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Bakgatla In Sober Festive Mood, As Local Authorities Ban The Sale Of Alcohol

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Over the years, the Kgatleng District Council has compromised for Dikhwaere over Christmas by allowing traders to sell alcohol at the grounds to boost their earnings.

However the local authority this week rescinded the decision, following numerous applications from individuals demanding the same leniency shown to the choirs.

Sales of alcohol are the main revenue spinner for choirs in Kgatleng, who sing for free and rely on the revenue made from sales.

Kgatleng District Council chairperson, Mpho Morolong said the local authority had been inundated by requests from other traders demanding the right to sell alcohol outside the legislated areas.

“The challenge we are facing is that we have been licensing applications from choirs contrary to the dictates of the law, as a compromise to allow them to gain something from their volunteerism to freely entertain Bakgatla and keep them away from festive accidents and other ills,” Morolong said.

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“The challenge today is that we have multitudes of individuals who are applying to sell alcohol at farms and picnics. “They are now challenging our selective licensing approach asking why they cannot benefit from the same arrangements.” He said the prospective alcohol traders had accused the Council of double standards and ulterior motives of “ruining” the festive season.

The Council has however written a letter to Investment, Trade and Industry Minister, Vincent Seretse asking for a general exemption for liquor traders in Kgatleng over the festive period.

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Morolong said the Ministry was yet to respond and expressed concern that they had expected a swift response. “I recently made a follow up by phone call to the Minister and he assured us that a follow up on the matter would come.

We are still awaiting that response,” he said. Yesterday, Seretse told Mmegi that it would not be possible for Kgatleng to be accorded special treatment especially in a short space of time. “I have not been able to see their request, but I understand that it is with my Ministry.

I got a call from Morolong recently on the letter but all I can say is that it won’t be easy to help them,” he said. Baikopanyi Choirs Association chairperson, John Marumo told Mmegi that the alcohol ban would not only affect their annual earnings as choirs, but dampen the atmosphere of the cultural occasion.

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“As choirs we depend on alcohol which is the best selling product during the festive season. If you do not licence people it affects all of us,” he said. Ntwaagae Molosa, a loyal supporter of Dikhwaere in Kgatleng said the thought of the events without alcohol was unimaginable.

“They may as well take away their festive season. We are fed up with this alcohol obsession by the country’s leadership. They said I am responsible when I crossed 18 years so why are they now deciding where, how and what I should drink,” he said.

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Botswana – BMD Crisis, Boko Calls For Calm

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The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) says it will look into the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) crisis before the end of the week after the two warring factions submitted their congress reports.

The UDC president, Duma Boko said yesterday; “I believe UDC will address the issue as quickly as possible. We could not act on the BMD matter because they had not invited us to do so. The reports from two camps were formally presented to UDC last week. All the concerned members would not sit when the matter is looked into.”

He said before the real issues could start, both concerned members need to cool first.

Boko said since they got facts from those who were involved, then UDC would know where to start.

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He stated that the constitution of any organization is a contract and one must conduct himself according to it. “We will not be dismembering anyone on this. The child must live and not be dismembered. My mission is to unite opposition parties not to divide it,” he said.

Boko said he believes that the UDC had acted at the right time because if they involved themselves in BMD issues, then they could be compromised and they were going to fail to resolve the matter.

He said that is the reason why he has advised his party members not to be too involved on BMD issues and stop taking sides before they could even make investigation.

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“I remained firm. The reason why I did so was because I cannot be a judge in a matter where I was too involved,” he said.

The UDC constitution gives power to the national congress or the National Executive Committee (NEC) to suspend or expel a group member if it believes that one is acting against the interests of the Umbrella.

The group member may be expelled for failing to attend more than two consecutive meetings without apology acceptable to NEC or their failure to pay its group membership fees.  On issues of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS), Boko said there is nothing new, stating that intelligence agencies have always spied on opposition parties even during Sir Seretse Khama and Sir Ketumile Masire’s era.

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He said this should not come as a surprise to many since the Botswana National Front (BNF) has had cases and reports that were leaked during the time of special branch, the entity that preceded DIS.

“We have survived that and members should not panic, but rather conduct themselves in a manner that would help them to win against such intelligence. We should stay focused and know what we want to achieve as opposition parties,” Boko said.

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Botswana – National Under-21 Netball Team, Dinaletsana, Crashes Out Of World Youth Cup

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The national Under-21 netball side, Dinaletsana failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2017 Netball World Youth Cup. The team needed a favour from African counterparts, Uganda who lost to Jamaica 44-39.

The results leave all the sides level on six points, but Dinaletsana were knocked out on goal ratio. Speaking to the press after the game, International Netball Federation (INF) technical officer, Liz Broomheed revealed that in a tournament of this nature when teams are locked on points, goal ratio is used to decide the standings.  “Within this pool, we have three teams with six points,” Broomheed said.

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“So regulaton states that in the event that two teams draw their match or more than two teams have the same number of points; then the goal ratio would decide the standings. That goal ratio is determined by goals for divided by goals conceded. Jamaica would be placed second with a ratio of 1.5 while Botswana would be third 1.33,” Broomheed explained.

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On yesterday’a game, Uganda who had already qualified for the quarterfinals  kept all their players on the bench. The team did not show any signs of urgency as Jamaica controlled the game. After the final whistle, the crowd went wild but were only stunned to learn that their side had failed to reach  the quarter-final stage for the second consecutive attempt.

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Dinaletsana would face Grenada who finished last in Pool D in the battle for rankings while Jamaica would face tree time finalists, England who topped Pool D.  The games would be played at the UB Indoor Sports Centre and Ditshupo Hall respectively at 2pm

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Botswanan Artist Who Went Underground after Boasting Of Filling The National Stadium In a One Man Show Resurfaces

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The unknown Nicole Martinez had the whole city of Gaborone filled up with her posters that read that she would be filling up the stadium, just like Cassper Nyovest did and Kast wants to do.

“It’s definite I will be filling up the stadium this year and I know it will get packed. I had to postpone my gig because I had to wait for Tlatsa Lebala to pass coz of the respect I have for Kast. As a sign of respect I had to wait for him that’s why I cancelled my event last year when Tlatsa Lebala was cancelled,” the 21-year-old Martinez said.

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Quizzed if she is being too ambitious for wanting to fill up a venue of 20,000 capacity despite being unpopular, she noted that her musical content will impress masses and lead them to attending the event.

“I have different marketing strategies that I will use to market the event. One of them is to release 100 hit songs that will dominate on the charts on all radio stations and also have a regional tour where I will perform in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and locally. I know that

a number of people are laughing at me making fun of me, but that is actually making me strong and more focused.”

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Ever since it came out that she wants to fill up the stadium a number of people including artists have been making fun of her, especially in the social media platforms. The date for her event is yet to be announced since she is waiting for Tlatsa Lebala to take place.

Tlatsa Lebala’s date also has not yet been announced.

Martinez noted that the other reason she wants to fill up the stadium is because she wants to inspire children from high density locations such as Bontleng where she grew up to dream big.

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According to Martinez’s manager, Dylan Taylor the songstress’ talent is beyond par.

“Nicole is on the same level as the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna and Iggy Azalea. If radio stations give her more airplay people will see how talented she is. If she is to compete with Cassper Nyovest she would outshine him,” the manager said.

Apart from making music Martinez is also a stage performing artist, who is part of Socca Moruakgomo’s theatrical musical play, Moratiwa.
Via Mmegi Online

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