The Women In Mining International Conference, which is now a model women empowerment annual conference is upon us. The one-day conference will be held on the 14th September 2017 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre. Male Directors and Managers have been asked to release women to attend the event.
The theme of the conference is; Women In Mining Botswana: Addressing the Conceptual Challenges and Seizing Transformation Opportunities. The primary target of the conference is to inspire and promote women in the mining industry. This unique women empowerment conference furthermore invites all women looking to make their mark in any male dominated sector or business.
Women in Mining is an initiative that many countries across the world have embraced, with a view to providing females working in the mining industry with an opportunity to demonstrate their capability in this previously male dominated industry. “We found it fit to organise this platform for women in Botswana’s mining industry, in order to afford them an opportunity to showcase their contribution to the country’s mining industry, whilst also enabling them to learn from each other’s experience.” It is also expected to contribute positively to the advancement of all issues pertaining to women’s progress within the mining industry, stated a press release from the organisers.
The conference, which is targeted at women in mining, will offer participants an opportunity to discuss topics such as mentorship and coaching as essentials for success. Participants will also start dialogue on the role of women as change agents in the workplace and how to attract more women into the professional mining industry, as well as discussions on how to build a career in mining and create a work/personal life balance.
One of the highlights of the Women in Mining International Conference will be the participation of IWiM. Generally speaking, IWiM aims to implement initiatives that improve worldwide gender balance in the mining industry, and foster the professional development of women in mining and we are engaging with 45+ women in mining groups globally. (IWIM website)
IWiM is currently developing projects to: Increase the number of women serving on boards via our Women on Boards webinar programme; Increase the number of women presenting at mining conferences via IWiMSpeakUp project; and Improve the representation of women in the industry via our photo campaign. IWiM provides information, links to resources and facilitates lively discussions on issues important to women working in the industry. To highlight the importance of having women participate in the mining Industry, iWIM is doing to advocate for such all over the world and in Africa in particular.
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dorcas Makgato has been identified as one of the motivators in the country. She is expected to speak to how she overcomes the challenges of working in male dominated work places from her time at Barloworld to date. Another speaker from the local scene is Nametso Ntsosa- Carr, who is the WIBA President. WIBA encourages women to do their best in male dominated industries.
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.
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.
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.