New era for Zimbos as Mugabe steps down

A New Era has finally dawned for Zimbabwe. There may be no real change of guard from Zimbabwe National Union Patriotic Front ZANU (PF), but the conditions are in place to ensure a transition to true democracy. This is because President Robert Mugabe finally bowed to pressure and resigned voluntarily as the country’s head of state yesterday.


22nd November 2017

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Boago Modiisane: First Motswana Optometrist

22nd November 2017

After more than two decades as an optometrist, Boago Modiisane tells RACHEL RADITSEBE how he got into the field, how he serves the community and why the job continues to fulfill him.



Govt. reinstates Mphathi as Botash MD

22nd November 2017

Government has reinstated with immediate effect Montwedi Mphathi, as Botash Managing Director of Botash. Mphathi was recently dismissed by the board from his lucrative post. The reason for his reinstatement is that the Botash board took an unilateral decision to relieve him the position without first consulting other stakeholders in particular, Government and or minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Sadique Kebonang.



Khama joins Zim fray on the side of the downtrodde

22nd November 2017

President Ian Khama never shies away from telling the embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe the painful truth. Yesterday, a day after he had said in a Monday morning Gabz FM interview that President Mugabe must resign, President Ian Khama proved the seriousness of the assertion when he wrote a letter to Mugabe urging him to resign from his post.



Roads Dept and Driver Examiners on a collision course

22nd November 2017

The Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) has rubbished claims by the Association of Driver Training Botswana that there are no driving examiners in Gaborone and Molepolole region. DRTS says all their five regions have driver examiners. Following an article published by The MidweekSun last week, in which the driver training association blamed the death of a driving instructor and his learners on the ministry, DRTS has come forward to clear the mist. “The greater Gaborone region has shortage of examiners, as a result of the recent suspension of some officers,” said DRTS Acting Director Godwin Tlhogo.



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New era for Zimbos as Mugabe steps down

A New Era has finally dawned for Zimbabwe. There may be no real change of guard from Zimbabwe National Union Patriotic Front ZANU (PF), but the conditions are in place to ensure a transition to true democracy. This is because President Robert Mugabe finally bowed to pressure and resigned voluntarily as the country’s head of state yesterday.

The controversial Zimbabwean leader had been under pressure to resign since last w...

22nd November 2017


Boago Modiisane: First Motswana Optometrist

22nd November 2017

After more than two decades as an optometrist, Boago Modiisane tells RACHEL RADITSEBE how he got into the field, how he serves the community and why the job continues to fulfill him.


Govt. reinstates Mphathi as Botash MD

22nd November 2017

Government has reinstated with immediate effect Montwedi Mphathi, as Botash Managing Director of Botash. Mphathi was recently dismissed by the board from his lucrative post. The reason for his reinstatement is that the Botash board took an unilateral decision to relieve him the position without first consulting other stakeholders in particular, Government and or minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Sadique Kebonang.


Khama joins Zim fray on the side of the downtrodde

22nd November 2017

President Ian Khama never shies away from telling the embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe the painful truth. Yesterday, a day after he had said in a Monday morning Gabz FM interview that President Mugabe must resign, President Ian Khama proved the seriousness of the assertion when he wrote a letter to Mugabe urging him to resign from his post.

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Shumba secures new coal supply contract

Shumba Energy has penned a three year coal supply contract which shall see the company supply over 20,000 tonnes of washed coal to a regional consumer who has not been named. According to the emerging coal explorer, the coal will be supplied trough the company’s coal trading division which was established two years ago. The deal will ensure sustainable revenue for the BSE quoted company, which recently listed in the main board.

22nd November 2017


Computer engineer makes fashion accessories to survive

22nd November 2017

Five years after waiting to employed, Crafts Café founder, Boikhutso Salang transformed her hobby into a sustainable business venture. She designs and manufactures handbags, bracelets, neckpieces, peplum belts and other fashion accessories with an African print material. She started the business in 2015. In an interview with Business Trends, Salang, 31, explained that growing up, crafts and sewing were her passion but she never thought it could become her job. She has a degree in Computer Engineering and Software Development.


Furnmart buoyant about the future

22nd November 2017

Botswana’s leading furniture group is confident about the company’s future performance more especially after shutting down some of its loss-making units in the last couple of months. Towards the end of last year, the BSE listed company started a restructuring process in some of its operations. The Zambian subsidiary, which has been making losses, was the main target. The result has been the closure of all stores in the copper-rich country.


