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Mobile networks hit by land shortage

Mobile networks are struggling to offer better quality of service in certain areas because they simply can’t get base stations to reduce congestion. Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority’s (BOCRA) Acting Chief Executive Officer Ketshotse Kepaletswe revealed recently that the Authority is trying hard to assist telecommunication companies to improve their network connectivity but that the issue of land still remains a problem.


19th September 2017

Segokgo calls for review of African Youth League roles

19th September 2017

Regional Youth Consultation Forum hosted by African Union has adopted a motion by councillor Phenyo Segokgo calling for review of roles of youth leagues in today’s political landscape. The consultative forum which was held in Tanzania was held under the theme ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth’. In an interview with The Midweek Sun this week Segokgo said what prompted the motion is that he discovered that young people are confined into youth leagues.

Crèches turn into havens for fraudulent money deals

19th September 2017

*50 unlicensed child care facilities operating in Gaborone

Food, cup containers pose danger for animals, wildlife

19th September 2017

Dr Bontle Mbongwe, Principal Investigator at University Of Botswana’s School Of Public Health has called on Batswana to stop the use of styrofoam or polystyrene cups and food containers. In an address during the cleanest village competitions prize giving ceremony in Ramotswa this past Friday, Dr Mbongwe said the containers commonly used by hawkers and during social events like funerals are made out of materials that are extremely difficult to recycle and often end up as litter in open spaces and rivers.

Mochudi in the grip of Kgafelamania

19th September 2017

There is palpable excitement amongst baKgatla baga Kgafela tribe in Mochudi, the capital of Kgatleng at the news that their self-exiled paramount, Kgosikgolo Kgafela II has won the day in Moruleng, South Africa. A big party has been planned for Saturday September 23, 2017 in Moruleng to celebrate the feat as well as observe other baKgatla cultural practices and history.

PREMATURE EVACUATION

13th September 2017

The troubled Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) leadership moved swiftly on Tuesday to terminate the contract of Executive Chairman of Babereki Investments, Andrew Motsamai. This comes after Motsamai was slapped with ten days leave last week while the leadership wanted to establish financial mismanagement at the business arm of the union. On Monday a board meeting was held and it was decided that the two parties should part ways. Motsamai was on a five-year contract with the business arm of the union. He was employed earlier this year after resigning as the union President. “It is true we have decided that we part ways with comrade and pay his benefits. There was no way we could have kept him looking at how things have been happening in the business. He will be paid what he is supposed to get from us,” said the source. At a monthly salary of P70 000 per month on a contract of five years, Motsamai is expected to get a whopping P4 million from his employer as contractual obligations and benefits.

Batswana run the show at GIMC comedy gig

6th September 2017

Throngs of revellers attended the Gaborone International Music and Culture (GIMC) week comedy show held at Ba Isago University on Friday evening. Perhaps the revellers had thought they would get the best of local talent and Mr Ibu of Nigeria, but the latter disappointed. The MC of the evening, South African Thapelo Thips of Shampoo Fame could have been the headline act; he is funny and he had the audience in stitches.

Some medical practitioners in fraudulent claims

4th September 2017

Fraud, waste and abuse have recently emerged as the major challenges affecting the medical aid companies while the medical aid schemes seem to be struggling to find solutions to the problem. Some clients have reported claims that were made in their names when they had not even been ill, with the medical aid companies seemingly reluctant to pursue the cases further because of the complications involved.

BEWARE MEDICAL AID FRAUD

4th September 2017

Medical Aid companies have reported that they are currently losing about seven to 15 percent monthly on fraud payments. Medical Aid funds/Scheme (MAFs) are regulated and supervised by Non Banking Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority(NBFIRA). However NBFIRA states that there are currently no subordinate regulations and rules to license and monitor the MAFs effectively. Available figures from NBFIRA show that currently MAFs only cover about 18 percent of the population of Botswana and as at end of December 2014 they covered 385, 470 lives.

I am diabetic, asthmatic and HIV-positive

4th September 2017

Her looks are deceptive. You can never guess that her outwardly healthy body and cheerful attitude masks not one, but three chronic diseases. Mosalagae Tollito* is a 39-year old mother of two kids, aged 12 and 8 years, and she has suffered from Asthma since early childhood. At 23, she was diagnosed with Diabetes. She went to a clinic and reported itching in private parts, but did not think it important enough to tell that she was also urinating frequently. The medication she got did not improve her condition.

Vee, Big Fish too hot to handle

4th September 2017

Two of Botswana’s renowned public figures - Odirile Vee Sento and Comfort Big Fish Ramatebele - are relentless in their defence of the genital surgery, as the debate on circumcision continues to rage on. Notwithstanding the fact that they are paid faces of the safe male circumcision campaign, for some time now the two celebrities have raved about the benefits they derive from being circumcised. Big Fish in particular has used his Gabz FM radio show ‘Gumba Fire’ as well as social media to entice men into circumcision, revealing that sex for him has never been the same since he cut the foreskin off. He posts that sex is more enjoyable than ever before and that he now feels more of a real man than he ever was.

Duma hits out at Ndaba

4th September 2017

The President of Botswana National Front (BNF), Duma Boko has said that he is not concerned about people who want to leave the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). Since one of the affiliates of UDC, the troubled orange movement, Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) engaged in a power struggle, there have been rumours that Ndaba Gaolathe’s faction is planning to form a new party because UDC is failing to resolve their conflict.

ANC spurns BNF advances, flirts openly with BDP

4th September 2017

The danger of long distance or cross-border relationships is the real prospect that you could be stood up on a date. And while Botswana National Front (BNF) continues to show strong feelings of affection for African National Congress (ANC), the latter doesn’t reciprocate the chemistry. This past weekend party leadership and the rank and file were left with an egg in the face, as ANC were nowhere to be seen at a Lobatse appointment.


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