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Naledi Khamas death signals end of an era

Naledi Khama was buried this week. She was 90 years old. The humble royal was the only sister of the late Botswana founding President Sir Seretse Khama.  She was the only remaining child of Sekgoma II and Tebogo Sekgoma, and granddaughter to Khama the Great. 

She passed on this past Tuesday (04 May 2016) and was buried on Friday (06 May 2016). She is survived by her two sons, one a former Minister and another serving as a nominated councillor.

Commonly referred to as Mmashimane in Serowe, Naledi has seen it all. She married her cousin, Lenyeletse Seretse who was made Vice President by Sir Ketumile Masire when Seretse, her brother died; her son Dikgakgamatso Ndelu Seretse has served as a senior Minister in the Ministry of Defence Justice and Security; and her nephew, Dr Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama is the current President of the Republic. Former President Seretse Khama was also paramount chief of Bangwato, and so is President Khama.

To some Naledi Khama’s death marks the end of an era in the social sense in that she was the last surviving direct elderly relative of President Dr Lt Gen Khama. She was a key player in the royal family because her closeness and relation to the late former President, Seretse. She is known to have supported Seretse in his bid to defend his marriage to Ruth Khama during the colonial era.  

In an interview she gave to a local publication in 2012 on how she reacted in 1998 when her nephew, Lt Gen Ian Khama joined politics and later became the Vice President and subsequently the President of the Republic in 2008, Naledi Khama responded: “He is my brother’s son I am the first person to advise him! I told him that not everyone would accept his leadership style. He follows in his father’s footsteps in the way that he does not discriminate against other people.  He treats everyone equally. That is how you build the nation, and is on the right track in doing that.”

Mmashimane was very popular in the Serowe social circles. She had a Regimental singing group which was dear to her heart. She was instrumental in the preparations and hosting of Serowe centenary celebrations. In demonstration of the love she had for her late brother, Naledi Khama worked hard to have a statue of Seretse Khama erected in Serowe. She was assisted in the project by the Minister of Infrastructure Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi. 

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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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