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Friday, 10 August 2018 12:13

Etiquette Brunch on the cards

The Women’s Etiquette Brunch is scheduled to take place on August 18th at the Grand Palm gardens. The annual affair is open to women from all walks of life who wish to polish and learn etiquette while networking and enjoying the best meal of the day “Brunch”.

The event is organised by Michelle Phetlhe, of ESTeRES Boutique Agency.
This year’s exciting topics include Personal Branding and Business Etiquette by Boitswarelo Lebang, Personal Finance by Lorato Akpata, Psychology by Thato Molefe, Women in Journalism by Cathy Malejane and under Health and Wellness Sexology by Dr Elna Rudolph.

According to Phetlhe, the aim of the event is to help us show respect and consideration to others.
“Without proper manners and etiquette, the customs of a polite society would soon disappear. Future plans for the etiquette event are to open its doors and not be gender biased as this is something everyone can benefit from,” she explains.

She further says that every year Etiquette will be the theme, however different topics and speakers will be engaged to ensure diverse aspects of life are represented.
Phetlhe points out that in 2017, speakers' details were shared with the database collected in the morning of the brunch; this year the clever ticket design is a Business Card which has all the speakers contacts; this encourages individuals to touch base on things they spoke about.

Tickets for the event are available from Grand Palm GRO office and directly from Michelle; for more information call 71619565.  Partners for this year include Grand Palm, GabzFm, Dark & Lovely, Grainer, Couture Confections, Kelsi Events, Camelot Spa, Fine Brands, Balloon World, Cleanico Flowers. All the attendants can look forward to goodie bags from Always, Durex and more, there will also be spot prizes during the day from Karakele Dry Cleaners and Poise Lingerie.

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Friday, 10 August 2018 11:57

Okavango Delta Music Festical inaugurates

The inaugural Okavango Delta Music Festival is slated to take place on August 31st - September  1st  in the islands of Tsutsubega, 27 kilometres from Maun.

The event has a bit of everything for everyone seeking different entertainment thrills. Judging by what organisers have put together, this is one festival spectacular that revellers do not wish to miss. Themed camps, swimming pools, aerial yoga, kiddies camp activities and lots more are just some of the activities that revellers can look forward to during the three-day extravaganza. 

Music wise, revellers will be treated to music from acts such as Kabo Leburu, Stiga Sola, Richard Marshall, Bruno Morphet, Dan Tempo, The Kickstands, Black Mamba, Soul connect, Gloucester Blues Project, Flying Bantu, Gerard Clark, So Kindly, and the Djembe Monks. 

First things first, organisers are encouraging revellers to desist from attempting to engage in self driving unless they have a 4x4. The festival takes place on an island, they advise.

“The flood water is in and there are two deep water crossings to get to the Festival Island. As stated on the website and all our info, the road is passable with a 4x4 but nothing less. Game drive vehicle shuttles will be running from the Tshilli Cafe every hour on the hour from Thursday to Monday to get you in and out and also you can book a helicopter shuttle in too,” states the organisers.

The organisers also highlight that Broadband Botswana Internet - BBi / Wireless at Home are co-sponsoring The Okavango Delta Music Festival by providing a beautiful media lounge and wifi themed camp. This means that festival-goers and the media will now have access to wifi on the island.

Camping can be booked - all inclusive with spacious tents, comfy bedrolls, and ablutions. However, they point out that there is an option of bringing your own tent and camp; there will be ablutions provided with hot water for showers. Other highlights to look forward to include themed camps offering pop up food and bars including but not limited to Capello pizza and Cocktail bar led by the owner Lesego Busang; a boutique Gin bar for the Gin lovers, wine tasting, a main festival bar sponsored by KBL, Drifter Brewing Company Craft Beer.

Drifter is a microbrewery from Cape Town; Kwa ga Ncinci food, Health Generation Juices; Aquarite offering drinking water and ice, slush-puppies and pink lemonade. Liyibo cafe, Lenste traditional food will all be there to feed you and more. As for parents and caretakers who are wondering about what to do with the little ones, this is a family inclusive festival, state the organizers.  And there is a dedicated children’s camp led by Camp Botswana, so no need to worry about the children as they have their own fun on nature trails, games, sports and crafts.

