Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Botswana Guardian

To realise their Nationally Determined Contributions, African countries have since seen the need to unite to reach their unconditional and conditional targets.

To achieve their goals, country representatives attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland acknowledge their need for finance, as money is crucial for the implementation of their National Determined Contributions (NDCs).

To date, 49 African countries out of 54 have ratified their NDCs. According to the African Development Bank (AFDB), the continent will need USD 3 trillion by 2020 in order to implement mitigation and adaptation. The AFDB says that Africa currently spends at least 2 percent of its GDP on climate change, an act some consider to be at the expense of development. Despite this, in order to move very fast towards saving the continent while significantly contributing to the continued existence of the planet, some African countries like Lesotho have committed 10 percent of their GDP to adaptation and mitigation as they see the need for African countries to use their own resources to achieve.

“Agenda 2063 says we should fight for the Africa that we want,” said Francis Mokote Hloale, Lesotho’s Minister of Energy and Meteorology. Speaking during the ongoing two-week climate change conference, Anthony Nyong, the Director, Climate Change and Green Growth of the African Development Bank said African countries are only getting 3 percent of the Green Climate Fund a percentage he said is equivalent to USD12 billion. “To successfully implement the NDCs, how do we move from billions to trillions?” he asked.

In 2017, the AFDB played a crucial role in financing a climate smart Africa. It mobilised USD404 million from different climate finance facilities. USD 1.94 billion came from the bank’s own resources, while USD 2.35 billion in AFDB approvals of climate finance operations out of USD 8.8 billion in total approval was used. Of the total climate finance approvals 67 percent were in mitigation projects and 33 percent in adaptation.

AFDB’s efforts are inspired by the fact that under the Paris Agreement, all African countries agreed to take collective action on climate change to keep global temperature increases to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. “Our NDCs have been ambitious,” said Nyong.

Africa’s NDCs outline bold aspirations to build climate resilient and low-carbon economies. To this end the African Development Bank launched the Africa Financial Alliance in Climate Change (AFAC), an initiative that brings together Africa’s financial sector to combat climate change by building an ecosystem of financial institutions in Africa. 

Africa’s efforts are driven by the fact that climate change presents a major threat to Africa achieving its Sustainable Development Goals. Extra motive has been presented by the recently launched Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which highlights the grave consequences of temperature rise above 2.5 degrees Celsius for Africa.

By working towards self-finance, Africa is not turning its back on the green climate fund. Developing countries, including the 54 African countries, are expecting clearer commitments on the finance promises made by the developed world.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:42

Tha Bang hosts make-up class

Make-up artist, Tha Bang is slated to host a one of a kind event. The event, dubbed Back to Basic Make-up is scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Touch-Up Bar in Gaborone.

Tickets for the event are P400, inclusive of snacks and Mimosa’s. For those who wish to know more about the art of make-up, as well as self-appreciation, this event is perfect for them.  Tha Bang, born Thabang Mochotlhi explains that the event was inspired by the feedback that he has been getting from his clients, who are eager to get more out of him.  He also says that he has always dreamt about putting together an event of this nature. 

“As a young businessman you always wonder and have a lot of ‘what ifs,’ what if people don’t like what I am offering. But I sat down, did my maths, and I decided that I must make it happen,” he explains noting that the support has been humbling.  He also says his event is different in the sense that in most of the master classes, the audience sits there and listens, but that his will be totally different.

“I am a people’s person, and I want to hear what the audience has to say. I want them to come with their make-up bags to see what we can do to switch things up,” he explains.  Tha Bang further highlights that his company is a home for everyone, both men and women, the young ones, and that the event is targeting everyone who falls into that target market. 

“I more than teach art, I also teach self-appreciation because for you to accept the beautiful results you get from make-up, you also need to appreciate who you are without it. We will share experiences about how make-up has changed their life, and how they can improve it,” he says.  He is hoping that the event will be annual. Tha Bang has previously worked for Mac Cosmetics.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:38

Zambezi Magic offers local content platform

Zambezi Magic (channel 160 on DStv) recently unveiled one of their exciting plans for the coming new year. They are looking for five new film concepts that depict the authentic African experience and reflect the nuances of the Southern African region. The call has been made to producers in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and Eswatini. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 31st.

Ahead of this submission, local Film and TV content producers were this week invited to a forum that seeks to devise strategies to respond to the Zambezi Magic call for content. The event was pencilled to take place in Gaborone, at the AFDA premises. Speakers for the event include AFDA Director, Tsholofelo Ntshingane, Tshepo Maphanyane, PR Specialist and Media Practitioner and Thembile Ndzinge, Corporate Affairs Manager for MultiChoice Botswana.Speaking prior to the event, event Coordinator, Gao Lemmenyane indicated that they organised the event for local content producers to take advantage of platforms such as Zambezi Magic.

