GetBucks adopts Lapologang Primary in Phikwe
By Dave Baaitse
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.
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Malawi appeals for help over Cyclone Freddy at PAP
As of yesterday evening, the death toll from the Cyclone in Malawi had risen from the initially reported 190 to 225 in a short period of time, over 20 000 people have been displaced, and the worst of fears are yet to come as the fatalities continue to mount. This was reported by a Malawi Member of Parliament attending the Pan African Parliament session in Midrand, South Africa, Hon Steven Mikiya.
Mikiya was giving a statement on behalf of Malawi as the ongoing Pan African Parliament in South Africa.
Mikiya said the Cyclone has wreaked the most havoc in our country’s Southern Region. “The Southern Region, has been hardest hit with widespread heavy rains and strong winds. This caused a rapid rise in water levels and subsequent flooding. Meanwhile, power supply has been disrupted, roads blocked off and rendered impassable and mudslides have also been widely reported,” he said.
He made a special appeal to the PAP: “Where I come from, there is a parable which I would like to share with you which says, “mzako weniweni umamudziwa panthawi ya mavuto.” Simply put, a friend in need is a friend indeed or put loosely, a person who helps at a difficult time is a friend you can rely on.”
Mikiya continued: “Yes! Misfortune has knocked on our door and left in its wake a trail of death and destruction that may take years to fully recover from. However, amidst these difficulties, I have every reason to believe that sometimes when you are in a dark place and think you have been buried, you have actually been planted. My belief, Mr. President, arises out of my faith in this gathering and out of the conviction that it is not coincidental that Cyclone Freddy hit Malawi and Mozambique while the delegations of both countries are here.”
According to Mikiya, the level of destruction, the loss of life, property and the decimation of the entire fabric of established communities has been unprecedented. He noted that all this, is coming at a time when Malawi was starting to show signs of recovery from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that also came hard on the heels of Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe that left a similar trail of devastation and destruction in Malawi and neighbouring countries.
As of Sunday, this week, from the 12th of March, Malawi and Mozambique have been facing the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy that made a landfall over Mozambique on Saturday the 11th and reached Malawi by Sunday the 12th of March.
The Malawi legislator said he has absolute faith in the Pan African Parliament, which he described as “a league of nations brought together by a shared ancestry, history, identity as well as our beloved continent which we inhabit”.
Meanwhile, Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera, has declared a State of Disaster in the affected areas effectively appealing for local and international support for the affected families.
Mikiya appealed to the Pan African Parliament drawing “positive” inspiration from Europe which rallied around Turkey after the destructive earthquakes to bring the much-needed relief and humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey.
He said Africa should demonstrate to the world that the African Union and its Organs are not mere talk shows, but effective institutions which stand up when it matters most.
“Alone, it may take us a lifetime to fully recover, but together, in the Pan-Africanist spirit of Ubuntu, our lives and livelihoods will return to a semblance of normality in record time. This is the time to live by our operative mantra, “One Africa, One Voice.” Mikiya concluded.