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HRDC career clinics expanded

This year’s annual secondary and tertiary institutions career fair has increased its reach, as it will not only be conducted in Gaborone but also up north in Francistown.

 
The upcoming career fair will be accompanied by career clinics which will commence before the actual event starts. “We have introduced career clinics, to equip students with information pertaining to career choices, it has been evident that in most instances students choose programs they do not like and end up not being productive at school and at the workplace altogether,” Marianyana Selelo, student planning and welfare manager at HRDC said.


In the past years, students had to travel from all corners of Botswana to the capital for the fair, but this time around the Botswana Human Resource Development Skills Fair (BHRDS) intends to change all this and stage the fair in Francistown alongside the one in Gaborone, this according to the organizers, will save travel costs for some of the fair attendants who are based in the North and bring the service nearer to them.


BHRDS was established March 6th 2010 with the main objective to assist individuals with educational training and occupational choices to manage their careers. There was a need for students to build networks with different sectors of employment and BHRDS provides this kind of platform and services to students. Selelo added that the Career guidance clinic was introduced to give students counselling and informed decisions before they could opt to venture in to a certain program.


The fair brings learners from all walks of life to convene under one roof and explore their academic destinations. This event attracts local, regional and international education and training institutions to show case and market their programs of study.
This year’s fair will have two categories being; the Northern and Southern Fair.  The Northern Fair will be held in Francistown on February 27th -2nd March whereas the Southern fair will be in Gaborone starting from 20th – 25th March 2017 at Fair- Grounds Holdings


Meanwhile in upping their game HRDC realized that their services are needed across the country, and social media platforms are going to be introduced to impart career guidance to students. Career guidance and counselling teachers are already available in different academic institutions to help students. Maximizing coverage and raising awareness about the initiative was a necessity, according to Selelo.

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

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.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021
Bokamoso

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.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

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.

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