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Tawana, Kgafela to team up

They conjure up a closed meeting in SA

The paramount chiefs of Bakgatla and Batawana, Kgosi Kgafela II and Kgosi Tawana III’s common unpleasant view of the current administration could see the two controversial leaders form a structured working relationship.

Currently Kgafela is on a self-imposed ban in South Africa, while Tawana is a Member of Parliament for the opposition, Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)

According to recent reports, Kgafela is said to be mending his rough relationship with the government, after President Lt Gen Ian Khama sent a peace delegation to address the differences the two parties. Other reports suggested that Kgafela is expected back in Botswana sometime in March. But according to Matsaakgang regiment Batawana still want to consort with the leader.

Although Kgafela and Tawana’s first planned meeting this year in South Africa was re-scheduled, the two are planning to set up another meeting soon. Kgosi Tawana and his age regiment, Matsaakgang were set to leave for South Africa to first attend the Royal Bafokeng Financial Year (RBFY) event in Rustenburg and later have a meeting with Kgafela.  Before heading to South Africa, Tawana and the regiment were also scheduled to pass through Kgatleng, Mochudi and meet with Bakgatla royals and Kgafela’s regiment Mangana.

But according to Matsaakgang Chairman, Douglas Mokenane there is a possibility that they will not attend the meetings both in Mochudi and South Africa. Mokenane told this publication that this is due to some internal matters that could not be revealed.

But a highly placed member of the regiment has revealed that Tawana is expected to leave for South Africa early on Thursday. This reporter understands that Tawana will have closed meetings with Kgafela after the RBYF event. The member however could not reveal any further details about the meeting.

Mokenane indicated that Kgafela and Tawana have always had a royal relationship, and while he could not state the same for the tribes, he said that both Batawana and Bakgatla age regiments needed to establish a relationship and nurture a bond between both tribes.  

Mokenane explained that it is the role of the two regiments to support and see that the views, ideas and aspirations of their dikgosi (Kgafela and Moremi) are achieved. He added that it does not matter if the ideas of the two chiefs differ with the government but they traditionally have a role to uphold the aspirations of their paramount chiefs.

“If Tawana and Kgafela are concerned about how the present government controls this country, automatically Mephato also become concerned as their advisers. And it remains our responsibility to make sure that our merafhe also understand the concern of our chiefs and uphold that,” he explained.

Mokenane revealed that the regiments support both Tawana and Kgafela on issues they had with the government. He expressed his shame on Botswana’s leadership and blamed it for the woes both Kgafela and Tawana are faced with.

“Tawana is complaining that land royalties be given back to rightful owners of the lands; and Kgafela has always battled with government about the issue of discipline, and the need to overhaul the Republican constitution. All this are issues of national concern, so instead of the government taking the blame for its wrongs, the blame is shifted to those with good intentions,” he expressed.

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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

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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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