend offenders, duly enforce all written laws with which it is directly charged and generally maintain the peace”.

According to the Police Commissioner, it is for this reason that section 61 of the Electoral Act sub section 1 provides that Polling Officers and BPS officers, who will be on duty for the upcoming general elections are by law permitted to vote not more than 14 days before elections.
Meanwhile IEC Principal Public Relations Officer, Osupile Maroba concurred that there appears to be a lot of excitement surrounding the coming elections.

“I expect these elections will be very competitive. The mood is no longer than which that we are used to. There is too much excitement this time around,” he pointed out to Weekend Post. He explained that sometimes excitement may bring or come with challenges, and so when some people become excited they need to be controlled otherwise they can derail and disturb the peace and then the elections become chaos.

“We spoke to security apparatus especially the Police, so that in the event that there are public riots or a situation which wants some kind of attention they are prepared to control the situation to normalcy,” he insisted. In fact he emphasised that they have spoken about such issues to find out how they can control the situation if things spiral out of control.

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Dr. Judey Pretorius shines light on the path to True Skincare at the Renewal Aesthetics Convention

28th February 2024

At the heart of the recent Renewal Aesthetics Beauty and Wellness Convention, a gathering renowned for its cutting-edge insights into health and beauty, stood Dr. Judey Pretorius, a luminary in the realm of biomedical science and skincare innovation. The award-winning founder of Biomedical Emporium captivated attendees with her profound understanding of skin health, bridging the gap between regenerative medicine and everyday skincare practices.

Dr. Pretorius, celebrated for her contributions to the field, delved into the uniqueness of individual skin types, drawing an intriguing parallel with a biblical quote, “I knew you before I created you.” This analogy underscored her message that just as no two fingerprints are alike, the same holds true for our skin. It was a compelling call to action against the one-size-fits-all approach to skincare, urging attendees to embrace their uniqueness and cautioning against the imitation of others’ skincare routines.

Highlighting the importance of personalized skincare, Dr. Pretorius emphasized the need for professional guidance when addressing skin concerns. “Seeking help from professionals trained in skin treatment and management is crucial,” she advised, pointing out that what works for one individual may not necessarily be effective for another due to the distinct nature of each person’s skin.

Beyond the surface, Dr. Pretorius expanded the conversation to include the intrinsic link between nutrition and skin health. She posited that a healthy gut is a precursor to radiant skin, suggesting that “sometimes, the skin acts as a window to what’s happening inside the body.” This perspective not only highlights the external indicators of internal well-being but also serves as a reminder of the holistic approach required for genuine skincare.

In her discussion, Dr. Pretorius also touched upon essential products that should find a place in everyone’s skincare arsenal, though she remained adamant that professional consultation is key to effectively addressing and potentially reversing certain skin conditions and damage.

The Renewal Aesthetics Beauty and Wellness Convention, renowned for bringing together thought leaders and innovators in the beauty and wellness industries, provided the perfect platform for Dr. Pretorius to share her insights. Her session was not just an educational journey into the science of skincare but also a reminder of the deeply personal journey to understanding and caring for one’s skin. Attendees left equipped with the knowledge that true beauty and skin health begin with recognizing and respecting the uniqueness of their skin, advocating for a tailored approach to skincare that mirrors the individuality of each person.

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

27th February 2024

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities

At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.

During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society

Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.

An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.

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Kabo Matlho’s Majestic Reentry Descends Upon a Solo Venture

27th February 2024

Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.

During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.

“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.


Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.

Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.


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