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Khama declares year long drought

President Lt Gen. Dr Ian Khama has declared 2015/2016 a drought year and has said relief programmes will be availed to the nation until 30th June next year, save for the livestock feed subsidy, which will be offered until 31st December, 2016.

This announcement follows the Drought Assessment Tour Exercise, which was conducted from 1st to 26th of February and 4th -13th of May this year. According to the exercise the late rains in February-March 2016 were poorly distributed and below normal in most parts of the country consequently leaving a significant number of rural households vulnerable and in need of Government assistance in the coming months.

The president has therefore said that under the Ministry of Agriculture livestock farmers will benefit from the 25% livestock feed subsidy for 50kg Di-Calcium Phosphate or composite feed, 50kg Drought Pellets, 30kg Bran, 50kg Course Salt and 25kg Lucerne/Lab Lab/Maize/Sorghum Stalk bales will be made available effective 1st July till 31st December 2016.

Due to the anticipated firebreaks, construction and maintenance of firebreaks around protected areas will be intensified and second meals at primary schools in the ten rural districts under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development’s Supplementary Feeding Programme will be offered.

Among the many measures the statement confirmed that the government has allocated a budget for the Destitution programme which will be raised by 10 percent to strengthen safety nets to cater for the anticipated increase of the beneficiaries due to the drought with all measures commencing with immediate effect.

Just last year, the Meteorological Services declared that Botswana had been hit by the worst drought in 34 years, owing to the El Nino. The same year in June, President Khama declared a drought year and forecast national cereal production would be 7,382 metric tons against a national annual requirement of 300,000 tons.

A special budget of about $44 million (40 million euros) was passed by parliament after President Ian Khama had declared a general countrywide drought, the first since 1984.

The country last suffered drought in 2013, but the impact then was not as widespread.

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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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