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Heroic Lekaukau laid to rest

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In his 71 years of life and in particular, his longest stay in the public service, the late Cuthbert Moshe Tebogo Lekaukau may have rubbed many people the wrong way.

But the fact is, this country needs more people like him. Lekaukau counts among the many men and women who have served this country with great diligence and the history of this noble land will not be complete without a paragraph dedicated to him. While as a nation we are crying for having lost one of the country’s biggest role models. Equally, we celebrate the life lived well against all odds and thank God for having giving this republic one of the greatest icons and visionaries.

In the words of her daughter, Tsholofelo, her father was ‘the biggest role model as you have shown commitment to everything that you have been engaged in, you are a faithful Christian, a successful career man, a loving husband, caring father, a responsible citizen and a loyal friend”.

As much as he was a disciplinarian, Moshe was a friend to all and knew how to interact with all and give advice accordingly to the young, old, rich and the peasants.

What brought me closer to Lekaukau is the nature of my work- journalism. I started my career at a time when he was permanent secretary, and by God’s design, his wife Tshisimogo too was holding the same position in other ministry. This made it just to be impossible for the likes of myself to avoid being in contact with this family.

I often carried a camera to many of my social and work meetings. One day I went for routine weekly prayers at the King Christ Cathedral in the Main Mall carrying my camera as I had to take pictures of my friend’s daughter who was being baptised by Bishop Boniface Setlalekgosi.

Realising that I was carrying a camera on that day, Lekaukau asked me to take at least one good picture of his daughter Tsholo as she was being baptised by too. I obliged. I am sure Lekaukau must have treasured that picture as it took me at least five years to deliver it, but still it brought great happiness to him.
I realised Lekaukau’s love for his daughter and family that he is not the kind of man who gives up on his hope.

He would ask me every time we met when would I bring the picture of his daughter and my response was that I would once I find proper accommodation. By the Lord’s grace it happened and I managed to get Tsholo’s picture and delivered it to Lekaukau’s office. On that day he looked me in the face and said, “I never realised that you are such an honest man!” He then picked up the phone and informed MmaLekaukau about the good news. Since then we became closer.

The secret
At the time when I was attending church at King the Christ Cathedral, Lekaukau was the chairman of the church council. I and another friend, Jacob Sesinyi took a decision to go back to our parent’s church the United Congregation Church for Southern Africa (UCCSA).

When we left the Cathedral we chose not to announce it because it was obvious that Lekaukau was never going to understand our reasons for quitting. For a long time when we met he would ask me why he doesn’t see me at church and I would be economic with the truth and advance different reasons.

The secret came out into the open one day during the Sunday that the Ministers Fraternal had dedicated for ministerial exchange during which ministers are where ministers are assigned to preach at a different church.

Bishop Setlalekosi came to our church Trinity and he asked Reverend Master Basele if the two faces that he is seeing are Jacob Sesinyi’s, and mine. Basele replied in the affirmative.  Setlalekgosi said to him, “What makes me glad is that the two boys are not lost to God.” But still, even being given the green light, I could not inform Lekaukau.

My latest engagement with Lekaukau was his interest on my tribe Bakhurutshe of Tonota. He engaged me a lot on why we call ourselves Bakhurutshe and not Bahurutshe. Lekaukau being a nation builder died while he was still mobilising Ba –K-hutshe of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to come together as well as writing a book about the tribe. Nothing was pleasing like seeing both Lekaukau’s requiem mass and funeral being conducted by Setlalekgosi.

 May his souls rest in peace.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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