Each year, Barclays Bank dedicates the month of October and November to contributing to the community. Across Barclays Africa, colleagues rally around the Make A Difference campaign.
This year the Barclays Africa theme for Make a Difference is “Access to Employment.” According to the 2015 figures from Statistics Botswana, current estimates for unemployment among those 18 and above are at 20%. Barclays Bank aims to equip the youth with the necessary skill base to advance their knowledge and ultimately secure a job or start a sustainable business.
Barclays Bank of Botswana Managing Director, Reinette van der Merwe stated that, “The aim of this year’s Make A Difference campaign is to transfer our skills to the next generation with emphasis on employability, enterprise and financial skills.”
ReadytoWork is one of the various platforms Barclays Bank will use to introduce employability skills to the youth. ReadytoWork is an online, free of charge service through which the youth can learn financial, entrepreneurial, people and work skills.
Barclays Bank of Botswana Citizenship Manager, Yodit Kassaye-Molosi said; ”I urge the youth to visit the ReadytoWork website as this is a foundation to growing and advancing their work skills. ReadytoWork is ideal for everyone especially university students and new graduates. ReadytoWork will help the youth transition from the world of education to the world of work.”
Make A Difference is in alignment with the Shared Growth Strategy that the bank launched early this year. Shared Growth is a strategy that intends to empower individuals, build communities and grow wealth and economies. The strategy focuses on 3 key areas, Education and Skills Development, Financial Inclusion and Enterprise Development.
The Make A Difference campaign is implemented across the African continent and demonstrates the strength of partnerships between the banks and communities, and the bank’s commitment to society.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”