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Surge in copper cable theft

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BTCL security team in collaboration with police apprehended a suspected copper cable thief in the wee hours of Monday while three other suspects fled in a white Honda Fit with fake number plates.
“We are optimistic that we will arrest his accomplices,” said Sir Seretse Khama Airport Police Station Commander, Banneetse Keakile.

According to the police the suspects were intercepted while burning their contraband in one of the farms near Sebele. The cable had been cut a few metres from Gaborone North police station and dragged through farms to Sebele.

Keakile said if found guilty, the criminals face a four-year imprisonment or a fine of P50 000 or both.Authorities at Botswana Telecommunication Limited (BTCL) are complaining that copper cable theft is denting operations at the company.

Modise Mokgathong, Head of Security Services at BTCL revealed that the company has suffered an increase in overhead and underground copper cables theft, despite increased security patrol teams at night by the company.

“Over the past three months, we have been experiencing a surge and have lost close to three million pula in replacement of cables,” said Mokgathong citing that other costs are aligned to service interruptions. Makgathong said due to rapid theft of the cables which occur every week at an alarming rate, repairs are lagging behind.

“I am behind in replacements and have also run out of cables in the storeroom,” said Makgathong attributing the rise in copper cable theft to market forces. “There is demand in copper that has grown and the prices have gone up too.” He said the interruptions of services affect both voice and data for customers across board – shops, banks and individuals.

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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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