Local time: Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:25:56hrs
I am looking for: 

News
01.02.17
Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) executive director-Supplies, Mr Kgakgamalo Ketshajwang has implored contractors to ensure quality and cost effective services reach beneficiaries on time. Speaking at a general suppliers capacity building workshop recently, Mr Ketshajwang said contractors should sharpen their skills on procurement for supplies required by central government. He said by so doing they would submit more competitive bids. “Being empowered with knowledge and skills as having a good understanding of procedures and processes will allow suppliers to know when there is breach in procurement and keeping tenders clean,” he said. Mr Ketshajwang noted that there are a number of projects where awarded contractors have clearly failed to deliver in line with award decisions. He pleaded with contractors to deliver on their obligations without having to be chased around by procuring entities. He said PPADB is worried by failure to deliver quality products on time and within cost. Mr Ketshajwang expressed hope that the workshop, which was aimed at improving contractors’ understanding of the requirements of PPAD Act and regulations, would improve on delivery and even increase contractors’ chances of winning tenders. “This workshop comes at an opportune time as contractors need to position themselves to do business with government during the 2017-2018 financial year following the budget speech,” he said. He said in the last financial year alone, PPADB adjudicated on works/infrastructure, services and supplies at the value of approximately P3.9 billion while various ministerial tender committees adjudicated on those to the value of approximately P4 billion and district administration tender committees awarded those at about P540 million. Mr Ketshajwang explained that PPAD Act and Regulations emphasise transparency, accountability, fairness and value for money and he urged all stakeholders to avoid corruption at all costs. “PPADB and procuring entities are required to uphold the principles of public procurement as enshrined in the PPAD Act,” he said. He said PPADB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and the Competition Authority for combating corruption, unfair competition, collusion, bid rigging and fraud.
31.01.17
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) informs the public that the Electoral Voting Machine (EVM) gadget video trending on social media assumed to be the type EVMs envisaged to be procured by IEC is wrong and misleading. A media release from IEC states that the type of the envisaged EVMs is far from being compared with the one on social media. “It has to be noted that there are different types of EVMs used in the world and each is customized to the environment under which it is intended to be used. Basically, the envisaged EVM is not computer and software based as compared to the one trending on social media,” states the release. The release further states that IEC condemns any attempt by anybody to cause panic in the public sphere by making assumptions to know the type of envisaged EVMs. IEC further assures the public that intensive civic and voter education will be conducted for them to appreciate the type of EVM to be used and will have the opportunity to test its trustworthiness. BOPA
31.01.17
World Bank Mission representative has hailed Botswana for the impressive output on the National Monitoring and Evaluation System (NMES). Speaking during the combined thematic working groups (TWG) workshop on project for development of a national monitoring and evaluation system in Gaborone recently, World Bank’s lead public sector governance specialist, Ms Kathrin Plangemann indicated that what the groups had done was impressive. Ms Plangemann said following the World Bank mission of December 2016, different sectors were required to review the indicators and make possible changes and improvements where necessary. She stated that a few of the members had responded to the call and the changes suggested were incorporated in the matrix, adding that there was a need to conclude development of those indicators, especially on baseline data, targets and indicator protocols. She said Botswana has a strong collaboration with the World Bank adding that they were in a bid to strengthen relations, reduce poverty and make sure that the public sector delivers its mandate. She requested all sectors of the economy to closely scrutinise the identified indicators and provide the necessary information for the success of the initiative, adding that “successful implementation of the NMES is the gateway to a successful and brighter future.” For his part, the director of macroeconomic policy in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Dr Ernest Makhwaje mentioned that NDP 11 was approved by Parliament on December 1, 2016, with the theme, “Inclusive Growth for the Realisation of Sustainable Employment Creation and Poverty Eradication” which seeks to address Botswana’s three main development challenges of unemployment, poverty, and income inequality. Dr Makhwaje said the plan focuses on six national priorities, diversified sources of economic growth, human capital development, social development, sustainable use of natural resources, consolidation of good governance and strengthening of national security, monitoring and evaluation. On the way forward in terms of the implementation of NDP 11, Dr Makhwaje stated that members of the various TWGs would be critical in the implementation and delivery of plan’s national priorities. He stated that the ministry reflections are by no means exhaustive and also urged other ministries and departments to develop their strategic plans based on the national priorities and strategies identified in NDP 1. He said they should also align their visions, missions and mandate to identified NDP 11 strategies and implement NDP 11 national priorities and strategies through their annual performance plans for effective delivery of the goals and objectives contained NDP 11. He however said in the previous plans, project implementation had been a challenge, particularly in terms of project designs and scope, cost overruns and delays in project delivery. Dr Makhwaje said it was important for accounting officers to take charge of project deliveries under their ministries and departments by adopting some of the re-engineering tendering and adjudication processes to ensure speedy delivery of projects. BOPA
