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Unhappy lot demand Rollers judgement

Township Rollers members who want touted millionaire Jagdish  Shah  to fall from the team ‘s radar have instructed their attorneys Serole and partners to forward a formal complaint to the high court demanding that a judgement be released at the earliest convenience.

The high court has with-hold the judgement in which Mookodi Seisa and Company believes Shah and Somerset Gobuiwang were wrongly appointed as directors hence flaunting the constitution of the club. They also expressed misgivings that they were sidelined in the daily affairs of the club-a process that eventually rendered them ‘useless.’

According to their knowledge, the disgruntled members are still part and parcel of the team albeit the reigns of the club being in the hands of Shah. Their case has been argued at length before Leatile Dambe at the high court but the judge has since reserved the judgement.

The case was heard sometimes on August of this year and Dambe promised to deliver the judgement on the 5th of September 2014. But for reasons best known between the court and attorneys representing both Rollers groups, the judgement date was postponed and a new date was to be communicated in due course.

 WeekendSport has intercepted a complaint letter forwarded to the high court on the 27th of October in which part of it reads, “We are almost approaching the second month without hearing a word from your office. The delay in the delivery of the judgment has and continues to cause prejudice to our client for the respective rights of the parties had not been declared. Clients had persistently enquired from our office as to when judgement shall be delivered. We had not been in a position to such a question.”

The same group has previously blocked Shah to end his interest of the premier league board chairman because their case is still before court. They are seen by their admires to be taking the issue seriously and the court should release the judgement as soon as it can.  It is believed that they are wondering what the delay is all about when all deliberations have been dealt with.

The unhappy lot is represented by attorney Tefo Sibanda while Somerset Gobuiwang, Khumo Masonya and Jagdish Shah are lying on the auspicious of Kgosiitsile Ngakayagae.

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Orange injects P350 000 into Phikwe marathon

21st March 2023

Mobile network Orange Botswana is committed to supporting the development of local sport. Through its sponsorship, the company will be able to promote and market the sport. According to Maano Masisi, the company believes that sport can unite people from different backgrounds.

He stated that through the sponsorship of the marathon, the company will help promote healthy lifestyles and unity among the people of Selebi Phikwe.

The Selebi Phikwe Marathon is scheduled to take place on July 29, 2023. It is expected that it will attract international, regional, and social runners. A total of P216 000 has been allocated for the prize money for the first ten places in the 42.2 km race. For the 15km and 10km races, the LOC will give away prizes to the first five places.

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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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