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IDM sponsors BNSC awards

Institute of Development Management (IDM) has announced sponsorship partnership with Botswana National Sports Commission (BSNC) for this year’s Awards to held today (Saturday) at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

IDM, which prides itself as dedicated to growing great minds and building a generation of leaders for the future, announced different sponsorship packages to those who will be winners on the night. “This sponsorship equally presents an opportunity for us to impact relevant skills for the future in the sports arena. We believe that the BNSC has what it takes to make a huge impact towards achieving our mandate as an institute,” said IDM Reginald Director, Richard Malikongwa when presenting the sponsorship offer to BNSC.

Malikongwa said it is the recognisition of BNSC’s contribution to sports development and administration in Botswana that the IDM entered into a partnership that would go in a long way as beneficiary to the winners. The sponsorship packages as as follows; Overall Sports Person of the year- Tuiton Fee Sponsorship in any of the programmes offered by IDM; Female Sports of the Year- Tuition Fee Sponsorship; Male Sports Person of the Year- Tuition Fee Sponsorship for a programme of choice subject to IDM qualification requirements, and Training in Personal and Financial Management and Public Speaking and Personal Branding for all winners.

Speaking of on behalf of Regional Director, the IDM Manager- Strategy, Projects and Communications, Thabiso Ntlole indicated that as a high knowledge impacting institution, which has been in existence for the past 44 years, they have found it necessary to broaden their scope to sports. “We have been imparting knowledge in different sectors of the economy, but we realised that we have done much on the sport sector hence the reason for sponsoring BNSC Awards,” he said.

“The main focus is not to get anything from it, but to help in building sport leaders of tomorrow by imparting certain skills that they can use even after they retire. We know athletes have short careers, but with these skills they will continue using them thereafter.” Ntlole said Botswana athletes have been doing well aboard representing Botswana and bringing the medals home.

Ntlole said the partnership is now at a piloting stage, with the possibility extending the partnership to be a long term one. He said the two entities will continue engaging each other going forward. Ntlole noted that IDM has got a good relationship with the BNSC, noting that recently, the institution was the main sponsor BNSC’s HE for SHE.

IDM was established in 1974 as a regional organisation in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (BLS) countries to help meet the management needs of the Region through management development activities including training, consultancy, research, and the establishment of a Management Resource Centre.

IDM has traditionally conducted consultancy projects in the BLS countries but, in recent years, these services have been used throughout the SADC Region. The expertise available from IDM is extensive, covering a wide range of subject areas in our five core departments

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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