30.01.17
Batsadi ba kopilwe go nna le seabe mo dithutong tsa bana gore ba kgone go ntsha maduo a a nametsang. Mogokgo wa sekole se sebotlana sa Seetelo Memorial kwa Tsabong Mme Kelebogile Mokgosi o buile se mo bokopanong jwa batsadi le barutabana bosheng. O supile fa go nna le seabe mo thutong ya ngwana go dira gore ngwana le ene a rotloetsege gore a tseye thuto ya gagwe ka tlhwaafalo. Mme Mokgosi o ne a tlhalosa fa Seetelo e le nngwe ya dikole tse di dirang sentle mo ditlhatlhobong tsa makgaolakgang a lekwalo la bosupa mme se ka dira go feta fa ba tshwaraganela tiro le batsadi. Modulasetilo wa komiti ya batsadi le barutabana, Rre Disang Kehupetse, ene a re batsadi ba bangwe ga ba na kgatlhego ya go ya diphuthegong tsa batsadi le barutabana. A re motsadi yo a senang kgatlhego mo dithutong tsa ngwana go dira gore a seka a dira sentle e bile le tiro e ba e fiwang go ya go e direla kwa lwapeng ba sa e dire ka ba sena thotloetso. “Batsadi ba bangwe le fa ba kopiwa go tla sekoleng mabapi le dithuto tsa ngwana ga ba iponatse mme se, se felele se dira gore ngwana le ene a seka a tlhwaafalela tiro ya gagwe”, a tlhalosa. O supile fa komiti e tshwaragane le barutabana ba dira ka thata go rotloetsa batsadi go tsaya karolo mo dithutong tsa bana mme ba bangwe ba kgona go felela ba tla, fa bangwe bone ba sa iponatse gotlhelele. O ne a tswelela a re batsadi ba ba senang seabe mo thutong ya bana ba rata go itlhaganelela go ngongorega fa bana ba bone ba sa dire sentle mo dithutong e bile ba supa barutabana ka menwana ba re ga ba dire tiro. Rre Kehupetse a re batsadi bangwe ga ba na sepe gore a ngwana o ya sekoleng kana jang e bile a ka se mmotse gore ke eng a sa ye sekoleng, a re batsadi ba go tshwana le ba ba tshwanetse go tseelwa dikgato. E rile a ntsha la gagwe mongwe wa barutabana Mme Lesego Monnaokatswa o ne a bolelela batsadi fa sekole sa bone se na le letlhoko la dibuka tse di dirisiwang ke bana go kwala le tse di balwang. O ne a supa fa dikgwetlho tse ba kopanang le tsone gompieno di ne di seyo gotlhelele mo dingwageng tse di fetileng ka jalo batsadi ba ba tswe thuso fa ba na le seemo. O tlhalositse fa ba ne ba leka go kopa mo dikoleng tse dingwe mme ba ne ba kgona go bona dibuka, ka maswabi palo ya tsone e ne e sa lekana. Ka jalo, o ne a kopa batsadi gore ba rekele bana dibuka tse di kwalelang gore ba tle ba kgone go tswelela le dithuto tsa bone. Mo go tse dingwe, Mma Monnaokatswa o ne a gwetlha batsadi go fa bana tlhokomelo, ba nne ba le phepa malatsi otlhe, a re bophepa bo botlhokwa mo thutong ya ngwana ka gore o simolola letsatsi a sa tshwenngwe ke sepe e bile a phuthologile. A re se, se ka dira gore ngwana a itlame go dira ka natla gape le dibuka tsa gagwe di nne di lebega ka dinako tsotlhe e bile go ka tokafatsa le dithuto tsa gagwe. E re le fa go ntse jalo o ne a tlhalosetsa batsadi ka maduo a bana ba ba neng ba dira lokwalo lwa bosupa ngogola. Le ntswa maduo a bana a wetse tlase ka dintlha tse thataro ko tlase ga lefela (0.6%) a re ba itumelela gore bana ka bontsi ba dirile sentle. O ne a kopa batsadi gore ba eme ka dinao ba tshwaraganele tiro le barutabana gore mono ngwaga ba dirile go feta fa. “Fa sekole se sa dire sentle go lebelelwa motsadi, morutabana le ngwana ke ka seo batsadi ba tshwanelwang ke go emela thuto ya bana ba bone ka dinao”, a tlhalosa. O ne a tlhalosa gore bana ka bontsi ba ba sa direng sentle ke ka ntlha ya gore batsadi ba bone ba goga dinao fa ba kopiwa go tla sekoleng kana mo gongwe ba sa tle fa go tla go itsisiwa ka dithuto tsa ngwana. Mma Monnaokatswa o ne a gakolola batsadi gore ba duelele bana madi a ditlhabololo ba seka ba salela kwa morago. BOPA
30.01.17
The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs will no longer receive new applications for the women economic empowerment programme effective February 1. A press release from the ministry states that the ministry has experienced high intake of the programme which resulted in a backlog of applications following revision of the women’s economic empowerment programme in November 2015 and June 2016. The release says applications for funding through women economic empowerment programme have therefore been temporarily suspended to address the current backlog as well as enable timely processing of existing backlog of applications. Nonetheless, the release states that the ministry continues to monitor the situation of women in Botswana particularly their socio-economic status. BOPA
27.01.17
Later today I will lead a Botswana Delegation to the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28th to 31st January 2017. During the Summit, Honourable Venson-Moitoi will compete for the position of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, as the candidate of the Southern African region. Other candidates include Honourable Moussa Faki Mahamat (Chad), Honourable Agapito Mba Mokuy (Equatorial Guinea), Honourable Dr. Amina C. Mohammed (Kenya), and Dr. Abdoulaye Bathily (Senegal). The election is expected to take place on 30th January 2017.
