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DESPERATE MEASURES

DESPERATE MEASURES

Jul. 25 | READY FOR ACTION: Phiri RETIRED SEX WORKER FORCED TO LAUNCH A CAREER COMEBACK A retired Francistown commercial sex worker has been forced to contemplate a revival of her profession after she was recently thrown out of the family home at Somerset East. 44-year-old...

MY MOTHER RUINED MY LIFE

MY MOTHER RUINED MY LIFE

Jul. 11 | UNREPENTANT: Keamogetse BOY RAISED IN AN ORPHANAGE REGRETS MEETING HIS MOM He spent 11 years at an orphanage in Gaborone yearning and pinning to meet the woman who brought him into this world. He wanted a heart to heart conversation with her and hoped...

GIVING WOMEN A VOICE

GIVING WOMEN A VOICE

Jun. 20 | “MEN SHOULD NOT BE LEFT OUT” GENDER LINKS:Keabonye Ntsabana BOTSWANA JOURNALISTS attended a training forum on reporting Gender issues and mainstreaming at Maharaja on Wednesday. The objectives of the workshop was to enhance the quality of reporting...

BRITISH DAD BATTLES FOR ACCESS TO HIS MOTSWANA DAUGHTER

BRITISH DAD BATTLES FOR ACCESS TO HIS MOTSWANA DAUGHTER

May. 2 | MIRROR IMAGE: Toni (L) and Richard Last year we carried the story of the broken bond between four-year-old Toni and British father, Richard Benjamin of Kanye.  Her father claimed that Toni had been ‘orphaned’ by her mother when she forcibly moved...

THE PAIN OF LOVE

THE PAIN OF LOVE

Apr. 4 | THAT WAS ME: Garebatho showing the book illustration HEARTBROKEN LOVER PUBLISHES A BOOK When he caught his fiancée having sex with his best friend, Kebaneilwe Garebatho decided to take matters into his own hands. So he took a paper and a pen and wrote...

THE FACE OF POVERTY

THE FACE OF POVERTY

Mar. 14 | Homeless Ramadi laments her plight as she sends out an SOS for a house Maonyana Ramadi of Maseetsele in Moshupa was born to be poor. A daughter of poor parents with no education and nothing much to call their own, Ramadi, 55 already had her destiny cut...

THE LONG NIGHT OF HORROR

THE LONG NIGHT OF HORROR

Dec. 6 | TORTURED: Moeti shows of his wounds Assaulted, abused, robbed and forced to watch whilst his wife was rapped …couple reveal shocking details of their ordeal It was just after 9pm last Wednesday evening when their lives changed forever. 53-year-old OneilweMoeti...

SAVE US FROM OUR EVIL SON

SAVE US FROM OUR EVIL SON

Aug. 23 | NOT REMORSEFUL:Pese Mother whose violent child has terrorised the family makes plea for him to be locked up “He even boasts that a whip can only kill a rat.” Had it not been for a technicality, 22- year- old Poloko Pese would be rotting in jail right...

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

May. 24 | YUMMY: Red velvet cake “CAKES ARE LIKE A GIRL, WHEN SHE IS BEAUTIFUL SHE DOESN’T NEED SO MUCH MAKE UP” The Curry Puff–an amazing snack sized butter pastry stuffed with a variety of curried fillings commonly found in Singapore is slowly becoming...

REAL LIVES MY BABY FOR A JOB

REAL LIVES MY BABY FOR A JOB

May. 24 | HARD TIMES: Kedibonye and Mason MOTHER OFFERS CHILD FOR ADOPTION IN EXCHANGE FOR EMPLOYMENT They are her darlings, they are all she has in the world, but she can’t keep them both. 22-year-old Kedibonye has just given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby...

AS OLD AS THE HIILS

AS OLD AS THE HIILS

May. 10 | FAMILY TIME: Koontse with grandson and daughter “ IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT” GRANNY, 109 SAYS ABOUT HUBBY AS SHE WALKS DOWN MEMORY LANE” The Guinness World Records recently named Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who celebrated her 115th birthday last...

