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I literally struggled to write this week’s column as I was feeling really drained, physically and emotionally.

The last couple of days have not been easy, in fact they’ve been some of the most difficult of my life. 

I lost my father and I’m still coming to terms with the reality that I will never get to see him again. 

The other reason for my fatigue was the prevailing economic situation, which really sucks the little energy that one has.

We tried our best to give my father a decent send off despite the harsh economic climate, which has eroded and continues to erode incomes.

My father had his own funeral policy which covered almost all the essentials of a funeral. 

But it was sad to note that the cash payout of $200 bond which was part of his policy and meant to cover groceries had been reduced to nothing.

Early this year, this amount was equivalent to US$200, almost P2, 000 as the US dollar was pegged at 1:1 with the bond.

If we were still in that era, we would have bought almost enough food to feed people who came to pay their last respects to my father.

But now that things have changed with the economy having taken a turn for the worst, the $200 bond was only enough to buy three kilograms of meat. How pathetic!

Such is the mess that we find ourselves in as a nation our savings have become nothing but a joke – a particularly cruel one.

We have experienced hyperinflation before and re-living it again seems to be the worst nightmare.

People cannot draw up budgets anymore as prices keep changing. 

The government, in its lack of empathy for its people now increases prices of fuel every week. In turn this pushes up the cost of almost every other goods and services. 

Incomes on the other hand have remained stagnant.

As someone remarked recently, most people are really surviving by the grace of God as putting food on the table is now a mammoth task.

And while we continue to suffer, our leaders have the audacity to continue lying and blaming America’s targeted sanctions for the collapse of the economy when the truth of the matter is that mismanagement, corruption and wrong policies are the reason we are in this mess.

No wonder the anti-sanctions demonstrations held last Friday were a total flop. 

People are no fools and President Emmerson Mnangagwa was left with little choice but to address the handful of people who gathered at the national sports stadium.

Who would really waste their time to demonstrate over something that doesn’t address bread and butter issues?

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66th Y-Care pre walk at Marokolwane farms

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The Y-Care team in association with The Voice took on a 20km walk at Marokolwane Farms in honour of the late Mrs Beata Kasale-Kabango this past weekend.

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Thieves rob BFA offices and Cricket Club

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Central Police Station (CPS) are investigating a case in which thieves broke into Botswana Football Association (BFA) office early last Thursday morning.

Station Commander, Superintendent Mothusi Phadi, says they have not made any arrest in connection with the break in and theft.

He said according to two night watchmen who were on duty, they were attacked by a group of eight men who beat them up and tied their hands and legs before breaking into the office.

He said their preliminary investigations indicate that a Canon camera and a mobile phone, all worth P15 000 were stolen.

“We received a report around 4am on Thursday. When the police arrived at the scene, they found the security officers’ two dogs dead. We suspect they were poisoned during the attack of the officers because we found a piece of meat and the dogs had some white foam coming out of their mouth. The security officers were taken to the hospital to be treated for trauma and they have since been released,” said Phadi

The Station Commander said there was also a break in at the Cricket club and they believe that after hitting the BFA offices, the culprits broke into the bar and stole alcohol beverages of an undisclosed amount.

Phadi said investigations were still ongoing and that they are yet to make any arrest.

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Young Author Pens Kofi Annan tribute

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Young Author Pens Kofi Annan tribute

Freelance journalist and acclaimed local author, 26-year-old Khumoetsile Magonare has published a book titled ‘Kofi Annan, An African Dream’.

The book is a fitting tribute to the former United Nations Secretary General and tells the story of his life, leadership and quotes that inspired the world.

The Ghanaian diplomat, a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, passed away at the age of 80 back in August 2018.

Devastated by his death, the young author managed to find productivity in her pain.

“I was mourning as the rest of the world but developed an inspiration which became a dream during the grieving period. I took my diary and wrote down the idea and that is how this book came up,” explained the Pitsane native in a brief interview with Voice Entertainment.

Khumoetsile, as the wordsmith is widely known, described Kofi Annan’s quotes as a living testimony to the life he lead.

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“He was an example to all and his quotes emphasise his faith in the youth. He believed in the minds and existence of young people to make a change.”

One of the quotes chronicled in the book reads, “Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.”

Another quote that stands out is, ‘We are not only responsible for each others security. We are also in some measure responsible for each others welfare.’

“This is a book anyone can pick up in the morning and flip open on any page while taking a cup of coffee. It’s a must have for motivation,” stressed Khumoetsile whose previous work includes ‘A Pillar of Hope’ as well as co-authoring ‘The Reality Check’ with Nlingi Simon.

“Apart from writing books I am the founder and host of ‘The Truth With Khumo’ which is found online or on Facebook,” continued the creative, whose prowess with the pen is matched by her mastery of the spoken word.

Retailing for P200, ‘Kofi Annan, An African Dream’ is set to hit local bookshops by the end of the month.

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