Friday, December 13, 2019

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Amantle arrives

It will be old news when you read this publication but it is a matter of record.

Amantle Montsho recently brought home a gold medal in the 400 metre dash, from the games in South Korea following up on a previous feat at the New Delhi athletic competitions.

She was the toast of the day, attracting acknowledgement of the political leadership of the country and the general public.

The girl from Gumare is likely to be Botswana’s first real chance of gaining Olympic glory following in the footsteps of Glory Dube who registered Botswana’s presence at international meets at the 800 metre middle distance course.

The tearful princess of the track deserves a dedicated mentor, whom she should get at the Botswana National Athletics Association, which, in any case, must be credited with a percentage of the success that she now enjoys.

International celebrity status is often very difficult to handle. The country realised that when Mpule Kwelagobe captured the Miss World crown some years ago.

The after taste of the bickering about the entitlements of her managers after the event was not pleasant.

Similarly, Glory Dube’s earnings and acquisitions became a matter of public discourse.

Montsho should be saved the tormenting public discussion of her finances and capabilities that recently plagued South Africa’s Caster Semenya.

Museum wants ‘Friends’ back

Deputy director of the national museum, Steve Mogotsi, confirms that the organisation will be launching the revival ÔÇô is that the word ÔÇô of the Friends of the Museum on Thursday September 15 at an evening function where former cabinet minister, Neo Moroka, has been invited to speak. Says Mogotsi: “This is an effort to invite the public to participate in the development of and management of what we now refer to as the natural and cultural heritage of the country”.

University of Botswana lecturer, Thulaganyo Mogobe, has acted in an interim capacity to ensure the proper staging of the event with the support of the museum, Mogotsi says. The museum, now operating under the Ministry of Wildlife, was recently severed from its historical partner, the art gallery, which has been transferred to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. Plans for the further development of the joint enterprise between the museum and the art gallery, costing the government a handsome amount in the form of consultancies and architectural work, have been stalled as a result of the separation of the twin organisations.

Artists to debate Arts Council

An artists’ gathering is planned for 24 September where there will be informal discussion of the establishment of a National Arts Council. Several voices have expressed a need for the council at the Botswana National Cultural Council and subsequent meetings without a profitable outcome. Some artists believe that the national arts council will put an organisation in the place of the BNCC whilst also emphasising a focus on the development of the arts. Similarities have been suggested between the functions of the council in comparison to the Botswana National Youth Council and the Botswana National Sports council. Arts practitioners, lawyers, accountants, architects, community leaders and other friends of the arts will be invited to this occasion.

Royal Salute wins the day

Monty Chiepe’s Brahman bull ‘Royal Salute’ captured the imagination of auctioneers, farmers and the general public alike at last weekend’s auction of three breeds of bulls at the Gaborone Fairgrounds. The most prized bull at the event coaxed potential buyers to bid as high as P120, 000, failing to reach the expectation the proud owner who expected no less than P150, 000, compelling the auctioneer to declare a ‘No Sale’. The self-conscious bull, apparently more tolerant of the stage lights and noise that all performers have to endure, refused to succumb to the pressures of the occasion, choosing rather to retire to the floor as the auctioneers battled for a bid that would meet the price that Chiepe had set in his mind. The highest sale went to a Charolaise of the Setlalekgosi’s at P36, 000, coming out a step ahead of the third breed of bull in the competition, a Simmental. The cattle farmers believe that this was the first exhibition of the three types of bull considered best suited for Botswana and commerce. The ‘spit-braai’ bull was too much for the beef eaters who failed to finish the massive beast. All praise goes to the traditional dancers who gave a cultural finish to the bullish event.

Booze for development

Boozers at the ‘White City’ shop point out that Parliament has had occasion to discuss the contemplated increase on alcoholic drinks from 30 to 40 per cent. They believe that this is part of a presidential campaign to curb ‘moral decadence”. The rumour, according to the discussants, is that most parliamentarians found that the booze levy had raised P180 million, which can only mean that since it was imposed, the guzzlers have upped their game to meet the aims of the presidential scheme. Actually, having picked up the rumour that there are plans to increase the levy by another 10 per cent, they have resolved to play their part by increasing their consumption in order to assist the efforts of the Office of the President at social welfare, backyard gardens and youth grants.

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