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Radio and TV’s coolest “It girl” Petula El Kindiy

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Petula Khulman (now El’Kindiy) was born in 1988 in Jwaneng and raised in Selebi Phikwe. She remembers that the town was much smaller at that time. “There was a strong sense of community and we were all close knit,” she remembers. Her fondest childhood memories are of family gatherings whether at the cattle post or family fun days at Moruleng Primary School.

“I have always been surrounded by lots of people, lots of talk and this has strongly influenced my sociable nature.” She admits that all parents want their children to be a doctor or corporate. However, she says her mother supported her love for the arts from the get go. “My parents have been married for over 30 years, and I’m the youngest of four children. We are the Ps. Petra, Petrus, Peirce, and myself. I always strive for what I want, and know I have my family’s support.”

Petula once imagined herself as a lawyer. “I actually applied for Law at the University of Botswana. I wanted work that embraced my love for talking. This however changed in 2006.” In 2002, she performed with a group of her friends on My African Dream, . She showed great energy and vibe, and that was perhaps the start of a love for the entertainment industry.

Petula insists that she makes things happen“I loved perfroming. I wanted to be in front of an audience but back then I wasn’t certain that I wanted to be a radio personality or in entertainment. I heard Robby Rob, Owen Rampha and Jazelle on radio and I became curious, and thought, Hey I wanna do that to,” she recalls.  

Her affinity to entertainment comes way back from perfoming alongside and being a back up dancer for artists such as Scar, Vee and Kast. Getting into the industry wasn’t much of a challenge because she was already within the circles, and knew how things work. “When I decided I wanted to be on radio, I literally went into Owen Rampha’s office and told him about my passion for radio. . I was studying Business Administration at UB but I wasn’t about to give up on my radio dream. After training for almost a year, I was finally slotted in the graveyard shift. I was nervous, made mistakes but that is how you learn as a person.”

“I take the bull by the horn – I don’t wait for people to come to me, I go out there and ask for what I want.” Mcing the Botswana Music Union Awards has been the highlight of her career so far. Interacting with crowds one on one is amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely be doing a lot more of it in the future.”

Her red vintage dress had many ladies green with envy, and some men gasping for breath. However, look is all the admirers could do…
This gorgeous lass has been married to DJ Fauz for a few years. “We are both in the entertainment industry and therefore understand how fickle it can be and how demanding the hours are. We have  anopen communication policy which I believe could help many relationships and marriages. We got married young, so we didn’t feel any pressure and still don’t. We are just two people in love and supporting one another in this life journey. To us, marriage is a commitment to our best friend. We spent five years dating, so moving in together, and eventually getting married wasn’t such a huge adjustment because we are good friends and understood each other.”

Balancing running a household with a radio job, Mcing, being a wife and other domestic duties isn’t easy but she has support of a husband who understands her work and shares her joy and successes. Petula anticipates growth for the entertainment industry in Botswana and wants to be at the forefront of showcasing talent. She says she lives and breathes entertainment; music, radio and television make her world go around

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‘My life is a living hell’

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A Zimbabwean double amputee, Gift Ncube who received a lot of public sympathy after a farmer, Keitumetse Khunou shot him in 2013 over a payment dispute thereafter losing both arms, says that his life is a living hell.

This is because his former employer, Khonuo has not honoured terms of agreement to compensate him for his lost arms. As of September 2017, the two through their lawyers agreed on an out of court settlement in which Khonou undertook to give him 20 goats and eight heads of cattle to start a new life. Khunou, through his lawyers K. Sekgabo Attorneys further proposed to transfer his rights and title in respect of his only residential house consisting of a two-bedroom house, main house with two rooms, toilet bath and a kitchen situated at Radisele.

They also agreed that they were going to pay, Ncube a sum of P100 000, which was proposed to be paid on or before the end of May 2018. However, Ncube through his lawyers, Chibanda Makgelemele & Co said May was far and proposed end of February 2018, which was accepted.

At one point, the parties agreed to pay P125 000 from the initial P130 000 demanded by Ncube, but Khunou’s lawyers said he could pay him P22 000 per month commencing December 1, 2017.
Narrating his story, Ncube cut a frustrated figure. “I now knock on people’s doors, asking for money to buy food. This is not who I am and who I had thought I’d be at any point in my life. This man has destroyed my life and I’m finding it hard to accept that I don’t have my hands,” he said.

He stated that Khunou’s lawyers had told him that their client was not cooperative. “They even told me to seek the assistance of the media,” he said, adding that life is hard as he has a three year old daughter to look after.

As of May 7, 2018, the parties went to the High Court where there was also another settlement made regarding compensation. Khunou signed to give Ncube his plot in Radisele, with its two houses. The agreement was that should he fail to procure transfer of the property to Ncube through the Landboard, then he shall within six months of failure to procure transfer cause it to be sold at a price to be agreed by both parties and the proceeds shall be paid to Ncube.

The agreement also entailed eight cows and 20 goats, and P130 000 payment in installments of P5 470 per month commencing March 31, 2018 until May 1, 2020. The court papers have the certificate of Customary Court Grant, which is yet to be given to Ncube.

The shooting incident happened at Khunou’s ploughing field at Diphateng lands near Radisele where he had temporarily engaged Ncube to de-bush his field.Meanwhile, Ncube said he has opened an account with a local bank where he wanted to save money for Myo-electric prosthesis. Quotations from Gaborone Private Hospital show that he needs P172 500 to get it done. The system consists of wrist insert, wrist/elbow unit, functional hand, prosthetic glove, cable above elbow, harness above elbow and prosthetic sheath.

Khunou’s lawyer Kgololesego Segabo confirmed that there was a settlement agreed that was signed between his client and Ncube. “What is left is for my client to act on the agreement. He is in the process of mobilising resources to honour the agreement,” he said.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

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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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