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Triumph in adversity



DETERMINED: Thapelo Malani

Until the age of 12, Maitengwe-born Thapelo Malani could see. He was a carefree boy who was always the centre of attention as he liked to crack jokes and make people laugh. On his quiet days many would wonder if he was sick.

But in the blink of an eye everything has changed for this remarkable being. In four days, Malani now aged 22 years, had completely lost his sight due to a medical condition related to nerves. He explains that in those life changing days, his sight drastically changed, and soon, the sun was burning his eyes. He was a Standard six pupil and life as he knew it changed. As if that was not enough, a couple of years later, he would suffer another medical condition that tested his faith.

At the age of 15, he suffered a stroke that left him paralysed and bedridden for two years. But even with these two major challenges, the first born in a family of two (he was blessed with a sibling when he was 19 years) is still soldiering on, smiling and upbeat about life. Malani is the only visually impaired comedian in Botswana. He is using his blindness to share stories with his audience at the many stages that he has graced (both at home and in South Africa where he has shared the stage with some of the top names of comedy).

Comedy gave him something to smile about during his dark days. And he is using his craft to make others who might be going through similar situations to smile. What sets him apart from the rest is that this dynamite is a hard worker, and he is dreaming big. Take for example how during the interview, he asks this reporter to borrow him her eyes so that he can see her. He is the type of person who is destined for greatness. He now wants to capture the African audience, and grow his footprints to Europe and other markets in two years-time.

He was hurt when he lost his sight in December 2009 and left with many questions. “When I lost my sight, people did not believe me,” he explains adding that they thought that he was being his usual playful self. He spent the whole of 2010 at home, not going to school. But instead of spending his life wondering about why this happened to him, he accepted his new life. He later enrolled with Mochudi Resource Centre where he learnt Braille. “I accepted my new life, and looked forward to the future,” he said remembering all the dates and events as if it was just yesterday.

At 15 years he had another setback. On December 20th, he suffered a stroke that left him paralysed for two years. He was admitted at Tutume Primary Hospital and later transferred to Princess Marina Referral Hospital. From Marina, he was taken to a hospice in Metsimotlhabe. And physiotherapy really helped him, although he suffered one setback after another until 2014. In 2016, he turned to comedy and has not looked back since. The same year, he performed at the HICOFEST festival as well as the GIMC festival.

“I don’t give up easily,” he explained. He realised that since he is not educated, he needs to do something to earn a decent living. He has two companies registered which provide various services in Construction, supplies, and Air-conditioner installations and fridge repairs.

The companies are managed by his uncles who are very supportive. Malani urged others who might be going through various challenges to invest in self-development. “When you are looking for assistance from outside, you must have started something instead of starting with zero pula. That way people will take you seriously,” he said.

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5 Forex Tools that every African trader must know



Trading in the foreign exchange market can be intimidating for any African retail trader, regardless of whether they are beginners or experienced traders.

Therefore, all African traders must use a solid trading strategy and a range of trading tools to assist them in their trading decisions. Forex trading tools can be accessed through a forex trading platform and a forex broker, who often offer this for free or as a paid service.

There are hundreds of helpful forex tools that African traders can use, and these are some of the best ones.

Economic Calendar

An economic calendar is one of the most useful and powerful forex trading tools for African forex traders. The calendar features a list of economic releases and geopolitical events, amongst other things according to their date, location, and level of importance.

African traders can gain insight into future market consensus, historical released outcomes, central bank policy statements, monetary policies and policymaker speeches, upcoming elections, and so on.

Trading Signals

Trading signals are another popular tool that traders can use to help them make accurate and dependable predictions on price movements in the forex market. Trading signals are popular tools for forex traders because they can trigger buy or sell actions according to predetermined criteria.

Trading signals can consist of criteria such as volume surges, earnings reports, or using certain existing signals. Technical analysis is an important component in using trading signals as it can help traders recognise the types of trading indicators that they can use to complement their trading style.

However, quantitative analysis, market sentiment measures, and fundamental analysis tools are also important considerations for making informed trading decisions. Trading signals can help successful traders remain focused in volatile markets, helping them identify perfect trading opportunities, market trends, resistance levels, and market movements in a range of markets.

Trading Platforms

Trading platforms refer to the software applications that African traders use to carry out trades. This is not the only function of a forex trading platform, and it can be used for in-depth analysis and other functions.

Trading platforms feature a wide range of tools for traders including an economic calendar, technical indicators, educational resources, and more. Trading platforms have comprehensive charting capabilities, with price charts that can be viewed in different time frames across different financial markets.

Trading Journal

All market participants are urged to keep a comprehensive trading journal, providing them with a detailed record of their past trades.

By keeping a trading journal, African traders can take note of their successful trades, the trading strategies they use, and they can note their mistakes to allow them to improve on their strategies.

Some information the trading journal must include is:

  • The date on which trades are executed
  • The currency pair or financial instrument is traded along with the entries and exits.
  • Whether the trader entered a buy or sell position
  • The price at which the trade was entered and the closing price when it was closed
  • The amounts of pips gained or lost along with their value in base currency
  • The technical indicators or trading strategies used


African traders have a wide range of calculators that will save them a significant amount of time in preparing for different market conditions. These calculators include some of the following:

  • Margin calculators
  • Profit calculators
  • Currency converters
  • Volatility calculators
  • Pip calculators, and several others.
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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide



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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