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BAC and LEA recognise excelling student consultants

BAC Executive Director Mr Michael Lesolle


On the morning of Tuesday 5th May, Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) in conjunction with partner Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) held a ceremony to recognise 17 student consultants. The students were recognised and awarded certificates for outstanding individual contributions in providing and implementing practical business solutions for SMMEs incubated by LEA.


Said BAC Executive Director Mr Michael Lesolle, “Part of BAC’s success in graduating readily employable students relies on the partnerships we have built with key industry players such as LEA. Through LEA we are able to enhance the learning cycle of students with real world experience. Students gained experience while helping to improve business skills and competencies of SMME entrepreneurs currently incubated by LEA.”


BAC and LEA signed a memorandum of understanding in February 2014 which capitalised on synergies of the two organisations. The innovative partnership allowed BAC students to gather hands on experience working with the dynamic demands of Botswana’s SMME sector. Additionally the two organisations achieve LEA’s mandate and by extension, contribute towards the country’s vision 2016 goal of creating a prosperous, productive and innovation nation.


“LEA has found the Business Hive Student Consultancy Programme partnership with BAC very valuable and rewarding on many fronts. We have been able to borrow a different kind of energy, fresh thinking from young people, and have also been able to impart marketable skills and experience at the same time. Furthermore we can be sure that if any of these students were to seek LEA’s services in future it would be an easier process facilitating their business needs,” said LEA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Tebogo Matome.


Botswana Accountancy College and the Local Enterprise Authority entered into an industry engagement partnership in 2014. The partnership falls within BAC’s wider community engagement strategy, and signifies the institution’s recognition to forge progressive relations with the industry in order to expose students to industry experience and enhance their employability.

The two parties agreed to cooperate on capacity building for entrepreneurial development at a national level, resource sharing, training, internships, consultancy and mentorship initiatives.


The Business Hive Student Consultancy Programme was open to students from a broad range of BAC programmes in line with the needs of LEA clients. Students were able to learn from and support LEA in providing assistance to SMME’s in the preparation of business plans and feasibility studies.

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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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