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Tribute to Christine Ndu Ramakhubu-Lempaletse

There is a popular quote by an unknown author that says, “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Once you figure out which it is, then you know exactly what to do.” I found myself reflecting on this saying when news of the passing of Christine Ndu Ramakhubu-Lempaletse broke out. I must confess that I hardly knew Christine except that she is a very close friend’s sister and that she had just recently signed up for Bitcoin mining with our team, The Dream Team. However, in our brief encounter a lot of the strong, focused, determined, avant-garde character her sister often spoke about, came through.

The Dream Team is an offshoot of Crypto-Giants which is an affiliate of AchieversKlub (ACK) digital currency entrepreneurs from across the world. The group has come together to explore the great new business and investment opportunities presented by the emerging decentralized digital currency or cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin using the BitClub Network business model.

Established in 2014, BitClub Network is a global wealth creating company for the digital currency market. The distribution network helps its members participate in the blockchain technology and accumulate digital assets such as Bitcoin. By combining a crowd funded mining pool with the power of an affiliate payment structure, BitClub Network presents an exceptional opportunity for members to leverage their earning potential unlike any other investors in this space. BitClub Network allows its members to build a global business using its attractive affiliate marketing opportunity. 

Christine’s enrollment into the BitClub Networking fold was a classic example of what most of us go through with our investments and pension schemes. We all know the drill, the mantra is repeated incessantly throughout our schooling and working life, “Whatever you do, put aside some money and prepare for life after retirement!” American businessman and author Robert Kiyosaki put the retirement concept more bluntly for the young and ambitious in his book, “Retire young, retire rich!”

When it came to retirement planning, Christine did everything by the book. The 56 year old retired school head worked diligently her entire life to ensure that she had a tidy sum put aside for life after work and her dependents inheritance in the event of her death. However, after 25 years of loyal and distinguished service to the noble profession, Christine received an unpleasant awakening by the contraction of her pension payout. As has become a reality for all who have reached retirement stage, what she received after all the years of saving for her retirement was way less than what she expected.

The situation had been made worse by the fact that her pension fund, the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF), has been marred by controversy in recent years, “most ranging from political interference, corruption and other forms of maladministration.” BPOPF is the third largest pension fund in Africa with an asset value worth over P55 billion, and bigger than Botswana’s entire banking sector. 

Coincidently, it was at this stage of her life that The Dream Team presented the BitClub Network business and investment opportunity to Christine. In a strange turn of events, The Dream Team’s pitch to Christine happened amidst the deafening noise of a speculative Bitcoin bubble by crypto skeptics and naysayers. Nonetheless, the nonconformist she was, she refused to be swayed by the prevailing pessimistic commotion.

Christine was a rear breed, a discerning, headstrong and open-minded individual who had an entrepreneurial streak in her genetic makeup and did not sheepishly follow the flock. When presented with the BitClub Networks opportunity of, ‘prosperity in the second era of the internet,’ she did not hide her initial apprehension of the technology but still proceeded to ask hard and pointed questions about the networking company’s digital assets and how this could benefit her and her dependents.

In spite of the uncertainties and the bleak outlook painted by the deceitful gang of crypto-pessimists, Christine conducted her own due diligence, and once she was satisfied with the responses she was given, she overcame her earlier anxieties about the technology and signed up to become one of the earlier members of The Dream Team. She refused to listen to the delusional chorus of crypto-bashers who are fighting the disruptive power of digital currencies that threaten the conventional financial system and its world currency dominance. As soon as she was converted, Christine became a staunch and enthusiastic crypto evangelist. She was quick to adopt to the new technologies and position herself to benefit from the opportunities presented by the BitClub Network franchise.

A committed Christian and seasoned business woman who dabbled in farming, Christine assumed her BitClub Network membership with immense passion, dedication and determination to succeed. At the time she lived in Gaborone West with her twin brother, Christopher Lempaletse and held a senior position, Mma Mookami at The Holy Bontle Apostolic Church in Zion. She had immediately drawn up a long list of prospects she intended to introduce to the business.

