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Zimbabwe border jumpers an existential threat for Botswana

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BY EDWARD BULE

Amidst fears of the fast-spreading Coronavirus currently ravaging the world, police in the north eastern block of the country continue to arrest several illegal immigrants who are found to have crossed in to Botswana at ungazetted areas along the Botswana-Zimbabwe border line.

This series of events are worrisome, according to authorities, especially given the measures government has been putting up to prevent the spread of corona virus.

So far over 100 illegal immigrants have been nabbed with some claiming to be on their way to go and take up employment at some places within Botswana, Senior Superintendent Officer Commanding No. 15 District-Francistown, Kabo Gape Badirwang has said.

He revealed that a lot of the Zimbabweans they apprehended were actually on their way returning to where they had been before. Those presumably coming in for the first time were found to have phone numbers of their would-be hosts. “Some of them would say they were actually on their way to South Africa or Gaborone when we arrested them,’’ lamented Badirwang.

The recent reports of cases of Corona virus in Zimbabwe have sent shivers down the spines of many including community leaders in the border villages, escalating the discomfort Botswana has had with Zimbabwe illegal immigrants for decades.

Kgosi Ngocha Habangana of Mapoka, also in the border with Zimbabwe, is of the view that government should intensify border patrols to end or minimise border fence  jumping into the country. Ramokgwebana border post, like all the other legal entry points into Botswana, are closed to non-essential non citizens and some from Zimbabwe have resorted to seeking other areas along the border where they cross undetected.

“Nobody knows when this thing will end. We are vulnerable because very soon we will die,” said Kgosi Habangana who also expressed disappointment with those who harbour illegal immigrants.

Another worried community leader is Kgosi Mukani Mudongo of Nlapkhwane village, also a border village near Zimbabwe. “As community leaders here at Nlapkhwane village, we are trying our best to empower our people with knowledge on the coronavirus with the view to kill the many dangerous myths that have persisted. However, illegal border fence jumpers remain a problem.

“There has been a spate of break-ins here and most of the time tracks led to the destroyed border fences. In some cases, some of the goods were discovered inexplicably discarded by the border fence. The problem with these people is that, they travel at night or in the wee hours of the morning,” Kgosi Mudongo said.

What also worries him is the movement of people from his village into Zimbabwe usually also as border jumpers. Mudongo cannot rule out information from the Police that border patrols have been increased as an intervention measure against the spread of the virus.

Kgosi George Moroka of Moroka village in the North East District (NED) is also very conscious of the existential threat and the risk the border fence jumpers pose to the community and country at large.

“The traffic is not only one way where the Zimbabweans come here, those already this side also cross to check on their relatives. After crossing into the villages where it is clear that some villagers harbour and conceal them, the border jumpers then proceed to Francistown or beyond to look for work.

“As a leader, I have so far held two (2) kgotla meetings with health officials to capacitate the community with information on precautionary measures against the disease. We also appeal to our people to not give accommodation to the illegal border fence jumpers,” said Kgosi George Moroka.

He explained that because Botswana shares borders with Zimbabwe and given the economic situation in Zimbabwe, this has resulted in a lot of illegal movement between the two countries.

But Superintendent Badirwang is adamant police have the siatuation under control.

“It cannot be business as usual. Our mandate as Botswana Police Service is to protect lives and property. We have intensified our patrol activities here to protect lives within the context of the coronavirus. We stop and search vehicles.

“What I find disappointing, which I think people should desist from doing with immediate effect, is their willingness to harbour foreigners and give them employment at their farms with the full knowledge that they are illegal immigrants and could be carriers of the virus,” said the police chief.

 

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5 Forex Tools that every African trader must know

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Trading in the foreign exchange market can be intimidating for any African retail trader, regardless of whether they are beginners or experienced traders.

Therefore, all African traders must use a solid trading strategy and a range of trading tools to assist them in their trading decisions. Forex trading tools can be accessed through a forex trading platform and a forex broker, who often offer this for free or as a paid service.

There are hundreds of helpful forex tools that African traders can use, and these are some of the best ones.

Economic Calendar

An economic calendar is one of the most useful and powerful forex trading tools for African forex traders. The calendar features a list of economic releases and geopolitical events, amongst other things according to their date, location, and level of importance.

African traders can gain insight into future market consensus, historical released outcomes, central bank policy statements, monetary policies and policymaker speeches, upcoming elections, and so on.

Trading Signals

Trading signals are another popular tool that traders can use to help them make accurate and dependable predictions on price movements in the forex market. Trading signals are popular tools for forex traders because they can trigger buy or sell actions according to predetermined criteria.

Trading signals can consist of criteria such as volume surges, earnings reports, or using certain existing signals. Technical analysis is an important component in using trading signals as it can help traders recognise the types of trading indicators that they can use to complement their trading style.

However, quantitative analysis, market sentiment measures, and fundamental analysis tools are also important considerations for making informed trading decisions. Trading signals can help successful traders remain focused in volatile markets, helping them identify perfect trading opportunities, market trends, resistance levels, and market movements in a range of markets.

Trading Platforms

Trading platforms refer to the software applications that African traders use to carry out trades. This is not the only function of a forex trading platform, and it can be used for in-depth analysis and other functions.

Trading platforms feature a wide range of tools for traders including an economic calendar, technical indicators, educational resources, and more. Trading platforms have comprehensive charting capabilities, with price charts that can be viewed in different time frames across different financial markets.

Trading Journal

All market participants are urged to keep a comprehensive trading journal, providing them with a detailed record of their past trades.

By keeping a trading journal, African traders can take note of their successful trades, the trading strategies they use, and they can note their mistakes to allow them to improve on their strategies.

Some information the trading journal must include is:

  • The date on which trades are executed
  • The currency pair or financial instrument is traded along with the entries and exits.
  • Whether the trader entered a buy or sell position
  • The price at which the trade was entered and the closing price when it was closed
  • The amounts of pips gained or lost along with their value in base currency
  • The technical indicators or trading strategies used

Calculators

African traders have a wide range of calculators that will save them a significant amount of time in preparing for different market conditions. These calculators include some of the following:

  • Margin calculators
  • Profit calculators
  • Currency converters
  • Volatility calculators
  • Pip calculators, and several others.
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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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