“We want to galvanise people to submit in large numbers,” he says. Lemmenyane also said they will share submission requirements with content producers as well as other valuable information that the latter might need as they work on their concepts.
He further says that in the instance that some producers are successful in their submissions, this would go a long way in tilting the scales of the local industry.

“They will employ locals, and can also mentor other producers. This would go a long way in growing the standards of the industry,” says Lemmenyane. He also says that there is a need for local content producers to take advantage of platforms that are out there other than government and complaining about Botswana Television.

Quizzed on what could be leading to the non-existence of content on the DStv platform, he explains that one of the problems could be lack of knowledge on what is expected of them when it comes to conceptualising concepts, and bringing them to life.
He further lamented that local consumers were subscribing to DStv, and yet there were no shows that are locally produced that are aired on DStv.  “We wish to shake up MultiChoice Botswana, because other countries are benefitting right now,” says Lemmenyane giving the example of Zambia which is doing pretty well on the channel. 

Recently, it was revealed that since Zambezi Magic was launched in 2015, the channel has worked with over 20 production houses in the country through licensing and commissioning content. It has also been revealed that over 900 hours of local productions featured on Zambezi Magic, with shows such as Zuba, Zambia’s first telenovela, Fever and Date My Family Zambia becoming instant success stories. Furthermore, the channel has also held several workshops and onsite or on the job skills transfer programmes that has allowed Zambian producers to produce quality content fit for the international market.

Closely behind Zambia, is Zimbabwe that has local films such as Love Is Not Enough, Accidental Small House and Jaiva S’bone. Other Zimbabwean shows such as Wedding Diaries, Makosi Today, Celebrate Life, Tonight with Zororo, Wine and Dine with Tumi, Zambezi News and The Arthur C. Evans Show are also featured on Zambezi Magic.

Speaking recently at the MultiChoice Southern Africa Media Showcase 2018, Timothy Okwaro, Channel Director - East and Southern Africa Channels for M-Net revealed that the channel was established in 2015. The following year, he said they commissioned five shows. And so far, they have commissioned over 17 shows.  One of the shows that they commissioned was Botswana’s very own We Are All Blue, a production by Donald Molosi which premiered on Africa Day in 2017. It marked the first ever broadcast of a Botswana documentary film on the channel since its launch in 2015. For information about submission requirements check out https://submissions.mnetcorporate.co.za/

He also revealed that viewers can look forward to exciting new shows such as Our Perfect Wedding Zimbabwe, Date My Family Zambia and Date my Family Botswana.  The new season of Zambia’s first-ever telenovela, Zuba, will continue into the new year alongside another telenovela, Mpali, which also made its season debut, he said.  Okwaro also revealed that a brand new Zambian drama, called Turn of Fortune created by ‘the father of film’, renowned Lawrence Thompson will hit the small screen in the New Year.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:34

Mascom Live sessions last offering

The 44th Mascom Live Sessions event is set to be a bang. The show features none other than the trending Han C, and Mi Casa from South Africa. Han C featuring DJ Kuchi, recently released one of the best and trending songs for this year. The song titled Rejection is a marvellous piece of work, and is currently on high rotation.

His other recent releases include Mafurafura, and he worked alongside Berry Bone on the hit.  Mi Casa comprises of members Dr. Duda and pianist, J’Something, and Mo-T and Robbie Rob. Their last performance at the Mascom Live Sessions was in 2014. The event is billed for December 14th, and has been dubbed the #Seasonshutdown.  Seeing as the two performers have a special place in the hearts of local revellers, this will be one show that is a must attend by all.

Oliver Groth of Botswana Craft explains that revellers can expect to dance, dance and dance. Groth says that with the heat waves that have been engulfing the country, this will be the perfect opportunity for revellers to come and dance the night away.
He also says that they opted for the two acts, which he says are both relevant for their audience.  Han C, he says, is trending right now and doing very well in the market. Mi Casa has not been in the country for a while.
“We want them to come and have a party and dance the night away,” he says.

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A group of young Batswana filmmakers are hopeful that they will win the 48 hours film challenge international competition in Durban this weekend. They entered the 48-hour film challenge at the spur of a moment but are confident in their finished product.

