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Five Local Enterprise Agency assisted companies intend to create over 40 vacancies for Batswana in Letlhakane.

In an interview with Duma fm news yesterday the owner of the under construction Lalla Villa guest house Gladys Mothei said her company is set to employ over 10 Batswana in the village.

She said the guest house registered with LEA last year as a pre start business and has benefited immensely from the organisation as it facilitated access of funding from CEDA

 

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Betesankwe Village Development Committee Chairperson Ratanang Ramoleele has expressed concern about noise pollution caused by households who sell prohibited alcohol.

Speaking during a kgotla meeting addressed by Member of Parliament for Kanye South Abram Kesupile yesterday, she said they have close to 11 households who are operating non-stop.

She explained that young girls who often visit such places are usually lured by older men with alcohol in exchange for sexual favours.

In his response, Kesupile challenged Kgosi and other village elders to work together in curbing such a crime.

He also called for police interventions to protect the girl child.

On other issues, Ramoleele decried lack of portable water in their area saying they have been without it for two weeks.

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African farmers have been urged to avoid the usage of pesticides on their crops as they can have a long term effects on human lives.

This was revealed by the Director of Pesticide Action Network, keith Tyrell in an interview with Duma FM News this morning.

He explained that many of the pesticides are highly hazardous in terms of acute toxicity, chronic health risk or environmental contamination, saying more awareness should be done to sensitize farmers on handling such pesticides with caution.

Tyrell encouraged African governments to consider banning the hazardous pesticides in their respective countries adding that if the EU was able to take such a measure, Africa should also follow suit.

 

 Pesticide Action Network is an international organisation whose objective is to challenge the global proliferation of pesticides, defend basic rights to health and environmental quality, and work to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system.

To dispel myths and speculations on the use of the Electronic Voting Machine, the Independent Electoral Commission – IEC says together with a team of experts from Bharat Electronics Limited of India will conduct a demonstration session on the use of the Machine next week.

The session to be attended by political party representatives, information technology experts; political analysts; academics with expertise on IT and other stakeholders seeks to offer an opportunity for those with the know how to disrupt, hack and compromise the secure performance of the machine to do so.

In recent months, some Batswana including opposition parties have expressed concern at the use the machine.

To inform the public and allay fears, the IEC has been conducting consultative sessions to brief the country on the machine.

 

 

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Fourteen teenage school girls in Malawi have launched a legal challenge against a controversial court decision to punish them over pregnancies, including jailing some of the girls' parents.

Reports say in April last year a primary school in Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi gave one-year suspensions to several students aged 13 and 14.

The boys who impregnated them were also suspended.

The girls were also referred to a magistrate court which fined each of them $14.

Students who failed to pay were imprisoned, along with their parents, and were freed only after paying the fine.

Laws in Malawi, a deeply impoverished country, stipulate that pregnant school girls be suspended from classes for one year.

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