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Ramaotwana returns to BNF politics

Nelson Ramaotwana

As the Botswana National Front (BNF) marches to its elective congress on July 17th, it will also welcome back one of its prodigal sons, Nelson Ramaotwana who resigned from the civil service early this year where he was working as a Government Attorney.

As the BNF National Elections Board on Monday released the names of those aspiring to be elected to the party’s central committee later this month, there were few surprises.  Ramaotwana’s name appears in one lobby list under the portfolio of international affairs. This pits him against another BNF son, Kwenantle Gaseitsiwe.

Ramaotwana quit politics in 2008 to join Attorney General’s Chambers. He was one of the key players within the BNF during the presidency of Otsweletse Moupo. Ramaotwana is not the only headliner in the lobby lists, Letshwiti Tutwane who had wanted to contest the position of publicity secretary also fell on the way side after he failed to get at least three constituencies to nominate him. This means he will not have the chance to contest for the position.

While there are reports that he had initially wanted to challenge Duma Boko for the BNF presidency, the University of Botswana lecturer has vehemently denied the reports. Those close to the developments indicate that Tutwane watered down his ambitions after realising that Boko has support across structures and he was likely to embarrass him.

All the three lobby groups have Boko as president hence he is unopposed. Two of the slates propose Muhammed Khan for Vice Presidency and a third has Rev Prince Dibeela as the proposed Vice President. It is evident that there is going to be a serious competition between Khan and Dibeela for the position.  Khan has held several positions in the BNF central committee including that of secretary general while Dibeela is also a well-known BNF member who has worked for the party.  

The position of treasurer will pit Noah Salakae against incumbent, Aubrey Lesaso. Moeti Mohwasa and Shaun Nthaile will battle it out for secretary general position while Justin Hunyepa and Gomolemo Kemotho are on a mission to replace Moeti Mohwasa at publicity.

THE LOBBY GROUPS

President: Duma Boko; Vice President: Mohammed Khan Chairman: Abigail Mogalakwe; Sec Gen: Moeti Mohwasa Dep Sec: Shampoo Matshidiso; Treasurer: Aubrey Lesaso; Publicity: Gomolemo Kemotho Political; Education: Sam Digwa; Labour Affair: Thero Ngwanaang; Economic Affairs:  Moses Samson; Health: Baleufi Lekobe
President: Duma Boko; Vice President: Mohammed Khan; Chairman: Abigail Mogalakwe;  Sec.Gen: Moeti Mohwasa; Dep Sec: Tlhowe;  Treasurer: Noah Salakae;  Publicity: Gomolemo Kemotho Political Education: Elmon Tafa; Labour Affairs: John Lentshikang; International Affairs: Kwenantle Gaseitsiwe;Organising Secretary: Tona Mooketsi;  Economic Affairs: Moses Samson; Health: Baleufi Lekobe

President: Duma Boko; Vice President: Prince Dibeela; Chairman: Abigail Mogalakwe;  Sec.Gen: Shaun Nthaile; Dep Sec: Shampoo Shadikong;  Treasurer: Aubrey Lesaso/Noah Salakae; Publicity: Justin Hunyepa; Political Education: Cde Elmon Tafa; Labour Affair: Eitlhopha Mokeresete International Affairs: Nelson Ramaotwana;  Organising Secretary: Tona Mooketsi ; Economic Affairs: Moses Samson; Health: Baleufi Lekobe

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DJ Bafana’s one man show on the cards

21st February 2024

DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.

In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.

What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.

As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.

 

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Lady of Soul remains tenacious as ever

21st February 2024

Radio Personality Tebogo Sekgoma affectionately known as Lady of Soul is determined to keep pursuing her ambitions vigorously, in spite of hurdles and stumbling blocks.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, Sekgoma divulged that she is working on her memoir. Although she won’t reveal much, the broadcast veteran said she will essentially be telling the story of her life.

The former Sunday Live host is also serving as a board member (Secretary General) at Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BABPS). She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the visually impaired, a hiccup she refused to succumb to.

 

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Inside the new disability Law

21st February 2024

The new Disability Law in Botswana is a significant step towards ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the country. This act, which was passed into law on the 11th of December 2023, is a reflection of Botswana’s commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

One of the key provisions of the act is the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in work-related matters. This means that employers will no longer be able to discriminate against individuals based on their disability when it comes to hiring, promotion, or any other aspect of employment. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

The act also establishes a National Disability Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the act and ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected. This council will play a vital role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities in all areas of life.

In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, the act also sets out disability standards that must be adhered to by employers and other entities. These standards are designed to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access the same opportunities and services as everyone else, without facing any barriers or discrimination.

Furthermore, the act provides for actions plans to be developed to address the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as administrative penalties and fines for those who fail to comply with the provisions of the act. This sends a clear message that discrimination against persons with disabilities will not be tolerated in Botswana.

Overall, the new Disability Law in Botswana is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. By prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and setting out clear standards for the treatment of persons with disabilities, this act will help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to fully participate in society.

 

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