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27.09.18
BOTSWANA MALI SIGNS FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT The Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Honourable Dr Unity Dow with her Malian counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Kamissa Camara, during the signing ceremony of the General Framework Agreement between Botswana and Mali, on 25 September 2018, on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly, in New York  
27.09.18
OPERATING TIMES FOR LIQUOR OUTLETS DURING INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAYS The General Public and Liquor Traders are hereby informed that the official trading hours as stipulated in the Second Schedule of the Liquor Regulations 2008, Regulation 8 of the Liquor Regulations, 2008 read together with Regulation 25 (2) of the Trade Regulations including exemptions to Liquor Wholesalers and Retailers during Independence Day holidays will be as follows: 1. A Bar, Club Liquor and Liquor Depot authorises the sale and consumption of liquor on the licensed premises between 1200 hours to 2300 hours from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 2. A Bottle Store Licensee is authorised for the sale of liquor for consumption off the premises between 1000 hours and 1900 hours from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 3. Wholesale Liquor and Distributor Liquor Licensees are authorised for the sale of liquor between 0800 hours and 1700 hours on from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 4. A Discotheque/Night Club Licensee is authorised for the sale and consumption of liquor on licensed premises between 1900 hours and 0200 hours from Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018. 5. No Liquor shall be served in restaurants except between 1200 hours and 1430 hours and between 1830 hours and 2230 hours on a daily basis. Further, a restaurant licensee may serve liquor in an unsealed container, to a person who takes a meal in the licensed premises, for consumption on the premises. 6. A Temporary Liquor Licence for festivals and other public activities authorises the sale of liquor between 1400 hours and 0000 hours on from Saturday to Tuesday. 7. A Temporary Liquor Licence for picnics authorises the sale of liquor between 1200 hours to 1900 hours from Saturday to Tuesday. 8. A Temporary Liquor Licence for trade fairs authorises the sale of liquor between 1200 hours to 1800 hours from Saturday to Tuesday. 9. Temporary liquor licence will be issued for Sundays and Public Holidays. 10. Furthermore, the Traditional Beer Regulations, 2011 authorises sale of declared traditional beer (Khadi, Setopoti, Mokuru, Nkumbi and Ila) at residential premises between 1200 hours and 1900 hours from Saturday to Tuesday. 11. All liquor business operators and/Managers are therefore, advised to observe and comply with the provisions of the Liquor Act and its Regulations as stated above. 12. The consumers are also advised that excessive alcohol consumption has negative impact on their health and therefore should avoid overindulgence of intoxicating liquor.
27.09.18
‘OPEN DIALOGUE BOLSTERS DEMOCRACY’

Government is committed to ensuring that different stakeholders in society participate in the open dialogue in order to strengthen accountable governance and bolster the country’s democratic system.

This was said by Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Nonofo Molefhi when welcoming guests to the Democracy Symposium reception held at the University of Botswana in Gaborone on September 25.
27.09.18
MINISTERS CONSULT LEADERS ON HUNTING BAN North West District councillors have been informed that killing of elephants is violation of protocols that the country has signed. Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Mr Thapelo Olopeng, said this when responding to a suggestion raised during a consultative meeting with councillors. He explained that Botswana was part of the global village, therefore, it should abide by the signed protocols. Mr Olopeng, who was with minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr Patrick Ralotsia and other officials were on a mission to solicit ideas on reviewing of the hunting ban. He appreciated that the number of elephants in the country had increased significantly. Consequently, elephants have reached areas where they were never seen before including Kweneng region and Phakalane in Gaborone. The minister, however, stressed the need to come up with a proper management tool that would promote wildlife conservation. Most of the councillors called on the government to lift hunting ban in order to manage wildlife-human conflict in the district while a few suggested culling and killing of species with high population as management tool. They questioned what had informed the government to impose a hunting ban arguing that wildlife had impoverished the communities adding that the district had experienced an increase in elephant and predator population in some areas. They said the animals, particularly elephants, were coming from all angles and roaming around destroying the buffalo fence, causing a serious damage in homesteads, ploughing fields and also causing deaths. They said the elephants had also denied communities an opportunity to benefit from available government programmes citing ISPAAD, LIMID and rearing of cattle. The political leaders suggested that if hunting ban was lifted, it had to be controlled and managed in a sustainable and professional manner. One of ways they said, it could be controlled through quota to the concerned parties such as the community and the community based organizations. Councillors also suggested that government could play a role to manage interested parties and ensure Batswana are given priority on issuance of licenses so that they benefit economically. They said out of all operations in the Okavango Delta, a few of locals were benefiting and called for review of some policies which they said disadvantage the locals from venturing into tourism activities. Political leaders also stated that experts should advice the government on the carrying capacity especially on elephant population in Ngamiland. The government was also advised to look into empowering Problem Animal Control unit and maintains buffer fences to separate wildlife from the communities. Earlier on, Mr Olopeng informed them that scientific evidence had indicated that in 2012, the population of elephants was 20565 and in 2014 it was estimated around 200 000 while to date they were estimated around 150 000. BOPA
27.09.18
