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Queen Elizabeth’s 93rd birthday celebrated

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Ketherine Ransome

Friends of the United Kingdom in Botswana, among them government officials, diplomats, individuals, NGOs and entrepreneurs gathered at the Westminster House to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday yesterday (Tuesday).

In her welcome remarks, British High Commissioner to Botswana Katherine Ransome said that in her three and half years in Botswana, she found that a consistent theme has been that of the importance of people and personal relationships to drive forward the broader UK/Botswana bilateral relationship.

“I have talked about the role women have played, particularly amazing women such as Dr.Gaositwe Chiepe and Eleanor Emery in the early days after independence, and more recently, over the last year, equally amazing women such as Gogontlejang Phaladi and Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, our two Commonwealth points of light as well as the ongoing fantastic engagement of our Chevening alumni,” she said.

Ransome said the personal links are reflected in their theme, acknowledging President Mokgweetsi Masisi for recently declaring 2018/19 a drought year.
“This reminds us all of the impact of climate change, and the vulnerability of countries like Botswana to even small changes in temperatures or rainfall patterns. “So our theme this year is Green is Great, reflecting both the UK’s commitment to tackling climate change and own commitment here”, she said.

She explained that at the international level, the UK will, at the request of the UN Secretary-General, lead on the Resilience and Adaptation strand at the UN Climate Summit in September this year.
For his part, acting minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Nonofo Molefhi said Botswana remains thankful for the support and protection accorded by Her Majesty’s government against aggression then, which paved the way for the Republic of Botswana. Among others he cited assistance in the form of capital development, scholarships and technical assistance.

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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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