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Khama handed back Gcwihaba keys

In a surprising turn of events, former President, Seretse Khama Ian Khama this week admitted to allegations dating back to his presidency that he had in his possession keys to Gcwihaba caves in Ngamiland. He however said he has since handed them back.

During his reign, Khama came under fire for locking the caves, and keeping the keys. He however, on numerous occasions disputed that he kept the keys to the cave. The public was denied entry to the caves, unlike before when they had not been locked. Speaking to WeekendPost at the comfort of his new office in Gaborone on Thursday this week, Khama said that for some caves to be accessed there has to be some drilling done, as was the case with Gcwihaba caves. “Leaving the caves exposed if there is drilling being done poses some threat, they had to be locked up for safety as there were open drill holes,” he clarified.

“The holes drilled are very shallow and deep, imagine one falling in there. The moment they hit the surface is the end of them. At times they (holes) are more than one hundred metres long,” highlighted Khama. Further, Khama added, the caves were locked to protect people living around them from snakes as well as animals that parade the caves.

He said currently, the keys are with the company tasked with drilling the caves for easy accessibility but once they are done the keys will be handed to the Department of National Museum, Monuments and Gallery.  The caves were gazetted as a National Monument in 2006 because they were a unique geological formation of beauty. Therefore it is protected by the Monuments and relics Act of 2011 and was included in the Botswana World Heritage Tentative List in 2010. 

During his tenure as Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi once said government will consider extending access rights to the Gcwihaba caves to Khama once he leaves office. He stated that the caves globally have significance in the humans’ evolutionary history. Masisi declared that government will allow Khama access to Gcwihaba so that he can oversee the caves’ exploration and its development as a tourism site.

Khama was previously quoted in one of the local newspapers saying his affection with caves started as a hobby, which eventually grew into something substantial. Over the years, he has learnt about exploring caves. The adventurous Khama said it takes some expertise to manoeuvre through a cave. “You need to crawl on your stomach on some dirty and dangerous surface which is very risky, discerning through the high- pitched bats flying over one’s head,” he said.     

Access into the caves for members of the public is controlled. For more than 16 years, Khama has been involved with the Gcwihaba Caves exploration project with local and international experts. The project involves searching for new caves and digging corridors to connect the caverns. Masisi said Khama’s enthusiasm with the project underscored his resolve for the development of arts and tourism in Botswana.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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