27.01.17
FYI - full article @ http://naija247news.com/…/africas-new-strategies-to-defeat…/ Prevention, treatment and care cut new infections by 14% After more than three decades of wrestling the menacing monster, Africa is finally slowing the rate of HIV/AIDS infections to a crawl. Over the last decade, progress in tackling the pandemic on the continent has been particularly notable, thanks to heightened emphasis on prevention, treatment and care. According to the latest report by UNAIDS, Global AIDS Update 2016, new HIV infections declined by 14% between 2010 and 2015 in Eastern and Southern Africa, the world’s most affected region, and by 8% in West and Central Africa. Despite economic constraints, during this period, sub-Saharan Africa developed the world’s biggest HIV treatment programmes, providing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more than 12 million people, compared with 11,000 in the year 2000. By 2015, for instance, about 10 million people living with HIV in East and Southern Africa and 1.8 million in West and Central Africa were on ARVs, according to the report. To achieve these results, the countries used several health approaches: affordable prices were negotiated for ARV medicines, service delivery systems were simplified and decentralized, and strong supply chains for ARV medicines and other HIV-related commodities were established. More and more countries are integrating prevention and treatment at the community level, meaning home-based caregivers are now becoming responsible for delivering treatments and managing patients. In September 2016, South Africa announced it would provide free treatment to all people living with HIV, regardless of the condition of their immune system. Before, only those with a low level of CD4 cells in their blood—indicating an advanced state of infection—were put on free treatment. Prevention African countries have also expanded prevention methods, such as voluntary medical male circumcision. Since 2007 more than 10 million men have been circumcised in 14 WHO-designated priority countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Antenatal care services have helped reduce mother-to-child transmission. More pregnant women are now being tested and those found HIV positive receive medicine to prevent transmission to their unborn babies. This has resulted in a decrease in infections throughout the region. A growing percentage of the programmes in Africa are now funded domestically rather than by external funds. Some countries, such as Zimbabwe, have created an HIV/AIDS tax, while Rwanda has integrated HIV services into its national social insurance scheme, providing free treatment services for those living with HIV. However, despite Africa’s success in combating HIV/AIDS, challenges remain. Sub-Saharan Africa still accounts for two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections. In July 2016, UNICEF announced that AIDS is still the number one cause of death for those aged 10–19 in Africa. Despite progress in prevention, the number of young people—especially girls who are more vulnerable to exploitation by older men—contracting HIV needs to be reduced, says UNICEF. Adolescent girls and young women represent 25% of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa. Women account for 56% of infections among adults due to gender inequalities, insufficient access to education and health services and poverty, among other reasons. Reducing new infections, according to WHO, will require increased use of condoms, sustainable programmes to encourage changes in sexual behaviour, affordable methods for preventing infection in high-risk populations and expanded treatments for preventing mother-to-child transmissions. All in all, targeted policies, strong leadership by governments and civil society and engaging people living with HIV will be crucial in sustaining the progress Africa has achieved so far and in meeting global development goals.
27.01.17
Ntlo Ya Dikgosi chairperson, Kgosi Puso received his name written in Chinese characters from Chinese Ambassador, Dr Zhao Yanbo at the Chinese Spring Festival reception in Gaborone on Wednesday. Kgosi Puso said the tenets of the festival had a lot of similarities with those of Batswana hence strengthening the bond between the two countries. (BOPA)
Copyright © 2011 Government of Botswana. All rights reserved.