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Man hospitalised after buffalo attack

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A middle aged man, Taa Xhere of Xharakajoo cattle post in the Nata area, is currently fighting for his life at Nyangabgwe hospital following a vicious attack by a buffalo while he was searching for his donkeys.

The attack did not come as a surprise to the villagers as it follows hard on a recent invasion of the villages of Manxotae, Sepako and Maposa by herds of elephants and buffaloes in search of water. The Midweek Sun team which toured the concerned villages found herds of buffaloes and elephants mingling with people.

Some of the animals lay dead in the mud of the village dams while others, almost lifeless, shaded under the trees right inside some homesteads.
Ookeditse Khacha informed this publication that a week ago at about 7 pm, the family noticed that Xhere who had gone to fetch some of his donkeys by the riverside had not returned home.

This sent panic among family members, relatives and friends. “Because we know how dangerous this place is, we have networked to count ourselves every day to make sure that everybody is home and safe. Upon realising that one of us was missing, we decided to call his cell number since he had carried along his mobile phone. Fortunately, Xhere answered our call albeit in a very weak voice informing us that a buffalo had attacked him, broken his left thigh and left him for dead,” explained Khacha.

He said that since it was getting dark, they sought help from a neighbour who has a vehicle so that they could drive to the scene where they found the helpless victim lying against a tree trunk. “We then called wildlife officers who arrived on the scene and rushed him to Nata hospital from where he was transferred to Nyangabgwe referral hospital,” he explained.

A visibly worried sister to the victim Kungobo Khacha said that the police keep updating the family on her brother’s condition as they do not have the means to go to Francistown to see him. “We now live in fear, we cannot go outside our compounds to carry out chores like fetching water and collecting firewood,” she lamented.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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