This past week, it was all glory at the ghost town of Selibe Phikwe when a local company, GetBucks, officially announced it would be adopting Lapologang Primary School. This announcement was made last Friday when the company donated winter school wear that included school shoes for students, worth BW P 240, 000.
The adoption of the school will see the FinTech Company providing much needed financial assistance to the school to promote improved learning for the students. The total donation handed over on the May 18 included 468 tracksuits, 94 jerseys and 209 shoes amongst other materials. Whilst this is a great start, GetBucks and the School will work together to find focus areas where the school lacks and assist when and where possible.
It was at this auspicious event that GetBucks Botswana Managing Director Martin de Kock and Lapologang’s Headmaster Inspector Makhura signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to adopt the school for a three- year period. De Kock emphasised the need and importance of investing in the younger generation.
“We believe in investing in the youth, as our children are the greatest asset to our nation. We were moved by the challenges being faced by the town and the impact this has on school going children. Our involvement is just a small way of making a difference at the school and the community in Phikwe,” said de Kock.
The adoption was commemorated by a well- attended prize giving ceremony at the school, which included dignitaries such as the representatives of the area MP, representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the Town Clerk, and the Chief Education Officer, amongst others. “We are pleased to see hearts pour out to our school. It shows that we are not forgotten, and we have partners that wish us well in our efforts to strive for success. We assure you that all resources committed to the school will be well looked after and add value to our students,” said Makhura.
For their part PTA committee member, Mr Keorapetse encouraged students and dignitaries to celebrate efforts from GetBucks as they provide the much-needed hope to the school and the community. This is the second school GetBucks has adopted. The first was Kubung Primary School in the Kweneng District. The three- year contract ended last year paving the way for Lapologang Primary.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”