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Botswana Government, through the Ministry of Health, is implementing public health interventions to prevent the introduction and/or spread of the Ebola disease into the country. One of the interventions undertaken includes entry restrictions on visitors who have been to countries affected by the disease in the last 3 months.
The Bank hereby reminds the public that the old Botswana coin will be demonetised with effect from August 28, 2014. Thereafter, the coin will be exchanged only at the Bank of Botswana in Gaborone and Francistown for a period of five (5) years until August 28, 2019. 
The Ministry of Transport and Communications will hold the 5th Annual ICT Pitso conference on the 4th and 5th of September 2014 at Tlotlo Hotel in Gaborone under the theme “Unleashing The Power of Broadband; Enriching communities.” The Pitso will bring together all stakeholders in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Industry to harness the transformative power of Broadband for social and economic growth , and as a way forward come up with ways to facilitate the transition of the country to a digital economy through extending the advances in technology and enabling opportunities it unleashes .
As the final session of this the 10th Parliament draws to a close, and as the 7th of August is the last day of its sitting, I considered it appropriate to join you this afternoon in order to announce the date of dissolution, as well as the date for the holding of General and Local Elections. I believe it to be most fitting to do so in this House, as it is primarily to this Assembly that this Constitutional process directly applies. Before I do so Madame Speaker, let me observe that whether we sit as part of the Executive in the front benches of this Assembly, or in the back benches as the Government of the day, or in the opposition benches, our presence in this chamber is derived from the mandate that this Parliament collectively received from Batswana at the polls in 2009. It is the electorate alone who, by casting of their ballots, give our governmental institutions their life and legitimacy.
GOVERNMENT HAS NOT CONSTRUCTED HOMES FOR THE PRESIDENT FAMILY OR FRIENDS AT MOSU. For the record, the Office of the President wishes to once more reassure the public that neither the BDF nor anyone else in Government has been involved in the construction of the homes of either H.E. the President, members of his family, or anyone else at the Khama family compound outside of Mosu. This Office finds it necessary to reiterate this fact in the light of a front page article that appeared in the latest (26/7/14) edition of the Weekend Post newspaper, which seeks to revive the false and previously discredited allegation of BDF involvement in the building of private homes.
Batswana have been urged to always put the interests of the country first. Speaking at the launch of project Bot50 to mark the countdown towards the country’s 50th independence anniversary on Saturday July 5, H.E. the President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama called on all to reflect on what makes them Batswana.
Kgosi David Mafikizolo of Pandamatenga in the Chobe District has commended the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development employees in the northern region for their contribution to the development of the nation.

Speaking at the handing over of a two bedroomed house to Ms Luzani Friday of Pandamatenga on June 26, Kgosi Mafikizolo said the gesture ind...icated that public servants were not only interested in getting salaries but were also concerned about the welfare of the community they served.
As this year’s Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1 000 Desert Race draws nearer, the festivity fever is already on the air notwithstanding the ongoing world cup excitement in Brazil. With many fans of the country’s annual and only marathon event in the Donaldson calendar looking forward to a fun filled activity at the new host town of Jwaneng, enthusiasts are already set for the big event in terms of camping equipment and transport, among other things.
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