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Kaone Aaron: Against all odds

When life reached a point where the unimaginable began to happen, that is when he had to take a rough-patched route of life and learn to survive against all odds. Kaone Theo Aaron has detailed out his life trajectory in a book titled, ‘Life of an anointed Orphan’. He reveals how witnessing the murder of his mother ushered him to unexpected life experiences.

Aaron is a 23-year-old who is self-driven, God fearing and loving. He graduated in October this year with a Degree in BCom Real Estate, from Ba Isago University College. He was born and raised in Francistown and he has one little brother Kopo Aaron who is 21. Speaking to WeekendLife, Aaron shared that the book was written by the Holy Spirit through him in order to change lives, to give hope to the hopeless, strengthen people’s faith, to help fight depression as well as raise a community that can think and fend for themselves.

He explained that growing up was tough to an extent that he got depressed and tried committing suicide during his Form 5 examinations. “Through it all I never stopped praying I knew God was listening, so the bible made me strong which gave me strength to fight for a better life,” he said. When he came up with the book, he wanted people to realise that not everyone will cry for help to the Government and get answers therefore it is better people work and take care of themselves.

“You are struggling for a reason so that when God starts blessing you no one will deny it so patience, prayer and faith are the keys to our success,” he explained. He envisions a movie of the book and going forward he will be hosting motivational seminars in schools and the community. Aaron highlighted that what made him turn to God was the fact that God held him in tough circumstances. “God healed my stage one brain cancer, gave me a degree in Real Estate God also sent people to donate money to print more copies and covered the book launch,” he said.

Snippets of his story

His stepfather abused his mother, him and his young brother and would use any tool to hit the mother in their presence.

Age 11 (3years later)

His mother got stabbed and killed by his stepfather, as he watched her in a pool of blood slowly leaving earth, tears escaped his eyes as he shook her asking in a desperate plea to have her back.

Age 12

He was registered as an Orphan under the care of his grandmother. “I received uniforms and food, but do I enjoy being called an Orphan? No! things are getting tough,” he lamented.

Age 14

He loses the grandmother who was their guardian.

Age 15

His Aunt becomes the guardian and takes everything they owned from property to what they were given by government. Her children became her priority. “They were kings eating dinner at the table and we were slaves picking the food droplets under the table. Food bought with our money. I slowly cry in prayer,” he lamented.

Age 16

Life got even harder as he how he was struck with depression while writing my form 3 examination. “I had no shoes and uniform to go and write, i borrowed from my neighbour because school was double shift. I failed and got a C. She does not care, she got our money from the Government that is wat mattered to her,” Aaron highlighted.

Age 17

“I ran away from home and moved to a better half Aunt. Although she was welcoming, she did not have enough as she had other kids to look after,” he explained.

Age 18

Financially it got tougher, sometimes as she does not have money to finance my taxi fare. “I felt suicidal while exams await, she motivated me. I tried my best and I failed form 5…..i did not lose hope i still cried in prayer,” he said.

Age 19

While applying to re write, the government gave him a chance to study for a degree. His 1st year he resided with his other aunt where he was chased and the same happened when he went to his cousin. So, he had to rent out and live in an empty room.

Age 20 onwards

“My 1.420 is for food and rent and struggled to buy toiletry and with money for assignments. Around 15 till allowance I went without food, during this time I felt did not deserve to live,” he said.

Age 23

He survived brain cancer and he graduated with a degree in Real Estate.  He grew smarter and achieved a lot and his dreams are fulfilled.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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