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Botswana’s development depends squarely on the good worth of its public servants as the public sector is the main driver of its economic development, acting Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the honourable Shaw Kgathi has said. Officially opening the third commemoration of the United Nations Public Service day in Gaborone yesterday (June 19), Minister Kgathi said creating access to timely and quality service to majority of the citizenry was the essence of good governance.
Over 30 000 civil servants are expected to participate in this year’s public service celebrations today and tomorrow (June 19-20). The acting Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Honourable Shaw Kgathi will be the guest speaker at the main event. The director of the Directorate of Public Service Management, Mr Carter Morupisi said the celebrations had experienced trememdous growth since they were first introduced in 2012.
HIV infection is still the biggest challenge facing the country, says coordinator of the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), Ms Grace Muzila. Briefing the media yesterday, June 16, about the recent Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS) IV, she said the national HIV prevalence rate was estimated at 18.5% among people aged 18 months and above.
Botswana, being party to international refugee law, ensures that the welfare of refugees is upheld. This was said by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security, Ms Segakweng Tsiane, said when presenting at the Public Accounts Committee this week. She further observed that welfare of refugees fell within national commitment as provided for in the constitution.
The operating costs for Bank of Botswana (BoB) were lower in 2013, mostly because of reduced interest expense, BoB's monetary and financial stability director, Dr Kealeboga Masalila has said. Giving a background of the BoB’s 2013 financial results during an economic briefing that was organised by the bank for the members of the media, Dr Masalila said in the circumstances, and relating to income and appropriations, the bank generated net income of P7 billion in 2013.
Small and medium businesses in Jwaneng will profit from the annual Toyota 1000 Kalahari desert race, according to Botswana Tourism Organisation's public relations officer, Ms Keitumetse Setlang. Addressing ward development committees recently, Ms Setlang said vendors and hawkers would be given licences to sell during the three-day event. She explained that the intention was to have between 30 and 40 stalls for vendors with each stall worth P350 while hawkers would buy licences at P250 only. Ms Setlang explained that some stalls would be available to hire at the camp site but the amount and number would be determined by the company that would be responsible for the campsite. She called on the ward development committees to encourage the public to apply for the stalls. She informed the ward development committees that the intention was to out-source litter collection and security during the race. Jwaneng residents should be ready for such tasks in order to get or augment their income. One of the committee members, Mr Kabelo Gothaang, expressed delight that Jwaneng would host this year’s Toyota 1 000 Kalahari desert race, and the benefits that would accrue to residents. He pleaded with the organizers to give ward development committees stalls for free during the event as most of them did not have any income. Responding to the plea, Ms Setlang said the organizing committee would consider the request of the ward development committee. (BOPA)
Kgosi Puso has retained his position as Ntlo ya Dikgosi chairperson.
He was unopposed at the start of Ntlo ya Dikgosi meeting yesterday.
Government says research in the fight against HIV/AIDS is crucial to keep track of the disease as it evolves.
Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi said this when launching the National HIV/AIDS Research Agenda in Gaborone on Tuesday.

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