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Marduk is Seized

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

Popular Anunnaki god put under house arrest for refusing to be part of great deception

On becoming Earth’s foremost Anunnaki god effectively in 2024 BC but substantively in 1954 BC, Marduk declared Nibiru as his celestial counterpart, not Earth itself as was the case with his predecessor Jehovah-Enlil. We have already dwelt on the reasons he did so. Not only did Marduk identify himself with the great planet: he decided, in due course, to make Nibiru the focus, exclusively, of a new religion he called the Star Religion. The “Star” was Nibiru: if you recall, Nibiru was also known as the Star of Jacob for reasons we have already spelt out.

Why did Marduk choose to place Nibiru at the centre of mankind’s religious fervour? Well, he had calculated, and rightly so, that the return of Nibiru was going to occur on his watch – the astrological Age of Aries, which mathematically ran from 2220 to 60 BC.  The last time Nibiru showed up was circa 4000 BC, which enabled Anu to visit Earth. This time around, Nibiru was expected around the halfway point of the 6th century BC, between 600 and 500 BC.

What that meant was that when King Anu appeared, Marduk would be the one ruling Earth and would therefore be the primary host of the Solar System’s greatest sovereign. Needless to say, that would be the greatest milestone of his life. Of course it was not every time Nibiru was in the ecliptic that Anu visited Earth. But he was always expected anyway: elaborate and meticulous preparations for his arrival had to be made whether he turned up  or not.  

In Babylonia, the key person Marduk chose to propagate his Star Religion was Hammurabi, the Babylonian King. Hammurabi went at his brief hammer and tongs. In Marduk’s Star Religion, the astronomer priests, known as the MASHMASHU, worked practically day and night in the Esagil, Marduk’s temple-abode which was principally an astronomical observatory.

The Esagil’s main function was to “constantly observe the heavens, track the movement of stars and planets, record special phenomena (such as a planetary conjunction or an eclipse), and consider whether the heavens bespoke omens; and if so, to interpret what they did portend.” At the head of the Mashmashu was the URIGALLU, the Great Priest, who was a holy man, a magician, and a physician rolled into one. The Urigallu conveyed the astronomer-priests interpretations of celestial phenomena to Hammurabi through a special priest known as the ZAQIQU.

Marduk, however, had his mortal enemies to contend with – the Enlilites, who were not ready to cut  him any slack whatsoever. THE ENLILITES JUST WOULD NOT COUNTENANCE THE IDEA OF KING ANU BEING RECEIVED BY AN ENKITE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. That scenario was simply inconceivable. It is small wonder, therefore, that they raised kings who were unstinting in making inroads into Babylon, the nucleus of the Babylonian empire, so as to unseat Marduk. In their pathologically jaundiced mindset, Marduk just could not do right: every peace feeler he sent, every concession he tabled forth in the interests of peaceful  co-existence with the Enlilites, fell on stone deaf ears. This Earth, My Brother …

MARDUK’S TELL-TALE  COMPOSITE EMBLEM

When Marduk became the Lord of Earth, he chose the MUS-HUS as his regnal emblem. The Mus-Hus has been described as a mythical, hybrid watery creature  with  “a scaly (fish-like) skin,  hind legs resembling the talons of an eagle, feline (lion-like) forelegs, a long neck and tail, a horned head, a snake-like tongue, and a crest”. In Babylonian sketches, Marduk is more often than not depicted standing by  the Mus-Hus.

Since no such creature existed in real life, in Egypt, Marduk’s other bastion, it was represented by the crocodile. It was with  the fat of the crocodile, known in Egypt as the MESSEH, that pharaohs were anointed on their accession as King. The crocodile was a symbol of virility (because of its sexual prowess), vitality (it’s the largest reptile on the planet), and longevity (it is among the oldest creatures of Earth, having existed in its present form for more than 200 million years).

Why did Marduk chose a nondescript creature as his emblem? The answer lies in the kinds of animals that were represented in the Mus-Hus.  They were a fish, lion, eagle, and snake. The fish was probably a tribute to his father Enki, who was also known as the fish god, Oannes in Greek, Dagon to the Philistines. The lion  represented homage to Sirius, where his mother Damkina came from.

Sirians evolved from a creature that was part-wolf, part-lion, and part-reptile. The snake was obviously  a bow to Orion, where Enki originated and whose people evolved from a serpentine creature.  As for the eagle,  it in all probability represented the Carian race, one of the four major races of the Milky Way galaxy, the others being Reptoids, Felines, and Humans. The Carians evolved from a bird-like creature. (Egyptian gods such as Horus and  Ningishzidda were sometimes depicted as bird-headed gods, which suggests a Carian genetic link.)

