Mrs. Daisy Molefhi – ABM Executive Director has observed that Academic Institutions can no longer train for mainly formal employment but these institutions must raise entrepreneurs. She said ABM as an academic institution has stood for this over its last 26 years.
“ABM was established when I was 27 years old and it is clear testimony that young people can actually establish successful businesses that are not only sustainable but can significantly contribute to sustainable national development. We note that the likes of Face books were inventions of Facebook, Google and many other great initiatives were inventions by University students. I once more say to the grandaunts before you think of knocking at every door looking for employment knock at your brain to establish what you can do with the qualification you have received. Not everyone has the education that you have acquired over the last 4 years at ABM,” she said.
Molefhi said she is confident that these are versatile individuals whom have been groomed since first year to be leaders and embrace entrepreneurship. She was speaking at ABM University College graduation on Friday where a total of 270 graduates in the areas of Tourism Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Business Management were celebrated this Friday at ABM University College.
The graduation was held in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. ABM has been in partnership with Anglia Ruskin since 2012 and recently renewed theagreement and partnership. This year we have had our first cohort of ARU degree students at the Francistown campus and they are progressing well with their studies.
The theme of this year’s ceremony was “Sustainable Development through Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development”.
Elaborating on the theme, Molefhi said Entrepreneurship has been recognized as a major contributor towards sustainable development and “through our mode of delivery which encompasses a lot of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development, ABM University College continues to produce graduates who will be better placed to promote and contribute towards sustainable development.”
She observed that the exposure of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development course that will place ABM at a better competitive advantage amongst their peers.
“ABM’s mission is not only to raise entrepreneurs but to raise entrepreneurs whose personal leadership is beyond reproach. Thus when we speak of raising a generation of Entrepreneurs and business leaders we are actually talking about leaders. Today marks yet another day when we shall be presenting a crop of men and women who are ready to take on the world’s challenges,” she said.
She said an institution that aspires to be the University of Choice they continue to explore opportunities for growth, growth not only in levels of enrolment levels but growth in quality related issues and areas.
“In pursuit of this we do everything to ensure that we are informed of latest trends in this industry locally and internationally. We also strive to achieve international recognition. I am glad to say that in light of this ABM recently acquired membership to the Association of African Universities (AAU). The apex body that brings together all African Universities and Colleges of repute. I must say as an institution we are very proud to have achieved this status, a true reflection of ABM‘s growth over the last 26 years of its existence,” she said.
Molefhi said membership to this body opens doors to greater opportunities for both professional networking and academic growth.
“As ABM we have already started yielding benefits from this relationship. Tomorrow a Professor of Education Development Prof Pai Obanya will be arriving to facilitate ABM’s next five year strategic plan an exercise that will engage our Council and Management for the next 3weeks.Professor Obanya is one of the most respected leaders of education in Africa and one of the key resource persons for AAU. This is just one of the indicators of our commitment to our industry,” she said.
The ABM Executive Director observed that internationalization of education is a topical issue. “The debate being around the need to internationalize in all aspects including faculty through faculty exchange (In this regard some of our lecturers have been to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and they periodically brings senior academic staff to ABM for both general exchange in academic related areas and mentoring, Dr. Bolton who is with us this morning has been here many times both here at our Gaborone campus and in Francistown to engage with our respective academic teams,” she explained.
Molefhi said the US Embassy recently selected their students though the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders. She stated that these are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Institutes included a four week academic residency and a one week study tour to a different part of the country.
“Leadership sessions and community service activities, as well as getting to know American culture, are also integral components of the Institutes. This program focuses on democracy, citizenship, and civic activism. This morning’s graduation attests to ABM’s commitment to the philosophy of internationalization of education.”
According to Molefhi, the ABM students graduated with a UK degree that was taught within the African context, that also has a degree of contextualized content 4th year (Taxation module that was contextualized and Research projects on Tourism within the African context) as curriculum content cannot just be imported wholesale but to the extent possible must be contextualized.
She urged the graduates to see their qualifications as an international passport to the global labour market. “You are global citizens and you have no reason to join the ques of unemployment in the local or Botswana labour market. We have equipped you with an international qualification therefore let the world be your labour market.”
Focusing a bit on the ABM story, Molefhi said it cannot be complete without touching on its philosophy of raising a generation of prosperous entrepreneurs and business leaders. Entrepreneurship development is thus an area that can no longer be ignored.
Also in attendance were ABM Chairperson Mr. Gobona Tobedza, ABM Academic Committee of Council Chairperson Dr. Ontiretse Tau, ABM council members, Anglia Ruskin University Pro Vice Chancellor (Partnerships) Dr. Trevor Bolton, ABM Alumni, parents and other guests.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.