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Kanye born actress on SA’s ‘The throne’

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Kanye born star, Koketso Mophuting managed to grow her acting career to greater heights after securing a role in Isibaya and is now an actress on South Africa’s weekly drama, The Throne.

The Throne is a television drama centred on the Kwena royal family, which portrays a vicious power struggle on which every family member desperately tries to serve their own interest. The drama airs from Monday to Thursday on DSTV channel 161. Her acting career began a long time ago, through her taking part in the local drama ‘Thokolosi’ in which she played Katlego.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, passionate Mophuting said that it is never easy to wave Botswana’s flag high in the congested South African entertainment industry, but that will not deter her from achieving her dreams.

“Nothing good ever comes without hard work, I encourage local artists to work hard enough to build their own legacies,” she said.The 29-year old actress took part in a short film that was produced under her newly formed production company but has not been screened yet.

Mophuting also played ‘Gugu’ on Single Mothers and she had appeared on a television production called The Bantu Hour.Mophuting will be seen playing the role of Sethunya, a character in which she uses her beauty and charm to acquire better things for herself. “It is an exciting year to grow my brand and mostly my acting career,” she said. The Throne is a production by Ferguson Films owned by Connie and Shona Ferguson.

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BATSWANA BAD AT SEX

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For a long time, majority of Batswana have been shying away from holding conversations about sex and according to local author, Kagiso Bareki, many relationships and marriages do not last because of poor sex life.

Speaking during Gamaila Authors Empowerment Session and Exhibition, Bareki hinted that bad sex has destroyed majority of marriages and love affairs, hence he saw the need to write his book dubbed ‘Sex and Intimacy,’ which mainly teaches people how to have sex.

He has written 16 books, mainly Christian books and some novels. He encourages authors to keep writing books and confidently shares that writing books has destroyed his ability to work for someone else, as it is a career on its own.

Bareki said he wrote his most talked about book ‘Sex and Intimacy’ after he realised that majority of Batswana are bad at having sex, both men and women. “We have never been taught how to have sex, we have been taught how to communicate and how to budget but not how to have sex. The book I wrote capitalises on ‘how to,’ that couples need to properly do the foreplay, massages and know how to kiss during sex,” he said.

Asked whether there is a specific gender that needs to be taught how to have sex Bareki said that all genders are affected.“Re na le mathata. This sex issue is wrecking marriages and love affairs. Sex is a topic that we often avoid because some are just ashamed to speak about it openly, yet it is important,” he added.

Bareki has challenged married couples to create a proper environment for sex, further stating that there are things specifically designed for sex, such as enhancements, food and sex furniture that accommodate many sexual positions. “There are foods to eat during sex, yet many couples do not eat during sex,” said Bareki. He also said the book includes rules of sexual enjoyment, vaginal dryness and many other interesting topics.

He shared with authors that he promotes his books through the internet and that he has already sold 10 000 copies. Other authors who graced the event were Koziba Sebina, who is a professional speaker and international success coach, Belinda Lekone who spoke about her book, ‘Against all Odds’ and Member of Parliament for Kanye South Abram Kesupile.

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DOUBLE-EDGED BLESSING

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Euphoria attended Ian Khama’s arrival into Botswana’s political space back in 1998. However, the excitement soon turned into palpable fear especially among the rank and file of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

This, the party that his late father and founding president of the country, Sir Seretse Khama founded with Sir Ketumile Masire – was riddled in factions along the North/South divide and plagued by a leadership struggle at the time. Ian Khama was ostensibly recruited from the army to stabilise the party and restore its credibility among the electorate. From day one that he entered political office as then President Festus Mogae’s Vice President and Minister without Portfolio, Khama’s tenure has been dogged with controversy.

As party leader, he amended the party constitution to centralise power, much to the chagrin of veteran cadres and the Young Turks, some of whom eventually trooped out of the BDP to form the Botswana Movement for Democracy. As the country’s president he ruled by fear, clandestinely using his security apparatus to silence dissent in the party, Parliament, Cabinet and the entire public service. He, alongside his then Permanent Secretary to the President Eric Molale earned the tag, ‘Public Workers’ Enemy No. 1’ on account of his oppressive labour practices, which led to thousands of retrenchments in mining companies – notably, Debswana, BCL and Tati Nickel mines.

Some 21 years later, Khama’s legacy is not only a national project, but has also permeated the African region and some parts of the world on account of the values and democratic credentials he espoused. Here is a fearless former Army Commander – a soldier at heart and a stickler for costitutionalism whose word has equated to law – who dared to put China in its place over Tibet’s struggle for independence and particularly its treatment of the Dalai Lama. A leader of a small nation of just over 2 million people who dare to challenge the largest nation on the face of the earth! As for his treatment of neighbouing Zimbabwe, the opposition would eventually describe his foreign policy as ‘rooftop diplomacy’!

