Mascom explains the MySocial debacle

 Mascom Wireless Chief Communications and Public Relations Officer Tebogo LebotseSebego says Mascom decided to embark on the My Social Fair usage policy to ensure that all its customers have equitable access to its services. LebotseSebego was speaking to The Midweek Sun in an interview last week. This comes after the mobile phone service provider announced that effective from the 13th February 2018, Mascom would be regulating My Social service to 200MB per day. She explained that through the policy, they will ensure that majority of customers have a fair opportunity to enjoy the network. Lebotse said some customers tend to share the internet/data connection and that the behaviour impacts negatively on those who are not heavy data connection users even though they have equally paid for the service. Mascom has decided that each customer be restricted to 200MB per day. Access to My Social sites such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp in excess of the stipulated daily usage limit will be out of bundle and charged from the main balance. Meanwhile, Batswana have expressed dissatisfaction with Mascom over the issue and are even threatening to abandon the network. Some argue that the notice was short and has inconvenienced them as customers. “This change of the limit will relate to new subscriptions. Customers who had already purchased before the new limit are not to be affected until the expiry date of their package,” Lebotse-Sebego explained.

2nd March 2018

Gay community gradually finding acceptance among Batswana

2nd March 2018

In recent years the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender (LGBT) community is becoming more visible and accepted by Botswana’s population. This was said by organisers of the annual Batho Ba Lorato film festival in an interview with The Midweek Sun. The festival, now on its sixth year, is aimed at informing, educating and celebrating sexual and gender diversity. The festival was hosted by the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGAGIBO), the advocacy organisation at the forefront of promoting awareness and acceptance of LGBTI community, with the support of the German, Goeth Institite, that supports cultural exchanges. According to one of the organisers of the film festival and communication officer for LEGAGIBO Bradley Fortuin, the reception has been positive.

Mlesho is a bad daddy – Dolly Matlapeng

2nd March 2018

Fans of Lesego Lefatshe of Hlomela fame, commonly known as Mlesho, are not pleased with him for leaving his baby mama for a slay queen. Three years ago, he came to The Midweek Sun with the mother of his two children, Dolly Matlapeng, gushing about his love for her and how he wanted to marry her. They were lovey-dovey in front of the cameras and Mlesho said she was her blessing. Now, to the amazement of his fans, Mlesho has a new girl in the picture and she is all over his Facebook timeline. He tells The Midweek Sun that he left Matlapeng three years ago because their relationship was not working. He did not want to say much about their break up save that he takes care of their children, aged five and three. “It just wasn’t working and we decided to go our separate ways but my children come first,” he says. However, he was excited to talk about his new girlfriend Resego Moiya, whom he reveals he met last year around August, contrary to what his friends in the music industry say that he actually cheated on Matlapeng with the new beauty. Some of his followers call her a slay queen and ask where Dolly is and why he deleted her photos from his profile. He says that he met Moiya at a local church which he visited and fell for her instantly. “She is very kind and loves God. She doesn’t talk too much and she is not a party girl,” he says, adding that he decided to start slowly with her for the sake of privacy. He says that he wants to marry Moiya, Bcom Banking and Finance graduate from Ba Isago University and spend the rest of his life with her. “I love her with all my heart and I just want to make her happy,” he says, quickly defending that he is not a heartbreaker.

Punitive laws promote HIV stigma

2nd March 2018

The criminalisation of HIV simply promotes stigma and undermines the remarkable global scientific advances and proven public health strategies that could open the path to defeating AIDS by 2030, Justice Edwin Cameron has said. The pioneering judge and activist from South Africa, who went public about his positive HIV status in 1999 was giving a key note address during a four day training for lawyers and media on HIV and TB criminalisation in Johannesburg recently. Justice Cameron began with an overview of how criminal HIV transmission and exposure laws are both HIV specific and those that use existing assault legislation, are “stunningly wide in their application and fearsome in their effects.”

