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December 22, 2018 4:00 AM 2018: From gold in Gold Coast to shattered Olympic Dreams

2018 will go down in history as a year when Botswana launched an audacious bid to become the first ever African country to host the Youth Olympic Games. Botswana, went head-to-head with other African countries, Tunisia, Senegal and Nigeria for the right to organise the 2022 tournament. While the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) thought it had done enough 963

November 20, 2018 4:00 AM TK Unhappy With Plastic Bag Ban U-turn

Briefing the media last week, the minister said the decision for the postponement was taken in his absence. “The plastic ban was supposed to be effective the beginning of November and unfortunately I learned about the uplifting of the ban while I was out of the country and I do not know the reasons behind that,” he said. According to the minister, they initially 175

September 18, 2018 4:00 AM BERA Laptop Acquisition Raises Eyebrows

He went on to accuse some of his colleagues in the Board and senior management for tainting his name. Sources claim that Ndove made a controversial sale of computers to the energy regulator through his company Pipe King Services. According to documents seen by The Monitor, Ndove sold four laptops to BERA for Board members at the value of P34, 384. According 180

September 4, 2018 1:52 PM BIHL draws hope from Masisi’s overtures

For several years, BIHL has cited falling household incomes, rising unemployment particularly among the youth and restrained growth of the overall economy, as key operating challenges for the group’s subsidiaries. Two of BIHL’s subsidiaries, Botswana Life and Legal Guard, are heavily reliant on the disposable incomes of the formally employed, as are the group’s 111

August 15, 2018 1:12 PM Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim. Initial tests appeared to show that the system was at least 95% accurate. It could provide a low-cost alternative to airport-style security, researchers said. The team behind the research tested 15 types of objects and six types 166

August 8, 2018 2:55 PM Inaugural gospel awards a success

Leah won the most awards by scooping the award for best gospel artist of the year, best newcomer, gospel album of the year, and song of the year. Moyoress Molefi also won three awards being the best traditional gospel, best gospel music DVD and best female gospel artist. Bryan B Dub was also man of the moment as he walked away with awards for best hip-hop 155

June 19, 2018 12:10 PM Church donates blankets to underprivileged nonagenarians

The church founders, Prophet Daniel and Apostle Thandiwe Morupisi doled out the blankets over the weekend. The beneficiaries of the donations were elderly people whose ages ranged from 93 to 97 years. To the beneficiaries, the donations came at a better time when some of them were badly battered by the winter, as they could not afford more blankets 173

June 12, 2018 4:00 AM Botswana Cannot Meet Blood Transfusion Demand

Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital superintendent, Dr Mareko Ramotsababa said that in January alone the northern blood transfusion centre needed 18,700 units of blood to be immediately transfused to patients, but only 9,500 units were secured. He said at a blood donation campaign in the former mining town on Thursday that the crisis forced the then Minister 134

June 6, 2018 9:19 AM Plate final scant consolation for gallant Zebras

overflow: hidden;">Instead, teams like Lesotho and Madagascar in the semi finals, confirming the cruel nature and unpredictability of football. The team arrived in Polokwane as dark horses and were not favored to emerge from a group that had Angola, Malawi and Mauritius.But David Bright's boys took just 90minutes to send a statement of intent, with a 2-1 historic 123

May 28, 2018 4:00 AM New Cllr, Ketlhoilwe wins cancer battle

From 2004, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), and now Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) councillor saw the emergence of a new challenge in his life that he fought with at his disposal. “It started off manifesting like a mild ailment that ultimately morphed into fully-fledged cancer. It was only after several tests were conducted that it was confirmed 107