In what is anticipated to be the biggest aviation show, Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) will be staging an International Air Show celebrating the input which the aviation has made to the development of the tourism industry as the country celebrate 50 years of independence in the month of September.
The event will also commemorate those who have contributed to aviation in Botswana through the years as well as showcasing the history of aviation at the Hall of fame.
The event dubbed Gaborone International Air Show, will be held on the 24th September at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport with the aim of making aviation accessible to everyone. This is a big show that brings an exciting never seen before skydiving displays. It will feature the World’s Top Aerobatic Displays, both individual and formation displays, High speeds jets, amazing stunts, including aeroplanes and motorbikes combined, as well as the crazy rooftop landing on a moving vehicle.
According to BTO Marketing Manager, Jillian Blackbeard, the demonstration program will be formulated in 2 possible programs, good weather and bad weather, which will look to entertain as many spectators as possible, both for aviation enthusiasts and interested residents of Gaborone. Through experience, the demonstrations will be limited to maximum of 20 minutes for each display to ensure maximum effect and reduce spectator fatigue.
Other activities during the day include, The Story of Aviation told through photographs displayed at the Hall of fame, Static Aircraft, which is the display of aircrafts operating in and around Botswana and some invited aircrafts. It will give the public an opportunity to view the planes at close sight and board 1-2 aircrafts as well as helicopter flips for P600 per person for 15 minutes.
The air show will be in collaboration with the Global march for elephants, Rhinos and Lions. Gaborone, Kasane and Maun will be joining over 140 other cities around the globe in organizing an event and speaking up for the elephants, rhino and lions on Saturday the 24th September 2016. The Gaborone march will start from Airport Junction Mall to the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport to expose the tragedy of poaching, raise funds for Tlhokomela Botswana Endangered Wildlife Trust and to demand a stop to the domestic and international trade of illegal wildlife commodities worldwide.
“We cannot continue to be silent or turn a blind eye as other countries benefit by stealing our natural heritage right under our noses. It is crucial we find ways to co-exist and benefit from the live animals in a humane way such as eco-tourism and co-existence farming technologies”, said Thea Khama who is the ambassador for the Global March Elephants, Rhinos and Lions 2016.
Botswana has more elephants than any other country in Africa- over 130,000 and is protecting the species with little assistance from the West other than the eco-tourists who visit the World Heritage Site- The Okavango Delta in the north. By the end of 2015, the number of African rhinos killed by poachers had increased for the 6th year in a row with at least 1338 rhinos killed by poachers across Africa.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.