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Task Force maintains 50 000 Covid-19 cases projection

President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisis Covid-19 Task Force has maintained its initial forecast of 50,000 Covid cases in Botswana, they shared this with Members of Parliament (MPs) early last year when the virus first broke in the country.

The task teams projections was based on a normality that for COVID-19 curve to flatten it will first has to go up the graph. But since they made the estimates, a lot has changed including depletion of test kits as well as the arrival of new Covid-19 variant which scientists say is deadlier than the normal Covid-19.

Currently in Botswana the total number of new deaths related to Covid-19 is 179 according to the Task Force Deputy Chairman, Professor Mosepele Mosepele. This week it was revealed that 932 new positive cases have been recorded bringing the total number of cases to 22165 with 1444 active cases. Botswana has thus far recorded 20 542 recoveries. Globally over 2 million have been buried due to the scourge.

South Africa has recorded the most COVID-19 infections and deaths on the African continent with more than 1.47 million cases and over 45,000 deaths while recoveries stand at 1.33 million to date.
Despite the current dynamics, the Task Force mouthpiece, Kago Mmopi says they are unfazed yet the numbers rise each passing day. This is due to the fact that when the virus first broke out there was no baseline data to inform the projections when they were made.

This resulted in estimates being made using a variety of scenarios on how the pandemic might impact the population and the health care system. The 50,000 estimate was thus made, and is still relevant as the country remains within the projection estimate. Botswana health care system is in a dire state with the main testing centre, Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital, overwhelmed.

Furthermore, the test kits which are used to detect the virus and carry contact tracing are finished, posing a threat to the people and with possibility of more positive cases soaring without sensing.
The Task Team however could not respond to this publications enquiry regarding vaccine procurement directing them to Ministry of Health and Wellness as they deal with the management of the disease. The Ministry was yet to respond to the questions at press time.

It is not clear as to when the vaccine will be available for the populace, though Health Minister, Dr. Edwin Dikoloti saying they have already ordered P10 million dose of vaccine. When giving an update last week Thursday, Dikoloti said as part of their broader strategy of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, government has embarked on an initiative to acquire, and quickly deploy safe and secure vaccines for citizens and residents of Botswana.

Dikoloti further alluded that Africas continental platform, MTN which is a leading mobile network has donated a total of US$ 25 million worth of vaccines to support the African Unions (AU) Covid-19 vaccination Programme. The donation will help secure up to seven (7) million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which are intended to cater for frontline workers across the continent. As part of the AU, Botswana stands to benefit from these, he said on national television.

This program is in line with the Ministry of Health and Wellness Expanded Program on immunisation; as well as the Public Health Act 2014, regarding the Prevention of the Spread of immunisable Diseases and their Re-emergence.

The ministry is however cagey with the timeline as to when the vaccine would have arrived in Botswana. As part of government efforts to curb the virus spread, some sectors of the economy have been shut with movements also restricted through curfew which starts at 8pm until 4am.



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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