In sum, the Mus-Hus was Marduk’s statement that he had a universal outlook leadershipwise which was not partisan to any single galactic race. He was prepared to work with all and sundry in the interests of the planet Earth and its peoples. Sadly, the Enlilites didn’t care an iota. To them, whether Marduk meant well or not, he would always be a marked man.  

BABYLON’S GOLDEN GLOW COURTESY OF MARDUK!

In the Bible,  the term Babylon just stops short of being a swear word. It is a symbol of evil and defiance, a symbol of rebellion against “God”.  From Genesis to Revelation, Babylon is mentioned only in unflattering terms. In Revelation for one , it  becomes a byword for the so-called Antichrist’s evil world system spearheaded by the Roman Empire.  For instance, in REVELATION 17:5, Babylon, as code for the Roman Empire, is described as “the mother of prostitutes and of Earth’s abominations”. The prophets have a field day lambasting and prophesying doom for Babylon and its god, Marduk, often referred to as Bel.  

But don’t be taken in folks. The Bible, more so the Old Testament, is an Enlite document. It was written by the Jews, Enlil’s chosen people, his sheep. As such, it’s bias against the Enkites is to be expected. FOR IF THE TRUTH MAY BE TOLD, MARDUK DID TURN BABYLON INTO A MINI-PARADISE.

Babylonian texts extol Marduk as wildly popular because “he is seen as a approachable deity, who cares about human beings and their suffering”.  In Babylon, happiness and joy were ubiquitous. There was scarcely any lack. Everybody was in blooming health. Strangers hugged each other  more than they snapped at  or wronged  each other. The following extract from the letter of a Phoenician who had visited Babylon speaks volumes on the glory and grandeur of Babylon:

“The civilising power of Marduk: see in the streets of the city a man and a maid. He shines before the people as a sun in splendor, she as the Moon keeps her face to her Lord. As they pass, old men seated in their doorways smile. Old women cease to scold and the soldiers do not jostle. See in the market as they move, ripples of smiles upon the face of the people spreading among the throngs. Such is the power of Marduk. SEE  THAT GOLDEN GLOW THAT WRAPS THEM AS ONE THAT IS THE MARK OF HIS POWER. It is not the power of Ishtar (Inanna),  much more fiery and passionate. Marduk’s power spreads peace in man.”

The above scenario clearly is not a picture of a city or nation  steeped in sin, as the Bible would have you believe: it is the picture  of absolute bliss.   Perhaps the most telling statement in the letter is the one we have emphasized – about the golden glow that shone forth from the people. This was  the result of consuming Ormus folks  – the monoatomic powder of gold known as Manna in the Bible. Ormus imparts perfect health, sharp faculties, and staggering spiritual and metaphysical insights. 

This is the ultimate empowerment of the human race. And when you have just partaken of it, it makes your body give off a glow that can be seen from a distance. You shine like “the noon day sun” folks. You are “transfigured” courtesy of the gospels. For mainstreaming Ormus in Canaan, Marduk had his most devout cities, Sodom and Gomorrah,  nuked at the orders of Jehovah-Enlil.  For mainstreaming Ormus in Babylon, he was to be overthrown by the same Enlilite forces. But it is not easy to unseat a popular leader: it took close to 1500 years to make him budge.

ISHKUR-ADAD IS MARDUK’S MAJOR FOE

In order to fight, tame,  and ultimately topple Marduk, the Enlilites groomed two powerful warrior nations primarily. They were Assyria to the north of Babylon and Hatti to the west. It were the Assyrians in fact who were the first to attack Babylon circa 1900 BC and would be Babylon’s main antagonist for the next 1000 years or so.

Ethnically, the Babylonians and Assyrians were Akkadians. Both were Semitic: indeed, GENESIS 10 makes it clear that  the Assyrians were descended from Shem. The only element that set them apart was the god each worshipped.  The Babylonian god as we have stated and restated was Marduk. The Assyrian god was Ashur. Who was Ashur?

