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LEADERS HONOUR MANDELA President Mokgweetsi Masisi on September 24 joined leaders from across the globe to pay tribute to South Africa’s first black President Nelson Mandela during an event dubbed Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the United Nations General Assembly. President Masisi said the late Mandela’s lifelong mission in pursuit of unity, human dignity, peace and stability for the betterment of humankind remained an inspiration and clarion call for all as the world is grappling with challenges that confront humanity today.
PULA CARD TO IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY The use of the pula card will improve service delivery and give citizens access to payments anytime, anywhere without having to travel long distances or waiting in long queues. This was said by Permanent Secretary to the President Mr Carter Morupisi when officially launching the pula card in Gaborone on September 24. “This government pula card is a visa card that will enable one to cash or transact across all visa automated teller machines and point of sale machines worldwide,” said Mr Morupisi.
PRIVATE SECTOR NOT BUYING LOCALLY - MOLEFHI It is the private sector and not government that is not buying locally produced goods, Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Nonofo Molefhi has said. Speaking at the Poverty Eradication Value Chain breakfast meeting in Gaborone on September 24, Minister Molefhi said the private sector preferred similar products from across the borders.
GOOD GOVERNANCE PREDATES MODERN DEMOCRACY- The uninterrupted peace, democracy and good governance that Botswana is often praised for predates the modern democratic discourse, says Acting President Slumber Tsogwane. Officially opening a one-day Democratic Symposium in Gaborone on September 25, Mr Tsogwane said Botswana was fortunate to have had visionary leadership during its formative years having democracy and national interest at heart.
DISCLOSURE LAW COMING;  A Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Bill is to be tabled in Parliament soon in an effort to root out corruption, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said.  He told the 15th National Business Conference that the proposed law would target politicians and senior public officials.  The President said it was evident that some in the private sector also facilitated corruption by corrupting public officers.
Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Frans Van Der Westhuizen has commended BoFINet for providing diligent oversight and supervision in ensuring the completion of the Tsabong-Two Rivers route Optic Fibre backbone expansion project. He also commended the contractor, Cletem/Teletechnics Joint Venture for the timely execution of the project and adherence to the quality standards and specifications in delivering the project. Mr Van Der Westhuizen said this at the hand over ceremony of the Tsabong-Two Rivers route backbone expansion project in Bokspits recently. He said that ‘the National Fibre Backbone Infrastructure is not only meant to ensure increased access to broadband in the country, but will leverage the country’s global competitiveness and positioning as a prime destination for Foreign Direct Investment, while scaling up the country’s already pristine attractiveness as a tourist destination of choice both regionally and internationally.’ The assistant minister said this would in turn lead to increased economic growth and diversification as well as employment creation in the country. However, he urged BoFiNet to work relentlessly in improving and modifying the country’s ICT infrastructure. For his part, BoFiNet board member, Mr Gadzani Thangwane said it was encouraging to see projects such as these successfully executed. He said the project formed part of the National Optic Fibre Backbone Expansion Project, which aims to take more services to more people. “Projects such as these have continued to affirm our commitment to enhance and to improve the information, communications and technology sector through the provision of the state of the art infrastructure,” he said. He noted that the project was just one of the key projects that were undertaken by BoFiNet, saying that other infrastructure development included the expansion of the optic fibre cable from Gudigwa to Mohembo and also between Kachikau and Parakarungu. “We have other projects which entail the reticulation of Fibre in the local loop in Gaborone, Serowe, Mogoditshane, Palapye, Selibe Phikwe and Lobatse. These projects are all aimed at modernising our network, increasing our reach as well as improving broadband connectivity,” he added. Mr Thangwane explained that the objective of the Tsabong-Two Rivers route backbone expansion project was to, amongst others, connect all the villages between Tsabong and Two Rivers to the national telecommunications network. He said that the villages that were covered under this project included Maubelo, Kolonkwaneng, Bogogobo, Middlepits, Gakhibane, Rapplespan, Vaalhoek, Bokspits and Struizendam. He pointed out that services would be added to those villages, leaving them with the capacity and capability to host high speed access network stations such as 3G and other wireless technologies. Mr Thangwane explained that the scope of the project covered a distance of 310km. Also, he said that it entailed surveying, planning, designing, installation and commissioning of the transport network in the route in order to establish connectivity of voice and data traffic to provide services in the respective villages. He noted that several contractors were engaged to complete the project, namely Cletem/Teletechnics Joint Venture for civil and cable works, Solar West