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Technical error saves Kemoeng

Kitso Kemoeng limped out of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday as an ailing Chief Executive Officer, and was almost counting his days at the Botswana Football Association (BFA) before a ‘technical error’ was spotted to prevent the fuming NEC from removing him from the BFA hot seat.

WeekendSport sources say the highly respected sport administrator was offered an employment contract with a six-month probation period clause. It is said his probation does not, therefore, end until 31st December, 2015.

While it is believed that it was information common to all NEC members regarding his probation, it turned out that his period was altered to the three months under the unexplained circumstances. Effectively this means that Kemoeng’s probation elapsed three months ago, which has left a bewildered NEC in a dilemma.

A thorough assessment of facts shows that the ex-acting BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suzie Montsho had prepared Kemoeng‘s contract with a six-month probation period.  

To further ensure that it stayed that way, it is alleged that one of the BFA vice presidents in the finance department, Marshlow Motlogelwa, reminded the president about KK’s probation having to run for six months.

Sebego signed and endorsed the former Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) CEO’s appointment letter where the trial period was six months but no one seems to know how, why and when Kemoeng‘s trial period was cut to three months.

The NEC is reportedly shocked at this discovery and efforts to seek answers from their leader have proved futile. As it stands, Kemoeng has long completed his probation. It is alleged that the President did not want to give a full account of what might have transpired but, according to informants he is steadfast in his insistency that he “remembers signing Kemoeng’s contract’ but didn’t pay attention to other details.

Informants also say the President said if at all the probation period was six months, it was an oversight on their part and an error that should not be used to hinder an employee’s progress.

Reached for clarification, Kemoeng said he would not discuss issues concerning his contracts much as he refrains from doing the same when asked about other staff members’ welfare.

“I cannot discuss anything regarding myself, it’s an internal issue, and just like I have always refused to talk about my staff contracts and other related issues,” he said.

Fuming NEC cadres are of the view that everything else was doctored to save the ever confident Kemoeng from losing his BFA plume job.

However, they are sure of their case and rest on the fact that every other past BFA CEO‘s contract has had a probation period of six months and Kemoeng ‘s is no exception despite his experience in showing a great deal of corporate governance skill and always putting together ‘a footballing’ argument.

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Orange injects P350 000 into Phikwe marathon

21st March 2023

Mobile network Orange Botswana is committed to supporting the development of local sport. Through its sponsorship, the company will be able to promote and market the sport. According to Maano Masisi, the company believes that sport can unite people from different backgrounds.

He stated that through the sponsorship of the marathon, the company will help promote healthy lifestyles and unity among the people of Selebi Phikwe.

The Selebi Phikwe Marathon is scheduled to take place on July 29, 2023. It is expected that it will attract international, regional, and social runners. A total of P216 000 has been allocated for the prize money for the first ten places in the 42.2 km race. For the 15km and 10km races, the LOC will give away prizes to the first five places.

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Big Guns for Botswana Grand Prix

20th March 2023

The National Stadium will be lit up with fireworks on April 29, 2023, as some of the best international athletes will participate in the maiden Botswana Grand prix.

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AFRICA’S RECOVERY: Sports as game changer

13th March 2023

The year 2022 witnessed unprecedented phenomena. Several Africans- Gotytom Gebreslase, Sharon Lokedi, Victor Kiplangat, Tamarit Tola and many others- swept the World’s marathons records.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting control measures implemented in several countries, led to many high-level sports competitions being cancelled or shelved, the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games was moved to 2026.

Founder and Executive Chairman, African Sports and Creative Institute, Will Mabiakop, says the inability to hold traditional and amateur sports events have had a serious effect on public health overall, including mental health, sparking a revolution whereby athletes began to talk more openly about stress, mental overload and performance anxiety.

“Africa is home to the fastest growing economies before the crisis, no longer on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). COVID-19 deepened interdependence between SDGs, making them harder to achieve, especially SDG 10 (reducing inequality) and SDG 5 (gender equality_ as the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on poorer countries, and heavier burdens (such as care work) fell to women.”

Mabiakop stresses that as policymakers contemplate actions to speed up recovery and build resilience, they must argue that sports and creative businesses should play a central feature in this effort.

“The sports economy worldwide is estimated at 5% of GDP, but only 0.5% in Africa. If exploited, Africa’s sports and creative industries can offer policymakers innovative solutions. Especially, as regards job creation, and providing employment to the 15 million people entering the job market annually.”


By leveraging the two-for-one concept: past studies shown that a 1% growth in the economy delivers a 2% job increment in this sector (these ratios are calculated using data from 48 African countries and adjusted to the reality of the sports economy in Africa by the authors). There are between 30 and 50 job types, in sports and creative industries, respectively. These jobs do not fade away with the first major shock.

Mabiakop indicated that policymakers can use these industries to tackle multiple crises- jobs, poverty, and climate risks. Sports diplomacy- defined as communication, representation and negotiation in or through the prism of sports- has proven effective in building inclusive and cohesive societies. Moreover, sports and the creative industry can support better mental health and well-being, both important for productivity.

“Policymakers can also be true to the game by leveraging culture and tradition to celebrate identity and reap commercial value in sports, textiles and jewelry. Creative sectors allow deeper connection with culture, are not easily copied and provide great economic potential.”

He said supporting grassroots sports has powerful distributional effects. “Fortunately, technology has made reaching wide audiences easier, generating higher rates of success when talent is discovered.”

However, Mabiakop held that potential pitfalls must be highlighted. “First avoid build it and they will come policies with infrastructures denuded from the rest of the ecosystem. Like the many sports stadiums left largely unused.”

“Policymakers must remain mindful of how these sectors move the needle in human capital development. Also, align the requisite public policies needed for progress from grassroots participation to professional sports, and even to international sporting events. They should also support investment instruments to render these sectors performant.”

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