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Chevening scholars celebrate IWD2020



Chevening scholars celebrate IWD2020


Six months ago, these women were complete strangers brought together and bonded by their statuses as recipients of the prestigious Chevening scholarship award administered by the British High Commission in their respective countries and being scholars at Cardiff University.

In high spirits and animated conversation, the ladies took time out from the demanding school assignments to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD2020) under the theme #EachforEqual.

The day was an opportunity to take stock of their individual journeys and appreciate the role each plays in not just advancing their own interests but being a pillar to the next person to aid them in realizing their own goals.

The Ivy restaurant with its impressive botanical garden themed décor provided the perfect setting to indulge in the English old tradition of high tea.

Tucking into an array of savory and sweet treats including warm fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, potted chocolate and caramel, cucumber sandwiches and tea selections the ladies were divided into the topic of support.

Agreeing that it takes giving and receiving support to accomplish one’s set goals; Patience Nyange – An International Public Relations and Global Communications Management scholar and celebrated media personnel from Kenya, reminded the group of the importance of extending oneself to others.

Tshepo Maphanyane with Dr P Wanjira
SELFIE PIC: Tshepo Maphanyane (Botswana) with Dr P Wanjira (Kenya)

“Support means recognizing that others can benefit from your time and skills hence my passion for mentorship. There is power in holding others by the hand and imparting whatever knowledge one has”.

Nyange is proud of a mentorship program she set up a few years ago that has had a solid record of producing and aiding highly driven young women to navigate both the social and professional areas of their lives. “One must always be cognizant of where they are in their life journey and who they are grooming into that position.

As we grow, we cannot expect to remain the same so it is vital to build one’s legacy and ensure the elevation of others into the positions we are graduating from.
They too will guide those coming after them. This is a cycle of support I subscribe to as I too have had amazing women guiding me,” she said.

The bestowed Cardiff Chevening resident medical doctor; Pamela Wanjira who is studying for an MSc Clinical Dermatology also reiterates the same sentiments as her housemate and country fellow and says, “One’s overall wellbeing is key as it affects every aspect of one’s life. Although no one is perfect, one must strive to be the best version of themselves”.

Wangari reinforces the need to take care of one’s mental health as well as one’s physical being.

SUPPORTING EACH OTHER: Chevening scholars enjoying some time off from the books

“These go a long way in ensuring one is able to be productive. Being supportive entails ensuring that as a caregiver, friend, sister, parent and in this case a fellow scholar, we strive to be mindful of others’ needs. Not just the physical but also the emotional. A school like all other responsibilities one may have, can be demanding and being away from home can compound the stress and cause added pressure to one’s overall wellbeing hence offering an ear or shoulder to lean on can be the best way to support and receive support from others,” notes Wanjira

Citing the perfect example, Computing, and IT Management scholar; Nino Gorgiashvilli from Georgia says although work and indeed learning environments can be particularly competitive, appreciating each other’s strengths and weaknesses can provide room to be more compassionate and supportive.

Another scholar, Anna Celac jumps in to add, “Not forgetting that when you look good and feel good, it is easier to ooze confidence. Confidence stimulates self-assurance and when one is self-assured, they are more likely to extend themselves to others”.

She beams widely. Celac has embraced her role in the group as a personal shopper and stylist due to her love for shopping and acquiring beautiful things.

Also an International Public Relations and Global Communications Management scholar, she is fiercely passionate about changing the narrative of the girl child.

“It is not just girls whose interests I take to heart, but I do feel an enormous responsibility to extend myself especially to young women. The world can be daunting and unforgiving to less assured individuals”.

Celac says as a young woman growing up in Moldova, it seemed opportunities were far in between and meant for other people and so there were not many role models to look up.

Hence as an assertive individual with a keen interest in people, Celac was humbled to discover that in what came naturally to her; engaging with others and offering encouragement many would go on to consider her an inspiration.