In the meantime, for some people, three days of dancing can throw them off balance, so The Yoga Lily Tent will be offering Aerial Yoga!

“Do not forget to bring your mat if Yoga is your thing or from curiosity you would like to try it out,” state the organizers. Furthermore, bearing in mind that Maun heat can be so unforgiving, there is a swimming spot to cool off which is sponsored by Shumba Plant Hire. “Oh yes we are going to have a beach in Tsutsubega! The local community will also be offering mekoro trips for leisure rides along the flood plain to enjoy the beautiful vista”. And most importantly, the Tsutsubega community is getting something out of the event. 

“The proceeds from the festival this year will go towards providing clean drinking water for the community in an effort to uplift their lives with the most basic needs that the rest of us take for granted,” explains the organizers.
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Friday, 10 August 2018 11:05

Potjie Culinary competition this weekend

All roads lead to the Gaborone Yacht Club for the 4th edition of the Robertson’s Potjie competition 2018 this Saturday. The event gives amateur chefs a platform where they can showcase their culinary skills, and have fun cooking up a storm for the judges and spectators. 

The event is put together by local company Benju, and over the past three years participating teams pull all the stops to claim the overall prize. This year will be no different. The competition comprises teams that are made up of friends family, and colleagues. The competition is open to only ten teams.

Speaking during a recent interview, event organiser, Jennifer Gaffney who is the Marketing and Events Manager for Benju explained that this year they are  adding more elements to make the event a truly fun day for the entire family. Gaffney pointed out that they have discovered that in winter, a lot of people hardly go out and that they have created the event to get the whole family out, and enjoy some mouth-watering food and delicious wine company.

She further noted that over the years, they have observed that Gaborone has a lot of foodies, and that her company enjoys seeing their competitive streak come out in the entrants during the course of the day.  “People have gone all out in previous years with the set-up of the stalls, their food presentation and it really creates a lovely atmosphere for everyone in attendance,” she explains. 

Judges for this year include food blogger Samantha Moakofi of Lunch with Bae and Musa Mhlasi of The Box Restaurant. CA Sales is on board as partners and will provide the teams with seasonings from Robertson’s spice ranges and Knorr products. They will provide the teams with some of the key ingredients that they will use in their award-winning recipes. 

Local companies on board include the In-Play Indoor Playground, and they will be keeping the little ones occupied while the parents are having their own kind of fun. CA Sales will also bring along the Oros Man and Simba Lion for the little ones.   Entrance for the public is P20 and entry is free for children under 12.  The most important rule for the teams to remember is that they must use a bottle of Robertson wine in their potjie (it will be provided to them), as well as use Robertson’s spices which will also be provided.

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Friday, 10 August 2018 10:53

Another doping scandal hits BAA

Local athlete Isaac Modiri Seoke (800m) was recently slapped with a four-year ban from all athletics competitions. Seoke was banned by the Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) after a failed doping test  following an event organised by the Botswana Athletics Association in Francistown earlier this year.

In a statement released by the RADO (Africa Zone VI), a urine sample was collected from Seoke during the doping control test. According to the statement signed by RADO chairman, Dr Nicholas Munyonga, Seoke’s urine sample was sent to the University of Gent laboratory in Belgium for analysis. “The laboratory analysis established the presence of Clenbuterol in the athlete’s sample. Clenbuterol is a banned substance on the WADA 208 prohibited list.”

 Through the statement, Dr Munyonga said the presence of this substance in the athlete meant he had violated an Anti-Doping Rule, Article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping code. “The matter was subsequently refereed to the Africa Zone VI RADO Disciplinary Panel who summoned the athlete to a hearing. There were two hearing sessions for the matter on 18th June 2018 and 13th July 2018.”