The production titled, 5, a seven-minute short film by Old Naledi Arts club in collaboration with Image Africa will premiere this coming Saturday in Durban at the 2018 Durban 48 hours film challenge festival. The film is school drama themed, set in Gaborone, starring Karabo Sasebola and Lebogang Vincent. The producer is Fiona Sepako while the writer is Magadi Thekeleza and the Directors Terry Motseokae, Talent Karabo Sasebola, Lebogang Vincent, while the cinematographer is Koone Boikaego and the editor, Leano Ennetse. The production team is made of final year Motion picture and Live performance students from AFDA College Botswana.

Boikaego recently told this publication that they entered the competition not only because they are filmmakers but also because they want to take local talent outside Botswana and take advantage of opportunities in the global arts scene. He explained that they decided to enter in Durban because although the competition is held in cities in countries around the world, Botswana is not one of them. He added that they also looked forward to networking opportunities, “We believe that if we break in the SA film industry, then we would be one step closer to making it.”

This is how the competition works, teams are given 48 hours to write a script, shoot, edit and submit the final film within 48 hours. The winners will receive a fully funded sponsorship to FilmPooza and then the biggest showcase in the world, the Cannes Film Festival.
The crew noted in a press release that: “Film and TV industry are untapped diamond mines that we as Image Africa and Old Naledi arts club aim on exploring. We are currently working on different content for international and local TV. Whilst film is a newborn baby locally we are positioning ourselves to be part of the pioneering leaders of the film industry in Botswana and Africa.”

One of the directors, Vincent, expressed excitement about taking part in this competition. “I hope the whole world is ready. It has been years in the making and now we are ready to show the world authentic Botswana stories.” Boikaego added that Botswana is rich in talent, stories and could add value to the global arts space.

“Exporting content is our key drive we want to help build and set the film industry ablaze in Botswana,” he said. The team has so far worked on a feature film for Botswana Television and is currently working on another to be released before the end of the year.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:25

Christmas in the terrace

On Sunday, December 16th, Game City shopping complex is pencilled to hold its inaugural Christmas Market. The event is slated to take place on the second floor of the shopping complex and the beautiful Horizon View arena, opposite Centre Management. Entrance to the market is free. 

Explaining the idea behind the Christmas market, Julia Farmer who has an extensive knowledge and expertise when it comes to Markets that the event will be annual, and that they want the first one to be a success.  “We are hoping that it will be a great success and become a monthly market next year,” she says. 

She says that a tent has already been erected to give full shade for the market with glass windows on three sides and completely open at the front to give easy access to the public. She also says that there is no charge for entry and the public can park in the covered parking next to the venue for 2 hrs without worrying about paying for parking. 

Some of the highlights of the market include families and friends having a chance to browse and buy at their leisure without worrying about closing time for the market.   “The stalls offer a wide range of unique, homemade, home produced, home grown and locally sourced goodies and gifts that are not available in the shops. For example, you can buy organic heirloom tomatoes, Gabane pottery, home-made chocolates, Shweshwe gifts and decorations,  live tswana chickens, just to mention a few,” she says.

Other products that will be on sale on the day include teddy bears, Xmas gingerbread house cakes, recycled wind chimes and dream catchers, chocolate beetroot brownies, educational toys, Indian snacks, locally made designer jewellery, biltong, perfumes, homemade preserves and lots more. Farmer is the brain behind some of the most successful Farmers’ Markets in town. She is a regular at Bull n Bush and Sanitas where she religiously holds Farmers Markets through out the year.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:08

Zapata hangs in limbo

There seems to be more to Rodolfo Zapata’s Township Rollers appointment as new coach than meets the eye. The uncertainty of when the newly appointed coach will finally take over the reins at Mapalastina is dragging longer than anticipated.

Zapata was announced as Rollers coach two months back but his permit is said to be pending up to now. He was roped in at Rollers following the abrupt departure of coach Nikola Kavazovic from the club. The Rollers management is adamant that the only thing delaying is Zapata’s work permit from the Department of Immigration, however issues surrounding Zapata’s appointment have been sketchy, with the team careful enough not to reveal much.

However, an insider at Rollers has informed BG Sport that the contract signed by Zapata and Rollers is for a short period of time, perhaps less than a year. Now with things still stuck in limbo, there is no telling what might happen, an extension, possibly? A few weeks after Zapata was announced as the new Rollers coach, allegations surfaced that Zapata’s former team, Gaborone United prior to leaving for Kenya, was determined to make life difficult for the Argentine’s stay at Rollers.