The term Ashur (ESH-HUR when fully rendered) means “Fiery Mountain”. We know a fiery mountain is known as a volcano. “Volcano” (Vulcan, the god of fire, to the Romans) was what the Sumerians called Ishkur-Adad, Enlil’s youngest son, owing to  his fiery temper and  generally ruthless disposition. Indeed, the name Ishkur (ESHA-KUR in full) also means “Fiery Mountain”.  When Adad  became the god of Assyria, he usurped the title Enlil as a dare against Marduk, who had become the new Enlil in 2024 BC, and even conferred the queenly title “Ninli” on his spouse. And not only that: he also appropriated the winged disc, the symbol of planet Nibiru, as his own, just as Marduk had done. In Adad’s  case, the winged disc bore an image of he himself, often carrying a bow, a symbol of war.

Hatti was the land of the Hittites, who had burst forth from Anatolia in today’s Turkey.  The Hittites would blossom into a major military power and close ranks with the coalition of Enlilite states who were opposed to Marduk. The non-Semitic Hittites enjoy repeated mention in the Bible but without the rancor and virulence reserved for other nations such as the Babylonians. They were Abraham’s neighbors in Harran, and it was from Hittite landowners in Hebron, south of Jerusalem, that he bought the Machpelah burial cave. Bathsheba, the centre of King David’s sexual scandal, was the wife of a Hittite captain in his army.  It was from Hittite farmers David bought the platform for the Temple on Mount Moriah. King Solomon bought chariot horses from Hittite princes and married one of their daughters.

The national  god of the Hittites was Teshub. This is TESH-HUBA in full, also meaning “Fiery Mountain”. In short, Teshub and  Ashur were the same god. The Hittites both with fondness and dread referred to Adad as the Storm God – the God of Thunder and Lightning and hence the god of rain. But they may as well have been referring to his stormy temperament.

As Teshub,  Adad’s  signature symbols were a triple thunderbolt and a bull, upon which he was  depicted standing to send the message that he was the new Bull of Heaven, the title by which his father Jehovah-Enlil  had gone by in the Age of Taurus. Throughout Aries, it was Adad who was Marduk’s greatest nightmare and not Enlil, Ninurta, Nergal, or Inanna-Ishtar as was traditionally the case in the countdown to Aries.

MARDUK ASKED TO BE PART AND PARCEL OF NEW GOD CALLED ANKI

For 400 years or so, the Enlilites fell flat in their resolve to depose Marduk. Meanwhile, as the centuries wore on, the reappearance of Nibiru – and possibly the return of King Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven” – loomed ever large and inevitably attention overall shifted to this all-important planet of the gods.  All of a sudden, Marduk’s Star Religion, which centred on Nibiru, assumed a universal dimension.   

The urgency with which the Enlilites now were seized was, IN WHOSE HANDS WOULD BE THE SPACE-RELATED SITES WHEN KING ANU TOUCHED DOWN ON EARTH? If you recall, space-related facilities were the ultimate symbol of Anunnaki power and pride. This was because they linked Earth to the mother planet, Nibiru. The other reason was that like any other space traveler, King Anu arrived on planet Earth via a spaceport. Thus whoever controlled the spaceport enjoyed enormous prestige in the eyes of the King.

For example, when Anu came to Earth the last time around circa 4000 BC, he was received by Enlil, who was Earth’s Chief Executive, and piloted by Utu-Shamash, the Sinai Peninsula spaceport’s Chief Aviation Officer.  Thus the people  who controlled the space-related infrastructure were the primary hosts of Anu.

As the possible return of King Anu became imminent, the Enlilites decided to take several measures before he actually pitched. First, they were to ensure that all the space-related sites were under their aegis. At the time, the space-related sites were Babylon (the Mission Control Centre), Baalbek (the Landing Place) in Lebanon, the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt, and the Nazca Desert in today’s Peru.

Since this was circa 1600 BC, the Enlilites already were in charge of the Nazca Landing Place and the Giza Pyramid (since they ruled northern Egypt, where the Great Pyramid was located). Baalbek, however, was not under their control: it was being vied for by both the Enlilites and the Enkites. Babylon was out of the question: the Enlilites would not want to dignify it with Mission Control Centre status when Anu arrived.

THEY WOULD RATHER RESTORE JERUSALEM, WHICH WAS THE MISSION CONTROL CENTRE BEFORE 2024 BC, SINCE IT WAS LOCATED IN A REGION THAT WAS NOT UNDER THE DIRECT INFLUENCE OF MARDUK. Accordingly, it was on Jerusalem and Lebanon they set their sights. Now, if they had to capture Jerusalem from the Jebusites, who presently inhabited it, they needed their own people, the Hykso Hebrews, who were based in northern Egypt, as foot soldiers. That, however, was a tall order. The Hyksos had been in Egypt since days immemorial and they were for all practical purposes Egyptians. How were they to be prevailed upon to depart Egypt and fight for some obscure territory in Canaan? It was hard but a way had to be found.

