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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:46

Khoisan enters...

A brand new music group, Khoisan hopes to revive Setswana music without necessarily sticking to a particular genre. A group of five artistes, whose new song, ‘Marabele’ has just been released early this week, tells BG Style that they believe in original work, hence they cannot really specify the genre of their first single release.

They share that their aim is to assimilate the continent of Africa and make sure that their music penetrates well in the continent.  How the vivid group met is quiet interesting, given the chance to listen to what they have just recently released. 

The energetic artistes met sometime last year at the local auditions in Gaborone. They explain that they wrote and composed their first song to try and sympathize with anyone going through a relationship problem. They narrate that there are always those people who like meddling in other people’s relationships, as the name of the song implies ‘marabele’.

Therefore, the song in its beautiful rich contemporary rhythm advises people that there is always time to move on. The song carries a strong message compiled from the lovely Setswana phrases such as ‘Se sa feleng se a tlhola’, loosely translated to, ‘there is always an end to anything’.

“We want people to enjoy this song while at the back of their minds they remember that it was meant to empower those in difficult situations such as dealing with abusive partners, cheating and playing the single mother role; to have hope and let go of what could have transpired to lend them into such situations,” said one of the members.

The producer of the work, Suffocate of Roc Lefatshe says that this unique work is quiet impressive for the music industry of Botswana. He says that for the fact that the group is made up of the first timers, it just shows that there is talent that still needs to be tapped in this industry. “I am also impressed by the fact that the group is willing to sell the country through authentic local sounds,” he said. Some fans compare the group with the popular South African group, Mafikizolo. “We want to sell the country internationally through infusing local elements,” reiterated Khoisan. They also surprised their audience with their made up super dance moves and the eloquent Acapella songs.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:38

Healthy eating tips from Chef Seralanyane

The good chef, Angela Seralanyane says people should avoid eating fatty and junk foods but stick to healthy meals.She shares with The Food Court that roasting, baking and braised meats is the ideal choice for preparing healthy meals. Like any other chef, she takes pride in her cooking skills and believes that she is unique.

“What makes me stand out is the fact that I am generally in the kitchen and I enjoy pressure,” she says.  Although she has always liked cooking, from a young age, she boasts that joining hotel and catering back in 1995 has really sharpened her cooking skills to become the best that she is today.

She has worked with hotels like Mowana Lodge in Kasane and Adansonia Hotel, where she is currently employed.Seralanyane cooks everything from sweet to sour and salty food.  She explains that during her spare time she caters for parties, weddings and any kind of an event, which she reiterates enlightens her because she enjoys the pressure of cooking good food for a group of people. She says people should make happy homes by preparing good meals at all times because family is all about enjoying good food together. “Learning to do a variety of recipes is very important because in this case, we get to know who needs to eat what in a healthy way,” she says adding that, an elderly, an infant and an active person’s diets differ.

Her favourite dish in the kitchen is Beef Strogonof and Pilaf rice. She says the meal is favorable to anyone. In order for one to make this dish, she advices, “beef strogonof requires beef steak cut into strips, pan fried then add onions, green pepper and mushrooms also cut in strips then sauté and add a bit of flour and beef stock granule, salt and pepper then add water and let it simmer then finish with cream and serve”.

On the other hand, she explains, “Pilaf rice requires fried chopped onions, then add rice into them and continue to fry as you add bay leaf, gloves then chicken stock, salt and pepper to give taste and cover the pot with a foil and bake it in the oven until cooked”.
She says that her favorite dessert is lemon tarts and emphasizes that she likes mouth-watering food, yet healthy.

“To come up with this scrumptious dessert, one needs short paste cut into round then baked at the back of a muffin tray to make a small basket then prepare lemon curd, hot milk then stir in a mixture of corn starch, egg yolk, sugar, milk, and lemon zest to thicken the hot milk then add lemon juice and remove it from the heat and cool it in the fridge covered with  cling wrap then add whipped cream to the cooled curd and mix the pipe to the baskets  and finish with piped whipped cream, a slice of lemon and a mint leaf,” shares Seralanyane.She also highlights that whenever she plans a menu, she looks at the number of people, the type of people and the kind of an event she prepares for as well as the availability of ingredients that should be considered first.

