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“We are not witches”

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A member of the Dingaka tsa Setso Association Monica Madiba is not happy with Prophetess Kebelaele Ditsebe’s utterances that God wants traditional doctors to repent and renounce their practice because it is sinful.

The leader of Solution House By Jesus Christ in Pilane said on Sunday during a service that people should refrain from visiting traditional doctors and asked the congregants to bring forward mediums such as muti that they were given by traditional doctors. In response, Madiba from Metsimotlhabe said that people are free to follow their own religious and cultural beliefs. She explained that God is not angry at traditional doctors.

“As traditional doctors, we cure the flesh. The Bible heals the souls, so we shouldn’t despise each other,” she said. Narrating how she became a traditional healer, the 33 year-old woman said she started seeing her dead relatives in her dreams from a young age. She said they would even recommend traditional medicine for her to go and uproot in the bush whenever she was sick.

“I work mostly with pregnant women by using water and mixed herbs,” she said. Madiba said however that she is yet to go to school for her practice. Another traditional doctor Molefi Seragwane said Christians who are against traditional doctors are not really born again. “They don’t know God. They should know that Moses was a traditional doctor and several times bones were used in the Bible to predict people’s lives,” he said, saying he believes it was God who gave him the gift of being a traditional doctor.

He stated that he helps people against joblessness, no promotion at work, torments by thokolosi, car accidents and thunder, among others. “Witches in Kgatleng know me. They call me Molf,” he said. A man in his late 50s said that it is ignorance to believe traditional doctors are not called by God. “Every one of us was called by God to do something. For me, he called me to help people from their persecutions and afflictions by witches. This is Africa! Witchcraft is real. Even your sibling can bewitch you. Churches and pastors won’t tell you what we tell you,” he said.

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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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