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Rural Metro sets up shop in Kweneng


Kweneng District Council (KDC), in a private-public partnership with Rural Metro Botswana has delivered the first of its anticipated 3 modest sized fire stations in Molepolole yesterday.

The public private partnership work which stated in 2013 has resulted in the employment of 39 fire station staffers including the Chief Fire Officer, station commander, 5 leading fire men, 4 senior fire fighters, and 24 fire fighters, 5 communication controllers as well as a single general worker.

The station will be equipped with 2 fire engines and a further 2 rapid response vehicles as well as a varied rescue equipments.

Council Secretary Wazha Tema says that the current fire engines and equipment in use on temporary basis since the permanent KDC fleet is still under factory assembly in South Africa, anticipated to be on home soil by February 2016.

Tema says that after the agreed 5 year contract period the entire facility and equipment will revert back to the council which will then decide whether to continue with Rural Metro outsourcing or further revert back to in sourcing.

Tema also says that the facility will also engage with the Molepolole community and surrounding areas to inform and educate people in how to reduce the risk of fire and other emergencies.
For his part Rural Metro group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chris Gilbert said it has been agreed by the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation that the station’s communications facility will obtain the nationally recognised 997 emergency telephone number.

He continued that the station will also be made available for non-emergency services such as the inspection of business premises, schools, hospitals and other government buildings, the enforcement of fire by-laws and the perusal of building plans with regards to the fire safety requirements as well as public education and awareness.

Gilbert continued that while the fire station is modest in its approach with no formal brick and mortar buildings, it will still achieve the objectives of saving life and property as well as rendering humanitarian services. He says that modern fire stations are unaffordable for most organs of state and an alternative, cost effective way of delivering the services needed to provide community protection. He also says that his company commands a pioneering 15 year experience, building capacity for its clients as well as careers for the unemployed youth.

Gilbert said that the first phase of the project involved attaining from council, a suitable site for the fire station while the construction work, including site clearing, paving and fencing was undertaken by locals.

He also says that recruitment was undertaken by way of placing adverts in local fire stations, then shortlisted for physical and academic testing on the basis that they reside in Kweneng while 40 out of 120 enthusiasts made the cut. He says that in order to ensure that a professional service is on offer, the recruit fire fighters will be intensively trained to international standards, achieving full certification at Rural Metro internationally accredited fire academy in South Africa.

He said that the last phase included the acquisition of specialist fire fighting vehicles, designed and built specifically for road conditions experienced in the district, steering g away from fancy chrome and shine vehicles which wouldn’t be practical for the local conditions and would be expensive to maintain.

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Free at last: Ian Kirby Speaks Out

6th December 2021
Justice Ian Kirby

The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.

WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?

Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.

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Civil society could rescue Botswana’s flawed democracy’ 

6th December 2021
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Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed.  This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.

In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’  The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.

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Bangwato at loggerheads over Moshupa trip

6th December 2021

Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama). 

Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.

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