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The optimistic local fashion designer Albertinah Lira Ntwaagae believes that diversity is what is needed in the local fashion circles.Even though, her affection to fashion comes from a long way back, Ntwaagae established her designs in 2013.In an exclusive interview with BG Style this week, Ntwaagae said her design works started as a mere hobby, “I started by designing using my own hands rather than machines and rocked those particular designs I made to different occasions such as weddings and people would always ask me where I got or who designed the clothes.

And that was when I started trusting my abilities as a designer,” she reminisced. According to the aspirant fashion designer, it was not an easy journey because she did not embark on any further studies concerning fashion, “It was somehow difficult for me to breakthrough into the fashion industry as I did not have the privilege to equip myself with fashion skills but with God I managed to establish myself as a brand,” said the aspirant fashion designer.

Furthermore, Ntwaagae said she does modelling as well hence becoming easier for her to advertise her work, “I also do modelling as part-time and it helps me in a great deal because I get to publicize my products for people to appreciate better,” said Ntwaagae. Quizzed about her accomplishments thus far, Ntwaagae said she has managed to attract some few local celebrities, “I managed to design for a few high profile individuals such as Botswana Television (BTV) music show Mokaragana presenter Atamelang Marumolo for her wedding,” she said.

Ntwaagae further reiterated that she wants to do better than last year, “I want to improve from what I did in the past year, I already bought the materials that I needed from last year and will market my products in every social media platform as it is the way to go these days,” she explains.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:53

Broadcasting deal yet to materialise

The 9 million pula broadcasting deal between Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Baboneng Film Productions seems to be a pie in the sky. It has been a good six months since the five- year- deal was announced, however Debswana First Division games are yet to beam live on television.

Baboneng Productions was given Television, radio, print and Internet rights as well as the branding of stadium during matches. Nevertheless, not a single game was broadcast on radio and only one match was televised on Maru TV. The deal was that at the start of the 2018/2019 season, games were to be broadcasted live on Maru TV, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development’s (MYSEC) NOWtv and Local radio station Duma FM.

In fact, BG Sport has learnt that the BFA deal has been revised to involve the airing of the premier league games too. According to reliable reports Baboneng was to work hand in hand with Botswana Television to make the dream a success. A contract between the two parties has already been drawn up.

Things have been stagnant with the biggest monster in the room being insufficient funds. Baboneng was to pay BFA P1.5 million and each team to receive a P50 000 grant at the start of the season.
The BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo confirmed in an interview this week that they are still waiting for the money. Mfolo noted that it appears the company is still experiencing financial difficulties as things might have not turned out as expected with the financier.

“They have not paid yet, however they are in constant communication with us and hopefully a solution will be found in the near future,” he said.The BFA CEO noted that it was a bit disappointing that the deal has not rolled into action as planned, saying they saw a future in it. It would have been history in the making if the games were to beam live on TV.

Quizzed on whether they were not quick to put pen to paper, Mfolo said that the proposal was convincing enough. He added that they will be monitoring the situation closely and want to give the company a fair chance to prove their mettle. “The content they produced during the 2018 Charity Cup was top notch and of high quality, however if all fails, then we will consider the exit clause,” Mfolo said.

Programmes Manager at DUMA FM, Donald Seberane said that they will only broadcast the games if they find a sponsor. He explained that the cost of broadcasting the 65 games stands at P 3 million. An amount the company cannot afford at the moment.
Spokesperson at MYSEC, Thobo Tlhasana said that they have the funds to broadcast the games, however they still have engineering issues. “I am not sure when the games will start airing live on NOWtv,” he said.

As for Baboneng CEO, Kesebonye Seabelo, he remains confident that come high or low, he will live up to his promises. “Whether the heavens are blue or black the proposal I gave BFA still stands and we will not disappoint,” he said. He is confident by the end of February 2019 things will start looking up.

