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Inaugural TEDxGaborone oozed inspiration

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TED is an annual event that brings together world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas on various disciplines either technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, or business development.

The talks are known as ‘TED Talks’ and are available to watch for free online. TED has also created TEDx, a programme of localized, self-organised events bringing people together to share TED-like experiences.     

The inaugural conference was held at the GICC on Saturday and themed, ‘Imagine a Better World’. The line-up of speakers included well-versed and experienced poet, TJ Dema sharing her journey as an artist; the challenges she has faced as a woman and needing to prove herself in a male dominated arena. Tebogo Mapine aka Normadic demonstrated live on stage what it takes to create music. He received kudos for being the local originator of Motswako, a South African genre of hip-hop.

The youthful Lilian Nkosazana Moremi became a pioneer in her own right, when she birthed the Botswana Student Network, an advocacy organisation for students to share common challenges and find solutions. Moremi like numerous other young Batswana was faced with unemployment and decided to volunteer. She is now the manager of Ducere Foundation and Career Coaching Company.

Operations Manager of Deaftronics, Tendekayi Katsiga shared experiences on the deaf community he works closely with.
Deaftronics assembles and provides solar rechargeable hearing aids and accessories including training. Kali Ilunga, a Johannesburg based new media strategist, entrepreneur and speaker believes a lot can be achieved if people were to use their imagination; ‘ideas matter,’ ‘think global’ and ‘disrupt something’ is his motto. He believes that in a knowledge economy, ideas are the raw materials. Ilunga and his team have established a driving App used by thousands of learner-drivers in South Africa.

‘Thought Leader’ or Science of Human Behavior and Branding specialist, Timothy Maurice Webster’s message was that often times people want to conquor the world before they conquor themselves. “We need to appreciate fully our past unfortunate circumstances in order to make peace with ourselves,” he said.
Webster is also an author, speaker and strategist.

Other inspirational talks were delivered by Mahube Mpugwa who reached the peak of the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest to raise funds for the Cancer Association of Botswana. For his part, Thuli Ntsatsi urged the audience to imagine a better world, one rooted on culture.” Local expert, Stuart White’s message was that what matters the most is, “Not what other people are thinking about you, but what you think of yourself that will help you make the world a better place.”

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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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