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Mathangwane’s “fallen cloud”: A bad omen or lucky charm?

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The jury is still out in the usually sleepy village of Mathangwane, outside Francistown, where multitudes gathered last Friday to see a ‘cloud’ that had literally fallen from the sky the previous day.

Villagers got the shock of their lives when, in addition to the rainfall, tonnes of hail were found covering the width of a stream up to its banks. Several trees in the vicinity had their branches battered apparently by the ‘cargo’ of hail from the heavens which also killed some donkeys and goats at the scene.

Although there is disagreement on whether the hail came down as a single unit constituting the cloud or whether the hail repeatedly fell in the same place resulting in the heap of the ice-cold stones, all are in agreement that, whatever happened was most unusual. “This certainly is not normal. What kind of hail is this,” asked a shocked resident David Muchingura.

Even 86 year old Albert Kgwarae had never heard nor seen anything like it. “I do not know what this is. It is God himself visiting us. This is certainly a sign of something,” he said. “This is a sign of something bad that is going to happen,” said a media unfriendly lady with a crestfallen demeanour. A spiritually sensitive young man challenged those who doubted the existence of God to rethink their stance because, as far as he was concerned, the falling of that amount of hail on the same place was a sign that God could do wonders.

On Friday when The Midweek Sun team arrived at the scene, vehicles from both the direction of Francistown and Maun were parked along the A3 Road. Dozens of people hurriedly disembarked from buses, kombis and private cars to join the villagers on foot as everybody wanted to see and touch the ‘cloud’.

Following a hailstorm that was felt in many places of the country the previous afternoon, Besides taking photos with their smart phones, some did not waste time but threw the beads of hail into their mouths eliciting disapproval from the more reserved.

A number of onlookers could not help pick the hailstones from the close to 1 metre high heap that covered about 20×10 metres of land. Others saw the heap of hail as a bad omen.

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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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