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No Omang, no food

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A young Mosarwa woman from Maposa village in the Nata area is currently living in poverty and squalor because she has no national identity card to enable her to access government welfare programmes.

Buzwani Disela who does not even know her birth date and place looks hard beaten by the effects of poverty. She has four children to feed on a daily basis. Worse still, her live in partner Ketshwaretsemang Seganeng who is also a Mosarwa, is also not employed. When The Midweek Sun caught up with her at her mud hut which also needs urgent repair, she explained sorrowfully that she couldn’t register for O Mang because of the nomadic lifestyle of her parents.

“I am a Mosarwa who never went to school and as such, I don’t even know where and when I was born since my parents live somewhere in the bush. I only came to Maposa to live with my boyfriend and I have been suffering since then as I cannot be assisted since I do not have an Omang. If only I could be assisted to get the identification documents, my life would be greatly improved. My colleagues who have Omang can make ends meet and provide for their children,” she cried.

She said that she and her four children do not have clothes to change but could have bought them if only she had an Omang. She said the social workers in the area are aware of her predicament but refuse to assist her. Meanwhile her partner Seganeng cannot understand why his partner cannot be assisted with an Omang. When contacted for comment on the Disela’s predicament, Tutume Sub district Public relations officer Nikita Ratedi admitted that her office was aware of the case.

Ratedi said that the social worker assigned for the village of Maposa is better placed to assist those who need government poverty eradication programmes after a thorough assessment. “Once a person is assessed but does not qualify, one has the right to appeal the decision but that does not automatically guarantee one to be approved,” she explained.

She further said that the council is not mandated to help people to get Omang as there is an office to assist Disela in that regard. She however said that the council has so far assessed her children under the needy children scheme and they will only get a feedback early next year.

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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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