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.
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.