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P400K injection bolsters BISA

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NUTURING SPORTS DEVELOPMENT…JB Sports show generosity to BISA Source:The Midweek Sun

Local retail company JB Sports has sponsored Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) with sporting equipment worth P400 000. The sponsorship was launched in Gaborone this past Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch, JB Sports Chief Executive Officer, Rajesh Nair said the sponsorship is for a period spanning 12 months and they will consider renewing it next year. Nair said JB Sports is committed to developing sport in Botswana especially from grassroots level. From the sponsorship, he noted that P 250 000 will be dedicated to Zonal events. “My hope is that BISA events in 2018 will be a success and we will continue assisting whenever possible,” he said.

The retail chain store company has previously partnered with Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and its affiliates, one of them being Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF). Nair said they want to align with the BISA vision of unearthing talent from schools. For his part, BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe said they intend to work hand in hand with JB Sports to push the BISA mandate forward. He said they are grateful for government funding, however it has remained a challenge for BISA to fully roll out its plans for secondary school sports development.

Gaotlhobogwe revealed that BISA needs a budget of nearly 10 million annually, but only receive P1 million from the Ministry of Education. In addition, Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) assists with P400 000, with that, they are forced to cut down on their plans in order to fit activities within the budget.

Gaotlhobogwe explained that BISA organises national competitions for 12 different codes and also participates in regional and international events.
“We always have to go back and request for more in order to cover all our activities. Even though we have managed to successfully host some events, the signs are for all to see that soon we will be unable to continue with the trends. The ministry appears to be experiencing challenges hence we need partners like JB Sports,” Gaotlhobogwe said.

Furthermore, the BISA President pleaded with the private sector to continue supporting local sport saying the contribution relieves the government the huge burden of mothering all sporting associations.

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Basic Education, Simon Coles said sport plays a significant role in developing not only athletes but the country as well. He said the financial struggle cuts across all codes, however the government has limited resources and is often unable to offer the desired support.

“We know that we always receive the lion’s share from government, however we are also the biggest employer. About 80 percent of the finance goes to remuneration and salaries,” Coles said.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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