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BTU condemns suspension of Matsha headmaster

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Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) has condemned the Ministry of Education and Skills Development for suspending the Head teacher of Matsha College Phodiso Phori. Phori was suspended following a road accident that claimed the lives of seven female students and injuring many more on the 13th of November 2015 near Dutlwe village.

The students were travelling from the school to their respective villages in the Kweneng District after completing their Form 5 exams when the cattle truck they were travelling in overturned. BTU Publicity Secretary, Tidimalo Maeletso told this publication that they are surprised by the stance taken by government in the midst of the Matsha tragedy.

“It is a shame for the government to have taken such a decision at the time when students needed their head teacher the most. He was supposed to have been consoling other students and teachers. It was a time when we were supposed to be united and not pointing fingers. We are surprised that government called for calm and restraint from finger pointing while on the other hand they take a decision to suspend the head teacher”, he stated.

What the education ministry did was to cause more pain to the Matsha college community, said Maeletso. Maeletso argues that the decision to suspend Phori could also be a clear indication that the education ministry is accepting the blame for transporting students in open trucks.

“Phori like any head teacher is the agent of the ministry of education and skills development. He works under the instructions of the education ministry in every decision he takes. However this is traumatising for him because we do not believe he was supposed to take the blame.

This is also traumatising for other head teachers because they know they might also have to take the blame if anything happens at their schools even though it is not their fault.” Maeletso said as teacher unions they have for many years engaged government to state their displeasure about the students being transported in open trucks. He said the BTU will follow up on Phori’s suspension to find out exactly what is going on.

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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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