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Social media tool in weight loss

Women from different walks of life are now using social media to help bolster weight loss and fitness. Facebook, perhaps the most popular site for Batswana men and women, has seen many take to their walls their struggles with obesity and weight loss.

Various international studies, mainly university and small have said that social media has proven to be a motivational tool in one’s weight loss chronicles. A Facebook group, Weight Watchers Forum Botswana claims, “We are women who desire to live a healthy lifestyle, take the Fat off our lives and still enjoy doing it by offering Support and Encouragement while fighting the battle.”

The 819 member group, has members sharing healthy eating tips, advice and before and after photos to motivate members. Occasionally, a member would post, a rather personal question or comment about her struggles with weight loss, and the members would follow with advice, support, or kudos if need be.

“WWFB is also a platform that promotes eating healthy food with the benefits of losing weight of course. Exercising and clean eating is our motto,” the group introduction statement reads.

The set-up almost comes across as an AA type meeting, only it is ubiquitous. “I don't want anyone feeling lonely in the group, I don't want anyone being angry or feeling lost…and I don't want any animosity amongst yourselves…Because there’s only one Enemy is this group. THAT IS "FAT"

The group offers its members the social push that we all almost desire in our everyday undertakings. But mostly, its accountability that the members in a way seek, by bearing it all to strangers on the group list, there is somehow a need to follow through-maybe to receive those kudos messages, which seemingly the other members are generous with.

Members in the group do not hold back, from sharing meal pictures, to recipes, exercise tips, before and after pictures, methods and even crash diets; to Apps downloaded from the Google Play Store which users claimed help them lose weight.

“Hey guys thanks for the add, so I have been using apps to try lose weight and lost 12kgs already, I was 80kg and now I am 68kg.Try get the noom app, it keeps track of your calorie intake, the cardio fitness app shows u how to do your exercises, and MMA Spartan system for the belly area,” one of the group users shared on the wall.

According to, research from the Arnold School of Health at the University of South Carolina, suggests that use of the social media site can be associated with a significant drop in kilograms, especially during the critical maintenance period of a weight loss journey, where support from the clinical staff decreases.

While the lead author of the survey, Sarah B Hales revealed that keeping people actively engaged in the online platforms was a challenge, she did acknowledge that people who were engaged with social media in their weight loss did well.

Also, researchers in London analysed 12 studies involving close to 1900 people in the US, Europe, East Asia and Australia and they found that those who used social networking sites lost modest but significant amounts of weight.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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