Inspired by the lavish lifestyle of Zimbabwe’s tragic socialite, Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure, local Trapalanga artist, Romeo Stunner has penned a song in the late millionaire’s memory.
Scheduled for release this Friday, ‘Ginimbi’ is a motivational track that encourages people to make the most of the one life they get.
“We only live once, everyone has to live life and make money. Everybody knew the late Ginimbi. I named the song after him because he worked hard, played hard, and lived life to the fullest. Ginimbi’s life was a life that everyone would die to live!” exclaimed the 30-year-old Francistown-based singer.
Ginimbi tragically passed away in a car accident on 8 November 2020, burning to death in his beloved Rolls Royce as he drove home after a night on the town celebrating a friend’s birthday.
Despite his grisly demise, the 36-year-old achieved much in his short life and his death was mourned by many.
It is the type of legacy Romeo Stunner is desperate to leave behind.
“I also want to make money, a lot of money so I help people and they love me. Everything is possible, uplift yourself no matter what, and never stop the hustle. Everybody wants to be rich; every day everyone wants money!”
Recorded at Go Hard End studio in the second city’s Extension location, ‘Ginimbi’ was produced by upcoming talent, DJ Zorba. Charged with raw emotion and a banging beat, the fast-tempo jam features B Block Exclusive and Maoffiso.
The single marks an important milestone in Romeo Stunner’s career as he celebrates a decade in the industry.
The Mbalambi native is impressed at how the industry has developed in the last ten years, noting it is far more professional than when he started.
“Rappers are putting in the work every day, endorsements, good videos, and good streams. Although Covid-19 affected my music, I am trying, by all means, to sell the music online and engage my fan base too to learn to buy music online.”
However, he admits that being an artist in Ghetto is not easy.
“Sometimes I feel we are a dead city when it comes to the creative industry. There is nothing here to help build a platform for Francistown, you have to figure it your way. I do not get any bookings. There is no radio station so we have to travel to Gaborone for our music to be heard on radios. Francistown musicians are ignored and our local artists will stay broke,” complained the man born Thuso Emmanuel.
*Currently, only one quarantine centre operational
*Has capacity for 20 patients
Following a surge of Covid-19 cases in Maun, with 168 active cases confirmed as of last Wednesday, the tourist town’s lack of quarantine centres has been thrown into sharp focus.
Currently, the town’s sole operational isolation center is at Botswana Open University (BOU), which can only hold 20 patients.
It means that 148 people infected with Coronavirus are having to self-isolate at home.
The Presidential Covid-19 Task Force Coordinator, Dr. Kereng Masupu, confirmed the disturbing development during a support visit to Maun last week.
“Maun General Hospital, Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, Matshwane Clinic, and Botswana Open University were selected as isolation centers in Maun. The only one that is running is the Botswana Open University. Others are being renovated, and we came to witness the progress,” explained Masupu.
Divulging further depressing details, Dr. Masupu added, “The Maun General Hospital project, which has a bigger capacity, is experiencing a lot of vandalism and theft. Electrical cables are stolen and this delays the whole project. We need this center running before the situation gets out of control.”
The coordinator also admitted the Task Force is aware that many of those in self-isolation was not following the quarantine protocols properly.
“The people have been urged to stay home but most of them leave their houses before their mandatory 10 days quarantine elapses. They mix with other people hence increasing the risk of transmission. We are often called by neighbours tipping us off about those patients who fail to abide.”
To date, the Northwest District has recorded a total of 317 cases and six deaths since the pandemic first hit back in March last year.
Midfield mistro secures P250, 000 pay day
Amid social media speculation the deal had fallen through at the last minute, Voice Sport can exclusively reveal Mothusi Cooper is officially a Lusaka Dynamos player.
The talented 23-year-old midfielder has signed a two-year deal with the Zambian Super League team, putting pen to paper on the 8th of January.
All paperwork, including work permit and registration, is now complete and the player began training with his new side on Monday.
The deal includes a P250, 000 signing-on fees for the dreadlocked star, just rewards for Cooper’s fine form in the last three years.
