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Olopeng to OP: The show must go on

On Wednesday night a circular savingram no 3 of 2017 Ref: OPS 4/26/5 II (101) dated 5th September 2017 titled: Holding Of Music Festivals At Stadia And Associated Public Places, authored by the Permanent Secretary to the President made rounds and went viral on social media.

The Savingram basically bans all Music Festivals at the stadia and other public places in the country. It calls on all local authorities to desist from issuing any permits for such activities in public places. “The recent incident where one young person lost her life and many other attendants lost their property during the music festival at the National Stadium on Saturday 02nd September is regrettable,” reads the directive in part. The directive continues to say the decision affects both planned and future events. “The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and that of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development are directed to ensure that these measures are implemented without fail.”

In response to the Savingram through the facebook platform, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng wrote, "It is my responsibility to promote, grow and protect entertainment industry in this country. We will not allow certain individuals to destroy this industry by not complying to set rules. Those who take advantage of alcohol influence to destroy property etc, will be dealt with. I'm on this issue. Give me time." Minister Olopeng also promised to hold a press conference on Monday to address the issue. Ever since he took office Olopeng has been hailed by the entertainment industry practitioners for his contribution to the arts, a seemingly deserted industry but with a lot of potential.

On many occasions the Minister has engaged with artists, fashion designers and beauty queens on issues that he deems important in taking their industry forward. This move has since seen the Miss Botswana Beauty pageant being transferred to his Ministry for better coordination and staging. In one of his engagements with industry experts, Olopeng called on artists to form the Arts Council where all their grievances can be heard and addressed accordingly. This initiative is still on the pipeline and was welcomed by artists.

Directly addressing the Savingram issue, Olopeng further said, “I'm aware of the correspondence from the Office of the President with regard to what happened at the National Stadium during the recent music festival. We all condemn what happened there”. The Savingram decision comes after an unfortunate incident that happened at the National Stadium over the past weekend. A young woman, Nametso Bogopa, who was a third year student at the University of Botswana died following a stampede at one of the gates leading into the stadium as patrons were negotiating their way into venue for the fourth installment of the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) on Saturday night.

An incident as narrated by the event organizer Fish Pabalinga happened after tickets were sold out, about eleven thousand tickets that were printed finished and people still forced their way through. In the process they broke down one of the gates, a group of atleast seven thousand people force their way in causing a stampede that led to the death of the young Bogopa.

Fish Pabalinga distanced himself from the said directive questioning its authenticity. He however said he followed the post he saw on facebook and Minister Olopeng’s response but cannot comment. “We are still waiting to be furnished with the document if it does exist, however if that is true it will be a sad reality”, he said in short. The directive was highly criticised on social media, many commentators said it lacked consultation and the decision was based on emotions.

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021
Bokamoso

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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