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Tsamaya village white elephant finds tenant

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A rehabilitation centre in Tsamaya village dating back 21 years will finally be leased out to potential tenants if information reaching The Midweek Sun from North East District council is anything to go by.

The centre which was constructed in 1994 during the late Chapson Jabavu Butale’s era as area Member of Parliament (MP) has never been used since its construction. It has been a source of frustration for villagers who had expected it to help them rehabilitate the mentally challenged residents.

The rehabilitation centre was meant to assimilate physically challenged people from villages such as Tsamaya, Siviya, Mabidzane, Jackalas No. 2, Themashanga and Tshesebe.

Caiphus Gabana the chief public relations officer at North East District Council (NEDC) admitted in an interview with The Midweek Sun that the 21 year old white elephant was advertised for rental after it was noticed that its initial intended purpose will never be realised. “I can confirm that after our advertisement a tenant has been sourced to utilise the facility but I cannot reveal his identity at this juncture,” Gabana explained.

Power kuswani a former Village Development Committee member in Tsamaya village is lost for words following the decision by the NEDC to lease out the facility to private companies. “The sad part about this facility is that it has never benefited us as it has never been operational since its construction in 1994. Just two years back when I was still a member of the VDC, we made a proposal for the house inside the facility to be given to public servants in the village who had problems with accommodation. The two public servants included a pharmacist and a nurse,” he explained.

He revealed that following their request from the council, the dwelling house was then renovated only for it to remain in that condition until today. Kuswani is wondering why the council has taken the decision to lease out the facility without informing villagers who were expecting a lot from the facility. “As we speak, we have over ten people living with disability in Tsamaya village alone and these are only those I have personally seen with my eyes.

If our village has more than ten then it means that other surrounding villagers have overwhelming numbers of people living with disability. The plot the facility is seating on is roughly more than four hectares a clear sign that it has gobbled land which could have benefited other villagers who are in need of land. Moreover, there is danger inside the facility as it has big snakes which poses danger to villagers,” Kuswani warned.

He added that since its construction, millions of taxpayers’ money has been spent on security fees as various security companies have changed hands each year even though there is nothing of value to be stolen from the facility. Meanwhile, a security guard manning the building reiterated Kuswani’s claim of very big snakes inside the facility which might pose danger to those who will be given the building for rental.

This publication can also confirm the presence of large snakes which were spotted during the photographing of the building. The new chief of Tsamaya village Zenzo Letsholathebe is in the dark about the building. He was not aware of it and even its location as he was not familiarised with the village when he took over power from his late father last year. “The chief has never been familiarised with the village and he is not in a position to comment,” Kuswani revealed.

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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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