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BHC delivers 10 housing units to Prisons Department

Last week the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) successfully handed over ten complete housing units to Botswana Prisons Services. This followed another successful hand over in Mahalapye where nine houses were handed over to the same client.

BHC and BPS officials indicated that this was a clear demonstration of commitment towards meeting the expectation of availing accommodation to the nation.

This is in line with BHC mandate of providing housing, office and other building needs of the government and local authorities as well as to provide for, and to assist and to make arrangements for other persons in the housing business. They provide a one stop shop service for all property construction related activities through its range of professional service such as Land Acquisition experts, Architects, Engineers (Structural, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical) Quantity Surveyors and Building Inspectors.

Their relationship with Botswana Prisons Services spans over two years and they have successfully undertaken a number of projects on their behalf. They have in the past years donated a total of two blocks of flats for BPS staff in Gaborone, at village. The project was completed early last year following which they entrusted them with yet another similar project in Francistown, which was also completed and handed over successfully.

The project that delivered to Botswana Prisons Service at Village last week Thursday which comprises of ten houses and associated works and services was constructed at a total sum of P10.1 million over 40 calendar weeks beginning June last year. The contract was awarded to Rango Construction Company, a locally owned construction company in line with the government’s effort towards citizen economic empowerment.

Officiating at the event, BHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Reginald Motswaiso said that even though the project is well done, it experienced some challenges associated with issues of a building permit by the council due to encroachment and requirements for a cadastral survey resulting from sub-division.

He said they also discovered that there were rocks in three plots which needed to be blasted to pave way for construction in addition to bulk excavations which had to be done to remove waste on a plot that was discovered to have been used as a dumping site. Nonetheless they managed to overcome these challenges hence delivering the project.

The team of project mangers played a critical role to ensure that regular site meetings were convened to get an appraisal on issues encountered during the course of the project, he revealed.         

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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