Botswana Defence Force (BDF)
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04.12.13
BDF Women's Club Day Care Centre Graduation
14.10.13
BDF parades at the 47th independence Day celebrations
06.07.12
The contribution of the Botswana Defence Force in the development of sport in the country was recognized at the 32nd Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) Annual Sports Awards Ceremony, held at Boipuso Hall. The Commander, Botswana Defence Force, Lt. Gen. T.H.C. Masire who graced the event, received the Chairperson's Award on behalf of the Defence Force. The BDF's contribution to sport in the country is very significant, in that it covers all the aspects of sport. In an interview, the Director of Sports Administration, Major Montwedi Simon, said that for the past years, the BDF has continued to offer an array of assistance to the nation in different sporting codes such as coaching, providing players, as well as in administrative duties. Furthermore, he intimated that, currently this assistance has been extended to the University Of Botswana with swimming instructors, and in addition it is also assisting primary and secondary schools with coaching services in different sporting codes. He further said that the BDF does not only promote sport through participation alone, as it also avails training facilities to non-soldiers. He cited the use of the SSKB Football Stadium by the senior national football team (Zebras) for practice and the use of the volleyball and tennis courts to host games, as examples of the various ways through which the BDF avails its sporting facilities for the advancement of sport in the country. The BDF has through the years, produced quite a significant number of sports personalities amongst them being the current National Football Team coach Lt. Col. (Rtd) Stanley Tshosane, Botswana's first export football coach Major (Rtd) David Bright, Col. (Rtd) Edwin Senai (Football Referee), Maj. Masego Ntshingane (Football), Capt. Ofentse Bakwadi (Karate), WO I Wilson Theleso (Athletics), WO I Million Masumbika (Karate), Cpl Andrew Dobolo(Karate), L/Cpl Mompati Thuma (Football), Modiri Marumo (Football), Herbert Nkabiti (Boxing), Sgt. George Tshikare (Karate), L\Cpl Boiphemelo Selagaboy (Athletics), Otto Tafa (Karate), Elliot Mmila (Boxing) , Shakes Kebualemang (Boxing) etc. This contribution to sports has further been recognized in many sporting codes as the BDF members continue to selflessly work to promote and assist in sports. This effort led to some of the men in uniform being elected to posts of leadership such as at the Botswana Karate Association, where WOI Million Masumbika was recently elected the president of the association and Maj. Botsang Tshenyego as the Vice President of the Botswana National Olympic Committee. We should all take pride in the recognition given to the BDF by the BNSC, as this is an indication that the public we serve appreciates our contribution to the development of sport in the country. The BDF's contribution to sport is likely to increase in future, due to the formation of a unit that will solely focus in sport.
23.04.12
BDF Vacancies : Orthopedic Surgeon Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery,plus Post Graduate Specialist training in Orthopedics at Masters Level.
Experience: A minimum of 5 years post qualification experience
Salary: E1(P326,488 - P339,636) per annum
Leave: 30 Working days per annum

Key Performance Areas:
-Interprets broad objectives of the Botswana Defence Force and collaborates with Medical Specialists to develop and implement appropriate patient care programs.
-Examines,diagnoses, and treats diseases and injuries of musculo-skeletal system by surgical and conservative means and application of corrective mechanical devices.
-Prepares and reviews case histories and obtains data through interviews,x-ray examinations and clinical laboratory tests required.
-Interprets test results and evaluates examination findings.
-Determines procedures for pre-operative and post-operative care such as administering sedatives ,and ensuring that patients receive effective advice and assistance when coming for post surgery check up.
-Reduces and immobilizes fractures by open or closed methods,using corrective devices such as braces, casts, and splint.
-Administers and prescribes such conservative measures of treatment as antibiotics,drugs, and compresses.
-Schedules operations and assigns Surgeons, Nurses, and Medical Technicians.
-Undertakes any other related activities to meet the exigencies of the services. Competencies
Drive for results
Critical decision making under pressure
Leadership and supervisory skills
Integrity and Trust
Functional / Technical skills Benefits
Scarce skills allowance:40% of basic monthly salary as prescribed by DPSM
Doctors overtime allowance at 15% of basic salary
The employer provides housing and employee pays full rent
Optional Contribution Medical Aids Scheme(Goverment pays 50% and employee pays 50%)
Contributory Pension Scheme(Government pays 15%, employee pays 5%). This applies to locals only. NB:Applicants should include the following information:
Curriculum Vitae
Certified true copies of academic and professional certificates and at least 3 references.
National Identity Card
Serving Public Officers should indicate:
Date of first appointment
Present post and date of appointment thereto. Applicants from serving public officers should be routed through their Heads of Department and Permanent Secretaries. Applications not so routed will not be considered. Closing date: 18 May 2012 Applicants should be addressed to,
The Commander
Botswana Defence Force
Civillian Personnel Registry
Private Bag X06
Gaborone
or hand delivered to Civilian Personnel Registry
Sir Seretse Khama Barracks
Headquarters
Mogoditshane
or email to: nmaherero@yahoo.co.uk For further information,contact: N. Maharero at 3662694 ,or Lieutenant Gaamangwe at 3662716. NB. Only short listed candidates will be responded to.  