Nevertheless, GU Chairman Boitumelo Nsunge has since laughed off the matter saying they want nothing to do with Zapata and Rollers officials should find better ways of handling their matters and not drag their name in the mud. Contrary to Nsunge’s claims, this publication is reliably informed by a source at Rollers that the team has recently written a letter to GU. Allegations are that GU management is said to be still holding tight to Zapata’s working permit that was bound to expire next year. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that even the Immigration office is finding it hard to issue another permit to Zapata as his GU permit is still active.

It is not clear how the whole saga will end however Rollers General Manager Sydney Magagane is said to be busy at work, regarding the contract that Zapata had with GU. Magagane, a man well- known to be the master mind when it comes to play rules and regulations might just be Rollers’s ticket out of the current mess.

“There is no other reason (for the delay) than waiting for the Immigration to complete its work; GU has never made contact with us,” Rollers Spokesperson Bafana Pheto said this week. When reached, Zapata also said that he was waiting for his permit and refused to comment further on the matter, saying he was in no position to divulge any information at the moment. It remains to be seen how all will pan out, but GU is still owing Zapata over P300 000, and that could be one of the reasons that saw him abandon the team in the first place.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:04

Sankoyo tittering in the relegation zone

Dark clouds of relegation are hovering over the Maun based BTC Premiership outfit, Sankoyo Bush Bucks. The situation is  currently haunting  football enthusiasts residing in the north west side of Botswana. The team is currently neck-to-neck against the relegation spot after week 13 of the 2018/19 BTC premiership league.

Dreams were also shattered on the other side, North East this past season when Francistown based TAFIC were relegated to the Debswana National First division. It would come as a heavy blow for the northern part of Botswana if Ngurungu, as Sankoyo is affectionately known were to go down the same route.This will mean that the North side of Botswana will have no representative in the local premier league. The thirst for the game of football would, once again, dehydrate the north based community. Panic is slowly creeping in at Ngurungu given that they survived relegation by a whisker last season. It was only in the dying moments of the 2017/18 season that Sankoyo breathed a sigh of relief when TAFIC finally dropped the ball and waved goodbye to the elite league.

Sankoyo management and players are best placed to interpret the current log standings better than anyone; eight points after playing 13 games, registering one win, seven losses and five draws. At this stage, if it is not fear, then it can only be worry that is slowly stealing the remnants of their peace of mind.

Like a loyal servant, the Club Chairman Obusitswe John, chooses not to press the panic buttons just yet. He wants to remain calm and believe that his club will survive the intimidating storms threatening to shake his boat. He too agrees that Sankoyo cannot afford to disappoint Maun; they need to inject life into the team in order to keep their premier league status alive. John recalls that back in 2014 when they first knocked on the league doors, they were full of energy and went on to challenge league giants, Township Rollers. However, with time, they have seen some of their valuable players abandon the club for greener pastures and it has since proved difficult to replace them.

It does not help that like many local clubs, their finances are also skating on thin ice. The Sankoyo Community Trust is overwhelmed with the responsibility of financing all expenses of the team and this has since bled the Sankoyo trust coffers dry. “As you are aware our club is from the north and 90 percent of the teams playing in the league are from the South. This means that we are always playing outside Maun and spending more on accommodation and transport expenses,” John said.The Sankoyo Chairman went on to say that if only the Botswana Premier League (BPL) could look at factors such as distance when distributing grants, it would be ideal.  BPL has instead resorted to slashing the monthly grants from P50 000 to P35 000.

John added that despite the struggles, he appreciates the special attention the Botswana Football President (BFA) Maclean Letshwiti is giving to Sankoyo Club. “He is very supportive and wants us to stay in the elite league, I recently had a one on one meeting with him and we discussed why Sankoyo cannot relegate to first division,” he said.

John remained cagey when further asked how Letshwiti was assisting his struggling side. Ahead of their next fixture against the equally struggling side of Mochudi Centre Chiefs next week Tuesday, John said the game is a must win for them.“We cannot afford a loss and not even a draw against Chiefs,” he declared.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:56

BNOC, BISA sign agreement

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) and Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Olympic Value Education Program (OVEP) at a media briefing held in Gaborone this week.

When giving a keynote address, BNOC President Colonel Botsang Tshenyego said they were exultant to witness this endeavour between BNOC and BISA.  “BISA is a custodian of school sport in Botswana and an associate member of BNOC, this makes them a key partner in the delivery of Olympic Value Education Program (OVEP) because they already have teachers, students and other resources such as school grounds and other facilities,” he said.

