Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture
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16.11.14
SIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR INTERNS The Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture in partnership with the Botswana Society for the Deaf, shall be running SIGN LANGUAGE Training (level 1 & 2) starting from the 24th November 2014
06.11.14
NATIONAL FINALS IN GABORONE The Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture invites the public to the National Finals of the Constituency Sport Tournaments to be held at the following venues on the 8th Saturday and 9th Sunday November 2014. All games will start at 1000hrs on Saturday and 0800hrs on Sunday.
23.09.14
The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture invites the media to a Press Conference to inform the public about the preparations for the annual Domboshaba Festival 2014 at the Minstry's Conference Room on the 7th Floor at 0900hrs
23.09.14
MYSC Invites Applications for Youth Business Directory::: The Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture (MYSC) is developing a Directory of Youth Owned Businesses, to assist procurement from youth owned enterprises; ALL young people who operate businesses are invited to register with the YOUTH BUSINESS DIRECTORY 2014/15, given that the Presidential Directive 19(B) 2013, has set aside 20% of Government and Parastatal tenders above the micro procurement threshold for Youth and other special groups.
17.06.14
The general public is informed that the Constituency Sport Tournament, his Excellency the President's initiative, will have its Cycle 1 of 2014/2015 finals held at Nata this June 2014. The competition will run between the 21 to the 22 June 2014 and participating sport codes will be football, netball and volleyball, men and ladies teams. All Nata Primary and Junior secondary schools will be utilized as the competition venues. May the best teams win!!!
12.06.14
MYSC to hold Youth with Disabilities Pitso and Fair
03.06.14
MYSC EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2014 WINNERS CATEGORY: CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION WINNERS PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS Mr Omphemetse Ramabokwa Established a project on ICT Training and Services for people with visual impairment. Ever since the implementation of this project, the following results were recorded; • Stakeholders 'consultations were done and the project was highly welcomed by both the visually impaired persons and their service providers. • Benchmarking trips were undertaken to South Africa and we learnt a lot in availing information to persons with visual impairment. • At least the mobile project started with 13 partially sighted persons who are now able to type on their own and have keyboard skills. It was later extended to Molefi Senior Secondary School and lately to 18 out-of-school youth with visual impairment living in Mochudi. • One [1] of the clients who lost sight in 2003 after completing her BGCSE studies was identified and enrolled with this programme and later placed her for Secretarial and Vocational Studies at Pudulogong Rehabilitation Development Trust for the Blind at Mochudi, was followed up and assisted in applying and registering with the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology where she is currently studying for Associate Degree in Journalism and Media. • Another one was also assisted in applying for the Barclays Festus Mogae Scholarship and she was later admitted at the University of Botswana to study for her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counselling. • An officer working for CTO who also lost his sight while working was also identified and trained as a result we secured his employment. • At least 954 persons with disabilities benefited in this programme since its inception internet usage, applying for further studies, employment, report and proposal writing, etc. • Persons with visual impairment can now access any information of their choice as we acquired specialised equipment this project that can read any print document to them. Mr Omphemetse Ramabokwa is the first visually impaired officer to be recruited under the Library Services for People with Disabilities [LSPD], a Unit of the National Library of Botswana. He was appointed to Public Service effective 1st December 1999 as a Library Clerk and promoted to Library Assistant effective 1st June 2013. Mr Ramabokwa uses Braille as his medium of communications as from his Primary Education level to date. He has acted as the Principal Library Officer on several occasions and he is currently acting on that position in LSPD. Mr Ramabokwa has worked tirelessly to improve the services offered to our disabled clients, particularly those with visual challenges. Through his endearing efforts the unit has acquired specialised equipment to help our visually challenged users to access information resources available. Mr. Omphemetse Ramabokwa is a true professional, who goes out of the confines of his work to help those less privileged. As a result of this character he came up with innovative ways to help the visually challenged access information communication technologies (ICTs) by providing specialised training for them, an outreach project he is currently rolling out in Mochudi where there are institutions for the Blind. This project has in turn attracted a lot of clients for the LSPD who access the information resources available there. Mr. Ramabokwa is a hardworking and resilient person. He believes in providing quality service and does so well to help the disabled who often require specialised attention. I have firm belief that if offered the award Ramabokwa can bring more transformation in the information provision services especially for disabled clientele as he is well versed in such matters. I have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Omphemetse Ramabokwa for the award he is contesting for. I have strong conviction that he will bring the best to this Ministry basing on the fact