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Surge in copper cable theft

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BTCL security team in collaboration with police apprehended a suspected copper cable thief in the wee hours of Monday while three other suspects fled in a white Honda Fit with fake number plates.
“We are optimistic that we will arrest his accomplices,” said Sir Seretse Khama Airport Police Station Commander, Banneetse Keakile.

According to the police the suspects were intercepted while burning their contraband in one of the farms near Sebele. The cable had been cut a few metres from Gaborone North police station and dragged through farms to Sebele.

Keakile said if found guilty, the criminals face a four-year imprisonment or a fine of P50 000 or both.Authorities at Botswana Telecommunication Limited (BTCL) are complaining that copper cable theft is denting operations at the company.

Modise Mokgathong, Head of Security Services at BTCL revealed that the company has suffered an increase in overhead and underground copper cables theft, despite increased security patrol teams at night by the company.

“Over the past three months, we have been experiencing a surge and have lost close to three million pula in replacement of cables,” said Mokgathong citing that other costs are aligned to service interruptions. Makgathong said due to rapid theft of the cables which occur every week at an alarming rate, repairs are lagging behind.

“I am behind in replacements and have also run out of cables in the storeroom,” said Makgathong attributing the rise in copper cable theft to market forces. “There is demand in copper that has grown and the prices have gone up too.” He said the interruptions of services affect both voice and data for customers across board – shops, banks and individuals.

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka

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CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone

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LITTLE EISTEIN: Wame Kangumbe

Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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