Indeed, since signing for Township Rollers in 2018, the diminutive midfielder has been one of the standout players of local football.
Popa will also benefit from Cooper’s move, with Dynamo’s forking out a further P200, 000 to secure his services.
Rollers are also entitled to 15 percent of any future transfers involving the Tsabong native.
As part of the contract, Dynamos have agreed to fly Cooper’s agent, Bakang Moipone to a home game at least once a month.
The Lusaka-based outfit is said to have approached Cooper shortly after Botswana’s 1-0 triumph over Zambia in an AFCON qualifier back in November.
‘Mini Cooper’ won rave reviews for his performance in the Zebra’s victory, displaying maturity, excellent awareness and winning numerous tackles in an all-action display. His positional play and incredible fitness levels – especially considering he had hardly played in the previous eight months – also caught the eye.
For local fans it came as little surprise, having watched Cooper dominate domestically, skillfully weaving his way past bamboozled defenders on a weekly basis.
While he remains fully focused on his new mission, the former Extension Gunners starlet ultimately has ambitions of playing in Europe.
It is a dream that, but for a cruel twist of fate, could have become reality earlier than anticipated.
A day after agreeing on terms with Dynamos, Czech Republic Premier League side, Dynamo Ceske Budejovice offered Cooper a contract. The same day, Egyptian First Division club Ennpi FC, also got in contact with an offer.
Both were a day too late; their malaise was Dynamos gain.
In a brief interview with Voice Sport on Wednesday, Cooper noted he was joining a very competitive league and is under no illusions of the task ahead.
“I chose Zambia because it does not have a foreign players quota. In my new club, we are about 14 [foreign players] and this means competition is going to be extremely high in the starting line-up,” said the man who joined Gunners as an 18-year-old schoolkid from Goodhope Senior.
He has come a long way since then, but if Cooper has his way, this is only the beginning.
“I am so determined and I will remain focused to take my career to another level. This is a step in the right direction and the beginning of greater things. I am inspired by Percy Tau, from our neighboring country, who is currently doing well in the English Premier League with Brighton. If he can, what can stop me?” concluded Cooper.
For his part, Moipone said despite the late offers from the Czech Republic and Egypt, he has no regrets about helping his client complete his Zambian move.
“I am glad Township Rollers agreed to release him. We need international experience especially for our national team players so that they can add value. He has an option of a one-year extension and we will see how it goes but so far the reception is good,” said Moipone.
All at Voice Sport wish Cooper the very best of luck. Continue doing what you do best!
Knee injury derails defender’s North African adventure
One of the country’s three ‘Moroccan musketeers’, Simisani Mathumo has endured a nightmare start to his North African adventure.
Since leaving for Morocco in November, the 29-year-old has managed just 45 minutes of competitive action for his new club, First Division side, Olympique Club de Khouribga (OCK).
For over a month, the national team defender has been forced to watch from the sidelines after picking up a nasty knee injury in a training game just before Christmas.
In an exclusive interview with Voice Sport this week, a frustrated Mathumo admitted the knock has ‘messed up his plans’.
According to the former Township Rollers stalwart, prior to his departure from Botswana, he spent 14 days without training as he was busy preparing for the life-changing trip.
The two-week layoff affected his waistline and meant he arrived in Morocco slightly heavier than his usual weight.
As such, Mathumo struggled in his debut and was substituted at half-time suffering from exhaustion.
“After the game, in which we lost 1-0, coach advised me to shed 5kg. He told me I would miss two games and then he would consider selecting me in the third game.”
However, just as he began to regain his old sharpness, Mathumo injured his knee in a practice match, putting paid to the coach’s plans.
“This is really frustrating me because I came here to work and now I watch the game on television. I am currently on a diet to avoid gaining weight because I am nursing my injury and I cannot exercise,” continued the Shashe native, who is currently working with the team’s physiotherapist and is hopeful he will return to light training sometime next week.
On a more positive note, Mathumo described the hospitality at the new club as ‘good’, adding OCK has welcomed him and his fellow ‘musketeers’ – Kabelo Seakanyeng and Tumisang Orebonye – with open arms.
