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Office of the President (OP)
Inside the Presidency-Issue No 25
16/12/10

DIGNITY IN HELPING THOSE IN NEED

Welcome to your weekly window into the Presidency. This morning His Excellency the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, will be in Kumakwane Village, where he will be donating food hampers and planting trees as part of this month’s Office of the President’s (OP) Community Service Day activity.
 
In keeping with the Community Service Day initiative, each Ministry is expected to set aside one day a month to contribute to the uplifting of those in need, while promoting sustainable development.

To kick-start the initiative, OP Staff last month built a two-bed roomed house for a needy individual. This month’s tree planting exercise should highlight the link between sustainable development and conserving and restoring the natural environment.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, the delivery of food hampers to those with special needs in Kumakwane dovetails with additional end of year donations such as yesterday’s presentation by His Excellency Barracks of additional “Christmas Hampers” by his Excellency to the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Botswana Police Services (BPS), Ministry of Health and “Assist a Person” Charitable Organisation.

The donations to the BDF and BPS are in keeping with the longstanding “Boy’s at the Border” tradition of bringing Christmas cheer to members of the disciplined forces who will be on duty and away from loved during the holiday season, while those going to Health are destined for some of those under medical care.

Also in the season’s spirit, H.H. the Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, will tomorrow host an annual Children’s Christmas Party in Mahalapye.

Also this week

The Office’s week included additional activities to assist the less fortunate.

On Saturday the President held his own among 130 of the region’s top motorcycle enthusiasts when he participated in a Gaborone Sun sponsored Charity Event, which raised funds for the needy while promoting safety awareness.

A highlight of the event was a series of stunts by top South Africa rider Brian Capper. For his part, the President impressed those in attendance when he showed off his own skills at the event, such as rising to the difficult challenge of balancing himself on a stationary motorbike.

In keeping with the Offices emphasis on ensuring effective delivery through monitoring and evaluation, throughout Monday and Tuesday His Excellency’s schedule was fully engaged in providing end of year feedback to individual Ministries and Department as a follow up to their half year review exercise.

His Excellency was thus represented on Monday by his Senior Private Secretary, Col. Duke Masilo, at the handover of a house built by Mr. Albert Mbayi of Kanye in response to the President’s Housing Appeal to the Needy. The house went to a previously homeless orphan, 15 year old Phenyo Godirwang, whose plight had become know to Mr. Mbayi through the Ntebogang CJSS Charity Club “Circles of Support”.
At the time Mr. Godirwang was reported to be living with his uncle in a tent while attending school. Moved by the circumstance, Mr. Mbayi became one of the first members of the public to register his contribution to the Housing Appeal Board.

In addition to Col. Masilo, Housing Appeal for the Needy committee member Mr. Satar Dada also attended the event, during which he pledged to fully furnish the new house.

Besides Cabinet, the President’s Wednesday Calendar included his regularly scheduled Fortnightly Brief from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, which included the feedback on ongoing efforts to protect the good image of Botswana’s minerals and tourism industries abroad.  

On Thursday morning, the President was the Guest of Honour at the opening of a new warehouse complex for CA Sales & Distributors. In his remarks for the occasion His Excellency applauded the company for is success, which has resulted in a steady and substantial growth of its workforce over the years.

He also thanked the company for its active Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes, whose beneficiaries include, among others, the SOS Children’s Village, BONEPWA other HIV/AIDS Organisations, and Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns, as well as President’s own Housing Appeal for the Needy. 

The President went on to reaffirm Government’s belief that an enterprising and dynamic private sector must be the key engine of economic growth and development, further noting that;

“We are however aware that there is some uneasiness amongst the business community with regard to the issuance of work and residents permits.  Whilst we may not be moving at the expected speed in this aspect, we are equally concerned by some individuals who tend to abuse the system...Having said that, I wish to assure all investors and potential ones that Government will do everything in its power to facilitate the setting up and operation of their businesses.”

Additional highlights of the week included Tuesday’s signing by the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Hon. Lesego Motsumi, of a new 5 Year Partnership Framework between the Governments of Botswana and the United States of America to counter the challenge of HIV/AIDS.

During the ceremony the Minister observed that the US Government is the second largest contributor to the national response after the Botswana Government itself.


 

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