According to Tshenyego, Olympic Value Education is a program intended to endow young people to become better citizens.  “Currently, there is a lot of influence and pressure amongst our youth arising from social ills; we anticipate with this program which echoes very well with character building in schools, we can assist in curbing bad behaviour in schools and in communities at large,” He said.

BNOC President further noted that this program is a fun and engaging set of activities to draw kids into education.  “The programme is not just about sports; it takes a broad, inclusive approach that include the Arts, Culture, Math, History, and Geography. It also introduces you to new ways of teaching more collaboratively, building new skills and experiencing value-based education,” said the BNOC President. For his part, BISA President, Joshua Gaotlhobogwe said, “The role of sport is not just about profiling us as a country but is also to help develop responsible and assertive young citizens who are empowered to make better and informed decisions concerning their lives in general.

Life does not have to end after a sporting career; we should have contributed to the development of our students in order for them to have a bright future in and outside sports. We should be delighted that they will someday contribute to the growth of our economy but first we must change our approach in order to achieve that dream,” said Gaotlhobogwe.

“Through OVEP there will be a lot of awareness on the benefit of sport to individuals and the society at large thus this will in turn make it easier to sell sport as career to our learners and their parents. Through this venture, our learners will meet their role models such as Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe and Christine Botlogetswe just to mention a few,” he explained.

Speaking with BG Sport on the sidelines of the press briefing, BNOC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tuelo Serufho said education and sport build strong character, “The role of sport in our lives is tremendous because it helps better the society, hence this initiative (OVEP) which specifically targets certain individuals to lead their lives to the right direction. In light of this, we are a society with a lot of challenges; there are so many incidents that we always hear that young students have beaten up their teachers and sometimes get engaged in undesirable habits, so we are targeting to up skill them at a tender age,” he said.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:50

Region 5 Youth games kick off

Ten African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 member states have converged in Botswana for the 8th edition of the under 20  games. The games rolled into action yesterday, and will be officially opened today (Friday) in Gaborone.

The countries of Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa will compete in different sporting codes of Netball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Boxing, Judo, Athletics, Football and Tennis. Botswana has pulled all the stops to ensure she delivers an exceptional 8th edition of the regional sporting event. Since signing the games protocol agreement early last year, the government has been up on its toes to fund the event relatively to the best of its ability, not forgetting cooperatives that also stepped in to ensure the plan does not fall through the cracks.

Early this week, the games Local Organising Committee (LOC) handed over competition venues to AUSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stanley Mutoya who was very impressed. He accepted the venues and declared that Botswana was indeed ready to host the youth games. All the competitions and training venues have been refurbished to the highest quality. Some of them have even been upgraded to international standard.Hosting of such major events has proven to come with great benefits to the hosting country; back in 2012 and 2014 when Zambia and Zimbabwe hosted the games respectively, an international standard and qualifier swimming pool was built in both countries.

In 2016, Angola built a new athletics track. In 2018, Botswana has already managed to upgrade three competition venues to international standards. New touch pads have been installed at the University of Botswana’s Aquatic Centre to meet International Swimming Federation (FINA) requirements; in fact, the 2018 swimming games are qualifiers for FINA championships in Gwagnju next year.

The national stadium athletics track, long jump runway and pit have been renovated and marked to international athletics governing federation (IAAF) standards. The Notwane Centre has resurfaced seven tennis courts to International Tennis Federation requirement.
All the renovations will ensure that Botswana continues to benefit from the facilities even after the games end. Botswana as a developing country will be able to produce world class athletes who will use the facilities to prepare for international competitions. Local athletes will be able to get the feel of international competition while still preparing at home and this might just reduce the need to travel across borders for intense training sessions.

The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) recently decried that maintenance of the competition venues especially stadia was becoming a burden to them and were considering returning all to government. Indeed, the refurbishments done recently could have not come at a better time for Botswana. Furthermore, the LOC Chairperson Labbeaus Peloewetse is not giving up on their wish to erect an indoor sports arena in Botswana.

Funds permitting, the project will be one of the legacies left behind by the hosting of the 2018 youth games. However, that will be decided by the depth of their pockets once the games come to an end. Additionally, the economic sector stands to benefit greatly from the 2018 games, with over 2000 athletes in Botswana not forgetting officials and other stakeholders such as the media personnel, the local transport system, hotels and restaurants.

As for the sporting fraternity, administrations within the region have had the chance to plan for the 2018 event. This has since opened room for sharing of knowledge and skills. Actually, Botswana deliberately added a Cauldron (leiso) to the games’ marks and symbols to traditionally symbolize that the region is gathered to share ideas and experiences on how best to improve talent identification in the region. 

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