 Dr Munyonga further explains that the RADO Disciplinary Panel deliberated on the matter and arrived at the reasoned decision to impose a period of ineligibility on Seoke   for four years. The period of ineligibility imposed on Seoke from all organised  athletics  competitions  under the  auspices  of the BAA, Confederation  of African Athletics (CAA), International Association of Athletics  Federation (IAAF)  and the International Military Sports  Council (CISM). Seoke’s ban from international athletics started   on 19th February 2018  and   it  is   expected  to  expire  at  midnight  on 18th February  2022

This week BAA spokesperson, Ipolokeng  Ramatshaba  said although he is aware of the matter, they  are  yet  to  receive  correspondence   from RADO.  “Seoke is a talented athlete who once gave Nijel Amos a run for his money prior to the 2012 London Olympic games,” Ramatshaba said. The BAA   mouthpiece could not confirm the club Seoke   currently represents.

Ramatshaba said athletes are exposed to substances that are contained in energy drinks that have been flooding the market. Most of the athletes who fail doping tests usually blame a drink they have consumed. Ramatshaba said they often discourage athletes   from consuming energy giving drinks. Ramatshaba said they will make a follow up and establish whether the athlete has been officially banned.

“If this is the case he will not be allowed near BAA offices and activities.”
Botswana’s doping cases include that of former 400m World champion and current Commonwealth Games champion, Amantle Montsho who underwent a two-year ban.t

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Friday, 10 August 2018 10:47

Zebras' coach eyes AFCON 2019 Finale

With seven local players currently plying their trade in the fancied  South African PSL, the Zebras coach, Major David Bright believes their dream of qualifying for 2019 African Cup of Nations is becoming  even more realistic.

In the current transfer window, four players were enlisted into the cash-rich ABSA premiership in South Africa. This  means veteran Zebras  coach Major David Bright will be the inconspicuous winner as there will be growth in his national team. The  anticipation is that there will be better flair, nifty levels of understanding between players, improved techniques and bright levels of football brains adopted from the PSL.

In an  exclusive  interview with BG Sport, Bright said  the chances of the Zebras playing in the continental showpiece are now vastly improved. “It’s a good thing that most of our players are playing in the PSL, they will gain experience and get exposure in the big league. That on its own means they will add value into our national team so we are aiming to qualify for Afcon,” the  national  team  coach  said.

“We are left with five games in our group and we stand a better chance to proceed to the tournament, either as group winners or runners up.” Further  explaining  the  current state  of  the  national team Bright said, ‘When we first qualified for the biennial tournament we had a number of players playing their trade in South Africa, the likes of Modiri Marumo, Phenyo Mongala, Diphetogo Selolwane and Boitumelo Mafoko amongst others so we are on the right track.”

In addition Bright said his idea has always been to market these players in South Africa prior to these years COSAFA Castle Cup hosted by South Africa, with his plan having been well implemented now focus shifts to qualifying.

“My hope is that all these players get enough game time especially Mamelodi Sundown’s skipper Mogakolodi Ngele who has the prospects of becoming the national team captain,” Bright said. “Not all of them will get a chance to play every week, I don’t see Kgamanyane playing; his game is still growing and this move was a little premature for him, he needed to stay at least another season here.

As for Tsotso his situation is complex, he told me he is still with Mamelodi Sundowns, it's going to be a lot difficult if he is not playing but I am not saying I will not consider him, I will keep a close eye on him.” Recently Lesenya Ramoraka made his debut against Orlando Pirates and displayed fairly well against seasoned PSL players.

“He fared well for a debutant, he made a mistake that anybody can make, looking at how he played I can say he will grow with every game and he will be a force to reckon with in that position.” Botswana will play away to Burkina Faso on September 5th, while the return leg will be played in Botswana on the 9th of the same month. Botswana is currently third on the group having played and lost their first game against Mauritania 1-0 last year at Francistown Sports Complex.

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Sheer incompetence and logistical challenges recently saw Team Botswana and other African countries enduring a nightmarish scenario at the recently concluded Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) championships held in Asaba, Nigeria.

 The visa and immigration mishap recently made international headlines as some of the best athletes in Africa were left stranded in Nigeria. Upon arrival at the Lagos airport last week Friday, Team Botswana were   confronted by Nigerian officials who seized their passports as prior preparations had not been made by the CAA local organising committee.

