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After his stint on Big Brother Africa, which was part of his grand plan to venture out of Botswana to explore the African market, Zibanani ‘DJ Oneal’ Madumo (36) was able to attract the attention of the audience he wished for.

Thanks to strategically placed friends, public relations representatives and a hit radio show ‘Oneal on CliffCentral’ he is now penetrating the African region. He currently records a listenership of close to 1 million and his show is the most downloaded on CliffCentral.com. He shares that as a DJ his sound has broadened to accommodate the continent. One of his favourite hotspots is Kenya where he is grateful for the heartfelt reception. “I can fill up a club in Nairobi, just me.

That was heartwarming,” says the DJ. No matter where he goes or what he does, Botswana will always be cemented in his heart. “I am not trying to compete with South Africans at being South African. Ke Motswana and that’s the commodity through which I trade.” This attitude has helped him break through glass ceilings and gained him lucrative connections. It was no easy feat to convince the corporates at his current work base, South Africa, that he is an alternative and worthy option to carry their brands.

This sturdy hunk is now the ‘Brand Influencer’ for Jeep Renegade and also one of the new ‘Brand Ambassadors’ for Aramis Black- Cologne for men. “I am currently in talks with two major shoe and clothing brands that just launched in South Africa.  Nothing is set on stone yet but I am confident that I will bag them as well. I am very choosy about where I position myself. I never chase fame instead I let fame chase me.” Oneal observes that after ten (10) years being part of the entertainment industry he understands the imperative of keeping grounded and maintaining his identity. “I also listen to that voice you hear when everyone else has stopped talking; for others it’s the voice of God, others your gut for some their conscience,” he adds.

This DJ has a strong urge for privacy, but his job unfortunately makes it difficult to keep to himself. “After you broadcast and share yourself with close to one million listeners during a radio show and in the evening I will perform at a club for about 500 hundred people. You lose a piece of yourself everyday like that. You sacrifice your time.” Don’t get him wrong he is not complaining just highlighting the fact in case you should meet him on a busy day and you are disappointed he did not give you enough time to chat with him.

He is aware that it is not easy for people to keep their edge and authentic selves particularly with online and social media. “You have people trying to Keep up with the Kardarshians; a new Blog, the latest West African invasion. Things change so quickly that so much can go right and so much can go wrong.” Oneal cemented his identity with the help of his appearance on Big Brother Africa, where he also met his girlfriend and singer, Feza, from Tanzania. Together their brand is very strong and easily recognisable.

DJ’ing is an art form like any other. It has evolved and keeps changing due to the advent of digital space. DJs now have a symbiotic relationship with their audience. He emphasises that having access to resources and the latest DJ’ing software does not make you an actual DJ. Having a great music collection in your car does not qualify you as a DJ nor does playing chart topping songs one hit tune after another. “A DJ is a DJ at heart, with or without music or equipment,” says the local export.

“For example, DJ Fresh, it’s about listening to the sound of music. A specific instinct for music, an ear for music. A DJ’s taste in music cannot be influenced by anything or anyone.” A good DJ is a good communicator one that communicates well with their music. “If you can tell a story with your set I am sold.” Oneal’s relationship with his craft goes deep, so deep he has sets at his house that no one has ever heard before; sets he uses only to channel his inspiration.

As to be expected this broad thinker’s focus is not only on DJ’ing and music. He is also devoting his time to his business details of which he refuses to share.
 “It’s not for public consumption. I am also at the research stage of my very first book. I plan to use the Christmas holidays to make progress and identify possible partners,” concludes Oneal. Aramis Black is available at Stuttafords (Airport Junction). 100ml bottle sells at P849.95 and a 50ml bottle sells at P639.95

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The Health ministry has developed a seven-point programme to guide the country in improving the healthcare system, says Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Rabashemi Madigele.

“The seven priority areas will serve as a roadmap and a guardian angel towards improving the overall healthcare system and increasing access to health care while fighting the burden of disease that confronts us,” said Madigele at Masa Square Hotel on Tuesday.

The focal areas include decentralisation; Universal Health Coverage, Tertiary Care, Strategic leveraging on the Private sector; Supply Chain; Research as well as Staff welfare and accountability.
Point-one of the seven priority areas according to Dr Madigele is about empowering the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and transforming them into fully fledged Regional Health Authorities.

“In this case, they will be rationalised from 27 to 18 and have the authority to hire A and B Scales, promote up to C1 and manage micro procurement,” he said. Point two is about improving the quality of healthcare services. “The main causes of mortality and their risk factors in Botswana are Primary Health Care issues,” Dr Madigele said.

He added that “Our efforts for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage should thus focus on: Prevention; Comprehensive screening; Early treatment; and Surveillance at the community.”
This he said, would require revamped grassroots efforts in which adequate numbers of community health workers through partnerships with the non-governmental sector will be deployed as necessary.

According to Dr Madigele, the top five causes of death in Botswana in 2017 were HIV/AIDS, Ischemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and Diabetes. He said compared to 2007, NCDs among these had increased in burden by an average of 34%. The top five risk factors related to these causes of mortality were unsafe sex; poor diet; high blood pressure; alcohol abuse and tobacco use.

Improving the quality of care, Madigele said will also include the safety and security of patients; attitudes of staff as experienced by patients; time taken in queues either before seeing a health worker or receiving medication and the availability of drugs.

Meanwhile, the health minister revealed that the commissioning of Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is ongoing with the facility scheduled for opening on April 24th. “This will be a phased approach commencing with some services including paediatric oncology, internal medicine, rheumatology and endocrinology, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services and pharmacy”.

A phased commissioning of SKMTH will reduce overdependence on South Africa for referrals, reduce costs and also institutionalise provision of super specialist services within Botswana.

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Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.

It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.

According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.

Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.

“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.

Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.

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