The list comprised of individuals from family, friends, acquaintances, church members and former colleagues from her long and illustrious service in the teaching profession. The consummate professional she was, Christine had also immediately ordered business cards to give her business networking enterprise some professional flair and authenticity. In a tragic turn of events, Christine was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer soon after her enrollment into BitClub Network.

Her condition rapidly deteriorated thereafter and after fierce battle with the disease, she sadly succumbed to it on the 16th of October, 2018. Her body was laid to rest at her ancestral home in Sebina on 21st October. The true crypto convert she was, Christine left a Will that all her three children and three grandchildren be bequeathed with BitClub Network mining Pools (Shares) as a lasting and impactful legacy of her love and care for them. Set at appropriate repurchase percentages, the partial share purchase of the mining Pools assures her dependents a lifetime of uninterrupted mining and daily earnings of Bitcoin mining dividends.    

As I reflect on the adage that says, “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime,” it becomes clear that the brief but impactful instance when Christine’s life crossed with mine demonstrates that it is not late to invest in Bitcoin. Our paths crossed because of Bitcoin and despite the inordinate barriers she faced in the uptake of this ground-breaking technology she prevailed. Bitcoin continues to thrive despite an elaborate smear campaign that calls the digital asset a, “Ponzi scheme, a scam and a financial and asset bubble that is about to burst.”

Award winning business and photojournalist, Jay Caboz writes that, “we live in a world where there are prevailing prejudicial attitudes towards older people and that this discrimination and stereotyping views the elderly as dependent, non-contributing members of society who are averse to technology.” He says that in the developing world, especially in Africa, so strong is the stereotype of elderly digital dunce that the ageist perception has often become a self-fulfilling prophesy that reinforces the myth that the elderly are not only technologically fearful but also technologically challenged and incompetent.

However, while the mind-blowing technological advances of the fourth industrial revolution are purported to have left many Baby Boomers and the Generation X cohorts in absolute awe and many more quite simply overwhelmed, I find the speed and passion with which Christine disabused herself of the crypto bashers misinformation commendable and her investment in Bitcoin inspiring for those considered to be technology fearful and, “late adaptors who struggle to keep up with the pace and scale of change in the digital age.” Christine dispelled the erroneous and misplaced perceptions that suggest that her generation is fearful and show a low adjustment to the advent of new technologies.

In the end, Christine proved to be a technologically astute, shrewd and decisive business woman. She was able to outsmart the current financial system which robbed her of her life savings through corruption, mismanagement and attrition of returns in pension funds.  She was quick to see the promise of the Bitcoin revolution to, “bring more of the worlds population out of poverty than anything we have ever witnessed before.” She is counted among the country’s early Bitcoin adopters, a game-changing pensioner who defied the odds and embraced technology long before its benefits were obvious to many.

She was among the first of her contemporaries to see the blockchain technology as, “the grand connector and value-adding novelty and opportunity creator in the economic and social spheres of our lives.” She is the celebrated champion of the world’s first digital currency. Christine is the Bitcoin royalty who bequeathed her children with Bitcoin, the world’s most prolific digital asset and the fastest global currency.

She left her children a consummate inheritance, a truly lasting legacy of daily Bitcoin earnings for the rest of their lives. An asset that is better than the traditional assets such as cattle which is labour intensive; cash which is fast losing its value; commodities with their inflated expectations; and real estate which remains illiquid. Christine’s Bitcoin legacy will be handed down from generation to generation, compounding an enduring generational wealth for her descendants and ensuring them a better quality of life. Christine is survived by 3 children, 3 grandchildren, her mother and 15 siblings. May her soul rest in peace.

