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Rejected youth sue MYSC

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Three Francistown youth have vowed to sue the minister of Youth Sports and Culture (MYSC) for rejecting their application for government business sponsorship over defamatory information and fabrication of reasons.

The three – Malebogo Wilson, Amantle Mompati and Tshiamo Morobosi – who stormed The Midweek Sun offices recently threatened to also sue the embattled Francistown Regional youth office. The trio said that they applied for an Arts and Culture grant whose deadline was August 31st.

Wilson had applied for an awards grant to be named Francistown Hairdressing and Marketing awards only for her application to be turned down with a “defaming regret” response. According to the document produced by Wilson, MYSC Francistown Regional office said she had not serviced her Youth Development Fund when the opposite was true.

She said that when her grace period elapsed at the end of July this year, she immediately started repaying her loan from August and September 2015, but was never given a receipt for her payments. “When I received the letter that my application was turned down, I was furious and approached the regional office only for the District coordinator to apologise. She however did not approve my application,” she said. Since her application was turned down, her mother allegedly no longer talks to her as she believes her to have defaulted on her YDF.

Wilson said that the defamatory response by MYSC has divided her family until she went and demanded the August and September receipts which were only issued to her in October. She vowed to leave no stone unturned until all responsible officers at MYSC Francistown are brought to order.
Another applicant Tshiamo Morobosi told this publication that he applied for an arts grant in the Track and Field category only to get a response that his application for Music Recording and Production Sales has been turned down.

“I was taken aback as I have never applied for such. This clearly shows that MYSC Francistown fabricated information to reject my application without going through it. This is something they later admitted. They disclosed that the reason for turning down a large number of applicants to accept only five was shortage of funds,” he said.

Mompati a former employee of MYSC in Francistown is also taking government to court for rejecting her application for funds over defamatory reasons. After quitting she applied for the grant using references from MYSC only to be told the references were irrelevant as they had nothing to do with matters of the youth. She is suing the Ministry because she says they wasted her time.

Meanwhile, the Francistown Youth District Coordinator, Minkie Bokole admitted knowledge of the complaints but claimed ignorance about the legal suit. “If they want to sue my office, they will bring such correspondences to our notice when the time is ripe,” she said refusing to answer any more questions pertaining to the complaints of the concerned youths as she argued the whole thing was an internal matter.

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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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