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19.12.18
GABORONE - Botswana Defence Force (BDF) commander, Lt Gen. Placid Segokgo, has praised soldiers who excel in their duties.
Speaking during the 11th BDF awards ceremony in Mogoditshane recently, Lt Gen. Segokgo, said by producing an outstanding performance, the soldiers were contributing to attainment of the BDF mission of protecting the nation and its resources.
19.12.18
GABORONE - The 8th Edition of the Region 5 Youth Games came to a close on Sunday with a colorful and spectacular ceremony at the University of Botswana indoor arena.
The closing ceremony delivered a fitting tribute to the remarkable 12-day-event, which was characterised by extraordinary teamwork and marvelous community participation.
Under 20 athletes from nine countries including Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe had descended to Botswana to sweat it out for medals in various sporting codes like football, netball, tennis, boxing, judo, swimming, athletics for visually impaired and basketball.
19.12.18
Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Sports Development Director - Technical, Bobby Gaseitsiwe says they were happy with Team Botswana’s performance at the just ended Region 5 youth games. Botswana finished on position three with 69 medals, of which 12 were gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze.
While some people were concerned about netball’s poor performance during the games, Gaseitsewe said in an interview that it would be unfair to judge the team using one code.
19.12.18
GOVT SUPPORTS LOCAL AUTHORS MAUN – Some upcoming poetry authors have decried lack of support from Batswana to grow the writing industry. They said it seemed Batswana have lost the culture of reading as they do not connect with poetry books. The authors aired their views during the launch of a poetry book titled: “Dare to Become,” which is a collection of poems reciting life’s realities and caters for both the young and old. The author, Boitshepo Mack of Molepolole mentioned lack of support as a major challenge for local writers to penetrate the industry and wished people could change their mindset and view poetry as an art which one could make a living out of. Mack, 26, explained that the book was her first and takes on the beautiful but terrifying journey of becoming, as she talks about the anxiety, pain and even fear that most people deal with daily as well as the liberation and fulfillment that comes with loving unconditionally, success, time management, rejection, love, growth and self-discovery. The poems are not merely for inspiration, excitement, emotion, but also for individuals to obtain lessons that could be useful in improving their lives. Mack said the book was a source of hope for a lot of people, especially the youth, who were depressed, abused and have given up on life. Through the book, she hoped that readers would reflect on their personal journeys of life and appreciate that life was all about becoming who one wants to be. The youthful writer noted that she believed in mental power because everyone was capable enough to change their lives for the better, adding that she believes that people could make it in life if they followed their dreams. Mack also noted that young people should understand that life was not all about money, noting that some people ventured into something to make quick money but advised them to follow their ambitions and start projects, which they were passionate about. Another challenge, she mentioned, was shortage of publishers in the country and lack of mentorship, especially for emerging writers. Despite the challenges, Mack revealed that she intended to publish another book next year. Another author, Antony Molosi shared the same sentiments with regard to support to local authors, noting that selling poetry books seemed abnormal to communities as compared to music and wished it could change. Tumo Kenosi, who has already published two books, said the market was still a challenge and believed that there was still a lot to do to promote the culture of reading amongst Batswana. Giving a word of motivation, an official from Maun Library, Hilda Bawani said it was pleasing to see young people joining the authors’ family, which she said was in line with the role of the library. She said they supported the works of local authors as they give advice and guidance so that they become quality writers and do the right things. Bawani explained that they take authors through all the necessary steps until they publish their products and at the end, take two copies to the library. She also noted that they also promote a culture of reading and writing by organising workshops for writers and individuals as a way of motivating them. BOPA
11.12.18
President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has extended good wishes to Members of Parliament and their families for the forthcoming festive season and new year during a luncheon he hosted for legislators and their spouses at the State House on December 10.  At the beginning of a week where the legislators are due to wind up the current parliamentary session, MPs shared lunch with the president and First Lady Neo Masisi, both of whom expressed good wishes to the legislators ahead of the Christmas and New Year period.