He revealed that most sponsors including Debswana mining Company and Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) would be fully onboard this year. “They had already exhausted their funds and we suffered a setback on funds. It costs about P138 000 per game and the relationship between us and BTV will enable us to save costs as we will produce more than one game in a day,” he said, adding that it is not a one man show as he is working with all the stakeholders, including BFA to find sponsors.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:40

Youthful Basketball team confident of medals

Coach Olebile Kepaletswe from the Botswana team is confident that Botswana will win a medal during the Under 18 International Basketball Foundation (IBF) Young Lions Cup finals to be held in Gaborone, Botswana this coming weekend.Nine countries of Burundi, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland have converged in Botswana for the second edition of the annual cup competition.

Kepaletswe assured this paper that the Botswana Team will come to the finals hungry for success and considering their form, a medal is within reach.Botswana finished on fourth position last year and Kepaletswe assured that they have been working on their weaknesses.

“Everything was all new for the team last year but they managed fourth position out of the 16 that participated. There is no telling what will happen this time around,” he said.Kepaletswe who is in charge of the girls’ team said that they have been busy at work together with colleague, Tiro Serumula who was managing the boys team, to bring the team to shape. 

In his camp, Keplaetswe is sure that when things get a little bit tough, he can always pin his hopes on the likes of Lolo Ramatebele to be the main brains of the team but also not forgetting the hard hitting Winnie Ponoesele to dip her head in regardless of the circumstances.

He is confident the team has vast experience in the game saying he has been working with the girls for the past five years. However, he will have to rely on the team to execute his instructions well, noting that in this particular competition, they are not allowed to coach during the games.

The Botswana team will go into the tournament with a full squad free from injuries. Zimbabwe is the defending champions on both the girls and boys side. “If we beat Zimbabwe I will know for sure that we are really out for blood although Burundi has the height to their advantage and might also come out as a threat to the team,” he said.

BBA President Boineelo Hardy, when delivering her remarks at the event, said she was particularly excited about the legacy to be left behind by the hosting of the games.  “We will have 2 shot clocks, 144 balls for 3x3 and not forgetting the workshop to train local referees,” she said.

The biggest benefit will undoubtedly be the structures that have been left in place, enabling the association to conduct games in six regions of the country.  This means that for a change and first for basketball, structures that spread across the country will enable access to the games to more Batswana.  During the inaugural edition last year, IBF delivered a 3x3 play mat and 3x3 balls. The equipment will be used during the second edition of the games.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:33

Cross-country race opens athletics season

The Cross-Country running event that will be held in Gaborone this coming Saturday is anticipated to prepare and qualify local athletes for major upcoming events such as the World Cross-Country Championships and Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) National Finals.

This was confirmed this week by the Sports View Runners Club Chairperson, Glody Dube who are billed with hosting this year’s event after hosting the previous edition. Cross-Country running involves running a race on an open air-course over natural terrain such as dirt or grass.According to Dube, they are excited to have been preferred to host this year’s event, “We are always amongst the top list of nominees to host this occasion each and every year,” he said.

Furthermore, Dube reiterated that the Cross-Country running event is meant to aid athletes to qualify for major tournaments.  “Cross-Country events are one of the easiest occasions for athletes to qualify as they are not normally judged by specific time because they compete in different environments such as dirt and grass. However, if an athlete performs well in the Cross-Country series, he or she automatically qualifies to represent the country at the World Cross-Country Championships which are scheduled to take place on the 30th March this year in Aarhus, Denmark,” said Dube.

Categories that will be available on the day include 10 Kilometres (KM) Senior Men & Women, 8KM Junior Boys, 6KM Youths Boys & Junior Girls and lastly 4KM for Youths Girls.Nevertheless, Dube said the athlete’s fitness level might prove crucial, “We are just fresh from a Christmas break, and most athletes have been engaged with all sorts of activities at their respective home villages thus it will require a lot of effort to return back to their shapes,” said the Chairperson.

On the other hand, local defending Cross-Country Champion Rapula Diphoko said it is only the beginning of the year and he just started his training, “I have just returned from off-season, and I am going to take the coming Cross-Country as my fitness builder so that I come back to my best for the second Cross-Country series which is slated for February and subsequently start to impose competition as I want to qualify for the World Cross-Country Championship in March,” said Diphoko.

Quizzed about his goals for 2019, the ambitious runner said he wants to qualify for every tournament that is on offer this year, “Honestly, this year I intend to focus only on the track in preparation for the World Championships and other major tournaments and I have to work and train hard. And most essentially, to work towards beating my personal best,” he said. The event is expected to take place on Saturday 12th at 10am in front of Gaborone Technical College (GTC) and the registration fee for every athlete is P20.00.

