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The day English football legend Robbie Fowler visited eKasi

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Christmas came rather too early for 38-year-old White City woman, Gaobotse Talane, many thanks to her decision to open a bank account with Barclays bank of Botswana in September.

Talane, a machine operator at Kromberg Fchubert factory in Gaborone, challenged herself to start investing for the future and just decided to open an account with Barclays bank.  She was not aware that the bank was running a competition of any kind and is surprised that her decision has paid dividends in just under three months.

Talane couldn’t contain her joy when she heard that she was the proud winner of a DStv Explora decoder which comes with a one year subscription and free installation from Multi-Choice Botswana. In addition she had the honour to host at her two roomed house in White City location in Gaborone, the Barclays Premier league legend and one of the greatest football strikers ever to come from England and Liverpool FC, Robbie Fowler last Saturday.

Not only did Talane benefit from the good gesture extended by Barclays bank who are the official sponsors of the England Premier League, but it was also a dream come true for her boyfriend, her eldest sibling and her boyfriend’s work manager. Her boyfriend’s boss is a great supporter of Liverpool and never thought he would live to meet, hug and share jokes with Fowler, the player he used to admire most during his playing days. Talane says she is still shocked that she won because she never entered for any competition. In fact she suspected that the caller on the other side of the line from Barclays bank who told her that she is among the four winners who recently entered the competition run by the bank was just a swindler.

“I told the caller in crystal clear terms that I never entered for any competition and advised them to keep away from me”.  Further, she has never won anything in her lifetime.  The bank staffer wouldn’t let her go and even offered to come to her house, Plot 1404 in White City to talk to her face to face. When the bank staffers arrived they asked her if she follows Barclays Premier league football to which she said no. “I told them although at times I watch local football, but I am not interested that much, she remembers.

The bank staffers told her that as a winner, she would host in her house a visitor from England. “They asked me to nominate four people of my choice who understand football they also asked me to give them T-shirt sizes for the people I had nominated and the names of their Premier league teams.” The sizes were for home and away replica shirts of the clubs that they support. She chose her boyfriend and father of her two children Kgotla Boitumelo, an employee of Furniture Mart in Mogoditshane and his boss Kgopolelo Khowa. “Others were my elder sister, Keitumetse Talane and my nephew Onkokame Mmualefhe who both live in Lobatse.”

The DStv Explora couldn’t have come at a better time as the family is currently without a television set since they had sent it for repairs. Indeed Talane was surprised when Fowler visited her on Saturday and Multichoice presented her with the Explora decoder. Talane has never owned DStv decoder because it was out of reach for her. A representative of MultiChoice Botswana, Basadi Masimolole said her company will install the Explora and give Talane a television set. Talane says the prize is a miracle provided by God and believes many more good things are coming her way.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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