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Botswana’s first adult care centre enhancing life

There 4U Adult Day Care Centre is the first of its kind in the country with a goal of providing a sound, friendly environment for the elderly towards achieving promising peaceful conditions. STAFF WRITER DAVE BAAITSE learns that Batswana are warming up to the usually unheard of service.

The centre, in its first year of existence is defying the notion that the aged do not have a life, its existence is providing an opportunity for senior citizens to age with dignity.  

An adult day care centre is typically a non-residential facility that supports the health, nutritional, social and daily living needs of adults in a professionally staffed, group setting.

These facilities provide adults with transitional care and short-term rehabilitation. The majority of centres provide meals, meaningful activities, and general supervision. The care provided is often a social model or a medical model provided in order to improve participants’ health and guide their progress in the right direction.

Founded on the principles of social enterprise, There 4U Adult Care centre provides high quality and personal centred care and support, to the old person, with disabilities and dementia, living in the community. They provide a range of centre based care and support services during daytime to enable the frail and demented elders suffering from moderate or severe level of impairment to maintain their optimal level of functioning, develop their potential and improve their quality of life. This is also to enable them to live in their own homes wherever feasible and possible.

“We exist to ensure that the conditions we provide will foster their physical, mental, social, and spiritual development, we hope to make our day care centre a familiar and friendly place, a home away from home, by getting to know your loved one as you know them,” said Chawa Enyatseng Manager at the centre.

While Enyatseng said that Batswana are welcoming of their initiative, she was quick to point out that they are however not appreciative of the fact that the service came at a fee.

She however encourages families to visit the centre and discuss the service as well as to identify personal interests for the loved ones and their specific needs and therefore tailor the day as far as possible for each person.

Having spent almost half her life as a general nurse and midwife, Enyatseng is the brains behind the centre and she boasts a work experience of almost 17 years and is the first nurse to have done home based care in Gaborone in 1999 and later being the Coordinator of the project until she retired from public service in 2014 to start her project. She has all the experience in the health and social care sectors either professionally (Physiotherapist) or has health care assistants in elderly care.

As part of their mandate at the centre they provide a place of companionship to those who require support and or supervision during the day. They provide a social and engaging environment where stimulation, activity and conversation, appropriate to individual needs, will be available. They welcome older people from across the social and cultural spectrum, with differing physical needs and treat them with dignity and respect.

There 4U exists to provide appropriate, relevant and well structured physical activities that maximise and maintain physical functional levels, enhancing and reducing risks of physical injury. They help those with cognitive problems to maintain their sense of identity and self worth and provide them with a stimulating and supportive environment in which they can flourish. They also provide those who care for older people with physical and cognitive needs, with a safety net and a place of refuge and respite.

Their wide range of services provided by home care trained volunteers at client’s homes includes; blood pressure monitoring, sugar monitoring, supervision of medication if any, educating them about health issues and screening of other diseases. They also provide massage, hair and nail care as well as supervision on client’s diet.

When a client is booked at the centre they have extra social activity services such as craft making, field trips, games and holiday parties. They also provide gardening and music therapy, and relaxation techniques such as massage therapy. Mostly the people who work as home care assists are graduates from Boitekanelo College, who have considerable training on basic home care and nursing care.

Adult day care centres primarily focus on providing care for people with a specific chronic conditions, additionally, these services may be available for any adult with disabilities and also the elderly population. Numerous centres maintain a nurse on-site and devote a room for participants who require their vital signs to be checked and evaluated regularly; or needs other health services nurse during their visit.

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All roads lead to Francistown for ATI’s concert

18th May 2022
ATI

Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.

In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.

We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.

She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).

The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.

The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.

Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.

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AMVCAs To Host Hollywood Stars At 8th Edition

18th May 2022

As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.

The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame

Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.

While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.
For more information, visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8

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Of Musicians and No Shows

10th May 2022
Musicians and No Shows

There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.

Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.

The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.

Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.

In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha.
The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…

Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation

“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.

He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event.
The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.

This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events.  Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.

The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized

Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.

He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.

In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud.
When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.

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