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.
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.