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More funds needed to help little Abian Ntshabele recover

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Abian Abbie Ntshabele, 14, who is suffering from immature terratoma, a rare type of cancer usually diagnosed in girls and young women up to their early 20s is said to be getting stronger despite the upheaval she has to go through because of the many operations she undergoes in the UK.

Little Abbie recently underwent yet another operation. According to her mother, Tiny Ntshabele, there were complications during the surgery. She said Abbie was initially due for a major chest operation, but due to complications including the collection of fluid in her lungs, it would have been too risky to undertake the full procedure on this occasion.

As such, a further explorative investigation was undertaken and her medical team decided to carry out a partial procedure which included antibiotics initially, followed by a drainage tube inserted into her chest permanently to enable lung fluid drainage prior to future surgery. Such intense procedures could have thrown any mother off the edge but definitely not Ntshabele.

She has to remain strong for her little princess no matter what the cost. “It has been very hard but as a mother you have to do whatever it takes for your child, fortunately I have the support of my mother who has been here with us since Abbie was first admitted to hospital in the UK,” she said adding that the support of her friends, family and the media both in the UK and in Botswana has been keeping her afloat.

Ntshabele has also revealed to The Midweek Sun that more funds are needed to help in Abbie’s recovery. There was a campaign that initially raised money for Abbie’s life saving operation and Ntshabele says they did not foresee the cumulative amount of complications and necessary procedures required after the initial phase of operations. “It has become clear to us all that we need to start the second phase of the campaign which will be Abbie’s recovery fund,” she said.

We have put together a team of coordinators both here in the UK and in Botswana who are working on the second phase of the fund raising campaign.
The new campaign is to reach all gender organisations, stakeholders and groups of different affiliations. Ntshabele said that the strategy is an open campaign to solicit any help to finance Abbie’s recovery since her future relies on her receiving good recovery medical care.

She continues to chronicle her daughter’s story which has also attracted British singing sensation Olly Murs who visited Abbie in hospital in New Castle back in April. For now, Abbie soldiers on and her feisty and strong spirit will help in pushing her to full recovery.

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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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