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BOFEPUSU president is a BDP card carrying member

The President of the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU), who is also president of Botswana Teachers Union (BTU), Johannes Tshukudu is a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) card carrying member.  

Observers in the labour movement say this development negate claims that unionists are against the ruling party – but rather they are against the oppressive polices of the ruling party.

However there are others who are expressing sentiments that Tshukudu is a hypocrite because he is understood to be harbouring the ambition of challenging Gilbert Mangole in Mochudi West under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) ticket in primaries ahead of the 2019 general election despite the fact that he is a BDP card carrying member.

Tshukudu is currently fighting for his survival in the labour movement on two fronts. First he has to deal with the potential transfer from Tlokweng College to a non-teaching post which will automatically remove him from Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) contention.

He successfully challenged his transfer in court and was granted a temporary interdict because his employer had not followed due process in transferring him. Second in his battles is that he is facing a tough election contest against Kenathata Dipogiso for the presidency of the BTU.

The BTU presidential campaign is littered with mudslinging and provocative gambits. Tshukudu’s camp is accusing Dipogiso and his team of being sponsored by Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) with the ultimate goal being to pull out of BOFEPUSU while Dipogiso’s team has lined up a litany of Tshukudu’s failures during his presidency.

The BOFEPUSU president may find himself in a position where he has to explain himself to his colleagues at the Federation because of his alleged membership to the BDP. BOFEPUSU has on several public statements aligned its agenda with the opposition UDC and has mounted campaigns against ruling party Members of Parliament and Ministers who are seen to be against workers.

WeekendPost has gathered that Tshukudu’s BDP membership was quickly conjured in 2013 when he was facing a challenge at his work place. The majority of BOFEPUSU leaders have pushed themes that are fuelled by anti-BDP rhetoric and Tshukudu has not been left behind.

Contacted for comment, the BDP’s executive secretary confirmed that they have a Johannes Tshukudu in their membership data base.

For his part Tshukudu said that party membership is an issue for respective individuals that has nothing to do with his mandate as a unionist. He further said that as a public officer he cannot wade into partisan issues and such will be discussed when the time comes.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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