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PPP weeps again

Yvonne Mooka

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Former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Tonota South Member of Parliament Pono Moatlhodi was at it again last Saturday when he cried in front of multitudes gathered at Semotswane Primary School.

It was prize giving ceremony for pupils and PPP, as Moatlhodi is affectionately known, was among the invited dignitaries. The guest speaker at the event was Tonota resident Gosaitse Lemeku, a 31 year-old who grew up poor and raised single-handedly by his mother. Lemeku said his family was the laughing stock of the village with a dilapidated house that was closed with a dustbin as they had no money to buy a decent door. His mother could not afford to buy him school uniform and other items required at school. “I was the poorest among the rest at school. My mother was not working and life was hard, but I was determined to excel and change her situation,” he said.

All the while, Moatlhodi was listening attentively. The young man would then pause and become emotional as he spoke about how PPP played a major role in his life. He said that the former MP managed to convince social workers that he qualified for welfare support.

‘’They had rejected me saying my mother was alive and active and that she should work, but you see this man here, he went all out to ensure they enrol me under their programme. They listened to him. Rre Moatlhodi also bought me a school cup branded my name, and food basket whenever he visited me at school. He also gave me P300 to look for tertiary institution after my Cambridge,” said the Limkokwing University BSc in Information Technology graduate.

At this time, PPP had moved from his chair and knelt down as if praying with folded hands. As Lemeku continued to express gratitude, PPP who could no longer control his tears from rolling down his cheeks stood up and went and hugged him. He would then go back to his seat and continued crying.

In a later interview with The Midweek Sun, Moatlhodi spoke fondly of Lemeku. “He has always been a hard worker and highly determined with a positive mindset. He is a serious visionary and I see him taking this nation far. Even though his upbringing and family background were tough, he never let anything deter him from achieving his dreams. I get emotional thinking about him,” he said, adding that he convinced social workers to help him with school uniform and food basket.

Moatlhodi is famous for crying easily. He wept openly as his uncle Joseph Montsho was chased away from a Botswana Democratic Party meeting in 2008. In 2015, he cried when he explained the struggle the residents of Jamataka endured to attain village status in 2001.

Lemeku owns an IT company called Lemeku Trackers Technology which deals with ICT solutions and general supplies. He also runs Gosa Motors which sells cars and Mind Space, a construction company. He has adopted several schools in Tonota and assists with sponsorship during events. Meanwhile, Lemeku advised students to keep working hard and to focus on their studies. He called on parents to take active participation in their children’s education. Obakeng Sengwaketse of ‘Se tengsediba’ hit entertained the guests.

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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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