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Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama will be sworn in as President of Botswana in an inauguration that will be administered by Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo on October 28 at parliament buildings at 0900hrs,
Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Shaw Kgathi has said government gives civil servants the attention they deserve. Addressing Immigration and Botswana Unified Revenue Services staff at Platjan border post recently, he said civil servants were the backbone of the economy and there was no way government can neglect its them. He said government would continue to be committed, support and improve their conditions and mentioned that there was a misconception by some that government has neglected its workers. He said government has through the amendment of General Order 39, allowed for the engagement of workers into private business but with prior approval by the relevant Permanent Secretary proved there was no perceived or real conflict of interest. As for the workers at remotest areas like Platjan, he said the Remote Area Settlement Allowance (RASA) has also been corrected to be based on notch system to allow for officers that have been staying at such areas to attract more allowance than newcomers. Other efforts to improve the civil servants conditions, the Minister mentioned the introduction of interest free salary advance for salary scale D4 and below, which in the past was a benefit for salary C4 and below.
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.
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