The Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama has denied the existence of a unit named Tourism Intelligence Services (TIS) his Ministry. Instead, he said, his Minister has however, developed and continue to develop capacity within the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Law Enforcement Division to detect, apprehend and investigate all types of wildlife crime.
He told Parliament that members of this department are empowered to arrest individuals and criminal gangs in wildlife crimes. “My Ministry deals with management of wildlife crimes without organisational affiliation. Where individuals who are suspected to be involved in wildlife crime are apprehended and convicted, the relevant penalties are imposed as prescribed in the law,” he said.
Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Members of Parliament, Noah Salakae of Ghanzi North and Dithapelo Keorapetse of Selibe Phikwe West had asked the Minister to state the role of Tourism Intelligence Services (TIS) currently housed under his Ministry. They had also wanted to know when the unit was established and the legal authority that established it.
Minister Khama further shared that the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) derives its mandate from the Wildlife Conservation and National Parks Act which provides that, “there shall be designated a public officer to be the Director of Wildlife and National Parks, and there shall be within the Public Service such
Wildlife Officers as are necessary for the purposes of this Act”.
He said determining officers necessary for the purpose of this Act is an operational responsibility of the Director, and at times the Minister, to enhance the efficiency of the department in carrying out its mandate. “Some of the necessary assignments have been identified as intelligence, anti-poaching, park management, transport, research and project implementation amongst others; hence the establishment of units for the purpose. This may change from time to time. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks is not part of the intelligence community,” he said.
President Lt Gen Ian Khama has in the recent past found himself caught between a rock and hard place as he has to deal with a simmering war between his younger brother who is also Minister Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama and Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General, Isaac Kgosi, Weekend Post has reported in the past.
The two are throwing jabs at each other at every opportunity with Minister Tshekedi leading the onslaught because of public space and freedom. In the wake of public outcry about his retirement benefits, President Khama this matter to address before he leaves office in April 2018. There have been reports that there is a Wildlife anti-poaching intelligence, a brainchild of Tshekedi himself, in a bid to protect the wildlife. Tshekedi appointed Brigadier Peter Magosi to head the wildlife intelligence unit. Brigadier Magosi was fired by President Khama from the army at the time of his appointment, following a perceived battle between him, Kgosi and others close to President Khama. His expulsion came in the back of the recommendation of the then commander of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Lt Gen Gaolathe Galaebotswe.
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .
BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.
The alleged breaches include , breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018
South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.
When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.
“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.
It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.
The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.
Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.
Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.
Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.
For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.
“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”
BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.