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Mr Veg donates fruits and vegetables to the needy

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Mr Veg has donated 1 500 fruit and vegetable hampers to North West District Council specifically to be distributed to the elderly and needy in Maun and Okavango sub districts.

In response to the national call to donate to the COVID-19 fund, which was put in place when the country went into lockdown due to the spread of the corona virus, the major fruit and vegetable seller in Maun presented their pledge to the council leadership on Monday morning in Maun.

“We pledge to distribute 100 hampers a day, which will make 500 hampers a week,” explained Mr Veg’s store manager in Maun, Gaone Kebalepile.

Each hamper, according to the pledge will contain approximately 5-6 kgs of mixed fruit and vegetables, that is, potatoes, onions, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, green pepper, oranges or apples. According to the store’s managing director, Hemant Kochar, the mix has been designed to meet the basic weekly requirements of a small household.

Mr Veg donates fruits and vegetables to the needy
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“Hampers will be delivered by Mr. Veg trucks to the location designated by the council. To address any safety concerns, all hampers will be strictly checked for quality and each consignment will be open to inspection by North West District Council before distribution,” Kochar had stated.

From next week Monday, the hampers will be distributed to vulnerable households especially the elderly and the needy within the Maun and Okavango sub districts.

Botswana like the rest of the world is grappling with effects of COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected many sectors of the economy. It is against this background that a national relief fund was established for both individuals and the businesses to donate into as a way of assisting government mitigate the effects of the problem on citizens.

“Access to food is a basic need hence the decision by government to give food basket relief to households in need during the lock down period,” explained North West district council secretary, Motlogelwa Thuso as he appreciated the donation.

Thuso pointed out that many families in the district were in need of food baskets, “We truly appreciate your support; the hampers will make a difference in the lives of our vulnerable members of our community during the lockdown period. This is a demonstration of solidarity by your company during this time of need.”

Since lockdown was declared at the beginning of April, a total of 333 647 households have been assessed, and 22 222 of them have been recommended for social welfare. Out of the recommended number, just 16 223 have been assisted with food baskets so far.

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Dr Gure’s anti climax

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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

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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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