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January 18, 2018 11:00 AM JJ bags brace on Ostriches debut

Orapa United managed the ‘coup’ of the January transfer window, snatching the experienced duo of Ramatlhakwana and Lesego ‘Big Lesh’ Galenamotlhale. JJ penned a one-year deal while Big Lesh signed for two years. The two are now re-united with their former coach at Chiefs, Bongani Mafu, who joined Orapa recently. Sources said Orapa paid Rollers P20,000 for Ramatlhakwana’s 8

January 17, 2018 4:00 AM Robete hitmakers wrap up tour next month

“The workshop tour resumed from last year. The project covers 15 villages and towns. So far 10 places have been visited. The project ends this February with five remaining places being Gumare, Letlhakeng, Gantsi, Tsabong and Gaborone,” the band’s frontman, Tomeletso Sereetsi told Showbiz. He said dates would be announced soon and specified that the last batch 12

January 15, 2018 6:01 PM Health ministry calls for blood donors

In a press release the ministry stated that it continues to experience shortage of blood in its facilities and therefore encourages the public to donate blood in large numbers and regularly. “A total of 40,000 units of blood is needed annually. This target is, however, never met. To meet the target, we need at least two percent of the eligible population 15

January 9, 2018 3:00 PM Fugitive Moyo appears in court

Botswana Police Service (BPS) spokesperson Dipheko Motube confirmed that Moyo would appear for mention tomorrow. The Zimbabwean national is facing poaching charges. “I however, do not have much information about his extradition but he arrived recently,” Motube said. The 52-year-old Moyo has been on the run form Botswana authorities for over five years 33

January 8, 2018 3:00 PM Regional tennis tourney gets underway in Gaborone

Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) public relations officer, Shelton Benzah told Mmegi Sport that the tournament is a qualifier for the Africa Championship to be played in March in Tunisia. South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe are some of the early favourites. Other countries taking part are Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi and Mauritius 32

December 15, 2017 4:00 AM Main Mall hosts Heart of the City carnival this Saturday

Botswana Tourism Organisation is coordinating the event in partnership with African Point Solutions and Epiphany Royals. The Carnival is an annual event that happens at the end of the year to herald the Christmas season. It will be hosted in and around the Main Mall area under the theme Heart of the City. The carnival is aimed at reviving and celebrating 106

December 11, 2017 4:00 AM Mid-term national budget in surplus

The Botswana Financial Statistics (BFS) report for October reveals that at the end of the half-year period to September 2017, the budget posted a surplus of P107 million. At this point last year, the budget showed a cumulative deficit of P1.7 billion suggesting a healthier fiscal position in the current financial year. Government financial year starts 107

December 7, 2017 3:00 PM Botswana hosts WBC Pan African title bouts

Four bouts are internationals while the other two are for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African titles. Boxers are from the hosts, Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya. Boxers from Botswana are Steven Bagwasi, Moabi Ngaka, Kutlwano Ogaketse and Tshephang Babui from D’scud Boxing stable. PBAB president 121

December 4, 2017 4:00 AM Fresh push for review of 70/30 pension fund split

Currently, the regulations direct asset managers to hold not more than 70% offshore and the balance onshore. By March 2017, the date for which latest figures are available, local pension fund assets amounted to P77.5 billion of which 62.1% was held offshore. The latest push for a review follows a botched attempt by the Non-Bank Financial Institutions 132

November 24, 2017 4:00 AM Local arts groups groom talent

The groups decided to join hands and come up with initiatives that would promote, grow and help local talents to be self sufficient. According to one of the events coordinators, Gabriel Modise, who has been in the theatre industry for years, they came up with Makgaolakgang Theatre Charity Challenge so that they could raise funds and give back to the arts community 179