MAN IN COURT FOR MOLESTING DAUGHTER Molepolole Magistrate Ms Rosemary Khuto was on September 26 expected to deliver judgement in a case in which a Lentsweletau man age 42 is accused of molesti his daughter aged 12. The suspect is alleged to have on the day in question molested his daughter after he lured her to take him half way to his parents’ place. It is said that on the way the accused started to hold the victim in a manner suggesting sexual advances before the girl escaped and went to report the matter to her grandfather. Lobatse based Southern Division Prosecutor Sub Inspector Gosiame Tshosa called four witnesses among them the accused’s father, sister as well as the investigating officer who testified against the accused. According to the charge sheet, the accused on the night of June 17, 2015 at Lentsweletau in the Kweneng Administrative District, indecently assaulted his 12-year-old daughter. He pleaded guilty to the offence and appeared in person after he briefed the court about his defence attorney’s withdrawal from the case. Meanwhile, Assistant Superintendent Motshwari Mokamogo of Lentsweletau Police Post had on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of two robbery committed separately at Thejane and Sehikantsweng lands. The two, John Kegalale and James Ramagonono aged 26 and 29 respectively of Ntlolengwae ward in Molepolole were charged with two counts of robbery contrary to Section 291 as read with section 292 sub-section two of the penal code. On the first count, the two on the night of September 20 at or near Thejane lands near Mahetlwe in the Kweneng District Administrative jointly allegedly robbed Richard Rima P920 worth of valuables including P310 cash after they brutally assaulted him with an axe. In the second count, the duo, who were working as herdboys at Mpuwe lands around the same area, allegedly attacked 82-year-old Ponoesele Gabosianelwe of Sehikantsweng lands robbing her of valuables amounting to P1 420 including P1 050 being the proceeds from a tuck shop after they brutally assaulted her. The old woman, according to the prosecutor, had been released from hospital and was recuperating. The prosecutor, ASP Mokamogo insisted on the accused’s remand, arguing that one of the victims was fighting for his life at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone where he was receiving medical attention for multiple head injuries allegedly inflicted on him by the two accused persons. He told the court that some of the stolen items were found in the accused’s possession, and that they be given extra time to pursue investigations. The accused will appear again for mention on October 9. BOPA
27.09.18
GOYA APPRECIATES SPHALABANYANA BUSINESS EXPO Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Mr Moiseraele Goya has commended organisers of Sphalabanyana Mega Business Expo for creating a marketing and promotion platform for Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) in Palapye.
26.09.18
RESPONSE TO ELEPHANTS WITHOUT BORDERS STATEMENT FOLLOWING A GUIDED TOUR OF JOURNALISTS TO THE ALLEGED ELEPHANT MASS KILLINGS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF BOTSWANA The Office of the President wishes to inform members of the Public that following misleading media reports regarding the alleged poaching of 87 elephants next to a wildlife sanctuary in Northern Botswana, the Government of Botswana made an arrangement for a guided tour of the operational areas by the media. To this end, a total of 26 Journalists from the international and local media houses were flown into the operational area between September 19 and 20, 2018. Prior to the tour, they were briefed accordingly on the objectives of the tour, general anti-poaching operations in Northern Botswana and safety. The Government of Botswana would like to express its gratitude to the media for the positive and objective reports following the visit as they ably captured the truth, helping the nation to get a full understanding of the whole matter. The local media houses demonstrated a high degree of objectivity in their reports in the wake of misleading stories which undermined the Government’s commitment to preserving natural resources of this country. However, the Government of Botswana has noted with concern a statement issued by Elephant Without Borders (EWB) following the media tour. In the statement, released on 20 th September 2018 the organization states that Dr Chase who has been contracted by the Government to conduct the aerial survey of wildlife in the Northern Part of the country, was not invited to the media tour. The Office of the President wishes to clarify that prior to the tour, the Government made efforts to invite him without success.
26.09.18
DIARRHOEA KILLS ONE IN NGAMI OUTBREAK One person is reported to have died in the Ngamiland District diarrhoea outbreak with 200 cases recorded so far. Council chairperson Mr Duncan Enga said diarhoea broke out in the district the week of September 10. Updating councillors on health issues, Mr Enga said it had been established that most cases were from Maun and affected mostly children below the age of three. He also said there was a Scabies outbreak in the Kareng catchment area affecting pupils accommodated in the Kareng Rural Area Dwellers hostel. The meeting learnt that the outbreak was preceded by a similar one experienced at Somelo. Mr Enga said the district had since activated its rapid response team for both issues and that the District Health Management Team (DHMT) would continually monitor the situation. DHMT, he said, had appealed to the public to ensure a clean safe environment and optimal hygiene practices especially when handling food as a preventative measure. The chairperson also informed councillors about new initiatives aimed at tackling malaria in the district. The district is one of the six malaria endemic areas and fully engaged in the elimination activities. During the 2017/18 transmission season, the district recorded a total of 60 cases with the last registered in April 2018. The new initiative, Community Acting Together to Eliminate Malaria (CATTEM), puts emphasis on local leadership in implementation of public health intervention at community level and is currently being piloted at Sehithwa and Khwai villages. Councillors were also informed that the transmission season’s activities had started and the district would continue with indoor residual spraying in all villages. Mr Enga said Maun and Phuduhudu had been excluded and extensive education on self-care would be carried out as a counter measure. On the issue of drug shortage at facilities, he said the Ministry of Health and Wellness continued to acknowledge the crisis explaining that the class of drugs which were continually out of stock included those classified as supplements. The ministry, he said was in the process of aligning its processes to address both the supply chain and information availability for forecasting. Further, Mr Enga said a project was being piloted to partner with private sector in dispensing medication for chronic illnesses. It is being piloted at Princess Marina. Lack of critical specialists such as a surgeon was limiting the Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital to deliver optimal care and at the same time putting a strain on the transportation of patients on referral. Councillors expressed appreciation for the allocation of an orthopaedic surgeon to the hospital. Meanwhile, the hospital awaits the arrival of a general surgeon. In addition, the ministry is in the process of recruiting both DHMT and hospital leadership. Mr Enga said the Ministry of Health and Wellness was also in the process of restructuring as part of decentralising services and revitalising primary health care through strengthening of DHMTs. BOPA
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