Here is a leader that was accused by his African peers as being ‘Eurocentric,’ a leader that would not attend African Union or United Nations meetings preferring instead to perpetually delegate the tasks to his Vice President or Foreign Minister. All of a sudden this leader is out of power and is being denied permission to use state aircraft by “Hitlaranyana” (Little Hitler) – the Permanent Secretary to the President.

Khama – the all powerful has had to contend with a few lessons in humility since the ascendance in April 1st 2018 of his successor, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi to the office of the President of the Republic of Botswana. Along the way, his trusted lieutenants and loyalists in the government machinery such as the founding Head of the once-feared Directorate of Intelliegence and Security Services (DISS) and a personal friend of Khama, Colonel Isaac Kgosi, have been ejected from their lofty positions with little regard for Khama’s protestations.

Khama has now returned with a vengeance following the routing of a BDP faction allegedly linked to him – New Jerusalem – in the recent party’s presidential congress in Kang, where Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, a suspected Khama decoy, withdrew her bid at the eleventh hour. There is no doubting that this development irreparably dented New Jerusalem’s ego, especially since one of its key players, Samson Moyo Guma, who had been poised to challenge for the position of party Secretary General, was missing in action, believed to be self-exiled to South Africa’s posh surburb, Sandton.

Compoundiing the situation was that Khama was also absent without official leave (AWOL) at the Kang Congress, where Masisi would sail through unopposed as President of the party. Obviously this played against the script. Masisi was supposed to go by any means necessary even it meant creating a party precedence!

In any case, the party constitution provides for election of party president – it’s just that over time tradition had been used to trample on democracy! Ever since the country’s second president, Sir Ketumile amended the constitution to provide for automatic succession of the president – all incumbents have benefitted from this undemocratic clause including Khama. Khama, the Kgosi of BaNgwato, has now hit a cul-de-sac within the BDP and wants out. He says the party leadership has subverted the constitution; that decisions are based on emotions and he will not want to associate with such an organisation.

As a result he called his tribes people from all over GammaNgwato – the stronghold of BDP with 17 constituencies – this past Saturday to apprise them of his decision to resign from his father’s party. He found a willing audience, loyal subjects drawn from across the country’s political divide, but certainly with an ear only for his message – in the true spirit of the Tswana maxim, ‘Mafoko a Kgosi a agelwa mosako.’ Khama bared his soul to his subjects. They cheered him; they cried with him; they felt his pain and finally accepted his errand – to go into the country and find out whether people want him to stay in the BDP or to leave it.

However, couched in that instruction is the clear and unambiguous decision, that Khama has finally left his father’s party. His dressing down of BDP cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament including all the three arms of government, gave him away. Worse still, Khama not only announced how he has been humiliated by the minister for Environment and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila who has “suspended” Khama from his position as Botswana’s Toursim Anmbassador, but also announced to the meeting that he was resigning as Vision 2036 Ambassador to pre-empt such eventuality by government. Wise decision indeed: Which Vision Ambassador goes around the country denouncing his own master as unfit? But what was music to the ears of many was when he endorsed the opposition parties as having credible leaders and signalling his wish to work with any of them. The nail on the head of the BDP coffin was when he announced plans to decampaign some of the BDP Members of Parliament whom he accuses of dishonesty.

He has promised to visit the constituencies of VP Tsogwane; Dorcas Makgato’s Ramokgonami/Sefhare and Bobirwa constituency where parliamentary candidate Francisco Kgoboko, whom he claims to have helped beat MP and Defense and Justice Minster Shaw Kgathi, has turned against him. All these are clear indications that Khama is on an all-out campaign and will stop at nothing to remove Masisi from the presidency and by extension, BDP from power in the October general elections. The stage is now set. Duma Boko’s Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) which is currently embroiled in what promises to be a protracted legal tussle with one of its expelled contracting partners – BMD – has suddenly been thrown a lifeline. There is a good chance, if the UDC could play its cards well by staging a convincing public relations exercise, it could sway the Central District votes to its side.

On the other hand, with Khama gone, the BDP, could, like the falcon, rise from the ashes to become a much more formidable force unencumbered by royal privilege or captured by personality cults. Indeed, Khama’s resignation may just be the blessing that the party has always craved in as much as it could be the trump card that the opposition has always needed to taste state power. Let’s wait and see, but all is well that ends well. In the final analysis, it is the country’s democracy that stands to be enriched by the actions of these two men – Khama and Masisi. The latter is being accused of betraying Khama just because he is reversing most of Khama’s programmes and policies, which were largely described as ‘populist.’ Masisi has earned the wrath of MPs – in and outside his party – for many of his decisions. These same MPs who used to be called ‘Vultures’ when they demanded pay rise in Parliament! Like Khama said on Saturday, man is an untrustworthy animal!

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