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15 000 member BOSETU endorses Rari

The Botswana Sectors of Educators Union (BOSETU) members have unanimously voted back Tobokani Rari as the Secretary General of the Union. Rari, who was unopposed of all the candidates said he does not take the decision not to challenge him lightly.

He said from a pool of 15 000 members, his colleagues decided to retain him, “this is a sign of trust and I will continue to work hard for BOSETU,” he said. “I would like to sincerely express my heart felt gratitude to all of you comrades for the trust and confidence that you have shown on me. This union has more than 15 000 members and all of them decided not to contest against me, not for the first time, the same thing happened in 2014, and 2008, when I contested for the position of NOS.

I do not at all misconstrue this as meaning that they are no capable comrades out there, in fact they are a lot of them. To me this shows outmost trust that is hard to express in words. Am indebted comrades, am humbled, I am down on my knees. Seriously comrades, I don’t not take this responsibility that you have bestowed on me with such trust for granted. I will not betray you comrades, I will not betray the multitudes of BOSETU members, I will not betray teachers, I will not betray workers, will sacrifice my all, I will put my life on the line to defend you the workers this country, am incorruptible, am not purchasable, I cannot be captured. Be rest assured.”

Rari will have a new president, Wiston Radikolo, who will be leading the union until 2020. Radikolo replaces the former President, Kwenasebele Modukanele after beating him with 194 votes against 78 votes. In his acceptance speech, Radikolo thanked the congress for entrusting him and the new Executive committee with the responsibility to lead the union. He said that as the new committee they will work closely together with all stakegilders to take the union forward. He also called on the congress to support the newly-elected committee, saying they can only take BOSETU forward with their help and guidance.

“The congress should ask headship to be accountable without fear or favour and make sure that everybody perform their significant role. BOSETU is a social enterprise where everybody has a role. We have diagnosed our union and realized that we have the potential to go forward,” he said

Innocent Mannathoko was also re- elected Vice Secretary General garnering 145 votes. He was followed by Kgaladua Mothusi with 90 votes and Modise Ompatile 36 votes. National treasurer position was won by Moagi Digwa with 162 votes against Wadipeba Ofanna with 109. National Organising Secretary position was won by Bopa Mmoloki with 121 votes. He stood against Kenosi Tony who got 21 votes, Tshosa Wabo with 22 and Tsiane Charles with 109 votes. Maitshoko Edwin was sanctioned as the new Publicity Secretary with 168 votes followed by Showa George with 76 and lastly Molatlhegi Mangole with 28 votes.

 The position of Secretary for Tertiary was won by Benjamin Seema, while Secretary for Secondary sector position was won by Thomas Kanjuu with 121 votes. He battled against Mpho Maruping and Boikanyo Kenaleone. Secretary for Primary and Pre-primary position was won by Othusitse Dibotlhale who scooped 139 votes against Precious Mokobela’s 132. Secretary for Safety, Health and Environment was won by Monica Legwaila with 203 votes against Mpho Sejeso’s 69.

On the other hand, Ndiyapo Modimo scooped Secretary for Sports and Culture position with 171 votes against Rambe Celsius’ 75 and Bapaphi Tawana’s 25. Secretary for Gender position was won by Mabutho Masedi Chata with 104 votes against Kootshabe Godiraone’s 101, Malemane Refilwe’s 42 and Kgalaeng Mmoloki’s 24 votes. BOSETU celebrated its 30th anniversary in alliance with its triennial delegate congress from 25th to 27th August in Palapye at the Majestic Five Hotel under the theme: BOSETU-Championing Educators’ Rights In The Midst Of Collective Bargaining Challenges.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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