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Limkokwing graduates 1379 students

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology yesterday held a graduation ceremony where 1379 future ready students left the institution as qualified professionals under the theme “The Future is Now in Your Hands”, which is said to underscore capabilities and mindset that the institution has fostered in the graduating students.

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology yesterday held a graduation ceremony where 1379 future ready students left the institution as qualified professionals under the theme “The Future is Now in Your Hands”, which is said to underscore capabilities and mindset that the institution has fostered in the graduating students.


Some of the graduating students come from regional countries including South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe as well as Nigeria. A total of 28 students were presented with Awards of Excellence, 7 students scooped awards of academic excellence, 15 scooped awards for leadership while 6 students walked away with awards for creativity and innovation.


Limkokwing University Regional Director for Corporate and Media Relations Mercy Thebe explained that the awards are meant to recognize the best students who have made special contributions to the university, selected through their participation in events, competitions, academic excellence and other off campus and on-campus occasions.


Thebe continued saying the class of 2015 has on several occasions participated and supported a lot of government and industry related activities as well as projects and for that she couldn’t be more confident that the institution is releasing a cohort of global graduates who are industry ready, with the future truly in their creative and innovative hands.


The 1379 students came from 6 faculties with the Faculty of Business Globalisation and Tourism Hospitality having the larger share of 406 graduates, trailed by the Faculty of Communication Media and Broadcasting with 313 graduates, then the Faculty of Design and Innovation at 285, the faculty of Information Technology at 165, the faculty of Creative Multimedia at 112 and the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment with 98 students.


Thebe also said that 2015 was also the year “Limkokwing University of Creative Technology made  history by releasing the highest number of students with disabilities with 20 students of the total 1379 being students living with disabilities while of the 20, a total of 8 graduating students are of the 10 beneficiaries of the Office of the President of the republic of Botswana’s Tan Sri Dato Paduka Limkokwing ‘s people living with disabilities scholarship which the university awarded to the office of the president in 2009.” She said, before adding that the university is ultra-proud of this group of students who have persevered through all the challenges they faced with their disabilities with the support of the university and the use of specialized equipment to finally get to the finish line and graduate with a solid tertiary credential.


Thebe also elaborated that during their academic journey with Limkokwing University this special group of students was able to learn what their peers were learning through the assistance, care and dedication of Limkokwing staff as well as the use of specialized equipment they used to study such as Braille user, talking calculators, large font user, computer installed zoom text, sara reader, CCTV as well as Ruby magnifier.


She concluded by saying that the class of 2015’s academic achievement will boost the human capital of Botswana that is needed for the creative and innovative technology industries. “With quality education that they have been equipped with, they have been encouraged to embrace the mindset that goes beyond employability to focus on groundbreaking capability and industry leadership.”

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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