   
23.12.11
Military Pilots are warriors first and pilots second. That is, you are military officers who happen to be pilots and Law enforcement officers who also happen to be pilots, the guest speaker, Lieutenant General Tebogo Carter Masire recentlyinformed graduates at this year wings parade ceremony conducted atThebephatshwa Air Base   Officiating at the occasion, Botswana Defence Force Commander, Lt General Masire described the event as a big milestone in the history of our nation, as the graduating class included the first batch of women pilots in the history of the BDF and addedthat the development will go a long way in realization of women empowerment in the work places in general and the armed forces in particular. At this event, 11 BDF officer consisting of 4 ladies and 7males and 3 Botswana Police Service officers, 2 males and 1 female wereamongst theofficers whoadded to other seasoned qualified pilots within the BDF Air Wing and newly established Botswana Police Service helicopter Unit.   Their training included ground subjects (theoretical part) and flying, the practical application of theory. Ground subjects included principle of flight, avionics, airframes, aviation weather, aviation medicine, aero engines, aviation law and air nav.Each graduate have accumulated a total flying time of a minimum of 160 hours in flying. And those hours were accumulated from basic handling, advanced handling, navigating, instrument flying, night flying and formation flying. The graduates were awarded with wings; certificate and other certificates for students who show outstanding performance in self-motivation (best motivated student) which was awarded to Second Lieutenant SegolameSembuwa.The beststudent in ground school subjectsawarded wentto Second Lieutenant TshegofatsoNelson. SubInspector B.Rasenyaiscopes the best student in flying and the best overall student was awarded to Second Lieutenant Wajha Kitso Macala.   Lieutenant General Masire informed the graduates that their graduation marks the end of the ab-initio training, but critically it signals the beginning of their carrier as aviators in the service of their nation. The course itself is forward looking as it prepares you for real world, which is characterized by continued changes requiring an ability to adapt to the emerging challenges of military flying. Thus you must seek new knowledge throughout your career as the day you stop doing so is the day you cease to be relevant to the profession and the warrior ethos that you have sworn to uphold by joining this Defence Force and Police Service, General Masire encouraged them.   General Masire informs them that leadership forms a critical part of their functions within their services. The BDF values of Duty, Integrity, Esprit-de-Corps and Discipline must guide your leadership style. As line pilots, you now mustexercise your leadership skill to the rest of our airmen to help ensure the attainment of the BDF’s Vision of a professional, Prompt and Decisive Force. Your Leadership responsibilities are not only to the BDF or the BPS but to the youth of this country as well. This responsibility can therefore not be taken lightly. You have to display the special characteristics that will make you an officer to be respected, a leader to be followed and commander to be trusted,Gen Masire sensitize them .   He also enlightened them that government has spent over P1 Million pula training each one off them. “This is enough money to train 20 degree student”, he added. Hefurther urges them not to disappoint as they will again be entrusted with an aircraft that cost over 20 million pula. This shows how muchconfidence the nation has in you, he also added.   However, General Masire also applauded instructors for the good job they have done. “As we pay tribute to you graduates, it would be remiss of me not to pay tribute to the professionals who helped you through this demanding course and training” he added. He further reminded the instructors that it is important for them to remember that they remain the most valuable resources to the BDF Air Arm as they are responsible for the formative stage of our airmen. “This responsibility you must carry with the utmost care it deserves. It requires professional skills. Parenting skills and leadership skills, which you have to impart to these young officers, “he also urges them.   To the parents and families, ‘Lo dirile, bagaetsho’ by raising these fine young men and women and allowing them to be soldiers and policemen. Professions that have the very real possibility of the ultimate sacrifice of loss of life in service to their nation, Lt General Masire thanked parents, families and friends who graced the occasion. He concluded by asking the graduates to take off themselves as their healthy is very important more especially looking at the fact that their services to the nation has just began. Finally to all, and in particular you the graduates, your health is paramount to your continued service to this nation, and attention to it will guarantee a long and illustrious career, practice safe sex,don’t drink and drive and keep fit, General Masire concluded.  
23.12.11
BDF Awards the Best Botswana Defence force great achievers were recently honored for their eagerness, dedication and hard work November 9 2011 at the SSKB Auditorium. The annual honours and awards ceremony’s purpose was to honour the military and non-military personnel who have excelled in their work as at 2011. The aim of this event was in line withvision 2016 pillars, which calls for a competitive and a productive nation. Great achievers were awarded according to their contribution to the organization. They received certificates, commendation of medal from the commander and a handset from Mascom while group categories were awarded with trophies. Guest of honour Director of public service management Mrs.Festinah S. Bakwena was present to honour and award the BDF great achievers. Speaking at the ceremony MrsBakwena said initiatives like this promotes competitive behavior, which brings good results. She stated that the public service has also introduced the reward menu, which also aims at rewarding public employees in order to encourage competiveness among employees. Director of Public Service Management applauded the BDF for taking the lead in appreciating their employees; she also encouraged other organisations to consider holding such events. She encouraged BDF employees to work hard and be passionate about their work. “Let us be reminded that it takes more than just a certificate to be a winner, you must be passionate about your work, this is what drives one to perform well,” she reminded. She further encouraged other nominees to continue working hard in their field of work. Furthermore Mrs Bakwenacongratulated the winners for a job well done and advised everyone to work towards increased productivity and development. She also applauded the BDF leadership for a noble initiative.
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