Bruce Nkgakile dumps BDP

2nd March 2018

Three weeks ago, controversial Bruce Nkgakile revealed in an interview with The Midweek Sun that come rain or shine, he would stand for parliamentary elections in Mogoditshane. It was a curious revelation then, as it was already known that his political home, the Botswana Democratic Party, had already identified Tshepang Mabaila to represent them at parliamentary level for the 2019 general election. He however stated in an unequivocal tone then, that he could be standing under the ticket of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

Matambo defends BDF spending

2nd March 2018

Finance and Economic Development Minister Kenneth Matambo, has defended his ministry and government position for allocating Botswana Defence Force a huge budget. Moving that the Appropriation Bill No.1 of 2018/19 be read for the second time as well as responding to points raised by Members Parliament of Parliament when debating the budget speech, Matambo told Parliament that MPs always ask who we are preparing to attack when we give so much money to BDF. “I think that is a wrong question. I am not saying that all money should be given to the BDF or that Members should not query the quantum and so forth. I think you should be informed where the money is going to be used because you are the ones who really approve this expenditure.

Knives out for Francistown East MP

20th February 2018

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Member of Parliament Buti Billy has cried foul citing defamation of character following a letter written by some party members in his constituency fingering him for keeping the party’s voters registration books and hiding them from other party members willing to register voters. Rubbishing the allegations contained in the letter forwarded to the party’s Secretary General Mpho Balopi and copied to the party branch committee, Billy fumed that the letter was merely based on allegations since there is no concrete evidence linking him to the voter’s registration books.

Illegal gold diggers await their fate

20th February 2018

Three illegal gold miners who appeared briefly before Francistown Magistrate last week Friday will know their fate once police forensic tests on an object suspected to be gold was found in their possession two weeks ago near Mophane Gold mine by an adjacent farm. Appearing before Senior Magistrate Kose Makobo, George Rusere and two others did not waste time as they pleaded guilty to a single count of being found in possession of a mineral without a licence as per the local penal code.

‘Peanuts’ old age grant to be reviewed

20th February 2018

Parliament recently agreed to lodge a request to government for the review of the old age pension grant rolled out to the elderly in Botswana. The current grant amount is a measly P430 per month. Last year, Selebi Phikwe West MP Dithapelo Keorapetse presented a motion for the grant to be reviewed comprehensively. He expressed concern that the amount was a paltry figure under the current economic conditions and that the elderly could not do much with the amount. He argued that most of the elderly are forced to take care of grandchildren; others live with disability or chronic health conditions or disability and also have several other expenses ranging from healthcare and home care. “The cost of living is too high.

Catholics reconcile after 2017 scandal

20th February 2018

The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Gaborone gathered at St Charles Lwanga Minor Seminary at Kgale this past Saturday for a pilgrimage of faith to claim back peace in the church. According to the Bishop of the Diocese of Francistown and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gaborone, Frank Nubuasah, a pilgrimage of this nature is taken by those who intend to achieve something important.

Parents feel the pinch as private school fees sky-rocke

20th February 2018

In light of the contention over the quality of education provided by government, some parents are also upset over the steep cost of educating their children at private schools. Private school fees remain unregulated despite calls by government to put policies in place to ensure affordability of prime education for their children without breaking the bank. An unorthodox survey of the cost of education at private schools conducted by The Midweek Sun indicates that parents spend a lot of money. The average school fees for a “prestige” private school (commonly referred to as English medium schools) is P10, 000 (excluding development fees that range between P2000 and P20, 000). The most expensive private schools include Maru-a-Pula, Westwood, Northside Primary School, Broadhurst and Thornhill in Gaborone, Delta Waters in Maun and Kgaswe in Palapye. Not surprisingly, most of the schools have a high enrolment of expatriates and well-to-do Caucasians. The least expensive private schools include Legae Primary School, Letlhabile Primary and St Mary’s Primary School, with fees of between P4000 and P7000 per term and a development fee of between P1000 and P2000.

Zimbabweans invited to go back home

20th February 2018

Zimbabwean President Emerson Mnangagwa told Botswana Parliament that he was looking forward to receiving back home many of his country men and women - together with their spouses – who have been living in Botswana over the past years. The man who looks set to turn around the misfortunes of Zimbabwe expressed his appreciation for the hospitality and opportunities that Botswana has extended to Zimbabweans over the years.

Of men, women and crimes of passion

20th February 2018

 Commonly referred to as ‘passion killings,’ former Botswana President Festus Mogae once chose to rather call them ‘hatred killings.’ He then made it public that he was disappointed by judges, police and women over the killings. It was during that era of Mogae’s tenure that Botswana actually experienced an increased spate of such killings.

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