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Avoid Corona, choose local- Minister tells promoters



Avoid Corona, choose local- Minister tells promoters

The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development (MYSC) Chilliboy Rakgare is expected to meet local promoters next week to discuss the worldwide corona virus scourge.

This comes at the back of the music festivals, which are expected to be hosted in Botswana featuring international artists travelling from corona-affected countries.

Speaking to Voice entertainment this week, Rakgare said that although the ministry has not taken a final decision they are of the view that local promoters should cut down on international acts.

“We have the necessary talent to fill up any venue so we are going to have talks with promoters to look at this very aspect. We as a Ministry are not taking any chances but this issue will have to be hotly debated at our meeting so we both from the Ministry’s end and from their end reach a consensus. We do not want it to be an instruction but of course we do have our view on what should be done,” Rakgare explained.

The minister further stated, “We have enough talent here in Botswana and therefore it would not hurt for promoters to reconsider their stance and use local artists. We need to protect the health of Batswana by any means necessary.”

Major festivals such as the Hamptons Jazz festival, are a few weeks away. Other sporting activities have been halted amid the corona virus scare. Other major festivals around the world have also either been cancelled or moved to a later date.

For her part the newly re-elected Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA) President, Zenzele Hirschfeld confirmed that their association has been debating the issue.

Hirschfeld maintains that it will be a bit difficult to cancel shows as contracts have already been signed.

“As BEPA we are concerned as an industry about the Corona Virus plague, as much as it has affected the tourism and transport industry it has also negatively affected the creative industry. We are not taking this lightly and we have been engaging,” she said.

Hirschfeld further said they would together with their members work closely with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to come up with ways to tackle the issue.

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Dr Gure’s anti climax



Dr Gure's anti climax

Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe



Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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