The CEO of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Dr Raphael Dingalo has implored HRDC staff members to co-suffer and have the desire to ‘alleviate another's suffering’. The event marked the launch of the HRDC ‘Clothe A Child Campaign’ on the 11th August 2017 at HRDC offices in Gaborone.
The main purpose of the campaign is to collect as much clothing as possible for donation to the less privileged people especially children. In support of this initiative, HRDC Management and Staff attended the launch and committed themselves to this noble cause. When addressing Staff, Dr Dingalo encouraged them to appreciate what they have, and as well the support they get from Government, noting that ‘one doesn’t appreciate what they have until it is gone’. The CEO advised that such a noble gesture will go a long way in enhancing the livelihood of the affected members of the community especially Children as they are future leaders of Botswana.
Furthermore, Dr. Dingalo humbly impressed on staff members to continuously avail any type of clothing or donation that could include shoes, food stuff, personal care products, toiletries and stationery, not forgetting monetary contribution.” In leading by example, Dr. Dingalo and staff kick – started the process by donating clothes and money for the venture, which will thereafter be donated to an identified Institution and or members of the community.
This event forms part of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative to be undertaken by HRDC. In discharging its CSR and its obligations, HRDC has developed guidelines on key thematic areas, which include the following amongst others: Education and Training; Health; Environmental Sustainability; Sports; Natural Disasters and Community Involvement. These Thematic Areas will guide HRDC in creating, executing and in communicating initiatives that will address many on the challenges we encounter as a Society.
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.
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.
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.