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‘Gate to a global future’

They go by the tag- line ‘Gate to a global future’, mentored by industry expert HRMC Managing Director Stuart White, Progressive Institute is determined to package Batswana to be global players and become globally competitive in the market.

The newcomer in the industry is the brainchild of young visionary Mmoloki Mmolotsi who has more than twelve years experience in the human resource industry with various institutions locally. He recalls that during his entire work life, he would identify different gaps in the market; something would later inspire him to quit his formal employment albeit at the helm of his career at Water Utilities Corporation, one of the biggest and good paying corporations in the country.

His company’s vision is to empower people with compelling intelligence by fostering and demanding a spirit of sophisticated intellectual capacity. Their clients include organizations in the public and private sector, NGOs and individuals in Botswana and South Africa. They include among others big organisations such as Debswana, De Beers and government parastatals. They provide and organize mentoring workshops, seminars and conferences. Progressive Institute prides itself in sharing their continued growth and success.

“We at Progressive Institute want to inspire, we believe that people have all the ingredients for success therefore they need to unleash their potential,” says Mmolotsi. He said for some of their products, they have partnered with big brands in South Africa who develop the same products. He said they are mentored by Stuart White who monitors and facilitates their day to day business with the help of other influencers such as Matlhogonolo Mponang.    

Progressive Institute is a training service provider registered and accredited by the Botswana Qualifications Authority. The company recognizes that in order to significantly improve the competitive performance of Individuals and organisations, it has to unlock the transformational value within them through globally inspired training. “We believe that our clients thrive to improve business processes, operational efficiencies mitigate risks and drive improvements in core functions such as Human Resources, procurement, sales, marketing and others but require training which will inspire them to transform, challenge the status quo, be brave risk takers and game changers,” the company website states.

Since its establishment, Progressive Institute has nurtured a vast network of experience international consultants with extensive industry experience who have held executive and management positions. The team incorporates an outstanding academic background with professional strength and maturity when delivering their services. They host three major successful events annually, Strategic Talent Acquisition, Share the vision and Career Elevation Seminar.

In the future they intend to bring big names such as Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist who founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. They are also working on bringing to Botswana Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and American business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen launched Microsoft, which became the world's largest PC software company.  

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

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.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

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.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

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.

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