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2011 Botswana Presidential Honours and Awards Ceremony
28/09/11

 His Excellency the President, Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, bestowed the awards of Presidential Order of Honour (PH), Presidential Order of Meritorious Service (PMS), and Presidential Certificate of Honour (PCH) to twenty-one outstanding women and men for their varied contributions to the nation.

In addition it was announced that His Honour the Vice President, Lt. General Mompati Merafhe has been awarded the Naledi ya Botswana (NB) in recognition of his illustrious ongoing service to the nation. His Honour could not attend the ceremony as he is currently leading the Botswana delegation at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. It was stated this afternoon that an award event will be organised for him upon his return. Before returning to Botswana early next week His Honour will also stopover in The Bahamas where he is to also receive a World Citizen Award in recognition of his contribution over the years as an international statesman.
 
Today’s Awards ceremony took place at Boipuso Hall from 1400 hours. In addition to witnessing the bestowing of the Honours the audience attending the ceremony were also entertained by the following artists, who have all been award winners in the annual President’s Day Competitions:

Maikano Serenaders (Choral)
Poko Setso (Traditional Song and Dance Group) Segametsi Pilane (Praise Poet) Stiga Sola (Katara Singer) Jeff Matheatau and Band

All of the above named Botswana Honours is provided for in terms of the Botswana Honours Act of 1967 (Chap. 03:06).

In the Act the Naledi ya Botswana is defined as “an honour awarded for outstanding service to the Republic of Botswana.”

Presidential Order of Honour is defined as “an honour awarded for efficient and devoted service to the Republic of Botswana.”

The same Act also defines the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service as “an honour awarded to any persons for actions or services benefiting Botswana or any community organisation therein in any particular field or sphere and for any acts of courage or devotion to duty.”

The Act further defines the Presidential Certificate of Honour as "a certificate awarded for long and faithful service to Botswana.”

Each of the above Honours is awarded by H.E. the President, acting with the advice of Cabinet.

This year’s Botswana Honours and Awards Recipients are listed below:

NALEDI YA BOTSWANA (NB)

1. His Honour the Vice President, Lt. General Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe

PRESIDENTIAL ORDER OF HONOUR (PH)
 
1. The Hon. Peter Letlhogonolo Siele
2. The  Hon. Maruping Dibotelo
3. Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Tetteh
4. Mr. Freddy Modise
5. Dr. Louise L. Setshwaelo
6. Mrs. Ingrid Marianne Nganunu (Deceased)
 
PRESIDENTIAL ORDER OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE (PMS)
 
1.  Mr. Belpet Kauraisa
2.  Mr. Stanley Tshoane
3.  Mr. Ryan James Mpho Williams
4.  Mr. Roy Warren Blackbeard
5.  Mr. Dipsy Selolwane
6.  Dr. Daniel Tau
 
PRESIDENTIAL CERTIFICATE OF HONOUR (PCH)
 
1.    Mr. Andries Bok
2.    Mr. Motsamai Ramme
3.    Ms. Gaolope Apareng Mmakobo Basuhi 4.    Mrs. Cqoise Ntloxo 5.    Ms. Theresa Jersey Malomo 6.    Mr. Lejone Discuss Mokwape 7.    Rev. Martin Morolong 8.    She Kimbani Moalosi 9.    Kgosi Seka Boraitsile
 
SOME MORE INFORMATION ON TODAY’S AWARDS RECIPIENTS

The Hon. Peter Letlhogonolo Siele - The Hon. Siele is currently the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs. His Previous position include: Assistant Minister of Agriculture,2007-2008; Assistant Minister of Education, 2004-2007 Chief Immigration and Citizenship Officer, Labour and Home Affairs, 1992-1998 Establishment Secretary, Department of Unified Local Government Service, 1987-1992 Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Development Centre, 1982-1985 Senior Cooperative Officer, 1978-1980 Cooperative Officer, 1974-1977 College Instructor, Botswana College of Agriculture,1970-1974 Assistant Irrigation and Research Officer, UN Projects,1996-1969

The Hon. Chief Justice Mr. Maruping Dibotelo - Chief Justice Dibotelo has served on the High Court since 1997, when he left a successful private practice. He began practicing law in 1977, having worked at the Attorney General’s Chambers as well as in private practice. He has served on and chaired a number Government Commissions, including the 2002 Delimitation Commission and the 2007 Commission on Salaries and Conditions of Service.

Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Tetteh - Until last year Mr. Tetteh was a deputy secretary for Legislative Drafting in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Mr. Freddy Modise - Special Achievements: Major Statistical Surveys were launched at the time when Mr Modise headed Central Statistics Office and Tax and Customs Administration. As first Commissioner General of BURS since 2005 he provided leadership in organizations that provide critical service for the functioning of Botswana Economy. Noteworthy Contribution: Mr Modise has always performed beyond the call of duty to ensure that Government of Botswana raises enough resources domestically through selfless service to achieve its Economic and Developmental Goals.

