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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.
Mothusa tona wa thuto ya motheo, Rre Moiseraela Goya a re fa ba-na-le seabe botlhe ba ka tsaya karolo mo thutong seemo se ka tokafala. Mothusa tona o buile jaana fa a bula semmuso motlobo wa dibuka wa sekole sa New Xanagas o o neng o ajwa ke lekalana la Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) ka Labotlhano. A re puso ka nosi e ne e se kake ya kgona mme ya kua mokgosi gore dikompone le makalana a a ikemetseng ba tsenye letsogo mo thutong ka lenaneo la Adopt-A -School. A re go supega fa jaanong makalana a a tshwanang le la MVA Fund a ititaya ka thupana ka e se la ntlha ba aba, a re o solofela fa baithuti ba tlaa dirisa motlobo go itlhokoletsa ditlhatlhobo le go ithuta ka ditso tsa lefatshe leno ka go lemotshegile fa ba sa di itse. Rre Goya a re motlobo o, o tsile go gokaganya go ruta le go ithuta ka bana ba tlaa ipalela mme se se tlaa tokafatsa maiteko a lefatshe leno a go tswa mo go ikaega ka di tswa mmung ka puso e dumela mo thutong go kabakanya itsholelo le go direla bana bokamoso jwa sennela ruri. A re gore thuto e nne le boleng, go tshwanetse ga inaakangwa thata le thuto ya motheo, ka lore lo ojwa lo sale metsi mme ke sone se puso e simolodisitseng dikole tsa bananyana. Mothusa tona a re puso e batla go ruta bana dikitso tse di tseneletseng tsa go itirela ka diatla, fela jaaka e dira ka ya go bala le go kwala. A re puso e ikemiseditse go tsaya bana ba ba feletseng ka lokwalo lwa boraro go ya go ithutela go dira ka diatla. Rre Goya a re go mo maruding a batsadi, bana le barutabana go tshwaragana go bona gore thuto e a tlhabologa, le maduo a a tokafala. A re thuto e simolola kwa lwapeng, ka jalo batsadi ba tshwanetse go rotloetsa bana go ithuta, le go ba ruta maitseo. O rotloeditse bana go tsaya thuto ka tlhoafalo, go tlotla batsadi le barutabana le go ikgapha mo go tse di maswe, ba tlhokomele dikago tsa sekole le dibuka gore ba ba tswang kwa tlase ba di fitlhele di siame. Mogolwane wa MVA Fund, Rre Michael Tlhagwane ene a re maitlamo a bone ke go fokotsa dikotsi tsa tsela le go thusa ba ba amegileng, mme ba bone go tshwanela gore e re puso e tlhaba mokgosi ba o sekegela tsebe ka le bone thuto e ba ama. A re ke sekole sa bolesome le bosupa ba se thusa ka ba thusitse tse dingwe ka dibuka fa tse dingwe ba di thusitse ka go di tsenyetsa enthanete. Rre Tlhagwane a re thuto e botlhokwa mo go tlhabololeng matshelo, ke sone se e tseelang thuto kwa godimo. O tshephisitse gore ba tlaa nna ba lekola sekole sa New Xanagase go bona gore tsotlhe di tsamaya sentle. Mogokgo Gakeolatlhele Moetsabatho ene o ne a re mpho e e tsile ka nako e e siameng ka jaana sekole se ntse se sa dire sentle mo ditlhatlhobong tsa lokwalo lwa bosupa. A re monongwaga ba beile seelo sa masome a roba bobedi le boferabongwe mme a tshepha fa ba tlaa se kgona ka thuso ya motlobo o le ntswa ba tlhaelelwa ke barutabana.
Minister of Basic Education says her ministry is aware of a form 3 pupil at Letlhabile Junior Secondary School who did not write English paper II on account of wearing trousers instead of a skirt in school. Dr Unity Dow said following proclamation of the Children’s Act and the United Nations Convention of the Right of the Child (UNCRC), decisions in her ministry are accordingly aligned. “This explains why special consideration was given for this learner in English paper II. Investigations on the case have been conducted and an appropriate disciplinary action would be taken,” she said. Member of Parliament for Selebi-Phikwe West, Mr Dithapelo Keorapetse had asked the minister if she was aware of a case in which a Form 3 pupil at Letlhabile Junior Secondary School was barred from sitting for an English paper II on account of wearing trousers instead of a skirt. MP Keorapetswe also wanted to know whether her officials acted in accordance with the law especially the Children’s Act and the UNCRC. He also wanted the minister to state what she had done about the case. (BOPA)
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.
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