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Former International 800m star Glody Dube believes that the alteration of the qualifying times for the 2019 IAAF World Championships which will be held in Doha, Qatar will not affect local athletes but rather give them a better chance of qualifying to these impending major events.

This year’s IAAF World Championships qualifying standards have been made slightly different from that of 2017 in London, England. Both marathon marks are faster-from 2:19:00 to 2:16:00 for the men’s event and from 2:45:00 to 2:37:00 for the women’s. As for short races; 100m- from 11:26 to 11:24 for the women and from 10:12 to 10:10 for the men’s event, in 200m- 23:10 to 23:02 for the women and from 20:44 to 20:40 for the men’s. Moreover, in 400m- from 52:10 to 51:80 for the women and from 45:50 to 45:30 for the men’s and 800m- from 2:01.00 to 2:00.60 for the women and from 1:45.90 to 1:45.80 just to mention a few.

Dube told BG Sport this week that, these sudden changes (times) will only act as a motivating tool for local athletes to perform well, “Our athletes are bound to perform to their utmost best as they will be influenced by the changed times. I expect massive performances from our local athletes. I do not see anything wrong with these changes thus are a welcoming development to our sport”.

On the other hand, one of the local prestigious marathon runner Rapula Diphoko said he only heard rumours about the new qualifying standards, “I just resumed training, trying to bring myself back to shape and I heard hearsays about these developments. I am yet to see them so that I can be able to appreciate them better as well. My ambition is to qualify for the World Championships regardless of the time changes, and I am going to work really hard to achieve my desired goals,” said Diphoko.

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) President Thari Mooketsi said the qualifying standards for the World Championships are not bad, “The changes are not bad at all, and it will just depend on every individual (athletes) to pull up their socks and eventually qualify for the Championships. Furthermore, the World Championships are scheduled for September which provides us with ample time to prepare and do better, come the day,” said Mooketsi.

BAA President further said they (Association) are aiming high for this year’s IAAF World Championships, “In most cases for the national team, we always target for 14 to qualify but now we are aiming 20 because there are some few individuals that have emerged from the shadows. For instance, there is one from long jump and the others for relay (4x1) that we hope will add on to 14 to make it 20,” he said.The 2019 IAAF World Championships which are billed to be hosted in Doha, Qatar will take place in September 28th until the October 6th.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:24

Transfer window blurred by clubs’ debts

The first week of the second registration, transfer and loaning of players for the 2018/2019-football season has seen only two clubs seeking clearance letters from the club Licensing First Instance Body (FIB). This is in light of Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s conditions that no premier league club with overdue payables such as employee remunerations and tax levies will be allowed to register new players.

The directive was effected this year and is to be implemented during the ongoing registration window that opened doors this past Wednesday.According to the FIB Secretary General, James Setete who spoke to BG Sport in an interview this week, only two clubs which he felt uncomfortable to mention by name, had declared that they have no overdue payables and the FIB Committee is still processing their submissions. 

Setete noted that they have a few check areas that they follow to ensure that indeed the team can be cleared to sign new players. The bold decisions taken by the BFA in conjunction with Botswana Premier League (BPL) is to ensure that clubs do not sign players while they still owe a significant number of their players. This has in the recent past come back to haunt the elite league with the games being disrupted on several occasions. Players would strike or abandon matches altogether decrying that they have not been paid their dues.

The identified weakness has been that teams often overspend, with players’ salaries alleged to be escalating to P30 000 per month, a player.  The BPL CEO Thabo Styles Ntshinogang has also on many occasions advised that teams should cut their cloth according to size. Saying it was not wise for teams to focus on signing a player that the club cannot afford to pay. The tendency had left many clubs near bankruptcy and sinking deep in debt.

Meanwhile, Setete has warned that even though it is still in the early days, and not certain how many teams are actually interested in signing new players, clubs should refrain from false declaration during the transfer window.  He explained that should teams be tempted and somehow try to cheat the system, they might land in trouble.

