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Notwane lose out in Metropolitan deal?

The euphoria that prevailed at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) in August when Notwane Fotball Club and Metropolitan Insurance Company tied the knot has vanished, leaving a bitter taste for the former.

Notwane feel that they have been used while insurance company chiefs continue to smile all the way to the bank as they have so far lost nothing in the deal.

The club signed the deal due to financial struggles especial after a woeful season under the leadership of alleged ‘charlatan’ Gift Mogapi as the club tried to boost its coffers through convincing its loyal fans to join the Metropolitan funeral cover scheme.

 The team is expected to get a certain percentage by June next year, but thus far supporters are still dragging their feet, leaving club chiefs with somber faces as they feel betrayed by their supporters. They believe the insurance firm could have done more to help them.

With the insurance company given a space on the shoulder of the team’s shirt, Metropolitan continued to get coverage from various mediums and all indications are that the Metropolitan chiefs are delighted at being given the mileage they had envisaged.

The company has not paid a single thebe despite all the benefits accruing from the deal.

Speaking to this publication, Notwane FC mouthpiece Ace Podi Mooki confirmed that its progress was painfully slow.

‘’It is true the registration by our supporters is at a snail’s pace, but we are optimistic that the numbers will increase because we have revived our dead supporters branch and hopefully more of our fans will join the cover,’’ he said.

However, in the supporters’ meeting held on 23 September at Notwane Club they made it clear to the top brass that the idea was not feasible. The contended that no one wanted to be associated with death.

 ‘’It is uncommon for people to invest in their deaths more especially that the majority of us have covers that are running so this (Metropolitan) cover is not viable,’’ one of the prominent supporters argued then.

They continued on to say ‘’you should have come up with a better idea not about death,” but this raised question of whether supporters were not consulted before the project was endorsed.

At a time of going to press, Mooki would not disclose the numbers that have registered with the cover, saying they would release an official statement next month after briefing their partners.

Under the deal it was envisaged that supporters would acquire membership cards that included funeral cover, a silver card at P51.60, gold at P62.40 and platinum card at P73.20 with the team expected to get P30 from all them.

Meanwhile, Notwane is expected to reap the fruits in June next year and fans are encouraged to register with the cover in large numbers.

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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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BFA to pay Taylor P330 000

7th March 2023

Botswana Football Association (BFA) has been ordered to pay its former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor over P330 000 as a compensation for her unfair dismissal last year February.

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