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Standard 4 Phakalane pupil, 9, publishes her first book

Rachel Raditsebe

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A standard four pupil at Phakalane Primary School, Lone Moepswa is proving that age is just a number that can’t prevent one from realising one’s dreams.

The nine-year old has published her first book, ‘The Family Dolphin: The Dolphin’s sparkling necklace.’ An avid reader who likes British novelist Roald Dahl, Lone, like many children, struggled with comprehending and the meaning and purpose of a story.

But after reading a biography about Dahl and his writing process, she became interested in that process herself, according to her parents. “When you read you are able to become a better writer,” Lone said in an interview recently. “It helps you find your true passion, which in my case is to become an author.”

And through that, the Moepswa’s saw a way to help their daughter understand the mechanics behind stories and even help her develop a better reading comprehension. “We started off by writing short stories at home and the different aspects of writing such as developing a plot. When we heard about the Kids writing workshop at Honeycomb Hub, we knew it would be perfect for her”, said her father, Tirelo Moepswa.

The eight week course aims to teach children to brainstorm and develop their ideas into stories. “Lone wrote every word from beginning to end. Of course, we do some copy editing… but as far as the order of the book, the plot, what’s going to happen, what Ella is going to say, the days of the week, that’s all her,” explained Honeycomb Hub Co-Founder, Abigail Burkett. Lone had a writing journal that she used to write down her ideas and draw pictures which slowly formed her book. She also attended weekly sessions with other children where they read their work to one another and provided feedback and encouragement. And the Moepswa’s are excited to see their daughter accomplish her goal as they hope this inspires other kids too.

“It has been quite fascinating to see her put together her story. Some people keep dolphins as pets, but her imagination allowed her to create a world where a baby dolphin can keep a pet as well.
And the imperfections are the best part about her book,” Moepswa added.

“Not criticising children and allowing them to create something that is really theirs, we believe, is the best way for them to express themselves and connect with their peers”. Lone’s story is about a family of dolphins. Ella’s mother, who is ill tells Ella that her father is missing. Armed with a sparkling necklace her mother gave her, good friends and her pet fish, the brave baby dolphin goes on an adventure to find her father.

As for his daughter’s future as a writer, Moepswa said he thinks she will continue to write. “We hope she continues to work hard towards all of her dreams”. Lone is on the same page as her father when it comes to pursuing her efforts as an author.

“I want to continue to write. The most exciting part about becoming an author is that now everyone is reading my book but most importantly learning from it and that makes me happy, “she said.
She plans to join the spring session of the Honeycomb Wood Young writers club and maybe write a book in Setswana next.The Family Dolphin: The Dolphin’s sparkling necklace is available on Amazon.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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