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‘Streetwise’ nurse wins prestigious award in Australia

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AWARD RECIPIENT: Direpang Segosebe

A committed local community service volunteer Direpang Segosebe won the prestigious loyal community service award in Australia at the University of Southern Queensland recently.

Segosebe is a nurse by profession and employed by the District Health Management Team (DHMT). However she has dedicated all her life to volunteering her services to the needy, the youth and the elderly in Botswana.

Speaking to the Midweek Sun this week, Segosebe said the award did not come as a surprise as the government once honored her for upholding the Vision 2016 pillar of compassionate, just and caring nation. In 2007 she was recognised for promoting the Vision pillar of an educated and informed nation.

She took it upon herself that she teaches the elderly about health issues in the villages and at the post offices because she had seen a gap that they are not coming to the clinics for the free information.

“I also uplifted the self-esteem of street children with a Christmas lunch in 2012, it was my project and the kids were open with me to an extent that they began sharing their struggles with me,” Segosebe said.

She has gone an extra mile by advising them to visit the clinic and some of them even started taking medication. Segosebe explained that she wishes to close the stigmatisation in the public because people normally look down on street kids.

‘I get maximum satisfaction by giving back and volunteering my services to Botswana. I did my Bachelor’s Degree in nursing to broaden up my horizons. I have always volunteered my services to the country during my spare time and I will continue doing exactly that,” she said. She expressed gratitude to the University Of Southern Queensland, saying they paid all for her flight and accommodation expenses and treated her well in Australia.

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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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