We look at commonly told stories around our healthy lives and share what some researchers in the health field actually feel about the myths.

8th March 2018

SADC on high Listeria alert

8th March 2018

Botswana, along with her SADC counterparts Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi have all recalled South African processed meat products after a deadly listeria outbreak.

Tlou Energy records significant increase in gas reserves

2nd March 2018

Coal bed Methane mining company, Tlou Energy recorded significant increase in gas reserves from 3.9 billion cubic feet to 40.8 billion cubic feet. The only gas mining company in Botswana is focused on delivering power in Botswana and Southern Africa through the development of coal bed methane (CBM). The company has the most advanced CBM project in Botswana. Its current project includes the Lesedi Project and Mamba project. The Lesedi project, which is located at Karoo Kalahari Basin, Botswana already benefits from significant, independently certified Contingent Gas Resources of 3.2 trillion cubic feet (3C) and independently certified Gas Reserves.  Tlou has been producing gas at Selemo for nearly two years and says using gas at its project will reduce the company spend on diesel by about 50 000 litres per annum.  

BTO misses rose, kisses thorn

2nd March 2018

It would appear that Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) has money to splurge on concerts and enriching international artistes at the expense of local talent. The first-ever Baskets and Song concert, initially scheduled for 10 March, that was slated to feature Seal as well as other artistes from Botswana and neighbouring countries has been postponed following alleged contractual disagreements. Indications reaching us are that BTO contravened the contractual agreement with the ‘Kiss by a rose’ hit singer of the 90s, who had already been paid a sum of P3.2million and decided he would not come to Botswana. When contacted for comment, Communications Manager at BTO Keitumetse Setlang refused to be drawn to comment and said they had stated their point at a previous press briefing held last week.

Modenga’s death saves Muzila

2nd March 2018

The death of former Deputy Mayor Lechedzani “Stich” Modenga over the weekend, a few hours before the start of the Francistown City’s full council meeting on Monday has allegedly saved the city Mayor Sylvia Muzila from being dethroned through a motion of no confidence. The meeting will now be held after 14 days. The Midweek Sun learns that eight councillors voted for a motion of no confidence against the embattled city mayor during a BDP caucus ahead of the full council meeting whilst five others allegedly came to her defence.

AP leaders say Pilane is a snake

2nd March 2018

Vice President of the Alliance for Progressives (AP), who also doubles as Francistown South Member of Parliament Wynter Mmolotsi has labelled President of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Sydney Pilane a snake amongst the opposition parties. He said Pilane’s aim is to cause instability and confusion ahead of the 2019 general election, something they had long warned their colleagues in opposition about. Speaking at a packed political rally to launch AP in the northern part of the country at Chedu Choga freedom square, Mmolotsi blasted Pilane saying “he is a snake amongst the opposition” from whom they have run away to form the Alliance for Progressives. He said that when they decided to bolt out of the BMD after their loud protestations against Pilane, they were dismissed as cry-babies and hungry for power, but warned UDC that Pilane was yet to reveal his real character.

DPP mull over amendment of bailout law

2nd March 2018

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says there is need to amend bailout laws regarding offenders who commit serious crimes like rape and murder. This comes after DPP took into consideration the outcry of Batswana that such offenders should be locked away until their trials are concluded. Speaking to The Midweek Sun this week, DPP Director Stephen Tiroyakgosi said the public’s concern is appreciated and there may be need to amend the law to ensure that offenders are not easily granted bail.

Batswana students win Japanese scholarships

2nd March 2018

Three Batswana youths – Mpuang Admore Phindani; Chidzani Mbinda and Segofalang Annah Modisenyane - apparently all hailing from the northern part of the country – are this year’s recipients of Japanese government’s scholarship. Phindani and Modisenyane will leave earlier in April this year whilst Mbinda will depart for Japan in September. They are all going to study for Master’s Degree in their various fields of discipline. Phindani, 24, from Nkange has just completed his four-year Bachelor Degree in Applied Geophysics at the University of Botswana. He will now study Disaster Prevention in the heart of Japan at Kyoto University, in a city with over a millennium of history, but lately renowned for bequeathing the world the Kyoto Protocol on 11 December 1997, an international treaty and precursor to what is today known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Mascom explains the MySocial debacle

2nd March 2018

 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.

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).

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