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08.11.18
STORM CAUSES DAMAGES at SHAKWE, BOROTSI AND CHADIBE The rain that Batswana have eagerly been waiting for left some residents of Shakwe, Borotsi and Chadibe in the Mahalapye Sub-district without shelter. This follows the heavy showers characterised by strong winds that swept through the villages Tuesday afternoon. The District Disaster Management Team, led by Central District commissioner, Ms Berenice Berman-Mosime, Mahalapye Sub-district deputy district commissioner, Mr Bakue di Masole and senior assistant council secretary, Mr Gilbert Maifala were still on the field assessing the extent of the damage caused by the storm on Wednesday. However, no casualties were reported. At Borotsi in the Sefhare/Ramokgonami constituency, four of the affected residents were treated for minor injuries at the local health facility and discharged. The village development committee had temporarily housed one of the families that was left without shelter. The power supply lines in the villages were also affected by the strong winds. Mr Masole however instructed the Disaster Management Team to attend to the affected residents urgently and that those without shelter be housed temporarily in tents. Some of the affected residents were left without food since their groceries were soaked in rain water. He said they would appeal to businesses at the affected villages to assist those in urgent need of food. BOPA
08.11.18
MASS DROWNING OF BUFFALOES IN CHOBE RIVER The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism wishes to inform the public of a mass drowning of Buffaloes in the Chobe River along the border of the Chobe National Park, on the edge of the Kabulabula Peninsula. Initial investigations by authorities on both sides of the Botswana / Namibia Border suggest that an exceptionally large buffalo herd was grazing in Namibia when they stampeded into th e Chobe river. The cause of the stampede is still uncertain and under investigation, however initial indications are that they were being chased by a pride of lions. It is estimated that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of buffalo trampling, and falling from steep river banks. Carcasses have largely been removed, most being harvested by community members who live along the river in Namibia. This is not an unusual occurrence as mass drownings have occurred before in the Chobe River notably off Sedudu Island. The cause of the stampede is still uncertain and under investigation, however initial indications are that they were being chased by a pride of lions. It is estimated that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of buffalo trampling, and falling from steep river banks. Carcasses have largely been removed, most being harvested by community members who live along the river in Namibia. This is not an unusual occurrence as mass drownings have occurred before in the Chobe River notably off Sedudu Island.
06.11.18
GABORONE - The Malaysian company tasked with reviewing the current public service remuneration system is expected to conclude its work before the end of December this year. Delivering the 2018 State of the Nation Address on November 5, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said once the PEMANDU Associates SDN.BHD report had been finalised, government would engage public sector unions on the recommendations thereto. Presiden t Masisi informed the nation he had appointed a commission to review the conditions of service for the MPs, councillors, Ntlo ya Dikgosi and the judiciary. He said the commission was also expected to submit its recommendations in December this year. It was government’s wish of for any recommendations agreed upon to be budgeted for and effected on April 1 2019, he said. President Masisi also said government was commitment to the resuscitation of the Public Service Bargaining Council to advance the interests of public sector employees in a fair and transparent manner. He said the PSBC was the most critical element in fostering good employee relations. It was therefore imperative that government and unions ensure the resuscitation of the important platform for more effective and constructive engagement, he said. He said government started the process of engaging all public service unions in August and subsequently a technical committee comprising union and government representatives was established to operationalise the council. The committee, he said, had been engaged in the process of crafting the constitution until recently when the process stalled as a result of demands by some unions that one union be excluded from the process. “Although the matter is now before a court of law, government remains resolute to negotiate with the public service unions, as partners, in order to improve the terms and conditions of service for public employees. I wish to also urge our union partners that in the spirit of give and take, it is desirable as per our tradition that we should strive to amicably resolve whatever differences that may arise during our engagements and only use the courts of law as a last resort,” he said. BOPA
30.10.18
VIBRANT INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM NECESSARY- GABORONE - The local economy needs to develop a vibrant innovative ecosystem since innovation offers new direction in economic and social growth. Speaking during the inaugural Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) awards ceremony on Thursday in Gaborone, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane pointed that government had placed new emphasis on innovation and technology uptake as the new mode of growth for the economy. 
