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What’s in a name?

Ghetto react to airport being renamed after Philip Matante

Government recently announced that the Francistown International Airport is to be renamed after Botswana People’s Party (BPP) co-founder and former leader, Philip Matante.

The pioneer politician, who passed away in 1979 at the age of 67, was famous for his fiery speeches, his passion for his people and his refusal to lie down in the face of colonial oppression.

Originally from Serowe, Matante later settled in Francistown, eventually becoming the second city’s first Member of Parliament.

40 years on from his death, the legendary nationalist remains extremely popular in the Ghetto, with many welcoming the airport’s renaming as long overdue.

However, the more skeptical denounced the move as politically motivated, as The Voice’s Christinah Motlhabane discovered when she took to the city’s streets.

What’s in a name?
Robert Maposa

Robert Maposa

Masisi is a desperate, losing President.

These are the last kicks of a dying horse!

They have been refusing to name many things after Philip Matante, why now?

We once asked that the new stadium be named after Matante and they refused.

It was rejected by the government and our President Masisi was part of that government.

This is not a genuine decision, it is a political move designed to gain support.

Nevertheless, we are happy they are finally showing some appreciation for the great man; Matante did a lot for Francistown.

The formation of BDF was his idea and BDP were reluctant.

I wonder when the cabinet met to agree on the naming?

Or was it Masisi’s decision alone?

If he wants to go around changing things he should consider introducing Kalanga in schools.

What’s in a name?
Igbal Ibrahim

Igbal Ebrahim (Former Francistown Mayor)

It is a good decision.

It shows they recognise people who tried to promote the development of Francistown.

When he joined BPP, I was in BDP but he used to come to me asking if there were any issues to raise in parliament.

He wanted to develop Francistown; he was very progressive.

He was one of the people who was at the meeting with Britain to ask for independence for Bechuanaland.

The others were the late Presidents Seretse Khama, Masire and Kgosi Bathoen II.

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Kenneth Chilli

Kenneth Chilli (57)

I do not have any objection with the naming.

It celebrates the veteran politician.

Now everyone flying to Francistown will know his name!

He advocated the formation of Botswana Defence Force.

He made a big contribution when Ian Smith from Rhodesia was troubling Batswana.

I don’t have a problem with the late hero being honoured!

What’s in a name?
Chief David Batshogile Adam

Chief David Batshogile Adam

Matante did a lot. He made peace between the blacks and the whites.

In the past, when we were graduating from schools, the whites looked down upon us.

Matante closed down businesses for the whites who did not want peace with the blacks.

There was once a strike between Tati Company – which was owned by whites – and the blacks.

It lasted for two weeks and he called the first soldiers who were in Gaborone to come and calm the situation.

The ‘Judas’ had three shops in Francistown and they attacked and insulted a black person calling him ‘Kaffir’, meaning baboon, and Matante closed down their shops too.

He was a man of peace and development.

I really welcome the name Matante, he deserves it.

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Olateng James

Olateng James (48)

I was there when he was buried in White City long time back.

However, I don’t appreciate the airport changing to his name as it will confuse our children who are going to school.

What has Masisi seen to change it after so long?

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Keebonye Pheko

Keebonye Pheko (66)

The naming of the airport as Philip Matante is okay as he is the first Member of Parliament from Francistown.

He is the first person in opposition to contest with Seretse.

I appreciate the naming.


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Elephant mortality in Okavango rises to 110, Anthrax ruled out



Wildlife and National Parks department has ruled out Anthrax as a killer disease for elephants along some villages in the Okavango delta.

As of Friday last week, at least 110 dead elephants were discovered in areas of Seronga, Gunotsoga and Eretsha in the past three weeks and were suspected to have died from Anthrax.

However the Anthrax laboratory tests have come back negative, leaving the government departments searching for more answers. 

“Laboratory results have ruled out Anthrax and we are awaiting more results,” explained regional Wildlife coordinator in Maun, Dimakatso Ntshebe.

Ntshebe said his department through the help of veterinary department services are still conducting further tests to find out whether or not this mysterious disease is not a result of poisoning.

The disease according to Ntshebe causes the giant’s front legs to weaken and therefore the unwell animal walks in uncoordinated manner and ultimately drops to its death.

“We don’t know what could be the cause of this disease but we are working around the clock to find out and hopefully work on the cure,” added Ntshebe.

Some samples are to be sent to South Africa for further testing. “We could have taken other samples to the neighbouring Zimbabwe, but because of COVID-19 that brought everything to almost a standstill, we could not send them,” Ntshebe explained before adding that, “before coronavirus outbreak, Botswana and Zimbabwe were in talks and have entered into some agreements including exportation and importation of certain medications, but we have not yet concluded the matter regarding samples, that is why we have not been able to send samples to Zimbabwe.”

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SADC Executive Secretary disturbed by obstacles in movement of goods



The Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stegomena Lawrence Tax, has cautioned member states that any lack of cooperation among then during the COVID19 era has potential to reverse the gains made in the last decades.

Addressing a virtual SADC Council of Ministers meeting this week, Lawrence Tax said that the regional ministers approved Guidelines on Harmonization and Facilitation of Movement of Essential Goods and Services across borders early April. 

She said that whilst the guidelines have played a critical role in facilitation of movement of essential goods, there are notable obstacles that have been noted by the Secretariat.

The obstacles include non-compliance/non recognition of regional legal frameworks; uncoordinated operations at the port of entry among border agencies; lack of harmonization and synchronization of policies and procedures among, and between member states; unilateral decisions outside agreed framework; as well as different approaches to deal with epidemiological challenges,” she said. 

She added that; “all these are resulting in increased cost of doing business, and negatively affecting the implementation of national and regional programmes”.

She advised that there is need to have measures, and coordinated approach in place since the region is in a post lockdown period since the transportation of non-essential goods and services will be resuming.

Lawrence Tax added that COVID19 is a global pandemic and that the SADC regional approach should expand to COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite and eventually to other continental blocs.

“The Secretariat is already working with COMESA and EAC, specifically, in terms of harmonizing and synchronizing regulations and procedures for movement of goods and services under the Tripartite arrangement. We need to move in unison and avoid unilateral decisions, specifically with regards to cross border movement of goods and services,” she said.

According to the Executive Secretary, the regional office has already conducted a socio-economic impact analysis of COVID19 on the region and the results have shown that the pandemic will impact negatively across many socio and economic sectors.

“The decline in the global economy is projected to lead to a decline in commodity prices, increase in debt and significant contraction of the SADC economies in 2020. This will reverse the gains on industrial development and trade that the region has made in the last couple of years,” Lawrence Tax said.

On the flip side,  the region’s International Cooperating Partners have made pledges to mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic on its economy. 

“To date, the Secretariat has secured Euro 7.3 million from the German Government; Euro3.6million from European Union, Euro 190,000.00 under the GIZ/Africa Union Commission, whereas the African Development Bank (AfDB)  has considered a support UA 7 million. Engagements with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are also at an advanced stage,” the Executive Secretary said.

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