that he brought the first Innovation project of its kind to be run in a Library set up. We wish him all the best. Pitso Mokane MYSC interaction website • Developed the Ministry’s website www.mysc.gov.bw using Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) – Drupal and has kept the Content Management System up-to-date. He is also assisting the PR Office to upload content. Eventually PR will be trained to upload content for themselves and Pitso will maintain the back-end. • The number of visits to MYSC website increased from 5680 in June 2013 to 6481 in March 2014 as a result of a friendlier website. There were 3393 new visitors in 2013. Emmanuel M.K. Otukile “Monana Itsose (MITS)” facebook page” • Since inception in July 2013, membership has grown from 33 members to 276 members to date. • Membership ranges from Parastatal CEO’s, prominent business people, lawyers, teachers, Youth Development practitioners and the Youth themselves. • Issues discussed include amongst others, Youth entrepreneurship, Youth and voting and Youth, Sport and Culture • Posting of the local Youth drama “Mareledi” done on weekly basis • Free advertising by various Youth businesses on the website done on weekly basis Since inception Monana Itsose (MITS) popularity seems to have grown in leaps and bounds as shown by the number of requests to join the group page. Feedback from the young people who are also members has been overwhelming and the results show by the weekly postings on the page wall. To this effect an interactive twitter account @ Monanaitsose is in the cards, an application request has been sent to Department of Information and Technology to approve the account. This is because DIT in the past had banned twitter accounts unless approval is sought, because twitter was not allowed in the government domain unless if the content is work related. Kgadimo Neo Thutlwe 15% Reservation for youth contractors • From 2012-2013, forty eight (48) youth contractors have been given projects amounting to P72 949,981.00 from the government while the private sector awarded maintenance work worth P11 159,969.00. • A total of 709 jobs were created. In addition from the inception of the project a few companies had PPAD certificates while up to date the 145 companies have all acquired PPADB certificates and about 15 of them have upgraded from OC to A certificates. • Since the inception of the programme from 2009-2013/14 maintenance worth P145 753, 136.06 have been awarded country wide to 171 youth owned contractors and 177 individuals with vocational skills in construction industry. This is cumulative from 2009-2013/14. • The programme is going well yet we still need to find other ways to empower the youth more especially after they won tenders for mobilisation fund. • We also have capacity building workshops for the contractors aimed at equipping the youth with construction related issues. • Lastly, we also have a training memorandum of understanding signed between MIST and CITF. CATEGORY Sport and Wellness Award WINNER PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS MYSC Netball team Netball • Position 2 in the Inter ministerial Games ( June 2013) finals and awarded a trophy • Position 1 in the Inter ministerial Games (December 2013) • 2014 Defending champions for Inter-Ministerial games. The team is a force to reckon with having defeated some of the best teams in the Inter Ministerial games that include, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and Ministry of Local government and Rural Development. It is worth noting that the above mentioned teams have had netball teams for over 5 years as they have their own competitions that they partake in. So the barely 2 year old MYSC team was able to defeat these teams, which have been competing at their own health and safety games and other tournaments hosted by their ministries over the years. CATEGORY Best Performer D Grade WINNER PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS Kabelo K. Mmusi CIPEO- D2 • Has increased the visibility of the Ministry and improved engagement with customers and stakeholders • Has successfully facilitated publicity of MYSC events (President’s Day Celebrations and Independence Celebrations) • Introduced Letlhabile Tv programme which is always aired on schedule • The MYSC website is always up to date and information sharing with MYSC staff on activities has been done timeously • Has introduced the MYSC newsletter CATEGORY Best Performer C Grade WINNER PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS Thuso Kotswana Admin Officer – C3 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 AVERAGE 96.6 87.3 90.2 92.25 91.58% • Mr. Thuso Kotswana has proved to be a best performer, because while in the Department of Sports and Recreation he was awarded Best performer C Band during the first MYSC awards. • He managed to create and pay all suppliers who were engaged during the 2013 Presidents day competititions. He also managed to resolve all queries which were related to delay in payments of suppliers. During the 2013 Constituency Art competitions, all Artists were paid on time through Botswana Post. • Since his transfer to Mahalapye DAC office, constituency Art competitions were paid on time. All pending payments and queries were followed and resolved instantly. Mr. Kotswana went to the extent of addressing Artists/public during Kgotla meetings addressed by MPs and cabinet ministers. This was his initiative to address issues of artists registration, payments and channel of communication if there are queries. Mr. Kotswana has exceptionally done well in all the tasks he has been assigned to do in his day to day work activities. A creative, innovative goal oriented individual who has created a good working relationship with colleagues. Payments for 2013 constituency Art competitions were paid within the period of the competitions. This shows dedication and commitment to work. Through his addressing of meetings he has created a good working relationship with his clients hence reducing unnecessary complaints. Mr. Kotswana is a hardworking