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BHC delivers 10 housing units to Prisons Department

Last week the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) successfully handed over ten complete housing units to Botswana Prisons Services. This followed another successful hand over in Mahalapye where nine houses were handed over to the same client.

BHC and BPS officials indicated that this was a clear demonstration of commitment towards meeting the expectation of availing accommodation to the nation.

This is in line with BHC mandate of providing housing, office and other building needs of the government and local authorities as well as to provide for, and to assist and to make arrangements for other persons in the housing business. They provide a one stop shop service for all property construction related activities through its range of professional service such as Land Acquisition experts, Architects, Engineers (Structural, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical) Quantity Surveyors and Building Inspectors.

Their relationship with Botswana Prisons Services spans over two years and they have successfully undertaken a number of projects on their behalf. They have in the past years donated a total of two blocks of flats for BPS staff in Gaborone, at village. The project was completed early last year following which they entrusted them with yet another similar project in Francistown, which was also completed and handed over successfully.

The project that delivered to Botswana Prisons Service at Village last week Thursday which comprises of ten houses and associated works and services was constructed at a total sum of P10.1 million over 40 calendar weeks beginning June last year. The contract was awarded to Rango Construction Company, a locally owned construction company in line with the government’s effort towards citizen economic empowerment.

Officiating at the event, BHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Reginald Motswaiso said that even though the project is well done, it experienced some challenges associated with issues of a building permit by the council due to encroachment and requirements for a cadastral survey resulting from sub-division.

He said they also discovered that there were rocks in three plots which needed to be blasted to pave way for construction in addition to bulk excavations which had to be done to remove waste on a plot that was discovered to have been used as a dumping site. Nonetheless they managed to overcome these challenges hence delivering the project.

The team of project mangers played a critical role to ensure that regular site meetings were convened to get an appraisal on issues encountered during the course of the project, he revealed.         

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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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