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Crime goes down thanks to ban on sale of alcohol

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The government’s decision to close down bars amid the Covid-19 pandemic has seen  a decreased number of criminal activities in Tonota – a much needed breather for a change, according to station commander Oteng Ngada.

Since the beginning of the month, the village has been relatively quiet, with night crawlers nowhere to be seen. In fact, Tonota can go up to two days without recording a single case, something which is very unusual.

Ngada shared that unlike it had been the case in the pre-Covid-19 period, his station had recorded zero cases of rape and murder since the lockdown period began – something he described as pleasing.  Their observation is that most criminal activities happen when people are under the influence of alcohol, with the ongoing ban on alcoholic beverages sales perhaps the necessary evil in helping combat crime. Criminals also take advantage of this and the late night movement of people to attack revellers and rob homes.

“We are impressed, there is not much to complain about, the closing down of sheebens and bars has put a stop to the idling and aimless roaming in the streets,” Ngada said.

He added that they have however charged seven individuals who decided to stubbornly brew traditional beer  at their homes. They were each fined P1 000 and have since settled. Currently, they are disturbed by those who frequent shops and go out to check on their relatives. More than 50 he said, have been charged for breaking lockdown regulation since the 2nd April 2020.

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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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