“We feel at home already!” he said simply, telling Voice Sport he spent the festive break chilling with his two compatriots at their shared home in Khouribga.
“Just like in Botswana, there is a curfew here from 9 pm,” disclosed the tough-tackling center-back.
In stark contrast to Mathumo’s slow start, both Seakanyeng and Orebonye have hit the ground running in Morocco.
Seakanyeng in particular has caught the eye, the 27-year-old midfielder scoring three times in his five outings to date.
The pair started in OCK’s most recent encounter, a 2-2 draw with AS Sale on Saturday. The point means that after six games, OCK sits 8th in the incredibly tight 16-team league, just three points off top spot.
In a huge boost to the sport, the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) have secured a landmark four-year deal with Kalafhi Medical Centre worth P800, 000.
Set to run until 2024, the agreement sees Kalafhi Medical Center become the official healthcare provider for all karate national teams.
Breaking down the arrangement’s finer details, BOKA President Tshepo Bathai told Voice Sport, “All athletes, coaches, and team managers are going to be covered.
“Medical doctors will be present at all training of the national team and the medical team doctor will accompany the team during both domestic and international camps.”
Bathai is adamant the partnership, officially launched this week, will play a big part in growing the sporting code in Botswana.
“We are very excited because most of our National team athletes are not fully covered by medical aids. The medical cover by Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) only covers athletes if they get injured in a championship or inside the dojo, preparing for a championship. In the BNSC arrangement, BOKA has to seek approval first before they can send an athlete to the hospital. Now athletes will be able to go Kalafhi or call for them to be attended to,” explained Bathai.
For her part, Kalafhi Medical Center, Managing Director Dr. Matlhogonolo Mongwa said, “We are proud to help the sports community during these hard times of Covid-19 pandemic, and it is not only in monetary terms but with knowledge and skills as well.”
Mongwa, whose company was set up in March 2018 and currently boasts five branches in Gaborone, promised this was just the beginning of Kalafhi’s foray into the sporting world.
“We aspire to do more in our sporting arena, and a relationship with BOKA is the start of everything. We believe in a holistic approach and advocacy for preventative health measures, of which sports is key as it promotes both mental and physical activity,” concluded Dr. Mongwa.
Lockdown weight loss success: Okie drops 33kg
A Chinese proverb states, “He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.”
An individual who espouses such a principle is a high-flying External Communications Manager at De Beers Group and owner of a PR agency, Spontaneous Events, Kesego Okie, who’s thrilled to share her weight-loss journey in this week’s Voice Woman.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, the mother-of-three reveals that after she gained 16 kilograms postpartum weight, she was determined to turn lockdown lemons into lemonade and began the hard task of shedding the kilos.
“I’ve always been ‘fresh.’ In 2019, though, after having my third child, I ballooned to my heaviest weight. I didn’t even notice this as I managed to somewhat contain the weight during the nine months of my pregnancy. I had put on 16kgs in total, from the first month to three months post the baby’s birth. I used the 2020 lockdowns to work on myself.”
Motivated by a desire to be a role model to her children, and those who look up to her, Okie quickly reconsidered her diet and – despite movement restrictions – she would also exercise at home.
“I reduced starch and junk food from my diet, increased my water, herbal tea, fruit, veggies, and protein intake. I exercised in the yard daily with the kids. I believed in myself and still believe in me to reach my target weight,” said Okie, adding that she indeed had enough confidence that she could do it.
The bubbly go-getter, who recently competed for the BFA additional member position, candidly acknowledges that the more pressing reason was in fact her self-love and preservation, “I was obese.
I love myself. First, it was for me.
I knew I had to lose weight in order to avoid having to deal with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, BP, heart attack, and others.
My kids are all very young and the least I can do for them is to take care of myself so that I can be able to take care of them, play with them, and inspire them to also take care of themselves.”
Having lost a whopping 33kg in total so far – from 119kg to 88kg – the self-starter is ecstatic with her achievement but looks forward to reaching her target of losing a further 17kgs, to reach her ideal weight where she will then begin the work of maintaining.
