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Wednesday, 28 February 2024

BDP is bigger than Khama – Balopi


Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General Mpho Balopi has reiterated that former President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama is not bigger than the party. The party, BDP was founded by Khama’s father, the country’s founding father Sir Seretse and others in 1962.

Speaking to Weekend Post this week,  Balopi said so there is no how one man, Khama, can hold the party at ransom as the party is an institution and therefore bigger than an individual. Balopi said therefore there is no crisis as they are dully following the constitution as currently President Mokgweetsi Masisi is the effective president and in total control of both the party and the country. “We have BDP as an institution; and our constitution stipulates that when in power the president of the party becomes that of the country. Masisi is therefore currently in charge of everything,” Balopi stated.

“I do not believe that there is an institution smaller than an individual. BDP is not smaller than an individual. It is bigger,” Balopi further contented. Balopi emphasised that there cannot have a single minded individual claiming to be bigger than the party. He went on to stress: “I represent matters of interest to the party or those that can benefit the party and not any particular individual.”  As secretary general he said he deals with issues on bases of delegated power by current President Masisi and no one else.


In terms of UDC, Balopi said in a battlefield or competitive environment everyone has to sharpen their strategies so as to defeat the other political party and so, “it is what BDP is doing.”  He continued: “As such where there are differences in the UDC, it is none of BDP’s business. We cannot benefit or base our successes to the flaws of the others.” Balopi emphasised that they have a strategy to help Batswana so they continue to trust them.

“We are not losing focus on what is alleged in the opposition. If what is alleged in the opposition, with regard to disunity, at some point it becomes an opportunity for BDP to achieve what they intend it will be a welcome development but we will not be reactive.” Look at where we have come from, Balopi said, “we are the only party that have been going through elections using the same colours, slogan, symbol and so it speaks to issues of consistency and trust, tried and tested and they have to be given more years.”  


Meanwhile Balopi said the appeals registered with the party so far, they are not in any hurry to give verdict without looking closely or thoroughly through due process, lest they be construed to be taking sides. He said he agrees that the party primary dubbed Bulela Ditswe is not a perfect system and probably hence the appeals. He pointed out that some want their appeals to go directly through regions, others through office, and others have withdrawn thus far and therefore was not in a position to tabulate and see how many have appealed.

“There are certain complaints or a protest that needs guidance as opposed to a protest where they may have erred for an example in Lentsweletau/Mmopane in which it was never an issue of a complaint but an issue of other things not done properly; irregularities; and flaws,” Balopi highlighted. He said the Electoral Board is also satisfied with the Bulela Ditswe in general and that is why they ordered a re-run in other areas where they saw they need. Balopi observed that some of the complaints are interesting, he said, adding that they are not necessarily calling for a re-run but just advising the party on how it should improve.

He said in other complaints, party members have concerns that their hearings should not be taken through the party regions because of suspicion of biasness.  However, the BDP secretary general believes the regions should be given the benefit of a doubt as a party structure if they are indeed competitive to be listened to as there is a procedure in the party.  Balopi highlighted that the Bulela Ditswe was very competitive and will accommodate the appeals and dissenting reasonable voices.

“In such environment obviously there will be dissenting voices. But how do we respond to that as a party. Regions went through some of the appeals, and then they make recommendations to the Central Committee.” According to Balopi, anything that may happen in the elections; the constitution, rules and regulations should be followed.

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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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