For a small business that took off in 1992 the idea of a cross border trade was only a dream. Today Dynamic Road Services employs over fifty young Batswana and has since undergone a rigorous transformation exercise having benefited from the De Beers Seed Transformation Program.
The lady at the helm of the company, Shingi Chaza has been equipped with enough ammunition and mindset to transform their business and the community. As one of the prerequisites for applying a company needs to have annual revenue of between US $150,000 and US $15 million. Being from second generation, Shingi Chaza has an ambition of being an established business leader and advance away from the early- stage entrepreneurs.
She now attends the global program offerings from the high calibre professors of the Stanford Business School. Together with other 10 Batswana Business leaders who won were selected to enter the program, she goes to West Africa every 2 months to gain management training and networking support. The whole idea is to develop the skills, tools, and mindset to grow and scale their business, create jobs, and lead the region to greater prosperity.
Chaza a General Manager of an End to End business model with seven people in the managerial roles said her dream is to create more jobs for Batswana. She was flying in from Ghana last week and says ever since she started the program the business has experienced a lot of changes at the workplace and their customers are appreciating the transformation. “Employees are coming up with fresh ideas and they have also instilled in themselves a sense of ownership towards the business,” she said.
The program also helps leaders to come up with innovative thinking that has shaped most of the successful companies. “As small entrepreneurs we have learnt that this is not about big conglomerates that can do it, we do and refine it. It takes one’s focused efforts,” she shared.
Chaza also said sometimes as small business sometimes they fail because they don’t have the right support. She explains the program as highly interactive. Unlike a traditional classroom, this year-long program will have you out of your seat, collaborating with peers, brainstorming ideas, and learning by doing (practical).
The program is a four one- week sessions that take place over the course of the first eight months, you will work with Stanford faculty to explore topics ranging from leadership, strategy, and business ethics to accounting, marketing, and value chain innovations. ‘The ultimate goal is to create your company’s transformation plan, a detailed action plan for your business with concrete steps to help you grow and scale over the next three to five years.’
According to their website in between sessions, a Seed- trained facilitator will lead in- company workshops to help them gain buy- in with their team; the facilitator will also provide ongoing support for small peer groups, called Leadership Labs. At the end of the eight months, they will present their transformation plan to Seed- trained staff and their peers. “This is a five year plan strategy,” said Chaza.
During the final four months they will work on implementing their transformation plan and attend Leadership Labs to share challenges and successes with peers. And, after the program is officially over, the networking and support continues, not just in their region, but across the entire STP community of current and former participants. Chaza says they all have a shared vision of uplifting Africa from poverty.
She is however very sceptical about the proportion of women leaders taking part in the program.She says amongst a team of 10 leaders from Botswana they are only two ladies something which is worries her. She called on other women to come on board and apply for the program next year.
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.
The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.
He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison. In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned. Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.
Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated
He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated
He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted
Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.
‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it. ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated
He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added
He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.
Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’
The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.
In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.
Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.
It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.
Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.
Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.
“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”
The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.
“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”
According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”