Churches must fight GBV atrocities – Mmereki-Burns

Churches that remain silent in the face of gender injustice are renouncing their role, says the fourth Vice President under Gender and Development at the Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) Bonolo Mmereki-Burns. Addressing a workshop organised by the Anglican Diocese of Botswana Guilds, Mmereki-Burns urged faith communities to take a lead role in fighting gender-based violence (GBV). She said while the church is a place of love, acceptance, healing and forgiveness, it also has a duty to speak boldly about atrocities most of which are committed towards women and girls such as sexual, emotional and physical abuse, early marriages even if it has been taboo to do so.

16th April 2018

Japanese NGOs offer Batswana orphans a lifetime chance

16th April 2018

A delegation of Ashinaga - a Japan-based non-profit organisation that provides educational and emotional support to orphaned students - will visit Botswana this week Thursday to Saturday to screen candidates for the 100-Year Vision Scholarship Program for 2018. An official of the Embassy of Japan in Botswana Uemura Yoshihiro said the representatives include Yoshihiro Imamura, the Director,  Ashinaga Uganda and Sarah Bourenane , Staff, Ashinaga USA. Imamura holds MA in Pubic Management and boasts 18 years in Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); one year with Ashinaga as well as six years with Local Government in Japan. In a brief to the media, Yoshihiro said that Ashinaga has supported over 95,000 orphans in the last 45 years, and many of its graduates are actively contributing to society in a variety of fields across the world.

Boot camps tackle alcohol, drug abuse

16th April 2018

Boot camps for students during school holidays have become disciplinary sessions which continue to grow students into responsible young citizens, says founder and president of Youth Of Hope Safe Haven (YOHSHO), Boipelo Mokone in an interview. He has been to several schools for the boot camp sessions. He will join Montshiwa Junior Secondary School students for a week’s boot camp this Sunday. He says the boot camp is primarily focused on developing the academic performance of the students through an organisation‘s academic excellence clinic programme.

BFA headquarters hit again

28th March 2018

Criminals have once again hit Lekidi Centre- the Botswana Football Association’s headquarters- this time getting away with national team uniforms in what appears to be an inside job. This publication has reliably learnt that over 42 tracksuits, assortment of casual wear used by senior national team players and officials while on camp was stolen in the first week of March and, or earlier in the storeroom The incident happens just within a month after Botswana Police arrested two officers for allegedly stealing funds amounting to P608. 532. 40 from the Association.

Long distance marriages tear families apart – Bishop Beleme

28th March 2018

Transferring couples to areas far away from their spouses affects marriages and the stability of family life. This was said by chairperson of the Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) also Bishop of the Anglican Church in Botswana, Reverend Metlhayotlhe Beleme during the launch of the Tsholofelong Children and Youth Trust in Gaborone. Beleme said the continued breakdown of the family unit in Botswana contributed to moral degeneration in society, and in turn led to high divorce, infidelity and abuse in communities.

HIV activist, 72, plans 500KM charity walk

28th March 2018

HIV/AIDS activist and Founder of Thusang Bana Centre, Stanley Monageng, is set to go on a 500km charity walk on May 1, to raise funds for the establishment of structures for the upkeep of orphans under his care. Uncle Stan, as the beloved 72-year old is known, has been running the charity in Molepolole for over a year now, which helps children whose parents have died from HIV/AIDS. With a complementary staff of 25 volunteers, Thusang Bana currently supports around 30 children between the ages of a month to six years old and 16 young people.

BOFEPUSU protests against sleaze and corruption start today

28th March 2018

Botswana Federation of Public Parastatal and Private Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) is planning a demonstration against corruption today (Wednesday) in Gaborone. The Federation has invited political parties, other unions, churches and the civil society to join them in the demonstration. Acting Secretary General of the Federation, Mogomotsi Motshegwa said everything is in order. He said they have mobilised various sectors of the society to join them in the demonstrations.

UDC failed itself in Ralekgetho – Monare

28th March 2018

Defeated Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) council candidate for Ralekgetho Ward Johnson Monare says the party has a lot to do in voter education to counter Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Monare who is a former councillor for the Ward lost the bye-election over the weekend to Omphile Motlhajwe of BDP. Monare got 233 votes against Motlhajwe’s 339 while Mothusiemang Malwetse of Alliance for Progressives (AP) came third with 45 votes. In an interview with this publication after results were announced Monare stated that people knew little about the new UDC symbol.

Francistown City Council owed P102 million in rates

23rd March 2018

Mayor of Francistown, Sylvia Muzila has expressed concern that non collection of rates, building materials loans, service levy arrears and other council charges are hampering a lot of intended developments in the city. Speaking during the just ended full council meeting, she said that the council is owed P102, 956,572.60 as rates to date. For this financial year alone, the council only managed to collect P14, 001,052.90 meaning that FCC needs to encourage people to use the channels that are in place to pay rates.

‘My father is my hero’

23rd March 2018

At a tender of age of 11 years, Albertinah Monageng had no choice but to take care of her HIV positive father after the death of her mother. The father is popular activist Stanley Monageng who runs an NGO called Thusang Bana in Molepolole. His late wife was however, HIV negative. Now 21, Albertinah, a BSc Honours in Computers with Botho College tells The Midweek Sun her story. Instead of going out to play with her friends, her daily concerns were now a matter of life and death. Suddenly the child had to bath her ill father, change and feed him.

Couple struck by lightning at a cattle ranch

23rd March 2018

Herdsman Keenetse Rakala (42) and the mother of his children Mphoyaone Gaanabeng (40) were struck by lightning this past week at a cattle ranch in Molapowabasadi settlement. Rakala was injured on the head while Gaanabeng has visible scars on her chest and back. The Midweek Sun team caught up with the visibly shocked couple this past weekend in Ralekgetho village where they reside. Rakala says on that fateful afternoon, him and his girlfriend together with their five-year old son were at the kraal preparing to go home.

Men also suffer domestic violence

23rd March 2018

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, occurs between people in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence against men can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse and threats of abuse.

Car knocks mother of 10 children to death

16th March 2018

Life has become even more desperate for 10 orphaned children who lost their mother recently in a car accident.