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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)
25.10.18
PRESIDENT MASISI SELLS BOTSWANA TO SWISS INVESTORS-The Swiss business community has been encouraged to view Botswana as an attractive investment destination and a base to do business and expand into southern Africa. The call was made by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in a meeting with select Swiss business leaders in Geneva on Tuesday. Discussions during the meeting were around luxury goods, precious stones, high end tourism and economic diversification amongst others. “When we go after our investors we focus sharply. Though we have a small population we have a number of comparative advantages. We would like you to look at Botswana as a base to do business and a base to expand your business in the region,” he said. President Masisi described Botswana as a place of refuge and operation with a government prepared to facilitate that. “In our long term vision, our economic outlook into the future, we would like to transform to a knowledge based economy premised on a determination to export our knowledge, our skill, our goods and products. I don’t see why you wouldn’t want that? We have what it takes, trust us we would trust you,” he said. President Masisi shared Botswana’s historical journey, political progress and good governance since the attainment of independence. He said the country was lucky to have brought in development partners who helped to deal with some most intractable challenges adding that “we are agile, structured and postured and we stand ready to welcome you. In this new dispensation we are committed to doing what it takes to not only roll out the red carpet but to facilitate you whenever you meet a hurdle, it is our primary responsibility to sort it out”. He said the fortitude and resolve of the country’s predecessors galvanised its people with strong commitment to nationalistic creed and patriotic disposition as well as addiction to the rule of law. “We borrowed from the Brits, the British Westminster parliamentary system, constituency based and multiparty democratic dispensation. It was so strongly felt in the early 60s and late 70s when it was very fashionable and associated with Africanism to be one party state, we rejected that. We remain addicted to the rule of law,” he said. Dr Masisi said Botswana hatched out the longest and oldest private public partnership when it collaborated with DeBeers soon after independence. “We came from a very frail position in terms of capacity to negotiate or even bear technological competence to deal with mining. We were able to sit around a table and hatch out a deal like no other in the world,” he said of the partnership. In an interview, Mr Hugues Jucker of Graff Diamonds International noted that Botswana had a perfect reputation globally. The company’s association with Botswana is through its acquisition of the country’s historic gemstone Lesedi La Rona unearthed at the Lucara Karowe Mine. English jeweler Laurence Graff, chairman of the company, purchased the world’s most valuable rough diamond weighing 1109 carats. (BOPA)
25.10.18
DOING BUSINESS MADE EASY-Government is undertaking necessary reforms to provide a conducive environment for doing business in Botswana. This was said by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi during the tourism, investment and cultural night hosted by the Botswana mission in Geneva on the sidelines of the ongoing World Investment Forum (WIF). The cultural and investment extravaganza was meant to showcase Botswana as a unique nation through its cuisine, music, crafts and tourism. President Masisi said government was cognisant of its shortcomings as outlined in the global competitiveness and the doing business reports. He said his administration had embarked on a very intentional journey to ensure that it addresses areas which various reports had cited as needing attention. “Our doing business reforms include an overhaul of our immigration policy, including the visa regime to ease the processes for visitors as well as for investors wishing to set up in Botswana. The aim is to improve our agility in facilitating access to Botswana by visitors, tourists and the business community for their respective purposes,” he said. President Masisi said the visit to Switzerland was to provide the world with insights about Botswana beyond investment opportunities. “We are aware that as a relatively small economy, we may not be known to some of you. But we can pronounce Botswana as a true destination of choice for investment, leisure, and work. Our central geographical positioning within Southern Africa presents opportunities of a base for expansion and exporting to the Southern African market, and the wider African continent, through existing trade agreements,” he said. The president said Botswana had consistently ranked highly and positively as one of the best governed, most transparent, most peaceful, and least corrupt countries in Africa, adding that “we also offer a unique tourism experience, which has a warm welcoming environment; a pristine tourism offering safaris events and adventure tourism opportunities”. He said Botswana is host to unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Tsodilo Hills, and the world-famous Okavango Delta, which is the 1000th listed heritage site. DeBeers Group chief executive officer Mr Bruce Cleaver said in the midst of the world challenges, innovative partnerships were vital. He said Botswana, through its prudent leadership, had managed to transform into a fast growing economy adding that they were proud to be associated with the success story. Mr Cleaver noted that partnerships were not easy to manage as they required transparency and goodwill amongst others, stressing that at the heart of the DeBeers and Botswana partnership was commitment. Entertainment for the cultural night was provided by renowned saxophonist Lister Boleseng as well as a traditional dance ensemble. (BOPA)
25.10.18


President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi on October 23 witnessed an historic occasion when Botswana and the International Trade Centre (ITC) put pen to paper on a declaration promoting the economic empowerment of women in Botswana. Speaking briefly after the signing ceremony at the Botswana mission in Geneva, President Masisi said Botswana had a burgeoning number of young people who were aspirational and motivated but faced with a challenge of limited jobs.
“If you empower the girl child, adolescent girl, young woman the better. If you look the other side it is the young women who bear the brunt of many challenges in development.
15.10.18
PRESIDENT DISMISSES MEDIA REPORTS- President Mokgweetsi Masisi has dismissed as untrue media reports that link poaching and government decision to withdraw certain types of weapons from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks and Anti-Poaching Unit. In a key note speech during the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) conference at Battersea Evolution in London on October 12, President Masisi said the decision to withdraw the arms was to rectify an administrative oversight and re-assert the country’s commitment to the rule of law.
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