individual whose focus is not only on admin work. Though Mr. Kotswana is an admin officer, he managed to perform other general duties of the Departments such as coordinating constituency Art competitions and attending meetings. CATEGORY Best Performer B Grade WINNER PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS Selebaleng Monkutlwatsi Senior Records Assistant I Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 AVGE Study leave 99.7 99.3 99 99.2% The Officer has shown great contribution to the Department since she came back from training, she cascaded a lot of information to her colleagues through in-house training regarding Records Management i.e procedures, indexing and file classification etc, wherein most officers gave positive feedback regarding her performance. She was involved in the MYSC relocation exercise and she did a good job in setting up the Records Management Unit. She has proved to have very good supervisory skills and is also accountable. The employee is dedicated to her job and she is capable of performing her duties with minimal or without supervision. She has mentored well her supervisees and guided them well in performing their duties well. CATEGORY Best Performer Former Industrial Class WINNER PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS Ntaoleng Judith Rakgotla Library Attendant Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 AVERAGE 85 71.8 79.8 90.7 81.8% The officer had to process books which include covering, spine labelling, pasting date slips and pocketing, preparation of Gen 12 for distribution and sometimes bar-coding the books for newly opening libraries and those that have been existing. All this was done producing high numbers compared to those dealing with the same responsibilities. The officer is able to go an extra mile to meet targets and is also self driven and work under minimum supervision. CATEGORY Vision 2016 Award WINNER PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS Monica Selelo Rehabilitation of inmates using visual arts • The officer has collaborated with Botswana Prisons Service in the rehabilitation of prisoners in Gaborone Central and Lobatse Prisons. • 24 inmates from the two facilities were enrolled in the programme in 2013 • Thirteen (13) ex-convicts have taken up a carrier in visual arts • Five (5) ex-convicts have started businesses in the visual arts • The officer has successfully coordinated visual art exhibitions throughout the country, culminated into the National Exhibition during the President’s Day Celebrations in July 2013. CATEGORY Hon. Minister’s award WINNER PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT COMMENTS Seiphimolo Goilatshwene Grass-root Development and Talent Identification • Over 120 boys have enrolled at the Molepolole centre and they train three (3) times a week under her guidance and coaching. • The project has produced 2 players who are part of the Under 17 National Team that qualified for the Africa U-17 Championships that took place in Morocco in April 2013. • Has three (3) players that are part of Team Botswana that will be competing at the 2nd Africa Youth Games • Five (5) of her players were called for trials for the National U-20 National Team, one (1) was selected. • Masitaoka FC registered 2 players from the center in 2013 • Three (3) boys from the center play in the 3rd Division league. The officer is a volunteer in the Re Ba Bona Ha programme that is aimed at achieving the following; • Train and develop young boys (5- 17 years) into skillful football players • Keep young boys meaningfully engaged Produce football players for the mainstream league teams CATEGORY Best WITs Team WINNERs PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS COMMENTS Kgakgathi Recovery of overdue books in libraries • 63 /200 defaulters either returned the books or paid replacement fined for the books they borrowed • Cooperation with opinion leaders enhanced. Library Staff are invited to attend Kgotla meetings. • Ward leaders have taken the initiative of assisting librarians in following defaulters. • Public awareness rose due to the publication of names of overdue defaulters at strategic points in the villages/ township.
03.06.14
KEY NOTE ADDRESS BY THE ACTING MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE HONOURABLE MR. VINCENT SERETSE, MP AT THE MINISTRY OF YOUTH SPORT AND CULTURE 2013 /2014 PERFORMANCE AWARDS ON 2ND JUNE 2014. Director of Ceremonies Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture your Deputies and staff Senior Government officials Strategic partners here present Distinguished guests Members of the Press here present Ladies and Gentlemen 1. I am indeed delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this event marking the Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture performance awards for the year 2013 / 2014. It is a day when we are going to award and honour those individuals and teams who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service both to the Ministry and to our clientele and customers as a whole. These are the second Ministry Performance Awards following the inaugural Awards during the 2012 /2013 performance year. Let me take this early opportunity to congratulate all those who shall receive awards this afternoon. 2. Following concerns of poor service delivery and resource wastage, Government set up the Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) in 1994, to spearhead and promote efforts to improve productivity within the Public Service. Then the Work Improvement Teams (WITS) strategy was implemented in order to afford teams of employees the opportunity to participate in decision making through participatory problem solving. In 1999 the Performance Management System (PMS) was adopted in an endeavor to instill a culture of performance and measurement among Public Officers. PMS was followed by Performance Based Reward System (PBRS) and most recently Systems Thinking and the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) approaches.
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