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Who is Kenneth Masego Segokgo?

Candidate for Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) in the looming Tlokweng constituency by-election, Kenneth Masego Segokgo has affirmed that he is confident that he will retain the constituency for his party in 90 days.

The vacancy resulted from the passing of area Member of Parliament (MP), Same Bathobakae in the fall of 2016. Segokgo is the Botswana National Front (BNF) constituency Chairperson and was picked as a result of a compromise between him and Tlokweng Sub District Council Chairperson, Norah Nkwe in December.

Deputy Mayor of Gaborone City Council, Kagiso Tshekega, who has been appointed the campaign coordinator explained to this publication that Nkwe was persuaded to finish her mandate as councilor and Sub District Chairperson, which left Segokgo as the sole candidate.
This was after a general council was called in the constituency where activists who wished to step up were requested to submit their names.

Tshekega pointed out that the road to reaching consensus took no more than two weeks. Tshekega also stated that while the area is a natural BNF stronghold, they will not rest on their laurels and as a matter of fact they have already commenced their campaigns. He further noted that the UDC campaign dreads no Botswana Democratic Party candidate and that while they are aware that each of the possible ruling party contenders is different in their own way, they will analyze the successful one carefully.

Segokgo describes himself as having been exhaustively indoctrinated in the politics of BNF that he “cannot begin to draw the line of my first involvement in its politics”. Segokgo is also a close relative to the Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMD) leader and South East District Council Chairperson, Phenyo Segokgo.

In fact, he stated in an exclusive interview with WeekendPost that he considers himself as the younger man’s mentor and that he always rendered advice to him as he climbed the political ladder from his days at University of Botswana (UB). An educationist by profession, Segokgo has spent his entire teaching career in the north eastern city of Francistown where he taught sciences.

Among his muses, the now UDC flagbearer in the constituency, counted social causes such as a national campaign on blood donation which resulted in him being headhunted by the National Blood Transfusion Centre in Gaborone. He further listed grooming learners in student clubs such as the science club and his mentorship of a karate team which he claims won four national championships.

While Segokgo does not boast of a history of student activism or trade union agitation during his time as a student and subsequently as a teacher, he states that he had nevertheless been on the sidelines of the movements of the left all the while. “I did not immerse myself in student politics because at the time I considered my friends as lacking the necessary seriousness,” he admitted.

Segokgo stated that he actively joined politics after the 2014 general election after leaving his job with the National Blood Transfusion Centre but had all along been making private donations to BNF political contenders. He further highlighted that as he seeks to replace a woman candidate, one of the first motions he will table at parliament is to seek to declare the 6th of March as a national holiday as is the case worldwide where Women’s Day is a national holiday.

He reasoned that this would allow women the space to introspect. He further stated that the number one problem afflicting his people that he will tackle if elected is the land question in Tlokweng which he blamed as the main culprit in destabilising the traditional family structure, the porous Tlokweng border which he says bleeds Batlokwa livestock as well as joblessness. Same Bathobakae won the constituency in the 2014 general election defeating MP Olebile Gaborone who won the constituency on a BNF ticket in 2009 but later defected to the ruling BDP.

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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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