One Source Consult, a citizen owned company in partnership with Office of the President and Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) will host a job summit in a bid to offer practical solutions to the saddling unemployment challenge.
One Source Consult, owned jointly by Lawrence Ookeditse and Dr Mpho Pheko told a media briefing this week that the event will be star-studded, with high profile figures and experts participating in the summit. The two day summit is billed for 19th-20th October 2015.
Ookeditse revealed that the summit will be making its debut this year and it is expected to be held annually. “We wanted a platform where we will come up with practical solutions to the idea of job creation,” said Ookeditse. “Every year we will reflect on what has been achieved and possible areas for improvement.”
Ookeditse was adamant that the way in which the summit is planned will generate much needed solutions. He further highlighted the fact that the country is still putting together the National Development Plan 11 (NDP) as an opportunity for them to have a contribution through the jobs summit. “Next year the nation will also be crafting a new vision which also provides an opportunity for a forum such as ours to contribute on its formulation,” he said.
Ookeditse also affirmed the Office of the President, through Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi have agreed to come on board and will receive recommendations of the summit for possible implementation as desired by the delegates and participants.
Mokgweetsi’s office has been tasked with creating jobs by President Khama owing to the growing encumber of unemployment which continues to leave thousands of graduates roaming the streets. Masisi will also be one of the speakers at the summit.
Dr Pheko noted that the summit will also allow small business owners in the informal sector and job seekers to have a contribution in the deliberations. He said even small businesses in the informal sector have a potential of expanding and creating jobs or playing a significant role in job creation.
Dr Pheko also pointed out that, since they want to reach out to as many people as possible, they will effectively use media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to offer updates during the presentations and source for feedback from the community.
One Source Consult has also engaged Thabiso Maretlwaneng’s Dee Zone Productions to produce a video that will capture the opinions and views for some people who would not be able to attend the summit due to one reason or another. HRDC Head of Marketing and Communications, Faith Tuelo said they are optimistic that the summit will come up with ideas that will foster job creation hence their participation in the summit.
HRDC has been tasked with ensuring that the country produces skills which are needed by the industry to avoid skill mismatch. Tuelo observed that a forum like the Jobs summit could be crucial to offering insight on how the industry is faring in that respect.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.