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Victory is in sight – Kgafela II

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Exiled BaKgatla baga Kgafela Sovereign, Kgosikgolo Kgafela Kgafela II has almost completed the mission he set out to achieve in Moruleng, South Africa some six years ago, which was to reclaim the Morafe’s stolen assets.

Kgafela assured his subjects during a Kgothakgothe gathering on Sunday at Kgabutle Kgotla in Leasetlheng village, Moruleng, South Africa, that: “We have accomplished our task, there’s nothing new to say!” What sounded like sweet music to the ears of the gathering was that the man who Kgafela has pursued for the better part of the six years – Kgosi Nyalala Pilane – is scheduled to appear before the Commission investigating BaKgatla baga Kgafela Chieftainship on May 21st 2018 at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

Kgafela, like other speakers before him –Morena Rampho Pheto and the secretary general of the Workers Committee of the BaKgatla baga Kgafela Strategic Investment Company, Nicholas Kubu- appealed to BaKgatla to throng the Civic Centre in huge numbers to hear for themselves what Nyalala Pilane has to say about the accusations of corruption and maladministration levelled against him and his cohorts in the Traditional Council.

Nyalala stands accused of siphoning billions of Rands of BaKgatla baga Kgafela monies including investments in platinum mining conglomerates to finance his lavish and opulent lifestyle whilst the Morafe wallowed in paucity.

He has managed to evade countless court actions instigated by various pressure groups and members of the BaKgatla baga Kgafela tribe in Moruleng and some of its 34 villages. But, a seemingly contented Kgafela II on Sunday waxed confident, as he bellowed on the ground below the mighty Pilanesberg mountain range threatening that the looters are going to spew out (tlhatsa) the money they have stolen. He was speaking to an equally receptive audience that punctuated his speech with hearty laughter and giggles at every jab he threw at Nyalala and his cohorts. Only three things remain before total victory is declared.

And Kgabo, as Kgafela is affectionately known, again appealed to his people to be focussed. These things are the Commission of Enquiry, which resumes on May 21st; the Gauteng High Court matter relating to the tribe’s involvement in the drafting of the Mining Charter and lastly, the Constitutional Court case that the people of Lesetlheng have launched citing lack of consultation when the Platinum Mine was built on their land. In between the commission and the court cases there is likelihood that the Minister responsible for minerals in South Africa will consult BaKgatla on the issue of Mining Charter.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has also made an undertaking to hold consultative meetings with the peoples of North West Province to address their grievances. Kubu, Pheto and Kgafela urged BaKgatla to use the opportunity to air their grievances to the president. Above everything else, Kgafela II has managed to triumph over his adversaries.

This was clearly evident by the overwhelming support the Kgothakgothe received from members of the royal family both in Moruleng and Mochudi. A sight to behold for many, perhaps a demonstration of unity of purpose, Kgafela II sat at the high table clutching tightly at his royal staff (sceptre) flanked on either side by his uncles, Kgosi Segale Linchwe; Mothibe Linchwe; Morena Mochele; Ramono Linchwe; Rampho Pheto and his representative in Mochudi, Kgosi Bana Sekai, as well as his next of kin, Mmusi and Bakgatla Kgafela.

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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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