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Date rape prevalent but underreported

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Date rape is prevalent in Botswana, according to psycho-support stakeholders but remains under-reported. Drugs like ndande are used to spike drinks of unsuspecting individuals and force them into sexual engagement. Pako Selemogo of Men and Boys for Gender Equality, noted that perpetrators of date rape are often a casual friend or an individual one is familiar with.

“This familiarity makes you less willing to trust your self-protective instincts.” He explained that victims of date rape are usually victimised by the first person they speak to and wind up battling with self-blame and remain bottled with trauma. Selemogo said that drugging someone makes it easier to square blame on the victim because they would have no idea of what happened. He stated that it is the prerogative of men to ensure that they respect women well and are on the same page. “Some men say they misunderstand a woman’s words and actions.

But without outright consent, forcing sexual contact is a crime. The victim might be coerced by blames, and any other means to give in to their initial refusal. This is an act of power, control and anger, not romance.” Selemogo advised women to take precautions. “Never leave your drink unattended or take an open drink from a stranger. Also attend social events with trusted close friends and check out a first or blind date with friends; meet and go out in public places, and let someone know about your location.”

He said that date rape is difficult to address because some men feel entitled to sex from women they take out. “We need to challenge the society to redefine the purpose of going out on dates. Going out on a date is meant to help people get to know each other. Even when assuming that women are expected to ‘reward’ the man, are we equating sex with drinks?”

According to Botswana Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner Witness Bosija, any reported case of rape is treated seriously regardless of the circumstance under which it happened. “We follow the Penal Code which indicates that rape is nonconsensual sexual activity. We sometimes hear of stories of women who meet men at bars and have arrangements with them but later change their tune but we investigate and treat cases with the urgency that they deserve.”

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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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