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We cant just train for formal employment Molefhi

ABM boss calls for more entrepreneurs

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.

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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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