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Unemployment rears its ugly face

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An investigation into high proportions of unemployment in the second city of Francistown by the Midweek Sun has unearthed the different faces of joblessness faced by youth.

Tshiamo Morobosi (Bachelor of Arts Mass Communication, Curtin University of Technology in Australia): “The situation of unemployment in this country is a serious concern as it breeds fraudsters who in the long run will become a thorn on the side government. Due to unemployment graduates of information technology (IT) have now resorted to cyber fraud as they use the skills they have acquired at school to rob people including the government.”

He added that most of the unemployed graduates and school drop-outs are from poor families and they get involved in crime out of desperation rather than choice. Youths are involved in criminal acts such as human trafficking, cash fraud and illicit drugs, he says.

Asked how he is surviving without a job, Morobosi said that he is using the knowledge he acquired abroad to make ends meet by helping mass media communication companies in the city on a temporary basis. “Re tshela ka di piece job ntate go kwakwaletse,” he said.

Anonymous* is a University of Botswana graduate and a confessed drug lord. He is the only child armed with a degree in his family. He was compelled by unemployment to push drugs for other drug lords until he became one of them.

“I have a Bachelor’s degree in humanities and a post graduate degree in education. After my graduation more than a decade ago, I realised that there are no teaching vacancies in this country. I was embarrassed to continue depending on my elderly mother who survived on Ipelegeng. A friend of mine from the university paid me a visit. He was driving a fancy car but was not working. He introduced me to the trafficking of Marijuana from Swaziland across South Africa into Botswana,” he revealed.

He said that although the business of illegal drug trafficking is risky he has been able to evade arrest because the police assist the culprits for a fee. ‘I have since become a drug lord and I am making money as I have also realised that even some top security officers are drug mafias. This makes our circle unbreakable.

Drugs destroy lives but we can’t just let ourselves and our children starve due to unemployment. Our graduate sisters have also been turned into sex toys. If they can’t find a job definitely they will find criminals and sugar daddies loaded with cash to support them through the rough patch of joblessness,’’ he said.

In fact even some jobless female graduates have also resorted to peddling drugs more especially cocaine, marijuana, mandrax and many others which are easy to conceal.

Mmasabata Thuso who completed her Form 5 in 2012 but could not qualify for government sponsorship did not wallow in sorrow and self-pity when face with joblessness. She decided to secretly understudy her elder sister who was a graduate in Beauty therapy and specialising in manicure.

“I noticed that my sister was always busy shaping and colouring toes and finger nails for a living and since I had nothing to do by then, I engrossed myself into studying some of her books and learning the basic aspects of shaping and decorating nails. After a very short period, I was good at the trade that most of my peers started bothering me to open a mini nail shop. I obliged and moved into town where I am currently eking out a living from nails. I have also started saving some money so that I can enroll at one of the local institutions to study for a certificate in beauty therapy with the aim of opening my own beauty and massaging spar,” she said.

Thuso’s advice to the youth is to find what they are good at doing and focus their attention on it in order to beat the stubborn monster that is unemployment.

 

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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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