Dr. Louise L. Setshwaelo - Dr. Setshwaelo holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Botswana and Swaziland, a M.Sc. in Tropical Animal Health and Production from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the University of Nebraska, USA. Ms Setshwaelo started her career in Botswana in 1978 as Research Officer (Cattle Breeding). In 1986, she held the position of Chief Animal Production and Range Research Officer and, in 1991, was promoted as Deputy Director of Agricultural Research at the Ministry of Agriculture of Botswana. From 1993 to 1996, she worked with the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR), as regional Project Manager for the Southern African Development Community (SADC), funded by USAID. The project, housed by the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) in Tanzania, focused on Research Management Training for Agriculture and Natural Resources. Between 1997 and 1999, she worked as Advisor for a USAID funded regional programme for SADC countries on Natural Resources Management based in Botswana She joined FAO in May 1999 as Chief Technical Advisor on Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region based in Pretoria, South Africa. From 2002 to November 2004, she served as FAO Representative in Malawi followed by an assignment in Tanzania as FAO Representative up to April 2011. Ms Setshwaelo succeeds Mr H. Muteia as FAO Representative in Nigeria.

Mrs. Ingrid Marianne Nganunu (Deceased) - Special Achievements:  She worked at various Departments as a civil servant.  While as a teacher she advocated for the teaching of the pure sciences and with others of her generation formed the Botswana Science Association for the promotion of science education in this country and later in the SADC region.  Noteworthy Contributions: She devoted herself to helping work out policies to ensure that Botswana is not left out of the technological advances that are taking place in the world.  Consequently she worked, inter alia on promoting modern telecommunication services, computer education and countrywide use of computers.
 
Mr. Belpet Kauraisa - Special Achievements: A prominent choir trainer and conductor in Moshupa SSS, Kagiso SSS, Lobatse SSS, Tutume McConnel and Molefi SSS. In 1990 we worn 13 trophies for the school (Kasigo SSS) in choral competition – 4 at branch level, 4 at Regional level, 4 at National level and 1 at International level (against Swaziland). Noteworthy Contributions: Have been a National Workshop organizer for new teacher in Religious Education C (induction) for 10 years. MoE representative in the then National Cultural Council. Co-founder of Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete (KTM). Co-founder of the Herero Youth Association to preserve and educate the youth on Herero cultural (1982)

Mr. Stanley Tshoane - Special Achievements:  2003 – Botswana National Sport Council Coach of the Year. 1998, 2001, 2002 – Gold Medal thrice in the World Group Independence Cup. 2004 – Best Coach in Coca cola Cup 2005 – Coca-cola Runner-up2001 – Gold Medal Four Nations Tournament 1979 – Best Player BAF Inter Unit Football Competition. Noteworthy Contributions: Having been appointed the Senior National Team Coach in 2009, the team qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the 1st time.

Mr. Ryan James Mpho Williams - Special Achievements: Has organized volunteers and materials from Australia to build church facilities and orphanages throughout the country. Noteworthy contribution:  Has organized facilities worth over P4 million for the less privileged in Botswana and continues to set aside his time, though he is a young man, to help others. Together with the Women’s Ministries Department of the Botswana Union Mission, SDA church, we’ve built orphan centres in Maun, Francistown, Gumare, Ghanzi, Manyana and Thamaga. Whilst a few of the orphan centres have taken longer than others, I believe they are all at a stage where they are either operational or able to be utilized.

Mr. Roy Warren Blackbeard - Since 1998 Roy Blackbeard has served his country with distinction as Botswana’s High commissioner to the United Kingdom. From 1989-98 he was a Member of Parliament, serving for three years as the Minister of Agriculture.

Mr. Dipsy Selolwane - Special Achievements: Played for various teams in South Africa as a professional player. Supersport United players of the season 2010/11. Top goal scorer at Ajax 09/10. Club Top goal scorer at Santos -2005/2007. Kick-off magazine players of the season. Played for Real Salt Take FC, USA Chicago Five and Denmark Premier League. Noteworthy Contribution: Represented Botswana in the under 17, 20, 23 National Teams. Leading goal scorer and one of the most capped player for the National Team.