He said this was because innovation was a key enabler of the next wave of economic development.
30.10.18
MAFHUNGO/HUBONA - Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr Carter Morupisi says extending a helping hand to others did not mean a person has plenty. Officiating at the handing over of a block of two classrooms built by CCP Botswana at Mphinyane Primary School in Hubona recently, Mr Morupisi said many people who continued to extend a helping hand i n education had an understanding that education could change people’s lives. Mr Morupisi said education blends the different backgrounds of pupils and gives them equal opportunities to determine their future. He emphasised the need for all stakeholders to come together for a common goal to assist the education sector. He noted that government alone could not shoulder everything hence the need for stakeholders to come on board. He added that it was crucial that partnerships between parents, teachers, pupils and other individuals within the communities be nurtured to ensure that all people have a hand in driving excellence in schools. He pointed out that often people focus on structural developments forgetting that such developments would become meaningless if positive outcomes were not visible. Mr Morupisi said the good track records of good performance in schools were an indication that stakeholders did not look only at their challenges but worked hard to achieve the intended goal. “Government takes seriously the important role played by education in driving the growth of the economy hence it came up with Education Training Strategic Plan (ETSP),” he said. The strategy, he said, focused on developing and monitoring the capabilities of pupils from the time they started school so that their talents could be realised from the beginning. Appreciating the gesture, the area Member of Parliament and Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Mr Fidelis Molao implored the school to receive the donation with open arms and ensure that they used it wisely so that their partnership with the donor opens other doors. He also appreciated CCP Botswana for having considered one of the schools in his constituency. CCP Botswana managing director, Mr Kobamelo Kgoboko said they were pleased to be associated with the school and promised to continue working with the school for its success. Meanwhile, Mr Morupisi donated 50 blankets and 45 bags to Standard Seven pupils. BOPA
30.10.18
The Office of the President wishes to inform members of the Public that His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, the President of the Republic of Botswana, was not aware of the recent decision concerning the withdrawal of some support staff from the office and residence of the Former President Lt. General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama. In this regard, His Excellency the President, has apologised to the Former President for the misunderstanding. The Office of the President would like to inform that, whilst such a decision to withdraw additional support staff from the Former President was taken, the decision has since been rescinded whilst consultations with the Former President Lt. General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama are going on. The Office of the President would like to assure members of the Public that His Excellency the President fully supports the entitlements of Former Presidents in accordance with the provisions of the Presidents (Pensions and Retirement Benefits) Act[CAP.02:03]. The Former President, amongst other benefits, is entitled to a Private Secretary, a Secretary, an Office Attendant, two Drivers, two Maids and a Gardener, all who were deployed to his Office and Residence since 1st April 2018. The Officers who were withdrawn recently from the Office of the Former President include a Chief Catering Officer, a Senior Catering Officer, a Technical Assistant, a Senior Administration Officer and a Laundry Attendant who are additional support staff members who were requested by the Former President on a temporary basis during the transition period
25.10.18
POOR WORK ETHIC A CONCERN: MORUPISI Poor work ethic and productivity in the public service are a concern in growing Botswana s economy. This was said by the Permanent Secretary to the President Mr Carter Morupisi, addressing Public officers in Tlokweng this afternoon. He said Botswana s ranking in the global competitiveness continues to decline as results of poor productivity .
25.10.18
BORAKANELO POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH- Borakanelo police in Gaborone are investigating an incident in which a mob attacked and killed a young man at Gaborone bus rank on October 19. A press release from Botswana Police Service says the incident happened after the man, in his 20s, was suspected to have been involved in a criminal activity. It says the mob gave chase and assaulted him and by the time police arrived at the scene, he was unconscious. The release states that he was latter certified dead by a medical doctor at Princess Marina Hospital. The police reiterated their appeal to members of the public to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. Police investigations are ongoing and no arrests have yet been made. (BOPA)
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