The Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo has lauded the efforts of Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) technical committees for working tirelessly to contribute towards the development of standards in Botswana.
“Today is a special day where we pause and take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to you for the work you do in the development of Botswana Standards,” said Kenewendo at a gala ceremony Thursday. She said, “We know that achievements and successes do not happen by accident. Breakthroughs come after many hours of hard work, putting together new ideas and applying new technologies. Today we applaud your contributions, technical expertise and professionalism, commitment as well as the time you voluntarily dedicate from your tight schedules to develop national standards for the socio-economic development of the country.”
Officials revealed that since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 Botswana standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy. Additionally 46 Botswana standards are being implemented through the standards (import inspection) regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.
Minister Kenewendo said in recognition of the quest to enhance service delivery to citizens, her ministry had identified three apexes. She said one of them was SMME development after recognising the ripple effects of SMMEs in the life of ordinary citizens and its multiplier effect to the rest of the economy. “The work of BOBS is relevant and will contribute a lot to the success of this apex as it is one of the main focus areas,” she said.
She emphasised that an effective national quality infrastructure and technical regulatory frameworks were essential as they provided crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness. “This is made possible through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality, health and environment, hence a credible quality infrastructure and regulatory environment of which standards are an integral part are important pillars for industrial development,” she said.
The minister applauded the management of BOBS to have found it fit to celebrate the work of the standards development technical committees who had worked Kenewendo said 12 677 people have been trained on quality, environmental, laboratory and occupational health and safety management systems standards from industry, central and local government, parastatals and the public. She added that 46 Botswana Standards were being implemented through the import inspection regulations with a view to protect the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.
Kenewendo said for BOBS to remain relevant they needed to continuously undertake research to develop new ideas and technologies, adding that she was aware that they contributed to regional and international standards as they were instrumental in the work of organisations such as the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) and the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) as well as Southern African Development Cooperation in Standardisation (SADCSTAN).
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.