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Man’s body lies two weeks in mortuary while wife is quarantined

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Thanks to Covid-19 regulations, Joel Fagin Peter of Kang village is yet to be buried, over two weeks since he was crashed to death by the car he was fixing.  

The bizarre accident happened on April 5 when the car jack holding up the car reportedly collapsed or slipped, making the vehicle he was under, to come crushing onto his body. The deceased’s body remains in a morgue in Kanye pending burial.

It is worse now that his wife, who is of South Africa origin, had to be placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Botswana while coming to arrange fro his burial. Only after being cleared free of COVID-19 will she be released.

According to a close family member of the deceased, they have no idea when the burial will be and all they are doing currently is  waiting on authorities to release the wife. It is only then that proper funeral arrangements can take place. “We are not  sure how long this will last but we wish things were different, it seems he will be there for the whole month,” said the relative.

Though they understand why things have to be done this way, it does not ease the prolonged pain of losing a loved one.  It was not an easy undertaking to get the wife to Botswana they say, there were so many processes to be followed and she is said to be in the country all alone without any relatives. Even their daughter cannot attend the funeral because of government restrictions.

Fagin, as he was well known, was a member of Gaborone Strides Runners Club. The  club spokesperson  Trevor Matlakala said the running community has lost a friend and a passionate runner – a humble soul who made everyone around him feel special and brave. He recalled that a day before he passed on, he had shared with the club WhatsApp group members a short selfie video of himself running in his yard, encouraging everyone to stay home and keep fit – that is the last fond memory of Fagin that will remain with Gabz Striders.

Another club member in Martin Dingake said Fagin had always been a sports person in his youthful  years and was later to switch gear to long distance running, a mentally, physically and psychologically daunting task.

“Every success for him carried with it the responsibility to invite and recruit others to join in his joy and delight. There would be many in the Club that Fagin recruited for the Cosmos 3 in 1 race. He leaves without having completed the logistics for many of us to try our trade in the Cosmos 3 in 1 race and to many, it remains doubtful we would ever be able to do it. It may well be that the need to do it should be stronger in honour of his memory,” Dingake said.

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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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