“It’s not an easy journey so I have to work extra hard to ensure I do not reach a plateau before I get to my target. When you’re overweight, you are challenged in a number of areas including looking good. I’ve gone 4 dress sizes down and it feels too damn good! Though my weight never affects my confidence and beauty, this weight loss has boosted me and I feel and look amazing.”
Indeed the year-long journey has inspired Okie to help others who either wish to lose weight or have fallen off the weight loss wagon.
“I have since started a Facebook page ‘Burn It With Kes’ to motivate as many Batswana as possible. I get DM’d a lot, mostly by women who are keen to emulate me, and I use the page to coach them. This confirms that Batswana are passionate about issues of health and wellness. My vision this year is to partner with corporate entities to help their employees transform their lives, which will in turn benefit the economy. A healthy body and a strong mind increase productivity. A healthy lifestyle is even paramount now during the Covid-19 era and, as the experts say, puts us in a better place to fight the virus if we catch it.”
• Take everything at your own pace. Do it for you.
• Set reasonable weekly targets and ensure daily adherence.
• Start, walk around the house, online training programmes are available, let’s utilise these.
• Get a fitness buddy.
• If you fall off, get back on immediately. It is doable.
Years ago when people were dying due to HIV-related illnesses, a herb/plant called the African Potato surfaced, hit the streets, and sold like hotcakes as people believed that it cured HIV. Another one called fungus also came into the market and was used by many.
Though it was never scientifically proven that these herbs have any positive effect on one’s health, people still continued to use them.
And now with Covid-19 cases rising sharply with each passing day while more continue to lose their lives, another craze has hit us as people turn to traditional remedies and medicinal plants to combat the virus.
On Monday, Zimbabwe had a record high of 60 deaths and 689 new infections bringing the country’s death toll to 773.
A plant called Lippia Javanica (Bokhukhwane in Setswana..according to pza.sanbi.org ) has suddenly become a much sought-after plant/herb as word has spread that it can somehow cure or at least keep the Coronavirus away.
We have plenty of the herb in and around the farm as it grows naturally and has used it before for flue by boiling the leaves and drinking or steaming when the flue is bad, the same way people are suddenly using it against the Corona Virus
Interesting how a herb that didn’t really mean that much is now thought to be life-saving muti and suddenly being sold in towns. Maybe I might as well consider selling it to friends and relatives who are asking for it, surely if other people are making a quick buck from it, why can’t I really?
As people spoke about it on social media and how it has suddenly become famous, one Vafunzi tweeted, “It should be declared an endangered plant…the way people are harvesting it is not sustainable.”
Who can blame the masses though as Covid-19 continues to keep us on edge? And although it has not been scientifically proven that this herb does kill the Corona Virus, knowing Zimbos they will continue to use this herb, and I must say, I am guilty as charged as I will now also regularly use it for steaming.
Lippia Javanica also called fever tea or lemon bush is well known medicinally to many African people and too many avid herbalists and herb gardeners. The herb is effective against fever in cases of malaria, flu, and measles.
Smoke from the herb has proven to be effective if inhaled against asthma and chronic coughs.
The Xhosa people are known to drink it in a weak infusion as a tea substitute and in a stronger infusion for the treatment of coughs, colds, and bronchial problems in general. They use the leaves and stem and drink it with milk or water.
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Mahalapye Sub Council this week experienced a sharp surge in covid-19 infections following routine testing for all who attended a super spreader management meeting on Monday.
Speaking in an interview, Council Chairperson, Banthasetse David Merementsi has confirmed that the council has registered 22 positive cases of the killer virus.
“We took a routine test for all who attended a management meeting and 64 people were tested, 22 people came out positive and contact tracing was done. As the council, we have decided that all departments are tested and the results will come out on Monday. Those that are affected are to quarantine and wait for results at home as per procedure”, said Merementsi.
The Chairperson appealed to the public to keep calm and not panic as offices will continue operating. “This did not result in total closure of the council as people may think. We are just allowing health practitioners to do their job and fumigate the place before we resume,” said Merementsi.
Mahalapye has been reported to be a hotspot for the new Covid -19 variant which is more aggressive.
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