The incontinence continued for 48 hours as members of the team only got their passports two days later.  This week, the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) spokesperson Ipolokeng Ramatshaba said the team was never stranded in Nigeria but confirmed that the immigration authorities seized their passports. Ramatshaba, who travelled with the team to the continental showpiece said members of the CAA LOC were not there   to   greet them at the airports.

“We were the first country to arrive in Nigeria and immigration authorities wanted to charge us for the visa application that was  made  upon arrival  in the country. They took our passports on 27th July and we only got them back two days later,” Ramatshaba said.
He further said they were not the only country required to pay the visa fee at the airport as the likes of South Africa and Morocco had a similar experience.

“We have travelled to the CAA competitions including Morocco and Algeria and we have never experienced an incident like this.” Ramatshaba said their ordeal did not just   end with the visa and immigration as they ended up missing their flight after the games were concluded.

“We were told to travel to Asaba airport for our flight   home but a lot of countries were travelling back home at the time so we missed our flight. We were told to travel to Benin City to charter another flight but unfortunately we ended up missing it.”
Ramatshaba said the misadventures   continued as they were forced to travel 300 km to Lagos by road.

“When we got to Lagos we could not   find the airport and when we eventually got there the boarding was already closed and we had to wait for 25 minutes while negotiating to board the flight. We eventually made it home safe after we were allowed into the late-night flight.”

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Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Officers this week completed investigations and handed over to the Director of Prosecution the file of two employees of Botswana Football Association (BFA) Secretariat accused of embezzling the association funds
Speaking to BG Sport, Deputy Public Relations Officer of Botswana Police Senior Superintendant, Near Bagali, confirmed the investigations have been completed, and the case will be submitted to DPP to assess evidence and decision making on whether to prosecute or not.

He further confirmed that the two   were investigated on a case of stealing by servant involving money over P600, 000. But he refused to name the names of the suspects saying that, “I can not divulge the names before they appear for mention in court.
BG Sport investigation established that the two officers – Stephen Maleka and Odirile Daka - allegedly embezzled the funds between April 2017 and January 2018 by way of transferring money originally destined to settle bills with at least 34 service providers, into their respective personal accounts are accused of embezzling funds amounting to over P608.532.40.

The investigation was started  by the CID Officers of Central Police Station whose jurisdiction covers Lekidi Centre- the BFA headquarters - officially reported to them in by BFA Chief Executive Office, Mfolo Mfolo.

Botswana Guardian has learnt that the investigations were complicated as at some stage files containing FIFA payments to BFA in the last quarter of 2017 have allegedly disappeared from custody, hitherto, believed as safe and secure. Information reaching this publication early this year indicated that Maleka allegedly transferred into his account a total sum of P347, 541, 73 which was supposed to pay bills for 17 service providers between 11 April 2017 and 15 December 2017.

Some of the service providers that were to be paid included Adonsonia Hotel (P52, 810); Nationwide Travel (P41, 000); Lipro Executive Catering (P44, 035, 60); Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (P112, 419, 48) and Botswana Power Corporation (P 20, 219, 92) and Village Health Pharmacy (P32, 279, 15).

Daka on the other hand allegedly deposited into his account a total sum of P260.990.67 between 8 March 2017 and 12 January 2017, which money was meant to settle bills with 17 service providers as per documentation prepared and authorised by the BFA Secretariat.

Among these service providers were Cresta Mahalapye (P15, 476, 50); Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (P23, 700, 74); Spring Travel (P44, 500, 00): Tlotlo Conference (P8, 355, 00):  Emergency Assist (P6, 720, 00): and Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (P15, 840, 00).

 Preliminary investigations suggest that this is just a tip of the iceberg with fears that the two may have either been aided or connived with their supervisors to accomplish their mission.
For example, one of the two officers was already serving suspension after the employer discovered that he was living beyond his means.

While he earns a monthly salary of P13, 130 -00, the officer in question was able to comfortably service two loans – he was paying a monthly instalment of P13, 154, 88 with one financial services (name withheld) and another monthly instalment of P10, 227, 98 with another financial service provider ( also name withheld). The modus operandi was such that come every month end, the officer would deposit a certain amount of money into the BFA account and the atter (BFA) would service his account debt with the financial institutions (names withheld).

