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Inside the Sports Commission Act

Minister Sports, Thapelo Olopeng entitled to appoint members

The Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) is now a Commission. This follows the successful promulgation of the Sports Commission Act, this publication has established.

The act almost spells the riot act to the BNSC governance structure. In one of the sections it addresses the issue of administration of the commission.

According to the act there will be a board appointed for the governing of the commission.  This board will consist of eleven members who will be appointed by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The board is made up of a chairperson, the president and secretary who shall all come from the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC).

The act provides space for two other representatives of sports associations elected by sports codes registered with the commission. The Ministry of Sports will also have a direct representative in the Commission.

It is also expected that a member with the necessary sports expertise or interest to drive the mandate of the commission will be appointed to the commission.

The Paralympic Association of Botswana will see one of their members nominated to the board to push their agenda. As it is the mandate of every sport body in the country to empower women, one representative from Women and Sport Botswana is expected to be in the board.

The Ministry of Education will also have a representative in the board; the same shall apply for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.  

In addition, the Chief Executive Officer who shall be an ex- officio member is also part of the board. All of the appointed members are expected to hold office for four years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for one successive term.

The Sports Commission further allows the Minister, in consultation with the board to appoint a CEO for a fixed contract period, not exceeding five years and shall be eligible for re-appointment as the minister may determine. It is in this line of appointment that the CEO will become the secretary of the board and shall attend the meetings of the board, but barred from voting.

For all the right reasons, the Commission shall within a period of six months after the end of the financial year or within such longer period as the Minister may approve, submit to the Minister, a comprehensive report on the operations of the commission during that year, together with the auditor’s report and the accounts audited.

The Sports Commission like any other body is capable of suing and can be sued in its own name. Amongst many functions, the commission is entitled to advise the Minister to change, review or formulate sport related policies where necessary.

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Big Guns for Botswana Grand Prix

20th March 2023

The National Stadium will be lit up with fireworks on April 29, 2023, as some of the best international athletes will participate in the maiden Botswana Grand prix.

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AFRICA’S RECOVERY: Sports as game changer

13th March 2023

The year 2022 witnessed unprecedented phenomena. Several Africans- Gotytom Gebreslase, Sharon Lokedi, Victor Kiplangat, Tamarit Tola and many others- swept the World’s marathons records.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting control measures implemented in several countries, led to many high-level sports competitions being cancelled or shelved, the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games was moved to 2026.

Founder and Executive Chairman, African Sports and Creative Institute, Will Mabiakop, says the inability to hold traditional and amateur sports events have had a serious effect on public health overall, including mental health, sparking a revolution whereby athletes began to talk more openly about stress, mental overload and performance anxiety.

“Africa is home to the fastest growing economies before the crisis, no longer on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). COVID-19 deepened interdependence between SDGs, making them harder to achieve, especially SDG 10 (reducing inequality) and SDG 5 (gender equality_ as the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on poorer countries, and heavier burdens (such as care work) fell to women.”

Mabiakop stresses that as policymakers contemplate actions to speed up recovery and build resilience, they must argue that sports and creative businesses should play a central feature in this effort.

“The sports economy worldwide is estimated at 5% of GDP, but only 0.5% in Africa. If exploited, Africa’s sports and creative industries can offer policymakers innovative solutions. Especially, as regards job creation, and providing employment to the 15 million people entering the job market annually.”


By leveraging the two-for-one concept: past studies shown that a 1% growth in the economy delivers a 2% job increment in this sector (these ratios are calculated using data from 48 African countries and adjusted to the reality of the sports economy in Africa by the authors). There are between 30 and 50 job types, in sports and creative industries, respectively. These jobs do not fade away with the first major shock.

Mabiakop indicated that policymakers can use these industries to tackle multiple crises- jobs, poverty, and climate risks. Sports diplomacy- defined as communication, representation and negotiation in or through the prism of sports- has proven effective in building inclusive and cohesive societies. Moreover, sports and the creative industry can support better mental health and well-being, both important for productivity.

“Policymakers can also be true to the game by leveraging culture and tradition to celebrate identity and reap commercial value in sports, textiles and jewelry. Creative sectors allow deeper connection with culture, are not easily copied and provide great economic potential.”

He said supporting grassroots sports has powerful distributional effects. “Fortunately, technology has made reaching wide audiences easier, generating higher rates of success when talent is discovered.”

However, Mabiakop held that potential pitfalls must be highlighted. “First avoid build it and they will come policies with infrastructures denuded from the rest of the ecosystem. Like the many sports stadiums left largely unused.”

“Policymakers must remain mindful of how these sectors move the needle in human capital development. Also, align the requisite public policies needed for progress from grassroots participation to professional sports, and even to international sporting events. They should also support investment instruments to render these sectors performant.”

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BFA to pay Taylor P330 000

7th March 2023

Botswana Football Association (BFA) has been ordered to pay its former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor over P330 000 as a compensation for her unfair dismissal last year February.

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