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Wine treat for Francistown residents

Irene Shone

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EVERY DROP COUNTS: Wine lovers to learn more about wining and dining

Francistowners will be treated to a lovely wine and food picnic this coming Saturday, courtesy of Dwine Wines, who will also showcase a variety of their wines.

The picnic is set to start in the morning at 10 am till 6pm. This event would however be collaborated with Sefalana Hyper to host the food tasting. Some of the wines that are expected to be on offer include: Weltevrede wine Estate, Noble Hill wine Estate, Rainbowas End Wine Estate to swirl, sniff and sip.

Marketing Director from Dwine, Elizabeth Baitumetse told Vibe that they want people living in Francistown to appreciate the diverse range of wines including Italian wines at Cresta Marang Gardens. “For many, the changing of seasons come with the change of preference in food and wine. Most people prefer heartier meals with their red wines, therefore we just want to treat people living in Francistown in that regard,” she said.

Baitumetse also acknowledged the fact that Francistown has become amongst Botswana’s growing regions with appreciation of food and wine. Dwine has always hosted wine tasting events and they believe in establishing a new standard in culture of wine in Botswana. “We are inspired by the desire to demystify the world of wine for all to enjoy.

We focus on our customised wine branding, wine distribution, high profile wine tastings, creative gifting and training.” There will also be a variety of activities for attendants to settle down and learn the basics of wine etiquette, how to do food pairing, why swirl and sniff and all other intricacies of fine wining and dining.

There will also be a bonfire and marshmallow-toasting segment. The little ones will also be treated to some fun in the form of games and treats. DJ K.u.d will entertain the attendants with his soothing sounds.

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka

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CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone

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LITTLE EISTEIN: Wame Kangumbe

Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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