Depending on the extent of the offence, a team might get off with a warning, a fine not exceeding P10 000 or even demotion to lower structures in the worst -case scenarios. Meanwhile, the first game in 2019, following the festive break is a match against Orapa United and Prisons XI today at Itekeng Stadium

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Bafanas Football team are the champions of the 4th Motang Tlou Soccer Challenge held in Goodhope last month. Bafanas defeated Young Bucks 2-1 in a thrilling encounter that pulled a huge crowd from all corners of Barolong Farms.
For their efforts, Bafanas managed to pocket P7, 500 and a floating trophy.

This week the event organisers said the annual tournament lived to its real promise and started in earnest on the 26th December 2018, adding to the norm and known traditional choirs associated with festivities in Barolong. The eight teams that competed in the festive tournament included Flying Squad-Goodhope, Dangerous Darkies-Pitsane, Mmutlanyana Iphare- Ramatlabama, YoungBucks-Cwaanyaneng, Gamokoto Young Zebras-Gamokoto, Tswagare United-Tswagare, Maranatha Kicks-Pitsane, Bafanas- Ramatlabama in the same order. The organisers emphasize that the aim of the tourney is to give people a variety of entertainment during the festive season as well as showcase the talent that exists in the region. This was a different kind of tournament as it used technology platforms in its marketing and publicity.

The SMS campaign was an exciting initiative which received well over 23,000 votes for its maiden entry with over 40 teams participating across the length and breadth of Barolong Farms. Facebook was the ultimate tool used for regular and timely updates about the tournament.  Top of the pack was a team from Goodhope, Flying Squad which beat Dangerous Darkies from Pitsane by 19 votes on the last day of voting. Dangerous Darkies had led the votes for long periods until the last date. Flying Squad did not come as a surprise to some as they were still the 2016 defending champions and wanted to show who the real kings of the soccer challenge were and the only host team from Good hope. 

The tournament was community involving as some teams went to the extent of asking old people to vote for them with their last ten pula. It was not surprising to realise what it meant for some to have made it to the top 8. To make the event colorful and fun, Young Bucks, Mmutlanyana Iphare and Bafanas brought in their supporters with their choirs. Mmutlanyana went a step further with a composition of a song in appreciation of the tournament sponsor “A ruri leboleletse Motang ka setlhopha, go re Mmutla o a betsa, go utlwala” Mmutlanyane Iphare from Ramatlabama were the fans favourite from the onset, perhaps due to their unique name. The name resonated well with the old folks as it was one of the most feared back in the days, especially when pitted against the likes of Young Stars of Ramatlabama.

The very first game ended in a thrashing of Flying Squad by Young Bucks 4-0. Flying Squad was distraught after the humiliating defeat but admitted to have met a well prepared and determined side.  The other games were more balanced with cautious approach from the teams after watching the first game which was more open with a lot of goals. Gamokoto Young Zebras was defeated 1-0 by Tswagare United in the second game. The third game Mmutlanyana Iphare played to a goalless draw with Dangerous Darkies but Mmutlanyana proceeded to win 4-3 on penalties.

The last game of the day, Bafanas won 1-0 beating Maranatha Kicks.  The first semifinal was played the following day and pitted Young Bucks against Tswagare United in a rain-soaked match; the game was suspended for a few hours before it was resumed only for Young Bucks to win it 2-0. The second semifinal was moved to the next day between Mmutlanyana Iphare and Bafanas, which ended in a goalless draw and Bafanas went on to win 5-4 on penalties. The final game brought Goodhope to a standstill. It lived to its expectation as supporters were treated to scintillating football where two teams went for each other in an entertaining encounter. The book makers could not tell where the game was going as both team played attacking football, exercising caution and high defensive discipline.

The award ceremony included the Chief representative of Barolong Botiki Motshegare and Minister of Minerals Resource, Green Technology and Energy Security, Eric Molale as guests. The Chief Organiser, Kennedy Motang was more than elated with a well-organized event. He promised a bigger and better tournament for 2019 to celebrate the tournament’s 5th anniversary. Motang assured a significant improvement in the prize money for this year’s event. “People were already enquiring about when the voting lines for the 5th edition even before the ball was kicked for the 4th edition, this is the level of interest that has been created around the tournament,” Motang said.

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