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30 Oct 2006

It is reported that all is not well at the Fransictown-based side, TASC. Information reaching Sunday Standard is that head coach, Tazha Moleofhi, and his assistant, Teenage Mpote, are on their way out. According, Moleofhi is not happy with his conditions of service and will be leaving soon.

30 Oct 2006

When the then first division club Ecco City Green reached the semi-finals of the lucrative Coca-Cola Cup in 2003, many people did not take them seriously.

Ecco City were a relatively unknown team and some people even thought that their qualification was a fluke because the eventual champions, Mogoditshane Fighters, just waltzed past them with ease.

30 Oct 2006

Despite facing acute shortages of strikers, Botswana still has something to boast of.

The country is brimming with midfield talent. The midfield normally determines the outcome of most of the Premier League games.

30 Oct 2006

Following a decision by the Ministry of Education to sack veteran union leader and teacher activist Japhta Radibe on Friday, the Executive Committee of the BCP (Botswana Congress Party) held an emergency meeting to ponder the implications of Radibe’s expulsion.

30 Oct 2006

Francistown deaf students last week heard from President Festus Mogae who was making all the right noises about their condition.

30 Oct 2006

A 39-year old kombi driver, who is from Burundi, this week pleaded not guilty to charges of theft common after he was arrested on October 10, 2006, for stealing a Nokia cellphone worth P549 at Maruapula.

30 Oct 2006

A 20-year old man from Tlokweng landed himself in trouble when, in mitigation, he told the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, that he stole the phone to help himself.

The man, Thato Abendico Kavendi, of Boshibidung Ward, told the court that he didn’t have money so he decided to steal a phone and sold it to a stranger.

30 Oct 2006

Unemployed Neo Ketshabetswe, 18, was this week arraigned before Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with theft common.

30 Oct 2006

Two men were this Friday brought before the Urban Customary Court charged with possession of suspected stolen property.

Onosi Phadisa, 52, and Tshotlego Mosalagae, 47, both from Sengakane Ward in Chadibe, were arrested on October 4, 2006, by Mmankgodi Local Police with the help of a Botswana Power Cooperation officer, at News Stance in Gaborone.

30 Oct 2006

A 60-year old man was this Friday brought before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with use of insulting language. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Malani Modengu, from Mengwe Ward in Maitengwe, was arrested on October 4, 2006 after his lover reported to the police that he had insulted her parents and her.

30 Oct 2006

BY PHINEAS THOBEGA

30 Oct 2006

Selibe Phikwe: The Botswana Mineworker’s office was a beehive of activity at the close of official workday Friday as sacked BCL shift bosses sought redress after receiving letters of retrenchment.

About 80 of them were sacked. “A small number of between nine and 11 have been kept and we do not understand what makes them different from the rest of us,” one victim queried.

30 Oct 2006

Botswana authorities were this week hoping Namibia would uphold their application to extradite Rudolf Katume (30) a fugitive who skipped bail in Botswana before he was convicted of diamond smuggling.

Katumbe was initially convicted by the Maun Magistrate Court on a charge of illegal possession of rough diamonds on September 19 2000.

30 Oct 2006

Scores of Polometsi, Matsiloje and Motopi residents are worried that their 125 ancestors who will be exhumed to pave way for Dikgatong Dam are turning in their graves.

30 Oct 2006

In what could be interpreted as a complete victory by the privatization agency Chief Executive Joshua Galeforolwe, the enlarged PEEPA Board has now decided to split the positions of deputy CEO into two.

This is a total reversal of an earlier decision by the board to have Galeforolwe himself share his position with someone else under the designation of Chief Operation officer.

30 Oct 2006

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party has called on the embattled leader of opposition Otsweletse Moupo to disclose the identity of his financiers.

This, says the BDP would be keeping in line with decades old demands by the Botswana National Front on the BDP to always disclose not only the identity of financiers but also the conditions for releasing the funds.

30 Oct 2006

• Pornography video production studios mushrooming in Maun

• Two Norwegians; two Germans and two Britons arrested for producing “made in Botswana” porn videos

• Batswana women act in blue movies for a fee of P100 each

• Four Batswana women arrested for acting in porn movies shot on location in Maun

• Porn trafficking booming in Botswana

30 Oct 2006

Furnmart, the furniture listed company, beat analysts expectation with its full year results with a 34 percent net income growth amid concerns that its regional expansion drive would eat on the bottom-line.

30 Oct 2006

MRI, the medical and emergency services on the stock exchange, dumped its embattled chief executive officer, Phillip Makgalemele, in a desperate move aimed at stopping financial bleedings.

Impeccable sources told Sunday Standard last week that the board has declined to renew his contract, which comes to an end in December citing its unhappiness over his performance during his tenure.

30 Oct 2006

Barclays Bank of Botswana, the giant retail bank in the country, is to call a special AGM in the next four weeks where it will ask shareholders to approve the proposed share split given thumps up by the stock exchange.

The move, which is expected to give retail investors a window to plug into the financial market, will be on a ratio of five-for-one.

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