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Deloitte Botswana makes an impact through socio-economic development

Deloitte Botswana put their farming, painting and training skills to the test through its Impact Day. IMPACT Day is a year-round celebration of Deloitte’s commitment to local communities. Member firms around the world host IMPACT Day activities where Deloitte professionals spend the day volunteering.

Deloitte employees take this opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise and talents to contribute to socio-economic development. Activities include developing strategic business plans for social enterprises, delivering lessons on business ethics and values in schools, hosting skills-building workshops for not-for-profit leaders, and providing skills-development programs and mentoring to young people. This year, Deloitte selected ‘Learn to Play’ (Ithute go Tshameka) as their beneficiary. There are villages within Botswana that Ithute go Tshameka reaches where children don’t have exposure to any sort of early childhood education.

The Learn To Play curriculum enables mothers to establish Community Initiated Playgroups. These Playgroups are child-centred, age-appropriate and culturally relevant to form a bridge between children’s community life and formal education. The mothers have also been guided and trained on entrepreneurship and skills that they can use to generate revenue. The key objective is to ensure that the ‘mamapreneurs’ and children will be better equipped for the rest of their lives and in turn break the cycle of poverty. Learn to Play facilitators are 100% Batswana women experienced and qualified in Early Childhood Development (ECD) enabling the entire programme to be deliverable in both English and Setswana.

Deloitte selected ‘Learn to Play’ as sustainability is key and the organisation covers many areas of the United Nations Millennium development goals such as the eradication of poverty, women empowerment and education, to name a few. “It made perfect sense to support this organisation that is making impact across Botswana. Deloitte is inspired by what is being done for impoverished communities and impressed with the work the mamapreneurs are doing to uplift their communities.” said Evgeniya Kyuchukova-Troanska, Audit Partner, who heads Deloitte’s Social Responsibility Committee.

To equip the 15 mamapreneurs with the necessary financial skills, Deloitte employees facilitated a financial literacy training that covered revenue; sales of goods, calculating profit and loss, trading statements, pricing of products, reinvesting and budgeting. The mamapreneurs not only walked away with new skills but also with 3 sewing machines which will be used to sew various products and generate income. “I’ve learnt a lot. How to budget, you can’t use money without budgeting. When you do something like gardening or sewing, you need to know how much your seeds, threads and needles cost. Then you work your time and how much you can sell it for” said Boipelo, a delighted Mamapreneur.

Another group of employees volunteered to set up vegetable beds & plant various vegetables at the community hall in Bontleng. This will also result in future sustainability and income generation for the mamapreneurs.
Deloitte employees with artistic talents grouped to paint the play group building in Gopong, creating a colourful environment for the children. “It was refreshing to step out of the office and away from our laptops, to make a difference to the community, I also realised what a few hours of my time can do, by simply giving back,” said Deloitte employee Ratie Gabaresepe.

P75 000-00 worth of materials and contributions was spent by Deloitte & Touch on the 2019 Impact Day activities. Country Managing Partner, Max Marinelli emphasised that Impact Day is not a once off project. He highlighted that it is a continuous commitment and encourages the spirit of sustained volunteering. Marinelli further added, that a large portion of Deloitte employees are millennials, and Deloitte’s 2018 Millennial survey revealed that a key driver when choosing an employer is whether the business is focused on society wellbeing.

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Over 2 000 civil servants interdicted

6th December 2022

Over 2,000 civil servants in the public sector have been interdicted for a variety of reasons, the majority of which are criminal in nature.

According to reports, some officers have been under interdiction for more than two years because such matters are still being investigated. Information reaching WeekendPost shows that local government, particularly councils, has the highest number of suspended officers.

In its annual report, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) revealed that councils lead in corrupt activities throughout the country, and dozens of council employees are being investigated for alleged corrupt activities. It is also reported that disciplined forces, including the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), police, and prisons, and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) have suspended a significant number of officers.

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development has also recorded a good number of teachers who have implicated in love relationships with students, while some are accused of impregnating students both in primary and secondary school. Regional education officers have been tasked to investigate such matters and are believed to be far from completion as some students are dragging their feet in assisting the investigations to be completed.

This year, Mmadinare Senior Secondary reportedly had the highest number of pregnancies, especially among form five students who were later forcibly expelled from school. Responding to this publication’s queries, Permanent Secretary to the Office of the President Emma Peloetletse said, “as you might be aware, I am currently addressing public servants across the length and breadth of our beautiful republic. Due to your detailed enquiry, I am not able to respond within your schedule,” she said.

She said some of the issues raised need verification of facts, some are still under investigation while some are still before the courts of law.

Meanwhile, it is close to six months since the Police Commissioner Keabetwe Makgophe, Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katlholo and the Deputy Director of the DIS Tefo Kgothane were suspended from their official duties on various charges.

Efforts to solicit comment from trade unions were futile at the time of going to press.

Some suspended officers who opted for anonymity claimed that they have close to two years while on suspension. One stated that the investigations that led him to be suspended have not been completed.

“It is heartbreaking that at this time the investigations have not been completed,” he told WeekendPost, adding that “when a person is suspended, they get their salary fully without fail until the matter is resolved”.

Makgophe, Katlholo and Kgothane are the three most high-ranking government officials that are under interdiction.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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