Dr. Daniel Tau - Since 1999 DR. Tau has been the founding Executive Director of the Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL). Since 2005 he has also been the Chairperson of the National Vision 2016 council. He started his career as a professional secondary school teacher, in Botswana, after completing a Diploma in Secondary Education. He then worked his way up to accomplish the B. Ed degree (University of Botswana); the M.A. (Education) degree (University of Bath) and PhD by distance learning. He has taught geography, and headed that department before being promoted to the post of Deputy Head. He later was appointed to the post of substantive Head in 1985, a capacity he served in at two schools before taking up a similar post at a Senior Secondary School until 1999 when he was elevated to the present portfolio. He has chaired committees in areas of strategic planning, finance management, and has trained teachers and school heads on crucial issues related to educational development. He has presented papers at various fora, both at home and abroad, and these were on open and distance learning and related issues. Dr. Tau has also served as the Chairperson of the National Sports Council, and coached the Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Morwa rising Star Football Clubs, as well as qualifying as a FIFA referee
 
Mr. Andries Bok - Special Achievements:  Finalist in the Annual President’s Day Artist Award since 2009. Amongst some of his well known songs are the signature tunes to the “Temo Thuo” Programme on Radio Botswana and University of Botswana using four string guitars. Noteworthy Contributions:  Composer of Traditional Music for National Radio Station – Radio Botswana

Mr. Motsamai Ramme - Special Achievements: A prominent farmer who has contributed immensely towards the development of Thabala, Serowe and Botswana. Has demonstrated compassion and commitment to community service and donated livestock to various projects. Noteworthy Contributions: 1938 – He was part of the Malekantwa Regiments assigned by Kgosi Tshekedi Khama to build the first structures of Moeng College. 1950: First Tailor in Thabala. He donated 4 cattle to buy bricks for Thabala Primary School (11 classrooms were built). 1977: He donated 12 cattle towards the building of the University of Botswana.

Ms. Gaolope Apareng Mmakobo Basuhi - Special Achievements:  Achieved distinction of being in the Bank Division Leadership coupled with sterling.  Community service through the YWCA, Reetsanang Association of Community Drama Groups, Capital players, Barandil Performing Arts, Kgosi Bathoen Segopotso Museum, Botswana Music Camp and Mogwana. Noteworthy Contributions:  Has developed hundreds of young people through character and skills building in the arts through Mogwana.  Gaolape has also promoted/solicited and successfully led Mogwana to put Botswana on the global map through travels and expositions in places such as Disneyworld, Peoples Republic of China, USA, Canada, Lesotho, RSA, Namibia, Cote d’Ivoire, UK and Zimbabwe.  Member of the International Dance Council.

Mrs. Cqoise Ntloxo - Special Achievements:  Her work was one of the eight Artworks selected to decorate British Airways tails of their eight large planes in 1997.  Won the 2011 President’s Day Art Award in Print Making (2nd Prize). Noteworthy Contributions: Taught and practiced the following for her Community: Traditional dance, Storytelling, Painting and Print making.

Ms. Theresa Jersey Malomo - Special Achievements: Junior Achievement Botswana Certificate of Accomplishment, Certificate of Appreciation-MOESD re-Primary Education Improvement Project, Training of Trainers Workshop on Community Capacity Enhancement through Community Conversation 2006. Noteworthy Contributions: Served as Vice Chair of Board of Governors for Moses Mengwe Junior Secondary School for 15 years and contributed to the growth of school. Opened and spearheaded the construction of Maitengwe Homebased Care. Headed the fight against HIV/AIDS in the District. Started a vegetable garden to supply Homebased patients in Maitengwe. Built and leading Roman Catholic Church in Maitengwe.

Mr. Lejone Discuss Mokwape - Special Achievements:  Mr Mokwape was employed as a Driver leading hand.  However he achieved a lot when in 2000 when the concept of “Dikgosi” (Arbitration, Mediation or Moletlanyi) was introduced at Department of Water Affairs. Noteworthy Contributions:  Mr Mokwape is an ordinary man who made extra – ordinary contributions.  He spearheaded the “Dikgosi”.  Concept at department of Water Affairs where he set up seventeen other “Dikgosi” in the outstanding through this concept issues of discipline, employee relations, HIV/AIDS and others were addressed smoothly.

Rev. Martin Morolong - The Rev. Morolong is known for his translation of the Bible into Setswana from original Hebrew and Greek texts. In 1978 he established the Theological training Programme. He was the first local headteacher of Swaneng Primary School.

She Kimbani Moalosi - Special Achievements: Lead his community in the developments in both Nswaswi and Makuta Villages as per attached CV.  Noteworthy Contributions:  an outstanding Community Leader since age of 28.  Selflessly led/served his community without reward for many years and continue to do so.  A peace maker his Kgotla awaits to be upgraded to court of records but age is not on his side.

Kgosi Seka Boraitsile - Kgosi Seke in addition to serving as the head of the Inalegolo Tribal Administration since 1992, Kgosi Seke has served the Kgalagadi North community in a voluntary capacity over the years, in the process assuring that many community members have been uplifted from poverty.

 

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