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Morupule B
Morupule B

Darkness envelops the whole village. The sky is clothed in a jet-black blanket as dark as the vast coal deposits that lie beneath the brown earth. Only the glitter of the stars is visible in the dark of the night. The irony is sadly baffling. It is a tale of rags in the midst of riches, emaciation in a sea of abundance and poverty with plenty.

This is Palapye, Botswana’s hub of energy generation, set in some of the richest coalfields of the southern African region.  It is here where the highly contested 600 megawatt (MW) Morupule Power Station B is housed.

Duncan Modise’s* business operations are situated in this central Botswana town. He runs a butchery, bar and restaurant. The entrepreneur is losing an arm and a leg due to perennial power outages, a harsh irony as his enterprises sit on the huge coal belt.

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Mind your health

They've repeatedly warned that hypertension, or high blood pressure, often termed a chronic lifestyle disease, is a silent killer. It's crucial for everyone to be aware of their health status. Nowadays, many companies host wellness days, offering free disease screenings to employees!Unfortunately, even with such services, some choose not to take advantage of the opportunity.The Dutch Reformed Church in Botswana recently organised a...

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