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Kgafela may lobby ANC bigshots

Kgosikgolo Kgafela II of Bakgatla’s battle to have his way in Moruleng and appoint his preferred chief is proving to be a tough one, and he now intends to engage the African National Congress (ANC) big shots who are also thought to be involved in the chieftainship war.

Kgafela’s supporters are of the suspicion that those undermining his authority want to see off Nyalala Pilane quietly and then put in someone who is still aligned to him. Kgosi Kgafela played a big hand in ensuring that Nyalala Pilane is removed from the position of chief, he also accused him of maladministration among other things.

Weekend Post has gathered that Kgafela intends to schedule a meeting with the ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe and Finance Minister, Pravin Gordan, who has been dealing with the matter as Minister.  

The battle between Kgafela and Nyalala was punctuated two weeks ago when North West Premier in South Africa, Supra Mahupela signed a significant report declaring that the reign of Kgosi Nyalala Pilane be nullified immediately – effectively de-recognising him.

Reports indicate that Kgosi Kgafela wants to install his cousin, Advocate Rampho Pheto as Chief in Moruleng assisted by Ramono Linchwe this September 24th. However Pheto must first be recognised by the Premier and then Kgafela will elect a Traditional Council in charge of the wealth and administration of the tribe. But all this has crumbled under Kgafela’s watch because the factions that is against him hinges on the fact that he has been de-recognised in Botswana hence there is no way that he can install or appoint a chief in Moruleng. The Commission report also plays down the role of Kgafela.

Kgafela’s lawyers are convinced that he has reasonable grounds based on extracts of minutes of a meeting of Bakgatla Ba ga Kgafela tribe resident in South Africa held at Saulpoort on Sunday 24th April 1994. At the meeting it was declared that Chief Linchwe II Kgafela is the paramount chief of the tribe, and notwithstanding his residence in Botswana, is entitled to rule the tribe directly and/ or through an appointee of his choice, subject only to such appointee being of the royal family, in whatever degree removed from the paramount chieftaincy.

The Saulpoort meeting is the same meeting that appointed Nyalala Molefe Pilane as chief in 1994. At the meeting it was agreed that “ascent and succession to the paramount chieftainship of the tribe, which paramount chieftainship has its seat in Mochudi, Botswana and is currently occupied by Kgosi Linchwe II Kgafela, is hereditary in terms that succession to the throne is a birth right of the eldest living son of the paramount chief by his most senior wife, and so following.”

Kgosi Kgafela II succeeded his father but things are complicated for him because he has been de-recognised in Botswana. But sources indicate that he may choose to allow whoever is acting on his behalf in Botswana to take over the responsibility of appointing the Moruleng Chief. Kgafela II is said to be determined to go all the way to fight the findings of the commission.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

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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