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FCC, British firm to install solar street lights

Francistown City Council (FCC) is reportedly on the verge of engaging a British company for a joint venture in the installation of solar Light-emitting diode (LED) street lights project to replace the current system.

The development is expected to help the country’s second largest city to save a substantial amount of money that could be then channeled towards funding developmental projects for the city.

Green Globe Architecture Limited, based in the city of Durban in England recently presented its proposal to the Sylvia Tabitha Muzila led municipality’s investment committee and managed to convince it.

Robert Hanna, an official with the British company said the City of Francistown is looking at ways and means of delivering existing and support based mechanisms in a smarter way of doing things.

Of recent, the FCC has been approaching and welcoming proposals from the local, regional and multinational companies through the government aided Private-Public Partnership (PPP) initiative.

In an interview with WeekendPost on the sidelines of a Botswana Local Government PPP workshop organized by Barclays Bank of Botswana recently, Hanna the initiative is about getting development off the grid.

“We are looking at getting all the existing street lights which were supported by the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) to convert to LED solar,” said Hanna, adding that the development has got huge benefits to the city council.

Hanna added: “It will reduce the cost (of providing lighting to the residents of Francistown) and infrastructure. Over and above that, it will reduce the cost of servicing and maintaining at the same time contributing to the country’s commitment to climate change reduction.”

He added that the development will help Botswana’s second largest with a wide range of opportunities when it comes to turn the economy of the municipality into a sustainable one for the future.  

“This is all about transforming Francistown into a city where the sun never stops shining,” revealed Hanna.   

For her part, the Corporate Director of Barclays Bank of Botswana Lesley Bradley said it is time for both the public and private sectors to make a mark by playing a significant role in the sustainable development growth in Botswana.

Bradley said: “There is now an infrastructure investment gap, which cannot be closed by the local government alone. Local government needs to create space and attract the private sector to actively participate in the delivery of SDGs including addressing infrastructure needs.”

Muzila said the council has got a lot of areas that need to be explored for the benefit of the city saying it is a matter of the private sector coming on board and springboard the economic status of Francistown.

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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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