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Appendicitis: Recognising the Signs

29th March 2022

Many a times I get clients casually walking into my room and requesting to be checked for “appendix”.  Few questions down the line, it is clear they are unaware of where the appendix is or what to expect when one does have it (appendicitis). Jokingly (or maybe not) I would tell them they would possibly not be having appendicitis and laughing as hard as they are doing. On the other hand, I would be impressed that at least they know and acknowledge that appendicitis is a serious thing that they should be worried about.

So, what is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix; a thin, finger-like pouch attached to the large intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen. Often the inflammation can be as a result of blockage either by the faecal matter, a foreign body, infection, trauma or a tumour. Appendicitis is generally acute, with symptoms coming on over the course of a day and becoming severe rapidly. Chronic appendicitis can also occur, though rarely. In chronic cases, symptoms are less severe and can last for days, weeks, or even months. 

Acute appendicitis is a medical emergency that almost always ends up in the operating theatre. Though the appendix is locally referred to as “lela la sukiri”, no one knows its exact role and it definitely does not have anything to do with sugar metabolism. Appendicitis can strike at any age, but it is mostly common from the teen years to the 30s.

Signs to look out for

If you have any of the following symptoms, go and see a Doctor immediately! Timely diagnosis and treatment are vital in acute appendicitis;

Sudden pain that starts around the navel and shifts to the lower right abdomen within hours

The pain becomes constant and increases in severity (or comes back despite painkillers)

The pain worsens on coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking or deep breaths

Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting


Constipation or diarrhoea

Abdominal bloating/fullness


The doctor often asks questions regarding the symptoms and the patient’s medical history. This will be followed up by a physical examination in which the Doctor presses on the abdomen to check for any tenderness, and the location of the pain. With acute appendicitis, pressing on and letting go of the right lower abdomen usually elicits an excruciatingly unbearable pain. Several tests may be ordered to determine especially the severity of the illness and to rule out other causes of abdominal pain. The tests may conditions include: blood tests, a pregnancy test, urinalysis, abdominal  “How do ultrasound scans work?” ultrasound (scan), CT scan or MRI Scan.


The gold standard treatment of acute appendicitis is surgical removal of the appendix known as appendectomy. Luckily, a person can live just fine without an appendix! Surgical options include laparoscopy or open surgery and the type will be decided on by the Surgeon after assessing the patient’s condition. Painkillers and antibiotics are also given intravenously usually before, during and after the surgery.


Appendicitis can cause serious complications such as;

Appendicular mass/abscessIf the appendix is inflamed or bursts, one may develop a pocket of pus around it known as an abscess. In most cases, the abscess will be treated with antibiotics and drained first by placing a tube through one’s abdominal wall into the abscess. The tube may be left in place for a few hours or days while the infection is clearing up but ultimately one would still have surgery to remove the appendix.

Peritonitis – without treatment, the appendix can rupture/burst. The risk of this rises 48–72 hours after symptoms start. A ruptured appendix spreads the infection throughout the abdomen (peritonitis). This is life threatening and requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean the abdominal cavity.

Death – The complications of appendicitis (and appendectomy) can be life threatening, only if the diagnosis has been missed and no proper treatment has been given on time. This is rare though with the evolved medical care.

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Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.

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A degree of common sense

7th February 2022

Here’s a news item from last month you may have missed. In December 2021 the University of Staffordshire announced it would be offered a degree course in pantomime! Yes, that’s right, a degree in popular festive entertainment, the Christmas panto.

We used to have one here, put on by the Capitol Players, though it seems to have fallen away in recent times, but the spectacle is still alive and well in the UK, both in local ad-dram (amateur dramatic ) societies and on the London stage and most of the major cities, these latter productions usually featuring at least one big-draw name from the world of show business with ticket prices commensurate with the star’s salary.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the pantomime format, it consists of a raucous mixture of songs and comedy all based around a well-known fairy or folk tale. Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Cinderella, Jack & The Beanstalk & Dick Whittington are perennial favourites but any well-known tall tale goes. There is no set script, unlike a play, and storyline is just a peg to hang a coat of contemporary, often bawdy, gags on, in what should be a rollicking production of cross dressing – there has to be at least one pantomime dame, played by a man and always a figure of fun, and a Principal Boy, ostensibly the male lead, yet played by an attractive young woman.

