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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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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021
Bokamoso

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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