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Khama hands over Mokganene VDC project

President Ian Khama this week presented to Mokganene residents five new toilets, in addition to three renovated ones and five renovated VDC houses.

The residents had in 2014 made a plea to the office of the president through the senior private secretary to the president George Tlhalerwa to have 8 of their VDC houses and three toilets renovated after they were damaged by winds during a storm.

“I had a call from the village Chief, Motlhagodi, saying that they needed help from the President, so I asked him to get his wishes through the office of the member of parliament,” said Brigadier George Tlhalerwa who is the private secretary to the president.

Tlhalerwa said that the houses were mostly used by government employees, as well as those who sought accommodation in the village. He continued to say that since the damage, the village has not been able to attract prospective employees due to lack of accommodation.

“In November 2014, I and my team visited the settlement on a fact finding mission. The intension was to assess the extent of the damage and find a latent sponsor to repair the damaged houses,” Tlhalerwa said. Answering the President’s plea, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) generously agreed to contribute P200, 000.00 for the refurbishment of the houses. H.E’s Private Office identified a builder, subsequent to assessment of quotes for building materials.

The project was then completed in four months. The refurbishment included, demolishing, crack filling, beam filling, plastering, roofing, painting, glazing and floor screeding. Speaking on behalf of BTCL, Michael Mothobi Letsogile Mothobi said, “We hope that these houses become a font of revenue for Mokganene Village Development Committee (VDC) as tenants will pay rent. We also hope that it will further provide suitable accommodation to public officers who are presently facing severe shortage of accommodation and even those who will be posted to the area in the future, thus improving public service in the locale.”

When accepting the houses and other hand-outs from special donors who included Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture among others, President Khama said that he was happy with the compassion that Batswana continued to show towards other Batswana.

“I’m thankful that BTCL and other sponsors heard our cry and answered. I would also want to appreciate each public servant for digging down their pocket every month in ensuring that all Batswana have somewhere to call home,’’ President Khama said.

For his part Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo thanked the builder of all the 8 houses for the job well done. “This man did extra work at no extra cost, he built us 5 more toilets in addition of the 3 we had, we need such people,” Mabeo concluded.

Mokganene is a small village sited in the Central District approximately 54 kilometers west of Dibete village and about 160 kilometers from Gaborone.

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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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