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BFA headquarters hit again

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Criminals have once again hit Lekidi Centre- the Botswana Football Association’s headquarters- this time getting away with national team uniforms in what appears to be an inside job. This publication has reliably learnt that over 42 tracksuits, assortment of casual wear used by senior national team players and officials while on camp was stolen in the first week of March and, or earlier in the storeroom The incident happens just within a month after Botswana Police arrested two officers for allegedly stealing funds amounting to P608. 532. 40 from the Association.

The case is still being investigated by the Serious Crime Squad. It is not clear when the uniforms were stolen. The disappearance was discovered by kit manager, Dintwa Ramontsho during the first week of March when he visited the BFA offices to make preparations for the national senior national team before they went into camp. There was no burglary. It is suspected the thieves either have the keys or it is an inside job. The incident left the BFA secretariat with no alternative save to approach, the national team technical sponsors, All Kasi to come up with a new gear composing of tracksuits and casual wear for both the senior national team and the Under 20 just a few days before playing their respective international friendly games during the FIFA Week.

The Zebras played and beat their Lesotho counterparts 1-0 on Saturday at the national stadium, while the Under 20 travelled to Swaziland where they played two games beating their counterparts 1-0 in the first game and playing to a goalless draw in the second. BFA Chief Executive Officer Mfolwe Mfolwe confirmed the disappearance of both the casual wear and track suits for the senior national team. Consequently he was compelled to approach technical sponsor on March 19th to request them to supply both teams with new tracksuits and casual wear. He was accompanied by the Public Relations Manager, Tumo Mpatane when they met All Kasi in their offices in Lobatse.

“This was the first time that we were supplying the U20 with casual wear as they too were travelling to Swaziland. “Our sponsors reacted positively with great speed as they delivered the casual wear for both teams on Thursday, while the tracksuits were delivered on Friday”. In a positive note Mfolwe said the design and delivery of the uniforms form part of the technical sponsorship and came at a time when All Kasi were coming up with new designs that both teams will use for their upcoming continental and world competition respectively. The Under 20 hosts their Namibian counterparts in the first leg of the CAF Under-20 Confederation of African Football (CAN) Niger 2019 on Saturday at the National Stadium. Mfolwe said they have no clue who could have stolen the uniform and when exactly but the case was reported to Central Police Station and the matter is being investigated. As a precautionary measure BFA has taken a decision to change the locks of all the doors within the Lekidi Centre. In early February all locks to the finance department were changed after embezzlement of funds and disappearance of files.

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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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