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Car knocks mother of 10 children to death



Life has become even more desperate for 10 orphaned children who lost their mother recently in a car accident.

Gale Moipolai, 40, was hit by a car and died on the spot on March 2. She was buried this past weekend in Mmatseta.

Speaking at the family home recently, Gale’s mother, Diane Moipolai, 72, said she was woken up by a frantic knock on the fateful night and it was Gale’s eldest son.

“He was crying hysterically and told me his mother was hit by a car. We are all devastated and heartbroken especially for the small children who will grow up never having got to truly know their mother,” said the grief-stricken grandmother.

She also carries a broken leg and cracked rib which she says she sustained two years ago after being hit by a car at the same spot where her daughter died. Even when she was still alive, Gale and her children lived a hard life according to relatives. Unemployed for a large part of her life save for ‘piece jobs’ here and there, with no dignified home to speak of except a one-roomed shack, the family survived on food parcels and clothes donated by Good Samaritans.

With Gale suddenly gone, the Moipolai family is now in crisis mode about who will care for Gale’s 10 children aged between 22 years and 15 months old. The two older siblings dropped out of school, seven go to Matseta Primary School while the last born is a little over a year old.

When The Midweek Sun team visited the family recently, the matter was yet to be discussed because the family was still busy with burial preparations but according to the relatives, they will most likely have to remain with their grandmother and 86 year-old grandfather.

“Many of us are struggling with health issues and have barely enough to feed our own families,” one of the aunts, Sale Naswe told the publication.

“We also think it is important that they are not separated and should grow up together. That is why we strongly feel they should remain here with their grandmother and plead with government and other Good Samaritans to assist them,” she said.

The grandparents, both of whom are also struggling health-wise, stay in a one and half bed-roomed house and depend on occasional Ipelegeng jobs to make ends meet. “I was recently bitten by a snake and am still recuperating. I’m partially blind. I can barely take care of my wife. I don’t know how we are going to take care of these children when we can barely take care of ourselves. It’s a tough situation we are in,” said the grandfather.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu



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



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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