for energy systems being the batteries and rectifiers, Multicom Services for the shelters as well as Huawei for the active equipment. He said that the number of contractors that saw the project through prove its complexity and how important it was to have a solid team led by an experienced project manager. Mr Thangwane pointed out that managing and getting the best from all the stakeholders involved in the project was not an easy task. Therefore, he congratulated the BoFiNet team, which he said included project management office, finance, procurement and many others who worked on ensuring this project was managed properly. Furthermore, he applauded other stakeholders that were engaged during the project such as Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Roads and Kgalagadi Land Board for their guidance and assistance. He also acknowledged the government for its support, saying that without the financial assistance the project would not be possible. Mr Thangwane said that as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, BoFiNet has connected Middlepits Primary School, Kgolagano Secondary School, Ikaneng Primary School in Maubelo and Bokspits Primary School. He said that the schools have been given 5Mbps each for a period of one year. “Botswana Fibre Networks believes in leaving a sustainable legacy in locations where it has implemented its projects, as part of its CSR strategy. ENDS
Kgosi Makgabana Tsiane wa Takatokwane mo kgaolong potlana ya Letlhakeng o supile lesokolela ka banana ba motse wa gagwe ka a re ga ba tsenye letsogo mo mererong ya ditlhabololo tsa motse. E rile a bua mo potsolosong bosheng, Kgosi Tsiane a re gangwe le gape o leka go bua le banana gore ba inaakanye le go nna le seabe mo ditlhabololong tsa motse mme maiteko a gagwe a sa atlege. A re le fa go bidiwa diphuthego tse di itebagantseng le dikgang tse di amang bone, banana ga ba ke ba itshwenya. Kgosi Tsiane o supile fa batsadi ba dirile motlhala go isa motse kwa pele mme jaanong go le mo maruding a banana go tsweledisa fa batsadi ba emeng teng. O kaile fa seabe sa banana se tlhokega mo kgodisong ya motse ka ba ka ntsha megopolo e e botlhokwa go tlhabolola motse. O ne a supa gape fa basha ba sa iphe nako ya go dirisa mananeo a puso go itshetsa, a kaya fa bontsi jwa bone ba tlogela dikgwebo tse ba thusitsweng ka tsone go phutlhama. O gakolotse banana go tsaya mananeo a tsia ka puso e lwa ka bojotlhe go namola Batswana mo lehumeng la nta ya tlhogo le gone go lwantsha letlhoko la ditiro le le amileng banana thata. A re mananeo a, a ka thusa banana ka ba ka kgona go itirela mebereko ka one ba bo ba thapa le banana ka bone. E rile a ama tsa ditlhabololo tsa motse, Kgosi Tsiane a supa fa motse wa gagwe o gatetse pele ka e le mongwe wa e e akotseng lenaneo la go rudisa itsholelo ka ba agetswe ntlwana ya borutelo, matlwana a boroko a barutabana le matlo a supa a BHC a a sa ntseng a agwa. Mo go tse dingwe, Kgosi Tsiane o supile matshwenyego ka maduo a a a kwa tlase a dikole tsa motse oo, a supa fa ba leka bojotlhe go bontsha bana mosola wa thuto. A re o buisantse le dialogane tsa motse gore ba ne ba etela dikole go fa bomonnaabone mafoko a kgothatso le gone go amogana le bone maele gore ba kgonne jang go fenya ditlhatlhobo. A re ba dirile komiti e e bidiwang Circle of Support e e itebagantseng le go batla bana ba ba duleng mo sekoleng ba ya go nna kwa merakeng le kwa masimo mme ba ba busetse kwa sekoleng. A re maiteko a, a ka kgonega fela fa batsadi ba ka dirisana le bone, a supa gape fa tswaragano gareng ga batsadi le barutabana e ka tsisa maduo. Kgosi Tsiane o ne a kopa batsadi go godisetsa bana ba bone mo tumelong gore ba tle ba iphaphe mo go inaakanyeng le ditiro tse di duleng mo tseleng jaaka nnotagi le tiriso diritibatsi. BOKHUTLO
FYI from Canadian Mining Journal @ http://www.canadianminingjournal.com/…/sustainability-bots…/ The Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) announced on Feb. 14 that it will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility program developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry. This is first time that TSM has been adopted by a mining association in Africa, and the third to do so outside of Canada. FinnMin, the Finnish Mining Association, adopted TSM in November 2015 and the Cámara Argentina de Empresarios Mineros (CAEM), the Argentinean Chamber of Mining Entrepreneurs, adopted the initiative in October 2016. MAC and its members launched TSM in 2004. Implementation of the program is mandatory for all MAC members’ Canadian operations, but many voluntarily apply it to their international sites. MAC freely shares TSM with other countries seeking tools to improve the environmental and social performance of their mining industries, including engagement with civil society and enhanced transparency and accountability. TSM requires mining companies to annually assess their facilities’ performance across six important areas, including tailings management, community outreach, safety and health, biodiversity conservation, crisis management, and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management. The results are freely available to the public and are externally-verified every three years to ensure what has been reported is accurate. While BCM will tailor its performance areas so that they reflect the unique aspects of its domestic mining sector, they will be at a similar level to those of Canada’s. To ensure TSM reflects the expectations of civil society and industry stakeholders, it was designed and continues to be shaped by an independent, multi-interest advisory panel. As part of its implementation, BCM will implement a similar advisory body to provide this valuable oversight function.
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