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Emmanuel Tv on DStv bouquet

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Followers of Emmanuel tv, one of the world’s most followed Christian television station in the world, are rejoicing at the inclusion of their favourite channel on DStv bouquet.

Emmanuel tv carries both live and recorded broadcasts of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) around the clock as well as teachings and prophetic messages of the church’s spiritual leader, Senior Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua who, together with his Wisemen and Evangelists, commands global followership.

The inclusion of Emmanuel TV as a DStv channel is expected to boost the subscriptions of the latter as most of its followers who are subscribers were in the past forced to buy free to air decoders and co-join them with the DStv decoders in order to have access.Further, Emmanuel tv is available as far as North America, which includes Mexico and is beamed in Asia, Australia, Middle East and some parts of Europe.

Asked what influenced the decision to have Emmanuel tv on their channels, MultiChoice Botswana General Manager, Billy Sekgororoane said basically, Emmanuel Tv is very popular among the African community, not just in Botswana, but also throughout the entire African continent. “There was a huge request over a number of years from our subscribers requesting that we should bring in a religious channel and at MultiChoice we agreed to the request just to add value and give our subscribers what they want and value for their money.

We picked Emmanuel Tv because it is not just a nice value add into our bouquet, it also adds diversity, and more convenient to many of our subscribers as they do not need to go anywhere else in order to view one of their favourite tv programmes”.Emmanuel tv throughout can be accessed by DStv premium 390, GOtv channel 82, Govt plus, Glory star channel 110, compact Plus, family, Access Package amongst others.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday, since it was launched six days ago, Emmanuel tv channel had already attracted more than 1.7 million likes

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka

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CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone

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LITTLE EISTEIN: Wame Kangumbe

Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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