It is suspected that the loans were secured a long time ago, which begs the question, how this employee managed to evade BFA’s Financial Regulations and Principles.
Another gaping question is how did this employee secure confirmation of employment letter and who wrote it to convince the financial institutions to approve the loans.

Botswana Guardian investigation has established that although for now this could not be associated with the officers, files containing documents on how FIFA has been paying money to Lekidi- Botswana Football Association headquarters - have mysteriously disappeared. The said files are for payments made in the three consecutive months of October, November and December 2017.

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Friday, 10 August 2018 10:26

Tennis embraces new software planner

A new software planner recently acquired  by  the Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) is  expected  to address tournament management problems.

It is alleged that in the past, coaches, parents and even the players themselves have been questioning some of the player selections at the national team.

This  week BG Sport  sources  revealed that tournament registrations, player profiles and the general information have been handled manually subjecting them to possible tampering. In the recently ended Motor Centre Junior Championships, the matches began on scheduled time and a predesigned order of play was followed.

It is said that even though the newly bought software is not fully operational, it saved the association from disgruntled parents and coaches who have had to get disappointed by manual handling of information. In an interview this week with BG Sport, one of the parents, Abiola Dare whose children having been  participating in all BTA sanctioned tournaments, expressed gratitude to the new development.

“We have been coming here over the years and we felt we were taken for granted because we are required to have registered at least a day before the tournament but we always arrive to no draws and plans put in place,” said Dare.

In  an  interview  this week BTA vice chairman and technical director, Oaitse Thipe has since confirmed that the new software is available with them and will be fully functional before the end of this month.

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Friday, 10 August 2018 10:19

BFA holds indaba

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is expected to host its Annual General Assembly (AGA) in which a number of burning issues plaquing the association will be addressed.

One of the issues includes the removal of the BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) Member, Tshepo Mphoeng from the committee late last year. “She was removed pending a determination by the next BFA General Assembly whether her membership should be revoked, so we expect the President and the Secretary’s report to contain this boiling issue,” a source close to the matter said.

Other pressing issues include the pending financial report, “financial issues will be crucial, there is a pending financial report for the year 2017 so it should be put to the table and there should be reasons why the financial report was delayed. Interestingly we will see two financial reports at this year’s AGM.”

Evasive regional football sponsorship and the bleak and abject state of Women’s football are some of the issues that will see BFA president Maclean Letshwiti at the receiving end of the assembly. On the other hand, newly promoted clubs have complained over their exclusion from the mother body meeting this weekend, “the right to participate in such a forum has no price, attending this meeting will mean these teams gain the opportunity to shape the future of Botswana Football,” sources close to the matter said.

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Friday, 10 August 2018 10:03

Vikings limping into the league

Two weeks away from the start of the prestigious local softball league, Vikings softball team finds itself in a web of predicament following the departure of its key players. The Gaborone-based team will be contesting in the BOFINET softball league in both the men and ladies category.

Information reaching this publication suggests that Vikings will be going into the league contest with no experienced fielders nor pitchers. It has been  recently reported that the team has been undergoing some tension between the players and the sitting committee. According to a source, Vikings are likely to use inexperienced players that are not match ready for the kind of level of play that the top league demands.

The information reaching BG Sport further revealed that the newly engaged players are senior secondary school leavers who only possess match experience from school tournaments. Motse Rabogatsu, who is the Vikings men captain, revealed that it is indeed true that they have been going through a number of team troubles.

 Rabogatsu continued to explain that he does not know what the next league season has for them. “We can only be optimistic going into the league, it sure is not going to be easy to play with players who have not been exposed to high level contest but we have to go into the field and do the work,” said the optimistic Rabogatsu.

One of the key players, Tebogo Makachana, who has been one of the key players with Vikings, confirmed his departure from the team.
“I am with Police now and it has been a month since I left Vikings,” said Makachana. Efforts to reach the team management, including the coach were futile.

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