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Women take off the masks

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Women have been urged to work hard to make their dreams a reality. At a classy event this past weekend at Avani hotel in Gaborone, Zanele Obah, a psychologist, motivational speaker and RB2 presenter told the women who attended Hiding Behind the Mask to find their identity before they seek validation from other people.

She encouraged them to first know who they are, saying they should know their strengths, weaknesses and purpose in life. She encouraged them to work hard and not to depend on men for survival as this often opens avenues for abuse.

She told women to know their partners well before jumping into marriage with them, saying failure to do so often leads to early divorces. She urged women to be mindful of their character, saying it can block their blessings.

She said that women with low self esteem, anger issues and manipulative traits hardly make it in life. Obah encouraged married women to submit to their husbands regardless of their educational background or position at work. “Be a professor or manager at work, know that you are a wife and your husband is your head at home,” she said.

 Pastor Dineo Letshwiti of It is Well church encouraged spinsters to wait on the Lord, giving an example of the Biblical woman who had to wait until she was 70 years old for God to finally give her a child. “Not every marriage is a blessing. Wait and be responsible in your waiting,” she said.

Co-founder of Hiding Behind the Mask Norah McAslin said the monthly event was meant to bring women together under one roof where to learn from each other and also share their life experiences. She encouraged women to be prayerful and to also pray for their families. “There is power when women come together and pray,” she said.

Attorney Refilwe Mogwe asked women to stop using children to frustrate their boyfriends and husbands when the relationships go sour. Narrating her experiences, she was concerned at the alarming divorce cases saying, ‘It is ridiculous how women come to her for divorce.’ Her observation was that couples in under-five years of marriage divorce easily. “I’ve found myself in tears over women crying of miserable marriages. We should pray for marriages,” she said.

It was a wonderful event with women taking off the masks and sharing, crying and empowering one another.

 

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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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