MINISTER OF LABOUR AND HOME AFFAIRS MR. EDWIN J. BATSHU CONDUCTS A SITE VISIT AT CITF
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Mr. Edwin Jenamiso Batshu conducted a site visit to the Construction Industry Trust Fund (CITF) premises in Gaborone on Wednesday 7th May 2015.
The main purpose of the Minister’s visit was to appreciate the new grass roof thatching workstation which started training in February 2015. The first group of trainees is expected to complete at the end of June 2015. The background leading to the commencement of the new trade was the fact that personnel trained in the field are in high demand throughout the country; especially in the Okavango and Chobe areas, where there are tourist development projects. Most, if not all lodges and hotels in the areas are thatched with grass hence the high demand for the requisite personnel. The decision to add it to the training offered by CITF came after consultations with key stakeholders and it was seen fit to start training in this field as most of the work was done by foreigners. Minister Batshu alluded to the fact that his Ministry was giving permits to non-citizens because the skill was not locally available.
Minister Batshu informed the trainees that it was very important to acquire skills in the craft as that would open opportunities for them. The first group of 15 trainees has three females and twelve males. The minister encouraged graduates to start their own businesses with the help of government institutions like the Department of Gender Affairs in his Ministry and the Youth Development Fund under the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture.