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An official from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has called for inclusive participation in growing the country’s economy. Officiating during the Public Private Partnership (PPP) capacity building workshop in Gaborone on Wednesday, the deputy secretary development programmer Mr Boniface Mphetlhe said in 2000 government took a deliberate decision through the privatisation policy to facilitate sector participation in the economy. Mr Mphetlhe mentioned that the idea of PPP was borne out of the desire to raise funding as well as to improve efficiency in the delivery of projects. This he said also included provision of a clear guidance to procuring public infrastructure and services. He said implementation of projects through traditional or conventional approach had not led to desired outputs in all cases. He stated that as Botswana’s economy developed over the years, projects became bigger and more complex, citing power and roads projects in response to the need to increase the power generating capacity and the increasing traffic volumes on the roads respectively. “Other than complexity, such projects require alternative funding in the face of competing demands on the budget,” he said. Mr Mphetlhe however stated that Botswana’s journey to implement more projects and build capacity had not been a smooth one mainly due to the resource constraints that were experienced at the time of the financial crisis of 2008. ENDS
Executive chairperson of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) Ms Bridget John says implementation of the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) is generally progressing well across ministries. Speaking during a media briefing recently, Ms John said some projects in various ministries under the programme had been completed and were being utilised by the general public. “ESP projects that were awarded are either on-going or completed and include among others customary court offices, classrooms, teacher accommodation, land servicing, expansion of educational facilities, village electrification and Internet connectivity,” she said, and that most road projects were at design stage. She noted that most of the ESP tenders were being progressed at Ministerial Tender Committee level. Ms John informed the media that the Board would be calling for a re-registration of contractors this year and people should look out for notices in the media. Ms John indicated that the briefing was intended to update the media on operations of the board, challenges and what was being done to address those. “The briefing also intended to avail a platform to interact with the media and appreciate any public concerns in relation to public procurement and find ways of improving public confidence in the procurement system,” she said. Speaking on efficiency and transparency of annual procurement plans for all ministries, she said for the 2015/2016 financial year, the average adherence to procurement plans stood at 73.8 per cent. She said procurement by its nature created winners and losers and there would always be aggrieved bidders who sought to challenge award decisions hence the PPADB Act provided for a complaints review mechanism. Ms John indicated that complaints should be in writing with supporting evidence. “Complaints must be submitted to the secretary of the board and must be submitted within 14 days of when the bidder comes to knowledge of the grounds for the complaint, otherwise the complaint shall not be considered,” said Ms John. She said the Board was in the process of commissioning a consultancy to evaluate the effectiveness of the Citizen Economic Empowerment (CEE) Policy, particularly as it related to the procurement aspect. “PPADB wishes to establish whether the implementation of the policy as it relates to its mandate is achieving desired results,” she continued. On the of PPADB’s 2015/16 annual report, Ms John said the revenue generated by the Board increased from P12.9million to P19million. “The total value of tenders awarded by the Board amounted to P3.9billion which was lower than the previous year’s value of P5.04billion,” she said. On challenges of the board, she said poor scooping and conceptualisation of projects resulted in variations at project implementation. “Litigation by some contractors delaying commencement of projects and there are currently three cases before court where contractors claim they should have been awarded tenders, ” she said. She said some of the interventions PPADB had adopted in countering some of its challenges were to encourage bidders to first exhaust the administrative review process through ICRC which was faster than the court route. On her part, Ms Joyce Mokobi, Executive Director-Services, said PPADB collates and analyses media reports with a view to assessing the level of media understanding of issues, public perceptions as well as to track any issues of concern that may require the board’s intervention particularly where such reporting is negative.
Baithuti ba mmadikole wa boranyane le dipatlisiso (BIUST) ba abetse banni ba Dikabea matlwana a boitiketso a le mabedi, morago ga gore ba itlame go tlhabolola ntlo ya bookelo le go gokela metsi. Se se tla jaana e le tshimologo ya maitlamo a baithuti ba mokgatlho wa Scientists and Engineers Without Boards BIUST (SEWBB) ba sena go ikgobokanya go bona se ba ka se direlang morafe wa Palapye le tikologo. E rile a rola matlwana ao, mopalamente wa kgaolo, mothusa tona wa thuto ya motheo, Rre Moiseraela Goya a supa fa go le botlhokwa gore motho a itirele leina a bo a supe serodumo sa gagwe a sale mo botshelong fela jaaka mosimolodisi wa mokgatlho oo a dirile. Mopalamente a re e re ntswa Palapye a lebega a gola ka bofefo mo ditlhabololong, mathata a sa ntse a le teng mo morafeng ka gore o tlhabologa ka bonya e bile o sa ntse o na le letlhoko le lentsi go lepalepana le seemo sa ditlhabololo le go gola ga motse. A re go gontsi mo banni ba go tlhokang jaaka metsi. O ne a supa fa bontsi bo latlhegetswe ke matshelo morago ga gore go agwe tsela ya A1 e e neng ya kgaoganya masimo a Dikabea ka bogare mme ya iteela sediba se se neng se ba nosa ntlheng e nngwe ya tsela. Rre Goya o ne gape a re go tlhokana le gore e re fa go gokelwa metsi ka fa masimo a leng teng go baakanngwe le raseboa gore a tle a kgone go tshwara metsi. O ne gape a lebogela gore baithuti ba mmadikole ga ba a itebaganya le Dikabea fela, ba itebagantse gape le Palapye ka go direla banni makgabaganyo a dinao mo nokeng ya Lotsane a ka nna mararo. Rre Goya o ne a gwetlha banni ba Dikabea go tshwaraganela tiro le ba mmadikole gore ba kgone se ba eletsang go se dira, a supa fa ba le lesego go bo ba bone ba ba nang le keletso ya go tsenya letsogo mo go tlhabololeng motho. A re go le gantsi bagaka ba lemogwa ka ditiro le go tlogela motlhala o ba ka gakologelwang ka one. O ne a supa fa baithuti ba mmadikole ba tshwaraganetse ditiro le bo mmadikole ba mafatshe a mangwe jaaka kwa Amerika mo go tlhabololeng Batswana. Mothusa mookamedi wa BIUST, Professor David Norris le ene o ne a re ga se gantsi banana ba bonala mo go tsenyeng letsogo mo ditirong tsa ditlhabololo, mme a akgola ba ba boneng go tshwanela go dira jalo. A re e le ba sekole sa boranyane le dipatlisiso, ba ikaelela go simolodisa komiti e e tlaa akaretsang botlhe ba ba amegang e itebagantse le go gokaganya morafe le sekole, jaaka e le maikaelelo a bone go nna mmadikole yo o itebagantseng thata le dithuto tsa ka fa go ka itebaganngwang le mathata ka teng, maikaelelo magolo e le go tlhaloganya matshelo a batho ka botlalo. A re ba mo nakong ya go itebaganya gape le tiriso ya matlakala gore a nne le boleng mme a boe a dirisiwe gape go solegela lefatshe leno le tshaba ya lone molemo. A re go dira jalo go ya go tlhamela batho ditiro. E ne e rile go le pele modulasetilo wa mokgatlho, Rre Dennis Maina le mosimolodisi wa one Rre Enock Government ba supa fa ba ikaelela go wetsa se ba se simolotseng ka go gokela metsi le go tlhabolola matlo a bookelo. Ba re ke tshwanelo gore ba tsenye letsogo mo ditlhabololong ka gore fa dikago tse ditona jaaka mmadikole di le mo motsing banni ba solofela go le gontsi mo bodireding le mo go bone baithuti tota. Moeteledipele wa khansele ya baithuti (SRC) Rre Ntesang Seberekinyana o ne a lebogela kemo nokeng ya borara, bookamedi jwa sekole le mopalamente, a re fa e ne e se ka bone ba ka bo ba sa kgona le gone go simolola tota. O ne a gatelela botlhokwa jwa go dira batho ba le seopo sengwe, a re seo se ka ntsha maduo, mme a kgothatsa banni ba Dikabeya go ipopa ditlhopha ka go kopanya masimo a bone go ntsha dijo. O ne a re a nne a ba kopele mo dikomponeng tsa Palapye go ba thusa go dira go utlwala mo ditlhabololong tsa motse.
It is important for businesses to support one another by using each other’s services and products. Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) chief executive officer, Mr Thabo Thamane, said this at a client appreciation forum hosted by CEDA for their Gaborone clientele. He said the forum presented an opportunity for the agency to engage with businesses on their challenges and successes. In the past, Mr Thamane said businesses accused government of not doing more to support citizens in business. “But what you need to ask yourselves as local businesses is, are you supporting each other,” he quizzed. Mr Thamane said CEDA was looking at making a business directory for easy identification and for purposes of knowing each other and working together in business. “Currently, we have 12 branches countrywide and two mobile units to service our clientele,” he said. He noted that on an annual basis, CEDA spent approximately P6.5 million on business advisory services. “This money we spend outside of the funding we give to businesses,” said Mr Thamane, further adding that CEDA failed dismally with regards to some projects that needed mentors. He informed participants that CEDA introduced an electronic feedback machine in 2015 to help the agency with advice on their services and suggestions. Mr Thamane further spoke on a customer survey done for the year 2015/2016 in which the agency scored 66 against a target of 67 per cent. “We failed and what you are saying to us is that we are not servicing you well in other aspects such as turnaround time and us being rigid in forms of payment,” he said. The customer survey he said prompted them to draw up a customer service culture plan. “We want employee behaviour to be consistent all around our branches,” he said. He indicated that part of the survey also spoke on customer segmentation. “Clients that have been in good standing with CEDA and have a proven track record should be segmented instead of just treating everyone the same way,” he said. “We also did a business model review which showed us that we are still relevant in the current business environment, but we have a risk of unsustainability,” he said. Mr Thamane advised customers on what they needed to do, to have a fruitful relationship with CEDA. He said viability of a project depended not on who one knew at the agency adding that political interference was not something he took lightly. “My contract ends in 2020 and I want to assure you that I am not going anywhere. People sometimes try to influence you by using political connections but that is not how we do business. Everything we do is above board and we try and help everyone accordingly without any favours,” he said. One of the most important things one can do for their business is to keep a record of everything. Records are everything, whether it is a big or small business, he said.
Madam Speaker,Honourable Members may recall that the eleventh National Development Plan (NDP 11) was approved by this House in December 2016. Hence, these 2017/2018 budget proposals are the first instalment out of six budgetary outlays for implementing NDP 11, whose theme is “Inclusive Growth for Realisation of Employment Creation and Poverty Eradication”. I wish at this point, Madam Speaker, to reaffirm the Government’s commitment to the principle of national development planning, and to state that this principle has never been violated, contrary to the perception from certain quarters that NDP 10 was at one point suspended. NDP 10 was instead extended by one year to 31 st March 2017, with the approval of this House. To get the full copy click here .
Central District veterinary officer, Dr Jaone Sebina, has assured Zone 7 farmers of the possibility of selling their cattle in the European Union (EU) market. Dr Sebina told farmers in Bobonong that there was still hope only if they could satisfy the International Animal Health Organisation (OIE) affirming that Zone 7 was free from Food and Month Disease. In a recent meeting with farmers, he said government had satisfied all procedures requested by OIE so that the Zone 7 could be declared a green zone. Dr Sebina said all these routines included individual identification cattle in Zone 7 through ear tagging and data basing, routine cattle vaccinations and control of cattle movement. He said after all these routines had been done, OIE will inspect the standards implemented by Botswana that were needed by OIE to satisfy itself eventually declaring Zone 7 a Green zone. Dr Sebina said cattle identification through ear tagging was the only stage that Zone 7 was left with while only 22 per cent of ear tags had been issued, inserted and registered on the cattle database. He said farmers were still in possession of the 78 per cent of the ear tags issued to them urging them to tag their cattle. He emphasised the importance of ear tagging each cattle for easy identification in regard to particulars such as colour, age, gender, ownership, place of originality and many more. “I urge all farmers who have not yet ear tagged their cattle to do so, so that Zone 7 can be declared a Green Zone and start selling meat to EU market,” he said. He encouraged farmers to take advantage of the extension period of February 15 to ear tag their cattle saying they should have done the ear tagging by February 1. Dr Sebina said EU market was buying beef at high prices than all markets where Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) sold its beef. He said Zone 7 used to be very important to Botswana Meat Commission as it was one of the zones which had a better supply of cattle. He said should the Zone 7 be declared free from Foot and Mouth disease, it will help to recuperate the BMC which is currently experiencing shortage of cattle supply. One farmer Mr Rapelang Nkgowe encouraged farmers to meet all the requests that will help Zone 7 be declared free from Foot and Mouth disease. BOPA
With the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Kenneth Matambo, set to deliver the 2017/18 budget speech this afternoon, different constituents of society are expected to listen attentively to find out what the budget has in store for them. The annual speech outlines how funds from the treasury are allocated according to different sectors. Some organisations have explained what they want the minister to focus on in his speech concerning issues related to their areas of operation. One such organisation, Gender Links Botswana, expects the minister to make pronouncements on funding for training of beneficiaries of the women empowerment programmes. Gender Links Botswana country manager, Ms Gomolemo Rasesigo, said in an interview that government needs to increase funds for training of beneficiaries in order to equip them with skills that would help them to operate sustainable businesses. She said while government has spent a lot of money on economic empowerment programmes for women over the years, many beneficiaries still lack requisite skills to efficiently run their projects. Ms Rasesigo said due to lack of skills many of the projects that were funded ended up failing to operate sustainably. “Our primary expectation is to find out how much the newly formed Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs would get from the budget, and how the money would be spent. But, I am interested in seeing more provision for capacitating women and empowering them to run sustainable projects,” Ms Rasesigo said last week. Ms Rasesigo further said she wanted the minister to highlight how much money has been budgeted for implementation of the National Gender Policy. Botswana Network on Law and Ethics (BONELA) executive director, Ms Cindy Kelemi said her organisation’s interest in the budget speech is very much linked to their mandate which is to work to ensure protection, promotion and fulfillment of the right to health in Botswana. “BONELA therefore has a vested interest in resource allocation, particularly for the health sector. It is well documented that health is a cross cutting issue which affects not just the individuals wellbeing, but the county’s economic and social development. Diseases have no regard for boundaries. They affect the poor as well as the rich, working class and the unemployed, leaders and those being led, educated and uneducated alike, therefore our approach to health should be considerate of the fact that it’s firstly, a human rights issue which affects socio, economic, cultural and religious wellbeing,” she explained. She said her organisation believes that health should be allocated a larger share of the national budget. Ms Kelemi complained that while Botswana is one of the few countries in Africa that have attained the Abuja Declaration commitment of ensuring that at least 15 per cent of the allocation of the national budget goes to health, the amount of money allocated has not yet translated to equitable access to health. BOPA
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