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UDC contacts European consultants for elections

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) president Duma Boko says his party will continue to involve highly experienced consultants even from Europe to equip their candidates with necessary ammunition ahead of the highly anticipated October elections.

Speaking in a telephone interview with this publication from South Africa on Wednesday, Boko said they will look at their needs as a party. “Of course we will continue to have more experts coming here to assist us. We will go as far as Europe, but it will depend on what our candidates need. We have been helping them and with our expertise and it wouldn’t hurt for them to also assist us here,” he said.

This, he says, will help the party going to the October elections as the UDC candidates will be head and shoulder above others. Already the party last week called on another consultant company from South Africa to once more drill the UDC candidates on how to speak to electorates, brainstorm better campaign slogans with the whole intention being to be well-rounded candidates to win elections.

Boko has been traversing the breadth and widths of the world making what he says are strategic relations and the belief is they will produce the desired results ahead of the elections. He has been to America and England preaching in Universities as well as dismissing Botswana’s shining example of democracy paradigm.

Meanwhile as the party prepares for elections, Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) leaders Motlatsi Molapisi failed to attend a retreat arranged for party’s top echelons. “Only Dumelang (Saleshando) and I (Duma Boko were present at the retreat,” Boko said. He says Molapisi could not make it due to other commitments. It is not the first time Molapisi dodge UDC activities and this has always raised alarm and questioning his loyalty in the party.

In the past the Molapisi said he was never consulted. But for retreat he said it was because of personal commitments. However, the retreat according to Boko was a success as they discussed the state of the party with more intent on strengthening the relationship between the constituent parties. “We were looking at the state of the party and the direction as we prepare ourselves to take government post elections in October.

Among other issues we looked at was arrangement of joint opening and closing ceremonies at UDC conferences,” The conference will be held during the president holidays at Ba Isago University. After the joint ceremonies, Boko says, each party will break away to its individual corners.

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DJ Bafana’s one man show on the cards

21st February 2024

DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.

In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.

What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.

As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.

 

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Lady of Soul remains tenacious as ever

21st February 2024

Radio Personality Tebogo Sekgoma affectionately known as Lady of Soul is determined to keep pursuing her ambitions vigorously, in spite of hurdles and stumbling blocks.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, Sekgoma divulged that she is working on her memoir. Although she won’t reveal much, the broadcast veteran said she will essentially be telling the story of her life.

The former Sunday Live host is also serving as a board member (Secretary General) at Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BABPS). She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the visually impaired, a hiccup she refused to succumb to.

 

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Inside the new disability Law

21st February 2024

The new Disability Law in Botswana is a significant step towards ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the country. This act, which was passed into law on the 11th of December 2023, is a reflection of Botswana’s commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

One of the key provisions of the act is the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in work-related matters. This means that employers will no longer be able to discriminate against individuals based on their disability when it comes to hiring, promotion, or any other aspect of employment. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

The act also establishes a National Disability Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the act and ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected. This council will play a vital role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities in all areas of life.

In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, the act also sets out disability standards that must be adhered to by employers and other entities. These standards are designed to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access the same opportunities and services as everyone else, without facing any barriers or discrimination.

Furthermore, the act provides for actions plans to be developed to address the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as administrative penalties and fines for those who fail to comply with the provisions of the act. This sends a clear message that discrimination against persons with disabilities will not be tolerated in Botswana.

Overall, the new Disability Law in Botswana is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. By prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and setting out clear standards for the treatment of persons with disabilities, this act will help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to fully participate in society.

 

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