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HIV willful transmission on the rise – BONELA

Over the last two years, BONELA says it has observed a very disturbing and rising trend of issues related willful infection of sexual partners with HIV. Over the past two years the trend has increased and on a weekly basis an average of three cases is reported. This was revealed by BONELA’s Legal Advisor, Keikantse E. Phele.

“Willful transmission is the intentional and deliberate spreading of an infectious disease to another person. In this case HIV cases are rampant. The most common way of transmission is by engaging in unprotected sex. In many cases partners do not do couple testing and indulge in unprotected sex without insisting on knowing each other status.  On the other hand others mislead their partners that they are HIV negative,” said Phele.

‘This is a serious threat to achieving zero new infections by 2016; we therefore encourage people to insist on safer sex if they do not know the status of their partners. This is a worrying trend which projects a sad reality for our nation,’ advised Cindy Kelemi, BONELA Director.

Through consultations and mediation conducted by BONELA, the perpetrators expressed fear that disclosure of HIV positive status will result in stigmatization and or rejection.

The Legal Advisor further observed that although these cases are on the rise they are always difficult to prove since there is no evidence in most cases. “Most people we have assisted do not have a testing history which makes it difficult to proceed with legal assistance,” said Ms Phele.

Most victims of willful infection are women of ages 20-55 years old. Men have the least reported cases but for those reported they range from ages between 25-35 years old. Women are more vulnerable to such incidences therefore there is need to empower them to make informed decisions about safer sex.

Ms Phele, further advised that in order to make a valid legal claim of willful transmission, the complainant should provide the following:

Have a reasonable and or direct evidence that the perpetrator knew about their HIV status

Evidence of a consistent testing history

Report the matter to the nearest police at the earliest as it is a criminal offence to willfully infect another person with HIV.

One needs in all the above to have evidence so that it can be established that in all reasonable circumstances they have been willfully infected by the perpetrator.

“There is urgent need for stakeholders to raise public awareness about willful transmission while addressing issues relating to stigma and discrimination. We therefore appeal to the Government of Botswana to provide funding to NGO’s so that relevant stakeholders would raise awareness about these issues. There can never be justification for anyone to willingly infect others with HIV.”

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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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