MINISTER OF LABOUR AND HOME AFFAIRS HON. EDWIN J. BATSHU MEETS THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRUST FUND BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs (MLHA) Hon. Edwin Jenamiso Batshu visited the Construction Industry Trust Fund (CITF) Board of Trustees on Thursday 4th December 2014 at the CITF premises in Gaborone.
The CITF Board Chairperson welcomed the Minister and appreciated his support to CITF skills training. He highlighted the challenges faced by the institution, especially of financing; which hampered proper training in new skills training (rigging and coded welding )as required by the economy today. The Board Chairperson thanked the Minister for the support he gave CITF; especially the launch of the Kazungula Mobile Training Unit (MTU) in August 2013 and his continuous visits to CITF.
The Hon. Minister appreciated the initiatives undertaken by CITF in terms of imparting skills to Batswana. He appreciated the fact that CITF had introduced rigging and coded welding; and underlined that mining was among the government priority areas in up skilling Batswana. Such skills were in high demand hence a great opportunity for employment creation. Minister Batshu congratulated CITF for its high level of professionalism with no cases of corruption and nepotism. The Hon. Minister informed the meeting that His Excellency Seretse Khama Ian Khama also appreciated CITF skills training and said he pledged his support to CITF.
Minister Batshu advised the Board that CITF should align its training to the following key Government priority areas; corruption free nation, job creation, citizen economic empowerment, poverty eradication and elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT).
The Deputy CITF Board Chairman appreciated the Ministers speech and suggested that CITF could consider taking over the Brigades in order to extend service delivery through satellite centers across the country.
The Honourable Minister was taken for a tour of the just completed stores warehouse which was constructed by CITF trainees with the guidance of the Facilitators. The old warehouse would be used for coded welding.