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Male dominance on Covid-19 cases worry Men Sector

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Kgatleng men sector, a DMSAC sub-committee has raised concern that out of the 15 Botswana confirmed COVID-19 cases, 11 are males.

They say this has left their mandate frustrated at men sector since males are their main target in addressing social issues, health included.

They have noted how people continue to disregard the law by, among other things, selling tobacco and alcohol out there, thus forcing many to go out and buy at the secret places. “We express our strong position against such people who stagger government efforts to control this pandemic, more so that majority of users ( smokers) are men,” reads their statement.

Men have been urged to change character for the better, in the best interest of their health, by taking advantage of the ban on alcohol and tobacco sales to quit altogether. They say such have potential of dropping statistics of gender based violence, grievous body harms and road traffic accidents which have long been associated with alcohol and substance abuse.

Speaking further to SunOnline, Kgatleng men sector chairperson Mmabaledi Dipheng said they are not going out to attack men or accusing them of anything but they are disturbed by the growing numbers of COVID-19 on especially men.

“We are not saying they carelessly went out to get the virus, we are advising that they keep safe particularly that they are our main target audience,” he said.

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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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