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Tlokweng isn’t burning, says Police boss

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Tlokweng Station Commander Robson Maleka has dismissed reports that Tlokweng village is slowly turning into a haven for criminal activity. Maleka was speaking to The Midweek Sun to shed light in the aftermath of a rape wave that recently rocked the village. “I cannot deny that there are criminal activities happening in Tlokweng. However, they are not as scary as people paint them to be, if that was the case we would be having records to prove it but we have none,” he said. His official records show that seven women were raped from November 2017 to April 2018.

The crimes were allegedly committed by people of Zimbabwean origin but residing in South Africa, who have since been arrested and are awaiting trial. Maleka is certain that the Zimbabwean men were not residing in Botswana saying this explains why it took them long to catch them. Had the men been in the country, Maleka said it would have been easy to arrest them before they do any further harm to the society. Maleka cautioned people against blowing the recent events in the village out of proportion. He said that before the incidents hit Tlokweng last year, the village was relatively peaceful. Meanwhile an elder Moses Thabakgetsi (52) said criminals normally target secluded areas like Metlhabeng and Maratanang. “Those are the areas where people are normally robbed, their valuables and the police need to keep their eyes open. I fear visiting such places because

I do not want to become a victim,” he said. But Maleka was once more in defensive mode maintaining that police are always on patrol and close down illegal sheebens, which they sometimes find operating at odd hours. Another resident of Sotoma ward Keolebogile Kgofa (32) said their place is always noisy because of the loud music being played at night. She said such environment is conducive for criminals to rob and assault the people.

The situation she said is made worse by the many depots surrounding her place saying they are on most days forced to sleep late because they deal with drunkards, chasing them out of their home. The deputy paramount chief of Batlokwa Michael Spokes Gaborone said the only major concern the village is facing is the illegal sand mining by Zimbabweans. Gaborone said it is sad that these foreigners mine sand and sell it to the local community. He appealed to Tlokweng residents to help in dealing away with the problem because the police cannot manage alone. They are also disturbed by loud music played at night in bars. Besides this, he said Tlokweng is a clean village that they intend to ensure that it is safe for all residents especially the girl child.

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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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