Finally, Marduk either had to be overthrown or tactfully won over to the Enlilite side so that by the time King Anu arrived, an Enlilite was the de facto CEO of Earth. It was this measure the Enlilites took first. Having failed to unseat him over 400 years of naked aggression to date, they opted for the carrot approach as opposed to the stick approach. They made overtures to him to the effect that they needed his cooperation to bring about monotheism on the planet Earth. The one advantage monotheism had was that it would certainly unite Earthlings under the banner of one god and therefore make  wars between nations, which were essentially religious,  a thing of the past.

When Marduk asked as to how this monotheism was to be achieved, he was told that all Enlite and Enkite gods were to retreat into the shadows and pose as just one god, who  would be unseen by Earthlings though he would be heard. The Anunnaki gods would take turns to be this representative god. The Enlilites also proposed that the role of the first such composite god would be carried out by Ishkur-Adad, to be followed by Marduk himself after a period of time.

Adad was chosen under the pretext that he was best placed to keep in check all those nations who kept waging war on Babylon since they were mostly under his control. But Adad, being a representative god, would not go under his own name. HE WOULD GO BY A NEW NAME KNOWN AS ANKI, WHICH MEANT “GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH”. Would that be music to Marduk’s ears or as pure garbage?
    
MARDUK BECOMES THE DEVIL
 
Needless to say, Marduk was far from impressed. He read the scheme for exactly what it was – a cleverly contrived strategy to undermine him as Lord of Earth and to ultimately unseat him. Besides, the idea of a non-visible god did not appeal to him.  Marduk loved his people, his dear Earthlings, and wanted to be seen by them, to interact with them in person. He was a man of the people. What was the point of claiming that you were a god of your people without allowing them to see you? Even the Earthlings themselves would pooh-pooh  the idea.

Those days, mankind worshipped or revered a god they knew – one they had seen with their own eyes. Tell them you were their god but they could not set their eyes on you, and they would denounce you as a joke. It goes without saying that Marduk rejected the Enlilite bait with the contempt it deserved. Whether they liked it or not, he was Earth’s foremost authority and he would remain so till the close of the Age of Aries.   

The Enlilites did not take the spurn lying down. In 1595 BC, Adad sprang his Hittite warriors on Babylon. Their siege of Babylon was so overwhelming it was like a walk in the park but only because  Marduk had instructed his king not to fight them as he was aware it was not the seizure of Babylon they were after per se: it was the seizure of he himself. As such, he didn’t want the lives of the Babylonians to be unnecessarily expended.

Indeed, the Hittite army headed straight for his sacred precincts and seized him. But they did not harm him at all: all they did was take him with them to a Mesopotamian city known as Hana. He was to be kept there under house arrest and was given 24 years in which to change his mind and sign up to the Enlilites’ monotheistic ploy.  

 
Meanwhile, the Enlilites launched propagandistic pitches denouncing Marduk as the “Devil”, meaning “Prime Evil”. Devil resulted from a twisting of the term D’EA-BEL in Sumerian (Diabolos in Latin). D’Ea-Bel was Enki’s title, conferred on him for his lead role in the creation of Adam and Eve. It meant “The (D) Lord (BEL) of Life (Ea)”. In the case of Enki, the Enlilites corrupted D’Ea-Bel to Devil when he unilaterally illumined Adam and Eve knowledgewise, which Enlil took to be a betrayal. In the case of Marduk, who  D’Ea-Bel Jr in that he was Enki’s heir, the Enlilites adulterated D’Ea-Bel to Devil as a vilification manoeuvre arising from his refusal to toe their monotheistic line. This Earth My Brother …
 
NEXT WEEK:  ERA OF MOSES BEGINS   

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The Daring Dozen at Bari

8th December 2020
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Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.

The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.

Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.

At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.

Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.

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A Strong Marriage Bond Needs Two

8th December 2020

Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).

This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.

In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.

Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?

Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.

POSITIVITY
Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.

“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)

We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”

UNDERSTANDING

Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.

Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be.  You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”

COMMITMENT

Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.

When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.

ACCEPTANCE

Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.

However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.”
“Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)

COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT

Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.

It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.

Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.

Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.

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Chronic Joblessness: How to Help Curtail it

30th November 2020
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The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.

It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.

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