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8th March 2018

Dr. Sebathu Chiyapo; The first Motswana Clinical Oncologist

8th March 2018

Clinical Oncologist Consultant at Gaborone Private Hospital (GPH), Dr Sebathu Chiyapo, is the first Motswana clinical oncologist. He talks to RACHEL RADITSEBE about one of the most dreaded diagnoses – cancer!

THE MENTAL HEALTH SERIES

8th March 2018

SELF HARM IN MENTAL ILLNESS EXPLAINED

How do I avoid being bold

8th March 2018

How do I avoid balding?

BIG FAT Lies

8th March 2018

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

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.

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.

Parliament discusses budget proposals

2nd March 2018

The nation waits with great interest to see on how different ministries will fare in their business of presenting their budget proposal before the Committee of Supply beginning Tuesday. Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Alfred Madigele recently told Parliament that he will be presenting before them a budget proposal for his ministry including parastatals under him. Madigele revealed that Chief Executive Officers of parastatals earn same salaries with Permanent Secretaries. Similarly, government does make determination to salaries of officers below Vice Chancellors at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and University of Botswana (UB). He said regarding personnel of parastatals, UB included, their conditions of service are decided upon by the relevant Councils. “The Incomes Policy instead provides for flexibility in dealing with that,” he said. He added that in 2014, 2015, and 2016 BIUST Council did not award increment to its staff. It was only in 2017 that they awarded 6 percent increment as cost of living adjustment. It was based on past recent salary increment for public servants of 3 and 4 percent respectively. Madigele revealed that the salaries of CEOs of these parastatals are the ones pegged to Permanent Secretary level. Consequently, any changes or adjustments introduced by the government would necessitate an adjustment to the basic salary of the Vice Chancellor, MP for Gaborone Central, Dr Phenyo Butale had sought information on progress made so far in improving the conditions of service for personnel at UB, particularly with regard to the recent increment for public servants (3 and 4 percent respectfully ). Butale also sought to know if employees of BIUST were accorded the same increment, and that if that was the case, an explanation be given why the same was not extended to UB employees.

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.