“This fueled me to work even harder at the plans I have for myself. Knowing that as I pursue them others will be encouraged to also go after that which they wish for. Now that is support. Doing it while looking one’s best is certainly the cherry on top”.

Like the rest of the group, I marveled at how a group of diverse individuals from different parts of the world and backgrounds can wish the same for the world we live in; where everybody does their part in elevating others through pure support of the human race no matter where one is from.

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Block 8 nurse challenges Covid-19 test results



A nurse who allegedly tested positive of Covid-19 during the emergency parliament session has given the Ministry of Health and Wellness up to next week Tuesday to respond to his legal demands as he believes that the test results were fake.

The victim, Morobi Dinao, a nurse at Block 8 Gaborone has made demands that the ministry give him signed results by the person who carried out the laboratory tests.

Dinao was diagnosed at a special parliament sitting in April, his supposed positive results leading to all MPs and those who attended the session to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

According to legal documents from Ndadi law firm, the 37-year-old nurse was admitted at Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital on the 9th of April after he was told he tested positive.

On the 13th he demanded to see his results but was sent from pillar to post and the hospital could not give him the results.

He kept on demanding his results and on the 19th of April he was shown the results through his glass door from outside by one Dr Feledi.

Dinao allegedly asked for a copy of the results but the Doctor said he would revert to him after consulting with his superiors.

He was given his results when he was discharged on the 24th of April.

There was no explanation of the results and the document was also not signed hence the suspicion that they were not authentic.

Some of the things that made him suspicious, he says, are that the specimen submission form that carries his results is markedly from the one he completed on the day of tests.

He says the form does not have the laboratory personnel signature portion yet the one he duly completed had it.

The demands are that MOH should give an account of the delay of initial results.

Dinao’s lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi, told The Voice Online that they are awaiting response to their client’s demands before they can take the next step.

“I do not understand how a doctor can seek for his superior’s permission to give a patient his own results. How do you get admitted without seeing your results and told we are following the instructions to admit you? A lot is questionable in the whole scenario,” said Ndadi.

Ndadi further said he’ll await his client’s instruction before considering any court action.

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No water supply in Maun this weekend

*Main water pipe raptured at Nxaraga

*70% water supply shut down for maintenance work



Most parts of Maun and surrounding areas are expected to experience a dry spell this weekend as the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) cuts water supply for the next two days.

The department’s head of business, Thabo Ndadi, explained that seventy percent supply of water in and around Maun will be shut down to allow for maintenance of main water pipe to the area.

“This week we discovered that our main water pipe that brings in water from Kunyere boreholes has raptured and thus unable to adequately supply water,” explained Ndadi.

Ndadi further confirmed that they started noticing the leak last month but avoided tempering with it as it was during the lockdown and when the country had just reported first cases of the killer Covid-19 disease.

“Our hope and prayer was that the leak would not become so bad before the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, but the water pressure has gone down and therefore we have to fix the problem and we cannot do it without temporarily cutting the flow,” added Ndadi.

Seventy percent of water supply in Maun is from boreholes along Kunyere river in Nxaraga area, while the other two boreholes in Shashe and Sexaxa make up the remaining thirty percent.

“This effectively means Maun will be running with a seventy percent water shortage and we are pleading with members of the community to use water with extra care,” Ndadi added.

In fact some areas will go dry for over 24 hours and WUC has advised people to store water for weekend use today because from tomorrow, taps will be completely dry. “Many other homes will get water way beyond the 24 hours, because after maintenance the water has to make a long journey to reach the taps, for some it will take 48 hours or so. In fact the whole recovery process takes seven days so, it may be practically impossible to complete the recovery within 24 hours.”

Meanwhile Thamalakane river has started to fill up, but the WUC water treatment plant in Borolong is yet to start pumping water from the river as they have to wait for at least a month for the water “to be of better quality to be processed for consumption. Right now the water volume is still low for such an exercise but the plant is ready to start operations. Already we have begun testing the water for quality and it not yet where we want it to be,” Ndadi said.

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