WAR AND PEACE

WAR AND PEACE

Apr. 26 | SIGHT OF LOVE: Heidi and Marothodi on their wedding day When Heidi Jansen left Chicago for Botswana as a US Peace Corp in 2009 all she had on her mind was to do her term and head back home to finish her education. She had no idea she would find love. “I...

SEXUAL ORIENTATION BEATEN AND BRUISED, BUT STILL FIGHTING FOR HIS RIGHT TO BE GAY

SEXUAL ORIENTATION BEATEN AND BRUISED, BUT STILL FIGHTING FOR HIS RIGHT TO BE GAY

Mar. 22 | GLAD TO BE GAY: Obusitse aka Booster For 21-year-old Obusitse Booster being gay and dating men is ‘just normal,’ and as far back as Standard 3 the attraction has always made his heart skip a beat. Up to now he has only had to endure the odd abusive...

GRANNY, 96, HANGS HERSELF OVER MONEY PROBLEMS

GRANNY, 96, HANGS HERSELF OVER MONEY PROBLEMS

Mar. 8 | TROUBLED: Keleofile Siwane WHEN AGED KELEOFILE SIWANE ENDED HER TROUBLED LIFE LAST WEEK SHE BECAME THE OLDEST PERSON ON RECORD IN BOTSWANA TO COMMIT SUICIDE, AND THE 50TH PERSON THIS YEAR TO DO SO. BUT BEHIND THE SORRY STATISTIC LIES AN EVEN SORRIER...

WHO’S NEXT?

WHO’S NEXT?

Feb. 22 | DETERMINED: Maitumelo Fed up with the heartbreak of being married to a serial cheater, Maitumelo Timela has twice taken the marriage wreckers to court and is determined to make future mistresses pay THE PRICE Having successfully sued two of her husband’s...

“IT WAS A CALL FOR HELP, I NEVER MEANT TO KILL MYSELF”

“IT WAS A CALL FOR HELP, I NEVER MEANT TO KILL MYSELF”

Nov. 24 | THERE HAS BEEN A DISTURBING RISE IN TEENAGE SUICIDES AS YOUNG PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO COPE WITH LIFE’S DEMANDS – LECHANI MOKGOSI, 16, WAS NEARLY ONE OF THEM She couldn’t take it anymore. The unkind laughter, name-calling, and finger pointing that tormented...

STROKE AMBASSADOR

STROKE AMBASSADOR

Sep. 28 | FIGHTER Stroke survivor launches war against the disease A touching story of Bakhwi Kablay, a Motswana woman who battled a stroke attack and is now on her way to full recovery is a true testimony that where there is a will there is  way. 39- year- old...

CALLING ALL GOOD SAMARITANS

CALLING ALL GOOD SAMARITANS

Sep. 11 | Paralyzed: BOPHELO GABAEME Bedridden stroke survivor seeks help for operation restore dignity A woman who was left paralyzed from her waist down after suffering a stroke has pleaded with members of the public to assist her restore her dignity. Bophelo...

GAY AS A DAFFODIL

GAY AS A DAFFODIL

Aug. 31 | PROUDLY GAY: Caine Youngman A Motswana man speaks candidly about being born a homosexual Following a recent media workshop on how to report positively on gay issues, one gay man, Caine Youngman spoke candidly to Real Lives about being born gay and how...

CONFESSIONS OF A COUPLE IN CONFLICT EXPOSE PRESSURES OF LIVING WITH HIV

CONFESSIONS OF A COUPLE IN CONFLICT EXPOSE PRESSURES OF LIVING WITH HIV

Aug. 10 | IN HAPPIER TIMES: Dikhutsana and Samodimo Ketshabamang HE…My wife is tasteless and boring in bed SHE…My husband said he would have to use 10 condoms to have sex with me In a frank and revealing interview a Maun couple’s bitter conflict over their...