11.12.18
SEROWE - The Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, says the Presidential Housing Appeal remains with Office of the President whilst National Housing Appeal is led by the immediate former president. Whilst acknowledging the impact of the National Housing Appeal under the office of the former president, Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the VP explained that the Presidential Housing Appeal would continue to operate with its mandate of appealing to Batswana to provide shelter for the less privileged. He was speaking at a handing over of a house to Ms Khuduego Nthosi in Serowe, built by the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) at the tune of P200 000. Mr Tsogwane appealed to individuals, businesses and groups to emulate ECG by participating in community service. He said the ECG gesture of building a house for Ms Nthosi drove towards attainment of Vision 2036 pillar of Human and Social Development. The VP commended ECG for their benevolence. “What brought us here this morning is the concern for the well being of others,” said the VP who added that the handing over of the house heralded ECG’s milestones towards fulfillment of their social responsibility. Mr Tsogwane echoed ECG’s claims that it was in their best interest to address basic accommodation as one of the critical factors of social determinants of divinity. On other issues, the VP thanked ECG for fully sponsoring two students to study certificate in early childhood education. He said the two graduates would add into the pool of qualified professionals to transform basic education. The VP also clarified that government was alive to the impasse between itself and the church and therefore promised an amicable solution to the said impasse. In fact, the VP said government was closer to resolving the impasse. Mr Tsogwane also stated that government had also noted a problem with the local Zion Christian Church and the church’s headquarters in South Africa. ECG Botswana national pastor who also oversees half of SADC Apostle Tannah Israel praised Botswana government, which he termed Godly anointed, for allowing its citizens to freely worship. He said serving God was not only spiritual, but also physical and hence his church going all out to build a physical structure for the needy family. He said through his Beacon of Hope Trust, Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, founder of ECG, touched lives of both ECG members and non-members. Though he said there were no available funds at the inception to erect the structure, so members had to contribute and raise funds for the two bed roomed house which has been electrified. The church further erected fence and connected water into the yard. BOPA
22.11.18
The President of the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Dr. Frank Walter-Steinmeier’s and First lady Elke Büdenbender left for Berlin Germany earlier this afternoon following their two day state visit in Botswana. President Steinmeier was seen off at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport by His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and First Lady Neo Masisi, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane and other cabinet ministers.
22.11.18
DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE INTERVENTIONS' For Botswana to enhance the effectiveness of HIV interventions, a shift from national approach to prioritisation and targeting of specific localities and sub-groups is necessary. This was said by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Ms Ruth Maphorisa at the Structured Dialogue with Civil Society, Community Based Organisations and the Private Sector in Gaborone on November 19. Ms Maphorisa said Botswana had made remarkable achievements in its response since the first case of HIV was diagnosed in the country in the mid-1980s. She however said the major challenge ahead was building on the success achieved to-date and working towards ending the epidemic as a public health threat. This, she said, would require the development and implementation of innovative interventions that placed emphasis on prevention of new infection and universal access to treatment through the Treat-All initiative. Ms Maphorisa said this came at the time when the Ministry of Health and Wellness was revitalising Primary Health Care as one of its transformative agenda for attainment of universal health care. She urged all stakeholders to fully play their part in fast-tracking the implementation of the national response in order to achieve success in attaining the ambitious target of ending HIV/AIDS. The permanent secretary noted that in March last year, civil society organisations developed a Commitment Charter as part of their contributions towards ending AIDS and through this Charter, the civil society organisations in Botswana had made a commitment to achieving not only the 90-90-90 Fast track Targets by 2020, but would go an additional mile to 95-95-95 targets. “The same commitment is expected from other key players in the national HIV response such as the public sector, the private sector and the community, she said. Ms Maphorisa urged the gathering to establish common understanding of challenges and opportunities providing a foundation for cooperation and complementarity for value addition in the national HIV response service delivery and enhance consensus on effective partnership models that could facilitate optimum delivery by Civil Society. She also encouraged them to enhance consensus on the civil society organisation’s contribution towards the national HIV response, a coordination and accountability model for greater impact and sustainability. “The 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, which advocates for integration of HIV response is a broader national development agenda in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 3 that emphasises access to health services for all,” she said. At continental level, she said, ‘Botswana is committed to Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU) that provides a roadmap for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. It also seeks to facilitate implementation of AU Framework to end AIDS by 2030 as well as the AIDS Watch Africa Strategic Plan. She said that this dialogue came at a better time in the wake of the completion of the National HIV Strategic Framework III (NSF III) that ‘charts the way forward and guides the implementation of collaborative multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS for the next five years (2018 to 2023).’ Ms Maphorisa noted that Botswana recently joined UN-AIDS Global HIV Prevention Coalition and the SADC commitments for HIV that sets a specific target of 30 per cent of investment in HIV prevention going to the community organisations. “This cannot be achieved without participation of civil society organisations, which are largely more positioned to deal with the community at grassroots levels,” she said, adding that NSF III was also aligned to NDP II and Vision 2036 and the SADC Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2015-2020. Meanwhile, Botswana Network of AIDS Service Organisations executive director, Mr Oscar Motsumi said civil societies were the largest contributor to people testing for HIV and knowing their status as well as linking them with service providers. Mr Motsumi said at every corner of this country, one would find a counselling and testing centre for people to get services easily. Executive director of Botswana Network of Ethics Law and Aids, Ms Cindy Kelemi said that the objectives of the dialogue were to take stock of the contributions made over the years in terms of the national response to HIV/AIDS and interrogate accountability mechanism in terms of delivering their contribution. Ms Kelemi said that other objectives included creating a platform for civil societies to share experiences in terms of services delivery. She said they also wanted to build consensus on how to transform civil society to be fit for the purpose and explore partnership as well as ensure that they ‘know who is doing what, where and how they can come together to maximise their efforts.’ BOPA
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