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Please save little Jonas

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A CRY FOR HELP: Jonas Ramojela

The family of four-year-old Jonas Ramojela is still pleading with members of the public to help raise funds to take him to India for a heart transplant.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, Kennedy Ramojela said that travel plans to India this year June were unsuccessful as only P13 000 was raised from the required P1 million for the trip and hospital fees.

“We are still trusting God that Batswana will come to our son’s rescue. It’s not easy to see him suffer like this because every week we have to take him to the hospital for the ascetic fluid to be drained. After a few days, the stomach swells up again,” he said.

Jonas Ramojela has an inoperable congenital heart problem as well as abdominal ascites. The condition causes his stomach to swell. In a previous interview with this publication, his mother Keakabetse Ramojela narrated that the condition started in August 27, 2017 when little Jonas’ right side of the stomach felt like there is a stone inside.

Every Thursday she takes him to Marina where the urine (ascitic fluid) gets drained to reduce the swelling of the tummy. “At Princess Marina, they told me it’s the first time they are dealing with such a condition,” said the mother of three.

Several scans and x-rays were done but doctors say there is no cure for the condition. One Dr. L. Mazhani has this to say, “Ideally, the only solution could be heart or lung transplant which is currently not possible in our set up in Botswana.” Princess Marina spokesperson Donnell Kutlapye said they do not discuss patients’medical conditions with third parties.

Meanwhile, the family has opened a Facebook page called SAVE JONAS with banking details for those that can assist.

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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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