Snitch on a drug lord, lose a finger

Cities and towns across Botswana have gained notoriety as hotspots for drugs. From students to middle-class employees, it seems to be en vogue to be sniffing or blowing something. There are certain cliques known to be part of the “drugs circles.” For parents and other concerned members of society, it is tragic to see youth throw their future down the drain in just a puff or sniff.

19th October 2017

85-year old perishes in Ftown fire

19th October 2017

The sleepy location of Ntshe in Francistown was yesterday awoken to a tragic fire incident which gutted an 85 year old man. Speculation was rife that the pensioner who lived by himself in his farm in which he grew vegetables had sold his farm to a business man in Francistown. It is alleged that information of the sale somehow got to thieves who then paid the old man a visit and reduced his shack into flames.

Stiletto walk on this weekend

19th October 2017

The Cancer Association of Botswana together with Railpark Mall have joined hands to raise public awareness to the scourge of breast cancer by organising a 6-kilomentre Stiletto Walk for both men and women this Saturday.   Under the theme, 'Big or small, save them all,' the awareness campaign will feature other activities such as foot massage after the big walk, as well as cancer screening.

Illicit diamond trafficking worries OLDM boss

19th October 2017

Illicit diamond trafficking still remains a threat at Orapa’s Debswana mine despite the high security level, says Orapa Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (ODLM) General Manager Bakani Motlhabane.He revealed that there are issues of people found with materials suspected to be diamonds but not actual diamonds. Motlhabane said that this year they have recorded a single case in which an employee was found in possession of materials suspected to be diamonds. He said it was only revealed after investigations were carried out that the material in question was not actual diamonds.

17 preschools closed

19th October 2017

With the growing importance of Early Childhood Education and Development (ECC&D) in Botswana, some unscrupulous people have taken advantage of this to operate pre-schools illegally. This was revealed at the second Ba Isago University’s International Research Conference on Early Childhood Education and Development in the 21st Century.

Calls for greater kidney health reverberate this Friday

19th October 2017

Over 150 Medical professionals from across the world will descend on Botswana this Friday to support calls for kidney health during the inaugural Botswana International Renal Conference. Held under the theme, ‘Sustainability of Renal Care in Developing Countries,’ the three-day-event will bring together over 150 experts from across the world.

Calls for safe, legal abortion resurface

4th October 2017

The Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), Alliance for Women Advocating for Change (AWAC), SAfAIDS and Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) recently led other African Rights Organisations in calling for safe, legal and accessible abortion in the continent. The call, made during the commemoration of the International Safe Abortion day on September 28th, comes despite many African countries criminalising it.

Doctors’ shoddy work costs youth

4th October 2017

A kidney donated to Obakeng Kgosi by a Pakistan donor in Pakistan in August 2006 has since failed him five years after the operation. The kidney cost him P15000 and he had hoped it would save him from pain and the dreaded kidney dialysis procedure. Obakeng’s plea was first made public in 2006 when his family could not raise P350 000 needed for the operation in Pakistan.

BPP in the horns a dilemma

4th October 2017

The formation of Alliance for Progressives (AP) by Ndaba Gaolathe and his supporters after falling out with Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), has reportedly put Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) in a quagmine. Indications are that, the majority of the party members of the BPP Central Committee (CC) want to cut ties with the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and join hands with the new kid on the block.

BMD Youth League prepare for elective congress

4th October 2017

The troubled Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMDYL) is scheduled to go for its elective congress next month (November). The last known congress held in Ramotswa was later nullified by the party leadership in what was part of a power-struggle within the BMD executive committee. Party spokesperson Rasina Rasina said the BMD Executive Committee has amongst other things resolved that BMD Youth Branches who had already held their congresses and elected their delegates should bring names accompanied by appropriate records to party secretariat not later than the last day of this month.

Civil servants free to partake in BDP’s Bulela Ditswe

4th October 2017

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) says it will not block civil servants from participating in the primary elections. In the next two weeks, the party will be holding its first phase of elections in the constituencies held by opposition. Speaking in an interview, Chairman of Communications and International Relations, Fish Pabalinga said nothing has changed. The party will continue with its plan to hold primary elections on the 21st of this month.

Goaba goes after the ka-ching

4th October 2017

 Still mum on BBC contract

Mystery murder rocks Matsiloje village

4th October 2017

Matsiloje residents are still shocked by the death of a 24-year old man on September 29 who died from stab wounds at the same bar where his late father was shot to death by armed robbers in 2013. Residents interviewed by The Midweek Sun said the whole incident resembles an act of witchcraft or curse on the victims. They said by the look of things, the recent incident cannot be a coincidence since the young man did not deserve to have been murdered. Matsiloje Police Station Commander Superintendent Obert Manji confirmed the incident.

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