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BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY

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There has been 1, 8 million births recorded by the ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs since 1968.

Commmenting on the budget proposal for the ministry last week Member of Parliament for Ramotswa, Samuel Rantuana disagreed with the available statistics. “Does the minister imply that population growth is that very low? I don’t believe the numbers are accurate we can’t have just 1.79 million children born in the past 51 years. This means we are growing slowly,” he refuted.

If so, he said citizens must be encouraged to have more children. The statistics show that 64 350 births were registered during the period April 2018 to February 2019 out of which 31 541 were females and 32 809 males. As at February 2019, people under the age of 16 years stood at over 820 000 as per the National births register. Rantuana also suggested that single parents should be given an allowance to raise children.

“Many women are out there struggling to raise children that are deserted by their fathers, so government should consider to help (sic) these women,” said Rantuana. Minister of Nationality Immigration and Gender Affairs, Ngaka Ngaka said the national identity register (Omang) shows a total of over 1.6 million people above the age of 16 years were registered as at February 2019. Out of that number 837, 400 are females and 795, 900 are males.

On the other hand, the National death register stands at over 359 000 since inception in 1968. Since April 2018 to date a total of 15 662 deaths were recorded out of which more than 7 600 are females and more than 8000 are males. “Registration of death remains a challenge, particularly in the remote and hard to reach areas. My ministry continues to intensify public education on the importance of death registration,” said Ngaka. Ngaka said the idea to give single parents allowance is a good suggestion but it might encourage men to continue deserting children knowing that government will raise those children.

“We have already embarked on a programme to empower the boy child so that they grow to become responsible men. If we can go back and say government will take care of their children we will continue with the same problem,” said Ngaka.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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