As an art form it can trace its roots back to 16th century Italy and the Commedia Del’Arte which used a mélange of music, dance, acrobatics along with a cast of comic stock characters so it has a long and proud theatrical tradition but you have to wonder, does that really qualify it as a suitable subject for a university? Further, what use might any degree be that can be acquired in a single year? And last but not least, how much standing does any degree have which comes from a jumped-up polytechnic, granted university status along with many of its ilk back in 1992, for reasons best known to the government of the time? Even more worrying are the stated aims of the course.

Staffordshire University claims it is a world first and the masters course is aimed at people working inside as well as outside the industry. Students on the course, due to start in September 2022, will get practical training in the art form as well as research the discipline.

“We want to see how far we can take this,” Associate Professor of Acting and Directing Robert Marsden said. The role of pantomime in the 21st Century was also going to be examined, he said, “particularly post Me Too and Black Lives Matter”. Questions including “how do we address the gender issues, how do we tell the story of Aladdin in 2021, how do we get that balance of male/female roles?” will be asked, Prof Marsden added.

Eek! Sounds like Prof. Marsden wants to rob it of both its history and its comedic aspects – well, good luck with that! Of course that isn’t the only bizarre, obscure and frankly time and money-wasting degree course available. Staying with the performing arts there’s Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance at Bath Spa University. Sounds like fun but why on earth would a circus performer need a university degree?

Or how about a Surf Science and Technology degree at Cornwall College (part of the University of Plymouth). Where the one thing you don’t learn is….how to surf!

Then there is a  degree in Floral Design at University Centre Myerscough. No, I hadn’t heard of it either – turns out it’s a college of further education in Preston, a town that in my experience fits the old joke of ‘I went there once…..It was closed’ to a ‘T’!

Another handy (pun intended) art is that of Hand Embroidery BA (Hons), offered at the University for the Creative Arts. Or you could waste away sorry, while away, your time on a course in Animal Behaviour and Psychology. This degree at the University of Chester teaches you about the way animals think and feel. Cockroaches have personalities according to the subject specs– you couldn’t make it up.

Happily all these educational institutes may have to look to their laurels and try to justify their very existence in the near future. In plans announced this week, universities could face fines of up to £500,000 (P750m), be stripped of their right to take student loans or effectively shut down if they cannot get 60 per cent of students into a professional job under a crackdown on ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses. Further, at least 80 per cent of students should not drop out after the first year, and 75 per cent should graduate.

The rules, published by the Office for Students (OfS), aim to eliminate ‘low-quality’ courses by setting new standards & requiring courses to improve their rating in the TEF, the official universities ratings system. Universities not meeting the new standards will not be able to charge full annual fees of £9,250. Unconventional courses that could fall victim to the new rules could include the University of Sunderland’s BA in Fashion Journalism, where students learn essential’ skills such as catwalk reporting and the history of Chanel.  They have only a 40 per cent chance of entering highly skilled work 15 months after leaving.

At University College Birmingham, BSC Bakery and Patisserie Technology students – who learn how to ‘make artisan bread’ – have a 15 per cent chance of a professional job within 15 months. Universities minister Michelle Donelan welcomed the move, saying ‘When students go to university, they do so in the pursuit of a life-changing education, one which helps pave their path towards a highly skilled career. Any university that fails to match this ambition must be held to account.’

OfS found that at 25 universities, fewer than half of students find professional work within 15 months.  Business and management courses at the University of Bedfordshire (14.8 per cent) were among the least likely to lead to graduate-level jobs.  Asked to comment, the University of Sunderland said it always looked ‘to find ways to improve outcomes’; University College Birmingham said data on graduates and definition of ‘professional work’ was limited. I’ll bet it is! As the saying goes, ’what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over’. What a pantomime!