Local Universities advised to partner with businesses

22nd November 2017

Botswana universities and colleges have been challenged to forge business partnerships with local businesses. Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Chief Executive Parminder Vir Obe was in Botswana last week where she urged institutions of higher learning in the country to form relationships with businesses and share knowledge of common interest. She stated that lot of big businesses and corporations sometimes stop innovating and it is the young entrepreneurs and university graduates who can see gaps in the industry and proffer solutions.

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BoBA short changes athletes

Reports coming out of the Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) camp this week are that the once thriving sport code is currently experiencing financial doldrums. The state of BoBA financing came under scrutiny after the cancellation of the association’s flagship national championships, which was scheduled for Jwaneng mining town this month. Allegations reaching Sun Sports are that BoBA spent close to P 450 000 on 49 kg boxer Mohammed Otukile’s participat...

22nd November 2017


Gunners make Top 8 debut

22nd November 2017

Lobatse outfit Extension Gunners make their Mascom Top 8 debut against Gaborone United (GU) at the national stadium this weekend. Gunners who have been blowing hot and cold in the first round of the 2017/18 premier league season will be going into the game as underdogs given the fact that GU have already won the tournament on two occasions. Gunners’ taciturn headcoach Tumie Duiker is under no illusion that they can win the tournament in their first attempt. “It is the wish of any coach to win a cup competition.


Wheelchair basketball tourney for Gabs

22nd November 2017

The Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) Disability Committee in conjunction with the University of Botswana will on the 25th November host the 2017 Malebogo “Max” wheelchair basketball tournament at the University of Botswana Basketball Courts. The wheel chair basketball tournament aims at raising awareness on Gender Based Violence during the commemorative 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence on Women and Children.


Forest are still formidable

22nd November 2017

Black Forest headcoach Reetsang Letlole said there is still a lot to play for in the first round of the 2017/18 BTC premiership first round. Following a loss to Extension Gunners in Lobatse this past weekend, Letlole said the Mankgodi outfit were poised to surpass their impressive season debut when they became the league rookie sensation last season. Magoleng were out witted and out hustled by Gunners in an uninspiring encounter in Lobatse this past Saturday.

VIBE

Mr Confidence a resounding success

The inaugural Mr Confidence 2017 pageant attracted an impressive crowd on Friday evening at the Civic Centre in Gaborone, where Edward Dhliwayo was crowned king. Thuso Rrasetapa was crowned first prince. The organisers pulled all the stops for the unique and meaningful pageant that showed inclusion of everyone in the community. The gentlemen were dressed to the nines in their elegant suits and stunned the audience as they graced the ramp on their wheel chairs in f...

22nd November 2017


Mathews Matsete to launch new album with flair

22nd November 2017

Gospel crooner Mathews Matsetse recently held a press briefing at Chez Nicholas to share details about the launch of his sixth album launch and live recording, to be held at SKY Lounge, iTowers, CBD on the 2nd December. The talented singer, whose career in gospel marks 25 years in 2018, says that he is reinventing and breathing new life into his music and brand. Matsetse, who is a songwriter of note, is also known as the maverick behind the song Lion of Judah, which is acclaimed across southern Africa. The gospel singer, who hails from Mochudi, started in music in 1993 and feels that it is now time for him to seize new heights. “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in my music career and have reached a space where I am shedding old skin and showing off the new Mathews Matsetse.” He also said that live recording is not only the new trend but is also exciting and allows the artist to engage the crowd. With regard to the venue, which is known to be a secular entertainment venue, he explained that they wanted a high-end and glamorous place.


Chepete gives fashion a refreshing twist

22nd November 2017

Her journey to becoming a fashion designer is inspirational and she surely does elegant outfits that would perfectly fit in the 21st century wardrobe. Mpho Chepete says her back then low self-esteem gave birth to her career as a fashion designer. “I used to have very low self-esteem but suddenly chose to hide behind what I wear and God gave me the strength to accept myself as something changed in me. I started to explore another side of me that is the creativity element. I started exploring with clothes and changed my look by designing my own outfits. I felt good and just content so I developed a high self-esteem and took designing as my first love,” she says.


SHARING THE LOVE AND PASSION FOR SPICES

22nd November 2017

Most people tend to associate spices with heat rather than flavour and aroma. Spices consist of oil, which is flavour enhancer and some spices do not go well with everything but if you stick to the basic four: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and peppercorns they will blend well with most foods. In most homes, you always find the common black peppercorns, nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom and vanilla. To become masterful in your cooking with various combinations, keep whole cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, and good dry red chillies. Whenever you do cooking with spices in your home, be adventurous and try foreign spices and create your own blends. You do not want to overdo it so for starters you can start by two, then three or more when you familiar with the spices because the idea is to maintain that special flavour. In my kitchen, often I use them random and I tell you the results are amazing and my favourite spice blend is cloves and cardamom.

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