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No negative test, no entry

Having done well to contain the spread of Covid-19, Botswana suffered a setback this week when a truck driver from South Africa, who entered the country on Saturday to deliver goods, tested positive for the virus.

Although the driver’s body temperature is said to have been fine when he was scanned at Tlokweng border, his results came back the following day and showed he had the virus.

He became the 24th confirmed case in Botswana, although only six remain active, with 17 recoveries and one death (as of Wednesday evening) .

Despite the low numbers, the news was a reminder of the lurking danger.

Indeed, contact tracing identified 150 people that came into contact with the truck driver, causing government to enforce a two-day lockdown (Tuesday and Wednesday) on Gaborone.

In light of the scare, The Voice’s DANIEL CHIDA talked to a selection of politicians, business people and union leaders to get their opinions on how best to avoid a similar scenario happening again.

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Phenyo Butale – AP Secretary General


What happened should be a wake-up call for us because if we do not act fast we will end up reversing everything that we worked hard for.

We have to introduce rapid testing that can produce results immediately or the following day. We shouldn’t let drivers without results into the country.

With so many unregulated infrared thermometers we cannot rely only on body temperatures but all tests.

We have to disinfect the coming trucks but most importantly keep the drivers in quarantine until the results are out.

One thing that we have to know is that we rely on South Africa for supplies and we cannot close our borders.

The other option is to take our goods at the border without interaction with the delivery team from South Africa.

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Moeti Mohwasa – UDC Head of Communications


The Umbrella for Democratic Change has been disturbed by the latest reported case which involved a truck driver.

Because of our over dependence on other countries for basics, we cannot stop these trucks coming in to deliver such goods.

This incident calls for change of approach in dealing with the virus.

Firstly the trucks should be heavily disinfected before crossing into the country.

Secondly, all the drivers should only be allowed to proceed with their journey after being quarantined and tested.

We learn from the recent case that the test results come out after only one day.

In terms of urgent or perishable goods delivery, a driver exchange can happen at the border.

This will come at a huge cost, both financial and social, but no effort and resources should be spared in the fight against this disease!

The consequences of short cut measures in dealing with the pandemic are too ghastly to contemplate.

We need as a country to make sacrifices at a personal and national level.

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Ketlhalefile Motshegwa – Deputy Secretary General of BOFEPUSU


As stated before, Covid-19 is a global pandemic, which is not only a medical issue but a socio-economic matter as well.

It is our greatest desire that we all join hands and collectively defeat Covid-19.

This we must do for the safety of our people.

Some efforts put by Government have to some extent assisted to control the spread of the virus, but overall they have not managed the Coronavirus epidemic well.

It is only that the situation has not been bad because of our geographical and economic advantage in that we did not have massive trade movement of people to our country from cities of the Western countries who are highly affected.

This particular case with a truck driver demonstrates pathetic failure.

Why are they allowing people to move around while test results are outstanding?

No one should cross into the country while the status of their corona has not been established to be negative.

First, it was the nurse who exposed MPs, now the truck driver.

They don’t even learn!

Majority of our people are locked-up and hungry, while the ruling elite are lining their pockets with tenders.

Nurses are denied requisite PPEs and even have to go court.

Workers are denied salary increment and overtime claims.

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Motlhaleemang Moalosi – Businessman


All truck drivers who cross over to South Africa should be mandated to wear a GPS wearable device that they can’t take off in order to make sure they don’t mingle with the general public.

The authorities can track their movements in real time and know exactly where they have been for contact tracing.

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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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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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