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Why regular health checks are important!

7th February 2022

With the world still reeling from the negative impact of the Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), and the latest Omicron variant (which is responsible for the ongoing global forth wave) on everyone’s lips, we should not forget and neglect other aspects of our health.

While anyone can get infected with corona virus and become seriously ill or die at any age, studies continue to show that people aged 60 years and above, and those with underlying medical conditions like hypertension, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity, cancers, or mental illness are at a higher risk of developing serious illness or dying from covid-19.

It is a good habit to visit a doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy. Regular health checks can help identify any early signs of health issues or assess your risk of future illness hence prompting one to take charge and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and other non-communicable diseases (even communicable) can often be picked up in their early stages, when chances for effective treatment are high.

During a health check, your doctor will take a thorough history from you regarding your medical history, your family’s history of disease, your social life and habits, including your diet, physical activity, alcohol use, smoking and drug intake. S/he will examine you including measuring your weight, blood pressure, feeling your body organs and listening to your heart and lungs amongst the rest. Depending on the assessment, your doctor will notify you how often you need to have a health check. If you have a high risk of a particular health condition, your doctor may recommend more frequent health checks from an early age.

Diet – a healthy diet improves one’s general health and wellbeing. It is recommended that we have at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily. Physical activity – regular physical activity has significant health benefits on one’s body, mind & soul. It contributes to preventing and managing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances thinking, learning, and judgment skills and improves overall well-being. According to the world health organisation (WHO), people who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour of moderate physical activity at least four days in a week. Examples of moderate physical activity include brisk walking, gentle swimming and social tennis.

Weight – maintaining a healthy weight range helps in preventing long-term complications like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and arthritis. It is also vital for one’s mental wellbeing and keeping up with normal activities of daily living. Ask your doctor to check your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference annually. If you are at a higher risk, you should have your weight checked more frequently and a stern management plan in place.

Alcohol – as per WHO reports, alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. Healthy drinking entails taking no more than two standard drinks per drinking day with at least two alcohol-free days in a week.

Smoking –Nicotine contained in tobacco is highly addictive and tobacco use is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, many different types of cancer, and many other debilitating health conditions. Every year, at least a whopping 8 million people succumb from tobacco use worldwide. Tobacco can also be deadly for non-smokers through second-hand smoke exposure. It is not ‘fashionable’ if it is going to cost you and your loved ones lives! If you are currently smoking, talk to your doctor and get help in quitting as soon as possible to reduce the harm.

Blood pressure: Hypertension is a serious medical condition and can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. It is a major cause of premature death worldwide, with upwards of 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women – over a billion people – having the condition. Have your blood pressure checked annually if it is normal, you are aged under 40 and there is no family history of hypertension. You might need to have it checked more frequently if you are over 40, your blood pressure is on the high side, or you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack. Your doctor will be there to guide you.

Dental care – eating a low-sugar diet and cleaning and flossing the teeth regularly can reduce one’s risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Visit a dentist every six months for a dental examination and professional cleaning, or more frequently as per your dentist’s advice.
Blood tests – annual to five-yearly blood tests may be done to further assess or confirm risk of disease. These may include blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, kidney function, liver function, tumour markers, among other things. They may be done frequently if there is already an existing medical condition.

Cancer screening – various screening techniques can be done to detect different cancers in their early or pre-cancer stages. These include; skin inspections for any suspicious moles/spots, two-yearly mammograms for those at risk of developing breast cancer, Pap smear or the new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years, stool tests and colonoscopy (every five years) for those at most risk of bowel cancer, prostate cancer screening for those at risk (over 45 years of age, family history of cancers etc.). Discuss appropriate tests with your doctor.

Vaccinations – You should discuss with your doctor about the necessary routine immunisation, in particular; the Covid-19 vaccines, an annual flu shot, a five-yearly pneumococcal vaccine if you have never had one or you are immunocompromised and any other boosters that you might need.

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Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.

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